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Pembina reacts to Alberta government’s extension of climate change regulations

Pembina reacts to Alberta government’s extension of climate change regulations

“Alberta’s current climate regulation is flawed. It has not been effective in reducing carbon pollution. The province is not on track to meet its self-imposed targets, let alone its fair share of Canada’s national target. MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Boeing moves to wind power at Seattle plant

ENTON, Wash. — Boeing said Tuesday it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes - toward an all-renewable energy mix. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Voters share blame on climate issues

Climate change is the issue that Canadians refuse to address. We talk about it. But in the end, too many of us are unwilling to do anything serious about the greenhouse gases that, according to a United Nations scientific panel, threaten to inexorably MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Will policies and falling prices derail fracking?

Two recent events have cast some doubt about the seemingly bright future of fracking in various parts of the United States - voter-driven efforts and recent plunge in energy prices. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Obama’s latest green move: Banning drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

President Obama took another step today to build up his green legacy, just the latest in a recent string of pro-environment actions. He protected Alaska’s Bristol Bay, a major environmental and economic resource, by withdrawing the waters indefinitely MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Four ways Alberta could turn its climate record aroundLima to Paris: Part 3

Four ways Alberta could turn its climate record aroundLima to Paris: Part 3

The wrap-up of UN climate talks in Lima, Peru, comes at a significant time for Alberta. Environment Canada’s latest Emissions Trends report confirms that Canada is not on track to hit its 2020 climate target, & the growth in Alberta’s carbon pollution i MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Washington governor proposes big, bold climate plan

Inslee proposed the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act, a cap-and-trade program for the state’s biggest polluters, which he estimates would raise about $1 billion a year. The proceeds would go into the state budget, helping to fund a major transportati MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Data Analysis: Can Japan Exceed 10 Gigawatts of Solar Capacity Installation in 2014?

San Diego, Calif. — Several analysts are predicting that Japan may add over 10 GW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity for 2014, exceeding that of China. Exceeding 10 GW means an annual growth of at least 33 percent more than the previous year. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Harper government leaves $321 million for green programs unspent, while overspending on oil and gas

Natural Resources Canada spent $438.3 million on programs to support the oil and gas industry -- it spent $41.6 million more, or almost 10 per cent extra, than the amount it was allotted for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

A $48 Billion Opportunity for US Electric Customers - This is a good read!

A new report from Accenture highlighted a potential revenue loss for U.S. utilities of $48 billion per year by 2025 due to distributed solar & energy efficiency. But where does that money go? If we pursue a democratic energy system as outlined in ILSR's MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

DTE Energy has plans for solar array at Ann Arbor airport

DTE Energy and the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan have announced plans to build one of Michigan's largest solar energy installations — at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport. "This 1.1 megawatt project would be big enough to power about 150 homes, " said DTE. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Opinion: A coal-free grid within our grasp - proposing a 10-15 year coal phase-out in Alberta

Federal regulations have given most of Alberta’s coal plants 50 years to operate, but our coalition thinks that’s too long. It is unacceptable to imagine impacts on Albertans’ health — and the global climate — continuing on for another 47 years. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Have you heard?

Have you heard?

Ontario is restricting neonicotinoid pesticides (AKA “neonics”) that harm bees, butterflies, birds and worms — the first jurisdiction in North America to take this bold step. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

This carbon fee proposal has real dividends - Opinion letter - THE RECORD

On Dec. 6, The Record published an Insight column that argued a carbon tax in Canada would do nothing to help the environment. NOT SO! It creates a price signal to consumers & investors that it is less expensive to meet one's energy needs through altern MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

COAL FREE: ACHIEVING THE IMPOSSIBLE IN ONTARIO - Don't buy the neg spin. Sustainable energy is benefitting Ontarians. Celebrate the impossible!... - Sustainable News - Toronto Star - Dec 11, 2014

"Manufacturers and developers through the programs have since managed to attract more than $24billion in investment and create 42,000 jobs -- something no other jurisdiction in North America can claim." MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Globe editorial - Why Stephen Harper should love carbon taxes

For years, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been promising a greenhouse-gas policy to deal with emissions from Canada’s oil industry. On Tuesday, Mr. Harper abruptly revealed his sort-of plan. It can be summed up in two words: Do. Nothing. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Fossil fuel companies grow nervous as divestment movement grows stronger

LIMA, Peru — Though fossil fuel companies may wave their hands dismissively at the divestment movement, some nervous actions of late show more concern than they let on. Consider this curious incident here in Lima, as the UN climate talks entered 2nd week MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Canadian climate bonds fund clean energy infrastructure, doctors advertise the hazards of coal power, and Catholic bishops urge churchgoers to move their money.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Canadian climate bonds fund clean energy infrastructure, doctors advertise the hazards of coal power, and Catholic bishops urge churchgoers to move their money.

In 2014, investments in Canadian climate-themed bonds surged 78 percent over the previous year—pushing the total holdings of Canadian climate-bond issuers to CAD$28 billion - finds Sustainable Prosperity’s Canadian companion to the Climate Bonds Initiati MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

While Germany Explores Energy Storage Technologies at Breakneck Speeds, The US Isn’t Far Behind uired

Philip Hiersemenzel, spokesman for Younicos, stated that Germany could be using 60 percent renewables if the right storage tech were in place. Startling as this announcement seems, the US is not as far behind as people think. MORE    added: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

The competition is revving up against Tesla

Tesla's battery technology, long seen as its advantage over established competitors, is coming under attack. Last week, Volkswagen reportedly bought stake in battery firm QuantumScape, giving one of the world's largest automakers access to a technology MORE    added: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Environment Canada Study Reveals Oilsands Tailings Ponds, 176 square kilometres, Emit Toxins to Atmosphere at Much Higher Levels than Reported

“We found that there actually does appear to be a net flow of these compounds going from water to air,” Galarneau told the Canadian Press. “It’s just a bit under five times higher from the ponds than what’s been reported.” MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

The Reality of Stephen Harper vs. The Reality of Carbon Taxes - CRAZY?

In reality, more than half of the world’s population lives in places where CO2 consumption/production is regulated in some form — including a large portion of Canada. Here’s a rundown: MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

CARBON TAX WORKS - Record letter to the editor

RE: A carbon tax would do nothing to help the environment — Dec. 6 - Kenneth Green, a director of the Fraser Institute, a right-wing think-tank that receives some funding from the oil lobby, belittles a possible carbon tax in Canada as ineffective. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Methane is leaking out all over the damn place, thanks to the oil and gas industry - Compared with CO2, methane is frighteningly potent — it’s 86 times more effective at trapping heat than CO2 over a 20-year time period.

Methane, the second most common greenhouse gas emitted by the U.S., is a scary, scary thing. Thanks to two new studies, we just found out a bit more about how, through drilling for oil and gas, it leaks into the air. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Wind and solar are much less financially risky than other power projects

Energy researcher Benjamin Sovacool and colleagues recently released a pair of peer-reviewed studies (one, two) that dig way, waaay into this subject. Some of the results are surprising, going against widespread assumptions. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Oil pipelines are so last year, says Wall Street Journal

What a difference a year makes. At the end of 2013, Keystone XL looked like a done deal. KXL South (a.k.a. the Gulf Coast Pipeline) was already built and weeks away from being turned on. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Wind offers a healthy way to generate power

Wind offers a healthy way to generate power

Wind power doesn't create pollution or global warming emissions, is affordable and will never run out. Improvements to power-generation capacity, efficiency and affordability will continue to boost its importance in the energy mix. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

FRACKING SCORECARD: 2014 INVESTOR REPORT SHOWS FEW ENERGY COMPANIES WILLING TO DISCLOSE PRACTICES

With New Focus on Methane Leakage Concerns, Shareholder Assessment Grades 30 Oil & Gas Cos; BHP Billiton in 1st Place for Fracking Disclosure; Exxon and Chevron Near Bottom. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

9 good reasons why we need a public review of a Bruce Nuclear deal

9 good reasons why we need a public review of a Bruce Nuclear deal

The Ontario Power Authority & Bruce Power are secretly negotiating a multi-billion dollar deal to rebuild four aging reactors at the Bruce B Nuclear Station. Here are 9 good reasons why Premier Wynne should send any agreement to the Ontario Energy Board MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Canadian government accused of ignoring clean energy

Development of clean alternative energy resources has been growing in Canada & contributing big employment opportunities. But a new clean energy industry report concluded that the federal government is ignoring those resources in favor fossil fuels. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Japan Promotes Home Fuel Cell on Path to Hydrogen Society

Japan is working on doing for the hydrogen fuel cell what it accomplished with computer chips and cars in the last century, slashing costs to make them more appealing to consumers. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Who exactly is crazy here, Mr. Harper? Harper calls climate regulations on oil and gas sector ‘crazy economic policy’ in the House of Commons on Tuesday. -Opinion - Vancouver Observer

Here in Lima, Peru at the United Nations climate change talks, I am watching negotiators from impacted countries like the Philippines working earnestly on a new agreement to reduce global climate pollution. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Nike, Starbucks, and other big businesses step up to support Obama’s climate rules - Nike, Starbucks, and 221 other companies on Tuesday in a letter to President Obama

The plan, which would cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent over 2005 levels, will, the EPA estimates, cost between $7.3 billion and $8.8 billion to implement, but will save between $55 billion & $93 billion in public health & climate chan MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Waterloo woman finds NEB e-mail lauding public’s inability to question pipelines - Vancouver Observer

A Waterloo "citizen investigator" finds NEB memo boasting about Harper government changes at pipeline hearings designed to speed project approvals. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Without consent, our sustainable energy future looks dark - A secret deal between the Ontario Power Authority and Bruce Power, costing electricity consumers between $60 and $111 billion, raises questions about ratepayer consent.

It was recently revealed that the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and Bruce Power have been in secret negotiations since December 2013 regarding a long-term supply contract to finance the re-building of the aging Bruce B Nuclear Station reactors. A deal MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

New York Launches ‘Community Solar NY’ To Support Solarize Campaigns

According to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), communities across the state already have had success with early Solarize efforts. Community Solar NY seeks to expand these programs. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

"Sending a Signal from Paris: Transforming the Economy to Achieve Zero Net Emissions," speech by World Bank Group President Jim Young Kim at the Council on Foreign Relations, December 8, Washington DC.

SAMPLE TWEETS:ICYMI: @WorldBank president endorsed BC carbon tax as world-leading policy. Economy up, fuel consumption down. http://bit.ly/1yxsm7T #bcpoli - BC’s carbon tax = an idea worth spreading, says @WorldBank president MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

An important week for our climate, but together we can do more

An important week for our climate, but together we can do more

This week, world leaders are once again sitting down together in Lima, Peru to talk climate. These giant talk-fests haven’t proven to be terribly effective in addressing our climate crisis, but this meeting may be the most important yet in simply recogni MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Ivanpah Solar Power Plant Is PennWell’s Renewable Energy Project of the Year

Located in California’s Mojave Desert, Ivanpah is a shining example of renewable energy progress, as evidenced by the fanfare at its dedication. Esteemed guests included representatives from not only its creators at Bechtel, NRG Energy and Brightsource MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

A green congregation builds an affordable and efficient Abode of Peace in North Toronto

A green congregation builds an affordable and efficient Abode of Peace in North Toronto

There is a beacon of sustainability and community in North Toronto that is inspiring its neighbours and other communities to go green. The Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace is a non-profit housing project that began construction in 1993. Spearheaded by the MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, one of the world's largest utilities goes all-in on renewables, Mark Carney orders the Bank of England to look into the carbon bubble, and our debut assessment of Canada's clean energy performance goes viral.

This week in Clean Energy Review, one of the world's largest utilities goes all-in on renewables, Mark Carney orders the Bank of England to look into the carbon bubble, and our debut assessment of Canada's clean energy performance goes viral.

Within the past five years, investors moved $25 billion into Canada’s clean energy sector, & our ability to generate power from wind, solar, run-of-river, & biomass nearly doubled. At current growth rates, every minute another household in Canada could MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Wind turbines have little impact on property values, study concludes

Wind turbines generally have little effect on the value of nearby properties with possibly isolated exceptions, a recent study of thousands of home and farm sales has found. The surprising findings, published in the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Econ MORE    added: Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Solar air heating - We explore DIY and commercial scale SolarWalls

Solar air heating - We explore DIY and commercial scale SolarWalls

Solar energy is a popular subject on Green Energy Futures. We’ve done stories on solar co-ops, passive solar design, solar start-ups, solar stocks, concentrated solar thermal and domestic solar hot water. And just when you think you’ve exhausted the well MORE    added: Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

9 good reasons why we need a public review of a Bruce Nuclear deal

9 good reasons why we need a public review of a Bruce Nuclear deal

The Ontario Power Authority & Bruce Power are secretly negotiating a multi-billion dollar deal to rebuild four aging reactors at the Bruce B Nuclear Station. Here are 9 good reasons why Premier Kathleen Wynne should send any agreement to the Ont. EB MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Ontario Smart Grid Fund investing in 17 more projects

Ontario, Canada is building one of the most advanced electricity grids in the world and supporting 17 new energy projects, ranging from smart metering & grid automation to electric vehicle integration, with nearly $24 million through its Smart Grid Fund. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Fracking boom could go bust faster than Obama thinks

This spring - EIA chief Adam Sieminski told a Senate hearing that he was confident natural gas production would grow 56% between 2012 & 2040. But the results of a series of studies at the University of Texas, reported today in an article doubts that MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Yep, Antarctica is melting away faster than ever

A new report from NASA and UC-Irvine confirms — again — that Antarctica is melting away - a recent study using Cryosat 2 showed that in the period from 2010 to 2013, the region was losing ice to the tune of 134 billion metric tons of ice per year.. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Brought to you by Alternatives Journal - December isn’t always an easy time of year, so we’ve assembled some great content to help get you through the month.

Brought to you by Alternatives Journal - December isn’t always an easy time of year, so we’ve assembled some great content to help get you through the month.

