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Energy Market Update: May 2015

  Alberta The province’s largest natural gas power plant, Shepard Energy Centre, opened its doors on May 26th. The city owned project went into work eight years ago after Enmax and Capital Power jointly started together on a five year partnership. The Shepard Energy Centre is designed […]

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Energy Market Update: April 2015

  Alberta BluEarth Renewables Inc. of Calgary won regulatory approval, allowing it to begin construction on its $80-million Bull Creek Wind Project in east central Alberta. The project itself is smaller than originally planned and the reasoning was to size it to the power purchase agreements made […]

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Energy Market Update: March 2015

 Alberta Epcor may expand into the southwest United States due to the plan of acquiring an Arizona water utility. Epcor Water (USA) Inc. and GWR Global water Resources Corporation made an agreement that Epcor Water will attain the assets and operations of the Willow Valley Water Company […]

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Energy Market Update – February 2015

Canadian Solar Inc. will pay $265 million (U.S.) to purchase California-based recurrent Energy LLC, formerly owned by Japanese electronics giant Sharp Corporation. Canadian Solar had focused on manufacturing, but will now add operations and services of solar products to their capacity. (Source: Globe & Mail) Alberta Electricity […]

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Energy Market Update – January 2015

Alberta A new southwest Edmonton natural gas transmission pipeline, which includes a pipeline from Stony Plain Road to 127th Street SW and one from 69th Avenue and Anthony Henday Drive to Guardian Road, is planned to be built as early as summer 2015. “The new pipelines are […]

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Energy Market Update – December 2014

Alberta Oil prices continue to fall, partly due to a decision made by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries deciding to maintain. As a result of the decision the S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index sank 7 percent, the lowest level since April 2013. Brent oil dropped to […]

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Energy Market Update – November 2014

Alberta Alberta electricity demand has been on the rise for 5 consecutive years. In 2014 alone the demand increased 3.5%, driven by population growth as well as energy sector developments. Despite the increased demand, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) claims the system is handling it “reliably and […]

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Energy Market Update – October 2014

Alberta Calgary downtown had a power outage from October 11th – 16th due to an underground fire. The blaze in the underground utility vault did extensive damage to its surrounding electrical infrastructure causing Enmax to replace 3.5 km of electrical cable. During this outage, approximately 1,900 customers […]

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Energy Market Update – September 2014

Alberta Enmax fights its dispute to return $375 Million to its consumers under a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program designed to even the playing field between municipally owned utilities and corporations. The province of Alberta accused the Alberta utility provider of inflating the value of […]

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Energy Market Update – August 2014

Alberta Edmonton skyline to set to make new records with the announcement of a 62 storey skyscraper near the new downtown arena. It will be home for Stantec Engineering and Consulting group as well as the city’s tallest building. Location of the tower will be top of […]

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