In January I commented on Hydro One's application to the
Ontario Energy Board for regulatory approval to acquire Norfolk
Power distribution. The Board had been asked by a ratepayer
intervenor, with the support of a group of three electricity
distributor intervenors (Essex Powerlines, Bluewater Power
Distribution and Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro), to direct further
disclosure by Hydro One and Norfolk Power, and effectively to
provide guidance on what is within "the public interest"
test that will be applied by the Board to determine whether the
transaction should be approved. The Board's decision has been
issued, and it provides clarification, to some extent.
David McFadden delivered a keynote address on February 27, 2014
to attendees of the CCRE Conference on Municipal Governance. He
reviews the policy, business and governance issues, which are
relevant for consideration by electricity distributors and their
municipal owners when deciding whether to retain ownership, sell,
buy or merge.
On February 20, 2014, an Ontario Court set aside the 2013
decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal over the Ostrander
Point Wind Energy Project. That 2013 decision was notable for being
the first decision to grant an appeal of a renewable energy
approval (REA) under Ontario's 2009 Green Energy laws, and
basing its decision on endangered species concerns.
The prospect of an internal investigation raises many thorny issues. This presentation will canvass some of the potential triggering events, and discuss how to structure an investigation, retain forensic assistance and manage the inevitable ethical issues that will arise.
From the boardroom to the shop floor, effective organizations recognize the value of having a diverse workplace. This presentation will explore effective strategies to promote diversity, defeat bias and encourage a broader community outlook.
Staying local but going global presents its challenges. Gowling WLG lawyers offer an international roundtable on doing business in the U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia. This three-hour session will videoconference in lawyers from around the world to discuss business and intellectual property hurdles.
Canada is a constitutional monarchy, a parliamentary democracy and a federation comprised of ten provinces and three territories. Canada's judiciary is independent of the legislative and executive branches of Government.
The Government of Alberta recently announced a number of policy changes that will impact the Alberta Electricity Market, composed of its generators, transmitters, distributors, retailers, electricity consumers and wholesale electricity market.
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