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Energy Law

Overview

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:

  • Site acquisitions and land leases
  • Planning and structuring renewable energy projects on First Nations lands
  • Project contracts, such as lease options, development agreements, joint ventures, turbine supply contracts, operation and maintenance agreements and referral arrangements
  • Regulatory advocacy and representation on energy policy and regulatory matters for community and industry associations
  • Applications for regulatory approvals for energy generation and transmission projects

Some Recent Projects

  • Advised various First Nations and community proponents on wind power projects for Ontario
  • Advised proponents on various roof top solar project developments
  • Advised First Nation Joint Venture partner in construction of a transmission line
  • Advised on project development structuring agreements for renewable energy developers
  • Advised wind proponents on regulatory compliance and Aboriginal consultation
  • Advised community power groups on advocacy roles in sustainability, conservation, demand management and procurement planning
  • Negotiated settlement with regulators on behalf of a leading company in the renewable energy voluntary market
  • Advised a biomass energy producer on the environmental assessment regulatory compliance requirements under the Electricity Projects Regulation
  • Advised major municipality on the development of standard form power purchase agreements in submissions to the Nova Scotia Department of Energy
  • Intervened on behalf of a professional engineers’ association in a gas fired energy project in Sarnia, at the leave to construct hearing before the Ontario Energy Board, and before the Ontario Municipal Board
  • Intervened on behalf of a consumer group in rates approval hearings and Demand Side Management hearings at the Ontario Energy Board
  • Advised biomass supplier on environmental assessment and on Ontario Power Generation’s request for expressions of interest
  • Advised on policy and legislative considerations for co-generation pilot projects for adaptive re-use of by-products

News

March 22, 2018

CANECT 2018 - Implementing a GHG Reduction and Energy Efficiency Program

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July 11, 2017

APPA 2017 - Triple Bottom Line Achievements Through Energy Savings and Energy Performance Contracts

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June 12, 2017

CAUBO 2017: Triple Bottom Line Achievements Through Energy Savings and Energy Performance Contracts

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March 17, 2017

CANECT 2017 - Managing Indoor Environmental Quality

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March 17, 2017

CANECT 2017 - Waste Management, Diversion & Stewardship

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March 17, 2017

CANECT 2017 - Air, NOD & GHGs: Emissions Regulations & Compliance

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March 16, 2017

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

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January 09, 2017

CBA/OBA Climate Change Legislation: Cross-Country Check-In Program

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October 13, 2016

ERAPPA 2016: Navigating in a Climate of Change

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October 13, 2016

Ontario Waterpower Association: Power of Water Canada Conference

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September 15, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

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June 07, 2016

Cleaner Heat / COHA Annual Conference: Cleaner Heat Light Up The Future

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May 03, 2016

2016 Land & Development Conference - Climate & Urbanism: How Is It Affecting Communities and Developments?

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March 23, 2016

CANECT 2016 - Air, NOD & GHGs: Emissions Regulations & Compliance

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January 25, 2016

Environmental Law Forum: Cross Country Check Up

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October 02, 2015

A&WMA and ONEIA 2015 Waste Conference: Waste Management and GHG Reduction

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October 02, 2015

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2015

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September 21, 2015

Canadian Oil Heat Association - Ontario Chapter - Annual General Meeting

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September 21, 2015

LSAC Toronto Forum: "What Do Lawyers Do?"

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September 21, 2015

The Willms & Shier Speaker Series in Environmental Law

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September 08, 2015

Water Law in Ontario - The Multi-Barrier Approach and Personal Liability for Compliance

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June 11, 2015

Cleaner Heat / COHA Annual Conference: Fuel Oil Industry Environmental Liability - Pitfalls, Perils & Risk Management

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October 23, 2014

OBA: Cold Truths: Infrastructure Development in the Ring of Fire

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August 27, 2014

CBA Seminar: Conflicts Between Insolvency Law and Environmental Law and Resulting Directors' Liability Fallout

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May 06, 2014

Insight's North of 60 - Aboriginal Land and Resource Development Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

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May 06, 2014

CBA NEERLS Webinar: Cross-Border and Inter-Provincial Environmental Disputes

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May 06, 2014

OBA: Developments in D&O Liability for Environmental Contamination

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May 06, 2014

CBA's 2014 National Aboriginal Law Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut

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January 23, 2014

Petrocultures 2014: Oil, Energy and Canada's Future

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May 30, 2013

Canadian Bar Association’s 2013 Annual National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit

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May 14, 2013

Fundamentals of Natural Resources and Energy Practice, Ontario Bar Association

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Article

March 22, 2018

CANECT 2018 - Implementing a GHG Reduction and Energy Efficiency Program

More
July 11, 2017

APPA 2017 - Triple Bottom Line Achievements Through Energy Savings and Energy Performance Contracts

More
June 12, 2017

CAUBO 2017: Triple Bottom Line Achievements Through Energy Savings and Energy Performance Contracts