Learn how to indulge sustainably, stay toasty through the cold, cut through the greenwashing and navigate through awkward dinner conversations about climate change. Read the Holiday Survival Guide... MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Leaked Internal Presentation Details the Oil Industry's Campaign to Stop Clean Energy

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) — whose members include Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP, & others — was caught red-handed late last month when a leaked internal presentation revealed a coordinated campaign to stomp out cli MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

German Fossil Fuel Giant Jumps on Renewables Bandwagon

BERLIN - Germany’s biggest utility E.ON — long a pillar of the country’s fossil fuel and nuclear industry — dropped a bombshell on Europe’s business world with the announcement that the multinational was exiting the conventional energy market in favor of MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Canada’s clean energy sector growing quickly as investment jumps: study

OTTAWA — Canadian investments in clean energy totalled $6.5 billion last year, a 45 per cent increase from 2012, according to a new study released Tuesday. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Falling oil price skewers PM’s economic plan

Oops. There go the oilsands. The dramatic slide in oil prices has underscored the fragility of Stephen Harper's entire resource-based approach to the economy. For this government, Alberta's oilsands were the key to Canada's economic future. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Energy Efficiency and Renewables Are Lowest Risk/Cost, most Financially Attractive Investment Options for Utilities - to meet the nation’s future energy demands.

A new report by utility and finance experts contains positive news for the environment, our air & our (& our utilities’) pocketbooks — the economics of electric power resources have made zero-emissions energy efficiency & renewable energy technologies MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Green energy sector jobs surpass total oil sands employment - The Globe and Mail

Canada’s green energy sector has grown so quickly and has become such an important part of the economy that it now employs more people than the oil sands - according to a new report. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Meanwhile in Solar: The world’s largest solar power plant is now online

The world’s largest solar power plant is up and running in California, with the completion of Topaz, a 550 megawatt plant; the Topaz solar project completed its final 40-megawatt (AC) phase, making history not only as the first 500-megawatt plus solar MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Alberta to review carbon levy as Jim Prentice urges ‘common ground’ on energy, environment

In a speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade, the first of three major stops this week by the newly installed premier to defend “nation-building” oil pipelines between Alberta and Canada’s West and East coasts, Mr. Prentice said Alberta would do its part MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

News flash: strong environmental regulations mean a more competitive economy

As the federal and provincial governments continue to work in lock-step with a dying oil sands industry to alter & ultimately undermine Canada’s environmental law regime, a timely UK report suggests strong environmental rules are good for the economy. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, more Canadians support carbon pricing, Hyundai rolls out a hydrogen SUV, and First Solar bolts the final panels onto the largest solar farm in the world. NOTE: UN climate talks kick off today in Lima, Peru.

This week in Clean Energy Review, more Canadians support carbon pricing, Hyundai rolls out a hydrogen SUV, and First Solar bolts the final panels onto the largest solar farm in the world. NOTE: UN climate talks kick off today in Lima, Peru.

POLL FINDS MORE CANADIANS CONCERNED ON CLIMATE, SUPPORTING CARBON PRICING - Only one in 10 Canadians now question the science of climate disruption, while a strong majority of us are concerned about the impacts the phenomenon will pass onto future gen MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Wind and solar reduces the price of electricity in Alberta - How renewable energy is lowering electricity bills in Canada's most fossil fuel friendly province

Wind and solar reduces the price of electricity in Alberta - How renewable energy is lowering electricity bills in Canada's most fossil fuel friendly province

Have you ever heard the one about how renewables are too expensive & that they always need subsidies? Well, both wind and solar now compete w/fossil fuel electricity generation purely on price, without subsidies - in Alberta they’re driving prices down MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Why this U.N. climate summit is especially important

Thousands of diplomats from around the world are gathering today in Lima, Peru, in the latest round of wrangling to hammer out a deal to address climate change. This 2-week conference is the 20th conference of parties to 1992's U.N. Framework Convention MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Why aren’t we all driving hydrogen fuel cell cars?

Hyundai released a zero-emission fuel cell vehicle (FCV) this year, and Toyota is slated to release one in 2015. The last time Grist wrote about FCVs was back in 2009, and the prognosis wasn’t optimistic. Has anything changed? Is the cost and greenhouse MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Grim Reality Amid Optimism Ahead of Climate Talks

WASHINGTON — After more than two decades trying but failing to forge a global pact to halt climate change, United Nations negotiators gathering in South America this week are expressing a new optimism that they may finally achieve the elusive deal. MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

Who watches the watchers? - Waterloo Chronicle

A Waterloo woman says the National Energy Board (NEB) is spending more time scrutinizing her than the oil pipeline they’re tasked with approving. MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

Investing in Innovative Ideas for a Clean Energy Future

The clean energy revolution is now, and the U.S. Energy Department is stepping up its commitment to help innovators commercialize their best ideas. At the recent Industry Growth Forum (IGF) in Denver, Colorado, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

On Wednesday, the Canadian Youth Delegation released an open letter condemning the Government of Canada’s record on climate change.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Youth Delegation released an open letter condemning the Government of Canada’s record on climate change.

Signed by over 60 environmental, labour, and youth organizations from across the country, the letter shines a light on the Canadian Government in advance of COP 20, the UN climate change negotiations taking place next week in Lima, Peru. MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Ontario leads North America in protecting pollinators.

Ontario leads North America in protecting pollinators.

Wednesday, thanks to a growing movement of concerned citizens like you, Ontario announced a bold plan for regulations to restrict neonicotinoid pesticides (AKA “neonics”). It’s the first of its kind in North America. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

Energy sector role driven by climate change

The energy sector is facing increasing pressures from climate change, and all segments of the industry will be affected by the changing global climate and the policy responses to it, according to a report published by the World Energy Council (WEC), the U MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

Ontario Energy Board won't probe Bruce nuclear overhaul - We need public scrutiny of the multi-billion-dollar contract that is being negotiated in secret between the OPA and Bruce Power to rebuild six reactors at the Bruce nuclear generating station.

Ontario Energy Board won't probe Bruce nuclear overhaul - We need public scrutiny of the multi-billion-dollar contract that is being negotiated in secret between the OPA and Bruce Power to rebuild six reactors at the Bruce nuclear generating station.

If this deal is signed it'll be the largest private sector contract ever signed by the Gov't of ON costing consumers between $60 and $111 billion and locking us into nuclear for decades. Let your MPP & the Premier know what you think. No backroom deals! MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

Concordia University Foundation takes a leadership role in sustainable investment - $5 million will be initially transferred to the new fund

Montreal - The Concordia University Foundation (CUF) announced the creation of a sustainable investment fund. “We have been closely following the public discourse on divestment, and social and ethical investing,” says Howard Davidson, chair of the CUF. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

As Kinder Morgan Inc. takes full control of Trans Mountain pipeline, big questions go unanswered

Kinder Morgan Inc. has finished its $76 billion transaction that brings the Trans Mountain pipeline fully under its control. But it failed to tell the NEB as required by law, economist Robyn Allan said. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Opinion tipping against PM’s pipeline plans

Central Canada's public opinion is gelling against the plan to link the Alberta oilfields to the refineries of eastern Canada. Once considered the pipeline bid most likely to succeed, TransCanada's project is on the way to joining Enbridge's Northern Gat MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Suncor Argues "All of Us" are Complicit in Climate Change, But New Lawsuits Could Prove Otherwise

At West Coast Environmental Law we're gratified that Suncor, one of Canada's largest oilsands companies, has taken the time to read — and publicly disagree with — our recent report, Payback Time. Payback Time examined the risks to Suncor and other Canadi MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

From Ashes to Energy: $1 Billion Alevo Battery Factory Surges On the Scene

Taking over an old cigarette factory in North Carolina, Alevo announces new battery technology and 3.5 million square feet of factory space to make its new GridBank batteries in. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Germany cuts coal to reach climate targets

Germany wants to reduce coal power to achieve its climate goal - and send a positive signal to the climate summit in Peru in early December. The government is planning new legislation. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Minnesota Can Accommodate Up To 40% Renewables Penetration, Finds Study - If Minnesota can reach 40% why is Ontario capped a 7.5?

A study conducted by Minnesota public utilities in cooperation with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator says Minnesota's power system can accommodate renewable generation representing up to 40% of retail sales in total with certain upgrades MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

How Trans Mountain Pipeline Delivers Max Profits to U.S. Investors By Avoiding Paying Canadian Taxes

Kinder Morgan, the Texas-based multinational that owns & operates the Trans Mountain Pipeline System, claims Trans Mountain is a significant contributor to federal & provincial income tax revenues. The company is relying on this as proof it deserves ..BUT MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Solar Industry & Ontario Fire Chiefs Announce New Solar Safety Training Program

Solar Industry & Ontario Fire Chiefs Announce New Solar Safety Training Program

Ottawa - November 25, 2014 - In an effort to continue to improve the safety of firefighters and the people they protect, the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) today announced the completion MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Wind, solar narrowing the price gap with coal and gas

Most industry professionals have agreed for some time that the cost of wind and solar power will be lower than coal and gas prices. The question stirring up the most argument is when. Many observers say that day is years away, but utilities have been inc MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Premier Wynne ends electricity separatism - Congratulations Premier Wynne on providing Ontario with the smart and innovative leadership that we need to green our electricity system and lower our energy bills.

Premier Wynne ends electricity separatism - Congratulations Premier Wynne on providing Ontario with the smart and innovative leadership that we need to green our electricity system and lower our energy bills.

But danger looms - Bruce B Nuclear Re-Build Contract - If contract is signed it will be the largest contract with the private sector ever entered into by the Government of Ontario. It will cost Ontario’s consumers $60 to $111 billion over 30 years & MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Solar power charging ahead in America

America is building so much solar power that 10% of the country’s energy needs could be generated by the sun in 15 years, says a new study urging the country to keep looking skyward for energy solutions. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, IKEA continues its clean-power shopping spree, Quebec and Ontario boost their electricity trade and talk carbon, and the UN pinpoints the date the fossil-fuel party needs to end.

This week in Clean Energy Review, IKEA continues its clean-power shopping spree, Quebec and Ontario boost their electricity trade and talk carbon, and the UN pinpoints the date the fossil-fuel party needs to end.

ONTARIO MAY BE WARMING TO CARBON PRICING - Friday's agreement suggests that Premier Wynne (above, with her counterpart Philippe Couillard) and her cabinet may be warming up to Quebec’s carbon pricing regimen. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

A strategy to reduce greenhouse gases - Waterloo Region Record letter to the editor

The best strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, & to stay true to conservative principles, is to put a steadily rising price on carbon emissions. Right now, polluters are being subsidized because they are allowed to pollute the atmosphere for free MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

David Suzuki gives fiery speech on Burnaby Mountain to Kinder Morgan protesters - "My grandson was dragged across the line and was arrested! I'm disappointed and it grieves me because of the respect we have for you!" Suzuki shouted.

Legendary environmental leader David Suzuki walked up to a police line defending Kinder Morgan drill crews on Burnaby Mountain on Sunday, at a protest gaining world-wide attention. "I have nothing but great thoughts of the RCMP," he yelled. Suzuki spoke MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

World Bank to ditch coal for clean energy

The World Bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects in “circumstances of extreme need” because climate change will undermine efforts to eliminate extreme poverty, says its President Jim Yong Kim. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Energy Storage Emerges as an All-Purpose Grid Asset

SCE recently awarded more than 250 MW of energy storage contracts. Here's a deeper dive into the thinking behind that historic announcement. MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

French Nuclear Giant Areva Says Future Is Uncertain, Prompting a Sell-Off - New York Times

ARIS — Areva, the French nuclear technology giant, has warned of an uncertain outlook for its business amid delays to important projects and sluggishness in the global atomic energy sector, sending its stock tumbling on Wednesday. MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Canada's first concentrated solar thermal plant, and,
Medicine Hat,

Canada's first concentrated solar thermal plant, and, Medicine Hat, "The Gas City," goes solar

More than three years ago Ted Clugston was showing me around the small southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat for our pilot episode. He pointed to a hillside and said he eventually hoped to see a showcase solar project there. He saw it as an educational MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Top Five Things People Can't Seem to Remember about the Ivanpah CSP Plant

It’s been nine months since Ivanpah celebrated its grand opening in February, 2014. Since that time, the world’s largest concentrating solar power plant has continued to receive accolades from around the globe, including being named Plant of the Year by MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

“While nuclear power plants were being forced to shut because of cracks, Scotland’s wind & sunshine were quietly & cleanly helping to keep the lights on in homes across the country with wind power generating enough electricity to power 126% of the needs

“While nuclear power plants were being forced to shut because of cracks, Scotland’s wind & sunshine were quietly & cleanly helping to keep the lights on in homes across the country with wind power generating enough electricity to power 126% of the needs

Japan's nuclear cleanup stymied by water woes. Every day, about 6,000 workers pass through the guarded gate of the Fukushima plan — two to three times more than when it was actually producing electricity. Decommissioning expected to take 40 yrs, cost 90B MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

ENERGY EAST PUTS 125 COMMUNITIES AT RISK OF TAR SANDS OIL SPILLS. IS YOURS ONE?

ENERGY EAST PUTS 125 COMMUNITIES AT RISK OF TAR SANDS OIL SPILLS. IS YOURS ONE?

