Will wind destabilize our grid?
At higher levels of renewable generation, power balancing is only possible when wind energy generators share the risk and responsibility of matching generation to load.Continue reading the post titled Will wind destabilize our grid?
The most important environmental cases of 2009
What do you think are the most important environmental law cases in Canada in 2009 so far?Continue reading the post titled The most important environmental cases of 2009
General Chemical directors settle personal claim
This spring, the Environmental Review Tribunal approved a multi-million dollar settlement between the Ministry of the Environment and the officers and directors of General Chemical. General Chemical famously declared bankruptcy, abandoning a badly contaminated lagoon. Just before bankruptcy,…Continue reading the post titled General Chemical directors settle personal claim
GHG reporting in Ontario
Ontario has released its draft regulations expanding greenhouse gas emission reporting in Ontario. Parallelling the GHG emisson reporting regulation recently adopted in the US, this regulation will gather the data necessary to support the promised cap and trade program.Continue reading the post titled GHG reporting in Ontario
Real climate leadership
Canada’s inaction on climate change was underscored again by Monday’s stunning announcement from Barack Obama’s White House. Demonstrating a commitment to lead by example, President Obama signed an Executive Order (attached) that sets sustainability goals for Federal agenci…Continue reading the post titled Real climate leadership
More details on climate change civil suit
For a more detailed analysis of using nuisance to successfully sue major emitters of greenhouse gases, Connecticut v. American Electric, see my article in this week’s Lawyers Weekly.Continue reading the post titled More details on climate change civil suit
Ecojustice puts teeth in SARA
The [applicants] bring this Application only in the face of overwhelming evidence that the Canadian government is attempting to avoid its obligation to implement the SARA so as to protect Canada’s at-risk species.Continue reading the post titled Ecojustice puts teeth in SARA
Is Loblaws Green?
Loblaws has a surprisingly large footprint: 1% of all Canadian waste and 1,000,000 tonnes of CO2e a year.Continue reading the post titled Is Loblaws Green?
New US regulations on climate change
Canada will soon have to require GHG reporting from companies emitting more than 25,000 tonnes. This could be a surprise to the many companies below our current reporting threshold of 100,000 tonnesContinue reading the post titled New US regulations on climate change
Berendsen still under appeal
In response to several queries: no, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has still not released its decision in the groundbreaking Berendsen appeal. Is the court finding the case particularly difficult? Or is it just caught in their backlog? We suspect some of each.Continue reading the post titled Berendsen still under appeal