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$350 Million for Evergreen Line

Posted on February 27, 2009
More Building Canada funding is being doled out. The latest big announcement should benefit Metro Vancouver residents. "The Evergreen Line demonstrates how our Government's Economic Action Plan is working," said Prime Minister Stephen Harper at this week's announcement.  "In the short term, we are creating thousands of direct jobs in the Metro Vancouver economy.  At the same time we are working together to ensure that the local families and businesses have access to an expanded, efficient and environmentally sustainable transit system that will help [...]

New Gas for CHP Plants

Posted on February 24, 2009
Vancouver-based Nexterra Energy is launching a program to commercialize a new application of its biomass gasification technology. The goal is to generate power and heat from small-scale plants (2 - 10 megawatt electrical) by direct-firing syngas (synthetic gas) into high efficiency gas engines. The company has been working for two years to upgrade its syngas so that it meets the fuel specification of General Electric Jenbacher's internal combustion engines. The synthetic gas is made by gasifying biomass. Financial support has come, not only from GE [...]

Campbell Makes Throne Speech

Posted on February 17, 2009
In yesterday's speech from the throne, British Columbia's Premier Gordon Campbell said the province has identified $2 billion worth of infrastructure projects that might be accelerated over the next three years and has submitted proposals for nearly 400 projects to the federal government for cost-sharing. A further $10.6 billion in approved capital projects are scheduled for construction in the next three years and another $1.4 billion worth of local infrastructure projects will also be built. Work will be accelerated on key transportation corridors [...]

P3 Agreement Finally Reached for Port Mann Bridge

Posted on February 6, 2009
The new Port Mann Bridge will be a single, 10-lane span, according to B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell and Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Kevin Falcon. Work has finally begun on the Port Mann-Highway 1 Project with the first pile for the bridge foundation being driven into the ground. The project ranked seventh on our Top 100 list of Canadian infrastructure projects. But the estimated cost at that time (based on information from Partnerships BC) was $1.6 billion. The cost now? Around $2.4 billion. The total cost, including operating and [...]

It's a Lemon

Posted on February 3, 2009
National advocacy group Transport 2000 Canada awarded what they're calling the  Lemon Prize to MP Stockwell Day and to Suzanne Hurtubise, Deputy Minister responsible for the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). The Lemon Prize is for the CBSA's delay of the new Seattle-Vancouver train. "The province invested several million dollars on an extra passing track to increase capacity on the line," says David Jeanes, president of Transport 2000 BC. "The State of Washington, which funds the international railway passenger service, was ready to go last August [...]

Provinces Start the Infrastructure Spend

Posted on February 3, 2009
The Saskatchewan government is accelerating infrastructure spending with $500-million for the provincial economy, said Premier Brad Wall at a Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association convention in Saskatoon. Wall said the money would start being allocated immediately. Of that amount, $100 million will flow to cities, towns and rural municipalities on a per-capita basis starting this month. "There aren't very many strings attached, if any, for this money," wall told Canwest News Service after the address. [...]

New Power Generation for AB

Posted on January 23, 2009
Construction has just started on ENMAX Energy's Crossfield Energy Centre, a 120 megawatt natural-gas peaking plant near Crossfield, Alberta. Washington Group Northern Ltd. won the contract to lead the engineering and construction, while General Electric will be supplying the gas turbines. This facility will be General Electric's first installation of its ultra-low emission gas turbines in North America. As a fast-start peaking facility, the Crossfield Energy Centre is designed to meet periods of high daytime electrical demand, which generally occur [...]

Calgary Releases 3-D LRT Animation

Posted on December 17, 2008
The City of Calgary has released a 3-D animation depicting the proposed west leg of the LRT, providing area residents with a better look at the future transit line. The animation lasts five minutes and takes a bird's eye view perspective. It can be viewed at www.westlrt.ca. [...]

B.C. and TransLink Partner for New Transit Lines

Posted on December 17, 2008
The Province of British Columbia and TransLink have entered into cost-sharing agreements for planning and developing the rapid transit line to the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a rapid transit expansion from the Expo Line in Surrey. The work will be undertaken over the next 16 to 24 months. Both the Surrey expansion and the UBC Line are included in the $14-billion Provincial Transit Plan. TransLink will be the lead agency for the planning and project development of both the UBC Line and the Surrey expansion, with the Province in a partnership [...]

Green Fuel for AB

Posted on December 11, 2008
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has announced there will be an Alberta Renewable Fuel Standard, which would require 5 per cent ethanol and 2 per cent biodiesel fuel blends in the province by 2010. "Today, Alberta is building on its energy leadership by encouraging the use of cleaner renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel," says Gordon Quaiattini, president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA). Renewable Fuel Standards are now in place at the federal level in Canada, as well as in Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The [...]
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