Alternative Energy

  • Canadian Renewable Fuel Body Wants Quotas Doubled

    Vancouver (Reuters) - Canada's renewable fuels industry is pressing the federal overnment to double the percentage of renewable fuels it will require in gasoline and diesel, the head of the industry association said Tuesday.

    December 1, 2010, 12 PM MST

  • Enbridge Opens World's Largest Photovoltaic Facility

    Enbridge Inc. and First Solar, Inc. have completed the expansion of the Sarnia solar project from 20 megawatts of capacity to 80 megawatts (MW), making it the largest operating photovoltaic facility in the world.

    October 1, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Deutsche Bank Spurns U.S. For Climate Investment

    Washington (Reuters) - Alternative energy investment prospects have shriveled in the United States after the U.S. Senate was unable to break a deadlock over tackling global warming, a Deutsche Bank official said.

    August 25, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Statoil: Renewables Must Be Profitable Long-Term

    Stavanger, Norway (Reuters) - Statoil said Monday that renewable energy projects must demonstrate their long-term profitability for the Norwegian company and other oil and gas producers to invest in them.

    August 24, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Underground Coal Gasification Still In Learning Stage

    An incident that led to the shutdown of an underground coal gasification (UCG) project in Australia - which uses similar technology to that planned by Alberta UCG developers - doesn't come as a surprise to an environmental researcher for the Calgary-based Pembina Institute, which produced a report on underground coal gasification in May.

    July 29, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Swan Hills Coal Gasification Project Much Deeper Than Controversial Australian Project

    The chief executive officer of a Calgary-based company that is slated to receive $285 million from the Alberta government to develop a deep coal gasification project says problems an Australian company has run into with a similar project, where an alleged underground water contamination caused the government to shut down a pilot project, will not be repeated with its $1 billion plant.

    July 27, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Exxon Says Growing Its Algae Biofuels Program

    Houston (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp. said on Wednesday it opened a greenhouse facility to grow and test algae, the next step for its nascent biofuels program.

    July 15, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Coal-Fired Phase Out Could Be Boon To Natural Gas Industry

    The federal government plans to phase out coal-fired power plants in favour of cleaner alternatives in the next several years, a move that should prove beneficial to the natural gas industry as it seeks additional demand for growing supplies.

    June 23, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Economics Probably Don't Support Nuclear Power In Oilsands, Environment Conference Told

    Senior representatives of the Alberta government and a major oilsands producer agreed on Tuesday that nuclear power probably isn't a good fit for the province's oilsands industry.

    June 23, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Exxon Explores Algae Biofuels As Alternative Energy

    Kuala Lumpur (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp. is testing the commercial viability of algae biofuel as an alternative energy source to supplement oil and natural gas, a senior executive said Monday.

    June 10, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Suncor Receives Approval to Develop Wintering Hills Wind Power Project

    Suncor Energy Products Inc. has received regulatory approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission to proceed with the development of its Wintering Hills wind power project.

    June 8, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Natural Gas, Clean Coal To Vie For Position In Alberta Electricity Generation

    While natural gas will play an increasingly vital role in the electrical generation mix going forward as evolving federal climate change policy restricts future use of legacy coal-fired plants, coal companies and the province still hope to use Alberta's vast coal reserves by developing new technologies.

    May 26, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Canada May Encourage Power Plants To Switch From Coal To Gas

    Calgary (Reuters) - The Canadian government is mulling setting a new benchmark for electricity generation, looking at making natural-gas-fired plants the new clean-power standard as the country's coal-fired plants reach the end of their lives.

    April 27, 2010, 12 PM MDT

  • Shale Gas Could Help Besieged U.S. Coal Miners

    Houston (Reuters) - U.S. coal miners, threatened by pressure to cut greenhouse gas emissions and end mountaintop mining, could improve their growth prospects by ramping up shale gas production.

    January 27, 2010, 12 PM MST

  • Province Opens The Door For Potential Nuclear Power Projects

    Despite a less than resounding endorsement from a public consultation process, Alberta Energy Minister Mel Knight says there will be "no moratorium" on nuclear power plants in the province but vowed that any potential project would not be the recipient of public funds.

    December 15, 2009, 12 PM MST

  • U.S. Coal Industry Stakes Survival On Carbon Capture

    New Haven, West Va., (Reuters) - A looming U.S government clampdown on CO2 emissions is about to confront an already embattled U.S. coal power industry with two stark options: capture carbon or die.

    November 19, 2009, 12 PM MST

  • CCS Costly But On Par With Wind, Biofuels: ICO2N

    While costs to move forward large scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects will be high, new studies released by an industry consortium say that the technology can be competitive with wind power and biofuels in terms of the cost per tonne for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

    November 9, 2009, 12 PM MST

  • Coal-Fired Power Plant Second CCS Project Selected For Government Funding

    A TransAlta Corporation joint venture at the Keephills 3 plant west of Edmonton will receive $779 million in provincial and federal government funding for retrofitting of the coal-fired electricity generation plant designed to capture and store up to one million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.

    October 14, 2009, 12 PM MDT

  • Suncor Resumes Ethanol Plant Expansion

    Suncor Energy Inc. today announced it is resuming the expansion of its St. Clair ethanol plant near Sarnia, Ontario.

    October 2, 2009, 12 PM MDT

  • Canadian Biofuel Output Seen Rising 76% In Two Years

    Winnipeg, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canadian biofuel production should rise 76% in two years, as government subsidies for production plants and renewable-fuel requirements take effect, a top industry official said Friday.

    September 28, 2009, 12 PM MDT

  • Ontario Shutting Down Four Coal Units Next Year

    Ontario is making progress on Canada's largest climate change initiative as Ontario Power Generation (OPG) prepares to close four coal-fueled power units in 2010 -- four years ahead of the 2014 target.

    September 9, 2009, 12 PM MDT

  • Recession Speeds Coal's Long-Term Decline

    Houston (Reuters) - Declining industrial electricity demand and an abundance of cheap natural gas will threaten coal's status as the dominant United States fuel to generate electric power, even after the economic recession ends.

    August 28, 2009, 12 PM MDT

  • Ontario Suspends Bid Process For Darlington Reactors

    Toronto (Reuters/DOB) - The province of Ontario said on Monday it is suspending a multibillion-dollar plan to build two new nuclear reactors because of concerns about the future of the favored bidder and cost overruns.

    June 29, 2009, 12 PM MDT

  • World Can Burn Only 25% Of Oil, Coal "Safely," Study Says

    London (Reuters) - The world can burn only a quarter of proven reserves of oil, gas and coal to be confident of staying within safer climate limits, unless untested carbon fixes work, experts said Wednesday.

    April 30, 2009, 12 PM MDT

  • Saskatchewan Could Support 3,000 MW Plant, Report Says

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Reuters) - The province of Saskatchewan, home to much of the world's uranium reserves, would be a good place to build Western Canada's first nuclear reactor, according to a report released Friday by a government advisory panel.

    April 8, 2009, 12 PM MDT

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