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Making the micro-gen connection

Read more...Alberta offers homeowners a smoother path to self-generation using solar, wind

In 2009, the Alberta government introduced a policy aimed at encouraging the adoption of renewable energy by homeowners and commercial establishments. In keeping with the province's approach to most things, the policy was market-driven and free of subsidies.

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The politics of resource development

Read more...Industry needs to develop a deeper understanding of and commitment to First Nations to move projects forward

It's a tough job trying to predict what will happen next in the murky political environment swirling around the oil and gas industry. International figures regularly emerge from the sidelines to thwack the industry with left-field comments. Wealthy activists fund sophisticated political advocacy campaigns to block market access while oil gets carted to port by rail, leaving prairie grain to lie dormant in massive silos. Quebec's moratorium on fracking continues. And despite best efforts at building progressive relationships with First Nations, divisions with government and industry remain.

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Glass cliff

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With few barriers to the corner office, female executives face new challenges and choices

Women pursuing careers in male-dominated industries face a diversity of challenges to advancement. Senior leadership made up mostly of men can set a male-biased tone that trickles down the ranks and influences the choices in who gets hired and who gets promoted. Old-boy networks flourish on golf courses where buddy-buddy conversations carry over to the clubhouse, the urinals, and somehow turn into promotions or appointments to company boards of directors.

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Liquids tsunami

Read more...The shale gas surge in North America has created a flood of NGL looking to find markets

A tsunami of natural gas liquids (NGLs) is flowing into the North American energy market, as producers increasingly shun dry gas for liquids-rich natural gas.

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Quest for capital

Read more...Creative capitalization and experienced management puts the shine of conventional assets

By most accounts, Questfire Energy Corp. should be among the contingent of junior producers that struggle to stay afloat. It's relatively small, works gas-weighted conventional assets, carries debt and isn't associated with any "famous" oil and gas name. A pretty sad case for some, but don't feel sorry for Questfire. It's actually on a rip, hitting the ranks of Oilweek's Top 100 list for the first time, at number 75, up from a 117th spot it would have held last year on the Next 30 list.

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Deal Maker

Read more...Pine Cliff builds on a private equity model that happens to be public

A lot of companies claim to have a counter-cyclical strategy. It sounds clever for sure, but, if it's a public company, that strategy usually amounts to making an opportune acquisition of assets someone is unloading, then promptly putting them on the back burner while forging ahead doing what everyone else is doing, which lately has been chasing oil and/or liquids-rich targets with horizontal multi-frac technology.

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Rich gas

Read more...Masked by a focus on liquids, natural gas begins a long climb back to respectability

The bottom line tells one story. Spurred by strong prices and robust demand, liquids remained the focus for the oil and gas business in western Canada in 2013, with liquids output by producers in Oilweek's Top 100 list up nearly 10 per cent, to about 3.17 million barrels per day. Gas production slipped 1.2 per cent.

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