Making Sense of Energy


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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Energy Market Update – May 2013

Alberta Average electricity prices spiked to the highest level in more than a decade last month due to plant shutdowns which reduced the margin of electricity held in reserve. Average weekly electricity prices rose from a historic low in February of three cents per kilowatt-hour to a […]

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Energy Market Update – April 2013

Alberta Wholesale natural gas prices have doubled during the last year. Rising production and an unusually warm winter sent prices plunging to under $2 US per thousand cubic feet last spring, causing some to wonder whether the natural gas boom would kill demand for both coal and […]

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Energy Market Update – March 2013

Alberta Capital Power Corp. said its fourth-quarter results took a hit from two events — lower than normal wind at one facility and higher than expected gas prices for another. Earnings in the fourth quarter were $16 million, or 23 cents per share, compared with $20 million, […]

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Energy Market Update – February 2013

Alberta Alberta’s wind-power generation capacity broke the 1,000-megawatt mark for the first time last year, but a national industry association warns there is work to be done if the province wants to continue to be a leader in the sector. According to 2012 market statistics supplied by […]

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Energy Market Update – January 2013

Alberta Albertans will not be forced into fixed-rate electricity contracts, and government will take steps to control costs on major new transmission lines now under construction, Energy Minister Ken Hughes said Tuesday. Hughes also predicted that residential power bills would go up “very modestly” in the next […]

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Energy Market Update – December 2012

Alberta ATCO Electric has received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission AUC to build the Eastern Alberta Transmission Line. The 500-kilovolt direct current line, and its associated converter stations and facilities, extends from the Gibbons area northeast of Edmonton to an area near Brooks in southeast Alberta. […]

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