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Canadian energy and climate policies: A SWOT analysis in search of federal/provincial coherence

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  • Fertel, Camille
  • Bahn, Olivier
  • Vaillancourt, Kathleen
  • Waaub, Jean-Philippe
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    This paper presents an analysis of Canadian energy and climate policies in terms of the coherence between federal and provincial/territorial strategies. After briefly describing the institutional, energy, and climate contexts, we perform a SWOT analysis on the themes of energy security, energy efficiency, and technology and innovation. Within this analytical framework, we discuss the coherence of federal and provincial policies and of energy and climate policies. Our analysis shows that there is a lack of consistency in the Canadian energy and climate strategies beyond the application of market principles. Furthermore, in certain sectors, the Canadian approach amounts to an amalgam of decisions made at a provincial level without cooperation with other provinces or with the federal government. One way to improve policy coherence would be to increase the cooperation between the different jurisdictions by using a combination of policy tools and by relying on existing intergovernmental agencies.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

    Volume (Year): 63 (2013)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 1139-1150

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:63:y:2013:i:c:p:1139-1150

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    Keywords: Canadian energy and climate policies; SWOT analysis; Federal–provincial governance structure;

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