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Louisiana is drowning, quickly

In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the na ... MORE added: Sep. 02 14

EVs and Energy Storage Pave the Road to a Clean Energy Future

EVs, along with distributed power generation, smart grid technology and intelligent energy storage systems, open wide new vistas of business opportunity for electric utilities. Capitalizing on them requires flexibility and adaptability, as well as a willi ... MORE added: Sep. 02 14

Divesting from Fossil Fuels: Last One Out Loses

A new report written by Nathaniel Bullard at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) highlights the difficulties large institutional investors would have divesting from fossil fuels. What it does not specifically discuss is that these difficulties could lead ... MORE added: Sep. 02 14
Welcome back! This week in Clean Energy Review, the Council of the Federation shifts the Canadian energy strategy focus to climate and clean energy, Scotland readies the world's largest tidal-power array, and China may may pour massive support into elect

Welcome back! This week in Clean Energy Review, the Council of the Federation shifts the Canadian energy strategy focus to climate and clean energy, Scotland readies the world's largest tidal-power array, and China may may pour massive support into elect

In a surprise and welcome development, provincial and territorial leaders placed climate disruption and clean energy at the fore of an updated set of principles intended to guide their work on a Canadian energy strategy. ... MORE added: Sep. 02 14
This week in Clean Energy Review, Africa embraces solar, wind, and geothermal at an unprecedented clip, Ontario and Quebéc explore increasing trade in clean electrons, and solar panel makers are struggling to keep up with global demand.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Africa embraces solar, wind, and geothermal at an unprecedented clip, Ontario and Quebéc explore increasing trade in clean electrons, and solar panel makers are struggling to keep up with global demand.

AFRICA POWERING UP CLEAN ENERGY AT UNPRECEDENTED RATE Sub-Saharan Africa is emerging as one of the most exciting new markets for onshore wind, small- and utility-scale solar, and geothermal power, a new Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysis concludes. ... MORE added: Aug. 26 14
Leaders must put people before politics

Leaders must put people before politics

When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the latest Dow Jones average — to our children and grandchildren. ... MORE added: Aug. 26 14

Magical algae turns sewage into biofuel and Dasani

Algae Systems has a pilot plant in Alabama that, it says, can turn a profit making diesel fuel from algae by simultaneously performing three other tasks: making clean water from municipal sewage (which it uses to fertilize the algae), using the carbon ... MORE added: Aug. 26 14
Let’s put ending electricity separatism at the top of the Premiers Meeting agenda

Let’s put ending electricity separatism at the top of the Premiers Meeting agenda

Later this month, Canada’s premiers will be meeting in Charlottetown, PEI to discuss energy issues. This is a great opportunity for the Premiers of Ontario and Quebec to put their heads together and strike an electricity trade deal that can have big bene ... MORE added: Aug. 19 14
This week in Clean Energy Review, Innergex strikes a six-power-plant deal with a British Columbia First Nation, Mexico goes gangbusters with towers and panels, and around the world, judges are throwing out health-impact claims against wind farms.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Innergex strikes a six-power-plant deal with a British Columbia First Nation, Mexico goes gangbusters with towers and panels, and around the world, judges are throwing out health-impact claims against wind farms.

Since 1998, in 49 separate cases around the world, opponents have used health arguments as the basis of legal appeals intended to stop or block wind farm developments. The good news: Judges have thrown out all but one of them. So concluded a new research ... MORE added: Aug. 19 14

Global Renewable Energy Status Uncovered

LONDON -- More than a fifth of the world's electrical power production now comes from renewable sources and in 2013 renewables accounted for more than 56 percent of all net additions to global power capacity. These remarkable conclusions come from this ... MORE added: Aug. 21 14
What human right is recognized by 110 nations, but not Canada?

What human right is recognized by 110 nations, but not Canada?

Join over 25,000 Canadians calling for the recognition of our right to breathe clean air, drink clean water and eat healthy food. ... MORE added: Aug. 24 14
Oil companies like TransCanada spend millions of dollars on ads to greenwash their projects. But no amount of slick advertising can hide the truth about the epic risks of the Energy East pipeline proposal.

Oil companies like TransCanada spend millions of dollars on ads to greenwash their projects. But no amount of slick advertising can hide the truth about the epic risks of the Energy East pipeline proposal.

If approved, Energy East would be even bigger than Keystone XL. This mammoth pipeline would put over 125 communities, including 52 First Nations and Métis communities, at direct risk of an oil spill & would put the water of millions of Canadians at risk. ... MORE added: Aug. 24 14

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles poised to get rolling

A convergence of factors is propelling a market rollout of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, according to a new study from the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. A key to hydrogen’s potential success is a new smart ... MORE added: Aug. 24 14

Canadian Solar Modules to Power 44 MW North Carolina Solar Farms for 1.1 Mio. kWh Solar Energy.

