Members' Update: 
Public Policy Collaboration Initiatives

Provision Members,
The following is an update on the progress of several public policy collaboration initiatives that Provision has been monitoring:

1) Ontario cap and trade program registration and practice auction
The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) reminded stakeholders on Friday, November 4, 2016 that the Ontario Cap and Trade Program registration deadline for Mandatory Participants is November 30, 2016. This deadline cannot be extended.
Even if you are not a Mandatory Participant, you must be registered in Ontario's Cap and Trade Program before you can participate in Ontario's first cap and trade auction in March 2017. Registration is also required if you wish to participate in a practice auction that will be held in January 2017.
The Ministry created an Ontario Cap and Trade Program Tip Sheet #1 ( linked here ) that provides key TIPS to help ensure the participant registration goes smoothly.
NEW! Auction Training and Web Page
Ontario will host training webinars on December 6th and 8th, 2016 before the practice auction in January 2017. Email invitations were sent out the week of October 31st. 
Please see link for more information on cap and trade registration, auction training and some useful links.
2) Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change proposes regulatory amendments to the cap and trade program
On Friday, November 4, 2016, the Ministry posted proposed amendments relating to the cap and trade program on the Environmental Registry and Regulatory Registry. The EBR #012-8953 - Proposed Amendments to Cap and Trade Program Regulations can be found here.
The ministry is proposing amendments to clarify policy, technical and administrative requirements of the program. The amendments include changes to the:
  1. Cap and Trade Program Regulation
  2. Methodology for Distribution of Ontario Emission Allowances Free of Charge
  3. Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation
  4. Guideline for Quantification Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
These proposed amendments are meant to ensure fair and equitable treatment of capped emitters in the cap and trade program, clarify rules on technical and administrative requirements for capped emitters and support the future linking of Ontario's program with the programs of Quebec and California. The Ministry is inviting comments on the amendments to be submitted by December 4, 2016.
Provision will be reviewing the amendments in collaboration with its Retainers; please let us know if you have any comments or questions.
For more information about the specific changes and amendments please click here.
3) Canada announces "greening government" strategy
Last week in Calgary, during her keynote address to the Canadian Wind Energy Association's annual Conference, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada announced that the Canadian Government will reduce emissions from government operations by 40 percent by 2030.
Highlighting the role that her government has played in the global fight against climate change, she acknowledged that it is important the Canada lead by example.
Some of the Steps taken by the Federal government include:
  • By 2025, for all operations run by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), 100 percent of our electricity will be purchased from renewable energy
  • Government will invest $2.1 billion for repairs, retrofits, and greening the Government facilities
  • The Government's investments will include revitalizing the heating and cooling plants in the National Capital Region, which provide services to more than 85 buildings and facilities. This investment will modernize six separate facilities and is anticipated to reduce their emissions by more than 45%
Centre for Greening Government
At the same time, President of Treasury board, the honourable Scott Brison was announcing in the House of Commons the creation of the ''Centre for Greening Government''. Managed by the Treasury Board Secretariat the Centre will track the federal Government's emissions centrally, coordinate efforts across government, and drive results to makes sure they meet their objectives.
For more information about the government initiatives click here.
4) Alberta - Government of Alberta announces next steps on ambitious renewable energy agenda
On November 3, 2016, as part of her keynote address to the Canadian Wind Energy Association's (CanWEA) annual conference in Calgary, the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Alberta's Minister of Environment and Parks, announced the provincial government's next steps with respect to implementation of its ambitious renewable energy targets.
Following her address, the Alberta Electricity System Operator (AESO) provided additional details on the design and implementation of the first of the competitive processes within the Alberta Renewable Electricity Program (REP) aimed at procuring 400 MW of renewable supply and  step towards meeting the government's goal of developing 5,000 MW of renewable electricity generation capacity by 2030.
More information about the REP process and next steps and timing can be found here.

Should you have any questions, please contact Meena Hassanali at 416-587-5321 or by email.

The Provision Team