TransCanada’s Energy East would the biggest tar sands pipeline in the world. If built, it would be bigger than Northern Gateway and bigger than Keystone XL. NEW VIDEO: Get the facts about Energy East, a risky mega-pipeline project. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Quebec-Ontario power-sharing shows energy synergy: Cohn

Quebec has put separatism on the backburner. Is Ontario ready to reciprocate — by renouncing its own costly history of electricity separatism? MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

We can all be 21st-century scientists

We can all be 21st-century scientists

Science relies on observation. As more people examine natural phenomena & record and share information, we gain better understanding of the world. An increasing number of scientific inquiries now depend on contributions from ordinary people to help them MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Congress is trying to squash one of the few examples of American leadership on climate

Since sweeping the midterms, Republicans in Congress have giddily discussed their plans to crush Obama’s climate change agenda. Most of the focus has been on EPA, particularly its carbon rules for power plants. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Amazon makes green energy pledge after Greenpeace gives F grade - will power green cloud service with 100 per cent renewable

The move represents a major shift for Amazon, according to the environmental group Greenpeace, which gave Amazon an F in an April report for failing to commit to renewable energy & for siting new data centres close to "dirty" energy sources such as coal MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

This poo-powered bus runs on the regular as long as you do

A bus that runs on gas made from feces and food scraps makes its maiden voyage today. Bath Bus Company’s new crapmobile delivers passengers along the No. 2 line between Bath and Bristol Airport. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Get nuclear overhauls right, banker warns: Past power plant projects in Ontario missed deadlines, suffered from cost overruns - Toronto Star

The massive task of refurbishing 10 nuclear reactors - at a cost of $25 billion - is the crucial issue for keeping electricity rates under control in Ontario, says a CIBC investment banker MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

UWaterloo expert: Extreme weather in Western New York

Waterloo - Professor Jason Thistlethwaite, a researcher in the Faculty of Environment and director of the Climate Change Adaptation Project at the University of Waterloo commented on the snow emergency in Western New York. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Within 2 years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced

Well, it turns out that carbon is getting priced, not in the big, dramatic, simple way climate hawks would prefer, but incrementally, piecemeal, country-by-country, region-by-region, still inadequately but in a way that’s starting to add up. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Watch a year’s worth of CO2 swirl around the globe like a horrifying lava lamp

Ever wondered what a year’s worth of carbon dioxide emissions looks like in our atmosphere? According to NASA’s new climate visualization, which condenses all the activity into a few minutes’ time, it’s surprisingly as beautiful to watch as it is worriso MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

World’s longest superconductor in operation in Germany

One benefit of Germany’s energy transition is supposed to be technological innovations. The new superconductor currently being tested in Essen is a good example of how the Energiewende could ensure German technological leadership. Craig Morris says the MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Quebec electricity would save Ontario consumers $14 Billion - As the Ontario and Quebec provincial cabinets meet tomorrow to discuss energy, there is one natural topic of conversation: How can we better integrate our electricity systems to save a whack

Quebec electricity would save Ontario consumers $14 Billion - As the Ontario and Quebec provincial cabinets meet tomorrow to discuss energy, there is one natural topic of conversation: How can we better integrate our electricity systems to save a whack

Our neighbour in Quebec has a problem: Their electricity is fetching lower and lower prices in export markets. We have a need: A cost-effective source of power to replace the energy from our aging and expensive-to-rebuild nuclear reactors. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Solar Generation In The U.K. Soon To Be Cheaper Than Gas

Solar power in the U.K. will be cheaper than natural gas by 2018, according to new industry analysis from the Solar Trade Association (STA). According to the industry organization’s report, the cost of building a large-scale solar farm is set to go down MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

"It is wrong for UBC to continue to profit from its investments in fossil fuel companies," faculty says

"We are inspired by our students, who voted overwhelmingly in favour of divestment earlier this year," said UBC professor. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

How winning over rural constituents changed the political discussions on renewables in Germany

In Germany, support for the Energiewende is not a matter of party membership. It is a field where all parties are active & generally support the Energiewende. To understand this political consensus, one needs to look to rural Germany, explains Alexander MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Families failed to prove wind turbines harmful, government lawyer argues

Families opposed to the erection of large-scale wind farms near their homes failed to prove the projects would cause any serious harm to their health, an Ontario government lawyer said Tuesday. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Smart grid technology business booming

he smart grid is becoming big business, driven by the need for a more responsive, automated global power grid. With the past two years seeing rapid technological advancements and shifting priorities among industry players, as well as a clearer picture of MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

SHADY TACTICS REVEALED IN TRANSCANADA'S ENERGY EAST STRATEGY DOCUMENTS

SHADY TACTICS REVEALED IN TRANSCANADA'S ENERGY EAST STRATEGY DOCUMENTS

The plans include spending millions to create fake grassroots campaigns in support of the proposal and conduct ‘detailed background research on key opposition groups'. Environmental Defence is named in the documents - same tactics have been used in U.S. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Europe Still #1 in Relative Solar Energy Production

Many of the charts show that China, Japan, and the US dominated new solar PV power installations in 2013, and that they also compare well (come in #2, #4, & #5) in cumulative solar PV power capacity through the end of 2013. However, if you look at solar MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, renewables are racing to overtake coal, more Canadians are kicking the tires on electric vehicles, and the United States and China fill the sails of just about everyone we know.

This week in Clean Energy Review, renewables are racing to overtake coal, more Canadians are kicking the tires on electric vehicles, and the United States and China fill the sails of just about everyone we know.

FOR CANADA, CHINA-USA CLIMATE PACT IS BOTH AN OPPORTUNITY AND A WAKE-UP CALL - Our take: In the near term, the agreement will spur new opportunities for Canadians to sell more renewable energy to the United States and export Canadian-made clean tech MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

US Air Force Unveils World’s Largest Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Fleet

The Los Angeles Air Force Base in California (LAAFB) has acquired 42 plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), the most the military has ever assembled in one place. The cars, trucks, vans and a bus will be able to supply 700 kW, enough to power 140 typical Ame MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Obama pledges $3 billion for world climate fund, makes the GOP look even dumber

The White House announced today that President Obama is going to pledge $3 billion to the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund, throwing down another gauntlet at the GOP just three days after his joint announcement with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the U.S. & MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Ontario turbine foes hope to weigh in as huge wind-farm appeal begins

LONDON, Ont. — Groups opposed to industrial-size wind farms are looking to intervene in a landmark appeal that begins Monday against one of Ontario's largest wind-energy projects. MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

Dutch try using bike paths as solar energy collectors

KROMMENIE, Netherlands — Project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets under way in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

Solar stocks rising - A stock analyst looks at the data and sees a bright future for solar

Solar stocks rising - A stock analyst looks at the data and sees a bright future for solar

“We can see how things behaved in history and we can use that to look at how the same cycle might happen in this new business. We see solar as a new secular bull market. It will have ups and downs but in general the trend will be long and big," MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Solar Energy Can Be a Game Changer for US States

Rooftop solar means that utilities have to spend less on building new power plants, and it means electricity is used right at the point of generation, putting less strain on the grid. In fact, a Nevada study found that rooftop solar has benefits for all MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

IPCC report is clear: We must clean up our act! - Will we heed scientists from around the world who offer evidence that we still have time to do something about this real crisis — that confronting the challenge presents more opportunities than pitfalls

IPCC report is clear: We must clean up our act! - Will we heed scientists from around the world who offer evidence that we still have time to do something about this real crisis — that confronting the challenge presents more opportunities than pitfalls

As a broadcaster, I've interviewed hundreds of scientists over the years, but I've never heard so many speak so forcefully and urgently as climatologists today. It's a measure of the seriousness of the crisis. Dr. David Suzuki MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Palm-oil giant makes big commitment. Rainforests rejoice - For those of you who saw our Eco-Warriors GREEN Movie documentary last week, this will have special meaning.

The multinational vegetable-oil giant IOI Loders Croklaan has just made a commitment to produce palm oil without causing deforestation. This is the latest in a series of such commitments, and it means that 75 percent of all the palm oil produced will be g MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

U.S.-China climate deal aims to prod other countries to act

A groundbreaking agreement struck Wednesday by the United States and China puts the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. With the clock ticking on a worldwide climate treaty, the two MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Print my ride! Local Motors builds the world's first 3D-printed electric car

The Local Motors Strati EV isn't just the world's first 3D-printed car, it'll also be the first car that you can download and print yourself. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Fossil Fuels Reap $550 Billion in Subsidies, Hindering Renewables Investment

Oil, coal and gas received more than four times the $120 billion paid out in subsidy for renewables including wind, solar and biofuels, the Paris-based institution said today in its annual World Energy Outlook. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

4 reasons Republicans are losing their sh*t over the U.S.-China climate deal

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is not pleased about the historic joint announcement of planned carbon emission cuts by the U.S. and China and is whinier than usual. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Texas Utility Plans Battery Storage Fix for Wavering Wind, Solar Output

NEW YORK -- Oncor Electric Delivery, owner of the largest power-line network in Texas, wants to spend more than $2 billion on batteries to solve the problem of fluctuating output from wind and solar. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Pembina reacts to Quebec's climate resolution on Energy East

Pembina reacts to Quebec's climate resolution on Energy East

TORONTO — Erin Flanagan, analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to yesterday's resolution in Quebec's national assembly on the proposed Energy East pipeline:effectively a vote of non-confidence MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Users don't understand the energy aspect of computers

Computers consume significant amounts of energy even when they are not in use, and computer users don't even realize it, meaning lost opportunities to save energy, according to the results of two studies commissioned by the California Energy Commission MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

What’s more likely to kill you: A car crash or vehicle emissions?

If your gut reaction is like mine, then you’ve already answered in favor of crashes. But when you really crunch the numbers, the question not only becomes tougher to answer, it raises important new questions of its own. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Canadian Solar to Supply 4 MW Energy Storage Solution to Support the Ontario Grid

Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. will provide 4 megawatt (“MW”) / 2.76 megawatt/hour (“MWh”) of stationary on-grid bulk energy storage MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Solar PV installations in the U.K. to reach 2.8 GW this year — IHS forecast

IHS forecasts solar PV installations in the U.K. to reach 2.8 GW this year – revised down from its earlier prediction of 3.2 GW – as projects are pushed to the end of the year and early 2015. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

The Blue Dot Tour is over, but the push for a healthy Canada is just beginning

The Blue Dot Tour is over, but the push for a healthy Canada is just beginning

From coast to coast to coast, a united movement is building toward a day when every Canadian’s right to live in a healthy environment is recognized at every level of government. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Pembina reacts to U.S.-China climate announcement

Pembina reacts to U.S.-China climate announcement

“Canada has long justified its own failures to limit the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by pointing to the inaction of heavy emitters like the U.S. and China, but that excuse does not stand up to scrutiny. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Rich countries are still wasting billions on subsidies for fossil fuels

Five years ago, at one of their annual meetings, the G20 countries — the biggest economies in the world — pledged to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. So naturally, today, the G20 countries are spending $88 billion a year subsidizing exploration for new MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

With eyes in the sky, researchers try to link fracking and illness

Fracking has long been the oil and natural gas industry’s best kept secret — in particular, the chemicals found in fracking fluids, which have been linked to a host of weird mystery ailments, like respiratory or gastrointestinal distress. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Commentary: Solar to be leading source of electricity by 2050?

Schneider Electric’s CMO, Chris Hummel, pondered recently on Twitter whether the IEA’s claim that solar energy could be the leading source of electricity by 2050 was achievable. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Can Algae Power Our World?

It has often been used as a farmland fertilizer, and in some communities it is eaten as a vegetable, but now researchers believe that seaweed could power our cars and heat our homes too. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World

How green is your native land? The 4th edition of the Global Green Economy Index, produced by private U.S.-based consultancy Dual Citizen LLC, has just been released, and you can look it up. The index provides an in-depth look at how 60 countries and 70 MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Quebec pings its people on a progressive energy strategy, France breaks ground on Europe's largest solar power station, and the Globe and Mail (finally) endorses carbon pricing.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Quebec pings its people on a progressive energy strategy, France breaks ground on Europe's largest solar power station, and the Globe and Mail (finally) endorses carbon pricing.

“WE WANT TO USE LESS OIL” That’s how Quebec announced public consultations on its new draft energy policy. SWITCH, the multi-sector green economy alliance, praised the plan’s core elements that seek to promote innovation, efficiency and renewable energy. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Wind farm shares to be sold to locals under new scheme - UK

Locals could be offered the chance to buy shares in new wind farms, solar farms and hydro power stations, under new government approved guidelines. A stake in a local energy business could cost from just £5, and the industry says it could generate an ann MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Doing more with less - First the GOOD NEWS: Demand for electricity has been steadily falling in Ontario since 2005 despite a growing economy.

Doing more with less - First the GOOD NEWS: Demand for electricity has been steadily falling in Ontario since 2005 despite a growing economy.

But there is BAD NEWS: Ontario continues to under invest in this low cost source of energy and remains fixated on spending tens of billions of dollars to re-build increasingly unnecessary nuclear reactors. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

What if it was easy to be GREEN? How to fight global warming without destroying the economy? Use a little Econ 101 - BC’s economic growth, even with a carbon tax, slightly outperformed the rest of the country. - GLOBE Editorial

Want less of something? Put a price on it. Tax it. And use the revenues on the thing we want less of – pollution – to lower taxes on things we want more of – investment, income, savings and so on. This is straight out of the textbook. And in some places MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

Carbon capture and storage projects rise to 22 worldwide

Global carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects rose to 22 in 2014, according to the Global CCS Institute. Canada's Saskatchewan Power started a major CCS project at a coal-fired power plant in October. The project is expected to capture 90 percent of MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Energy Storage Will Soon Replace Simple Cycle Combustion Turbine Peaker Plants

As has happened with solar PV, the costs for multi-hour energy storage are about to undergo a steep decline over the next 2 to 3 years. This cost trend will disrupt the economic rationale for gas-fired simple cycle combustion turbines (CTs) in favor of MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Study finds no link between wind turbine noise, perceived health effects

A Health Canada study has found no evidence to support a link between exposure to wind-turbine noise and health effects reported by people living near the towering structures. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Making up for lost time: France building largest solar plant in Europe

France may have been a late bloomer in adopting solar power, but the country has more than made up for it with aggressive renewable energy initiatives. Paris-based renewable energy developer and project manager Neoen broke ground this week for what will MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

The movement for environmental rights is building

The movement for environmental rights is building

The idea of a right to a healthy environment is getting traction at Canada's highest political levels. Federal Opposition MP Linda Duncan recently introduced "An Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights" in Parliament. If it's passed, our MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

The Netherlands’ new solar bike lane totally rules

As if the Netherlands wasn’t cool enough already, they had to go and build a cycling lane made entirely out of solar cells. That’s right, a path for car-free transportation that will eventually generate enough energy to power three households. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

“Wind turbine noise not linked to health problems, Health Canada finds,” CBC News, November 6, 2014 - This study matches the conclusions of 21 other peer reviewed studies, which also found no link between wind farms and human health concerns.

“Wind turbine noise not linked to health problems, Health Canada finds,” CBC News, November 6, 2014 - This study matches the conclusions of 21 other peer reviewed studies, which also found no link between wind farms and human health concerns.

