Market Snapshots

Market Snapshots

Regular energy information updates illustrate emerging trends in various segments of the energy market. They provide topical energy information to Canadians.






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Date 2018-01-03Title Commodity Additional Topics
2018-01-10 Economics of Duvernay Shale natural gas, oil supply, prices, WCSB, Canada, resources
2018-01-03 Can you guess how we generate electricity? oil, natural gas, renewables, electricity Canada, demand
2017-12-27 Canada’s historical GHG emissions oil, natural gas, electricity GHG, Canada, demand, emissions
2017-12-21 Year in Review 2017 oil, natural gas, renewables, electricity review, Canada, demand, production, prices
2017-12-19 Santa Claus to phase out coal in holiday operations renewables coal, Christmas, GHGs
2017-12-13 50 years of Energy Futures oil, natura gas, electricity production, demand, Canada, technology, coal
2017-12-07 Industry shapes energy use across Canada oil, natural gas, electricity demand, production, Canada
2017-11-29 How have expectations for Canada’s fossil fuel use and crude oil production changed? oil, natural gas, electricity Canada, fossil fuel, demand, prices
2017-11-22 EF2017 Fossil Fuel Consumption Projection Varies by Fuel and Region oil, natural gas, electricity coal, Canada, fossil fuel, demand
2017-11-15 Canadian wood pellet exports grew 46% between 2015 and 2016 electricity, renewables biomass, coal phase out, Canada, British Columbia
2017-11-10 Canada's energy use grows, but energy intensity declines oil, natural gas, renewables, electricity demand, GHG, Canada
2017-11-01 Canada expected to use less fossil fuels starting in 2020 oil RPPs, natural gas, crude oil, Canada, demand, fossil fuel, GHG
2017-10-26 Canada’s electricity sector will get even greener electricity, renewables solar, wind, generation, Canada
2017-10-18 Energy’s Share of Canadian Imports Growing Again oil, natural gas, electricity imports, Canada, U.S.
2017-10-06 LNG projects have an energy efficiency advantage compared to other LNG producers in warmer locations natural gas LNG, exports
2017-09-26 The Duvernay Shale in Alberta has significant potential for oil and natural gas oil, natural gas Duvernay Shale
2017-09-20 Energy’s Share of Canadian Exports Growing Again oil, natural gas, electricity, exports U.S., Canada
2017-09-13 Why do gasoline prices differ across Canada? oil Canada
2017-09-06 Alberta wholesale electricity prices in 2017 set record for number of $0 hours electricity, renewables electricity, renewables, Alberta
2017-08-30 Fuel poverty across Canada – lower energy efficiency in lower income households electricity, natural gas, oil fuel poverty, energy efficiency, demand
2017-08-21 Impacts of a solar eclipse on solar generation electricity, renewables solar, generation, eclipse, U.S., Canada
2017-08-16 Canadian electricity exports to the U.S. focused on renewable power exports to specific markets electricity imports, exports, renewable energy, U.S.
2017-08-09 What products are created from the oil processed in Canadian refineries? oil

refineries, gasoline, RPPs, crude oil

2017-08-02 Northern Canada rich in natural gas resources, but current production continues to decline natural gas

production, prices, trade, Yukon, Northwest Territories

2017-07-26 Top producing countries accounting for higher percentage of world oil output oil

