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Alberta hopes to grow low carbon economy with U.K. agreement: energy minister

Alberta hopes to grow low carbon economy with U.K. agreement: energy minister

Alberta, U.K. work together on low carbon technology CALGARY _ The Alberta government has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom that focuses on creating jobs and working together on low carbon technology. Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd says the two governments plan to bring together industry, innovators and other stakeholders. The aim is to increase renewable energies, […]

March 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cleaner, safer Canadian nuclear power companies in the race to replace fossil fuels

Cleaner, safer Canadian nuclear power companies in the race to replace fossil fuels

Some experts caution nuclear power options won’t be easy CALGARY _ As the race to replace fossil fuels heats up, a few Canadian startups are betting on the nuclear option. “We need a game-changing energy innovation,” Simon Irish, chief executive of Oakville, Ont.,-based Terrestrial Energy, said in a recent interview. Renewable power like wind and solar […]

February 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Driverless cars in Canada: Garneau seeks Senate advice on rules, regs for vehicles

Driverless cars in Canada: Garneau seeks Senate advice on rules, regs for vehicles

Driverless cars in Canada face extra challenges on icy winter roads OTTAWA _ The Senate, often accused of being an anachronism, is being asked to wrestle with the futuristic dream of driverless cars in Canada. Transport Minister Marc Garneau wants the Senate’s transportation and communications committee to launch a study of the regulatory, policy and technical […]

February 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alberta solar power rebate offered to municipalities, farms

Alberta solar power rebate offered to municipalities, farms

Alberta solar power rebate another plank in NDP climate change platform EDMONTON _The Alberta government is adding another plank to its climate-change platform by providing more than $5.5 million to help farms and municipalities install solar panels. “This is just the beginning,” Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said Friday. “By investing now in proven programs we […]

February 5, 2016 | By | Reply More

Energy News

Evacuation orders lifted at all oil sands work camps

Evacuation orders lifted at all oil sands work camps

Phased re-entry into remaining oil sands camps authorized By Eric M. Johnson and Ethan Lou CALGARY/TORONTO, May 23 (Reuters) – Authorities lifted evacuation orders on Monday for all work camps and some additional oil facilities that had been shuttered when a massive wildfire near Fort McMurray threatened the oil sands hub, a significant step for companies […]

May 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Suncor: Power-plant restart is preparation for getting online

Suncor: Power-plant restart is preparation for getting online

Suncor cogen plant online May 13 (Reuters) – Suncor Energy said on Friday that the recent restart of a cogeneration plant at its Firebag site is “part of preparing to get our operations back online,” a company spokeswoman said in an email. Several Suncor Energy Inc locations have been idled, with production shut in, after the […]

May 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Trudeau tours wildfire devastated Fort McMurray

Trudeau tours wildfire devastated Fort McMurray

Trudeau promises government will do everything it can to help By Ernest Scheyder BONNYVILLE, Alberta, May 13 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised firefighters on Friday for defending the energy hub of Fort McMurray and promised the federal government would pour money in to its recovery. Trudeau toured the town in a military helicopter and saw a […]

May 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
After Fort McMurray wildfire, a silver lining for businesses

After Fort McMurray wildfire, a silver lining for businesses

Fort McMurray wildfire fuels camp suppliers, builders’ business By Susan Taylor and Nicole Mordant TORONTO/VANCOUVER, May 12 (Reuters) – As the Fort McMurray wildfire burns down and the city begins to rebuild after a some neighbourhoods were reduced to ash, businesses from ‘man camp’ suppliers to pizza parlours are preparing for a spike in demand as clean-up […]

May 12, 2016 | By | Reply More

Markham on Energy

Open letter to Heather Boyd: Ezra doesn’t deserve media accreditation

Open letter to Heather Boyd: Ezra doesn’t deserve media accreditation

“Bottom line, as an online journalist I had to be vetted by the Alberta government and I have yet to hear a single good argument why Ezra shouldn’t be as well.” – Markham Hislop Dear Ms. Boyd. Since launching online news site Beacon News in 2008, I have been accredited as a journalist by many governments, organizations, […]

March 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Linda McQuaig’s oil sands comments demand to be debated

Linda McQuaig’s oil sands comments demand to be debated

Linda McQuaig is a long-time opponent of oil sands, comments surprised no one OMG, you guys, why are critics so MEAN to Linda McQuaig? She’s just telling the truth about leaving the oil sands in the ground, right? This, readers, is the sad state of Canadian political discourse. I’m referencing a recent and widely circulated op-ed in […]

August 22, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
National energy strategy a big win for Alberta’s Notley

National energy strategy a big win for Alberta’s Notley

National energy strategy gives Alberta framework within which to work out compromise between energy development, climate change As of this morning, Canada has a new national energy strategy. Why should anyone care? Because it turns out that if you want to build oil pipelines across the country, politics really really matter. What sort of politics, you ask? […]

July 17, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Environmental activist a mistake as Alberta Energy chief of staff

Environmental activist a mistake as Alberta Energy chief of staff

McCuaig-Boyd’s judgement as Alberta energy minister already being called into question Graham Mitchell, the new chief of staff to Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd, is what in political circles is called a “signal.” In this case, a very clear and troubling signal. The Wildrose Party dug up Mitchell’s recent past as a registered federal anti-pipeline, anti-tar sands […]

June 11, 2015 | By | Reply More

Canadian Politics

Premier Brad Wall says Trudeau should champion energy sector, Energy East

Premier Brad Wall says Trudeau should champion energy sector, Energy East

Brad Wall says NEB should be referee on Energy East pipeline REGINA _Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should take a stand and support the Energy East pipeline. Trudeau said last week that his role as prime minister in thorny issues such as pipelines is to bring people together and secure a […]

February 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Central Canada new centre of gravity for equalization payments

Central Canada new centre of gravity for equalization payments

Will seemingly unfair equalization payments breed regional tensions? By Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam of The Fraser Institute for Troy Media VANCOUVER, B.C. – Historically, the purpose of Canada’s equalization program was largely to provide financial assistance to the country’s poorer provinces where incomes lagged behind the national average. In the recent past, Quebec, with its underperforming […]

January 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alberta oil woes continue: province hit with credit warning, pipeline snub

Alberta oil woes continue: province hit with credit warning, pipeline snub

Quebec mayors slam Alberta oil pipeline plan EDMONTON _ Beleaguered Alberta took two more gut punches Thursday as a credit-rating agency reported the province is close to its debt ceiling and Quebec mayors slammed a critical pipeline project. “Today has been a very tough day indeed for Alberta,” said Wildrose Opposition Leader Brian Jean. Toronto-based […]

January 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Opinion: A new kind of Alberta carbon tax

Opinion: A new kind of Alberta carbon tax

Alberta carbon tax may cost the average family $470 By Randy Kerr, Canadian Natural Resource Alliance According to Ipsos Reid, a majority of Albertans are against the new carbon tax. For far too long, politicians have been talking about “putting a price on carbon” with very little meaning behind those words. To the NDP’s credit, they […]

January 21, 2016 | By | Reply More