Wind farms do not negatively impact public health. So concludes a $2.1 million Health Canada study of adults living close to wind turbines in Ontario and Prince Edward Island. If anything, windmills IMPROVE human health by replacing polluting gas & coal MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Nuclear Energy Creates Jobs that costs ON taxpayers $6 - $14 million each! Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s latest report shows the high cost of each job created at OPG’s Darlington nuclear plant

Nuclear Energy Creates Jobs that costs ON taxpayers $6 - $14 million each! Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s latest report shows the high cost of each job created at OPG’s Darlington nuclear plant

Green Energy Creates Jobs Germany's new green energy sector has created so many jobs (370,000!) that they now have their lowest unemployment rate since reunification in the early 1990s. Green energy - good for the environment and good for the economy. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

The 10 things you need to know from the new IPCC climate report

The chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, called today’s report the “strongest, most robust and most comprehensive” to come out of the IPCC, which has tracked climate change since 1988. It is “yet another wake-up call MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Emissions must stop this century to keep warming in check

COPENHAGEN — Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely human's fault, and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the United Nations' panel on climate science said Sunday. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

France calls for Canada's help on climate

French President Francois Hollande served notice Monday he wants to see Canada taking an active role in helping the world achieve a major climate change agreement well in advance of the December 2015 Paris summit he will host. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Solar Grid Parity In All 50 US States By 2016, Predicts Deutsche Bank

Rooftop solar PV will reach grid parity in 50 US states by 2016 – up from just 10 now – setting the scene for a dramatic increase in the uptake in household and commercial rooftop solar in the world’s biggest economy. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, a major new IPCC synthesis report sets the stage for Paris, a U.K. company pitches the first tidal lagoon clean power plant, and a one-time cigarette factory reopens with a new owner and a powerful purpose.

This week in Clean Energy Review, a major new IPCC synthesis report sets the stage for Paris, a U.K. company pitches the first tidal lagoon clean power plant, and a one-time cigarette factory reopens with a new owner and a powerful purpose.

SOLAR APPROACHING WIDESPREAD GRID PARITY? By 2016, solar electricity could easily be as cheap, or cheaper, than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S. states, according to a Deutsche Bank report published last week. & much more NEWS MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

This morning activists climbed Leduc #1, the oil Derrick that started western Canada's oil boom 70 years ago, at the Edmonton Energy Discovery Centre.

This morning activists climbed Leduc #1, the oil Derrick that started western Canada's oil boom 70 years ago, at the Edmonton Energy Discovery Centre.

They hung a banner that read: “Go Solar: 100% Climate Safe", sending a clear message to the Alberta government that it’s time to transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy – for the sake of our climate. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

U.N. Panel Warns of Dire Effects From Lack of Action Over Global Warming

The report found, less than $400 billion a year is being spent around the world to reduce emissions or otherwise cope with climate change. That sum is smaller than the revenue of a single American oil company, ExxonMobil. MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014

Solar panel project a win-win, Waterloo Region official says

The rows of solar panels look like they're not doing much at all, but even on a cloudy day, they're quietly soaking up the rays of the sun, sending that energy into the provincial electricity grid, and making money for the region. The region's 16 solar MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Poor Nations Go for Solar, Wind at Twice the Pace of Rich Ones

A study of 55 nations — including China, Brazil, S. Africa, Uruguay and Kenya — found that they’ve installed a combined 142 gigawatts from 2008 to 2013. The 143 percent growth in renewables in those markets compares with an 84 percent rate in wealthier MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

How can we get power to the poor without frying the planet?

According to the World Health Organization, solid-fuel indoor cooking kills about 4 million people a year. This exclusion of a third of humanity from the benefits of modern life ought to be seen as both a tragedy and a crisis. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Will falling gas prices be bad for the climate?

Oil prices are dropping, & while that might seem like good news for drivers, it could be bad news for our climate. “Lower oil prices could pose a challenge for the transition to post-carbon sustainability,” says Anthony Perl, a professor at Simon Fraser MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

From Ashes to Energy: $1 Billion Alevo Battery Factory Surges On the Scene

Taking over an old cigarette factory in North Carolina, Alevo announces new battery technology and 3.5 million square feet of factory space to make its new GridBank batteries in. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

How the Right Kind of Electric Utility Can Increase Solar Energy and Jobs

You expect to hear solar electricity success stories from places like Austin and Sacramento, but San Antonio? San Antonio's municipal electric utility was seriously considering expanding a nuclear power plant. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

High cost jobs - every job at a rebuilt Darlington Nuclear Plant will cost taxpayers somewhere between $5.8 and $14.4 million per job compared to cost per job secured at Ford was $25,000.

High cost jobs - every job at a rebuilt Darlington Nuclear Plant will cost taxpayers somewhere between $5.8 and $14.4 million per job compared to cost per job secured at Ford was $25,000.

The cost to Ontario taxpayers of creating jobs at Darlington will be 232 to 576 times more expensive than creating jobs at the Ford plant. Clearly, when it comes to using tax dollars to create jobs, nuclear is a costly way to achieve results. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

EU Leaders Agree To Tough Carbon Regulations to Spur Renewable Energy Development and Fight Climate Change

Hoping to put more pressure on major emitters like China and the US, EU leaders step up carbon regulations in advance of December climate talks. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

US DOE Invests Millions More In Cost-Cutting Solar R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $53 million for 40 research and development (R&D) projects that aim to drive down the cost of solar energy - a collaborative effort to make solar fully cost-competitive with traditional energy MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, the heat of the earth's crust reduces energy poverty in Kenya, U.S. utilities seek a piece of the rooftop solar pie, & shhh.. only wonks know how effective the best climate & energy policies are, & let's keep it that way

This week in Clean Energy Review, the heat of the earth's crust reduces energy poverty in Kenya, U.S. utilities seek a piece of the rooftop solar pie, & shhh.. only wonks know how effective the best climate & energy policies are, & let's keep it that way

Join us this Wednesday for The Great Sell-Off? Fossil Fuel Divestment and the Global Energy Revolution, featuring Justin Rockefeller, trustee with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and David Richardson, North America head of business development for Impax MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

LRT began in Galt and Preston in 1894

When it comes to the matter of light rail transit in Waterloo Region, we are justified in saying: been there, done that. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

11 scary movies that are secretly about the environment

Few genres are as loaded with subtext as horror — Why not climate change and the environment? Here are some of our favorite films you may not have realized are actually horrifying environmental parables. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Line 9 reversal halted due to danger to rivers and lakes

Line 9 reversal halted due to danger to rivers and lakes

The National Energy Board (NEB) has rejected Enbridge’s request for permission to restart its Line 9 pipeline until further notice.It turns out that Enbridge has failed to meet one of the most important & basic safety requirements – providing proof MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Fusion won’t save us from climate change - check out why!

So, the challenge, for those betting on new technology to get us out of this climate mess, is that within 35 years, we need a new zero-carbon technology to come out of the lab, become commercially available, and for the world to adopt its use right away. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Community Solar Allows Utilities to Adapt, Thrive as Energy Landscape Evolves

Adaptability is the key to survival — both in nature as Charles Darwin observed, & in the business sector. As the solar industry continues to flourish, utility companies across the U.S. are beginning to witness how the traditional electric grid is trans MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

The Next Revolution: Discarding Dangerous Fossil Fuel Accounting Practices

The green revolution &, in particular, renewable energy products such as solar power, wind turbines, geothermal and algae-based fuels are not waiting for viable technology — it already exists in many forms. What they are waiting for is a massive sea cha MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Clean-tech is good for the economy and environment

Clean-tech is good for the economy and environment

What's the fastest-growing sector in Canada's economy? Given what you hear from politicians and the media, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's the resource industry, especially extraction and export of fossil fuels like oil sands bitumen and liquefied na MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Technology has blindsided oil states - i.e. U.S. fracking, and for the future, 'it would be entirely appropriate to celebrate the news that other new technologies may open up a better escape route from fossil fuels.'

American production has almost doubled in the past five years thanks to the new drilling technologies, and the U.S. overtook Russia last year to become the world's largest producer of oil and gas combined. (Saudi Arabia comes a distant third.) MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

New Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Fracking Moratorium — And Clean Energy

The results were overwhelming: Nearly 8 in 10 New Yorkers support the moratorium, and support crosses geographical, ideological and racial divides. At the same time, respondents showed tremendous support for renewable energy. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Rooftop solar is just the beginning; utilities must innovate or go extinct - US

By now, most people are aware that solar power — particularly distributed solar power, in the form of rooftop panels — poses a threat to power utilities. And utilities are fighting back, attempting to impose additional fees and restrictions on solar cust MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Will South Florida be the shortest-lived state in the union?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates sea-level rise to be between 1.7 and 3.2 feet before 2100, climate scientists have actually estimated the figures to be closer to 2.3 to 4 feet — and 6.5 to 9.8 feet by the year 2300. Bad news! MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Germany Added A Lot Of Wind And Solar Power, And Its Electric Grid Became More Reliable

The availability of electricity in Germany was lost only for an average of 15.91 minutes per customer in 2012, according to figures from the Council of European Energy Regulators. That’s far better than the United States MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Renewable Energy Storage Gains Critical Mass

A host of U.S. renewable energy storage executives recently gathered here in the Silicon Valley are referring to the rapid expansion of the storage industry by comparing it to the solar power industry six or eight years ago MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, a European Union study finds renewables cheaper than coal when health costs are accounted for, a West Coast wind-turbine manufacturer goes shopping in Nova Scotia, and private power producers propose another way forward

This week in Clean Energy Review, a European Union study finds renewables cheaper than coal when health costs are accounted for, a West Coast wind-turbine manufacturer goes shopping in Nova Scotia, and private power producers propose another way forward

MARK CARNEY ENDORSES “CARBON BUBBLE”: The former Governor of the Bank of Canada—who’s now heads up the Bank of England—confirmed that the “vast majority of [fossil fuel] reserves are unburnable” if we are to keep global temperature rises within two deg MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

"What we are saying is that burying radioactive nuclear waste that remains radioactive and lethal for 100,000 years right beside the drinking water of 40 million people defies common sense...Beverly Fernandez, Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump spokespers

Rudolph the Red Hot Reindeer? Arctic Animals Are Becoming More Radioactive Researchers in Norway have detected a spike of Cesium-137 in reindeer as warmer temperatures spawn more irradiated vegetation. Scientists believe it is fallout from Chernobyl MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Global low-carbon energy system transition could save trillions

With the right policies in place, a low-carbon energy system could free up trillions of dollars to invest in better economic growth over the next 20 years. That is the conclusion of two reports released today by the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) & MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

U.K. climate activists take divestment to the banks

There’s a new divestment movement in town. It has not set its sights on universities or pension funds or foundations or churches or Rockefellers. These are the usual targets for divestment campaigns because they (a) have a lot of money and (b) like to th MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

New Maps Reveal B.C. Has Enough Geothermal Potential to Power Entire Province

At a time when B.C.’s politicians are considering flooding the Peace Valley for the Site C hydroelectric dam, a new project by the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association says the province could be sitting on a figurative gold mine of power with low enviro MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

This proposed pipeline would be even bigger than Keystone XL

Meet Energy East: It will be 2,858-miles long, putting it right up there with some of the longest pipelines in the world. It would pump about a third more crude than Keystone XL was intended to. It’ll be bigger than the Druzhba pipeline,which carries oil MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Commissioner's report shows Canada must do more for environment

Commissioner's report shows Canada must do more for environment

Canadians expect to have our environment protected, and to know how it's being protected. A report from Canada's Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development shows we're being short-changed. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

GREEN Home FOR SALE by CREW member - Waterloo - beautiful bungalow suitable for young family or retiring couple - move in ready - centrally located in highly desirable community - CHECK IT OUT!

GREEN Home FOR SALE by CREW member - Waterloo - beautiful bungalow suitable for young family or retiring couple - move in ready - centrally located in highly desirable community - CHECK IT OUT!

There is 1.3kw (kilowatt) Solar PV array with a microFit contract with Waterloo North Hydro. The contract is for 20 years that started in 2010. The contract is valued at about $1000 generation revenue per year and is fully assignable to the new owners wit MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

This German Energy Expert Says Canada is Perfect for a Clean Energy Transition

German clean energy policy expert Dr. David Jacobs paid Canada a visit this week to dispel a few myths about the Energiewende. While addressing potential downsides, Jacobs talked about the lessons N. American countries can take from Germany’s push toward MORE    added: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Top US Companies Increasingly Turning to Solar Energy

What do Walmart, Costco and Apple have in common besides selling cell phones and computers? These iconic brands, and many others like them, are all investing big in solar energy. MORE    added: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

New Tesla Another Milestone for Visionary Elon Musk - Autopilot and buy back program announced.

Did you see the new Tesla? It has autopilot that can park the car in your garage for you, with you out of the car. It observes speed limits and curves, puts a defensive cocoon of sensors around you to avoid incoming obstacles, switches lanes automaticall MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Canadian Solar to ship 146.4 MWp of PV modules to Honduras

Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, announced that it executed a sales contract to supply photovoltaic (PV) modules to two utiliy scale projects totaling 146.4 MWp in Honduras. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Enough excuses – it’s time for Premier Wynne to take the bull by the horns - you gotta read this

Enough excuses – it’s time for Premier Wynne to take the bull by the horns - you gotta read this

Ontario cannot import low-cost water power from Quebec to replace more costly power from a re-built Darlington Nuclear Station if Darlington continues to operate. That's the bizarre conclusion of a report issued Tuesday by Ontario’s Electricity operator MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Lessons from the Cell Phone Phenomenon: How Microgrids Can Power Developing Countries

Microgrids can help developing countries leapfrog into a new energy paradigm. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Seven reasons Alberta doesn’t need more oilsands pipelines

There was an interesting article in the Calgary Herald the other day, headlined, "Surging sales belie mythical oil access story." The bottom line is that Albertans needn't accept the simplistic "gotta build more pipelines" narrative spun by the oilpatch MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Car batteries may soon last 1,000 years thanks to pine and alfalfa

A group of Swedish researchers just discovered an unconventional way to give new life to rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries: with pine resin and alfalfa seeds. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Canada's environment commissioner hands Ottawa an underwhelming climate report card, we send a photographer inside an Ontario wind-turbine blade plant, & Albertans evidently prefer a little less conversation,more action.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Canada's environment commissioner hands Ottawa an underwhelming climate report card, we send a photographer inside an Ontario wind-turbine blade plant, & Albertans evidently prefer a little less conversation,more action.

