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MIT study challenges feasibility of carbon capture and storage

MIT study challenges feasibility of carbon capture and storage | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
MIT study finds a natural impediment to the long-term sequestration of carbon dioxide
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MIT reserach suggests Alberta's $2 Billion Carbon Capture & Sequestration (CCS) may not produce the desired results.  Science finally catches up to public opinion!

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utility deregulation

utility deregulation | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it

Recent findings from an industry analyst (Solution 105) report argues the case that utility deregulation has had little negative effect on Alberta's commercial and residential consumers.

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Chris Vilcsak's curator insight, December 3, 2014 12:40 AM

Even though overall costs have decreased, one of the largest cost pressures has come from the transmission system over-builds that are occurring.

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Florida Utilities Want to Drastically Scale Back Energy Efficiency Programs - Energy Manager Today

Florida Utilities Want to Drastically Scale Back Energy Efficiency Programs - Energy Manager Today | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Opponents say the utilities want to cut the energy efficiency programs so that demand for energy will increase and they can justify building new power plants.
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Best quote: "Opponents say the utilities want to cut the energy efficiency programs so that demand for energy will increase and they can justify building new power plants."  I would suggest most regulators allow these same steps here in Canada - and certainly, the UCA in Alberta has been ineffective in keeping regulated rates in check.

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China and US Make Historic Climate Change Agreement | IFLScience

China and US Make Historic Climate Change Agreement | IFLScience | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
It was announced this week that U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have outlined dramatic goals in carbon reduction.
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About time Canada, and especially Alberta, got on board.

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Solar power in Alberta tops 5,000 kilowatts

Solar power in Alberta tops 5,000 kilowatts | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Alberta hit a milestone for solar power on its grid Thursday, and now has 5,001 kilowatts of generating capacity. “If you’re from Germany or California, you see those numbers and they’re funny because they are so small,” said Rob Harlan, head of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta. “But for us, it’s a big thing. It’s remarkable that it’s changing so fast.”
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The example provided - $60,000 to install a system that will save $2000/year - tells the tale right now: solar power does not make sense on a purely financial basis.  However, if you're a cottage owner or on an acreage, and the utility is wanting $30,000 to bring in power and hook you up, NOW it makes sense! (And of course, if they added in the true cost of coal-based generation, it would pay back quicker too!)

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The bank accounts of Albertans will take a big hit if premier follows Ontario's renewables push

The bank accounts of Albertans will take a big hit if premier follows Ontario's renewables push | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Kenneth P. Green: Premier Jim Prentice’s rhetoric about doing more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is understandable, but his focus on government promotion of renewables is misplaced

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These numbers have some hidden assumptions in them - for instance, the cost shown for coal generation includes the cost for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), which is extremely costly and really not worth the money required - and yet Alberta continues to spend on this uneconomic project for PR and to support the coal plant generation companies ($2 billion committed on CCS so far).

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On the contrary:


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Oil-reliant firms at risk as world moves toward low-carbon future: report

Oil-reliant firms at risk as world moves toward low-carbon future: report | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Global Commission on the Economy and Climate says job growth can be maintained in spite of climate progress
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This article highlights the fact that Canada, and specifically Alberta, is falling WAY behind in its approach... should we have a rising cost of carbon? Yes.  Should we be investing in energy efficiency rather than transmission lines? Yes.  Should we get our heads out of the sands and into solar and wind? Yes.  Simple.  Why aren't we seeing it?  I'm VERY interested in what comes out of the UN's climate summit in New York next week... stay tuned...

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Atco Gas program puts cogeneration units into Alberta buildings

Atco Gas program puts cogeneration units into Alberta buildings | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
With help from the province’s climate-change management fund, Atco Gas has developed a new way to help Alberta building owners cut operating costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The utility has launched a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) program aimed at owners of small- to mid-sized municipal, commercial, institutional and multi-unit residential buildings.
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This is a great initiative! My company (Solution 105 Consulting Ltd.) is working with two other companies who are installing cogeneration projects - except they will be owning the projects themselves rather than have ATCO own and operate them.  In short - this technology makes sense!  It will be interesting to see how many firms want to bring in ATCO to own/operate versus putting them in themselves.  Maybe we should approach the province to do the same thing but allow the building owner to retain the benefits? ;)  (just saying...)

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Alberta’s Future Water Wars

Alberta’s Future Water Wars | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
As Alberta contemplates a future with water pricing and possibly water markets, some say it’s not the cost per litre that matters, but the cost of water that’s rendered unusable

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Fracking and tailings ponds - two of the worst offenders.  I suggest that aking water OUT of the water cycle will be a crime in 20 years... yet our focus should start today.

