Energy Sector

This category contains 8 posts

Liepert to promote Alberta’s responsible energy sector in U.S.

Liepert to promote Alberta’s responsible energy sector in U.S.

Edmonton… Energy Minister Ron Liepert will continue to promote Alberta as a leading source of secure energy in New York September 6 to 8.

“Maintaining a strong relationship with the United States and its investment community is important as it is both our neighbour and our best customer. Friday’s State Department release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) about the proposed expansion of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline which will carry both Canadian and American crude oil to Texas for refining, is an indication that our friendship and business affiliation with the U.S. will continue to thrive,” Liepert said.

Liepert is a keynote speaker at Barclays Capital Energy dinner and will address both Canadian and U.S. energy portfolio managers and analysts. He will also meet with other major investment houses.

The estimated cost of the trip including meals, travel and accommodation for Liepert is approximately $3,000.

The Alberta government is working to build a better Alberta by fostering economic growth, strengthening our health and education systems, investing in infrastructure, supporting safe and strong communities and ensuring a clean and healthy environment.

Solar Highways: This may solve some energy problems


Solar Highways (An absolutely ‘MUST SEE’)
Now this is really “out of the box thinking”.
Talk about an interesting idea!
Fascinating concept!
What do you want to bet that the oil companies shoot this down?



Oilsands, is it Ok to Break the Law to Change the Law?

The oil sands supply a huge part of our global energy needs.

Do you agree with the commentators view point this video?

Do you think the protestors could just as easily turn some of their own lights out, drive less and use their energy to promote alternate energy needs? (pun-intended)

Anonymous – Operation Green Rights – Tarmageddon Phase Two

Alberta responds to proposed federal coal regulations

August 19, 2011
Alberta responds to proposed federal coal regulations

Medicine Hat… With the federal government announcing it will move to Canada Gazette Phase I for coal-fired electricity generation regulations on August 27, Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner issued the following statement.

“First and foremost, I want to stress that Alberta shares the same goals as the federal government – to produce the energy we need more efficiently and with less impact to the environment.

I am confident this can be done in a way that is fair to all provinces, especially those that still rely predominantly on coal to meet their electricity needs – like Alberta – because of their unique circumstance.  At the end of the day, Albertans should not pay vastly more for their electricity than other Canadians due to federal regulations.

The Alberta government will use the upcoming consultation period on these regulations to provide input on how the federal government can allow Alberta to address our unique challenges.  To do so, the federal framework must be:

  • Flexible: Alberta electricity generators must be able to meet intended emission reduction outcomes while still being able to generate the electricity needed by Albertans.
  • Aligned: Canada’s industries need to have comparable emissions standards to the United States to remain competitive.  This is important for all industrial and manufacturing sectors as electricity prices impact all sectors of the economy.
  • Consumer-friendly: As a province that relies more heavily on coal to produce electricity, Albertans should not be unfairly impacted by emissions regulations.
  • Technology-focused: policies and regulations in Canada must contribute to the continued development of carbon capture and storage.

At the end of the day, we are committed to working with the federal government and all Canadians to ensure we all get to the same place.  We just need to follow the right path to get us there.”

more Alberta News

Wind Lift I

Wind Lift I

Wind Lift IGerman special crane ship for the setups of offshore wind farms called Wind Lift I in the harbour of Emden

Peace Region Flooding Progress Report

Peace Region Flooding Progress Report

Travel Advisories and Detour Information

Updated: July 16, 2011 – 12:00 NOON PDT

Current Closures

A full status list of ongoing closures for this area is available.
No guarantees are made as to how complete or current this list is.

The most significant roads closed by flooding or washout are:

Tumbler Ridge area:

  • Highway 52 26km south of Arras
    CLOSED to all traffic at this site. Heavy rains have washout out a 15m section of highway. Crews are on site and responding to this incident. Detour route is available via Highway 29 from Tumbler Ridge to Chetwynd. Due to further heavy rains in past 24 hours there is now no estimated time of opening. (Noon, July 16).

