B.C.'s International Opportunity in Clean Technology

November 24, 2023

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s annual Energy Forum, presented by Bennett Jones, put a spotlight on British Columbia and western Canada's position in the worldwide clean technology and energy market. I moderated a panel on the potential for export leadership—at a time when the demand for reliable, sustainable sources of responsibly produced, low-carbon intensive energy is resounding across the globe.

Change on the Horizon for Alberta's Electricity Regulatory Regime in 2024

November 23, 2023

In 2004, Alberta's Transmission Regulation established the framework for the planning and development of Alberta’s electricity transmission infrastructure. Its intent was to attract new generation, increase competition, and serve expected increases in load. The regulation has remained largely unchanged since 2004. Meanwhile, the electricity system has experienced significant changes—in part due to the dramatic increase in the amount of intermittent renewable power generation facilities connecting to the grid.

Energy Forum 2023 Presented by Bennett Jones

November 16, 2023

As a frontrunner in the energy industry for the last century, Bennett Jones was proud to be the title sponsor of the GVBOT's 2023 Energy Forum. The conference provided the setting for highlighting Western Canada's significant role in the future of global clean technology and the energy sector.

Land Leases for Renewable Energy Projects in Alberta

November 02, 2023

In 2016, the Province of Alberta passed the Renewable Electricity Act, cementing its commitment to increasing the amount of green energy produced in Alberta, with a goal of 30 percent of Alberta's electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030. Since that time, the number and size of renewables projects in Alberta, particularly utility-scale wind and solar projects, have grown rapidly. In 2022, Alberta accounted for over three-quarters of all new wind and solar capacity growth in Canada, and the Alberta Electric System Operator has projected that renewables will account for 30 percent of the Province’s generation by 2026.

The Supreme Court of Canada's Opinion on the Impact Assessment Act

November 01, 2023

The Supreme Court of Canada released its opinion regarding the constitutionality of the Impact Assessment Act (the IAA) and the Physical Activities Regulations on Friday, October 13. In a five to two majority opinion written by the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court of Canada found that the IAA was largely unconstitutional. Lawyers at Bennett Jones LLP who argued the case for Alberta at the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada discussed this significant opinion and its implications for major project development in Canada as well as generally the regulation of matters related to the environment including what impact the opinion may have on new and proposed federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Key Contacts

David J. Macaulay
David J. Macaulay
Head of Power and Renewable Energy Practices
Shawn M. Munro
Shawn M. Munro
Head of National Energy Industry Team
Ashley M. White
Ashley M. White
Co-Head of Energy Practice