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Douglas: Build While Costs Are Still Low

Posted on January 31, 2011
Paul Douglas the CEO of construction company PCL, told the Edmonton Journal that Alberta needs to get started on infrastructure projects sooner rather then later. A recent deficit has apparently prompted politicians in Alberta to try and save money through cutbacks on major projects, in an attempt to pay down the deficit and, in theory, have more money to spend later. Douglas has a differing opinion on this issue. He sees the current climate in Alberta as being the perfect time to get major projects off the ground, and finished, with significant savings down [...]

National Working Group and National Report Card Announced at Infrastructure Summit

Posted on January 29, 2011
At the close of the first-ever National Infrastructure Summit, hosted by the City of Regina, Mayor Pat Fiacco made it clear that he wants real deliverables out of this meeting. A working group will be formed to work on a national infrastructure strategy—a goal he talked about when ReNew Canada touched base with him just after the summit was announced last year. With the Building Canada Fund and the Economic Action Plan both winding down, it’s not just Fiacco looking for “long-term, predictable” funding for infrastructure. It’s been the siren [...]

B.C. Waste to be Reused

Posted on November 10, 2010
Canada's first high-efficiency system for producing renewable energy from food and yard waste is being funded by the federal government. Fraser Richmond Soil and Fibre Ltd., a subsidiary of Harvest Power Inc., will receive up to $4 million tover two years, for a clean energy demonstration project which will divert up to 27,000 tonnes of food and yard waste annually from B.C. landfill sites. High-solids anaerobic digestion (HSAD) will be used to turn food and yard waste into renewable energy and compost. This funding comes through the Economic Action [...]

Alberta Power Generator Dominates in Wind Market

Posted on October 25, 2010
According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), Canada currently has 3,549 MW of installed wind energy capacity, with production in every province. By the end of 2010, power generator TransAlta Corporation will be first company to own and operate more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) of installed wind capacity in Canada. In less than 10 years, TransAlta has gone from zero to 1,000 MW and, with 18 commercial wind facilities across Canada in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, produces 30 per cent of Canada’s total wind power. The bulk [...]

VIDEO: Escalator Interview: Christian Paradis (WEC)

Posted on September 20, 2010
Paradis participated in a lively ministers panel on the last day of the World Energy Congress in Montreal. When the subject turned to the possibility of a national energy policy in Canada, the mostly provincial panel of ministers had some conflicting opinions. Alberta Energy Minister, Ron Liepert, hasn’t forgotten about Canada’s last failed attempt at a unified energy strategy. He said, "Wherever we can, we should work toward co-operative development of strategies and goals, but the last thing we need is a federally-imposed national energy program [...]

$1.2-Billion Olympic Ghost Town

Posted on September 9, 2010
There are many former Olympic venues currently sitting unused (Montreal's Big O, anyone?) but it's rare to see entire areas sit vacant. According to reports, the majority of Vancouver's Olympic Village condos remain unsold. part of the City's economic plan to come out on top after the Games was turning the housing it built for Olympic athletes into permanent residential units. With Canadian cities still feeling the strain of a global recession, the idea that Vancouverites could end up paying for this miscalculation is not sitting well with local press [...]

Edmonton to Turn 100,000 Tonnes of Trash into Fuel

Posted on August 31, 2010
Construction has started Edmonton’s waste-to-biofuels facility—the first industrial-scale facility of its kind in the world. Enerkem Alberta Biofuels will own and operate the $80-million facility, which will produce 36 million litres of biofuels, including methanol and cellulosic ethanol, from municipal solid waste each year. Enerkem has a 25-year agreement with the City of Edmonton, requiring it to supply 100,000 tonnes of sorted municipal solid waste per year—an amount of waste currently available even after recycling and composting. Starting in [...]

103-Year-Old Saskatoon Bridge Near Collapse

Posted on August 27, 2010
Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison told reporters yesterday that the Traffic Bridge (or Victoria Bridge) is about to collapse. The bridge was closed this week with no word on when it will reopen. The CBC reports that Atchison said, "It's not a question of being able to fix it properly. The bridge is going to collapse. It's imminent that it is going to collapse. And so the question is, 'How can we best deal with the situation?'" The bridge is 103 years old—most bridges are built with a 75 to 100 year life expectancy. The City of Saskatoon commissioned Stantec [...]

New Hydro Power for B.C.

Posted on August 26, 2010
A $900-million expansion hydro power facility near British Columbia’s Pend d'Oreille River is set to move forward, with 335 megawatts of hydro power scheduled to come online in 2015. Fortis Inc., in partnership with Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust, intends to build a 335-megawatt hydroelectric generating facility near the Waneta Dam and powerhouse facilities on the Pend d'Oreille River, south of Trail, British Columbia. If negotiations go as planned, Fortis will own 51 per cent of the Waneta Expansion and will operate and maintain [...]

Edmonton Chooses Top 5 Designs for its Airport Lands

Posted on August 9, 2010
Edmonton is one step closer to determining what will become of its 216-hectare airport lands. An RFP went out for the redesign of the current space into a sustainable, transit-oriented community. An expert panel of six members, including ReNew Canada publisher, Todd Latham, reviewed the 33 submissions and chose five finalists from Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada will compete for the chance to deliver the winning plan to redevelop the site. The five finalists will now have four months to prepare detailed plans [...]
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