Archive for December, 2017

Column: City of Vancouver, FortisBC collaborate on climate action

Column: City of Vancouver, FortisBC collaborate on climate action

FortisBC will present its long-term resource plan to the B.C. Utilities Commission Thursday By Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze That the City of Vancouver and FortisBC have agreed to collaborate on climate action is positive news. It is heartening to see FortisBC collaboratively engage to explore its role in the low-carbon economy. How far this new way of thinking has […]

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‘Refined’ coal accounts for 20% of US coal-fired power generation so far in 2017

‘Refined’ coal accounts for 20% of US coal-fired power generation so far in 2017

Refined coal was encouraged through tax credits in American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 The U.S. power sector consumption of coal is increasingly shifting to refined coal, even as coal-fired electricity generation decreases, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Refined coal has been processed to remove certain pollutants from raw, or feedstock, coal. Electricity […]

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Pipeline integrity programs: Is a 5,000 barrel Keystone-style leak likely in Canada?

Pipeline integrity programs: Is a 5,000 barrel Keystone-style leak likely in Canada?

CEPA says pipeline integrity program begun in 2010 is showing results, data suggests pipeline leaks are declining Thanks, TransCanada, your timing couldn’t have been worse. Spilling 5,000 barrels of crude oil in South Dakota in mid-Nov. just as construction begins on the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline has again stoked British Columbia pipeline opposition. But the […]

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Pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change: 1st year update

Pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change: 1st year update

$1.4 billion in new federal financing for clean tech firms, $400 million for Sustainable Development Technology Canada The Pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change is a year old and the Canadian government says progress has been made toward meeting the country’s emissions reduction target while growing the economy. The plan includes pricing carbon […]

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Low-carbon economy will not be made by policy alone

Low-carbon economy will not be made by policy alone

Reversing course on low-carbon economy unwise for Canada, despite US stance By Glen Hodgson The transformation to a low-carbon economy has begun. Much of the public debate has been about the policy framework and instruments for shaping a low-carbon economy. Some of the basic economic fundamentals, such as the role of consumption and investment, and […]

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Comparing Trump vs. Notley policies on decline of coal

Comparing Trump vs. Notley policies on decline of coal

Propping up domestic coal demand is an expensive snooze button By Meredith Fowlie The decline in U.S. coal-fired electricity generation is a good news/bad news story, depending on your perspective. The good news is that, as coal gets displaced by cleaner fuels, the climate changes more slowly, and we all breathe easier. But the pictures below […]

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BC to complete controversial Site C hydroelectric dam, price tag balloons to $10.7 billion

BC to complete controversial Site C hydroelectric dam, price tag balloons to $10.7 billion

Cancellation of Site C would have cost B.C. $4 billion dollars: $2.1 billion already spent, $1.8 billion for site remediation The Site C dam will be completed because cancelling it would have cost the  British Columbia government $4 billion with nothing to show for the money spent, Premier John Horgan announced Monday. The British Columbia government […]

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Column: Hedge funds start to take profits after oil rally

Column: Hedge funds start to take profits after oil rally

Hedge funds managers cut combined net long position in five major futures By John Kemp LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Hedge fund managers have started to take profits from the big rise in crude oil and refined products prices since June now the rally has lost momentum and inventories are showing signs of stabilizing. Portfolio […]

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Canadian lithium, cobalt miners may benefit from EV batteries boon

Canadian lithium, cobalt miners may benefit from EV batteries boon

EV batteries use a game changer for small mining companies Canadian mining companies developing cobalt and lithium mines all over the world are hoping to benefit as automakers shift to building electric vehicles, driving up the need for EV batteries. According to a Reuters report, Toronto-listed cobalt companies, Ecobalt Solutions and Fortune Minerals are in […]

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60% of Canadian business energy research and development spent on fossil fuels

60% of Canadian business energy research and development spent on fossil fuels

In-house R&D spending on to non-emitting and renewable energy declined from $644 million in 2014 to $492 million in 2015 Research and development spending on fossil fuels accounts for more than half of energy research and development by businesses, according to the latest data released by Statistics Canada. In 2015, $1.6 billion of in-house research and development (R&D) expenditures in Canada were directed to […]

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