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You’ll be SHOCKED (not really) by the real reason ConocoPhillips “fled” Alberta

You’ll be SHOCKED (not really) by the real reason ConocoPhillips “fled” Alberta

Conoco’s sale of oil sands, natural gas assets to Cenovus motivated by business concerns, not policy A few weeks ago I wrote a column about how the purchase of $32 billion in oil sands assets by Cenovus and CNRL was a “great news” story for the Alberta energy sector, a real coming of age for […]

Should Alberta oil workers be tested on the job for marijuana use?

Should Alberta oil workers be tested on the job for marijuana use?

Readers survey results, comments illustrate complexity of workplace marijuana testing issue Roughnecks in the California or Texas oil patch fully expect to be occasionally called into the boss’ office and asked to pee in a cup. Both states allow random drug testing of employees. Canada does not. But with marijuana legalization around the corner, a University […]

Li-ion battery storage key for utilities adopting wind and solar power

Li-ion battery storage key for utilities adopting wind and solar power

Battery storage improves cost and energy density by about 3% annually – Tim Grejtak, Lux As the global economy electrifies and intermittent renewables gain marketshare, power utilities are increasingly turning to battery storage to stabilize their grids. But which battery storage technologies hold the most promise? A new study from Lux Research says lithium-ion will dominate in the short-term, […]

Energy efficiency can help Alberta meet GHG reduction targets: Interview with Monica Curtis

Energy efficiency can help Alberta meet GHG reduction targets: Interview with Monica Curtis

Energy Efficiency Alberta will work with consumers, businesses, and oil and gas sector to reduce energy use Three decades ago, Amory Lovins introduced the idea of the “negawatt” – a unit of energy saved by using energy more efficiently that could actually be traded in the marketplace like any commodity. The negawatt hasn’t caught on […]

Eco-activists crank up pressure on banks financing Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline

Eco-activists crank up pressure on banks financing Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline

Equator Principles state banks shouldn’t finance projects opposed by indigenous groups like BC First Nations The North American oil and gas industry missed the significance of the Standing Rock opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline, which is only becoming obvious now as eco-activist groups ramp up the next campaign – against British Columbia’s Trans Mountain Expansion […]

We should cheer NY AG’s legal campaign for anti-coal Clean Power Plan

We should cheer NY AG’s legal campaign for anti-coal Clean Power Plan

Studies show that coal remains big part of US electricity generation without Clean Power Plan Last week I argued that Donald Trump can’t revive the American coal industry, that coal is dead. But as the debate rages over the Clean Power Plan, tied up in lawsuits since last year, it is becoming apparent that the […]

Notley energy policy a big success, where are the Wildrose alternatives?

Notley energy policy a big success, where are the Wildrose alternatives?

Alberta oil and gas industry is warming to Notley government as energy, climate policies bear fruit In Jan. of 2016 I wrote a column entitled, “Is Notley NDP the most pro-Big Oil government in Alberta history?” Well, the verdict is in. The PCs may have spent 44 years giving the oil and gas sector what it […]

Trump can’t revive coal – and neither can Brian Jean or Jason Kenney

Trump can’t revive coal – and neither can Brian Jean or Jason Kenney

American experience with coal illustrates that carbon reduction, energy competitiveness go hand in hand Brian Jean probably thought Donald Trump was a gift from Heaven back in Nov. Trump promised on the campaign trail to abandon the Democratic “war on coal” and erase the regulatory burden on US oil and gas producers. The Wildrose leader immediately hitched […]

Alberta climate policies driving lower oil sands GHG emissions, production costs – CERI

Alberta climate policies driving lower oil sands GHG emissions, production costs – CERI

Study shows the oil sands can both reduce emissions and lower production costs Is it time to change the political debate around the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan? A new study from the Canadian Energy Research Institute shows the 100 megatonne oil sands emissions cap and the carbon levy are driving the adoption of new technologies that both lower […]

Poaching Calgary oil head offices makes Brad Wall look sleazy

Poaching Calgary oil head offices makes Brad Wall look sleazy

Donald Trump’s shenanigans in the White House have made voters sensitive about politicians using their office to enrich themselves Brad Wall has been around politics long enough to know that perception is just as important as the letter of the law  (or the guideline, in this case). Trying to induce Calgary-based oil companies – especially […]