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This research area covers policies pertaining to Canada’s energy and other natural resources and that concern Canada’s ability to exploit this source of comparative advantage.  These may include issues related to regulatory processes, the environment, taxation, skills, and infrastructure affecting energy and resources activities.

All’s Well that Ends Well: Addressing End-of-Life Liabilities for Oil and Gas Wells
September 28, 2017 - Benjamin Dachis, Blake Shaffer and Vincent Thivierge
If Alberta doesn’t change how it requires companies to finance their own oil and gas well cleanup costs, the energy industry and, ultimately, taxpayers in Alberta face cleanup costs of up to $8...
Ontario’s Green Energy Experience: Sobering Lessons for Sustainable Climate Change Policies
August 15, 2017 - Michael J. Trebilcock
After eight years, Ontario’s green energy policies have yielded moderate environmental gains while drastically increasing energy prices, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Ontario’s...
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 “Adding...
How to Restore Public Trust and Credibility at the National Energy Board
May 16, 2017 - Lesley Matthews
The federal government should restore the independence of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decisionmaking authority for pipeline applications, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute...
Defining the Public Interest in Regulatory Decisions: The Case for Economic Efficiency
May 9, 2017 - Jeffrey Church
Canada’s public utility regulators, in sectors ranging from energy to telecommunications, are facing a crisis of legitimacy because they promise more than they can deliver and do not deliver what...
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...
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...
Dolter and Rivers - Connecting Canada with New High-Voltage Direct Current Transmission Lines
Intelligence Memos
To: Canadian electricity system planners and government leaders From: Brett Dolter and Nicholas Rivers Date: December 7, 2017 Re: Connecting Canada with New High-Voltage Direct Current Transmission...
Dachis, Tombe - The Full Costs of Carbon Pricing to Households
Intelligence Memos
To: Canadian Consumers and Taxpayers From: Benjamin Dachis and Trevor Tombe Date: December 5, 2017 Re: The Full Costs of Carbon Pricing to Households Governments across Canada are getting serious...
04 Dec 2017
Dec
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  • Low-Carbon Economy: Clean Energy Future for Canada
Roundtable Luncheon with Christyne Tremblay and Cécile Siewe
Calgary, 421 7 Ave SW #4000
Monday, December 4, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
23 Nov 2017
Nov
23
  • Canada’s Energy Agenda & National Unity
Annual Calgary Dinner with Dawn Farrell, Jason Kenney, Rich Kruger and Grant D. Sprague
Calgary, 110 9th Avenue SE
Thursday, November 23, 2017, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Sponsored by:
GE
03 Oct 2017
Oct
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  • Inside Access: All’s Well that Ends Well: Addressing End-of-Life Liabilities for Oil and Gas Wells
Conference Call with Benjamin Dachis, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute and Blake Shaffer, Fellow-in-Residence, C.D. Howe Institute and PhD candidate, University of Calgary
Conference Call
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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