Canadian Solar, North America’s largest manufacturer of solar products, continues to grow its activities and customer base in the United States. ... MORE added: Aug. 15 14
? World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014 plus The rise and fall of nuclear power, in 6 charts & much more

? World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014 plus The rise and fall of nuclear power, in 6 charts & much more

The globe’s nuclear power industry is aging, plagued with high costs and construction delays, and generally on the decline. That’s the conclusion of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, an annual assessment of the trends in nuclear power production ... MORE added: Aug. 19 14

No Solar, please — we’re Florida

But all is not victory in solar-land. This Saturday, the Los Angeles Times told the tale of the potential sunbaked goldmine where solar companies fear to tread: the South. Specifically, sunny Florida. ... MORE added: Aug. 15 14

See-through solar cells could turn your windows into power stations

Researchers at Michigan State University just developed a new kind of solar cell that’s so crystal clear, even Harry Potter would be impressed. Called the “transparent luminescent solar concentrator,” it uses small organic molecules that absorb invisible ... MORE added: Aug. 22 14

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells - Proposal could divert a dangerous waste stream while producing low-cost photovoltaics.

Cambridge, Mass. -- This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free ... MORE added: Aug. 19 14

A Requiem for Today’s Grid

The electricity grid as we know it today, shall also pass, and a new one will take its place. How do we manage the transition to Electricity 2.0? ... MORE added: Aug. 19 14
Climate Action Plan Coming To Life: Partnerships And Funding Confirmed For Climate Action Plan Implementation

Climate Action Plan Coming To Life: Partnerships And Funding Confirmed For Climate Action Plan Implementation

A Climate Action Plan for Waterloo Region: Living Smarter in 2020 is ready to come to life thanks to the continued leadership and collaboration between local partners (see below for a full list). These organizations have committed $130,000, along with ... MORE added: Jul. 25 14
September 24 7PM - Gasland 2 - Presented by TransitionKW and REEP - at the REEP House for Sustainable Living - Part of Movies With a Message - ecofilmswr.ca

September 24 7PM - Gasland 2 - Presented by TransitionKW and REEP - at the REEP House for Sustainable Living - Part of Movies With a Message - ecofilmswr.ca

In this explosive follow-up to his film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level ... MORE added: Aug. 15 14
THURSDAY – September 25 at 7:00 p.m. (doors and displays open at 6:30 p.m.) CREW Power $aving Network  - SHRINKING YOUR HYDRO BILL - Kitchener Public Library (newly renovated) Main Branch, Queen St. N.

THURSDAY – September 25 at 7:00 p.m. (doors and displays open at 6:30 p.m.) CREW Power $aving Network - SHRINKING YOUR HYDRO BILL - Kitchener Public Library (newly renovated) Main Branch, Queen St. N.

You can save up to 25% and more on your electricity bills with insider knowledge. Join CREW, with electrical engineers Stephen and son Adam Dixon, to learn how how easy it is to use the Power $aving Network’s Electricity Self-Audit kit - for FREE ... MORE added: Jul. 07 14
CREW P$N - Learn how to SAVE up to 25% & more ON YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL. CREW Power $aving Network (tP$N) electricity self-audit kits are available for borrowing FREE at libraries across Waterloo Region

CREW P$N - Learn how to SAVE up to 25% & more ON YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL. CREW Power $aving Network (tP$N) electricity self-audit kits are available for borrowing FREE at libraries across Waterloo Region

Learn how to save big on your electricity bill. CREW Power $aving Network (tP$N) electricity self-audit kits are available for borrowing FREE at libraries across Waterloo Region. Contact your local library to reserve. ... MORE added: Mar. 18 13

Sign up for saveONenergy PEAKSAVER PLUS and save! FREE!

There are many small changes you can make to save energy at home. SIGN UP for the saveONenergy Peaksaver PLUS program and receive a FREE thermostat and energy display. ... MORE added: Feb. 20 14
RUSH HOUR REWARDS - Get $200 off a NEST Learning Thermostat

RUSH HOUR REWARDS - Get $200 off a NEST Learning Thermostat

Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro has teamed up with NEST to help you save energy, and earn $200 by signing up for the Nest Rush Hour Rewards program. ... MORE added: Aug. 20 14

Jimmy Carter Blasts ‘Nutcases’ Who Block Climate Action

Former President Jimmy Carter, in Aspen to receive a lifetime achievement award at the American Renewable Energy Day summit, pointed to “nutcases” who deny climate change,money in political campaigns and a Republican Party bent on blocking anything propo ... MORE added: Aug. 15 14
The nuclear industry doesn’t want you to think about Quebec