IT’S POSSIBLE: After examining eight jurisdictions around the globe that are working towards 100 percent renewables, the World Future Council concluded that achieving such an ambitious goal is affordable and achievable with today’s technologies. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Companies may be on hook for cost of climate change: study

A new study suggests advances in climate change science could be creating a huge legal liability for major Canadian energy companies. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

NEB delays Enbridge plan to ship oil through reversed Line 9 pipeline

The National Energy Board has slammed the brakes on Enbridge Inc.’s plan to start shipping western oil to Montreal this fall through its reversed Line 9 pipeline, saying the company failed to install shut-off valves around some major waterways. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Why clean energy might be cheaper than you think

Wind and solar power often get a bad rap for being more expensive than energy produced from fossil fuels. But what happens when you factor in, say, the health costs of people breathing smoggy air? Or the financial impact of climate change's effect on eco MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

An Interview with Bill Clinton about Energy’s Tipping Point

Clinton said that we are on the verge of a major economic shift in energy, which he likened to the cell phone’s displacement of the land-line phone. Based purely on economics, renewable energy can become the default choice. But we must adjust our 100-yr MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

This Amish paradise goes beyond organic farming

Amish farmers could teach us a thing or two about agriculture. Lesson No. 1: You can smell the difference between healthy plants and unhealthy ones. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

“Canada’s proposed nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lakes Huron puts our Great Lakes at risk of radioactive contamination that could have devastating consequences for future generations” – US. Senator Stabenow  - and many more news items

“Canada’s proposed nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lakes Huron puts our Great Lakes at risk of radioactive contamination that could have devastating consequences for future generations” – US. Senator Stabenow - and many more news items

US Senate & House both oppose proposed Canadian nuclear waste facility on the Great Lakes Michigan’s Great Lakes are an invaluable resource that must be protected from the threat of Canadian nuclear waste. Permanently burying nuclear waste less than a mi MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Bust out the LEGOs! The toymaker cut its ties with Big Oil

Bust out the LEGOs! The toymaker cut its ties with Big Oil

This is fantastic news for LEGO fans and Arctic defenders everywhere. And it’s a huge blow to Shell’s strategy of partnering with beloved brands to clean up its dirty image as an Arctic oil driller. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Close to 80 percent of Albertans feel their government should do more to develop clean sources of power. Alberta reaching tipping point on coal?

Close to 80 percent of Albertans feel their government should do more to develop clean sources of power. Alberta reaching tipping point on coal?

In a new province-wide poll, close to 80 percent of Albertans say the government has not done enough to develop renewable energy. Further, 70 percent of respondents see renewable energy sources such as wind power as an abundant, environmentally friendly, MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

A picture is worth billions of dollars - Ontario Clean Air Alliance

A picture is worth billions of dollars - Ontario Clean Air Alliance

This graph explains in one image why Ontario should be pursuing water power imports from Quebec instead of re-building our aging nuclear reactors. Combined with energy efficiency, Quebec imports are far cheaper than nuclear electricity, even MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Watch Morgan Freeman present an awesome vision of a green future

Watch Morgan Freeman present an awesome vision of a green future

This short film, What’s Possible, kicked off the recent U.N. Climate Summit. Attention, world leaders: When Morgan Freeman tells you to do something, you better do it. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Do electric cars cause more or less climate pollution than gasoline cars? Take a look.

Electricity has arrived as a fuel source for an increasing number of vehicles. Will this increase or decrease climate pollution compared to using gasoline? MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

The divestment movement is gaining steam. What can it achieve?

The divestment movement is gaining steam. What can it achieve?

The most attention-grabbing event during the week of the U.N. Climate Summit was the People’s Climate March, of course. But the second most attention-grabbing event was that at least 656 individuals & 181 institutions and local governments pledged. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Why local energy ownership matters

Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Court refuses to stop wind-farm construction

TORONTO - Construction of what would be one of Ontario's largest wind farms can continue, despite an ongoing legal attempt by a farm family to scutle the $850-million project, a Divisional Court justice has ruled. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Climate March wasn’t a blame fest - RECORD letter to the editor

The march was more than a blame fest. It was an awareness-raising event that the destruction of rainforests, toxic oil spills, unregulated (or unenforced regulation) and pollution of our waters is not acceptable. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, a Yukon emergency-room doctor pens an impassioned plea, the World Bank salutes B.C.'s carbon tax, and the United States signs off on a power line that will bring clean Quebec power to the Big Apple. Allons-y!

This week in Clean Energy Review, a Yukon emergency-room doctor pens an impassioned plea, the World Bank salutes B.C.'s carbon tax, and the United States signs off on a power line that will bring clean Quebec power to the Big Apple. Allons-y!

ONTARIO SOLAR PROJECT HELPS BUMP UP STRONG GLOBAL CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT NUMBERS - SOLAR IS UP FOR THE JOB, SAYS IEA: Given sufficient policy support to lower the costs of capital, the sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050— MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Climate change deniers really know how to spoil a lunch - RECORD opinion column

You start talking about some aspect of climate change — personal, anecdotal, or scientific — and suddenly you are facing two guns blazing at the OK Climate Corral. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Let’s fairly discuss environmental protection - RECORD Opinion article

I believe, each candidate for councillor, mayor or chair in the Oct. 27 municipal election should consider discussing environmental issues such as air quality, protecting the Grand River, planting more trees, dealing with the increase in unpredictable MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

U.S. Energy Department Approves Transmission Line to Deliver Quebec Hydropower to New York

The U.S. Department of Energy issued a presidential permit approving construction and operation of a 1,000-MW transmission line to carry Quebec hydroelectric power to customers in New York City. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

D’Amato: Stéphane Dion and his hated carbon tax were right all along - The Record opinion column

Six years and three Liberal leaders later, it turns out that Dion was right after all. Both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank — not exactly wild-eyed radicals — are urging that countries start to tax carbon emissions. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Plans to develop the world’s most advanced SMART Community in Ontario, Canada

Sifton Properties Limited and S2E Technologies Inc. announce they signed a partnership agreement that will start the development of the first state-of-the-art SMART Community called “The Village at RiverBend” in London, Ontario. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

This giant wind farm would dwarf the Hoover Dam

That giant sucking sound you hear on the West Coast these days is the state of California, hoovering up as much renewable energy as neighboring state can produce.The latest development: a proposal from four major energy companies to build an $8 billion MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

R-UK slams wind 'deafness' reports

RenewableUK has hit out at mainstream media reports linking wind farms and impacts on human hearing as incorrect and irresponsible. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Solar-Powered Plane to Circle the Globe

Geneva, Switzerland -- Two Swiss pilots plan to fly a solar-powered plane around the earth, pushing human endurance as well as the boundaries of a technology that the aviators say isn’t anywhere near reaching its full potential for industry. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

How solar can become the world’s largest source of electricity

With the right policies in place, solar could be the largest provider of global electricity by 2050. That should put to rest the notion, widespread in some quarters, that solar is a marginal technology of interest only to fruity greens. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Cities are lapping countries on climate action

The world’s largest cities are forming organizations to coordinate their efforts and learn from one another. In 2005, the 40 Cities Climate Leadership Group formed. Despite the name, there are now 69 affiliated cities from more than 40 countries, account MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Fukushima nuclear disaster: three years on 120,000 evacuees remain uprooted Japan's 2011 plant meltdown has torn apart close families, leaving elderly relatives isolated and villages uninhabited

Fukushima nuclear disaster: three years on 120,000 evacuees remain uprooted Japan's 2011 plant meltdown has torn apart close families, leaving elderly relatives isolated and villages uninhabited

One year ago today, the last of 47 commercial nuclear reactor operating in Japan was shutdown. No electricity blackouts! Japan came in second worldwide for installing solar PV in 2013 - 2nd to China. People's dedication to energy efficiency = 13 reactors MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Tenneco will save $1M a year with new lighting

CAMBRIDGE — When an independent study was done at the 675,000-square-foot Tenneco Inc.plant in Cambridge to find out where its energy bill was being spent, even plant manager Tony Melo was surprised by the results - the overhead lighting costing $2M yr MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Climate Change Offers Unprecedented Opportunities for Economic Growth

Calling it a “false dilemma,” former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, speaking as chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, disputed the idea that the world economy must suffer in order to fight climate change. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Japan Installs 11 GW of Renewable Energy in Two Years - Solar energy makes up the most additional energy capacity.

Tokyo -- Japan has added 11,090 megawatts of clean energy capacity since July 2012, when it began an incentive program to encourage investment in renewables, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Largest battery energy storage in North America now operational

LG Chem’s 32-MWh battery energy storage system, built for Southern California Edison (SCE), has reached operation in Tehachapi, CA. The installation makes this storage system the largest in North America. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Is Elon Musk the Greatest CEO of the Modern Era?

Unlike many of the other contenders for top CEO, Musk is not just dedicated to wealth. He is building businesses to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. He sees shareholders as only one stakeholder in the corporate mission. In an MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, some of the world's most powerful fund managers and CEOs back a strong price on pollution, Alberta's coal plants land in the media spotlight, and Enbridge deepens its commitment to renewable energy.

This week in Clean Energy Review, some of the world's most powerful fund managers and CEOs back a strong price on pollution, Alberta's coal plants land in the media spotlight, and Enbridge deepens its commitment to renewable energy.

The big news out of last week’s UN Climate Summit - 347 investors overseeing more than USD$24 trillion in assets pledged to support “stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing,” strengthen regulations for renewable-energy deployment, and MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 29, 2014

Greater use of natural gas will do little to reduce harmful U.S. emissions causing climate change

The study finds that natural gas usage will have little effect on CO2 emissions that cause climate change, and that a greater utilization of plentiful resource could delay switch to solar and other renewable energy resources. MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 29, 2014

Another CREW member installs a solar PV system on his home.

Another CREW member installs a solar PV system on his home.

CREW member Colin Read recently (June/July 2014) installed a 10 kW Solar PV array on his home.'Thanks to Glen and the rest of you at CREW. Your information made the decision to get solar panels installed so much easier.' MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 29, 2014

Wind Farm Health Impacts Dismissed in Court

Wind health impacts have been dismissed over and over again in court as opponents of wind farms attempt to prove that wind turbines harm human health. A report released by the Energy and Policy Institute documents how health impacts claims by wind energy MORE    added: Saturday, Sep. 27, 2014

Blue Dot Movement rolls across Canada (OCT 6 for our area)

Blue Dot Movement rolls across Canada (OCT 6 for our area)

The events, in 20 cities across Canada, promise to be fun and entertaining, but there's a serious purpose: To start a national conversation and movement to make sure we all look after this land that gives us so much. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014

Solar and Wind Outshine Fossil Fuels

A major U.S. investment bank’s latest analysis shows that even without subsidies, wind and solar energy are on track to be competitive with fossil-fuel and nuclear power sources in the U.S. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014

Beijing Hosts Debut of Formula E as Engines Whir Rather Than Roar

BEIJING — The world’s first fully electric motor racing series, featuring battery-powered racecars that can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in three seconds, opened here Saturday aims to inspire developments in electric car technology and attract MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014

UN Climate Summit Heats Up Discussion on Global Warming, Carbon Emissions

From the 400,000+ People's March to the Rockefeller's divesting from fossil fuels and investing in renewables, the UN Climate Summit in NYC scored big attention. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014

China Turns to Geothermal Energy To Tackle Carbon Emissions

As China scrambles to reduce its carbon impact, it has set gears in motion to develop its geothermal resources. China has realized both its need for rapid renewable development & a reduction in carbon emissions, and announced plans for a geothermal ener MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014

Transition to a clean energy economy - RECORD letter to the editor

Demonstrators in Waterloo call for action to fight climate change — Sept. 22 - The article understated the seriousness of the climate crisis by suggesting that it's mainly "the animals" that need to be protected from climate change - In fact, we humans MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 24, 2014

World carbon pollution up by nearly 800 million tons in 2013, mostly from China, U.S., India - SEE LINK TO CARBON MAP

The world pumped an estimated 36.1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air last year by burning coal, oil and gas. That is 706 million tonnes or 2.3 per cent more than the previous year. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 24, 2014

Obama says he’s ready to lead on climate

The most heartening thing by far was that our president did assume the U.S.’s proper place as a leader in global climate negotiations. Obama was greeted by warm applause, and got the day’s only applause line during a speech, when he said, “Just a few min MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 24, 2014

Open Season: Japanese Government Seeks to Deregulate Utility Market, Boost Renewables

Japanese customers will soon have another option. Homeowners & businesses unable to install their own systems will be able to purchase green electricity from existing installations, & those solar electricity providers will receive similar benefits MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014

Germany meets 75% of the domestic electricity demand with renewables

At 2 pm on August 18th the combined output of renewables in Germany amounted to 41 GW, enough to provide 75% of all the domestic power needed at that time. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014

Desmond Tutu: It’s Time to ‘Move Beyond the Fossil Fuel Era’

This weekend, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a long-time advocate for the environment, released a powerful video urging the world leaders in New York City for the UN Climate Summit to “move beyond the fossil fuel era.” MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014

China reclaims the top spot for renewables energy investment

“China’s government is placing increased emphasis on renewable energy as the country battles pollution, ushering in new market opportunities for foreign investors. Aggressive policy targets, an increased focus on consolidation and the roll-out of pilot MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014

New Report Shows America’s Schools Saving Money by Going Solar

In a report card deserving of the honor roll, a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind new study says America’s K-12 schools have shown explosive growth in their use of solar energy over the last decade, soaring from 303 kW) of installed cap to 457,000 kW MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 22, 2014

Naomi Klein makes the case in her new book 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate' - Global warming is the defining issue of our era

According to Klein, climate change is not a problem that can be solved by markets or industry. Instead, it will require a massive reorganization of our political, economic, and social systems – one that, by both practical and moral necessity, must be dri MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 22, 2014

The Feed-in Tariff is better than is commonly understood

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) has proven to be the most successful policy for climate protection and sustainable development. As the cornerstone of overwhelming renewable energy development worldwide, it has resulted in significant greenhouse gas emission red MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 22, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, hundreds of thousands flood the streets of New York City to demand climate action, Formula E racing roars into Beijing, and we debut the definitive annual handbook to the global energy revolution.

This week in Clean Energy Review, hundreds of thousands flood the streets of New York City to demand climate action, Formula E racing roars into Beijing, and we debut the definitive annual handbook to the global energy revolution.

