CCRE Commentary Overview

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The CCRE Commentary publications are authored by recognized experts and are intended to present fact-based, reasoned opinions and points of view about the some of the challenging issues facing the energy sector. These commentaries, each focused on a single subject, are aimed at extending the value of the CCRE’s existing network and conference discussions.

They are also meant to stimulate a broader and more inclusive public forum to help advance a fuller understanding of available clean, reliable energy system options for the future. As each Commentary is electronically published it becomes part of the CCRE’s Publication Library. These are available for free and can be downloaded from the CCRE’s website. As each Commentary is released a copy is also emailed to our subscriber list and to key stakeholders in government, agencies, institutions and organizations involved in the energy sector.

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Do you have an opinion, information, or analysis that you would like to share? Please consider authoring an article for an upcoming CCRE Commentary. More details are provided in the Author Guide, but the first step is to contact us.

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CCRE Commentary Publications

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Renewables-based Distributed Energy Resources in Ontario: A Three-Part Series of Unfortunate Truths Part 3 – Economic Implications of “Made in Ontario”

“Affordable energy infrastructure underpins economic competitiveness.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information In “Renewables-based Distributed Energy Resources in Ontario: A Three-Part Series of Unfortunate Truths. Part 3 – Economic Implications of “Made in Ontario””, author and principle consultant at Strategic Policy Economics …

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Renewables-based Distributed Energy Resources in Ontario: A Three-Part Series of Unfortunate Truths Part 2: Ratepayer Cost Implications

“Intermittency makes a solar option 50% or $2.5B/year more costly than a nuclear option.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information by Marc Brouillette May 2019 In “Renewables-based Distributed Energy Resources in Ontario: A Three-Part Series of Unfortunate Truths, Part 2 – …

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Renewables-based Distributed Energy Resources in Ontario: A Three-Part Series of Unfortunate Truths Part 1: Intermittency Considerations

Download PDF Author’s Contact Information In “Renewables-based Distributed Energy Resources in Ontario: A Three-Part Series of Unfortunate Truths, Part 1 – Intermittency Considerations” author Marc Brouillette describes how the intermittency of renewable generation resulting from Ontario’s climate and geography, undermines their potential …

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Fit To be Untied. How A New Provincial Government Can Unravel Feed-in Tarif Electricity Contracts

“A newly elected Ontario legislature could terminate or amend FIT contracts as it chose.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information CCRE Commentary – FIT to be Untied by Bruce Pardy – April 2018In “FIT to be Untied” author and Professor of Law, Bruce …

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Ontario’s High-Cost Wind Millstone

“Wind costs four-times higher than average electricity.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information by Marc Brouillette June 2017 In “Ontario’s High-Cost Wind Millstone” author Marc Brouillette concludes there is already an excess of wind-powered electricity and that any plans for further expansion will …

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Buying Electricity from Quebec – The Case Against New Intertie Capacity

“Increased Quebec import capacity would be 50% more expensive than in-province alternatives.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information by Marc Brouillette June 2017 In “Buying Electricity from Quebec – The Case Against New Intertie Capacity” author Marc Brouillette outlines how the $3.3 billion …

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A Truly Smart Electricity Price Plan For Ontario

“There’s a better way to price electricity.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information by Paul Acchione April 2016 In “A Truly Smart Electricity Price Plan for Ontario” author Paul Acchione outlines how Ontario’s existing smart metering and renewable electricity generation investments can work …

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Apples To Apples: Fixing Ontario’s Electricity Price Mismatch

“Ontario real-time prices are nowhere near equivalent to those in its export markets.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information by Greg Baden August 2015 In “Apples to Apples: Fixing Ontario’s Electricity Price Mismatch” author Greg Baden analyzes why Ontarians pay as much as …

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Rethinking Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan

“Compared to hydro, other renewables cost twice as much for one-third less power.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information by Marc Brouillette December 2014 In “Rethinking Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan” author Marc Brouillette outlines how Ontario’s 2013 long term energy plan will not …

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Ensuring Customers Benefit When Electric Utilities Combine

“Affordable energy infrastructure underpins economic competitiveness.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information by Don Carmichael September 2013 In “Ensuring Customers Benefit when Electric Utilities Combine” author and investment banker Don Carmichael finds that Ontario electricity customers are missing out on savings when their …

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Overcoming Public Opposition To New Electricity Infrastructure Projects

“Affordable energy infrastructure underpins economic competitiveness.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information April 2013 In “Overcoming Public Opposition to New Electricity Infrastructure Projects” author Emay Cowx outlines the importance of understanding the values of stakeholders when building acceptance for electricity projects. Traditionally, project …

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Reforming Ontario’s Electricity Distribution Sector

“More economical electricity delivery can be achieved by reducing substantially the large number of distributors.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information by David McFadden February 2013 In “Reforming Ontario’s Electricity Distribution Sector” author David McFadden, one of the members of the government-appointed panel …

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Hope Is Not Enough: Inspiring Better Energy Policy

“Hope is at the root of who we are as humans. It is in our nature. We want to believe.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information by Stephen Lightfoot, Eng. November 2012 In “Hope is not enough: Inspiring better energy policy” author Steven …

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Putting The Pieces Back Together: “True Pricing” For Ontario Electricity

“Without changes, the pricing problems with associated with the Global Adjustment will continue to grow.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information by Greg Baden and Lucia Tomson July 2012 In “Putting the Pieces Back Together: “True Pricing” for Ontario Electricity” authors Greg Baden …

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Candu At Darlington: Securing Jobs And Energy For The New Economy

“Enhanced CANDU6 reactors are the best choice.” Download PDF Author’s Contact Information by Don Lawson February 2012 In “CANDU at Darlington: Securing Jobs and Energy for the new Economy”, the author Don Lawson makes a strong case for negotiations to start …

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