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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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Energy Market Update: June 2016

 Alberta In mid-June, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) introduced a new regulation, part of which governs companies looking to buy and sell assets, stating that they will have to meet a new and higher threshold for proving their financial capabilities for cleaning up old wells. The new […]

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Energy Market Update: May 2016

 Alberta In the past few months Alberta has seen the highest use of wind energy, with a record 22 per cent of the provinces power generation coming from wind power on April 9, at 1 a.m. Additionally, on May 8, 2016 at 8 a.m. Alberta saw the […]

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Iceland Carbon Dioxide Storage Project

Iceland Carbon Dioxide Storage Project Locks Away Gas, and Fast As the concern for climate change increases, so have discussions on carbon capture and sequestration. An example would be removing carbon dioxide from a coal-burning power plant’s smokestack and transporting it deep underground so it wouldn’t be […]

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Energy Market Update – April 2016

 Alberta A new energy conservation program is being introduced costing the province $645 million over five years. The province hopes to recover $2 billion back in energy savings and eliminating emissions. There are no details yet as to how the program will run as Environment Minister Shannon […]

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Energy Market Update – March 2016

 Alberta The city of Edmonton will likely pay between 4 to 6 million dollars as part of the Alberta Carbon Tax program. The provincial universal carbon tax is set at $20/tonne of carbon dioxide which will increase to $30/tonne by 2018. The city executive committee, which includes […]

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Energy Market Update: February 2016

 Alberta Originally built in 1954, ATCO Power’s aptly named Battle River Generating Station can turn out 689 megawatts of power. Westmoreland has a contract to supply the Battle River plant with coal until 2022, just eight years before the provincial government has committed to eliminating coal-fired power plants in Alberta.  Coal currently […]

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Energy Market Update: January 2016

 Alberta The NDP premiers of Alberta and Manitoba met Friday to discuss energy and climate issues, including the potential sale of hydroelectricity from Manitoba to Alberta. “We are phasing out coal-fired production by the year 2030, and so we need to have as many options, as many […]

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Energy Market Update: December 2015

 Alberta Edmonton-based Capital Power is eager to get in on $30 billion investment in wind and natural gas electricity generation by 2030. Capital Power’s senior vice-president Mark Zimmerman said “We could well see the total investment potential approaching, and even exceeding $30 billion of investment required over […]

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