Current Affairs

Current Affairs is Electricity’s Canada monthly newsletter featuring advocacy efforts, member success stories and news regarding the industry.

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Issue 36 - December 2021

Return to In-Person “Powering Partnerships Summit” a Huge Success

CEA celebrated a strong return to in-person events with three days of meetings including our Policy Summit and Annual Awards Dinner November 23-25. While ensuring necessary COVID precautions were followed including limiting numbers, mandatory vaccination and masking, CEA was pleased to bring together over 150 CEA members, Corporate Partners, energy stakeholders and CEA Staff for a full day of discussions focused on the very near future: 2030. The event featured keynote speakers Dr. Michael Webber from the Webber Energy Group and Susannah Pierce from Shell Canada as well as two panels focused on the future of the sector in 2030. CEA presented the 2021 EV Awards with Plug’n Drive at the dinner reception as well as the Sustainable Electricity Designation which was awarded to Hydro Ottawa.

CEA also formally acknowledged the Occupational Health and Safety Awards, the Sustainable Electricity Awards, the Lifesaver Award winners and the first ever Reliability and Resilience Award.

Other stories

  • CEA Attends COP26
  • Tune in for new Flux Capacitor Episodes
  • The Speech from the Throne
  • Examining Prime Minister Trudeau’s clean, net-zero electrical grid goal for Canada
  • The CEA Conversation Series
  • Transmission Investments Can Pave the Way to a Carbon-Neutral Future in Canada
  • Ontario’s five largest electricity utilities unite to warn of scams this holiday season
  • Lessons learned from a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art distribution automation system upgrade project at California State University Fresno
  • GridEx Tabletop Exercise
  • CEA Welcomes a New Corporate Partner
  • CEA would like to extend a massive thank you to the sponsors of our annual Powering Partnerships Summit 2021
  • DataBytes
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Issue 35 - November 2021

Cabinet of the 44th Parliament

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his post-election cabinet on October 26, 2021. The cabinet has grown incrementally to 39 members—one short of matching the record—and saw substantial changes.

Most departments that CEA interacts with will be working with new Ministers. There was a substantial shakeup in cabinet officials that oversee climate files, with Steven Guilbeault moving to Environment and Climate Change Canada and Jonathan Wilkinson moving to Natural Resources Canada. While most cabinets will have some time to get up to speed on their new files, these two are expected to attend COP 26 which begins next week. CEA expects to be involved with these departments as a Clean Electricity Standard is developed and the Government’s 2035 Net-Zero Electricity Grid commitment is explained.

The House of Commons will return on November 22nd for the Speech from the Throne and speaker selection. In the interim, the Government will announce Parliamentary Secretaries who support Ministers in the House of Commons and Committees. House of Commons committees, including selection of Chairs, will begin in the first weeks after Parliament’s return.

The government will now get back to work as the caretaker convention is lifted. We expect several engagements and consultations to begin in the near term. How these are prioritized will become clearer when mandate letters are released.

For more information please contact Michael Powell.

Other stories

  • Electricity Alliance Canada
  • The Flux Capacitor Episode 046
  • CEA Joins the Canadian Transportation Alliance
  • CEA Presents: DataBytes
  • CEA Prepares for the 2021 Powering Partnership Summit
  • Putting Utility Customers at the Center of Decarbonization Efforts
  • The Transmission Consultative Committee on Outage Statistics
  • October Supply Chain Committee Meeting
  • Opportunity for Members to Participate in the Low Carbon Business Action (LCBA) Canada
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Issue 34 - October 2021

2021 Canadian Federal Election

On September 20th, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were re-elected, once again having to navigate a minority Parliament. No party was able to make significant gains, despite looking like they had made inroads at some points. As in 2019, the Parliament could be quite stable, offering an opportunity for the Liberals to advance their various priorities, including on climate change and post-pandemic recovery.

The overall election results are a virtual mirror to those of 2019. As before, the Liberals will only need the support of one opposition party to pass any legislation, and all opposition caucuses must vote together to defeat them. On the surface, the NDP will likely be the most obvious partner for the Liberals on most issues.

A re-elected Liberal government will provide some certainty as to what our sector should expect going forward. Of note, the Liberal platform included a commitment to introduce a Clean Electricity Standard (CES) and to have a net-zero electricity grid by 2035. A CES had been in the works for some time—CEA was expecting a discussion paper on its construction to be released prior to the election. The 2035 electricity grid commitment is new but is unsurprising inasmuch as it was also a commitment from the Biden administration.

Defining these commitments will be a major area of focus for CEA. We will emphasize the need for an approach from government that will facilitate the investments needed to build this capacity while ensuring the grid remains reliable and affordable.