production, crude oil

2017-07-20 Canada's LNG Landscape natural gas LNG, exports
2017-07-12 Western Canadian petrochemical demand for ethane at an all-time high NGL petrochemical industry, demand, ethane, Alberta
2017-07-05 Some Canadian provinces have already met their 2030 GHG emissions targets oil, natural gas, electricity GHGs, Paris Accord, emissions, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, climate policy
2017-06-28 Canada’s electricity exports rise to record levels in 2016, but revenue declines electricity exports, prices, revenue, B.C., U.S., Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba
2017-06-21 Greenhouse gas emissions associated with residential electricity consumption vary significantly by province and territory electricity GHG, demand
2017-06-14 Canadian tight oil production decreased after 2014 due to less drilling activity crude oil rig activity, WCSB, producers, production
2017-06-07 Canada’s nuclear energy output ranked 6th in the world electricity nuclear, Ontario
2017-06-01 Growing battery demand spurs changes in global lithium markets electricity, renewables storage, batteries, lithium
2017-05-24 Reliance of Canadian energy producers on U.S. markets varies by commodity crude oil, natural gas, electricity, NGL U.S., exports
2017-05-17 Canadian electricity prices generally increasing faster than inflation, but trends vary among provinces electricity prices
2017-05-10 Saskatchewan heavy oil production relatively stable despite lower oil prices oil production, SAGD, crude oil, mining, Saskatchewan
2017-05-03 Canada’s global ranking in renewable power generation renewables, electricity wind, hydro, solar, biomass, geothermal
2017-04-26 Fewer natural gas companies operating in western Canada due to technological changes natural gas rig activity, production, WCSB
2017-04-19 Natural gas plays an important role in Alberta’s oil sands natural gas oil sands, demand, crude oil, mining, Alberta
2017-04-12 Canada’s power generation: switching from coal to natural gas electricity coal, natural gas, generation, GHG
2017-04-05 Value of Canada’s net energy exports declined again in 2016 oil, natural gas, electricity exports, price
2017-03-29 Canadian coal production hits 30 year low electricityv coal, production
2017-03-22 Canada’s role in meeting U.S. crude oil and natural gas demand oil, natural gas exports, U.S., supply, demand
2017-03-15 Electricity exports from B.C. to California are increasing electricity renewables, hydro, exports, U.S.
2017-03-08 Maritimes natural gas production and exports decline in 2016 natural gas exports, imports, Maritimes, offshore, LNG
2017-03-02 Canadian crude exports reach new highs towards the end of 2016 oil crude oil, exports, U.S., pipelines, rail
2017-02-21 Canadian crude oil imports from the U.S. decline in 2016, overseas imports increase oil crude oil, imports, U.S.
2017-02-16 Explaining the high cost of power in northern Canada electricity

