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Energy Market Update July 2017

Alberta  Power consumption record broken as temperatures top 30 C in parts of Alberta Alberta set a new summer record for power consumption, peaking at 10,852 megawatts on July 27, as the hot weather had people retreating to the comfort of air conditioners. The power consumption record […]

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Energy Market Update: June 2017

Alberta  Edmonton launches pilot project to track building energy efficiency The city launched a three-year pilot project to track the energy efficiency of its large buildings, hoping to have as many as 300 taking part in the voluntary program. The city will track indicators related to how […]

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Energy Market Update: May 2017

Alberta  Energy-hungry Albertans at the top of the charts for federal carbon tax costs According to estimates by University of Calgary economist Jennifer Winter, the carbon tax will cost Albertan households about $827 per year if the carbon tax excludes electricity, which the provincial one currently does. […]

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Energy Market Update: April 2017

Alberta  Alberta government provides rebates of up to $3,500 for energy efficient homes Provincial government rebates are being made available to Alberta homeowners who want to upgrade their windows, insulation and hot water heaters. The NDP government says starting April 28, rebates of up to $3,500 will […]

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Energy Market Update December 2016

Alberta  A total of 630 abandoned oil wells have been counted as part of the newest fiscal year update by the Orphan Well Association (OWA) group in Alberta. Abandoned wells indicate bankruptcy on the part of the oil producer and failure to make payments to the landowners […]

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Energy Market Update November 2016

Alberta  Starting on June 1, 2017, the Alberta NDP government will cap the consumer power rates at 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour in the first step to moving away from the current deregulated market. The cap rate is based on a 5 year forecast conducted by private […]

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Energy Market Update October 2016

Alberta  Kent Howie, a Calgary Lawyer and specialist in the energy industry believes the NDP’s goal to phase out coal generation will not be as costly as everyone expects. Taking the lead from places such as California, Germany, and Ontario, Alberta can learn from their mistakes and […]

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Energy Market Update September 2016

 Alberta Three new oilsands projects were approved on September 15th which could produce up to 95,000 barrels per day and 2.5 megatonnes of emissions per year. Due to the low price of oil there is no current plan to begin building any of the projects. Alberta Energy […]

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Energy Market Update August 2016

 Alberta The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will release information on the performance of Alberta pipeline operators by early 2017 with plans to release similar information in future years on oil and gas wells and coal operations. Jim Ellis, AER chief executive, states that releasing this information will […]

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Energy Market Update July 2016

 Alberta The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is imploring for pipeline operators to put into place better and more secure pipeline leak detection. In the past three years there have been reports of approximately 23 spills in the province.  In investigating these spills, the AER discovered that in […]

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