Air Water Land - Energy Evolution —September 12, 2005
The president of company based in Elmira, Ontario, that is installing about 1,000 residential geothermal heating and cooling systems a year, as well as several large commercial systems, says the political and economic power of the fossil fuel industry is standing in the way of wider use of geothermal energy.
North America -- and, by extension, the rest of the world -- could dramatically reduce its oil consumption by using composites and other lightweight materials for passenger cars, heavy trucks and airplanes, substituting biofuels for oil, and by the U.S. military leading the way in energy efficiency, says a Colorado-based research institute.
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (NLH) has been restructured specifically to pursue new business opportunities in several areas, such as hydro developments and investments in alternative energy as well as oil and gas.
J.D. Irving Limited has progressed to the next stage in an environmental assessment process for a biomass-fired generating facility, while its Irving Oil Limited division has gained air quality operating approval for its refinery in New Brunswick.
An innovative and award-winning program in Edmonton that has had participation from 70,000 people, and that has reduced energy use and greenhouse gas emissions significantly, may die later this year if it can’t attract new funding.
Auto industry observers say Canadian and American consumers probably won’t rush to the showrooms of companies selling fuel-efficient vehicles like hybrid cars or the pint-sized Smart Car, despite much higher gasoline prices in the wake of the Katrina hurricane disaster.
Alberta, Canada’s fastest-growing province, is succeeding spectacularly in terms of sheer economic growth but is failing its residents in terms of a set of environmental and social indices, according to a Calgary-based environmental organization.
A well-known Alberta political scientist and newspaper columnist, who is also director of the Alberta arm of the right wing think-tank the Fraser Institute, says LFE regulations announced this summer by the federal government are "nothing more than a disguised carbon tax" that could fuel Alberta separatism.
A Canadian weather expert says there’s no conclusive evidence to support claims by some scientists that global warming is a major cause of increasing incidences of devastating hurricanes, like that of Katrina, which slammed into Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in late August.
It is expected that the extent of Hurricane Katrina’s affect on world energy markets will linger for weeks and months, with prices for crude oil, natural gas and refined produces spiking at the whim of those spooked by supply and distribution concerns.
A senior economist with a Boston-based money management firm says higher gasoline prices in the U.S. and Canada will hit the poor hardest, but if they continue at high levels for a long period upper-income groups will also be affected, yet it probably won’t cause a recession.
As Crown-owned and regulated utilities in other jurisdictions prepare for and are enduring struggles at hearings to boost power rates, Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board continues to tout its position as a low-cost electricity provider -- to the point of withdrawing an already-approved increase.
Greenpeace, along with other Quebec groups, is calling for Premier Jean Charest to permanently shut down the Gentilly-2 nuclear generating facility in 2010 and order an environmental assessment
The Alberta Balancing Pool’s mid-year report shows the operation responsible for managing power generating station usage in the province is headed toward an expected deficit.
The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) expects resources will be adequate to meet demand over the next five years as long as system expansions and dependability rules are followed.
With the expansion of mined and in-situ bitumen and East Coast offshore production, Canadian crude output is expected to climb to 2.9 million bbls a day by the end of 2006, says a new National Energy Board (NEB) study.
Natural gas production in the United States Rockies could grow by about 2.5 bcf a day to 16 bcf per day in 2012 -- roughly equal to current output from Western Canada, Ziff Energy Group predicts.
It appears as though Powerex Corp. -- the energy market trading arm for BC Hydro and Power Authority -- has finally shed the legal issues launched by the California government over the 2000-2001 energy crisis.
Faced with increasing demand, Hydro-Quebec has filed to Regie de l’energie seeking a three per cent rate adjustment and issued a call for tenders (CFT) to meet short-term electricity needs between October this year and December 2006.
A one-day stakeholder meeting on Sept. 19 is the next stage in the Natural Gas Electricity Interface Review (NGEIR) process for the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).
The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) is moving quickly to transition to become the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) envisioned by the United States government’s Energy Policy Act of 2005.
For the third straight month, exports of crude oil and equivalent hydrocarbons took a smaller share of Canadian production, with June's shipments out of the country using just 63.5% of the supply compared to 69.2% in 2004.
Sales declined for five of seven major refined product groups in July as the overall total slipped by 2.2% compared to 2004, Statistics Canada reports.
World crude oil prices forced an increase in rates for all fuel products in Nunavut, effective Sept. 1.
Terasen Inc. reports a filing has been made to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for approval to increase rates charged for natural gas in many sectors of the province in response to escalating market prices.