E N E R G Y  &  E N V I R O N M E N T

Energy drives all economic activity, and no industrial or post-industrial society can do without plentiful, affordable supplies of it. Consumers and businesses need affordable, reliable energy to conduct their day-to-day affairs, and energy production can be a viable industry and driver of economic growth. This is particularly true in a country as vast and as cold as ours.

AIMS research focuses on generating ideas that can help ensure that all Canadians have access to affordable and reliable energy, and examines policy ideas that can help ensure the successful, sustainable development of Atlantic Canada’s energy resources. We focus on a wide range of energy policy issues including those surrounding electricity, oil and gas, tidal power and wind generation.

POLICY PAPERS & OP-ED COMMENTARIES

 

Trouble on the horizon

By JOHN RISLEY (AIMS Chairman) • Atlantic Business Magazine, 24 October 2016 At the time of this writing, the U.S. election results are uncertain. However, whatever the outcome, it is really important we understand our relationship with America is about to change. I say that because trade — free trade ...
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Government must push forward with Energy East process

By JACKSON DOUGHART (Policy Analyst) 12 Sep 2016 From the Charlottetown Guardian and the Journal-Pioneer. Progress on the Energy East pipeline is stalling. The National Energy Board recently cancelled a scheduled week of hearings into the project in Montreal, citing security concerns from environmentalist demonstrations. More successes from Energy East ...
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/ / Commentary, Energy

It’s time to rally behind Canada’s oil and gas sector

By ROBERT ROACH (Senior Fellow) 10 Sep 2016 From Troy Media. Was Ontario's auto sector in worse shape during the global financial meltdown of 2009 than Alberta's energy patch was during the global oil glut of 2015? An internal federal government memo recently uncovered by the Canadian Press suggests it ...
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/ / Commentary, Energy

New Brunswick failing on trade, natural resources

Vice President of Research John Williamson writes that bad economic policies in New Brunswick gives one the impression that its government has stopped trying to reverse the province's woes. Banning hydraulic fracking, maintaining protectionist measures on alcohol, and inadequate education are mixing with outmigration to produce an economic death spiral ...
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Corporate social responsibility has gone off the rails

AIMS Senior Fellow Patrick Luciani argues in the Financial Post that today's in-vogue language about corporate social responsibilities is bunk. "Why are businesses so ashamed to admit they’re in business to make money?" he asks, when "people-before-profits is just code for increasing the costs of goods for all of us." ...
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/ / Commentary, Energy
MEDIA MENTIONS

 

Atlantic Canada gas opportunities about more than extraction (Sackville Tribune-Post)

From the Sackville Tribune-Post: The report examines the overall regulatory framework, planned infrastructure projects, and emerging natural gas opportunities and technologies. Author Andrew Pickford contends in Gas Opportunities for Atlantic ...
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Media Release: Gas Opportunities for Atlantic Canada

Opportunity is Knocking – Will We Answer? Gas Opportunities in Atlantic Canada About More than Extraction Halifax – The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) today released a report on ...
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U.S. power market may be harder to crack than expected

Originally published in the Chronicle Herald.The New England electricity market may not prove to be as lucrative as green-energy developers in Atlantic Canada think, a Maine-based energy expert says.Gordon Weil ...
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Media Release: Binnion to deliver “game changing” speech on hydraulic fracturing in New Brunswick

September 29, 2015Halifax – The case for hydraulic fracturing in New Brunswick will receive a new boost this October as the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) invites renowned energy ...
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