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Environment • Aboriginal • Energy
Our Energy Law practitioners provide representation and advice to proponents in planning, structuring and implementing renewable energy projects. Our work also includes advice on transmission projects. Our lawyers represent clients at the Ontario Energy Board on regulatory matters, to the Ministry of Environment on project approvals and to courts and tribunals on appeals and administrative challenges.
We understand the challenges inherent in renewable energy generation for private developers in Ontario. In particular, we have been instrumental in assisting First Nations obtain procurement programs to promote economic development on First Nations lands.
Our involvement with Ontario’s energy demand, supply and conservation planning processes combined with development expertise in this area makes our team unique in its ability to meet client’s needs.
We have a broad range of experience advising and representing proponents, equipment suppliers, land owners and community groups in the following areas:
Some Recent Projects
The Joint Review Panel for the Jackpine Mine Expansion issued its lengthy report and decision on July 9, 2013. It addresses Shell Canada Energy’s application to increase bitumen production at the existing Jackpine Mine located 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray by 15,900 cubic metres per day.
Last summer, the Environmental Review Tribunal dismissed the first appeal of a renewable energy approval (REA) for a wind turbine project in its decision Erickson v. Director, Ministry of the Environment. The tribunal acknowledged the appellants presented evidence about the risk of wind turbines in general, but did not provide enough evidence about the risks posed by the project in question.
Join Willms & Shier lawyers John Donihee, Charles Birchall and Julie Abouchar at this event, being held June 19-20, 2014 in Iqaluit, Nunavut.