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Jul. 2, 2015

Alberta to double carbon tax by 2017, strengthen emissions reduction targets
Globe and Mail
Alberta will be doubling its carbon levy over the next two years — the first change in the tax's eight-year history — as the province works on broader measures to burnish its image as a responsible oil producer. The tougher regulations and a royalty review announcement come at a tough time for Alberta's energy industry as a plunge in oil prices has led to thousands of layoffs and shelved expansion plans across the oil patch.More

A look at some of Rachel Notley's handpicked advisers
Metro News
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has made a handful of key appoints recently, as her government takes power and attempts to deliver on its election promises. Here's a look at who she has tabbed to handle some of the more sensitive files.More

Land owners call on province to review power line near Cowboy Trail
Calgary Herald
Land owners in the Livingstone Range are hoping the Notley government steps in to stop an overhead power line in southwestern Alberta because they believe it's no longer needed. The $500 to $750 million project, called the Castle Rock Ridge to Chapel Rock transmission project, includes building a substation and transmission line between 20 and 41 kilometres long.More

Climate regulations called a 'step in the right direction'
Medicine Hat News
It's not quite clear yet how changes to Alberta's greenhouse gas emission regulations announced recently will effect southeastern Alberta's nascent renewable energy sector, according to those close to the issue. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips announced sweeping measures in an attempt to curtail provincial carbon dioxide emissions.More

Surge in power usage expected during heat wave
Calgary Herald
A forecast of high temperatures means a surge in electricity usage in Alberta is likely, according to the Alberta Electric System Operator. The temperature in Calgary is expected to hover above and below 30C, with no rain anticipated, says Environment Canada.More

Solar project approved
Devon Dispatch
The Devon Community Centre will soon be getting its power from the largest star in the sky. Council recently approved a 100 kW-h net zero solar energy project for the community centre, a project that would provide for net zero electricity consumption. A media released explained for the past several months council had been discussing the idea of installing solar panels on Town of Devon facilities. More

Don't give up on carbon capture technology, Saskatchewan tells Alberta
Edmonton Journal
As the government of Alberta considers how to shift away from plans to capture and store carbon, the head of a similar program in Saskatchewan has one word of advice: Don't. Mike Monea, president of carbon capture initiatives at the provincial utility SaskPower, said carbon capture and storage, which involves trapping carbon dioxide and pumping it into the ground, is essential to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.More

GE celebrates grand opening of Mebane-based customer experience centre
General Electric
GE recently celebrated the grand opening of the new advanced manufacturing and customer experience center in its Mebane facility — a Carolina Star-certified plant. GE leaders and customers throughout the U.S. and Canada were joined by state and local government representatives and the media for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This investment in Mebane is another example of GE's commitment to the electrical distribution industry.More

GE invests in ANSI/IEEE medium-voltage product portfolio
General Electric
GE's Industrial Solutions business, which has been investing heavily in its medium-voltage (MV) offerings over the course of the past year, recently announced its new GE-manufactured, ANSI/IEEE, two-high SecoGear air-insulated MV switchgear is expected to be available later this year. This latest addition to GE's MV portfolio is focused on commercial construction applications.More