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— Apr 5, 2016
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Demand-Side Mismanagement: How Conservation Became Waste

Demand-Side Mismanagement: How Conservation Became Waste examines energy conservation programs in Ontario such as smart metering, home retrofit rebates for insulation, caulking, etc., and subsidies for consumers who purchase energy-efficient appliances. It finds that Ontario taxpayers and ratepayers have doled out billions of dollars in energy conservation subsidies over the decades with no verifiable evidence that conservation programs actually save consumers money.

— Mar 15, 2016
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Energy costs and Canadian Households: How Much Are We Spending?, identifies the percentage of Canadian households living in energy poverty, which means energy (electricity and home-heating bills) consumes 10 per cent or more of household expenditures. In 2013, 7.9 per cent of Canadian households were living in energy poverty, up from 7.2 per cent in 2010.

— Jan 14, 2016
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pipelines or policies

Pipelines or Policies: What’s Behind the Fall in Investor Confidence in Alberta, spotlights recent oil industry tribulations — such as the Keystone XL pipeline announcement and the Alberta government’s decision to move forward with an energy royalty review — to determine what events have had a greater effect on investor perceptions.

— Dec 1, 2015
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Investor Perceptions of Alberta’s Oil and Gas Policy Changes is a special bulletin examining the Fraser Institute’s 2015 Global Petroleum Survey results for the province of Alberta. The bulletin reveals that perceptions about Alberta as a place to invest are deteriorating thanks in-part to the Alberta government’s recent energy policy initiatives such as an increase to the corporate income tax, changes to environmental policies and a review of the province’s energy royalties.

— Dec 1, 2015
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Global Petroleum Survey 2015

The Fraser Institute’s 2015 Global Petroleum Survey —an international survey of senior executives in the upstream oil and gas sector-- ranks 126 jurisdictions around the world based on their barriers to investment (ie: high taxes, costly regulatory obligations and uncertainty over environmental regulations). In addition to the most current rankings, the annual survey allows for regional comparisons and analysis of jurisdictions that have improved, or fallen behind, in terms of government policies that deter oil and gas investment.

— Oct 29, 2015
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Managing the Risks of Hydraulic Fracturing

Managing the Risks of Hydraulic Fracturing: An Update examines the environmental risks related to hydraulic fracturing (or ‘fracking’), the practice of injecting sand, water, and a relatively small quantity of chemicals  deep underground at high pressures to extract fossil fuels.  The study looks beyond the often-cited claims of anti-fracking activists and spotlights the latest government and academic research about the actual effects of fracking.

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