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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.

Death by a Thousand Cuts? Western Canada’s Oil and Natural Gas Policy Competitiveness Scorecard
February 1, 2018 - Benjamin Dachis
Government policies are piling on to reduce the competitiveness of energy producers in Western Canada, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In the first edition of the annual...
All’s Well that Ends Well: Addressing End-of-Life Liabilities for Oil and Gas Wells
September 28, 2017 - Benjamin Dachis, Blake Shaffer and Vincent Thivierge
If Alberta doesn’t change how it requires companies to finance their own oil and gas well cleanup costs, the energy industry and, ultimately, taxpayers in Alberta face cleanup costs of up to $8...
Ontario’s Green Energy Experience: Sobering Lessons for Sustainable Climate Change Policies
August 15, 2017 - Michael J. Trebilcock
After eight years, Ontario’s green energy policies have yielded moderate environmental gains while drastically increasing energy prices, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Ontario’s...
Adding More Juice: How Private Investors can Improve the Performance of Provincial Power Assets
June 27, 2017 - Steven Robins
Consumers would likely enjoy lower power bills if provincial governments welcomed more private investment in electricity utilities, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Adding...
How to Restore Public Trust and Credibility at the National Energy Board
May 16, 2017 - Lesley Matthews
The federal government should restore the independence of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decisionmaking authority for pipeline applications, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute...
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...
Benjamin Dachis - Seven Ways to Really Reduce the Cost of Electricity
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis To: Ontario electricity consumers Re: Seven ways to really reduce the cost of electricity Date: June 4, 2018 There’s been lots of talk about cutting electricity costs for...
Move over, Waterloo and Ottawa: Calgary is now out-innovating you - CBC's The Road Ahead
Op-Ed
Which is the most innovative city in Canada? You might be surprised to know that Calgary has now taken the lead on that front, as measured by one of the most common ways of gauging innovation — ...
Kevin Milligan - Let’s Face Facts on Natural Resources
Intelligence Memos
From: Kevin Milligan To: Canadians Concerned with Inequality Date: May 30, 2018 Re: Let’s Face Facts on Natural Resources Opinions on pipelines are flowing around Canada far more quickly than the oil...
24 May 2018
May
24
  • Advancing Alberta's Infrastructure Agenda
Roundtable Luncheon with Honourable Sandra Jansen, Ben Hawkins, Shannon Flint and James Pasieka
Calgary, Suite 4000, 421 7th Avenue SW
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
07 May 2018
May
07
  • Alberta Budget 2018: Economic and Fiscal Outlook
Roundtable Luncheon with Lorna Rosen, Deputy Minister, Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
Calgary, Suite 4000, 421 7th Avenue SW
Monday, May 7, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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

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