NWT, Nunavut, Yukon, prices, biomass, LNG

2017-02-08 Power generation from large solar farms in Ontario almost doubled in 2016 renewables, electricity Ontario, solar
2017-02-01 Canadian oil production outside Alberta showing different trends oil crude oil, exports, Canada, production
2017-01-25 Montney gas wells increasingly productive due to technological improvements natural gas rig activity, WCSB, production
2017-01-18 Western Canadian propane prices recover in 2016 NGLs propane, crude oil, prices, exports, industries pétrochimiques
2017-01-13 2016 Review: Major pipeline deals dominate energy mergers and acquisitions oil, natural gas pipelines, U.S., Mexico
2017-01-12 2016 Review: Western Canada’s ultimate potential for natural gas jumps natural gas rig activity, production, WCSB
2017-01-11 2016 Review: Oil prices hit 13-year low in January 2016, double by end of year oil crude oil, prices, U.S.
2017-01-10 2016 Review: Short-lived effect on crude oil exports due to the Fort McMurray wildfire oil oil sands, crude, Alberta, exports
2017-01-09 2016 Review: Canadian action on climate change accelerates over the past year renewables climate change, greenhouse gases, natural gas, crude oil, electricity
2017-01-04 Natural gas markets experience significant highs and lows in 2016 natural gas prices
2016-12-28 Fireplaces – great for ambiance, not so great for energy efficiency natural gas demand, fireplace
2016-12-21 Reindeer are (by far) the most energy efficient way to deliver presents Renewables  
2016-12-15 Evolving trends in the global trade of propane and butane NGL propane, butane, trade
2016-12-08 Canadian electricity generation projected to evolve toward lower emission fuel sources electricity, renewables capacity, demand
2016-11-30 Canada’s drilling-rig fleet reflects a decade of economic and technical changes oil, natural gas rig activity, WCSB
2016-11-23 Household energy expenditures highest in the Atlantic region, lowest in British Columbia electricity, natural gas, oil demand, domestic use
2016-11-16 Vastly different trajectories for crude oil production in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico over the last 25 years oil crude, production, U.S., Mexico, North America
2016-11-09 Regulations and market conditions driving Canada-U.S. biofuel trade oil, renewables fuel, gasoline, imports, exports, U.S., biofuel
2016-11-02 Major household appliances now significantly more energy efficient electricity energy demand, electricity prices
2016-10-25 Western Canadian drilling activity falls more than 75% from two years ago oil, natural gas WCSB, rig activity, vertical drilling, horizontal drilling
2016-10-19 Pumped-storage hydro – the largest form of energy storage in Canada and a growing contributor to grid reliability electricity, renewables storage, batteries, hydro
2016-10-11 Where does Canada’s crude oil and natural gas go? oil, natural gas imports, exports, U.S.
2016-10-05 Expanded Panama Canal brings new competition to Asia-Pacific LNG market even with low Asian LNG prices LNG natural gas, exports, U.S.
2016-09-29 In 2016, summer Canadian gasoline prices fell to their lowest level since 2010 oil fuel, gasoline, energy use
2016-09-21 Canadian propane exports growing and heading further west NGL exports, US, propane
2016-09-15 Crude oil price downturn has varied economic impact across Canada oil, gas, electricity GDP
2016-09-07 Canadian carbon capture and storage projects will soon sequester up to 6.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year oil, gas, electricity GHG emissions
2016-08-31 Fort McMurray wildfires lead to lower refinery utilization rates and higher crude oil imports oil refineries
2016-08-24 Decreasing GHG intensity of electricity generation reflects changes within the power sector electricity GHG
2016-08-18 Alberta cogeneration capacity has grown significantly in the last 15 years, led by oil sands projects oil, natural gas oil sands, cogeneration, crude, imports, refineries
2016-08-10 Lower costs, better technology, and provincial policies are helping grow Canada’s small fleet of electric vehicles electricity, oil GHG, driver demographics, fuel
2016-08-03 Canadian tidal power capacity fourth in the world, with potential to add up to 7 000 MW more electricity, renewables tidal power, capacity
2016-07-27 Alberta wind farms generate more power at night when demand is low and receive lower prices electricity, renewables wind power, electricity prices
2016-07-20 Batteries Dominate Early Stage Testing for Energy Storage in Canada electricity, renewables storage, batteries
2016-07-14 Increased GHG emissions from the transportation sector reflect major consumer and business trends oil GHG emissions, driver demographics, gasoline
2016-07-06 Canada’s Bioenergy Industry in Transition electricity, renewables bioenergy, biomass
2016-06-29 Lower Canadian diesel demand a reflection of downturns in the mining and oil and gas sectors oil rig activity, demand, RPP, diesel
