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Mild hybrids quick fix for carmakers squeezed by CO2 cuts

Mild hybrids quick fix for carmakers squeezed by CO2 cuts

Mild hybrids add electric power to gasoline engines, without costly redesign Automakers looking to cut carbon emissions are turning to mild hybrids, which add some electric power to existing gasoline-powered engines without a costly redesign and cut CO2 emissions. Stricter government regulations as well as dieselgate, VW’s test-cheating scandal, have been a major drivers for […]

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Scientists working to overcome roadblocks to more efficient car engine

Scientists working to overcome roadblocks to more efficient car engine

New lean burn, compression ignition engines can’t be commercialized without catalytic converters to lower emissions Almost 160 years after the invention of the internal combustion engine, a new type of engine – designed like a diesel engine with no ignition, operating at low-temperature, allowing it to consume less fuel – offers promise for the transportation […]

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
The shift to electric vehicles will take time

The shift to electric vehicles will take time

New anti-pollution limits major force in move to electric vehicles The buzzword at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show was “electrification” as automakers pledged to bring electrified versions of their cars to the market. But are electric cars really on track to push gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles to the scrap heap? Companies including Volkswagen, Daimler, Volvo, […]

By September 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Markham on Energy

Collusion between Clark govt, Alberta oil/gas industry not proved by think tank’s documents

Collusion between Clark govt, Alberta oil/gas industry not proved by think tank’s documents

Collusion evidence is weak: couple of meeting agendas, list of attendees, and a PowerPoint Did the oil and gas industry write the 2016 British Columbia Climate Leadership Plan? That’s the accusation made by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which Monday released documents it obtained under a Freedom Of Information request that the left-leaning think tank […]

By September 19, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Is CAPP doing enough to explain oil and gas issues to Canadians? Interview with Chelsie Klassen

Is CAPP doing enough to explain oil and gas issues to Canadians? Interview with Chelsie Klassen

Canadians need and deserve information from both sides (oil/gas, clean energy) during Energy Transition debate The podcast for Sept. 18 2017 is an interview with Chelsie Klassen, communications manager for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the topic is the oil and gas sector’s communications strategies and programs. I’ve argued in columns that […]

By September 18, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Trudeau Govt should rethink message on downstream GHG emissions and Energy East before serious damage is done

Trudeau Govt should rethink message on downstream GHG emissions and Energy East before serious damage is done

Trudeau Liberals appear to be willing to sacrifice Energy East for Quebec seats in 2019…a dangerous message to investors in Canadian resource development One of the things I like most about the Trudeau Liberals is that they are treacherous bastards. Like every Liberal government of my lifetime, they play to win. That bred-in-the-bone treachery will absolutely […]

By September 16, 2017 7 Comments Read More →

Energy Politics

Commentary: Looking for balance in the oil market

Commentary: Looking for balance in the oil market

By Kristine Petrosyan, Oil Market Analyst, International Energy Agency There is more than one way to look at oil-market balances. The IEA uses a straightforward approach: supply minus demand, which we report in the monthly Oil Market Report as “Total stock changes and Miscellaneous.” Part of the calculation can be easily explained by changes in OECD stocks, […]

By September 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Revisiting Albertan carbon tax scepticism – Ecofiscal Commission

Revisiting Albertan carbon tax scepticism – Ecofiscal Commission

Alberta must legally spend revenues from carbon tax on further emissions reductions or refunds to Albertans By Brendan Frank, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission  A lot has happened in Alberta since January 1. The economy is on the mend, provincial politics will never be the same and, yes, there’s a $20 carbon tax in place. Last Christmas, […]

By September 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Is oil and gas ready for a rainy day? – IEA

Is oil and gas ready for a rainy day? – IEA

With recent bets made by investors, expectations are markets are tightening By staff, International Energy Agency The US has recently seen two severe weather events: Hurricane Harvey has more directly affected oil industry operations than Hurricane Irma, although the full impact of the latter remains to be seen at the time of writing, according to […]

By September 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Energy News

Global LNG market balancing dynamics in 2017 – McKinsey

Global LNG market balancing dynamics in 2017 – McKinsey

LNG market in 2017 is clearing thanks to higher demand By Nafie Bakkali, McKinsey In the upcoming years, the growth in LNG supply already under construction is forecast to create a long market. Unlike oil and refined products, LNG storage is not economical because of the boil-off of the gas. Thus, the market must balance […]

By September 24, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Column: US heating oil market looks tight this winter

Column: US heating oil market looks tight this winter

Hedge funds amassed a net long position in heating oil futures, options equivalent to 46 million barrels By John Kemp LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – US stocks of distillate fuel oil, which have been trending downwards all year, now look tight following disruption to major refineries caused by Hurricane Harvey. The position is a marked […]

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma lead to higher gasoline prices in Florida

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma lead to higher gasoline prices in Florida

Evacuations of large population centers preceding the hurricane increased gasoline purchases Hurricane Irma significantly disrupted gasoline markets in Florida, first by prompting increased demand and then by disrupting the supply chain needed to deliver the fuel, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The evacuation of people in anticipation of Hurricane Irma led to higher […]

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Energy Financial

OPEC defers deal extension decision, oil prices up

OPEC defers deal extension decision, oil prices up

Oil prices remain close to highest levels in months In trading on Friday, oil prices were mixed but remained close to their highest levels in months after OPEC announced participants in its supply cut pact may wait until January to decide if they will extend the deal beyond March. Benchmark Brent closed up 43 cents […]

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Oil prices mixed ahead of OPEC meeting on Friday

Oil prices mixed ahead of OPEC meeting on Friday

Oil prices up 15 per cent in last three months Oil prices mostly held steady on Thursday as investors and traders wait to see if participants in the OPEC supply cut pact will agree to extend the deal that is set to expire in March. By 1:19 p.m. EDT, Brent crude was up six cents […]

By September 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Oil prices on target for largest Q3 gain in 13 years

Oil prices on target for largest Q3 gain in 13 years

Oil prices on course for a rise of 15.5 per cent this quarter Oil prices were up almost 2 per cent on Wednesday and are on course for their largest third-quarter gain in since 2004 after Iraq’s oil minister said participants in the OPEC supply cut pact are considering extending or even deepening output cuts. […]

By September 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →