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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 “...

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...

Learning from Mistakes: Improving Governance in the Ontario Electricity Sector
February 24, 2016 - George Vegh

The government of Ontario should move away from controlling electricity planning, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute Report. In “Learning from Mistakes: Improving Governance in the Ontario...

The Future of Canadian Energy Policy
January 7, 2016 - Benjamin Dachis

Canada’s energy sector will need to think about more than just low oil prices in 2016. There are numerous structural issues facing the sector that will need to be overcome, according to a new...

Peak Power Problems: How Ontario’s Industrial Electricity Pricing System Impacts Consumers
June 11, 2015 - Anindya Sen

The Ontario government should scrap its peak-demand electricity-pricing program for large industrial electricity users in order to lower costs for Ontario households, according to a new C.D. Howe...

Rethinking Ontario's Electricity System with Consumers in Mind
September 3, 2014 - Michael Wyman

Ontario electricity consumers will benefit from less risk and lower prices if the province moves to a capacity market for obtaining generation, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute....

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...
Blake Shaffer - Alberta’s Renewable Auction Sets a New Low for Prices, but Tweaks Are Needed in the Future
Intelligence Memos
To: Concerned Albertans From: Blake Shaffer Date: December 14, 2017 Re: Alberta’s Renewable Auction Sets a New Low for Prices, but Tweaks Are Needed in the Future The results are in, and the price is...
Blake Shaffer - Dam(ned) if You Do, Dam(ned) if You Don’t
Intelligence Memos
From: Blake Shaffer To: John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia Date: November 3, 2017 Re: Dam(ned) if You Do, Dam(ned) if You Don’t The B.C. government has a tough decision to make. What to do...

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