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Business leaders welcome pipeline approval but fear it may not be completed

Ottawa’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion pleased business leaders, but they say they will hold off on popping champagne corks until construction begins on new pipe from Edmonton to the West Coast.

“It was essential to show the world that our country can get major infrastructure projects approved,” said CEO Tim McMillan of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers at an afternoon news conference.

“It is now essential we show the world we can get them built.”

The approval of a project that will add about 600,000 barrels per day of potential oil export capacity is a rare bit of good news for the sector, said Jack Mintz, tax policy and economics expert at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, in an interview.

But while it would help clear a glut of oil in Alberta that has depressed local oil prices, it doesn’t create any room for growth, nor is it likely to encourage financial markets to invest in Canadian oil and gas.

“I think the champagne corks will come out if there’s a feeling there won’t be legal challenges that can stop the pipeline from being built,” he said. “There still is some concern about whether it will actually go ahead.”

In his announcement on June 18, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said work on the project that was interrupted last summer by a federal court ruling is expected to be restarted during the current construction season.

Numerous industry representatives vowed to hold the government to that timeline, with many expressing doubt that the oft-delayed pipeline first proposed in 2013 can get back on track so quickly.

“It’s too early to celebrate this decision. I will be more optimistic after construction commences and is completed on TMX,” said Gary Mar, CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, in an interview.

Mark Little, CEO of Suncor Energy Inc, and Tim McKay, president of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Canada’s two biggest oil producers, both called on the government to make sure construction starts as soon as possible.

“It is important that construction restart immediately to create and maintain jobs and also ensure that Canada receives full value for its resources,” said McKay in a statement.

The federal government’s promise to ask Indigenous groups affected by the pipeline about selling a stake to First Nation investors won kudos from Little and Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, as well as one of the potential bidders.

“Right now, we’re excited. We’re happy with the response,” said Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation near Edmonton, a leader of the Iron Coalition hoping to organize a coalition of Alberta Metis and First Nations to bid for an equity stake in the pipeline.

The Trans Mountain announcement failed to impress Mark Scholz, CEO of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, who said in a statement the pipeline approval is “trivial” and will do little to help a suffering western Canadian drilling sector.

Approval doesn’t make up for the federal government’s pursuit of Bills C-69 and C-48, bills reviled by the industry to revamp the regulatory system for resource projects and impose an oil tanker ban on the B.C. coast, he said.

“This industry is on life support. Today’s announcement does little to provide future certainty to drilling and service rig contractors as they continue to exit the Canadian market at an alarming rate.”


‘We’re deeply sorry:’ Husky fined $3.8M for leak into North Saskatchewan River

Husky Energy was fined $3.8 million for a pipeline oil leak that fouled a major river, harmed fish and wildlife and tainted the drinking water supply for thousands of people in Saskatchewan.

“We recognize that the spill had a significant impact on communities along the North Saskatchewan River and we’re deeply sorry for that,” Duane Rae, the company’s vice-president of pipelines, said outside court in Lloydminster, Sask.

“We’ve been working hard since that day to try to set things right.”

The spill into the North Saskatchewan River in July 2016 forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut off their water intakes for almost two months.

Calgary-based Husky pleaded guilty to three environmental charges: two under federal migratory birds and fisheries legislation and one under a provincial law for releasing a harmful substance.

The federal Crown withdrew seven other charges.

About 225,000 litres of diluted heavy oil spilled from Husky’s pipeline near Maidstone in west-central Saskatchewan. The company said about 40% made it into the river and more than 90% of the oil was recovered.

Provincial court Judge Lorna Dyck accepted a joint recommendation from lawyers on an amount for the fine.

“This case has been a difficult and a challenging one for a number of reasons,” she said in her decision.

She noted that two alarms had gone off but were not recorded or reported to senior staff.

“Once the leak was discovered, Husky acted quickly and properly,” said the judge. “I believe Husky has learned from this mistake.”

“There’s no doubt it has had a detrimental affect on Husky’s reputation and on the industry as a whole,” said Rae. “We have expended a lot of money on the cleanup – over $140 million.”

A victim impact statement filed by three Indigenous communities in the area said the cleanup wasn’t good enough. Chief Wayne Semaganis spoke on behalf of his Little Pine First Nation and also for the Sweetgrass and Red Pheasant bands.