Chetwynd and area:

  • 97 West of Chetwynd
    Hwy 97 between Mackenzie Junction and Chetwynd is open to all vehicles to a maximum width of 3.8m and 100% legal axel weight except chip trucks. Traffic will be piloted through work zones in both directions, and single lane lane traffic control will be encountered at several sites, expect major delays. Alternate Route to Peace area is available on Hwy 16 from Prince George to Hinton, Alberta, North on Hwy 40 to Grande Prairie, North on Hwy 43 & Hwy 2 to Dawson Creek, Hwy 97 to Fort St. John.
    See map below and Alternate Routes.
  • Highway 29 Both Directions
    REOPENED – Two lane traffic
    The road is open to two lane traffic. Please obey any traffic control personnel and signage. Watch for workcrews and equipment at multiple locations.

Dawson Creek area:

  • Dangerous Goods Route (94 Rd) near 208 Rd
    REOPENED to TWO LANE TRAFFIC for all vehicles. Commercial vehicle weight restrictions in effect over bridges.

Other Closures:

  • Highway 16 – Prince George to McBride
    REOPENED Wash Out 77 km east of Prince George. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic

In addition many secondary roads have been damaged throughout the Peace Area.  The situation is improving, but please take caution as you travel the Peace area road system.

Crews working to restore access in Peace region

Crews are continuing to work to restore access on Highway 97 between Chetwynd and Mackenzie Junction, Highway 52 between Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge and other priority routes throughout the Peace Region, following major floods and washouts caused by a one in 100-year rainfall event. Ministry engineers have completed initial assessments of the major sites.  Crews and heavy equipment have been mobilized with priority on reconnecting severed routes while Maintenance Contractor crews and equipment are at work responding to erosion, flooding and washouts throughout the Peace Region.  As we work through the initial response to restore access, our engineers are already working on detailed recovery plans for the complete restoration of the highway.  Crews are already making great progress with over 75 pieces of heavy equipment deployed.

Up to 150mm of rainfall over the weekend of June 23-25, and an additional 80mm the weekend of July 8-10, resulting in damage at over 200 sites on approximately 150 roads throughout the Peace Region, including the Dawson Creek Dangerous Goods Route, Highway 29, Highway 52 and Highway 97. Of the 200 sites, crews have been able to almost fully open, open to single lane alternating traffic or provide alternate access on these roads.  On Highway 97, crews have identified approximately 15 sites with major damage and numerous other small sites along the corridor.

Drive Carefully. For up to date information please check Drive BC at www.drivebc.ca or call 1-800-550-4997

CN Rail Washout 2011

Make sure you check out the slide show !!!

CN Rail Washout 2011 see slide show NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA CN train G84751-13 derailed along the Bulkley subdivision of CN’s northern British Columbia lines near Andimaul, BC (between Smithers, BC, and Terrace, BC). The incident, which occurred at approximately 1619hrs PDT on Wednesday, July 13th, affected trains running between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Track was repaired as of 0155hrs PDT on Friday, July 15th. Customers should expect minor delays as we cl … Read More

via the Wembley Neighbor

Alberta Energy Sector

Energy Sector

Weekly Highlight

June 29, 2011
Alberta’s fiscal results improve in 2010-11.
Province posts lower deficit as economy grows.
energy sector world map2010-11 Annual Report Highlights

  • Alberta’s fiscal results reflected growing confidence in the Alberta economy, which grew by an estimated 3.8 per cent in 2010.
  • Alberta posted a $3.4 billion deficit in 2010-11, $1.3 billion lower than estimated at budget
  • The Sustainability Fund, which stood at $11.2 billion at March 31, 2011 is $3 billion higher than forecast at budget.
  • Revenue was $34.9 billion, $886 million higher than budget, mainly due to higher bitumen royalties, strong land lease sales, and investment income.
  • Expense was $38.3 billion, $452 million lower than budget, mainly due to decreases in operating expense and re-profiling of capital grants to future years.  No projects have been canceled.

read more

Enter your email address to subscribe to the Grande Prairie Neighbor and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 12 other followers