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This research area covers policies pertaining to Canada’s energy and other natural resources and that concern Canada’s ability to exploit this source of comparative advantage.  These may include issues related to regulatory processes, the environment, taxation, skills, and infrastructure affecting energy and resources activities.

Defining the Public Interest in Regulatory Decisions: The Case for Economic Efficiency
May 9, 2017 - Jeffrey Church
Canada’s public utility regulators, in sectors ranging from energy to telecommunications, are facing a crisis of legitimacy because they promise more than they can deliver and do not deliver what...
Surge Capacity: Selling City-owned Electricity Distributors to Meet Broader Municipal Infrastructure Needs
April 19, 2017 - Steven Robins
Cities across Canada should sell their electricity distribution companies and invest the proceeds in critical municipal infrastructure, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Surge...
Carbon Copies: The Prospects for an Economy-Wide Carbon Price in Canada
September 15, 2016 - Tracy Snoddon
Ottawa should establish a nationwide floor price for carbon, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Carbon Copies: The Prospect for an Economy-Wide Carbon Price in Canada,” author Tracy...
Clearing the Air: How Canadian LNG Exports Could Help Meet World Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals
August 24, 2016 - James W. Coleman and Sarah Marie Jordaan
Canadian liquefied natural gas can lower global greenhouse gas emissions if it displaces dirtier sources of power abroad, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Clearing the Air: How...
A Blueprint for Going Green: The Best Policy Mix for Promoting Low-Emissions Technology
July 19, 2016 - David Popp
Canadian governments need an affordable blueprint to drive their green tech goals, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “A Blueprint for Going Green: The Best Policy Mix for...
National Priorities 2016
March 3, 2016
The National Priorities 2016 series provides a high level overview of key issues that the federal and provincial governments need to address, and provides an opportunity to highlight policy...
Peter MacKay - Re-energizing Energy East
Intelligence Memos
To: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau From: Peter MacKay Date: August 11, 2018 Re: Re-energizing Energy East Lost in the summer haze of the sweltering heat, is one of the largest nation-building job...
Ian Parry - Canada’s Carbon Price Floor: A Model for the World?
Intelligence Memos
From: Ian Parry To: Governments Signatory to the Paris Accord on Climate Change Date: July 26, 2018 Re: Canada’s Carbon Price Floor: A Model for the World? In October 2016, Prime Minister Justin...
Benjamin Dachis - Ottawa’s Clean Fuel Standards Still Too Murky
Intelligence Memos
To: Governments across Canada From: Benjamin Dachis Date: July 23, 2018 Re: Ottawa’s Clean Fuel Standards Still Too Murky Ottawa should clear up confusion about its plans for clean fuel standards....

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27 Feb 2018
Feb
27
  • Jim Ellis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Energy Regulator
Roundtable Luncheon
Calgary, Suite 4000, 421 7th Avenue SW
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
13 Feb 2018
Feb
13
  • Inside Access: Death by a Thousand Cuts? Western Canada’s Oil and Natural Gas Policy Competitiveness Scorecard
Conference Call with Benjamin Dachis, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
04 Dec 2017
Dec
04
  • Low-Carbon Economy: Clean Energy Future for Canada
Roundtable Luncheon with Christyne Tremblay and Cécile Siewe
Calgary, 421 7 Ave SW #4000
Monday, December 4, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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