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, August 13, 2014 9:24 PM

Tailing pond leaching into Alberta's clean water resources will set this war to rest. 

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SaskPower Removing Smart Meters | Watch News Videos Online

SaskPower Removing Smart Meters | Watch News Videos Online | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Watch SaskPower Removing Smart Meters Video Online, on GlobalNews.ca
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Sounds like the problem is either with the meters themselves, or the installation, but the 8 fires that have occurred so far prompted the removal... Saskatoon Power & Light is continuing with their program as they're using different meters.

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State and Local Energy Data

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This is a GREAT site if you're in the US and want to see how your state's electricity rates compare to the national average, and how the costs have trended over time - very enlightening!

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StatWeather Forecasts Heavy Tropical Storm Season - Energy Manager Today

StatWeather Forecasts Heavy Tropical Storm Season - Energy Manager Today | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Contrary to government predictions, StatWeather is forecasting above normal tropical storm activity for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, with the following key target areas: South Florida, the Louisiana Gulf Coast and the North Carolina coast. StatWeather predicts the South Florida coast as having the greatest likelihood of tropical storm and hurricane activity, which could cause electrical   ...Continue Reading
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A bad hurricane season forecast means utility rates may take a step up - and if a big storm actually hits and causes shut-downs of rigs and processing plants, there will definitely be a spike in prices (it usually takes several months - sometimes approaching a year - before things settle down again)

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We Could Be Heroes

We Could Be Heroes | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it

1. “Of course we're going to continue using fossil fuels, but I think we should set the global example for transitioning in some more orderly way away from fossil fuels." That was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking to an audience of 1,500 at an Edmonton luncheon last week. Clinton said Canada and the United States need to seize the moment to become global leaders in cleaner energy. “Our relationship would get deeper and stronger and put us in a position to really be global leaders in energy and climate change if we worked more closely together, and that’s what I would like to see us do,” she added. Perhaps the Canada-U.S. Clean Energy Dialogue might be a good place to start?


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Action on MLA electricity report comes up short: consumers group

Action on MLA electricity report comes up short: consumers group | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it

Let's see, the Utilities Consumers Advocate is within government so aligned with power, not people... and so many other recommendations passed by. The provincial government's policies on electricity are a joke! How about forcing the 'regulated' utilities to cut cost or lose profit, through your UCA group, rather than nearly triple their costs in only 10 years?!?

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So tired of hearing about how our provincial government is not acting in the best interests of the people and normal businesses, just the largest corporate interests... but will continue the fight to make sure people hear the truth, and to help them act on it!

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Florida Utilities Want to Drastically Scale Back Energy Efficiency Programs - Energy Manager Today

Florida Utilities Want to Drastically Scale Back Energy Efficiency Programs - Energy Manager Today | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Opponents say the utilities want to cut the energy efficiency programs so that demand for energy will increase and they can justify building new power plants.
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Best quote: "Opponents say the utilities want to cut the energy efficiency programs so that demand for energy will increase and they can justify building new power plants."  I would suggest most regulators allow these same steps here in Canada - and certainly, the UCA in Alberta has been ineffective in keeping regulated rates in check.

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Q&A: Christopher Knittel on the EPA's power emissions plan

Q&A: Christopher Knittel on the EPA's power emissions plan | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Christopher Knittel, the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management, discusses the EPA’s proposed emissions policy for power plants
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I think the biggest issue (and the article touches on it about 2/3 down) is that there has to be confirmation of energy efficiencies gained - and by an independent party, not the state/province themselves.  Oh, and I also agree - maybe this move by the US EPA will get people moving on the Canada and Alberta front!

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Marijuana growers in Boulder face electricity tax (Video)

Marijuana growers in Boulder face electricity tax (Video) | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Boulder County is set to levy a tax on all energy consumed by Marijuana growers in response to the often massive level of electricity used to cultivate crops
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Although I may not agree with legalizing marijuana, I think this suggested move by Boulder is crazy - just because they are hugely profitable, doesn't mean they should be charged an additional amount for their electricity! If rate designs are not sufficient to provide the incentive, change the rates!  I think the utility is missing the opportunity - I'm guessing these systems are capable of being turned off at a moment's notice, and could stay off for a period of several hours if needed - which could then be used as a great supply/demand balancing tool rather than creating VERY expensive peaking power plants. 

 

Once again, a utility company which is NOT choosing their approach wisely.

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Smart Grid: Watchdog group to UK government: cut back smart meter rollout costs -- now

Smart Grid: Watchdog group to UK government: cut back smart meter rollout costs -- now | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - A UK consumer group has told the government to reduce what it predicts will be spiraling costs of the country’s smart meter rollout. The organization says customers will pay those
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I would suggest that most utilities are applying 'irrational exhuberance' to their technology upgrades... Even though this article is about the UK, I believe this is a huge part of why our regulated electricity delivery rates have skyrocketed in Alberta.

