Markham on Energy

Renewable energy part of earning social licence for Alberta oil sands?

Renewable energy part of earning social licence for Alberta oil sands?

Renewable energy – primarily wind – already cost-competitive without subsidies in Alberta, says BluEarth CEO Calgary entrepreneur Kent Brown has been named Clean Energy Canada’s “Innovator of the Year” for 2015. Not bad for a guy who manages renewable energy assets whose value is expected to reach $650 million next year. And who expects Calgary […]

Alberta Wilderness Association, Friends of Science like bickering kids

Alberta Wilderness Association, Friends of Science like bickering kids

Alberta Wilderness Association complains to APEGA about Friends of Science membership I’m no friend of Friends of Science. Their climate denial is partisan and silly. But they do have a right to their opinions. And environmental groups shouldn’t try to silence them with attacks on their professional credentials and reputation. “A pox on both their […]

California – The one place Alberta oil sands crude isn’t ‘dirty’

California – The one place Alberta oil sands crude isn’t ‘dirty’

Alberta oil sands not discriminated against by California Low Carbon Fuel Standards program It’s ironic that not far from Hollywood, and the residences of American film star eco-activists, sits the Placerita field, which produces the most carbon-intensive oil in North America. No one protests for Placerita to be shut down. One reason for that is […]

Who you gonna call when your pipeline leaks? Alberta Energy Regulator, that’s who…

Who you gonna call when your pipeline leaks? Alberta Energy Regulator, that’s who…

Alberta Energy Regulator ensures damages caused by pipeline, well leaks are remediated Alberta has over 400,000 kilometres of pipelines and 180,000 active wells. Not surprisingly, they sometimes leak. What’s leaking and how are the leaks cleaned up? In 2013 the Alberta government laid charges against Plains Midstream Canada in connection with a 2011 Rainbow pipeline […]

Enmax preparing for future of Alberta renewable energy

Enmax preparing for future of Alberta renewable energy

Cost of renewables will drop, fossil fuel costs likely to rise, power grid becomes smarter – Enmax I still refer to this column three years later. Long before Rachel Notley and the NDP assumed power in Alberta (May, 2015), Calgary utility Enmax was already planning to integrate renewables into its power generation mix. Enmax echoes every other […]

Trans Mountain pipeline economic benefit analysis by SFU just not credible

Trans Mountain pipeline economic benefit analysis by SFU just not credible

Economist pokes holes in SFU study of Trans Mountain economic benefits Note by Markham: Three years after I wrote this column, I still like it. The political atmosphere in the lower mainland of British Columbia is so poisoned toward the Trans Mountain Expansion project that any criticism is accepted, well, uncritically. Like this hopelessly flawed […]

To Kevin O’Leary: Butt out of Alberta politics, you Bay St. ignoramus

To Kevin O’Leary: Butt out of Alberta politics, you Bay St. ignoramus

I wrote this column on our old Beacon Energy site a few days after the election of Rachel Notley and the NDP. Given Kevin O’Leary’s recent cringe-worthy comments about the Alberta Premier, which you can read in Paula Simon’s excellent Edmonton Journal column, I thought this one deserved a fresh reading. Kevin O’Leary is completely […]

Does Keystone XL approval mean a re-working of North American oil market?

Does Keystone XL approval mean a re-working of North American oil market?

“The importance of a common, continental energy market cannot be overstated.” – Carr spokesperson The verdict is in: bitterly controversial pipeline Keystone XL is going ahead. Canadian and Alberta politicians are throwing their support behind Calgary-based TransCanada’s project, which may be the harbinger of a new approach to North American energy trade. President Donald Trump made the […]

Expect Trudeau, Notley to take bazooka to Keystone XL gun fight

Expect Trudeau, Notley to take bazooka to Keystone XL gun fight

President Donald Trump may leave the political battles with KXL opponents to Canadian leaders The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the public eye, thanks to an imminent approval from the State Dept. Expect Standing Rock-style opposition that will probably include direct action and maybe even violent confrontations. But this time around Canada and Alberta […]

Alberta rejects international consensus on energy, climate at its peril

Alberta rejects international consensus on energy, climate at its peril

Alberta must never forget Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL that was mostly about climate politics In Monday’s column I argued that if newly chosen Alberta PC leader Jason Kenney becomes premier, he cannot return to the good old days of 2006 when he was a member of Stephen Harper’s cabinet and climate policies were, at best, […]