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August 25, 2014
A pipeline company intends to connect two pipelines in order to add more than 300,000 barrels per day of capacity to cross into the United States from Canada without waiting for the kind of permit that has hampered the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Citing a delay for a presidential permit and demand for getting tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to refiners, Enbridge Inc. indicated that it intends to increase capacity on its Alberta Clipper-Line 67 pipeline by swapping oil with a parallel Line 3, which carries light crude oil and runs at reduced capacity because of pressure restrictions on the decades-old line. The interconnections will allow Enbridge to add 75,000 barrels per day of capacity this year and a total of 800,000 barrels per day by mid-2015.
An increase in capacity generally requires State Department approval, but the department indicated that Enbridge’s interconnection changes did not require further approval because the oil would cross the border under existing presidential permits.
The portion of Line 3 that crosses the border has been upgraded and, according to a State Department official, there is no limit on the permitted capacity of Line 3, which was approved decades ago.
Enbridge told the State Department that it plans to put 800,000 barrels per day across the border through Line 3 and back on to Line 67 once it gets needed approvals for pumping upgrades, which it calls Phase II, from state regulators and the Army Corps of Engineers:
The interconnections will also provide Enbridge with the operational flexibility to transport crude oil in the range of 800,000 bpd of oil on Line 67 south of the Line 3 interconnection through the construction and operation of the Phase II Pump Upgrades.
As Reuters and other outlets reported, the strategy has riled environmental groups, which say the increased capacity should be reviewed by the presidential permitting process. The State Department said it will conduct an environmental review of the entire Line 67 project, but that is not slowing Enbridge’s plans for expanding capacity.
August 19, 2014
Regulations could obtain half the carbon reductions that were envisioned under a congressional measure that fell apart in 2009, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis. Full story
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In the first six months of this year, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar power capacity, which is more capacity than Australia has, Bloomberg News reported. The addition, twice as much as in the first half of last year, brings China’s total solar capacity to 23 gigawatts.
The news comes after China announced it had added 13 gigawatts of hydropower this year and plans to cut coal generation in Beijing to reduce air pollution.
The country’s energy administration hopes to install a total of 13 gigawatts of solar power this year, much of it in the form of distributed solar on consumers’ rooftops, Bloomberg reported.
Electric vehicles could provide smart grid services that have been handled by conventional power plants. Automakers and utility groups took a step forward last week in an effort to systematize the communication between a charging plug-in electric vehicle, or PEV, and grid operators. Full story
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The utility-scale solar power market in the United States is expected to falter in the next couple of years, contracting when the investment tax credit is no longer renewed, before expanding as a viable market, according to Ethan Zindler, head of policy analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Full story