2016-06-22 Canada – 2nd in the world for hydroelectric production renewables, electricity hydroelectricity
2016-06-15 Even with LNG, net pipeline exports of natural gas expected to decline natural gas pipelines, LNG, exports
2016-06-08 Northeast U.S. pipeline expansions continue to impact Canadian natural gas exports natural gas exports, pipelines, U.S.
2016-06-01 Value of Canada’s net energy exports declined by over one-third in 2015 oil, natural gas, electricity exports, price
2016-05-24 Total renewable capacity, led by wind energy, to grow considerably in the near-term electricity, renewables Energy Futures, wind power, biomass, capacity, solar
2016-05-18 Effect of gasoline prices on summer driving season demand in Canada unclear oil fuel, gasoline, energy use
2016-05-12 Impacts of the Fort McMurray wildfires on Canadian crude oil production oil crude, production, oil sands
2016-05-06 Gas processing margins low despite low natural gas prices NGL propane, butane, prices
2016-04-27 Demand for propane in Alberta could look considerably different by 2020 NGL propane, petrochemical industry
2016-04-22 Canadian crude oil exports hit record in 2015 led by higher deliveries to the U.S. Gulf Coast oil U.S., exports, crude, refineries
2016-04-14 Abundant natural gas storage due to warm winter natural gas storage, prices, U.S.
2016-04-07 Oil and natural gas production resilient despite price declines oil, natural gas rig activity, prices, production
2016-04-01 Carbon pricing policies are active or proposed in provinces generating more than 80% of Canada’s GHG emissions electricity, renewables GHGs
2016-03-24 New wells will comprise up to 1/3 conventional, tight, and shale oil production in western Canada by end of 2017 oil rig activity, WCSB, producers
2016-03-17 2015 a Record-Setting Year for Canadian Electricity Exports electricity exports
2016-03-10 Commercial and Institutional Buildings in Canada becoming Greener renewables LEED, energy demand
2016-03-02 Record high crude oil imports from the U.S. push Canadian oil imports to a three year high oil crude oil, imports
2016-02-25 Limited pipeline capacity could lead to nearly 1.2 MMb/d crude-by-rail exports by 2040 oil pipelines, crude oil, exports, rail
2016-02-18 15 energy market highlights of 2015 oil, natural gas, electricity, renewables imports, exports, prices
2016-02-10 Passenger vehicle annual export value in 2015 surpasses crude oil for first time since 2007 oil exports
2016-02-04 Alberta's wholesale electricity price reached a record low in 2015 electricity Alberta, prices
2016-01-28 PEI and Nova Scotia leading Canada in share of wind generation electricity, renewables wind power, capacity, generation
2016-01-21 Fewer wells account for majority of natural gas production in western Canada natural gas rig activity, WCSB, gas producers
2016-01-13 Trucks Account for Larger Share of New Vehicle Sales oil  fuel, energy use, driver demographics, gasoline, diesel
2016-01-06 Imported value of natural gas liquids surpasses export value in 2015 NGL imports, exports, pipelines
2015-12-22 LED Christmas lights are cost and energy saving compared to incandescent electricity, renewables LEDs
2015-12-15 Oil Sands Production to Increase, but Effects of Low Oil Prices are Evident oil oil sands, production
2015-12-10 Cold Weather in the East and Warm Weather in the West impacted Canada’s 2015 Energy Demand natural gas, electricity demand
2015-12-02 Western Canada's 2015 Oil and Gas Land Sale Revenues could be Lowest in Decades oil, natural gas land sales, Alberta
2015-11-25 Canadian Crude-by-Rail Exports Rebound in Q3 2015 oil crude oil, exports, rail
2015-11-19 Ontario Ramps up Goals for Electricity Savings electricity, renewables Ontario, conservation, Long-Term Energy Plan
2015-11-10 Major Producers Continue to Dominate Western Canadian Crude Oil Production oil WCSB, oil producers
2015-10-29 Saskatchewan to Supply nearly Half of Western Canadian Conventional, Tight and Shale Oil by 2017, as Overall Western Canadian Deliverability Falls oil WCSB, producers
2015-10-21 Summer Rig Activity in Western Canada Reaches Lowest Level since 2009 oil, natural gas rig activity, WCSB, producers
2015-10-14 Global Decline in Rig Activity Led by Canada and the U.S. oil, natural gas rig activity, global oil price
2015-10-08 Large Mid-size Companies Rival Major Producers in Share of Tight Gas Production from Western Canada natural gas WCSB, gas producers
2015-09-30 Quebec-Ontario Power Sharing Agreement Supports Nuclear Refurbishments electricity, renewables nuclear, Ontario, Quebec, capacity sharing
2015-09-23 Mid-size Producers play Increasingly Important Role in Western Canadian Natural Gas Market natural gas WCSB, gas producers
2015-09-16 Decreasing Canadian Natural Gas Exports to the U.S. Midwest and East Regions natural gas pipelines, U.S., export
2015-09-09 Ontario Refineries Shift from Foreign to Domestic Supply since 2000 oil Ontario, refineries, crude, imports, Enbridge
