Author: Jude Hislop

British Columbia launches trade challenge over Alberta’s wine ban

Government proclaiming April as B.C. Wine Month to support wine industry In a move the Premier John Horgan says is aimed at protecting British Columbia’s wine producers, the BC government is formally challenging Alberta’s ban on British Columbia wines through the Canadian Free Trade Agreement’s (CFTA) dispute settlement process, according to a press release. In early Feb., Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced a complete ban on BC wine, in response to its western neighbour suggesting a possible restriction on diluted bitumen – transported through pipelines from Alberta oil sands to the West Coast – until more studies are done...

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US ethane exports to Canada increase even as new American petrochemical plants come online

US ethane exports on Utopia pipeline that crosses into Canada near Detroit Over the next two years, EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) projects growth in U.S. consumption of ethane in the petrochemical industry will exceed increases in consumption of all other petroleum and liquid products—such as motor gasoline, distillate, and jet fuel—combined. EIA also projects that ethane exports will continue increasing, as ethane is exported both by pipeline to Canada and by tankers to more distant destinations. Ethane is separated from raw natural gas at natural gas processing plants along with other hydrocarbon gas liquids(HGL) such as propane, normal butane, isobutane, and natural gasoline. Ethane is...

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New federal regulations will phase out Canada’s coal power plants by 2030, set new standards for gas power plants

Proposed regulations would accelerate phase-out of traditional coal-fired electricity across Canada to 2030 New draft regulations from the Ottawa are aimed at phasing out coal-fired power generation by 2030 while increasing the efficiency of gas-fired plants, which now must be able to integrate with renewable energy, such as wind and solar, according to a Canadian government press release. About 80% of the electricity in Canada is generated from non-greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting sources today. Electricity sector GHG emissions decreased from 118 megatonnes (Mt) in 2005 to 79 Mt in 2015. However, electricity is still the fourth highest GHG emitting sector in...

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Canadian natural gas production continues to rise

With existing technology, amount of remaining marketable natural gas estimated at 1,225 trillion cubic feet Canadian marketable natural gas production has remained steady in the last few years despite declining natural gas prices since 2014, according to data from the National Energy Board. In 2016 production was 431 million cubic metres per day (106m3/d) or 15.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). By 2040 production is projected to increase 11% to 480 106m3/d (16.9 Bcf/d) due to rising gas prices and production from new wells outpacing production declines from older wells. Production from the Montney Formation, a large gas resource extending from northeast British Columbia into...

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US coal production, exports, and prices increased in 2017

US coal production increases are in part to bankruptcy-caused restructuring of several major coal producers The EIA expects total 2017 U.S. coal production to be 773 million short tons (MMst), 45 MMst higher than in 2016 and the largest year-over-year tonnage increase since 2001, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal prices across the United States rose as well, especially for Central Appalachian coal. An increase in demand for U.S. coal exports more than offset a slight decline in U.S. coal consumption, contributing to higher coal production in 2017. Coal production in 2017 in the United States was...

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