Author: Jude Hislop

US utilities continue spending splurge on power transmission upgrades

Accessing Canadian hydro power part of increased spending, especially in Mid-Continent region of United States Spending on transmission infrastructure to deliver power to homes and businesses has increased steadily over the past 10 years as utilities build, upgrade, and replace station equipment, poles, fixtures, and overhead lines and devices, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Based on information compiled from utility reports to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—filed by utilities representing about 70 per cent of total U.S. electric load—those utilities spent about $21 billion on capital additions in 2016. The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) estimates that...

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Crude oil rail loading terminals in Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin needed more than ever

Most Canadian crude by rail gets shipped to the U.S. Gulf Coast The Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) has approximately 1.2 million barrels per day (MMb/d) of crude rail loading capacity. Crude oil shipped from the WCSB can access refineries across North America through several large rail networks, according to a market snapshot by National Energy Board. The actual amount of crude oil loading capacity may vary based on factors including the size of the unit trains, the size, type and capacity of the railcars used, and the type and specifications of crude oil loaded, among other factors. Facilities known as rail loading terminals load...

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Govt of Canada restructures National Energy Board, Environmental Assessment Agency

New structure separates environmental assessments and energy infrastructure regulation Jim Carr, the Canadian minister of natural resources, was in Calgary Thursday  to announce that the federal government is changing the way major resource projects, such as pipelines, are assessed and regulated. The National Energy Board currently performs those functions, which will now be split between two new agencies, the Canadian Energy Regulator and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, according to a Government of Canada press release. The CER, which will remain in Calgary, will have independence and accountability to oversee a strong, safe and sustainable Canadian energy sector for the...

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Another year of solid growth for the global economy, but uncertainties remain

End to NAFTA would be a major blow to Mexico and its economy could slip into a severe recession Following a solid increase of 3.2 per cent last year, real GDP in the global economy is forecast to expand by a further 3.3 per cent in 2018, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s World Outlook: Winter 2018. “Last year was one of the rare periods where growth in the world economy was synchronized with most regions recording higher growth. While the ongoing recovery in the European Union bodes well for growth prospects in 2018, there are some ongoing concerns...

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US energy-related CO2 emissions expected to rise slightly in 2018, remain flat in 2019

US energy-related CO2 emissions declined by 861 million metric tons, 14% from 2005 to 2017 In the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA projects that CO2 emissions will rise 1.8 per cent, from 5,143 million metric tons in 2017 to 5,237 million metric tons in 2018, then remain virtually unchanged in 2019. In 2019, energy-related CO2 emissions will be about 13 per cent lower than 2005 levels. From 2005 to 2017, coal-related CO2 emissions declined by 835 million metric tons (39 per cent), and petroleum-related CO2 emissions declined by 289 million metric tons (11 per cent). Natural gas emissions, however, increased...

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