The Challenges and Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) for Municipalities

The growing interest in, and deployment of, distributed energy resources (“DER”) has been thought to be of interest, albeit for different reasons, primarily to consumers and to local electricity distribution utilities. However, DER has important implications for municipalities, both in their capacity as the owners of those distribution utilities and as a means to promote both conservation and the development of contaminated properties.

Corporate Governance for Municipally-Owned Local Electricity Distribution Utilities

Local distribution electricity utilities (“LDCs”) have been a source of stable and predictable income for their municipal owners. That is in large measure a result of the fact that LDCs are providing a monopoly service overseen by a regulator charged with the obligation, among other things, to ensure the stability of the LDCs.

Energy/Tax Law Update 2015

The 2015 Ontario Budget, released on April 23, includes proposed measures that are intended to set the stage for consolidation within Ontario’s electricity distribution sector. At a high level, the measures are a limited-duration reduction of barriers to private sector investment in municipally owned electricity utilities (MEUs).

Quiz: Impact of Changes in FIT 2.0

Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff program was introduced in 2009, when the province enacted the Green Energy and Green Economy Act as a means to stimulate renewable energy generation and to promote […]