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PM Harper’s absence among five things to note about global warming summit | Toronto Star

PM Harper’s absence among five things to note about global warming summit | Toronto Star | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Stephen Harper won't be in attendance when more than 120 world leaders gather for a one-day summit during Climate Week.

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As a country, Canada should be ashamed - the head of our government chooses to sit on the sidelines while the rest of the world leaders gather to talk about the single biggest threat to our planet.  We HAVE to do better!

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Enmax fights order to return $375M to consumers

Enmax fights order to return $375M to consumers | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
The Alberta government and Enmax are set to square off in court in a dispute over hundreds of millions of dollars the utility was assessed in lieu of taxes over the past decade. The City of Calgary-owned utility is disputing $375 million it is required to return to consumers under a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program designed to even the playing field between municipally owned utilities and corporations.
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Whoever caught these inflated costs (the use of higher interest rates, etc.) is doing their job... I'm guessing it was Alberta Finance, as the Utility Consumers Advocate is not as effective as it should be.  It will be interesting to see how the case goes (and if any OTHER inflated costs are found)...

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Power Company CEO Makes Stunning Admission | Off The Grid News

Power Company CEO Makes Stunning Admission | Off The Grid News | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it

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Capital Power gets go-ahead to build Genesee 4 and 5 power plants

Capital Power gets go-ahead to build Genesee 4 and 5 power plants | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
A gas-fired electricity generating plant proposed for the Genesee site southwest of Stony Plain has been approved by the provincial utilities regulator. A joint project of Capital Power and Enmax, the two-unit plant known as Genesee 4 and 5 is planned to come into service between 2018 and 2020, coinciding with the looming retirements in 2019 of several coal-fired power plants.
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I appreciate that natural gas generation produces less emissions than burning coal (about 1/3 depending on the technology used), but we have to continue the focus on reducing our usage rather than building new plants!

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Edmonton under heat advisory; Albertans asked to watch power use

Edmonton under heat advisory; Albertans asked to watch power use | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it

When temperatures reach their peak, the electrical demand goes up too - setting a new record.  Low wind power production due to calm winds stretches the electrical system even further.

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Although wind power is a great option for helping the system reduce emissions, this article points to the biggest problem with wind - it's unreliable.  Energy storage options like nanotech batteries are advancing, sure, but so far they are still uneconomical on a large scale.  That said, all energy users should be doing their part, especially when the electrical system approaches its peak (hottest days of summer, and coldest/darkest days of winter).

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Alberta Needs a Strategy to End its Coal Dependence | News Advertiser Online

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Best comment in this piece?  Alberta needs a renewable energy policy.... I agree!

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Case Study: Thermal Energy Storage Saves California Winery Nearly $30K a Year

Case Study: Thermal Energy Storage Saves California Winery Nearly $30K a Year | Alberta Electricity Industry Issues | Scoop.it
Wilson Creek Winery in California's Temecula Valley is best known for its award-winning Almond Champagne, yet the winery's commitment to environmental agriculture and facilities management has led the winery to an equally innovative approach to energy management. Temperature control is vital to the aging process of wines, and Wilson Creek's facilities-including a 40,000-square-foot main building used for fermentation, tasting, retail, administration and special events-require cooling eight months of the year. By 2010, Wilson Creek Winery President Bill Wilson had identified controlling energy costs as a major priority. Wilson Creek's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor SunRize Mechanicals Inc. proposed a two-part solution to slash costs without reducing reliability or the steady temperature essential to wine production. First, Wilson Creek would replace lower-efficiency (10-15 SEER AC) units with more efficient models and retrofit some existing split AC systems. Next, SunRize proposed installing a system of Ice Bear thermal energy storage units in tandem with the new, higher-efficiency air conditioning. A major appeal of the Ice Energy proposal was the availability of a substantial rebate from Southern California Edison (SCE) that would provide 45 percent of the upfront costs for qualified energy efficiency investments. After researching Ice Energy's history of reliability of more than 15 million hours of energy storage, Wilson decided to roll out a fleet of Ice Bears across the winery grounds and buildings.
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Thermal storage works very well in the right climates or for specific situations - a church that has a high cooling load but for only short periods in a week can reduce their energy delivery costs as well as purchasing power during less expensive periods.  Proper modeling of the climate/situation is the key!

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Chris Vilcsak's curator insight, June 27, 2014 11:22 AM

Thermal storage works very well in the right climates or for specific situations - a church that has a high cooling load but for only short periods in a week can reduce their energy delivery costs as well as purchasing power during less expensive periods.  Proper modeling of the climate/situation is the key!