Leading economies and companies are working to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels for transportation, heat, and electricity and replace those fuels with renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, and water. That’s the lead finding of our new report MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 22, 2014

'What's Possible': The U.N. Climate Summit Opening Film - The inspirational film debuts Sept. 23 at the U.N. and on TakePart.

Presented to world leaders at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York, this short inspirational film shows that climate change is solvable. We have the technology to harness nature sustainably for a clean, prosperous energy future, but only if MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 22, 2014

Germany Reached Nearly 75% Renewable Power Use On This Sunday May 2014

En route to its 2050 Energiewende goal of 80% of the nation’s power being supplied by renewables, especially spurred on by the phaseout of nuclear reactors, Germany broke another renewable energy record on Sunday, May 11, 2014 - almost 75% renewable MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 22, 2014

Waterloo demonstrators call for action to fight climate change - Record article and much more

Waterloo demonstrators call for action to fight climate change - Record article and much more

If Waterloo had 200-plus participants, then the main climate march in New York City was brimming with 100,000 calling for government commitments to climate action before the United Nations Climate Summit held this week. But on a smaller stage — far from MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 22, 2014

Al Gore is still trying to save us, one graph at a time

The Climate Reality Project, which Gore founded and chairs, put on the live marathon webcast from Tuesday noon to Wednesday noon EST. California’s commitment to energy efficiency has caused its energy use to flatline while energy use has risen elsewhere MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

Transforming the Transportation Industry with Renewable Energy

Regenerative braking in transportation is a renewable energy solution that helps make the world a bit greener and deserves greater attention for the benefits it can deliver. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

Verizon Investing $13.8M in New Solar Projects

Building upon the successful launch of its on-site green energy program in 2013, Verizon this year is investing more than $13 million to expand the program at three company locations across New Jersey. This year, Verizon will install 3.5 megawatts of new MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

This legendary accounting firm ran the numbers on climate change

With every year that passes, we’re getting further away from averting a human-caused climate disaster. That’s the key message in this year’s “Low Carbon Economy Index,” a report released by the accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Carbon fee-and-dividend system needed - Waterloo Region Record letter to the editor

I think the most elegant solution to the climate crisis is to implement a carbon fee-and-dividend system. A recent study by Regional Economic Models, Inc. examined a tax on the carbon-dioxide content of fossil fuels in the United States. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Preventing climate change and adapting to it are not morally equivalent

Climate hawks are familiar with the framing of climate policy credited to White House science advisor John Holdren, to wit: We will respond to climate change with some mix of mitigation, adaptation, and suffering; all that remains to be determined is MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Why we’re getting ready to march for climate change - On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan.

Why we’re getting ready to march for climate change - On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan.

It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, & one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. More than 1,000 groups are coordinating the march — environmental justice groups, faith groups, labor MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Heffner Lexus Toyota Scion Completes Solar Installation Atop Dealership

With over 800 panels, the state-of-the-art installation will generate approximately 275,000 kWh annually for at least the next 20 years – enough energy to power approx. 26 homes per year. The installation offsets 190 metric tons of carbon annually. MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, clean-power investors fret over Scotland's referendum, Google helps a one-time California gas and oil field get a shiny silicon makeover, and the fast-shifting global power market sends policy makers scrambling.

This week in Clean Energy Review, clean-power investors fret over Scotland's referendum, Google helps a one-time California gas and oil field get a shiny silicon makeover, and the fast-shifting global power market sends policy makers scrambling.

WHAT’S THE HOLDUP WITH ONTARIO OFFSHORE WIND? The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment wants to know. The organization noted that almost nothing has happened with the resource since the province declared a moratorium in February 2011. MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

One Electric Utility Is Carbon Neutral Today

It’s one thing to own your utility and have a commitment to renewable energy, but it’s another thing to deliver. The municipal utility in Palo Alto, CA, set an ambitious target of 33 percent renewable energy by 2015 and to ultimately deliver a carbon neu MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

Solar Makers Set for Record 2014 Shipments on Strong Demand

NEW YORK -- Solar manufacturers are set to ship a record number of panels this year, with the largest makers expected to deliver 52 percent more panel between them than 2013. MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

My journey to the end of the world to see the impossible: 100% self-sufficient and renewable

El Hierro is the most westerly island of the Canary Islands, a speck of Spain off the coast of Africa where close to 11,000 people make their home. It is one of the world’s key bio-sphere reserves with innumerable microclimates, very little fresh water, MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

Do not buy oceanfront property

The Canadian couple on my television screen tours a small home on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. The couple, on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt, are hoping to buy a vacation home for $300,000 or less — something in a secure neighborhood and MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

Energy Efficient Set-Top Boxes Saving Consumers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

A new report released today shows that the voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers & energy efficiency advocates has saved American consumers approximately $168 million in energy MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

Mount Polley: A wake-up call for Canada's mining industry

Mount Polley: A wake-up call for Canada's mining industry

When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an "extremely rare" occurrence, the MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

This legendary accounting firm ran the numbers on climate change

With every year that passes, we’re getting further away from averting a human-caused climate disaster. That’s the key message in this year’s “Low Carbon Economy Index,” a report released by the accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. MORE    added: Sunday, Sep. 14, 2014

Former Ontario coal-fired power plant now burning 100% biomass - The Atikokan Generating Station in Ontario is now fully operating on biomass.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) began a coal-to-biomass conversion on the plant in mid-2012. The project included the construction of two silos that can each store up to 5,000 tonnes of wood pellets, modifications to the boiler and a new distributed contr MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

Prescription for health: fight global warming

Prescription for health: fight global warming

What if we could reduce worldwide deaths from disease, starvation and disaster while improving the health of people everywhere? According to the World Health Organization, we can. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

World's Poorest Regions Get a Boost in Renewable Energy Financing

- Out of an almost record lending total of $9.445 billion, over two-thirds of the World Bank Group’s energy financing for FY14 was concentrated in regions facing the largest energy deficits — Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014

THE GRID - Rethinking Energy

THE GRID - Rethinking Energy

An International Renewable Energy Agency report concludes clean energy has grown 85 percent in 10 years, and equipment costs are still plummeting. Renewables are now squarely in the mainstream, but we still need to double output to head off catastrophic MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014

Kincardine nuclear waste site hearings re-open

Starting Tuesday, the panel will spend two weeks examining Ontario Power Generation’s proposal to bury 200,000 cubic metres of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste beside the Bruce nuclear station, on the shore of Lake Huron. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014

The Inevitability of Solar

Humankind’s habits and refusal to rapidly change to clean sources of energy and to conserve have accelerated the earth’s warming to the point where a making a change in energy sourcing behavior is critical. Luckily, the sun is not a scarce resource. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Nevada wins the clean-energy-economy poker game, Vancouver and Calgary lead on rapid-transit investment, and a British fashion superstar and climate-action champion puts her money where her mouth is ... and more.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Nevada wins the clean-energy-economy poker game, Vancouver and Calgary lead on rapid-transit investment, and a British fashion superstar and climate-action champion puts her money where her mouth is ... and more.

FAITH GROUPS UNITE ON DIVESTMENT: A consortium of Canadian faith communities teamed up to launch Fossil Free Faith—a digital platform supporting churches, mosques, synagogues, and others exploring fossil divestment and clean-energy reinvestment. MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 8, 2014

China just got serious about global warming. Now we’re really out of excuses.

Over the weekend, China announced it was moving forward with plans for a massive, nationwide cap-and-trade program intended to help combat global warming. Here’s why China is doing this now, and what we know about the plan so far. MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 8, 2014

Quebec and Ontario Cozy Up On Clean Energy and Climate

In addition to putting climate change squarely on their priority list—along with trade, infrastructure, and joint cabinet meetings—the Premiers made some promising commitments on climate and energy. Those include: MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 8, 2014

US Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 5, 2014

A little advice - Premier Kathleen Wynne has asked TD Bank Pres. Ed Clark how the province can “optimize” assets like the LCBO and Ontario Power Generation (OPG)in order to help slay the province’s deficit.

A little advice - Premier Kathleen Wynne has asked TD Bank Pres. Ed Clark how the province can “optimize” assets like the LCBO and Ontario Power Generation (OPG)in order to help slay the province’s deficit.

We don’t know a whole lot about selling beer & wine , but when it comes to OPG, we had a few words of advice for Mr. Clark: - Stop this underperforming crown corp from wasting more money on bloated nuclear projects. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2014

Irreversible Damage Seen From Climate Change in UN Leak

Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there’ faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions blamed for climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2014

“Premiers Endorse Climate Change Plan,” Sean McCarthy and Jane Taber, The Globe and Mail, August 29, 2014.

“Premiers Endorse Climate Change Plan,” Sean McCarthy and Jane Taber, The Globe and Mail, August 29, 2014.

On Friday, as Canadians counted down to the Labour Day long weekend, Canada’s premiers struck a landmark agreement that will place carbon reduction and clean energy at the core of the draft Canadian Energy Strategy. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2014

Fukushima disaster bill more than $105bn, double earlier estimate

Fukushima disaster bill more than $105bn, double earlier estimate

"The costs for the accident are designed to be borne by the people through taxes and utility bills," Oshima said. The figure does not include costs for the final disposal of radioactive substances, compensation, decontamination and plant decommissioning. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2014

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: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014

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: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014

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: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014

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: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014

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: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

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: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

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: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

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: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

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: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

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: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

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: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

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: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

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: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

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: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

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: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

? 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: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

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: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

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: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

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: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

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: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

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: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

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: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

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: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

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: Friday, Jul. 25, 2014

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: Friday, Jul. 25, 2014

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: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

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: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

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: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

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: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

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: Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Electric cars have come a long way, baby

Electric cars are heading full blast into the future. The Tesla Model S electric car has received the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine's automotive testing (tied with a Lexus) - plus much more news MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Ottawa invests in electric-vehicle chargers, Germany sends climate relief to the developing world, and Australia falls into a

This week in Clean Energy Review, Ottawa invests in electric-vehicle chargers, Germany sends climate relief to the developing world, and Australia falls into a "perfect storm of stupidity."

OTTAWA GIVES EV CHARGING A BOOST: Partnering with B.C. Hydro, the federal government invested CAD$4.1 million in 300 urban electric-vehicle charging stations, 30 fast-charging stations along highways, and a charging-data collection network. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

The CBC is poised to dramatically scale back production of its cutting-edge documentaries.

Tell the CBC to preserve its reputation for "fearless journalism" and keep making high-quality, important and edgy in-house documentaries. SIGN THE PETITION MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

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: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

Lake Huron is no place for a nuclear waste dump

Lake Huron is no place for a nuclear waste dump

Is dilution really the solution to pollution — especially when it's nuclear waste that can stay radioactive for 100,000 years? A four-member expert group told a federal joint review panel it is. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

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. MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

Ontarians have no excuse for being naive about nuclear - and much more....

Ontarians have no excuse for being naive about nuclear - and much more....

Given what we now know about the cost of nuclear power, why is Ontario ready to throw good money after bad to refurbish the Darlington Nuclear plant? With the Darlington refurbishment, Ontario risks another half-century or more of crippling debt to produ MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

A Tesla for the rest of us? Elon Musk dishes on the new, cheaper model

But a more affordable Tesla is on the way. CEO Elon Musk recently announced that a new model, called the 3, will start at around $35,000. The 3 is set to be on sale by 2017. MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

China Requires Electric Vehicles to Make Up 30 Percent of State Purchases

SHANGHAI -- China is mandating that electric cars make up at least 30 percent of government vehicle purchases by 2016, the latest measure to fight pollution and cut energy use after exempting the autos from a purchase tax. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014

June Bloom: Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014, Q2 Update

June brought a strong recovery to clean energy stocks and the market in general. The broad market benchmark IWM put on 7.2 percent, reversing its previous loss for the year to enter the 4th of July holiday up 4.7 percent. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014

In Iowa, solar is fighting back against utilities and winning

The most recent evidence is a decision last week in Iowa’s Supreme Court, that has big implications for solar, both in the Midwest and elsewhere. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014

What’s in it for Quebec? One of the questions we frequently hear about the idea of increasing water imports to Ontario is “What’s in it for Quebec?”

What’s in it for Quebec? One of the questions we frequently hear about the idea of increasing water imports to Ontario is “What’s in it for Quebec?”

As it turns out, quite a bit. According to the Commission sur les enjeux énergétiques du Québec, which looked into the province’s energy future in 2013, the province will be exporting the majority of its power at low prices (about 3 cents per kWh) MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014

Why EVs Are Charging Into the Future

There are no shortage of reasons why you should embrace electric vehicles now or at least make plans to do so. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014

Report: States are prepared to cut emissions from power plants

A new report conducted by Analysis Group’s electric industry and economic experts finds that states are well positioned to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014

BP's Latest Estimate Says World's Oil Will Last 53.3 Years

BP’s annual report on proved global oil reserves says that as of the end of 2013, Earth has nearly 1.688 trillion barrels of crude, which will last 53.3 yrs at current rates of extraction. This figure is 1.1 percent higher than that of the previous year MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, the United Nations offers a technology pathway for the Paris talks, British Columbia’s carbon tax garners a gold star, and an abandoned mine preps for its new solar bling.

This week in Clean Energy Review, the United Nations offers a technology pathway for the Paris talks, British Columbia’s carbon tax garners a gold star, and an abandoned mine preps for its new solar bling.

