Lexpert Special Editions

Special Edition on Energy 2016

The Lexpert Special Editions profiles selected Lexpert-ranked lawyers whose focus is in Corporate, Infrastructure, Energy and Litigation law and relevant practices. It also includes feature articles on legal aspects of Canadian business issues.

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WWW.LEXPERT.CA | 2016 | LEXPERT 23 Krawchuk, Leanne C. Dentons Canada LLP (780) 423-7198 leanne.krawchuk@dentons.com Ms. Krawchuk advises mining producers in Canada on corporate/ commercial,construction and procurement, corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions and other mining legal matters including the negotiation of supply agreements with electricity producers. She advises on royalties, price reviews, dedication and unitization agreements and assignments and transfers of mining interests. Kraus, Brent W. Bennett Jones LLP (403) 298-3071 krausb@bennettjones.com Mr. Kraus focuses on M&A and capital market transactions involving clients in the upstream and midstream energy and oilfield services industries. He acts for strategic acquirors and financial investors; local management teams; and investment dealers. King, Richard J. Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (416) 862-6626 rking@osler.com Mr. King advises clients on commercial and regulatory matters related to power project development, power trading and utility regulation, as well as the duty to consult Aboriginal groups regarding large natural resource projects. Killoran, QC, Maureen E. Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (403) 260-7003 mkilloran@osler.com Ms. Killoran, Managing Partner of Osler Calgary, maintains a full litigation practice, representing clients on business critical, commercial and resource industry disputes. She is lead counsel on complex commercial disputes and in the defence of challenges to major resource projects. She is a seasoned trial and appeal lawyer with extensive commercial arbitration experience. Kierans, David B. Gowling WLG (514) 392-9551 david.kierans@gowlingwlg.com Mr. Kierans practises in corporate and commercial law with particular emphasis on secured lending, real estate acquisition and finance, asset- backed and project financing. His experience includes energy-generation projects and P3 project finance. Keough, Loyola G. Bennett Jones LLP (403) 298-3429 keoughl@bennettjones.com Mr. Keough is a partner in the firm's Regulatory Department. He has particular experience in oil, gas, electricity, LNG, rates, facilities and environmental matters. His clients include utilities, pipelines, buyers, producers, shippers and banks. LEXPERT-RANKED LAWYERS coal-fired generation, and how much renewable energy investment is going to be needed to fill the gap over the next five to 10 years? At present, the Alberta govern- ment is reviewing recommendations from the Alberta Electric System Operator on how to proceed in implementing its renewables pro- gram. For Powell, the key question is whether the province will actively support investment in the current market. "Right now there's one of the lowest power pool prices we've seen. What will the government do to en- courage extensive capital investment in renewable projects?" Unlike Ontario, Alberta has not relied on government contracts for electricity infrastructure, but on the market for investment in generation, points out George Vegh, head of Mc- Carthy Tétrault LLP's Toronto en- ergy regulation practice. As Alberta moves off coal, says Vegh, when you require investment in new renew- able facilities, "most jurisdictions in North America and in Europe have found you need additional payments, some sort of support in addition to what's in the market. "e Alberta government, while it's been very clear that it wants this new investment and it wants renew- able power, needs to be equally clear and realistic about how it's going to pay for new facilities." Is gas the new coal? Ontario's new cap and trade regime — which is due to come into effect in 2017 — has generated a new catch phrase in the energy industry: gas is the new coal. "Shutting coal plants down and contracting for 10,000 MW of renewable energy projects in Ontario has seemed like a pretty aggressive green- house gas policy," says Jacob Sadikman, a Toronto- based partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP whose practice focuses on the energy sector. "Now, layering in this cap and trade legislation, frankly, from the perspective of the energy sector, are these legislative decisions making gas the new coal?" As Alberta ponders its next steps, are there les- sons to be learned from Ontario's experiences? Quite possibly, says Vegh. "What's the future for natural gas in Ontario?" he asks. "ere already seems to be some regret on how much gas [produc- tion facilities] Ontario built to replace coal. Some of the indications from the province's Ministry

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