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EnergyMatters@Ivey

Welcome to the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre blog, EnergyMatters@Ivey. The intent of the blog series is to offer an independent and fact-based economic perspective on current energy policy matters, and to broaden public awareness of the issues.

Sep 9, 2019

The left hand, right hand approach to electricity policy

You have probably heard the expression, “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing” to convey that there is a state of confusion or inconsistency within a group or organization. Is Ontario using a left hand, right hand approach to manage its electricity sector?
Aug 15, 2019

Understanding regulatory independence

The independence of energy regulators is a hot topic. Guy Holburn and Karen Taylor discuss recent research illustrating that independence is a more complex and nuanced attribute than is commonly assumed – and some regulators in Canada are structurally more independent from government than others.
Jun 13, 2019

A closer look at household energy bills in Quebec and Ontario

Hydro Quebec’s yearly report offers a useful comparison of household electricity rates, but what about how typical consumption levels vary by city, or usage of different energy fuels, such as natural gas?
Apr 2, 2019

Regulating in the public interest: Moving beyond the recommendations of the OEB Modernization Review Panel

On March 15th, the Ontario government released the final report of the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Modernization Review Panel. We weigh in on the report's recommendations.
Mar 4, 2019

Energy matters: Radically engaging with society

Zsolt Vigh, President of the MBA Energy Club, shares key takeaways from an Ivey Idea Forum which took place in January.
Jan 10, 2019

Regulating Ontario’s electricity sector in the public interest (Pt. 4)

When it comes to regulating the electricity sector, the public interest matters. Brian Rivard discusses possible reforms.
Nov 8, 2018

Delegating regulatory decision-making in the electricity sector (Pt. 3)

When should government delegate authority to an arms-length regulator and how should this authority be prescribed? Brian Rivard discusses how this applies to Ontario’s electricity sector.
Nov 6, 2018

Why regulate Ontario’s electricity sector? (Pt. 2)

To assess the appropriateness of a regulatory framework, we first need to understand why governments regulate in the first place. Brian Rivard explores this in relation to Ontario’s electricity sector.
Oct 11, 2018

Regulating Ontario’s electricity sector (Pt. 1)

What is the best path forward for evolving Ontario’s regulatory framework for Ontario’s electricity sector? Brian Rivard weighs in on why, when, and how to regulate.
Aug 30, 2018

What sort of energy consumer are you?

Do you embrace smart energy technologies that fit your environmental consciousness and high-tech lifestyle? Or are you fine with the status quo of your bill and electric company’s offerings? At Ivey, we've been thinking about these questions, too.