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Alberta launches residential and commercial solar rebates

Alberta launches residential and commercial solar rebates

Once a system is installed, inspected and connected, Albertans will receive a direct deposit in 10 to 15 business days On June 21, the Alberta government officially launched the Energy Efficiency Alberta’s $36-million Residential and Commercial Solar Program, according to a press release. Homeowners can receive up to 30 per cent off solar panel installation […]

NY Supreme Court Justice to Schneiderman: “You are wasting my time”

NY Supreme Court Justice to Schneiderman: “You are wasting my time”

Justice asked whether attorney generals were using power of government to silence voices that disagree with them by Katie Brown, PhD, EnergyInDepth Late last week, a New York State Supreme justice, clearly frustrated with the shenanigans surrounding New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s #ExxonKnew crusade, “repeatedly expressed impatience with the length of the investigation,” as […]

Oklahoma earthquake trends likely tied to wastewater injection

Oklahoma earthquake trends likely tied to wastewater injection

2017 forecasted seismic rates still significantly elevated compared with pre-2009 levels According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the number of earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains has increased dramatically since 2009, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. More earthquakes in these areas have coincided with the increase in oil and natural gas production […]

Alberta hires ICF International to roll out commercial energy efficiency program

Alberta hires ICF International to roll out commercial energy efficiency program

2014 Ipsos-Reid poll finds 78% of Albertan’s support energy efficiency program Energy Efficiency Alberta has selected ICF International, a consulting and technology services provider to serve as program implementer for Energy Efficiency Alberta’s (EEA) Business, Non-Profit and Institutional (BNI) Energy Savings program, according to a press release from ICF International. ICF International is a company […]

Residential electricity GHG emissions vary significantly by province, territory

Residential electricity GHG emissions vary significantly by province, territory

Alberta, Saskatchewan have relatively high GHG intensity due to their use of coal Carbon emissions associated with residential electricity consumption occur upstream, during electricity generation, and are less directly visible than other sectors, such as transportation, according to the National Energy Board. The electricity sector was responsible for approximately 11 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse […]

Oil sands panel recommends aggressive action to stay under 100 megatonne emissions cap

Oil sands panel recommends aggressive action to stay under 100 megatonne emissions cap

Oil sands production at 2.5 million b/d, projected growth to 3.7 million by 2030, expected to stay under 100 MT emissions cap The first phase of the Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG) concluded and released its report with recommendations to the Alberta government on keeping the growing oil sands in compliance with its legislated 100 […]

Growing octane needs widen price difference between premium, regular gasoline

Growing octane needs widen price difference between premium, regular gasoline

  Energy policy reforms in recent years promoted widespread use of ethanol as source of octane in gasoline The difference between U.S. average retail prices for premium and regular gasoline reached 50 cents per gallon in late 2016, and it has remained near that level so far in 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information […]

ExxonMobil doubled oil production from algae in biofuel breakthrough

ExxonMobil doubled oil production from algae in biofuel breakthrough

Previous attempts to increase algae oil production volume were hindered due to slow growth ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. announced a breakthrough into advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain’s growth, according to a press release. Using advanced cell engineering technologies […]

NAIT students train on donated working oilfield equipment

NAIT students train on donated working oilfield equipment

Stream-flo has close to 1,000 employees worldwide, 2/3 working in Canada The Stream-Flo Group of Companies donated four pairs of wellheads with choke valves to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (NAIT’s) Petroleum Engineering Technology program, according to a press release. The approximate value of the wellheads and chokes that were donated was $30,000. The […]

U.S. refineries are running at record-high levels

U.S. refineries are running at record-high levels

Petroleum product inventories, product supplied, and exports higher than previous 5-year averages Gross inputs to U.S. petroleum refineries, also referred to as refinery runs, averaged a record high 17.7 million barrels per day (b/d) for the week ending May 26, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This, before dropping slightly to 17.5 million b/d […]