Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Who will be most affected in Saskatchewan by a national carbon tax?

The largest GHG emitters in Saskatchewan based on the most recent information about heavy emitters that Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment officials provided to the Star Phoenix (data from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2014) is as follows:
  1. Boundary Dam Power Station, Saskatchewan Power Corporation (Estevan): 4,994,430 (tonnes CO2 equivalents)
  2. Poplar River Power Station, Saskatchewan Power Corporation (Coronach): 4,641,652
  3. Shand Power Station, Saskatchewan Power Corporation (Estevan): 2,080,808
  4. Co-op Refinery Complex, Consumers; Co-operative Refineries Limited (Regina): 1,618,693
  5. Lloydminster Upgrader, Husky Oil Operations Limited (Lloydminster): 1,265,984
  6. Meridian Cogeneration Plant, Meridian Limited Partnership (Lloydminster): 910,798
  7. North Battleford G.S., Northland Power Inc. (RM of North Battleford): 740,513
  8. Mosaic Potash Belle Plaine, Mosaic Canada (Belle Plaine): 679,598
  9. Queen Elizabeth Power Station, Saskatchewan Power Corporation (Saskatoon): 673,222
  10. Cory Cogeneration Station, ATCO Power Canada Ltd. (Saskatoon): 650,455

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SaskPower issues RFQ for 10 MW Solar Generation Facility in Saskatchewan

SaskPower issues RFQ for 10 MW Solar Generation Facility in Saskatchewan. Information session to be held on October 13, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. CST.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Neste’s prototype for renewable high-tech workspace to be developed next year?

[Neste Corporation Press Release follows - very interesting and innovative idea originating from Finland]

What if you could take your work to an inspiring public place and still enjoy the privacy and connections of your office? Neste, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel, has revealed its future product concept called GreenPod that lets you do just that.

GreenPod is part of Neste's Pre-order the Future project, in which one out of five products or service innovations will be chosen for further development in Fall 2016. The prototype of the chosen product or service concept is expected to be ready by Spring 2017. GreenPod, made primarily out of renewable materials, is a multipurpose capsule for both work and leisure that can be set up nearly anywhere in an urban environment. GreenPod doesn’t just look cool: the pod blocks outside noises, reacts to changes in the weather, automatically charges all devices and gives visitors access to all their work files through its advanced facial recognition function. The idea behind the concept is to make public spaces more versatile environments.

The product concept video showcases what the GreenPod would look like, and how it would work: Watch video 

Pre-ordering a better, renewable future

“Public spaces are a great place to start the journey towards a renewable future. We are determined to create responsible choices every day," Osmo Kammonen, Neste’s Senior Vice President, Communications and Brand Marketing, says.

Neste’s Pre-order the Future project is all about discovering new ways of using renewable materials in the production of goods and services. The project focuses on product and service ideas within five topics: public spaces, entertainment, travel, learning, and mobility. All concepts are currently under public vote on the project website. The winning concept will be announced in September 2016 and a real prototype of it developed shortly after.

"We hope that people notice the opportunities to make an impact on the world by taking part in our project. Although Pre-order the Future currently moves at

a conceptual level the goal is to create an innovation that portrays the possibilities of renewable materials," Kammonen highlights.

The jury that will have the final say in choosing the winning concept consists of the American spoken word artist Prince Ea, Neste's President and CEO, Matti Lievonen, and Neste’s Executive Vice President of Renewable Products, Kaisa Hietala.

Learn more about the Pre-Order the Future project and vote for the concept ideas on the official website

Neste Corporation
Kaisa Lipponen
Director, Corporate Communications
Further information: Osmo Kammonen, Senior Vice President, Communications and Brand Marketing, tel.+358 50 458 4885, osmo.kammonen(at)

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Project website:
Photos for media use

Neste in brief

Neste is a pioneer in oil refining and renewable solutions. We provide our customers with premium-quality products for cleaner traffic and industrial products based on world-class research. We are the world's leading producer of renewable diesel, and our annual production capacity is more than 2 million tons. We also are the world's largest company providing renewable fuel from waste and residues. Our sustainable operations have received recognition in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable companies, among others. Our net sales for 2015 amounted to approximately EUR 11 billion, and our shares are listed on NASDAQ Helsinki. Cleaner traffic, energy and life are moved forward by about 5,000 professionals. 


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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sunshine in the Finnish forest industry: Biomass projects and Finland's bioeconomy enjoying a resurgence

A Maaseudun Tulevaisuus (a Finnish newspaper covering agriculture and forestry) editorial discusses the positive outlook of the forest and bio industries in Finland. There are several projects already carried out or planned in the sector. The most recent investment decision was made by a Chinese company on a biorefinery in Kemi. The paper finds that there is no reason to worry over the sufficiency of wood in Finland despite the great number of projects. The Chinese project is very positive news for the country. However, the project is still far from implementation. One severe risk is related to the EU's biomass sustainability criteria directive. If the EU decided that biomass has sustainability problems, the foundation of Finland's bioeconomy strategy could be undermined. Finns must make sure this does not happen.