Other stories

  • CEA Prepares for the 2021 Powering Partnership Summit
  • The Flux Capacitor Episode 045
  • ‘That can keep you up at night’: Lessons for Canada from Europe’s power crisis
  • CEA Presents: DataBytes
  • Data Ownership vs. Data Privacy: A Word of Caution
  • Proactive businesses turning to Specialized Accounts Receivable Management (ARM) companies are yielding exemplary recovery rates
  • Legal Committee Explores Regulatory Reform and Innovation
  • CEA’s Generation Consultative Committee on Outage Statistics Annual Meeting
  • Canada’s net-zero electricity supply, green hydrogen among topics to be discussed at the Canadian Waterpower Week
  • CEA welcomes a new Corporate Partner
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Issue 33 - September 2021

We Are Having a Federal Election

After months of speculation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Governor-General Mary Simon in August to call an election for September 20th.

The Liberals game plan seems to be using their COVID-19 response, particularly the success of the vaccination campaign, to coast to a majority government. Actual campaigns upend this, with the Liberals and Conservatives now neck and neck.

For the electricity sector, there are a number of things to watch as the campaign continues. In particular, we are watching how climate policy is discussed. Even though it has not been a dominant theme thus far, it will inevitably become a more prominent issue as election day approaches. It is the clearest distinction between the Conservatives and Liberals with marked differences between 2030 GHG targets and carbon taxation policies. In either case, it is clear that market and technological forces will be encouraging change no matter what.

Electrification will drive much of Canada’s decarbonization efforts, and the Federal government has projected that Canada will need 2-3 times as much clean power by 2050 to meet current net zero goals. Building this capacity—while also making sure that the system stays affordable and reliable—will require clear, sustained, and focused direction from whoever forms government.

Other stories

  • CEA Calls for Support for Clean, Reliable, and Affordable Electricity in 2022 Pre-Budget Consultations
  • The Flux Capacitor Episode 042
  • The Flux Capacitor Episode 043
  • The Flux Capacitor Episode 044
  • Canada-US Electricity Microsite
  • CEA Releases Updated E-Billing Report
  • CEA Powering Partnerships Summit
  • Modernizing the Grid: Adapting to the Use of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
  • Extending Canada’s Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance Classes: In Time and Scope
  • CEA Presents: DataBytes
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Issue 32 - August 2021

Unpacking Net Zero Commitments on the Flux Capacitor

This Spring, CEA launched a new series on the Flux Capacitor podcast, to shine a light on the role of electricity in the fight against climate change. With the Government of Canada recently passing Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, CEA member companies are stepping up with their own ambitious targets. During the podcast series, Flux Capacitor host Francis Bradley unpacks individual company net zero commitments to understand pathways for achieving set goals and the role of electricity as a solution for climate change. In addition to member company executives, the series also features Mollie Johnson from Natural Resources Canada to better understand the government perspective.

You can listen to the first 5 podcasts in this series now live, with more to come:

Other stories

  • 2021 Centre of Excellence Application
  • The Flux Capacitor Episode 038
  • The Flux Capacitor Episode 039
  • The Flux Capacitor Episode 040
  • New CEA Reliability and Resiliency Award
  • The 2021 Electric Vehicle Awards
  • EVCx Forum
  • Advocacy Success: Woodpecker Regulations Delayed
  • CEA Prepares for the Upcoming Federal Election
  • CEA Presents: DataBytes
  • CEA welcomes a new Corporate Partner
  • Supply Chain Committee Hosts Mini-Meeting
  • COVID-19 Information Sharing
  • #AskALineworker Video
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Issue 31 - July 2021

CEA Celebrates National Lineworker Appreciation Day

Every year, the Canadian Electricity Association and our member companies from coast to coast, recognize National Lineworker Appreciation Day on July 10th. Lineworkers are the brave individuals who maintain complex electricity grids across cities, provinces, and territories. Often faced with working in extreme conditions, lineworkers are trained to work efficiently, safely, and collaboratively to keep the lights on.

This is the second year that Canadians have had to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and we give our thanks to those who risk their lives to power the essential services that keep us going. With the Government of Canada’s goal of reaching net zero by 2050, lineworkers are regularly installing new technologies to modernize our grid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As climate change continues to bring extreme weather conditions causing power outages, lineworkers are among the first responders to serve our communities. Join CEA and electricity companies across Canada on July 10th to recognize these essential workers.

Other stories

  • New Episodes of the Flux Capacitor
  • Newfoundland Power Receives Sustainable Electricity Company Designation from the Canadian Electricity Association
  • The 2021 Electric Vehicle Awards
  • CEA Presents: The Grid 2021
  • New CEA Reliability Award
  • Panel Interview on Advancing Women in Skilled Trades
  • CEA’s Spring Policy Symposium
  • CEA Regulatory Forum
  • Federal Regulatory Roadmap
  • ENMAX and Cadillac Fairview to test network innovation through solar installation
  • Service Continuity Committee Digital Workshop
  • Internal Audit Committee Focuses on Cybersecurity
  • Key Accounts Working Group Meeting
  • CEA’s Customer Council Spring Meeting
  • Canada-US Event & New Cross Border Electricity Pape
  • CEA-EHRC Future of Work Event
  • CEA Supply Chain Committee Meeting
  • CEA Virtual SIPC Meeting
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