Alberta's oil sands contain the third-largest crude oil reserve in the world, next to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Managing this valuable resource requires responsible development. To support this, the ministry of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) created the Oil Sands Information Portal (osip.alberta.ca). The portal uses geographic information system (GIS) technology to make data about oil sands industry performance easily understood and accessible to the public. Esri Canada today presented the Ministry with an Award of Excellence for this outstanding use of GIS to engage citizens in the development of oil sands within the province.
New research by the International Institute for Sustainable Development suggests that new oil and gas regulations can be designed to make a substantial contribution to Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. IISD climate, energy and partnerships vice-president David Sawyer said Canada’s emerging federal oil and gas GHG regulations should include flexibility within the sector and beyond to temper the risks from rigid, prescriptive and potentially high-cost policy.
India is set to replicate its information technology (IT) sector success in solar energy. With every known business entity exploring its own agenda in the solar energy sector, the country is already at the starting point of an energy revolution. All prominent Indian companies have either set up their wholly-owned solar energy subsidiaries or have gone in for joint ventures or have set up solar energy divisions within their existing operations. The predominant business model being pursued by them currently is of grid-tied project development. Read More
Genscape, a pioneer in sophisticated and patented energy monitoring technology, and DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, today announced the launch of their new jointly produced Energy Infrastructure Development Report. Published monthly, each report features high-resolution imagery of key energy production and distribution facilities worldwide, captured by DigitalGlobe’s leading constellation of satellites. In addition, each report includes expert analysis of the imagery from Genscape and the DigitalGlobe Analysis Center, pointing out the status of operations at existing facilities and providing updates on construction and equipping of facilities under construction.