He said birds, wildlife and fish still suffer the effects of the contamination and the First Nations have lost traditional use of their land.

“We no longer fish in the river. We no longer trap on or near reserve lands. We no longer farm on or near reserve lands,” he said. “We no longer drink water drawn from reserve lands.”

Semaganis said the Indigenous communities remain anxious, fearful and psychologically stressed.

The cities of North Battleford and Prince Albert also filed victim impact statements that were read out by the Crown.

“The impact was dire, ongoing and will cause long-lasting changes to procedures and processes,” said the statement from North Battleford’s city manager James Puffalt.

Prince Albert’s statement said the spill caused significant disruption and stress for residents and had considerable costs.

Spray parks were closed at the peak of the summer holidays. Laundromats were shut down. Car washes couldn’t operate and businesses had to close.

“The city was forced to implement its emergency operations centre,” said the statement.

The city also had to lay temporary lines to two nearby rivers for drinking water.

Saskatchewan prosecutor Matthew Miazga told court there has never been an environmental event as significant in the province.

“Literally tens of thousands of people downstream were impacted.”

Environment Canada investigator Jeff Puetz said staff put their full effort into getting information.

“We did search warrants and gathered tens of thousands of copies of documents from Husky in order to get enough evidence,” he said.

The company said the pipeline buckled and leaked because of ground movement.

The line was allowed to reopen in October 2016 after being repaired and inspected.

Husky CEO Rob Peabody noted in a release that the oil and gas producer has been doing business in the Lloydminster region for more than 70 years.

“We understand that some people think we could have done better. After having such a long and successful history in this region, the event three years ago was a disappointment for all of us.”

He added that the company has made improvements that include an updated leak response protocol, regular geotechnical reviews of pipelines and fibre optic sensing technology.


Single-use plastics ban poses challenge for Canada’s fossil fuel sector

The oil industry’s next threat could be in the grocery aisle.

A worldwide movement to limit single-use plastics in food packaging poses a challenge for Canada’s fossil fuel sector, at the same time that large companies struggle with volatile prices, pipeline constraints and the global rise of electric vehicles.


Photo: Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would join other countries and ban as early as 2021 a range of everyday plastics that are frequently discarded after a single use, including forks and knives, shopping bags and stir sticks.

The move is part of wider efforts by the Liberal government to improve Canada’s dismal recycling rates and reduce pollution, just five months shy of a federal election in which the environment and climate change promise to be major issues.

The proposed ban would align with European Union regulations on single-use plastics, and a global push that some analysts and energy companies say has major implications for global oil demand and industry revenues.

The oil industry supplies chemical manufacturers with the building blocks needed to make resins that are used to create plastic products. Globally, petrochemicals account for the single-largest contributor to oil-demand growth out to 2040, according to the International Energy Agency.

This year, British oil giant BP PLC estimated that a hypothetical global ban on single-use plastics could shave about three million barrels a day from demand forecasts. That compares with current world demand of roughly 100 million barrels daily.

“That doesn’t sound like a big number, but it’s not insignificant, particularly when you start to look at that as a percentage of oil-demand growth. It’s not nothing,” said Katherine Spector, a research scholar studying the issue at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy in New York City.

To be sure, data are spotty about how much plastic winds up in single-use items versus durable goods such as cars. It’s also difficult to assess long-term impacts of new restrictions. And it can be hard to accurately define single-use plastics.

Moreover, a global ban is far from reality, and effects could be muted over time. “I do not consider that a big drop in demand over that time frame,” said Jackie Forrest, an analyst at ARC Energy Research in Calgary.

But forecasts of rising oil demand to make plastics may also butt up against shifting consumer tastes.

In a sign of shifting behaviour, a recent public-opinion poll by Dalhousie University said one in two Canadians actively shop for greener packaging options, although few are willing to pay a premium.

The lobby group for Canada’s oil producers declined comment on the impact of the measure. The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, whose members include Imperial Oil Ltd., Inter Pipeline Ltd. and the Canadian arm of Dow Chemical, said it does not support bans of any kind.

Environmental groups applauded Canada’s proposed ban on single-use items, as well as the pledge to make companies that manufacture plastic products or sell items with plastic packaging pay for collection and recycling of their waste.

