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Energy Market Update: August 2018

Alberta   AltaGas aims to raise $1 billion from utilities spinoff AltaGas Ltd. is planning to spin out its Canadian utilities business in an initial public offering this year in order to pay down debt. The Calgary-based midstream company announced Thursday plans for an IPO, along with debt […]

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Energy Market Update: July 2018

Alberta  Alberta issues $70M challenge to companies to develop cleaner tech The Government of Alberta has funded a $70-million challenge with the goal of encouraging companies in the biotechnology, electricity and sustainable transportation industries to come up with cleaner technology. Funds for the BEST challenge — which stands […]

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Energy Market Update – June 2018

Alberta  Calgarians, brace yourselves: Your water bill could spike by $200 a year or so City council has paved the way for slightly higher utility bills in this November’s four-year budget. The final budget proposal will be worked out over the next few months. But council approved […]

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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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