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Proposed New AEN Environmental Regulatory Caucus

Initiative: 
Proposed Environmental Regulatory Caucus
Position: 
Caucus Members
Application Deadline: 
16 Aug 2013 (All day)

Context

On June 1, 2013 at the Alberta Environmental Network AGM at the Bennett Environmental Centre in Edmonton, Alberta representatives of several member groups proposed the creation of the AEN Environmental Regulatory Caucus.

Caucuses are the action arms of the AEN. They exist for member groups to share resources and jointly work on their shared agendas. Often this involves meeting with government, industry and other relevant sectors. New caucuses and working groups can be initiated if there is sufficient need and member group interest. Read more »

Posted August 6, 2013 by AEN

Update on the Alberta Energy Regulator

Jun 1 2013 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In December 2012, the Government of Alberta passed the Responsible Energy Development Act which creates a single regulator for upstream oil, gas, oil sands and coal projects in Alberta. The regulator will assume the regulatory functions that are currently the resposibility of the Energy Resouces Conservation Board and the Ministry of Environment & Sustainable Resource Development. Read more »

Location

Bennett Centre
9703 94 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6C 3W1

Posted May 22, 2013 by AEN

Invitation to comment on the Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement and 2012 Progress Report

Initiative: 
Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement and 2012 Progress Report
Deadline: 
27 Sep 2013 (All day)

From the International Joint Commission:

You are invited to comment on progress to reduce the impacts of transboundary air pollution under the Canada-United States Air Quality Agreement.   The 2012 Progress Report indicates that our two countries have met their commitments to reduce the pre-cursers of acid rain and ground-level ozone, and provides a summary of cooperative efforts under the Agreement over the past 20 years. The full 2012 Progress Report is available online. Read more »

Posted March 20, 2013 by AEN

Government updates "Guide to Preparing Environmental Impact Assessment Reports in Alberta"

Attention EIA wonks, and anyone interested in the environmental assessment and approvals process in Alberta:

Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development has updated their Guide to Preparing Environmental Impact Assessment Reports in Alberta.

Posted March 8, 2013 by AEN

Responsible Energy Development Act Public Engagement Sessions

Feb 20 2013 (All day) - Mar 13 2013 (All day)

From the Alberta Energy website:

In December, the Responsible Energy Development Act was passed, which creates a single regulator for oil, gas, oil sands and coal projects in the province. Consultations about the regulations under this new Act are now under way.

How would you want to be notified about an energy project near your community? What factors should the Alberta Energy Regulator consider when it makes decisions? What kinds of applications should go to a hearing?

Read more »

Location

various locations, AB

Posted February 26, 2013 by AEN

New Alberta Energy Regulator Consultations

Initiative: 
Responsible Energy Development Act Regulations
Deadline: 
13 Mar 2013 (All day)

From the Alberta Energy website:

In December, the Responsible Energy Development Actexternal link icon was passed, which creates a single regulator for oil, gas, oil sands and coal projects in the province. Consultations about the regulations under this new Act are now under way.

How would you want to be notified about an energy project near your community? What factors should the Alberta Energy Regulator consider when it makes decisions? What kinds of applications should go to a hearing?

Read more »

Posted February 26, 2013 by AEN

Public Education Meeting — From Coal to Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Ontario

Feb 11 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Speakers: Lois Corbett & Dr. Tim Weis 

  • 2-3pm: Public Education Meeting (Room 210)
  • 3-4pm: Discussion (Room 402) - limited to 20 participants, first-come, first-served 

On January 10, Ontario announced that by the end of this year, it will become the first jurisdiction in North America to shut down its coal fleet. This marks the conclusion of a successful transition in just over a decade – ahead of schedule – from relying on coal for 25 per cent of Ontario’s electricity supply to ending entirely its use of coal, while committing to cleaner electricity.

  • What were the factors that led the Ontario government to phase out coal?
  • What conditions facilitated the development of the Green Energy and Economy Act as a platform for the development of the renewable energy industry in Ontario?
  • What are the lessons learned from the Ontario experience, and how can these best practices be translated into the Alberta context?

Lois Corbett and Dr. Tim Weis will address these questions and provide an inspiring and instructive overview of the Ontario story, and how we in Alberta can benefit. Read more »

Location

Room 210, EEEL (Energy, Environment, Experiential Learning) Building
University of Calgary (campus maps at http://www.ucalgary.ca/map/)
Calgary, AB

Posted February 5, 2013 by AEN

Bill 8: Government Listens with Selective Hearing

5 Nov 2012

The recent announcement that the Government of Alberta will introduce Bill 8 (Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2012) to effectively overturn amendments made through Bill 50 (Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009) is underwhelming to say the least.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) applauds the bill that would require all future transmission infrastructure projects go through a full needs-assessment process by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), but we are acutely disappointed that Bill 8 does not address the significant projects approved under Bill 50. Read more »

Posted November 8, 2012 by AEN

New Bill to Address Public Engagement in Public Land Sales

26 Sep 2012

The transfer of yet another 14,000 acres of public land in southern Alberta last week with no public discussion underscores the need for a new, transparent process in the decision to sell public lands.  Bill 202: Public Lands (Grasslands Preservation) Amendment Act, which will have its second reading in legislature this fall, would require Read more »

Posted September 27, 2012 by AEN

Max Bell Public Policy Training Institute Accepting Applications

Oct 31 2012 (All day)

The Max Bell Foundation is now accepting applications for their upcoming Public Policy Training Institute. From their website:

Canadian charities have a long history of helping to inform and shape public policy at municipal, provincial, and federal levels.  For many, it’s a key strategy for advancing their missions.

 

Whether your organization has long experience in public policy or is relatively new to the field, this extraordinary professional development opportunity will help you improve.

 

Read more »

Posted September 27, 2012 by AEN

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