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Energy Market Update: May 2018

Alberta  New centre aims to capture CO2 and monetize the emissions The goal of a new laboratory on the outskirts of Calgary is to not only capture harmful greenhouse gas emissions, but find a way to make money from the carbon dioxide. The $20-million centre will be […]

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Energy Market Update: April 2018

Alberta  Enmax dividend falls as industry faces uncertain times Enmax’s annual dividend to the City of Calgary dropped last year in what the utility’s CEO called a challenging time for the electricity industry. The City will collect $40 million from last year’s operations at Enmax, but that’s […]

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Energy Market Update: March 2018

Alberta  Alberta’s low electricity costs to shoot up in April Electricity costs are set to jump significantly in April for Albertans, but the spike will only be reflected on some customers’ bills. Electricity rates are set to nearly double between March and April for customers of Enmax Energy, Direct […]

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Energy Market Update: February 2018

  Alberta  Electricity deal clinches $100M bitcoin mining operation in Medicine Hat The City of Medicine Hat has agreed to supply electricity and lease land to a Toronto-based cryptocurrency mining company in a deal that will see $100 million in construction spending in the southern Alberta city. […]

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Energy Market Update: January 2018

Alberta  Alberta urged to require licensed land agents as wind and solar boom takes off As Alberta readies itself for a renewable energy boom that’ll soon see dozens of wind and solar projects added to the landscape, there are calls for the province to require renewable-energy companies […]

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Energy Market Update: December 2017

Alberta  Varcoe: Alberta power prices and consumer surcharge heading higher For the past three years, Albertans have enjoyed cheap electricity rates due to falling industrial demand and low natural gas prices, among several factors. Analysts’ forecasts and prices on the forward market are pointing in the same […]

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Energy Market Update: October 2017

Alberta   TransCanada doubles down on oil and gas infrastructure after selling solar assets for $540M Calgary-based pipeline giant TransCanada sold its solar power portfolio to a subsidiary of Montreal’s Axium Infrastructure Inc. for $540 million, capturing a price appreciation of $83 million in around three years. The […]

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Energy Market Update: November 2017

  Alberta  Varcoe: Alberta’s new carbon tax on industry will cut emissions, but drive up costs Two things are apparent coming out of the provincial government’s big announcement about changes to overhaul its carbon tax on big industrial operations. No. 1: The shift should lead to less […]

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Energy Market Update: September 2017

Alberta  Balancing Pools saves $500M by cancelling PPAs, but power bills expected to rise The Alberta Balancing Pool has decided to terminate two power purchase arrangements (PPAs) for units at the Sundance coal-fired generating plant, which is owned by Calgary-based TransAlta Corp. That should help save consumers […]

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Energy Market Update: August 2017

Alberta  Calgary completes conversion of 80K street lights to LED, expects $5M in annual savings Calgary has finished replacing 80,000 street lights with LED bulbs more than a year ahead of schedule. The project cost $32 million and is expected to save the city approximately $5 million […]

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