TECHNOLOGY COULD SAVE US YET, SAYS UNITED NATIONS REPORT - Salvation, however, will depend on major world economies investing hugely in clean energy, according to Pathways to Deep Decarbonization, an interim report by the U.N.’s Sustainable Development MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

Apple Widens Its Solar Energy Footprint

Apple has reportedly purchased another parcel of land to build a third solar farm near its Maiden, N.C. data center. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

What Cost Shift? New Study Shows Solar’s Value to Grid

A new, independent study prepared for the Nevada Public Utilities Commission estimates that the grid benefits of rooftop solar systems installed in the state through 2016 will outweigh costs by more than $36 million, confirming that solar energy can prov MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

Climate change is flooding out American coastlines

Hurricane Arthur is no more than a holiday-dampening memory in the minds of many East Coast residents and visitors. But the 4.5-foot storm surge it produced along parts of North Carolina’s shoreline on July 4 was a reminder that such tempests don’t need MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

Addressing global warming is an economic necessity

Addressing global warming is an economic necessity

In failing to act on global warming, many leaders are putting jobs and economic prosperity at risk, according to recent studies. It's suicidal, both economically and literally, to focus on the fossil fuel industry's limited, short-term economic benefits MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

Environment watchdog warns Ontario must do more to combat climate change

TORONTO — Ontario's Liberal government has done virtually nothing to address climate change beyond boasting about its move to stop burning coal to generate electricity, the province's environmental watchdog said Wednesday. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 11, 2014

Researchers Developing Supercomputer to Tackle Grid Challenges

"Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry & the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, & no single entity provides a better tool for such data than the Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014

Distributed Wind Energy: The New Cash Crop

Distributed wind is just beginning to take off as a viable alternative for farmers, small businesses, and residents in more rural areas. This recent uptick is due in large part to new leasing models becoming available to businesses and property owners — n MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014

Obama May Consider Power Plant Rule That Tests Clean Air Act

The Obama administration is considering cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants by reaching beyond the plants themselves — an unusual approach that could run afoul of anti-pollution laws. Power plants account for 40 percent of the 2.2 billion MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014

Solar Gold Rush: Deutsche Bank to Lend $1 Billion for Japan Solar

TOKYO -- Deutsche Bank AG plans to lend about $1 billion for Japan solar projects, joining Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in funding cleaner energy as the government struggles to restart nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014

The untold story of environmental rights

The untold story of environmental rights

Something is wrong in Cochrane, Alberta. People are getting sick, animals are dying & the landscape is becoming scarred. This is “Broken Ground”, the story of why we desperately need the right to live in a healthy environment recognized for all Canadians MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014

Zero-energy house of the future could be lurking in your neighborhood

Wondering what houses will look like in the future? Wonder no longer! Gaze upon the net-zero energy test house built by the National Institute of Standards and Technology MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014

Solar facility at Indianapolis Motor Speedway enters operation

The facility is the largest solar farm at any sporting facility in the world, according to IMS, and features 39,312 solar modules on 68 acres. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014

Are We There Yet? The Positioning and Repositioning of the Algae Industry

Many parents have heard the plaintive wail from the backseat, early in some long journey by car to some exciting place destination: “Are we there yet?” Here we look at algae’s promise in 2008 and progress now. Has the industry repositioned? MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014

With Gigafactory, Tesla Could Become More American Than Ford

The factory could boost the American-made content right up to 90% by building the batteries in America. Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico are all courting Elon Musk in a bid to bring some 6,500 jobs to a state-of-the-art battery facility. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014

Darlington re-build over budget before a single shovel hits the ground Here we go again. Send a letter to Premier Wynne here asking her to dump Darlington.

Darlington re-build over budget before a single shovel hits the ground Here we go again. Send a letter to Premier Wynne here asking her to dump Darlington.

We can save billions of dollars by combining strong energy efficiency efforts, local renewable power, combined heat and power in buildings like schools and hospitals, and water power imports from Quebec instead of wasting another dime on Darlington. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014

Barbados Is Beating the U.S. on Road to Renewables

For Barbadian’s, the cost savings from solar are becoming too obvious to miss. A thermal water heater, which retails for $2,300. U.S., pays for itself in lower electricity bills in less than two years. Electricity prices are more than 4 times that of US. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014

Canadian Solar's ‘boring engineer’ has his day in the sun with annual revenue closing in on $3-billion.

Behind this low-key facade, however, is an extraordinary story of a poor Chinese immigrant who came to Canada to advance his education, then created from scratch what has become one of the world’s largest and most successful solar energy firms. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Al Gore argues that we're approaching a climate-action tipping point, Ontario freshens up the currently oil-scented Canadian energy strategy conversation, and the United States opens a $4 billion low-carbon credit line.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Al Gore argues that we're approaching a climate-action tipping point, Ontario freshens up the currently oil-scented Canadian energy strategy conversation, and the United States opens a $4 billion low-carbon credit line.

NOT JUST ABOUT THE PIPES: In last week’s Speech From the Throne, Ontario’s recently re-elected government pledged to push for a Canadian energy strategy that would focus more on climate change, conservation, and renewables than pipelines and fossil fuels MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014

New Kitchener electric car station a sign of the times - RECORD Local article.

WATERLOO— Nariman Eghtedari began thinking about buying an electric car a couple of years ago, since he liked the idea of saving money on gas & doing less harm to the environment. Now that he owns one, he'd never consider going back to a gas-powered car. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014

It's time to save the bees and ban neonic pesticides

It's time to save the bees and ban neonic pesticides

Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other po MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014

Most Canadians, 76 per cent, still think we should be moving away from fossil fuels and towards cleaner energy.

Most Canadians, 76 per cent, still think we should be moving away from fossil fuels and towards cleaner energy.

We commissioned respected polling firm Environics to ask Canadians how important they thought the tar sands are to our economy, and what they really wanted for Canada's energy and economic future. And the findings were interesting. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014

Global Solar Expansion: Mega Solar PV Manufacturing Plants (Reportedly) in the Works from East to West

From the Far East to the West, the solar PV industry is making manufacturing plans again. Does this mean that solar manufacturing is back on track for unbridled success? MORE    added: Saturday, Jul. 5, 2014

Political will needed to tackle climate change

You know things are bad when such Wall Street luminaries as former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and former U.S. treasury secretary Hank Paulson put their names on a climate change report, aptly named Risky Business. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 4, 2014

Ohio's Clean Energy Law is Key to Unlocking Carbon Reductions

Ohio has a carbon intensity reduction target of 22 percent by 2020, and 28 percent by 2030. Expressed as lbs/MWh, Ohio’s starting point is 1,850, which is reduced to 1,452 by 2020, and 1,338 by 2030. MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 3, 2014

Georgia Coal-to-Solar Shift Shows the Way on Obama Climate Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Georgia small-business owner Julian Smith keeps hearing that the Obama administration’s latest climate regulations will drive up local electric bills. He doesn’t believe the prediction, but he isn’t arguing: The fears are doing wonder MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 3, 2014

China Becomes World's Largest PV Market

The global PV market saw 38.7 GW of new capacity installed in 2013, bringing the cumulative installed PV capacity to 140.6 GW, the report said. New PV installations in China saw the addition of 12 GW in 2013, up 232 percent year on year, demonstrating th MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 3, 2014

B.C. put a price on carbon. What happened next will surprise you

The B.C. carbon tax is built on a simple tenet of human behavior: When the price of something goes up, people will consume less of it. As a result, British Columbia’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions are now nearly 20 % below the rest of Canada’s. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014

Renewables to Receive Lion's Share of $7.7 Trillion in Global Power Funding

LONDON -- Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014

Nautricity, Fundy Tidal Teaming up for Nova Scotia Ocean Energy Project

DIGBY, Nova Scotia, Canada Ocean energy developers Nautricity Ltd. and Fundy Tidal Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a 500 kW tidal power project in Nova Scotia's Petit Passage. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014

Out of land and almost underwater, the country of Kiribati may move to Fiji

The people of Kiribati, a group of islands in the Pacific ocean particularly exposed to climate change, now own a possible refuge elsewhere. President Anote Tong has recently finalised the purchase of 20 sq km on Vanua Levu, a Fiji island, 2000km away MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014

POLICY ACTION COULD BOOST GDP BY $2.6 TRILLION, WORLD BANK FINDS

POLICY ACTION COULD BOOST GDP BY $2.6 TRILLION, WORLD BANK FINDS

Leadership on climate disruption would boost the global economy by up to $2.6 trillion per year by 2030, according to a major World Bank report published this week. Other benefits include new jobs, increased crop productivity, and improved public health. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014

Toyota aims to take initiative in fuel cell vehicle market

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. says it will begin selling a fuel-cell vehicle this fiscal year as it aims to take the initiative in the prospective market for next-generation eco-friendly vehicles. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014

Federal climate change report warns of economic, health impacts - Governments not doing enough to help Canadians adapt to damages of global warming.

A report by Natural Resources Canada warns of increasing extreme weather events such as storms, droughts, forest fires, heat waves and floods. MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014

Electric cars will dominate future highways, panelists say at the Energy & Environment Forum in Waterloo

WATERLOO – The electric-car future has arrived. There are not many fully electric cars on the road now – about 7,100 across Canada – but they will almost inevitably become commonplace, people attending a panel discussion were told on Tuesday in Waterloo MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014

World Bank Says ‘Climate Smart’ Policies Boost Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Policies aimed at curbing climate change can boost economic growth, create jobs and save millions of lives, according to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014

Here's to a radical Canada Day! Oh, Canada, what will become of you?

Here's to a radical Canada Day! Oh, Canada, what will become of you?

In 2007, our prime minister called climate change "perhaps the greatest threat to the future of humanity." Now he says, "No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy jobs & growth in their country." MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014

Republican Leaders Threaten Another Government Shutdown Over Climate Action

Instead of voting on straightforward bills to fund government operations, GOP lawmakers held the appropriation bills hostage with unrelated amendments. These riders would block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from addressing climate change MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014

Climate change is the next market crash, says former Treasury secretary

It’s not every day that a Republican finance guy — one who remembers George W. Bush as a “terrific boss” — writes an op-ed in The New York Times imploring the nation to set up a carbon tax. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014

"The time for an in-depth discussion between the two provinces (Ontario and Quebec) may well have come."

The central issue facing Ontario’s electricity system - whether to rebuild the Bruce & Darlington nuclear power plants. Are there less expensive & less risky alternatives? This op ed explores the advantages of ON purchasing water power from QC. -Ott Cit MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014

Alberta needs a strategy to end its dependence on coal - Alberta's electricity emits 60 per cent more carbon for every kilowatt hour than the U.S. average.

Alberta needs a strategy to end its dependence on coal - Alberta's electricity emits 60 per cent more carbon for every kilowatt hour than the U.S. average.

Obama's actions pose a major challenge for our international reputation & competitiveness: while the U.S. is now taking action on its largest source of carbon pollution — coal-fired electricity — we have yet to act on our biggest emissions problem going MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014

How to not lose your shirt when the climate goes bust

The U.S. climate is paying the price today for business decisions made a long time ago …… as are a lot of businesses. Roads, infrastructure, utilities, and supply chains are already having to be rebuilt, and they’ll have to be again if they aren’t plan MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014

Renewables Provide 88 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in May 2014

According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower provided 88.2 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generation in May. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014

Code Breakers: Turning Carbon Emissions into a Revenue Stream

Skyonic company is aiming to take carbon emissions and turn them into limestone (an approximately $400 billion annual global industry, according to the company), and use it for making everything from paper and glass to paint and cement. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014

German solar generation-consumption breaks three records within two weeks

The latest analysis from the Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute shows that photovoltaic systems generated a record 24.24 GW between 1 and 2 pm on Friday, June 6 and a total of 1.26 TWh over the entire week equaling 50.6 percent of demand MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014

Northern Gateway makes no sense - Record letter to the editor

We now have the interesting situation where while announcing approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline through British Columbia, Stephen Harper's government distances itself from it. Has Harper finally seen the light? MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014

California Investing Millions to Build Hundreds of EV Charging Stations

The California Energy Commission approved funding for cutting-edge clean energy projects at its monthly business meeting yesterday, including money for hundreds of electric vehicle charging stations, an innovative natural gas fuel tank, and emerging but MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014

This week - Harley Davidson tests out a fleet of electric bikes, wind-farm crowdfinancing reaches new heights in U.K., New York lands one of the largest solar-panel plants in the world. CLINTON TO CANADA: LET’S SEIZE THE DAY ON CLEANER ENERGY

This week - Harley Davidson tests out a fleet of electric bikes, wind-farm crowdfinancing reaches new heights in U.K., New York lands one of the largest solar-panel plants in the world. CLINTON TO CANADA: LET’S SEIZE THE DAY ON CLEANER ENERGY

Clinton said Canada & the United States need to seize the moment to become global leaders in cleaner energy. “Our relationship would get deeper and stronger & put us in a position to global leaders in energy & climate change if we worked together" MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014

Jon Stewart explains how to make GOP senators care about climate

The fact that Environmental Protection Agency administrators who served under Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush all think global warming is real and we should do something about it. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014

Glencairn Church in Kitchener celebrates launch of Solar Panels with a fitting 'GLENCAIRN GOES SOLAR' cake

Glencairn Church in Kitchener celebrates launch of Solar Panels with a fitting 'GLENCAIRN GOES SOLAR' cake

Sunday, June 8th at 11 am Glencairn Mennonite Brethren Church officially launched their new solar panels as a testament of their concern for CREATION CARE - the last of five faith communities participating in the CREW administrated SOLAR CITY program MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014

Tesla Targets Pan-Europe Charging Network After German Expansion

BERLIN -- Tesla Motors Inc. plans to expand its network of fast-charging stations to enable owners of the Model S sedan to drive across Europe by the end of this year. MORE    added: Saturday, Jun. 21, 2014

Pipeline approval flies in the face of democracy and global warming

Pipeline approval flies in the face of democracy and global warming

There was little doubt the federal government would approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, regardless of public opposition or evidence presented against it. The prime minister indicated he wanted the pipeline built before the Joint Revie MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 20, 2014

Attention, Hells Angels: Your electric Harley is now ready

The idea of Harley building an electric motorcycle is akin to the Amish having a space program. But that’s just what the company is doing, touring the country with a prototype electric bike called Project Livewire. MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 20, 2014

Chevrolet Volt Owners Surpass Half a Billion Electric Miles

After 30 months of use, a sampling of Volts shows consistent all-electric range - The 2014 Volt provides owners with fuel economy of EPA estimated 98 MPGe (electric) and 35 city/40 highway on gasoline power, saving $1,450 in annual fuel costs MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014

Sitting at the Tip of the Iceberg: The Huge Potential of Energy Storage

According to the global research firm IHS, the U.S. energy storage market will grow to 1.7 gigawatts in 2017 and should hit 2.5 GW by 2020. This impressive growth is in part due to the rapid expansion of distributed solar and supportive legislation set MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014

View of the Election On the electricity front, we shifted the agenda, and we’re optimistic that we’ll make good progress with the government elect.

View of the Election On the electricity front, we shifted the agenda, and we’re optimistic that we’ll make good progress with the government elect.

