Natural Resources

— Aug 11, 2020
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Ontario Government Perpetuates Poor Electricity Policy

Ontario Government Perpetuates Poor Electricity Policy is a new study that examines the current Ontario government's inability to resolve the province’s long-running electricity problems. Crucially, government subsidies for electricity producers and consumers in Ontario makes it nearly impossible for Ontarians to determine the true costs of electricity since they are incurring costs both in their hydro bills and with their taxes.

— Jul 21, 2020
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Stimulating Economic Growth through Abundant Energy

Stimulating Economic Growth Through Abundant Energy finds that access to affordable, abundant energy promotes economic growth and could help Canada recover from the COVID recession. In particular, a ten per cent increase in energy use is associated with a 1.16 per cent increase in GDP. Critically, Canada’s economic growth over the past decade was already weaker than several other developed countries including the United States, Germany, Japan, and the whole G7 group of economies, on average.

— Feb 25, 2020
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2019

This year’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies finds that, for the first time in 10 years, no Canadian jurisdiction ranks in the top 10 for “investment attractiveness” according to mining executives and investors.

— Nov 21, 2019
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Evaluating Alberta's Energy Regulator

Evaluating Alberta’s Energy Regulator finds that any meaningful reform of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) must target the corporation’s regulatory objectives, decision-making process and procedures because a sleeker, more efficient AER would be a big step in the right direction for Alberta and Canada as a whole.

— Nov 14, 2019
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Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2019

The Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey finds that Texas is more than twice as attractive for oil and gas investment than Alberta. Specifically, uncertain environmental regulations, regulatory inconsistencies and pipeline constraints are major deterrents to greater energy investment in Alberta and across Canada. In fact, the study also ranks 20 North American jurisdictions based on policies affecting oil and gas investment, and Saskatchewan was Canada’s highest-ranked province at 13th out of 20. Alberta ranked 16th, and Texas ranked 1st overall.

— Nov 5, 2019
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The Ontario Government’s Electricity Policies 2018–2019

The Ontario Government’s Electricity Policies 2018-2019: How They Are Failing and How to Fix Them finds that electricity prices in Ontario have continued to rise over the past year, despite the Ontario government’s attempts to lower them. In fact, even with a new debt-funded government subsidy, residential electricity prices in Toronto rose by five per cent from April 2018 to April 2019 and residents across Ontario are paying 22 per cent more (on average) for electricity than the rest of Canada.

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