Ottawa said it would conduct a scientific assessment to determine specific items to prohibit and could also adopt policies requiring products to contain a set amount of recycled content, or be capable of being recycled or repaired.

Even as restrictions mount, companies are committing to new investments. In December, 2017, Inter Pipeline announced plans to build a $3.5-billion plastics plant in Northern Alberta to take advantage of provincial subsidies.

“We don’t support bans that aren’t based or rooted in science,” said Isabelle Des Chênes, executive vice-president of the Chemistry Industry Association.

Chelsea Rochman, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s department of ecology and evolutionary biology, said there is no question that single-use plastics harm wildlife as they break down in the environment, with potentially toxic effects.

“There’s no doubt that there is exposure and that these animals are eating the microplastics,” she said.

11 million people employed in renewable energy worldwide in 2018

unnamed-1Eleven million people were employed in renewable energy worldwide in 2018 according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This compares with 10.3 million in 2017. As more and more countries manufacture, trade and install renewable energy technologies, the latest Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review finds that renewables jobs grew to their highest level despite slower growth in key renewable energy markets including China.

The diversification of the renewable energy supply chain is changing the sector’s geographic footprint. Until now, renewable energy industries have remained relatively concentrated in a handful of major markets, such as China, the United States and the European Union. Increasingly, however, East and Southeast Asian countries have emerged alongside China as key exporters of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Countries including Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam were responsible for a greater share of growth in renewables jobs last year, which allowed Asia to maintain a 60% share of renewable energy jobs worldwide.

“Beyond climate goals, governments are prioritising renewables as a driver of low-carbon economic growth in recognition of the numerous employment opportunities created by the transition to renewables,” said Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA. “Renewables deliver on all main pillars of sustainable development – environmental, economic and social. As the global energy transformation gains momentum, this employment dimension reinforces the social aspect of sustainable development and provides yet another reason for countries to commit to renewables.”

Solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind remain the most dynamic of all renewable energy industries. Accounting for one-third of the total renewable energy workflow, solar PV retains the top spot in 2018, ahead of liquid biofuels, hydropower, and wind power. Geographically, Asia hosts over three million PV jobs, nearly nine-tenths of the global total.

Most of the wind industry’s activity still occurs on land and is responsible for the bulk of the sector’s 1.2 million jobs. China alone accounts for 44 per cent of global wind employment, followed by Germany and the United States. Offshore wind could be an especially attractive option for leveraging domestic capacity and exploiting synergies with the oil and gas industry.


Renewable energy jobs highlights:

  • The solar PV industry retains the top spot, with a third of the total renewable energy workforce. In 2018, PV employment expanded in India, Southeast Asia and Brazil, while China, the United States, Japan and the European Union lost jobs.
  • Rising output pushed biofuel jobs up 6% to 2.1 million. Brazil, Colombia, and Southeast Asia have labour-intensive supply chains where informal work is prominent, whereas operations in the United States and the European Union are far more mechanised.
  • Employment in wind power supports 1.2 million jobs. Onshore projects predominate, but the offshore segment is gaining traction and could build on expertise and infrastructure in the offshore oil and gas sector.
  • Hydropower has the largest installed capacity of all renewables but is now expanding slowly. The sector employs 2.1 million people directly, three quarters of whom are in operations and maintenance.

Wash operators compete by adding value

Canadians are keeping their cars longer and this is good news for wash operators looking to diversify their services. The average age of a car on Canada’s roads is beyond 11 years and those who are buying new vehicles are holding onto them longer before trading them in. We are also spending more on routine maintenance with annual averages running around $700 per vehicle. This means services such as tire rotation and glass repair as well as lube and oil change are perfect fits for sites that seek to grow revenue.

Industry reports show that customers spend on average more than $50 per vehicle for lube service, and sites see around 1,200 jobs per month at multi-door operations. Typically, lube and glass operations are tied to detail and hand wash centres where customers expect to leave vehicles for care.     

