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Edmonton named 2014 National Earth Hour Capital

Charles Mandel | Property Biz Canada The City of Edmonton has been selected as the 2014 National Earth Hour Capital by the World Wildlife Fund’s jury of global sustainability experts. Edmonton Waste ManagementThe Earth Hour City Challenge is a two-tiered event where a national capital is selected […]

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Energy Market Update – February 2014

Alberta Alberta watchdog accuses TransAlta of manipulating the market by shutting down its power plants on four occasion from 2010 to 2011 during peak times to increase pool prices. Market Surveillance Administrator filed these accusations on Feb 24, 214. TransAlta filed a complaint against the MSA and […]

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Energy Market Update – January 2014

Alberta The City of Edmonton will buy its power from Calgary-owned Enmax for the first time starting January 1, 2014 as a result of a public tender. This new contract saves the city about $1 million annually compared to the old contract with Capital Power. It also […]

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Energy Market Update – December 2013

Alberta Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) could exercise its right to overrule County of Provost’s decision to deny development permits to BluEarth Renewables if it approves the $ 240M project. The project would consist of 46 towers that would produce about 100MW of wind power. The County of […]

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Energy Market Update – November 2013

Alberta IKEA, the Swedish furniture retailer, announced its purchase of 46-MW wind farm in Pincher Creek, Alberta. This purchase is expected to generate twice the total energy consumption of its stores across the country. This increases the province’s availability of renewable energy resources since the power generated […]

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Energy Market Update – October 2013

Alberta TransCanada Corp. is repairing a northeastern Alberta pipeline after a natural gas leak was detected on October 17, 2013. Around 2:50 a.m., TransCanada’s gas control centre detected a drop in pressure on a section of its north-central corridor natural gas pipeline, said company spokesman Shawn Howard. […]

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Energy Market Update – September 2013

Alberta The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) issued a public appeal to Albertans on September 4, 2013 after being forced to dip into its emergency power reserves. AESO pleaded with Albertans to voluntarily cut their power consumption and run major appliances only after 7 p.m. Spokesperson Dawn […]

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Energy Market Update – August 2013

Alberta Alberta’s energy watchdog has found evidence that competitors in the province’s wholesale electricity market are “signalling” each other to keep power prices up. Calling the market an oligopoly, The Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA) believes it has identified 10 instances since 2011 when Alberta’s electricity suppliers have […]

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Energy Market Update – July 2013

Alberta Alberta’s heat wave sparked a record summer demand on the province’s deregulated electrical grid July 2, but electric system officials say it was the failure of a single transformer at a substation near Edmonton that triggered rolling blackouts in parts of the province. As the demand […]

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Energy Market Update – June 2013

Alberta Five months after the Redford government announced it was changing the way retail electricity prices are calculated in a bid to reduce market volatility, the formula still has not been applied. Although cabinet changed the regulations in January to lengthen the period of time utilities have […]

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