Markham on Energy

‘The era of oil is not yet over’ says IEA, but is it time for a new Alberta oil strategy?

‘The era of oil is not yet over’ says IEA, but is it time for a new Alberta oil strategy?

Partially upgrading every barrel of oil sands bitumen could make Alberta much more competitive in US markets Oil’s not going anywhere in a hurry, according to the International Energy Agency in its new World Energy Outlook. Not even widespread adoption of electric vehicles puts a dent in oil consumption before 2040. But the big news […]

By November 15, 2017 2 Comments Read More →
‘Lower forever’ oil prices mean Alberta needs to quickly rein in budget deficits – Part 1

‘Lower forever’ oil prices mean Alberta needs to quickly rein in budget deficits – Part 1

MacKinnon/Mintz prescription for balanced budget: constrain public sector wages, reduce healthcare costs, lower business taxes Sooner or later, an Alberta government will have to grapple with the effect of “lower forever” oil prices – to quote Shell CEO Ben van Beurden – on the province’s treasury. A new report from the School of Public Policy […]

By November 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
De-carbonized natural gas goal of next ARCTIC technology challenge

De-carbonized natural gas goal of next ARCTIC technology challenge

$500,000 in funding available for combined Challenge Sprint and Field Testing Natural gas is already the cleanest fossil fuel, but a new competition aims to “de-carbonize” Canada’s gas supply even further, possibly helping the country meet its Paris Climate Accord commitments. In this podcast, I interview Neil Huff of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre and […]

By November 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Westridge Terminal fence is not ‘militarized’ but it is being deliberately politicized

Westridge Terminal fence is not ‘militarized’ but it is being deliberately politicized

Flap over Westridge Terminal fence just another talking point for rage-fueled anti-pipeline Vancouver political narrative Twitter is aflutter this morning with news that Kinder Morgan has erected a fence around its Westridge Terminal in Burnaby while workers construct a three-berth dock complex as part of the Trans Mountain Expansion project. Activists are shocked – shocked! […]

By November 11, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How can Notley sell Trans Mountain Expansion when her pipeline job numbers are wrong?

How can Notley sell Trans Mountain Expansion when her pipeline job numbers are wrong?

“Half of those 15,000 jobs would be directly in construction, the rest would be indirect and induced impact.” – Michael Burt Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Tuesday that she is embarking on a “cross-country tour” to convince Canadians that Kinder Morgan’s West Coast project must be completed, despite ferocious opposition from opponents. But the announcement […]

Big Data and analytics part of technology push by Cenovus – Part 2

Big Data and analytics part of technology push by Cenovus – Part 2

Cenovus opex costs already under $9/b, can it be reduced another 20% to 30%? In Part 1 of this column on Cenovus Energy, I reported on the company’s drive to lower it operating costs by substituting light hydrocarbon solvents for steam generated by burning natural gas. In Part 2, I’ll look at how Cenovus is […]

Cenovus dramatically lowering SAGD production costs thanks to new technology – Part 1

Cenovus dramatically lowering SAGD production costs thanks to new technology – Part 1

Substituting solvents for steam could lower costs, GHG emissions by 34% to 40%, says CERI They say a year is a lifetime in politic. For Cenovus Energy, it’s only been six months since the Calgary-based oil sands giant was vilified for spending $17.7 billion to buy ConocoPhillips’ oil sands and Deep Basin assets. The company’s […]

Canadian fossil fuel use plateaus by 2019…then barely declines over next 21 years

Canadian fossil fuel use plateaus by 2019…then barely declines over next 21 years

Canadian energy consumption stagnates, but production of oil/gas rises substantially, says NEB The headlines will scream that Canadian fossil fuel use plateaus by 2019, according to the National Energy Board’s new energy outlook, but the real story is just how slowly consumption of natural gas and oil declines between now and 2040. The Energy Transition […]

New federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Rachel Notley clash over pipelines

New federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Rachel Notley clash over pipelines

Polling data strongly suggests Canadians support new pipelines, unlike NDP under Jagmeet Singh Jagmeet Singh doesn’t like pipelines. While running to replace Tom Mulcair, Singh came out against both the Trans Mountain Expansion and Energy East (cancelled by proponent TransCanada a few weeks ago). Now he and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley are quarrelling over Singh’s […]

Podcast: What lies ahead for Canada after Round 4 of NAFTA negotiations?

Podcast: What lies ahead for Canada after Round 4 of NAFTA negotiations?

Ending NAFTA would hurt Alberta more than any other province, but it could hurt USA more When the Canada-US free trade agreement was negotiated almost 30 years ago, many Canadians worried that deepening our country’s economic relationship with the world’s largest economy might make us too vulnerable to the vagaries of American politics. With the […]