More
March 17, 2017

CANECT 2017 - Managing Indoor Environmental Quality

More
March 17, 2017

CANECT 2017 - Waste Management, Diversion & Stewardship

More
March 17, 2017

CANECT 2017 - Air, NOD & GHGs: Emissions Regulations & Compliance

More
March 16, 2017

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

More
January 09, 2017

CBA/OBA Climate Change Legislation: Cross-Country Check-In Program

More
October 13, 2016

ERAPPA 2016: Navigating in a Climate of Change

More
October 13, 2016

Ontario Waterpower Association: Power of Water Canada Conference

More
September 15, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

More
June 07, 2016

Cleaner Heat / COHA Annual Conference: Cleaner Heat Light Up The Future

More
May 03, 2016

2016 Land & Development Conference - Climate & Urbanism: How Is It Affecting Communities and Developments?

More
March 23, 2016

CANECT 2016 - Air, NOD & GHGs: Emissions Regulations & Compliance

More
January 25, 2016

Environmental Law Forum: Cross Country Check Up

More
October 02, 2015

A&WMA and ONEIA 2015 Waste Conference: Waste Management and GHG Reduction

More
October 02, 2015

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2015

More
September 21, 2015

Canadian Oil Heat Association - Ontario Chapter - Annual General Meeting

More
September 21, 2015

LSAC Toronto Forum: "What Do Lawyers Do?"

More
September 21, 2015

The Willms & Shier Speaker Series in Environmental Law

More
September 08, 2015

Water Law in Ontario - The Multi-Barrier Approach and Personal Liability for Compliance

More
June 11, 2015

Cleaner Heat / COHA Annual Conference: Fuel Oil Industry Environmental Liability - Pitfalls, Perils & Risk Management

More
October 23, 2014

OBA: Cold Truths: Infrastructure Development in the Ring of Fire

More
August 27, 2014

CBA Seminar: Conflicts Between Insolvency Law and Environmental Law and Resulting Directors' Liability Fallout

More
May 06, 2014

Insight's North of 60 - Aboriginal Land and Resource Development Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

More
May 06, 2014

CBA NEERLS Webinar: Cross-Border and Inter-Provincial Environmental Disputes

More
May 06, 2014

OBA: Developments in D&O Liability for Environmental Contamination

More
May 06, 2014

CBA's 2014 National Aboriginal Law Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut

More
January 23, 2014

Petrocultures 2014: Oil, Energy and Canada's Future

More
May 30, 2013

Canadian Bar Association’s 2013 Annual National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit

More
May 14, 2013

Fundamentals of Natural Resources and Energy Practice, Ontario Bar Association

More

Speaking Engagements

Thursday, 10 May 2018

CANECT 2018 - Implementing a GHG Reduction and Energy Efficiency Program

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Friday, 21 July 2017 to July 23, 2017

APPA 2017 - Triple Bottom Line Achievements Through Energy Savings and Energy Performance Contracts

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

CAUBO 2017: Triple Bottom Line Achievements Through Energy Savings and Energy Performance Contracts

More
Monday, 01 May 2017

CANECT 2017 - Managing Indoor Environmental Quality

More
Wednesday, 03 May 2017

CANECT 2017 - Waste Management, Diversion & Stewardship

More
Tuesday, 02 May 2017

CANECT 2017 - Air, NOD & GHGs: Emissions Regulations & Compliance

More
Thursday, 27 April 2017 to April 28, 2017

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

More
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

CBA/OBA Climate Change Legislation: Cross-Country Check-In Program

More
Monday, 17 October 2016

ERAPPA 2016: Navigating in a Climate of Change

More
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Ontario Waterpower Association: Power of Water Canada Conference

More
Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

More
Thursday, 09 June 2016

Cleaner Heat / COHA Annual Conference: Cleaner Heat Light Up The Future

More
Tuesday, 10 May 2016

2016 Land & Development Conference - Climate & Urbanism: How Is It Affecting Communities and Developments?

More
Tuesday, 26 April 2016

CANECT 2016 - Air, NOD & GHGs: Emissions Regulations & Compliance

More
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 to January 29, 2016

Environmental Law Forum: Cross Country Check Up

More
Wednesday, 07 October 2015

A&WMA and ONEIA 2015 Waste Conference: Waste Management and GHG Reduction

More
Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2015

More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Canadian Oil Heat Association - Ontario Chapter - Annual General Meeting

More
Monday, 28 September 2015

LSAC Toronto Forum: "What Do Lawyers Do?"

More
Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Willms & Shier Speaker Series in Environmental Law

More
Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Water Law in Ontario - The Multi-Barrier Approach and Personal Liability for Compliance

More
Thursday, 18 June 2015

Cleaner Heat / COHA Annual Conference: Fuel Oil Industry Environmental Liability - Pitfalls, Perils & Risk Management

More
Wednesday, 05 November 2014

OBA: Cold Truths: Infrastructure Development in the Ring of Fire

More
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

CBA Seminar: Conflicts Between Insolvency Law and Environmental Law and Resulting Directors' Liability Fallout

More
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 to May 28, 2014

Insight's North of 60 - Aboriginal Land and Resource Development Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

More
Tuesday, 10 June 2014

CBA NEERLS Webinar: Cross-Border and Inter-Provincial Environmental Disputes

More
Wednesday, 30 April 2014

OBA: Developments in D&O Liability for Environmental Contamination

More
Thursday, 19 June 2014 to June 20, 2014

CBA's 2014 National Aboriginal Law Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut

More
Thursday, 06 February 2014

Petrocultures 2014: Oil, Energy and Canada's Future

More
Thursday, 20 June 2013 to June 21, 2013

Canadian Bar Association’s 2013 Annual National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit

More
Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Fundamentals of Natural Resources and Energy Practice, Ontario Bar Association

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