ANALYSIS: Should Ontario Pursue Virtual Net Metering?

Virtual net metering is a program which, if implemented, would supplement Ontario’s already developed net metering policy. To realize the potential of virtual net metering, understanding the basics of regular net metering is important.   Net metering is a credit system for homeowners producing their own renewable energy. While multiple forms of renewable energy qualifyContinue reading “ANALYSIS: Should Ontario Pursue Virtual Net Metering?”

ANALYSIS: Should Ontario Pursue Third-Party Ownership for Solar Modules?

Between Kathleen Wynne and Doug Ford, Ontario has now experienced two government’s vastly different approaches on how to handle the rapidly growing solar industry. The former Liberal government introduced the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) and Micro-FIT program, which offered highly subsidized rates for homeowners who bought residential solar panels. In contrast, the current Progressive Conservative government hasContinue reading “ANALYSIS: Should Ontario Pursue Third-Party Ownership for Solar Modules?”

ANALYSIS: How Can Municipalities Mitigate Climate Change?

When discussing strategies to mitigate climate change, responsibility tends to fall entirely on provincial and federal governments. Municipalities are often excluded from the conversation, which is unfortunate, as they play an important role in developing environmental public policy.  All levels of government must be included in climate mitigation discussions if Canada is to reach theContinue reading “ANALYSIS: How Can Municipalities Mitigate Climate Change?”

ANALYSIS: How Does Government Policy Impact Solar Investments?

Growth in solar energy has exploded in the last decade, largely because of the technology’s price reduction. While market trends make it clear that solar energy is here to stay, the growth of the industry has varied substantially across Canada’s Provinces. This is primarily due to differing levels of government support for renewable energy. TheContinue reading “ANALYSIS: How Does Government Policy Impact Solar Investments?”

ANALYSIS: Can Changes to US Energy Policy Save the Coal Industry?

Throughout the 2016 Presidential election campaign, Donald Trump emphasized the revival of the coal industry as a major platform pillar. Yet nearly three years after winning the electoral college, the coal industry’s fortunes are still looking grim. Trump frequently speaks of his accomplishment in reviving coal, but the industry has yet to reverse its downwardContinue reading “ANALYSIS: Can Changes to US Energy Policy Save the Coal Industry?”