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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....

Blake Shaffer - An Ontario surprise: a good idea about electricity pricing
Intelligence Memos
From: Blake Shaffer To: Glenn Thibeault, Ontario Minister of Energy and Rosemarie Leclair, Chair of the Ontario Energy Board Date: September10, 2017 Re: An Ontario surprise: a good idea about...
How to patch up the National Energy Board's reputation: Edmonton Journal Op-Ed
Ottawa is now accepting public comment on the recently released report of its expert panel on the modernization of the National Energy Board (NEB). The panel made 46 recommendations to the minister...
How Ontario Can End the Cycle of Meddling in Electricity Markets: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Every 10 years or so, the government of Ontario finds it necessary to freeze or cut electricity prices because the costs of an ambitious energy policy prove to be politically unacceptable. This...

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