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Politics, Policy and Regulation of green tech in Canada

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  • H2O Innovation subsidiary lands new deals in US +

    H2O Innovation Inc.’s operation and maintenance (O&M) services subsidiary Utility Partners LLC (UP) has renewed two contracts and extended the Read More
  • EDC offers new green bond +

    Export Development Canada’s (EDC) latest green bond has been priced. Set at $500 million with a 1.8 fixed rate, the Read More
  • Capital Power moving ahead with New Frontier Wind +

    After Capital Power Corp. inked an agreement to sell 87% of the electricity generated from the yet to be constructed Read More
  • General Fusion takes new step towards reactor design +

    Vancouver’s General Fusion has hired two industry veterans to help lead the company through the development of a proof-of-concept fusion Read More
  • Federal, Ontario governments take big step in reducing diesel reliance in FN communities +

    The $60 million in federal funding to connect the Pikangikum First Nation to Ontario’s electricity grid is a major step Read More
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Stock Market

The Montreal Economic Institute says the Quebec government’s electric vehicle (EV) sales quotas, which go into effect in 2018, are nothing more than a tax on all vehicle buyers in the province and will only serve to increase the cost of conventional vehicles.

Organizations representing business, environmental and labour are lauding the federal government for its efforts to curb methane emissions in the oil and gas sector, but they say they need to be more stringent.

Not surprisingly Canadians are enthralled with the controversies surrounding US President Donald Trump and the decision to award Omar Kadr $10 million, but new consumer polling numbers from Abacus Data also indicates that climate change has now become a major concern for Canadians. 

Abacus image1 July 2017

Many critics have complained that the adoption of carbon pricing mechanisms - cap and trade or a tax - will leave Canadian firms vulnerable to competition from jurisdictions without such measures. While that’s true, both the Alberta and federal systems attempt to mitigate that through output-based allocations (OBAs). A recent paper from the University of Calgary puts some meat to the bones of OBAs.

The transition to a low-carbon economy (LCE) has started to take hold in Canada but there remains a lot of unanswered questions on how it will unfold. A recent paper from the Smart Prosperity Institute highlighted many of them.