Popular Car Wash lives up to its name

Screen Shot 2019-06-11 at 10.12.28 AMIn Etobicoke, Popular Car Wash has been making a name for itself since 2011 with a wide range of services that include lube and oil change, window tinting and repair, full detailing service, tire shop, and rust proofing. The business started out as a regular full-service tunnel car wash with a 110-foot tunnel (West Mall) and a 135-ft. tunnel (Rexdale Blvd.) and then branched out to offer complementary services to drive revenue. “When we opened the lube shop we found we were doing 400 cars a month with no advertising,” says owner Jolly Thind. The exposure offered by a steady car wash trade was all it took to attract these customers to its secondary services. “We are seeing numbers grow and we are very busy as a result,” he says, adding that they will be adding two more sites this year to create a local chain of four locations.

Thind reports that it’s really all about creating customer relationships and offering services that contribute to greater convenience. “Once people discover all the things we can do for them, they become our loyal customers, and we find the person who uses the lube service also is interested in rust protection or window tinting. The car wash is the draw to get people onto the site. Once we have them, we can suggest other services such as new tires or brake repair.”

Popular Car Wash is seeing gains in rust proofing. The centre offers Corrosion FREE rust proofing products that are a clean, clear and drip-free lubricant gel. “Numbers are growing for this service because only Canadian Tire offers anything similar in our market area.”

Making a big splash

Splashes in Whiterock, B.C. has exceeded customer expectations with a slate of five services to complement their WhiteWater car wash, a site custom built and patented by Splashes. The wash is a flat deck conveyor-fed touchless system that uses robotic profiling to maximize clean on vehicle surfaces. The facility, owned and operated by Greg Horton and Ryan Oliver, opened in 2008.

According to Splashes manager Saskia Goodacre, autoglass is their most profitable service. The site offers window tinting as well as a full windshield replacement and repair service. “We are located in the South Surrey Automall, and as such we have good exposure to new and used car buyers, and we do work for the dealers in the mall,” she says, noting that the close proximity to dealer service centres had them decide not to offer oil change.

Splashes’ list of services includes Armaguard protective coatings and packages such as rust protection and undercoating, windshield tinting and full autoglass repair, the X-Kote paint renewal system as well as their tunnel wash and full detailing service. They also sell and install car bras, roof racks and cargo boxes. Goodacre reports that the range of services has seen the business grow steadily. “Five years ago, we had about 20 people on staff. Today we have 40,” she says, remarking that the business is very labour-intensive.

Great Canadian Oil Change beats the competition

Great Canadian Oil Change set up shop three years ago in Terrace, BC, and has become a strong competitive force in the town’s vehicle care sector. According to Grant MacDonald, lead hand at the site, the location’s PDQ LaserWash 360 system delivers three wash packages to customers who come in for lubricants. Oil change clients receive $5 off any package. “Car wash is really the leading service, especially in the summer. But, oil change is now starting to pick up thanks to things like brand awareness and our highly visible location, which is just off Main Street.” He reports that space is a challenge at the current site, so they are a bit hamstrung in terms of adding new services. However, they are considering upping the ante at the wash by adding music to a package that already uses coloured foams and lava as well as the PDQ LaserWash 360’s lighting array.

As Jolly Thind of Popular Car Wash says, “The more services you can offer a customer, the more you increase the level of convenience. Greater convenience creates loyalty and gives you an edge in the market.”

Strategies to pump up security at the pumps

pumping-gas-500-x-400_0Theft modes at the pump continue to evolve over the years, meaning fuel retailers need to evolve their security to protect their fuel —  and their customers.

Although there are still pump scams in Canada, chip and pin is the standard here, while the U.S. is still migrating from mag swipe technology.

While Canada’s chip and pin adoption has helped curtail some types of scams in recent years, there are always market challenges with security, including sites becoming larger and the increasing needs around data security.


The fuels industry has seen a rise in the number of skimmers found at sites. Each of these devices can impact 100 to 500 consumers and have a financial impact on the consumer ranging from $1,100 to $5,000.

There are two popular types of skimmers: internal that are either inline with cables or board-mounted with Bluetooth; and external that are placed on the card-reader nose.

There’s also “shimmers,” which are inserted into the card reader at fuel pumps. Shimmers capture the magnetic strip data, and potentially chip information as well. It’s important to note that fraudulent cards are generated with magnetic strip data, but the chip information isn’t able to be replicated.

