Carbon Spotlight: Demystifying Canadian Levies, Markets and Beyond
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1w ago
This week our podcast guest is Rachel Walsh, Environmental Commodities Strategist at BMO Capital Markets.   Here are some of the questions Peter and Jackie asked Rachel: Is the hefty Canadian emitter carbon tax starting to impact competitiveness? Is the carbon levy causing industrial emitters to invest in reducing their emissions? Canada and Alberta have introduced incentives to reduce the capital cost of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. Are these incentives enough to kick-start the industry? Are the contracts-for-difference that guarantee a carbon price for industrial emitters ..read more
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Powerful Changes: Alberta’s Electricity Market Redesign with Blake Shaffer
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2w ago
Recently, Alberta announced significant changes to its power market: short-term changes to stop economic withholding and a long-term redesign of Alberta’s deregulated electricity market into a restructured energy market (REM).   This week, our guest, Blake Shaffer, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, helps us understand these changes. Here are some questions Jackie and Peter asked Blake: Why does Alberta need a market redesign? Was the near-brownout during a frigid weekend in January a sign that the current system is ..read more
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The Energy Tourist: Peter Tertzakian's Mission to the UK
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3w ago
Peter is back from a one-week whirlwind trip to the UK where he was a guest on a government-hosted tour titled “Energy Commentators Mission.” During his visit, he met people working on the UK energy transition, including with offshore wind, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and refining.  Tune in to this week’s podcast to hear about Peter’s trip and takeaways, including interviews with some of the people he met in his travels.  We hear from:  Andrew Rodden, Energy Transition Zone Ltd.   Pilar Amieva, X-Academy  Allan MacAskill, Flotation Energy plc  Je ..read more
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Is Canada Spending Enough on Clean Energy? John Stackhouse from RBC Disruptors
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1M ago
This week, John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO at RBC joins the podcast. John is also the host of the Disruptors podcast. This episode is a joint podcast that is being made available on both the ARC Energy Ideas and Disruptors podcast channels.  John, Jackie, and Peter discuss sustainable finance and Canada’s dearth of capital spending on energy transition and decarbonization.   Questions covered during the podcast: Is the lack of a national taxonomy that defines what projects count as clean, green, and sustainable slowing investment? Should decarbonization proj ..read more
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Interview with Ontario’s Energy Minister Todd Smith
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1M ago
On February 16, 2024, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced some proposed changes to the draft Clean Electricity Regulations (CER). Initially released in August 2023, the draft legislation requires electricity production in Canada to be net zero by 2035. Peter and Jackie start the podcast by reviewing the recently proposed changes and discuss whether these changes are enough to win over the provinces that object to the proposed CER, including Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Next, they introduce this week’s guest, the Honourable Todd Smith, Ontario’s Energy Minister and MLA ..read more
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First Nations, Energy Projects and Politics: An Interview with MLA Ellis Ross
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1M ago
This week, our guest is Ellis Ross, an MLA in the British Columbia Legislature since 2017, representing the Skeena riding for the BC United political party (formerly the Liberal Party). His region includes the communities of Kitimat and Terrace on the northern coast of British Columbia.  Ellis also currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Energy and LNG. Before being elected to the British Columbia legislature, Ellis Ross was the Chief Councillor for the Haisla Nation, in that position, he signed an agreement with an LNG developer to build a plant on the Haisla Nation reserves.  H ..read more
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What Canadians are Thinking About Energy Transition and Politics
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2M ago
This week, our guest is Greg Lyle, Founder and President of Innovative Research Group.  Innovative Research Group is a full-service market research firm with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. The firm has recently done some interesting polling on how Canadians are thinking about energy infrastructure and energy transition. Greg also talked politics, giving us some insight into how Canadians would vote (based on polling) if a federal election were held today.  Here are some of the questions that Peter and Jackie asked Greg: How much do Canadians know about the energy transition? How d ..read more
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Geopolitical Currents: Carlos Pascual on Energy, Climate, and Conflict in the Middle East
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2M ago
This week, our guest is Carlos Pascual, Senior Vice President of Global Energy at S&P Global Commodity Insights.   Carlos's past roles include establishing and directing the new Energy Resources Bureau at the US Department of State and serving as a senior advisor to the Secretary of State on energy issues. He has also previously been a United States Ambassador to Mexico and Ukraine.  Here are some of the questions that Carlos tackled:  How do you expect the US will react to the recent attack on an American base in the Middle East that killed three soldiers?  What is Ira ..read more
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Crude Realities: Unpacking the Politics and Power of Oil
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2M ago
This week on the podcast, our guest is David Detomasi, an associate professor and distinguished faculty fellow in international business at the Smith School of Business at Queens University. He is also the author of “Profits and Power: Navigating the Politics and Geopolitics of Oil.” First, Jackie and Peter discuss the potential impact of the Canadian government’s proposed cap on oil and gas emissions on smaller oil and gas producers. A reminder that the deadline for providing feedback on the Federal Government’s “Regulatory framework for an oil and gas sector greenhouse gas emissions cap" is ..read more
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Weathering the Storm: Alberta’s Grid Alerts and 2024 Energy Themes
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3M ago
Peter and Jackie start the year by reviewing the extreme cold in Alberta that caused a spike in electricity demand, resulting in the Alberta Electricity System Operator (AESO) issuing four grid alerts between January 12th and 15th. The electricity supply-demand balance was the tightest on Saturday evening (January 13th), causing the Alberta Government to issue an emergency alert to people's mobile phones. About 200 MW of demand fell off the system within minutes of issuing the notice.   Peter and Jackie also discuss other storms brewing on the horizon and introduce the 2024 energy themes ..read more
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