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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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Energy Market Update: November 2015

Alberta Alberta’s electricity system is set for drastic change over the next 15 years in order for it to meet targets set out in the new climate change strategy put forth by the provincial government. The government plans to eliminate coal generation of electricity entirely by 2030 […]

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Energy Market Update: October 2015

  Alberta TransAlta Corporation is an energy retailer based out of Calgary. The company is carrying a large amount of debt, as well as having past regulatory fines. A potential transaction to sell the company fell through, although TransAlta has no comment. Facing a potential downgrade of their […]

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Energy Market Update: September 2015

  Alberta Edmonton police have dealt with an increase in crimes in 2015. The Police Chief has said: “when oil is up, we are busy, and when oil is down, we are really busy,” which suggests that economic woes are causing Albertans to turn to crime. Movement of […]

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Energy Market Update: August 2015

  Alberta Although oil prices continue to suffer, new Alberta Premier Rachel Notley continues to push towards fulfilling her government’s commitment to raising corporate taxes and conducting a review of the province’s energy royalty structure. She argues that Alberta has the most competitive tax regime in the country […]

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Energy Market Update: July 2015

  Alberta TransAlta Corp is increasing its renewable energy capacity and broadening its portfolio of assets beyond coal by buying a 21 megawatts of solar capacity in Massachusetts as well as a 50 megawatts of wind-power projects in Minnesota for $75.8-million from an affiliate of Rockland Capital LLC. […]

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Energy Market Update: June 2015

  Alberta Canadian producers continue to drill for and produce diluent for bitumen transportation. Diluent is a mix of petrochemicals used to facilitate the transportation of bitumen. Currently gas prices continue to stay low and the market continues to be oversupplied. As a result, Canadian producers are experiencing […]

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