Stratos Contribution to the Federal Regulatory Review Process - Cross-Jurisdictional International Review of Energy Regulators

The Government of Canada is currently undertaking an important review of environmental and regulatory processes with a focus on:

  • Reviewing federal environmental assessment processes;

  • Modernizing the National Energy Board; and

  • Restoring lost protections and introducing modern safeguards to the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act.

This review has advanced through the work of two Parliamentary Committees and two Expert Panels. Consultation with Indigenous Peoples, key interests and the public has been an important aspect of the review process. All four of the Committee / Panel reports have been completed:

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/conservation/assessments/environmental-reviews.html

In support of this important work, Stratos was commissioned to prepare a cross-jurisdictional review of Canadian and international energy regulators for Natural Resources Canada and the National Energy Board Modernization Expert Panel. The report mirrored the focus of the NEB modernization effort, examining the mandate, the role, and the governance structure and processes of 11 energy regulators around the world.

 

Jur* Acronym

Energy Regulator

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NEB

National Energy Board

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CNSC

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

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BCOGC

British Columbia Oil & Gas Commission

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AER

Alberta Energy Regulator

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OEB

Ontario Energy Board

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FERC

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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PHMSA

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

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EPA

Environmental Protection Agency

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NVE

Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate

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AUSER

Australian Energy Regulator

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NZP&M

New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

 

The study examined six distinct themes: mandate; governance; decision-making roles; tools for lifecycle oversight; public participation and Indigenous peoples engagement. The findings are discussed by theme and summarized through individual case studies of regulators. The report is publicly available on the Panel’s website.

For more information on the report or its findings, please contact George Greene (Founding Chair) or Adam Fryer (Senior Consultant).