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Edmonton Offers Financial Incentives for Property Revitalization

Posted on May 14, 2010
The City of Edmonton has introduced the Development Incentive Program, offering reimbursement to property owners in main street commercial areas who revitalize their property and make it more pedestrian-friendly. Properties in some commercial areas of Alberta Avenue, Beverly, Chinatown & Little Italy, Inglewood, North Edge (107 Avenue), Old Strathcona and Stony Plain Road and Area will be eligible for a range of grants. Edmonton City Council approved the program as a pilot project at the end of November 2009 with a maximum of $2 million in grants [...]

Calgary Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized for Environmental Efforts

Posted on May 6, 2010
The City of Calgary’s Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility has been awarded the 2010 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Awards from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE). The wastewater treatment facility was designed and constructed by CH2M HILL using an approach to sustainability that takes into account aesthetics, environmental design, and economic viability. The treatment process for the Pine Creek WWTP includes Biological Nutrient Removal, tertiary filtration using filter disk technology, and ultra-violet light disinfection [...]

Albertans Consulted on Transmission Line Development

Posted on May 5, 2010
AltaLink is consulting with Albertans before developing new transmission lines. The independent transmission provider currently maintains and operates 11,800 kilometres of transmission lines and about 270 substations in Alberta. Scott Thon, AltaLink president and CEO, said in a release that the decision to incrementally stage the development of new transmission projects in Alberta, including the Western Alberta Transmission Line and the Southern Alberta Transmission Reinforcement, ensures that the transmission system grows only as Alberta's demand for [...]

Greening Alberta’s “Energy Basket”

Posted on May 5, 2010
Canada's first integrated biorefinery is in development. ATCO Midstream and Grow-Gen Energy just announced a partnership agreement to develop a refinery that will use organic wastes and high-starch wheat to produce electricity, biofertilizer and fuel ethanol. ATCO Midstream is set to operate the biorefinery and be a part-owner. Grow-Gen Energy L.P. of Hairy Hill, Alberta would be the other significant owner, along with several investors including a farmer-owned grain procurement partner, Providence Grain Group Inc. of Fort Saskatchewan. The project involves [...]

Edmonton Speeds Up High Speed Rail

Posted on May 3, 2010
Now that the City of Edmonton has its bid in for Expo 2017, it has to speed up expansion of its LRT lines to NAIT, southeast and west. Last week, the City released a report on its plans to spend over $3 billion to build these new transit lines in time. At a press conference last week, transportation GM, Bob Boutilier, said this "megaproject" is the biggest construction undertaking in Edmonton's history (as a single program). [...]

Western Provinces Sign Historic Partnership Agreement

Posted on April 30, 2010
British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta launched the New West Partnership today, creating an economic powerhouse of nine million people with a combined GDP of more than $550 billion. The three provinces will work together in unprecedented ways to build Canada’s largest interprovincial barrier-free trade and investment market. “In today’s global economy we need to break down barriers and open trade within our borders to build a stronger Canada,” British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell said, in a release. “The New West Partnership creates [...]

B.C. Clean Energy Act Released

Posted on April 30, 2010
British Columbia’s Green Energy Advisory Task Force released a report this week with a number of recommendations that had already been made to the Province to help build its new Clean Energy Act. Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, said in a release this week, “We are building on many of these recommendations as we look at how B.C.’s clean, renewable energy can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a greener economy that generates well-paying jobs.” As announced by B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell in November [...]

Manitoba's Biggest Wind Farm Finally Underway

Posted on April 30, 2010
Construction is underway on number 21 on our Top 100 list of Canadian infrastructure projects, the St. Joseph Wind Farm. Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk, minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, attended a groundbreaking ceremony this week to mark the start of construction on Manitoba’s largest wind farm. This announcement follows the successful negotiation of a 27-year power-purchase agreement between Manitoba Hydro and Pattern Energy signed late last month.  The deal will see Pattern Energy invest $95 million in the 138-megawatt wind farm located [...]

Waste to Energy in B.C.

Posted on April 27, 2010
The City of Surrey, British Columbia, will be the site of the Metro Vancouver Region’s first organics biofuel processing facility. The Region will essentially use its waste to power waste collection. The new facility will process food and yard waste from residential and commercial sources, producing natural gas that will then be used to power the City’s waste collection fleet. Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts said in a press release, “We’re focusing on growth in the clean energy technology industries in Surrey, and this facility demonstrates our commitment [...]

Ten Alberta Schools to be Built with P3 Model

Posted on April 23, 2010
The Province of Alberta has signed an agreement with B2L Partnership to design, build, finance, and maintain 10 new schools in Edmonton and the Calgary region through a public-private partnership (P3). B2L Partnership had the lowest bid price at $253 million for the Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement (ASAP) Phase II P3 project. The cost of doing the same work through traditional delivery methods is estimated at $358 million, which means, according to the Province, a savings of $105 million. The new  schools are expected to open to students in [...]
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