“Pulser fraud” is also on the rise. This is when a false pulse signal is created, distorting the signal to electronics. This can be done with counterfeit hardware that’s installed in place of the real device; lift-off, wherein the thief lifts the device off the meter; or a broken connection caused by a pulser shaft being cut and not registering fuel volume.


Card data theft results in a nuisance to the consumer and ultimately raises the cost of credit. Furthermore, fuel theft reduces the already slim margins that retailers collect on the sale of fuel.

Shutting down fuel thieves requires creating barriers to breaches, investing in and implementing new technology, and notifying and reacting effectively to breaches. Consumers are more and more aware of the security measures being taken at fueling sites.

One way to protect customers is with security tape. It’s a simple deterrent to thieves, easily inspected by site personnel, and visible to customers so they know they are being protected. The downside is that security tape can be manipulated easily.

EMV chip card readers and near-field communications also protect customer data.

In terms of retailers protecting their fuel, here are four best practices:

  • Encryption — Prevents unauthorized cyber access to sensitive data.
  • Asset ID — Unique ID only recognized by the dispenser.
  • Lift-Off Detection — Multipoint detection system against unauthorized entry.
  • Reinforced Enclosure — Hardened metallic enclosure prevents access to critical performance hardware.

Preventing fuel theft means having control of your network 24/7 as well. Retailers can control their network remotely through door sensors that are fully integrated. With such a system, retailers can enable/disable remotely for service, clear an alarm, and even schedule a disable for service.


There’s no reason to believe theft modes at the pump won’t continue to evolve. With that in mind, future possibilities for enhanced security, include:

Electronic Access

  • Electronic locks on the dispenser
  • Cloud authentication
  • Track access by zone on the dispense

Bluetooth Scanner

  • Consumer would have access to Bluetooth skimmer apps
  • Transfer to the dispenser for real-time monitoring
  • Notification when a skimmer is present at your fueling positions

Security at the dispenser is needed today, not tomorrow. It’s vital for retailers to determine the right security method for their business — one that enables them to be alerted and react accordingly to a breach, but also one that prevents thieves from breaking in from the start.

A version of this article was published at Convenience Store News. 

Environment groups say oil industry asks will lead to ‘climate chaos’

Several of Canada’s leading environment groups say election demands from Canada’s oil industry earlier this week are a direct attack on the future health and prosperity of Canadians.

The different visions for Canada’s economic and environmental policies are a preview of the federal election campaign to come, in which the fossil-fuel sector and environment groups are expected to play central and conflicting roles.

Environment groups want the federal government to bar new pipelines and slowly wind down production in the oil sector while ramping up investments in and exports of cleaner, renewable energy technologies.

“If our goal is to limit global warming we need to be retiring fossil fuels,” said Dale Marshall, national program manager at Environmental Defence.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers on Monday issued its “election platform,” calling for all parties to come up with a long-term vision for oil and gas that includes displacing foreign imports with Canadian fuels and ramping up production and building pipelines so Canada can export more.

The association’s president Tim McMillan argued Canadian oil is produced with higher environmental standards so it is better for the environment if foreign countries buy and use it rather than the fuels produced in countries with lower standards.

McMillan said emerging markets in India, China and Southeast Asia are increasing demand for fossil fuels and Canada should be ready to fill that need.

More than half a dozen environment groups pushed back Wednesday, urging political parties to reject the petroleum industry’s vision.

Marshall said investing in clean and renewable energy that can be exported will result in the same economic benefits without the accompanying climate harms.

He also said the idea that Canada’s oil is cleaner than others’ is a fallacy and that producing more oil for export is not the responsible way to go.

“I would say straight-up that the agenda put forward in this document by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is a recipe for climate chaos,” said Marshall.

Each side denies favouring any one party. However Marshall acknowledged that climate and environment plans put forward by the Green Party and the NDP “could have been written by the environment community.”

The Liberals and Conservatives haven’t yet released environment platforms for the election, though the Liberals’ carbon price is a central part of their brand.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promises a major speech on the environment later this month. However much of the vision in the CAPP plan – in particular to expand Canadian exports and replace foreign oil with Canadian production – is directly in line with the vision Scheer put forward in a recent speech on the economy.

Scheer was criticized earlier this year for having a closed-door strategy session with oil executives in Calgary to develop plans to oust the Liberals. McMillan attended that meeting but his presence was downplayed by the organization as part of CAPP’s open strategy to promote Canadian oil and gas.