2015-09-02 Rising Wood-Pellet Boiler Capacity in the NWT Highlights Biomass Adoption as Heating Fuel electricity, renewables Biomass, NWT, refined petroleum products
2015-08-27 East Coast LNG Projects Tackle Competition and Supply Challenges LNG natural gas, exports, imports, Maritimes, liquefaction facilities
2015-08-20 Electricity from Canadian Non-Emitting Sources Qualify Under the U.S. EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan electricity, renewables exports, hydro-electricity, CPP, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2015-08-05 Exports of North American Propane on the Rise NGL Exports
2015-07-29 Deep Panuke moves to seasonal production and lowers reserves due to water influx natural gas Maritimes, gas supply, imports
2015-07-22 Average Initial Production Rates of Natural Gas Wells in Western Canada at a 14-year High natural gas WCSB, rig activity
2015-07-15 Canadian 2014 Energy Export Revenues Reached a Record High of $129 Billion oil, natural gas, electricity, renewables imports, exports, prices
2015-07-09 The Alliance Pipeline’s rising heat content highlights its unique role in Canadian natural gas exports natural gas Alliance, pipelines, natural gas liquids
2015-06-30 Canadian Gasoline Prices Track Brent Closer than WTI oil WTI, Brent, gasoline
2015-06-24 Increased Horizontal Drilling in Western Canada oil, natural gas WCSB, rig activity, oil, gas, vertical drilling, horizontal drilling
2015-06-19 Natural Gas Deliverability Expected To Outpace Demand Growth from 2015-2017 natural gas demand, supply, deliverability
2015-06-09 Western Canadian Rig Activity Switches From Oil-directed to Gas-directed Drilling oil, natural gas WCSB, rig activity, oil, gas, condensate
2015-06-04 Crude-by-Rail Exports Decline in First Quarter 2015 oil crude oil, exports, rail
2015-05-26 Large Shale Oil Reservoirs discovered in Mackenzie Plain, NWT oil shale oil, NWT, unconventional, Mackenzie Plain
2015-05-19 Western Canadian Propane Inventories at Record Highs, Prices at Edmonton see Record Lows NGLs propane, storage, prices, U.S.
2015-05-12 Younger Generations Driving Less, Impacts Fuel Demand Forecasts oil fuel, energy use, driver demographics, gasoline, diesel
2015-05-05 In-Situ Oil Sands Producers More Efficient, Using Less Steam per Barrel in 2014 oil, natural gas natural gas, oil, steam oil ratio, SOR, in-situ technology, demand
2015-04-28 Canadian Oil Exports Reached 3.11 million b/d in January 2015 oil exports, U.S.
2015-04-21 Enbridge’s Market Access Programs Part II: Capacity on the Canadian Mainline could reach 2.89 Million barrels per day by 2018 oil pipelines, Enbridge, expansion projects
2015-04-14 Enbridge’s Market Access Programs Part I: Enbridge Completes $10 Billion in Projects in 2014 oil pipelines, Enbridge, expansion projects
2015-03-26 Oil Sands Production Likely to Continue Growing in the Short Term oil oil sands projects, bitumen, capacity
2015-03-19 Appetite for Domestic Crude Oil Increasing at Canadian Refineries oil refineries, imports, pipelines
2015-03-12 Canadian Electricity Export Revenue Rebound Continues in 2014 electricity, renewables exports, imports, electricity prices, hydro-electricity
2015-03-05 Canadian LNG Projects Face a Competitive Global Market LNG natural gas, North America, exports, global market, demand
2015-02-26 Wind continues to Gain Power in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta in 2014 electricity, renewables wind power, capacity, ecoEnergy program, energy credits
2015-02-24 Small-Scale LNG Plants Strategically Located to Meet Emerging Domestic LNG Demand LNG natural gas, liquefaction facilities, demand, small scale LNG
2015-02-12 Conventional Oil Drilling Activity in Western Canada Down 60 per cent year-over-year oil conventional oil, rig activity, wells, oil sands
2015-02-05 Pipelines Transitioning to Bring More U.S. Natural Gas to Ontario and Quebec natural gas imports, pipelines, open season
2015-01-29 Declining Solar Panel Costs Result in Record Capacity Additions electricity, renewables solar power, U.S.
2015-01-22 U.S. Crude Oil Production Reaches 9 Million Barrels per day oil crude oil, tight oil, U.S., global oil price
2015-01-15 Canadian Natural Gas Exports in 2014 on Pace to be the Lowest since 1994 natural gas exports, U.S.
2014-12-11 Continuing High Prices in the Maritimes' Distinct Natural Gas Market natural gas demand, Maritimes
2014-12-04 The Impact of Sustained Low Oil Prices in the NEB's Energy Futures Report oil oil prices, Energy Futures
2014-11-27 NWT is estimated to have 16.4 Tcf of discovered gas and 1.2 billion barrels of discovered oil oil, natural gas NGLs, NWT
2014-11-20 The Canadian Propane Market's Recovery from the Polar Vortex NGL propane, Polar Vortex, U.S.,
2014-11-13 Canadian Crude Oil Imports Decline oil crude oil, imports
2014-10-30 LNG Imports by Truck LNG imports, truck, fuel-swtiching
2014-10-23 Canadian Tight Oil Production Update oil tight oil, WCSB, horizontal drilling
2014-10-23 Crude Oil Exports by Rail oil crude oil, exports, rail
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