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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

Time to get serious about interprovincial electricity trade

Opinion|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.
The Generation Energy Council’s new report is less of a blueprint than a North Star for Canada’s clean-energy future, pointing us to where Canadians want to go, and how to achieve that transformation.
Opinion|Elizabeth May
Why is there no federal program to help business, homeowners and institutions— basically anyone with a roof—install solar panels? Where are the innovations to develop stored water systems for renewable energy storage across Canada? Why do we continue to act as though we have all the time in the world?
Instead of demonizing major investors in renewable energy, Canada needs to champion all sectors in Canadian responsible resource development.
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News|Neil Moss
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