Marshall said “it’s worrisome” that the Conservatives are so closely tied to the interests of one industry.

Premiers Kenney, Moe to work together on rig rules as they meet in Saskatchewan

Premiers Moe and Kenney.

Premiers Moe and Kenney.

The premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan are pledging to harmonize regulations governing the movement of oil and gas rigs in the two provinces.

Jason Kenney and Scott Moe have signed a memorandum of understanding noting that some commercial trucking rules are not suitable for service rigs, which spend most of the time in a field, not on a road.

The goal is to make it easier for rigs to be moved from job site to job site in both provinces without getting bogged down by two sets of rules.

The agreement was signed as Kenney and Moe appeared together at an oil trade show in Weyburn, Sask.

The two conservative premiers praised the policies of their respective governments, while taking shots at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal carbon tax.

Both heralded their support for pipelines and say they are confident the federal government will approve the stalled construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by the June 18 deadline.

New Manitoba plan contains no carbon tax, higher carbon emissions level

The Manitoba government is watering down its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing any possible carbon tax from the equation.

Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced Monday that the Progressive Conservative government is aiming to reduce annual emissions by one megatonne of carbon dioxide equivalent between 2018 and 2022.

That’s less than half the almost 2 1/2-megatonne reduction target the Tories originally announced in 2017.

The main reason for the change is that the province is no longer assuming a carbon tax will be around.

“We’ve removed the carbon-pricing element from our plan and are moving forward with getting real emissions reductions,” Squires told The Canadian Press on Monday.

“(There are) several more initiatives to come that will help us transition to a low-carbon future without imposing a tax on Manitobans.”

Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew said the government is moving in the wrong direction.

“Reducing the emissions targets will not protect the environment in the way that we need to for the next generation,” Kinew said.

“And it seems like the government, in this announcement, is also agreeing that putting a price on pollution is an effective way to reduce emissions.”

The Tory government proposed a flat $25 per tonne carbon tax in its 2017 plan _ an increase that works out to just over five cents a litre on gasoline.

The federal government said that was not high enough and insisted the province match the federal level that starts at $20 a tonne and is to rise to $50 by 2022.

Manitoba backed off its tax plan entirely last year, so Ottawa imposed its own levy in April. It has also done so in Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick, which also refused to meet the federal demand.

The future of the federal tax is in question. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has promised to scrap it if his party is elected this fall. Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario are fighting the tax in court.

Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal ruled in a split decision last month that the tax is constitutional. The province is appealing that ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Squires said the Manitoba government is establishing firm, achievable targets and will meet them through initiatives such as a plan she announced Monday to subsidize the trucking industry for purchases of energy-efficient equipment.

The previous NDP government set emissions targets and failed to reach them _ a fact highlighted by the province’s auditor general in 2017.

Kinew has promised to make the province carbon-neutral by 2050 if he is elected premier. He has also said he would impose a price on carbon which, like the federal one, would be at least partially offset by rebates.

He is not yet prepared to say what that price would be.

“We will have to look at the federal landscape. We want to get a good deal for Manitobans that balances the environment but also keeping life affordable for people,” Kinew said.

Nova Scotia Power says it now generates 30% of its power from renewables

Nova Scotia’s private utility says it has hit a new milestone in its delivery of electricity from renewable resources.

Nova Scotia Power says 30% of the electricity it produced in 2018 came from renewable sources such as wind power.

The utility says 18% came from wind turbines, nine% from hydroelectric and tidal turbines and three% by burning biomass.

However, over half of the province’s electrical generation still comes from the burning of coal or petroleum coke. Another 13% come from burning natural gas and 5% from imports.

The utility says that since 2007, the province’s reliance on coal-fired plants has dropped from 76% of electricity generated to 52% last year.

It says it expects to meet the province’s legislated renewable target of 40% in 2020, when it begins accessing hydroelectricity from the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador.

“We have made greener, cleaner energy a priority,” utility president and CEO Karen Hutt said in a news release.

“As we continue to achieve new records in renewable electricity, we remain focused on ensuring electricity prices stay predictable and affordable for our customers.”

Nova Scotia Power also projects achieving a 58% reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.