Author: Markham Hislop

$88 million from carbon levy available to Alberta manufacturers for energy efficient equipment, technology

Custom Energy Solutions program return carbon levy dollars to manufacturers to invest in new equipment, technology Industrial and commercial facilities in a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, oil and natural gas, wholesale trades, warehousing and waste management can now apply to receive incentive funding from the $88 million Custom Energy Solutions program. Funding will be available on a wide variety of equipment and systems such as heat recovery, combined heat and power, steam, compressed air, refrigeration, heat recovery systems, boiler systems, building controls, insulation, gas compression, gas pumping, variable frequency drives, and water/wastewater. Operators defined as large final emitters or...

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First Nations commercial laundry in northeast Alberta receives funding to serve busy oilfield

L-R: Aaron Cardinal, Minister Feehan, Jane Stroud, councillor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Erica Janvier, Chief Vern Janvier, Channing Napoose, Autumn Marcel and Marcel Janvier, councillor, Chipewyan Prairie First Nation. Jobs created: 20 during construction, 8 permanent full-time positions A northeast Alberta First Nation has received $492,000 from Alberta’s Aboriginal Business Investment Fund to support toward an eco-friendly commercial laundry facility that will serve the busy oilfield. The laundry has already led a local entrepreneur to create a new business providing the laundry with water and wastewater disposal services. “This new business has allowed us the opportunity to provide sustainable employment for a...

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My credo: I am an Energy Progressive. I support Alberta

Energy Progressives embrace change, Energy Dinosaurs resist change at a time when global energy system is rapidly changing The global energy system is being transformed. Change is driven by two emerging technology trends: 1) slowly improving clean energy technologies (e.g. wind/solar, electric cars) buttressed by energy and climate policy. 2) digital technologies (e.g. big data/analytics, automation, blockchain) that are rapidly transforming the energy business model, including increasing labour productivity while destroying oil and gas jobs. The Alberta energy sector must adapt to that emerging technological transformation in order to remain competitive in coming decades. The consequences of not successfully...

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Al Gore illustrates critics’ ignorance about changes sweeping Alberta oil sands

Climate activist Al Gore. Photo: CBC Industry is committed to de-carbonizing oil sands heavy crude, Notley govt supports those efforts with ambitious regulations Alberta loves to hate Al Gore. Who can blame it, really? His Thursday tweet supporting British Columbia pipeline opponents and taking a cheap shot at the Alberta oil sands garnered plenty of social and news media attention and set teeth gnashing east of the Rockies.  Here’s the problem: just like Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and BC Premier John Horgan, Gore is utterly ignorant of efforts by the oil sands industry to clean up its act, aided...

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Vancouver mayor, pipeline opponents losing public opinion battle because they violate Canadian energy consensus

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson Survey data show Canadians, BCers favour compromise that acts on climate/environment while allowing natural resource development Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and opponents of the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline – including NDP Premier John Horgan – have got themselves a wee political problem: the more loudly they object, the more noisy their protest, the more their public support declines. What’s going on? Robertson was in New York earlier this week and gave an interview to Bloomberg about the controversy swirling about the Kinder Morgan project. “I don’t think this project will go – I really don’t...

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