Source: Maaseudun Tulevaisuus (E-edition, PDF) - article summary above translated from Finnish 
Date: 12.2.2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

SaskPower releases "Renewables Roadmap" - Here are the 5 critical take-aways:

  1. 100 to 200 MW RFQ and RFP for Wind to be issued in Q3 of 2016;
  2. 10 MW RFQ and RFP for solar to be issued in Q3-4 of 2016;
  3. SaskPower committed to soliciting projects from independent power producers;
  4. SaskPower continuing to look at hydro projects, hydro imports from other provinces, as well as biomass and geothermal power projects;
  5. Follow this blog or for updates in the future. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CanWEA unexpectedly pulls out of British Columbia to pursue better opportunities in Saskatchewan and Alberta

Jean-Francois Nolet, vice-president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), made the announcement in a letter to members of the association's B.C. caucus Feb. 5, and obtained by the Alaska Highway News (newspaper in North-Eastern BC - centre of wind farm development in the Province). “In the last few months we have seen significant new commitments to renewable energy in Alberta and Saskatchewan, but much work remains to be done to make those commitments a reality,” Nolet wrote. “At the same time, despite the hard work and efforts of CanWEA and other stakeholders over many years in British Columbia, we have not yet secured any significant new opportunities for wind energy in the province and both the B.C. Government and BC Hydro have indicated that they do not expect to proceed with a new call for power within the next decade.” In response, CanWEA determined it must shift its focus from B.C. to emerging markets in Alberta and Saskatchewan. With the announcment comes the closure of CanWEA's B.C. office. Regional director Ian Baille will be leaving the organization.

Source and full article at:

Friday, February 12, 2016

SaskPower to develop wind, solar and geothermal power to meet up to 50% renewable target by 2030 in Saskatchewan

To meet the target of up to 50% of SaskPower’s generation capacity from renewable sources, the corporation will be moving forward with procurement of another 100 MW of wind generation in 2016 and will develop up to 1,600 MW of new wind generation between 2019 and 2030.

SaskPower is planning to move forward with utility scale solar power generation, which would include at least 60 MW of solar, with a competitive procurement beginning in 2016.

See SaskPower Press Release for more information:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Caruna's electricity fee hikes could launch Finland's first class action lawsuit

The electricity distribution company Caruna has announced major hikes to electricity transfer fees and Finland's consumer authorities are now seriously contemplating a class action lawsuit against Caruna if they cannot agree on a solution in negotiations with the company. Both consumers and politicians have been annoyed by the hikes, which can be up to 50%, and they have contacted consumer authorities. Caruna justifies the move by investments in the electricity network, and because of the monopoly position, customers cannot change the service provider.

Source: YLE Uutiset (translated from Finnish)
Date: 8.2.2016
Journalist: Sanna Vilkman

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Is Finland's Neste the World's First 21st Century Oil Company?

In an era of hyper-branding, normally whenever a corporation changes its name and logo — altering the image countless commercials have indelibly burned into consumer psyches — it's usually a Hail Mary pass thrown by desperate management trying to dodge a PR disaster. But we're not living in normal times, especially in the volatile energy business, when on June 1, 2015, after revamping its technology, refineries and fuels, and then followed by long, careful deliberation, Neste Oil, a Finnish oil refining and marketing company, officially dropped "oil" from its name. That typographically small but momentous change dramatically illustrated the company’s recent growth (see its press release).
“Products based on renewable feedstocks have become a significant part of Neste's business, and the word "oil," referring to fossil crude oil, no longer gives a correct overall picture of the company,” president and CEO, Matti Lievonen said.

Read the full article here:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

UK investment fund acquires Capstone Infrastructure for $480 million CAD

Irving Infrastructure, a subsidiary of iCON Infrastructure Partners III, is offering $4.90 CAD for each common share, which is a 44 per cent premium on the January 19 closing price and 61 per cent above the closing share price on November 23, when Capstone announced it was undertaking a strategic review. "Our goal has been to grow the company to benefit from the immense opportunities in the infrastructure sector and we are pleased that iCON Infrastructure recognizes the inherent value of Capstone's assets," says Capstone chairman V. James Sardo.

Source: CanWEA

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bullfrog Power making in-roads in Saskatchewan - Hilton Doubletree signed up as the first hotel in Saskatchewan to use green electricity

Bullfrog Power, through its work as a social enterprise, supports community renewable projects in Saskatchewan and across Canada. In Saskatchewan, Bullfrog Power's community partners include First Nations Power Authority and Saskatoon's Broadway Theatre.

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