Sharon Wong
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4178

Sharon practises energy law, with a focus on regulatory matters and complex commercial arrangements. She acts for sophisticated electricity industry clients on a wide range of regulatory and commercial issues. Her clients include electricity generators, industrial customers seeking to enter into distributed generation and storage agreements, energy traders who import and export electricity, and clients involved in M&A transactions related to energy companies. Sharon represents clients at regulatory hearings and in compliance investigations, and has extensive experience advising with respect to power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, district energy arrangements, and other complex contracts in the energy area.

Sharon also advises clients on litigation issues relating to the power industry, including commercial disputes, product liability, breach of contract claims, construction claims, and negligence matters.

Sharon has appeared as trial and appellate counsel before all levels of courts in Ontario and before various federal courts and tribunals. In addition to representing her clients' interests in court, she also works closely with her clients to develop practical and cost-effective solutions to their problems, including through mediation and arbitration.

SELECT EXPERIENCE
  • Provided regulatory advice with respect to H2O Power’s $400-million private placement of fixed-rate senior secured notes to refinance the long-term operation of eight hydroelectric generating facilities in Ontario

  • Provided regulatory advice in respect of a competitive bid to acquire multiple hydroelectric generating facilities in Ontario, and providing ongoing regulatory, litigation and First Nation/aboriginal advice to the hydroelectric generator

  • Represented a wind developer before the Environmental Review Tribunal in respect to the appeal of the Renewable Energy Approval for its wind project

  • Represented major Canadian renewable generators and electricity traders and in various disputes with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) over settlement credits

  • Represented a major Canadian renewable energy developer with respect to land requirements and easement agreements for construction of a proposed two-circuit, 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line running approximately 90 km

  • Represented Canadian Hydro Developers in their successful application to the OEB for leave to construct a 230 kV electricity transmission line and associated facilities from Wolfe Island under the waters of Lake Ontario to the city of Kingston

  • Represented Yellow Falls Power Limited Partnership in their successful application to the OEB for leave to construct a 25 km transmission line in northern Ontario, including advising on First Nation/aboriginal issues relating to the project

  • Advised a large commercial entity in respect of a long term district energy contract

  • Advised a large Canadian retailer in respect of a joint venture with a power producer in connection with the installation and operation of back-up generators at various retail locations in Ontario and the resulting impact on their participation in Ontario's IESO-controlled power markets

  • Advised on several proposed Global Adjustment cost savings agreements related to the installation of onsite generation and storage

  • Provided regulatory advice to EPCOR Utilities Inc. and Capital Power Corporation in respect to Capital Power's C$500-million initial public offering of its common shares

  • Represented Union Gas (a Spectra Energy company) and Dawn Gateway Pipeline Limited Partnership at the OEB in regulatory proceedings related to the development of the Dawn Gateway Pipeline, in which the OEB granted a new form of complaints-based, light-handed regulation, never before used in Ontario

  • Representing Union Gas in the Natural Gas Electricity Interface Review proceeding in which the OEB decided to refrain from regulating a large portion of Union's natural gas storage business

  • Acting for Union Gas in subsequent OEB proceedings relating to the allocation of natural gas storage capacity in Ontario

  • Acting for Union Gas in respect of a dispute relating to a municipal franchise agreement to operate gas pipelines in the city of Kingston, initially before the OEB, then on appeal to the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Sharon is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publication:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Energy Regulatory Law)
PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Environmental Law, December 10, 2018.
Global Legal Insights, November, 2018.
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