Establishing a price on carbon is a pretty divisive issue in Canada both from an economics and politics standpoint, and now that Ontario plans to soon unveil its strategy on this front, the conversation is likely to heat up even more. Therefore overcoming the barriers to a more adult conversation on carbon pricing in this country will require a thorough understanding of the financial elements as well as some of the political games.
A lack of broad support from the business community for carbon pricing is holding back greater debate on the controversial issue at the federal level, according to two speakers during a Clean Energy Canada webinar.
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario held a largely uneventful webinar on January 20 to discuss enhancements to the Feed-in-Tariff Program (microFIT and FIT) with renewable energy stakeholders. A couple of issues raised deserve some greater consideration, according to those at the meeting.
The Ontario government’s last conservation framework has done little for energy use reduction in the province, said Gord Miller, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. In a press conference to release his 2014 Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, the environmental watchdog added that while he’s somewhat optimistic about the Conservation First plan, he still has some reservations because of past performance.