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 28 - April 2021

The Electricity Sector shows Resilience in 2020 and looks to Renew in 2021

The 2021 State of the Canadian Electricity Industry was released on March 17th. This year CEA focused largely on the impacts of the pandemic on our sector, the social challenges affecting our industry, the regulatory landscape and the government’s commitment to Net Zero by 2050. This report will be used broadly in CEA conversations with stakeholders throughout 2021. Over 500 registrants tuned in for the release of the 2021 report which premiered on YouTube. With CEA’s CEO Francis Bradley anchoring the conversation, the premiere included a panel with our Board of Directors and interviews with the CEA executive team. If you missed the premiere, the full-length video is still available for viewing.

Other stories

  • CEA Celebrates its 130th Anniversary as an Association
  • The Canadian Electricity Association Launches Guidance on Advancing Women in Skilled Trades
  • CEA Submits Feedback to Canada Water Agency
  • Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit Regulations Published
  • SE Brand Designation Webinar
  • The Canadian Electricity Association Releases Equal by 30 Commitments
  • Episode 032: Keith Sones of Valard on project complexity and building for the future
  • Episode 031: Equity Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices with Joelle Lancaster and Lyla Garzouz‪i
  • Episode 030: Equity Diversity and Inclusion in the Field with Mackenzie Gillan and Allison Woo‪d
  • Episode 029: Equity Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace with Starlene MacDonal‪d
  • CEA Welcomes 5 New Corporate Partners
  • CEA Proposes Amendments to Bill C-15 (UNDRIP Implementation)
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Issue 27 - March 2021

Canada’s Net Zero Future

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices released its report “Canada’s Net Zero Future” in February, which looks at potential pathways to Net Zero for Canada. The report is a robust piece of research that provides clear analysis of where opportunities for Canada are and what steps are needed. In particular, the report makes a distinction between existing and commercially proven technologies (“safe bets”) and emerging ones where more work is needed (“wildcards”). It emphasizes that each need distinct policy responses but are important to pursue with seriousness. “Safe bets” alone allow Canada to reach 2030 climate targets; “wild cards” will be needed for 2050. For the electricity sector, the report highlights the challenges of building out to meet future needs, including with existing regulatory frameworks.

Other stories

  • CEA Comments on the Announcement of the U.S.-Canada Partnership Roadmap
  • Net Zero Advertising Campaign
  • State of the Industry YouTube Premiere
  • CEA Presents: An International Women’s Day Podcast TAKEOVER
  • Kids Talk Electricity: Episode 7
  • Energy Affordability: What lies ahead?
  • CEA Releases New Data Handbook
  • Coffee Talks with Shahrzad Simab
  • CEA’s Customer Council Launches New E-Billing Report
  • SIPC Q1 Meeting
  • CEA Welcomes a New Corporate Partner
  • Opus One Solutions Announces Additions to the Leadership Team: Primed for Global Growth and Scale
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Issue 26 - February 2021

U.S. Electricity Policy Outlook Webinar

For over 100 years, Canada and the United States have shared a robust and mutually beneficial electricity trade and cooperation relationship. CEA looks forward to continuing to work with the electricity and policy community on both sides of the border to help Canada and the United States meet shared climate and economic goals. Together, we will continue to ensure reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean energy to customers.

On January 28th, CEA was pleased to host a U.S. Electricity Policy Outlook Webinar for members and corporate partners, featuring experts from global law firm Dentons. Panelists discussed the landscape in the U.S. as the new Biden Administration and Congress begin to work on energy and economic policy goals for 2021, including a goal from the Biden Administration to achieve decarbonization of the U.S. electricity sector by 2035.

Key takeaways included on-the-ground insights into the potential energy, climate, trade and security outlooks for 2021, and what they may mean for the Canada-U.S. electricity relationship and members’ business.

Other stories

  • Flux Capacitor Episode 028: Sheryl Riggs, communications and technology for utilities in uncertain times
  • Ready to Respond: The Electricity Sector and Evolving Cyber Threats
  • Powering a nation part one: Where Canada’s electricity comes from
  • CEA Conversation Series Webinar Library
  • CEA Welcomes Four New Corporate Partners
  • Power Marketers Council Q1 Meeting
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Issue 25 - January 2021

CEA Celebrates Electricity Innovation

Every year, the Canadian Electricity Association tells the story of innovation and ingenuity through the Centre of Excellence (CoE). CoE highlights the transformational progress in how electricity yields economic, social and environmental benefits for all Canadians, and will continue to do so, for years to come. In 2020, we added a collection of 19 new projects from 14 members across Canada. Since launching in 2018, we have added 75 new innovations to the Centre of Excellence. From transmission line drones, to a provincially connected EV charging network, to a microgrid operational during wildfire season, these game-changing inventions and their project managers are featured in CEA’s newest interview series “The Future is Now.” Stay tuned to our social media throughout the winter to catch a glimpse of these electrifying stories and our members behind them.

Other stories

  • Clean Electricity Essential to Net-Zero – The Canadian Electricity Association comments on new federal Climate Plan
  • The Canadian Electricity Industry Takes Steps to Accelerate Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • CEA Contributes to the Small Modular Reactor Action Plan
  • CEA responds to Federal Government Hydrogen Strategy
  • National Customer Satisfaction Surveys – Residential and Commercial & Industrial
  • Electricity Sector’s Resilience a Result of Safety-First Culture
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