Energy News: May 2019 in Review

Energy News for Week 1 (May 1st to 5th)

  • May 3: Ontario's Green Party released its "counter-stickers", which are intended to counter Doug Ford's "carbon tax cost gas pump stickers".
  • May 3: Newly elected Alberta Premier Jason Kenney visited Doug Ford in Toronto, Ontario.
  • May 3: the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal issued a 155-page decision finding that Justin Trudeau's federal carbon tax is constitutional under s. 91 of The Constitution Acts, 1867 to 1983.
  • May 3: as part of the government of Ontario public consultations on industrial electricity pricing and programs, parliamentary assistants to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines met with stakeholders from the mining industry in Sudbury.
  • May 3: after a week of flooding in Ontario, Hydro One and the Electrical Safety Authority for Ontario lended their assistance to ensure a safe return to home for evacuated residents.

Energy News for Week 2 (May 6 to 12)

  • May 9: Peter Tabuns, an NDP energy and climate change critic, held a press conference to re-introduce a private member's bill proposing to ban fracking in Ontario. 
  • May 9: new Hydro One's new CEO, Mark Poweska, announces his intention to place an emphasis on repairing Hydro One's relationship with the Ontario government as well as with investors. 
  • May 9: the government of Ontario under Doug Ford continues its efforts to oppose the federal carbon tax that came into effect in Ontario on April 1, 2019. 
  • May 10: an environmental legal group has recently brought light on what it believes is unsatisfactory compliance with environmental standards in connection with work being done at Bruce Power nuclear plant near Kincardine. 
  • May 10: the government of Ontario continues is public consultations on industrial electricity pricing and conservation programs; Parliamentary Assistants consulted with Steel industry stakeholders.
  • May 11: as Sudbury Hydro makes plans for capital investments, Hydro Sudbury is inviting energy customers to provide their input as to priorities, and to help set its capital investment plan, which will be submitted to the Ontario Energy Board. 
  • May 11: NDP leader Andrea Horwath announced her intention of introducing a motion in the provincial legislature on Monday to "declare a climate emergency in Ontario". 
  • May 12: Enwin Utilities is calling residential and business consumers to conduct a phone survey aimed at providing consumers with an opportunity to provide comments as Enwin Utilities prepares its Cost of Service application to the Ontario Energy Board.  
Energy News for Week 3 (May 13 to 19)

  • May 13: Jgmeet Singh calls climate emergency as the "single greatest" threat facing Canadians (S);
  • May 13: NDP's climate plan will cut Canada's emissions nearly in half over the next decade (Huffpost);
  • May 13: Concerns about continued and worsening floods in Ontario continue (National Post);
  • May 13: EnWin hires IR to ask customers their opinion on energy distribution in Windsor (Windsorite);
  • May 13: Ontario passes legislation to reform Ontario Energy Board (Lexology);
  • May 13: Judicial inquiry into the sale of half of Collingwood's utility, Collus, resumed (CTV News);
  • May 13: Mergers and Acquisitions and other deals in Canada's energy sector are icing over (Bloomberg);
  • May 13: Alberta Premier asserts end of the federal carbon tax by May 30 through new Alberta law (CTV);
  • May 13: Albertans concerned that their government will cancel solar rebates (CBC);
  • May 13: Ensign Energy Executives forecast Canadian drilling rebound as oil discounts ease (CBC);
  • May 14: Ottawa announces a plan to impose levy after Alberta tables legislation to kill carbon tax (Globe);
  • May 14: Toronto seeks input into Imperial Oil's plan to replace 63km of pipeline (CityNews);
  • May 14: Ottawa announces a plan to impose levy after Alberta tables legislation to kill carbon tax (Globe);
  • May 14: NEB releases a report entitled, "Where Does Canada's Gasoline Come From" (NW);
  • May 14: Canadian oil firms favour buybacks as other options narrow (Boe Report);
  • May 15: Commentary by Jackie Forrest: Why Canada will a tough time cutting GHG emissions (FP);
  • May 15: Natural Resources Canada announces 2019 ENERGY STAR Canada award winners (RN);
  • May 15: Bridgewater wins $5M from federal program to improve energy efficiency (CBC);
  • May 15: Canada's inflation rate remains at 2% in April instead of 2.3% due to gas prices (CBC);
  • May 15: Commentary on Trans mountain pipeline decision and Canada's energy sector (Calgary Sun); 
  • May 15: ON Teachers' Pension Plana agrees to sell BlueEarth Renewables LP stock (PH);
  • May 15: Doug Ford's office loses one of its top policy and communications director (Globe);
  • May 15: Ontario Power Generation joins Terrestrial Energy's Nuclear Innovation working group (GN);
  • May 15: OTF breathes wind into Energy Revealed program for high schools in Mississauga (IN);
  • 15: Commentary on Trans mountain pipeline decision and Canada's energy sector (Calgary Sun); 


  • May 16: Andrew Coyne discusses upcoming federal elections and cheap oil (National Post);
  • May 16: Industry stakeholders press the federal government for changes to federal Bill C-69 (SO);
  • May 16: Andrew Scheer pledges to make Canada energy independent by 2030 (Financial Post);
  • May 16: Andrew Scheer asserts Canada's need for a coast-to-coast corridor for pipeline projects (Global);
  • May 16: Senate committee approves 187 energy-sector-friendly amendments to Bill C-69 (National Post);
  • May 16: Energy and industrial lead TSX higher (Bloomberg);
  • May 16: Energy Minister attended a private federal fundraiser w/ energy company executive (Globe);
  • May 16: Ontario-based energy retailer Just Energy Group, Inc. reports 4Q losses (Yahoo Finance);
  • May 16: RE Royalties acquire royalties on 49 solar projects in Ontario (Yahoo Finance);
  • May 16: Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government releases a controversial TV ad (CTV News);
  • May 16: Alberta Premier pleased with energy-friendly amendments to Bill C-69 (CBC);
  • May 17: Commentary on Canada's energy sector by Mac Van Wielegen (Globe);
  • May 17: Canada's financial and energy industry sectors clash over how to measure carbon risks (FP);
  • 17: Enbridge submits a proposal to Essex County to replace 60km of natural gas pipeline (CBC);
  • May 17: Postmedia hireNick Koolsbergen to lobby Alberta for role in the "energy war room" (Globe);
  • 17: Toronto Community Housing Receives $1.6 million in Enbridge energy efficiency rebate (NW);
  • May 18: Critics discuss the impact of Canadian climate change politics on energy prices: (Washington E);
  • May 18: Peterborough businesses consulted on industrial pricing design and programs (PE);
  • May 18: Media critics discuss energy storage technology as best alternative to carbon tax (Toronto Sun);

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