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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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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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