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Time to get serious about interprovincial electricity trade

By Nick Martin      

The federal government has an important leadership role to play. It can provide incentives for provinces to come to the table and remove unnecessary barriers to electricity trade.

Electricity generation is largely under provincial jurisdiction, so nothing will happen if the provinces don’t want it. If done right, improved electricity trade will benefit all provinces involved by lowering costs while helping the country achieve its climate goals. Electricity trade should not become enmeshed in unrelated provincial disputes, writes Nick Martin. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay
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With cross-border clashes on issues, ranging from pipelines, to booze, to out-of-province licence plates, the provinces have room for improvement when it comes to working together. It’s no different when it comes to electricity. While restrictions on bringing some beer across provincial borders (as in the recent Comeau case in the Supreme Court) can be inconvenient, barriers to interprovincial electricity trade can have costly implications for Canada’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Enabling more electricity trade between

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