The nuclear industry doesn’t want you to think about Quebec

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) is very worried that Ontarians have discovered that they are being taken for a ride by expensive nuclear projects. ... MORE added: Jul. 25 14

Tesla Breaks Ground for Its Gigafactory in Nevada

LOS ANGELES -- Tesla Motors Inc. said it’s broken ground near Reno for a $5 billion battery plant, signaling Nevada has vaulted to the lead of five states vying for the so-called gigafactory and its promise of 6,500 jobs. ... MORE added: Aug. 14 14

How a town in Maine is blocking an Exxon tar-sands pipeline - The small city struck a mighty blow against Canadian tar-sands extraction

Citizens trying to stop the piping of tar-sands oil through their community wore blue “Clear Skies” shirts at a city council meeting in South Portland, Maine, this week. ... MORE added: Jul. 24 14
Join us October 1-2 for CanSIA's 5th Annual Solar West 2014 at the Delta Bow Valley in Calgary, Alberta - Space is limited! Don't miss out on this exclusive event! REGISTER NOW!

Join us October 1-2 for CanSIA's 5th Annual Solar West 2014 at the Delta Bow Valley in Calgary, Alberta - Space is limited! Don't miss out on this exclusive event! REGISTER NOW!

A two-day conference featuring the most current solar energy insights & perspectives - Presentations from international and domestic solar experts and industry leaders - Networking at the Welcome, Garden Patio & Closing Receptions and Pub Night ... MORE added: Jul. 09 14
Monday, October 6 - 7:00 p.m. - AN EVENING WITH DAVID SUZUKI in Kitchener - Centre in the Square - Announcing David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour

Monday, October 6 - 7:00 p.m. - AN EVENING WITH DAVID SUZUKI in Kitchener - Centre in the Square - Announcing David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour

On his last national tour, David Suzuki shares the wisdom of a life full of action and celebrates Canadians who are standing up for the people and places they love. A special evening of inspiration, music and learning. GET TICKETS ... MORE added: Jul. 22 14

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS on Renewable Energy (Especially Wind and Solar Energy)

This document has been prepared to offer a consolidated list of the most common questions we have received about renewable energy, and to provide reference information to other clarifying resources where appropriate. We trust that you will find this usef ... MORE added: Mar. 18 13
This week in Clean Energy Review, an analysis of Germany's solar feed-in-tariff finds the policy sound and effective, Amory Lovins sets the record straight on wind and sun, and LEED takes a licking but keeps on ticking.

This week in Clean Energy Review, an analysis of Germany's solar feed-in-tariff finds the policy sound and effective, Amory Lovins sets the record straight on wind and sun, and LEED takes a licking but keeps on ticking.

DEEP-DIVE STUDY FINDS GERMAN SOLAR POLICY “REMARKABLY SUCCESSFUL”. The FIT program has needed its share of tweaking, but the country now leads the world—by a huge margin—as the nation with the most installed solar -power capacity. ... MORE added: Aug. 13 14

How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany

Japan is indeed poor in fossil fuels — but among all major industrial countries, it’s the richest in renewable energy like sun, wind, and geothermal. For example, Japan has nine times Germany’s renewable energy resources. Yet Japan makes about nine times ... MORE added: Jul. 24 14

The Quick Guide To A Green Stock Portfolio

Have you ever thought about putting together your own portfolio of renewable energy and clean tech stocks? An expert shows you how. ... MORE added: Jul. 24 14

Hydrogen Energy Storage: A New Solution To the Renewable Energy Intermittency Problem

The need for a complete energy storage solution is becoming more acute where fields of wind turbines are already generating gigawatts of electricity, often with a significant mismatch in grid power demand. Hydrogen gas has the largest energy content ... MORE added: Jul. 24 14

Hydropower Project on the Kapuskasing River Is a First for Many Reasons

The 22-MW Kapuskasing project in Ontario, Canada, demonstrates a new business model for hydro development, bringing together 3 Aboriginal communities, a municipality and private developer in a strategic development partnership that shares equity equally. ... MORE added: Jul. 23 14
Summer Success Stories: Greening Sacred Spaces Newsletter Vol 12 # 1, Summer 2014 - LOTS OF INSPIRING NEWS - Greening: A long-term commitment but also with immediate returns

Summer Success Stories: Greening Sacred Spaces Newsletter Vol 12 # 1, Summer 2014 - LOTS OF INSPIRING NEWS - Greening: A long-term commitment but also with immediate returns

St. James the Apostle Church in Carp is forward thinking - especially for a church whose sanctuary is 125 years old! They saw the opportunity in the OPA MicroFIT program and are already enjoying the return on investments from their solar project. ... MORE added: Jul. 18 14

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