With your help we delivered thousands of emails to each of the parties, and distributed 100,000 election leaflets pushing our agenda of conservation and water power imports to replace the Darlington rebuild project. We're on a roll - thanks for all your h MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014

This magic bus recharges while you dig for your fare

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) have developed an electric bus that can recharge itself in just 15 seconds at a stop in what’s being called “flash” recharging. It’s a green infrastructure alternative that provides buses th MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014

Delta Signs with Carbon War Room to Advance Renewable Jet Fuel

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Digest has learned that Delta Air Lines is partnering with the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit organization founded by Sir Richard Branson, in an effort to accelerate low-carbon jet fuel production worldwide. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014

Northern Gateway: Not now. Not ever. Yesterday that the federal government rubber stamped Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline.

Northern Gateway: Not now. Not ever. Yesterday that the federal government rubber stamped Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline.

It’s disappointing (& incredible) that the government ignored the voices of First Nations, British Columbians, the B.C. government, scientists & millions of citizens who said no to this risky pipeline project. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014

Now Elon Musk wants to revolutionize solar panel production - the world’s biggest and most advanced solar panel factory could be built in the U.S. in the coming years.

Ultimately, Musk says, he wants to develop such advanced panels and manufacture them at such high volumes that fossil fuels simply cannot compete. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014

Facing serious climate impacts, some Muslims put their faith in going green

Facing serious climate impacts, some Muslims put their faith in going green

This comic was produced by Years of Living Dangerously and Symbolia Magazine. You can read more of their comics exploring the impacts of climate change here. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014

SOS: The Next Challenge - Joint Review Panel Hearings to Resume on OPG’s Proposed Low- and Intermediate-Level Radioactive Waste DGR Sited for Kincardine, Ontario

SOS: The Next Challenge - Joint Review Panel Hearings to Resume on OPG’s Proposed Low- and Intermediate-Level Radioactive Waste DGR Sited for Kincardine, Ontario

While Saugeen Shores has in one sense been "saved" — the municipality was struck from the NWMO's list of potential sites for a DGR for used nuclear fuel in January — the members of our citizens' group, Save Our Saugeen Shores, realize the larger fight ag MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014

Say no to increase in fixed monthly hydro charges

Say no to increase in fixed monthly hydro charges

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is proposing to dramatically increase the fixed monthly customer charges for Ontario’s residential electricity consumers. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014

Plans to build and operate the world’s largest solar power project (Kyocera) on the island of Ukujima (Sasebo City, Nagasaki Pref., Japan).

Photovolt Development Partners GmbH, Kyocera Corporation, Kyudenko Corporation, ORIX Corporation, and Mizuho Bank, Ltd. announced that they have reached a basic agreement to investigate the possibility of operating a 430-megawatt (MW) solar power project MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014

Ontarians voted for a brighter future - Record letter to the editor - Glen Woolner

I received material from the political parties during the provincial election campaign that contained few facts and little truth. I was totally turned off. It appears by Thursday's election results, I wasn't alone. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014

First ever World Cup game played at a solar-powered stadium in Brazil

Martifer Solar built the rooftop PV plant as part of the Minas Solar 2014 program for CEMIG and their partners, German bank kfW and Minas Arena. The 1.4 MW plant offset 139.7 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, which is sufficient energy to power MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Tesla Motors open-sources all of its patents, Ontario's Green Energy Act survives its biggest test to date, and wind power proves its potential in Canada's oil patch.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Tesla Motors open-sources all of its patents, Ontario's Green Energy Act survives its biggest test to date, and wind power proves its potential in Canada's oil patch.

TESLA LIBERATES ITS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Saying that "it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis," the firm's CEO released its patents to the public domain. "We believe that Tesla, other companies making MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 16, 2014

Google Aims To "Fundamentally Change the World of Power"

According to sources familiar with the company, Google has set its sights on transforming the delivery of electrons. MORE    added: Sunday, Jun. 15, 2014

Your clothes dryer is a huge energy waster

Buy a new major appliance today and it’ll be a lot more energy efficient than what was on the market 20 or 30 years ago. Unless, that is, you’re buying a dryer. MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 13, 2014

When cranky crude rides the rails, who should know?

In the last two years, this newfangled American crude from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota has shown a distressing propensity for exploding when it is loaded on trains and shipped cross-country. This seems to be caused by a variety of factors: old train MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014

Finally, an electric car that crushes all the others (literally)

Finally, an electric car that crushes all the others (literally)

“Man, I love monster truck rallies. They may be my favorite thing in the whole wild world. But they’re not very green.” Well, Bigfoot No. 20 is here to prove that just because your feet are big, that doesn’t mean your carbon footprint has to be. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014

Is a greener oil industry possible? David Poritz thinks so

David Poritz is the founder of Equitable Origin (EO), an organization that’s developed a gold standard, socially and environmentally speaking, for oil and gas extraction sites. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

Waste-to-energy power plant in the works in Ontario that will process up to 170,000 tonnes of waste into syngas to be used in gas engines to generate electricity.

Port Fuels & Materials Services Inc. is building the 20-MW plant in the Port of Hamilton, Canada. UK-based Advanced Plasma Power (APP) signed a £20 million ($33.6 million) contract to supply its technology to a waste-to-energy power plant in Ontario. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

This Thursday, Ontario voters will choose their next provincial government - many of the major issues being discussed – from transit to energy costs – really are environmental issues.

This Thursday, Ontario voters will choose their next provincial government - many of the major issues being discussed – from transit to energy costs – really are environmental issues.

Environmental Defence - along with other environmental groups, created this SCORECARD, to make it easy for you to compare the platforms and plans of the four major parties on key environmental issues. Check it out! MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

Buffett To Double Down on Renewable Energy Investments - The billionaire plans to plow an additional $15 billion into wind and solar in the future.

Warren Buffett briefly lost track of how many billions of dollars his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is spending to build wind and solar power in the U.S. That didn’t stop him from vowing to double the outlay. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

Community Power - Good for our community. Good for our province. Good for our planet! Getting out THE VOTE

Community Power - Good for our community. Good for our province. Good for our planet! Getting out THE VOTE

There is a stark choice facing Ontario in this election. Stay on track with our vision of a clean, green, healthy province that is a leader in developing renewable energy and green jobs or turn our back on the fastest growing energy sector worldwide. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, clean-power capacity reaches a new high, Finland legislates deep carbon reductions, and Quebec's wind sector gets ready for le prochain chapitre.

This week in Clean Energy Review, clean-power capacity reaches a new high, Finland legislates deep carbon reductions, and Quebec's wind sector gets ready for le prochain chapitre.

On a global basis, renewable generation capacity reached a record high, with 1,560 GW brought online by the end of 2013—an 8.3 percent increase over the previous year. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014

It’s Election Time – Let’s Shape the Debate - Nuclear energy is far more responsible for driving up our electricity bills than renewable energy!

It’s Election Time – Let’s Shape the Debate - Nuclear energy is far more responsible for driving up our electricity bills than renewable energy!

Help us make nukes an election issue. Vote for clean low-cost water power from Quebec. Tell Ontario election candidates that you’re voting NO to the Darlington nuclear rebuild and YES to water power from Quebec. Read party leaders' responses to questions MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014

Let’s protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from oil and gas development!

Let’s protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from oil and gas development!

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is an exceptional, highly productive ecosystem that supports an abundance of plants and animals, including 2,200 marine species that spawn and migrate in its waters. It is at the heart of the economy of the surrounding provinces MORE    added: Sunday, Jun. 8, 2014

The ins and outs of oceans - June 8 is World Oceans Day

The ins and outs of oceans - June 8 is World Oceans Day

It's a fitting time to contemplate humanity's evolving relationship with the source of all life. For much of human history, we've affected marine ecosystems primarily by what we've taken out of the seas. The challenge as we encounter warming temperatures MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 6, 2014

JUNE NEWSLETTER - Ontario Heads Back to The Polls - Read on for A GOOD SOURCE OF INFORMATION

JUNE NEWSLETTER - Ontario Heads Back to The Polls - Read on for A GOOD SOURCE OF INFORMATION

Here we go Again… It’s official. There will be an election in Ontario in 2014. The present government has struggled to speak anything constructive for the last several years, and the venom in Queens Park has been growing rapidly of late. MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 6, 2014

Say no to Northern Gateway - The federal government is on the brink of making a decision on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline.

Say no to Northern Gateway - The federal government is on the brink of making a decision on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline.

First Nations and British Columbians have been clear that they do not want this high risk pipeline. This week, Environmental Defence, along with other organizations, sent a letter to B.C. decision-makers calling on them to tell Prime Minister Harper and MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014

This is how little it costs for states to go renewable - States can boost renewable energy capacity at bargain-basement prices, a new study finds.

Federal researchers examined the 29 states where renewable portfolio standards (RPS’s) have been in place for more than five years. They concluded that these standards, which require utilities to generate a certain percentage of power from clean sources, MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014

What’s the most efficient way to heat and cool my house?

Q. I’m building a house just south of Boston. What are my options for efficient heat/cooling? NOTE - This is a US article but completely applicable to us in Ontario. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014

New Carbon Pollution Standards Can Create 274,000 Jobs, Save $37 Billion on Energy Bills, Says Report

Carbon pollution standards for power plants — like the proposed standards that President Obama will unveil today — can protect our pocketbooks as well as our health, according to a new study. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014

Right idea, wrong target in last night’s provincial election debate

Right idea, wrong target in last night’s provincial election debate

PC Leader Tim Hudak pointed to the availability of low-cost, water power from Quebec as a way of reducing Ontario electricity bills saying that water power imports should be used to replace made-in-Ontario green power instead of high-cost nuclear. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014

Canadian meteorologists barred from talking about climate change

In the U.S., President Obama recently invited meteorologists to the White House to talk about climate change. In Canada, federal government meteorologists are banned from talking about climate change. But maybe that shouldn’t be a surprise in a country MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014

Even Republican voters support Obama’s new climate rule

Republican politicians are railing against President Obama’s new draft power-plant pollution rules, portraying them as job killers that will leave the economy in unrecognizable tatters. But their rank-and-file voters haven’t yet gotten the message. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014

OSEA's Fundraising Campaign in Support of Sustainable Energy in the 2014 Ontario Provincial Election

OSEA's Fundraising Campaign in Support of Sustainable Energy in the 2014 Ontario Provincial Election

Major parties are neck at neck in the polls. One of these parties has vowed to cancel the Green Energy Act & the FIT programs that have attracted over $24 billion in investment & created more than 42,000 new mfg & high tech jobs during economic crisis MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014

Obama’s New Carbon Plan Makes History for Clean Energy

Virginia, USA -- In a history-making move for clean energy, the Obama administration today, for the first time, proposed a rule to restrict carbon dioxide on existing power plants. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2014

The nine things you need to know about Obama’s new climate rules - perhaps the most important act of President Obama’s second term

These are the proposed rules that will require reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from existing electric power plants. Electric generation accounts for about 40 percent of current U.S. CO2 emissions. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2014

Rapid Solar Growth Offers Hope In Fight Against Climate Change

The news couldn’t have come at a better time. With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) poised to announce enhanced air quality standards for coal and natural-gas fired power plants next week, new figures released today show solar energy in America MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 2, 2014

Alberta, Canada Renewables Seen Cheaper Than Coal in Next Decades

CALGARY -- Alberta, which relies on coal to generate about half its power, would see electricity rates rise more slowly in coming decades if use of renewable energy increased, according to a study published today. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 2, 2014

Republicans are claiming the new climate rules will wreck the economy. They’re wrong

The elected Republicans claimed the regulations would “cost Americans a fortune.” The EPA, of course, radically disagrees with all of this, and thinks the economic benefits of the new rules should greatly exceed their costs. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 2, 2014

Equip yourself, prepare yourself to VOTE. Check out the party platform comparison on energy and other key issues.

Equip yourself, prepare yourself to VOTE. Check out the party platform comparison on energy and other key issues.

CREW is a member of OSEA. OSEA is part of the Environmental Priorities group of which Ontario Clear Air Alliance also is - and we also a member. Check out the party platform comparison on energy and other key issues. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 2, 2014

Mounting climate evidence underscores the need to act

Mounting climate evidence underscores the need to act

the scientific evidence is overwhelming: climate change is here, and unless we curb behaviours that contribute to it, it will get worse, putting our food, air, water and security at risk. A recent White House report confirms the findings MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 2, 2014

Texas Wind Boosted with Improved Public Planning

Texas might not be the first state you think of for best practices in government planning. But it turns out Texas wind development success is due in great part to excellent planning by the state regulatory bodies, and not just a bunch of wild cowboys MORE    added: Friday, May. 30, 2014

Climate Change and the American Economy

The 3rd National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released earlier this month, painting a frightening picture of the spiraling costs of climate disruption to America and highlighting the need to price carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. MORE    added: Friday, May. 30, 2014

There Are Good Reasons for Obama to be Confident on Carbon Rules

Recent rulings in EPA's favor indicate that the clean energy industry should remain optimistic that strict carbon rules will be enacted next week. MORE    added: Friday, May. 30, 2014

Ontario’s not-so-green election - and much more!

Ontario’s not-so-green election - and much more!

With the 2014 election platforms of all four major parties now published, those looking for inspiration and new ideas around the environmental and economic challenges facing Ontario are likely to be disappointed. MORE    added: Friday, May. 30, 2014

Pardon the interruption, but today we released a landmark report on clean energy that we thought you should know about. Power to Change - and at less cost!
AND much more in this week's Clean Energy Review!

Pardon the interruption, but today we released a landmark report on clean energy that we thought you should know about. Power to Change - and at less cost! AND much more in this week's Clean Energy Review!

According to Power To Change: How Alberta Can Green its Grid and Embrace Clean Energy, Alberta can drastically reduce its over-reliance on fossil fuels for power generation within 20 years and replace it with renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, MORE    added: Friday, May. 30, 2014

Thanks to coal, U.S. CO2 emissions are up. Good thing Obama’s about to regulate coal plants.

CO2 emissions from fossil fuels increased by 2.39 percent in 2013. For January and February of 2014, the only months this year for which the EIA has data thus far, carbon emissions increased by 7.45 percent over the same period last year. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 29, 2014

Koch brothers get rolling on their first tar-sands project

In March, it was revealed that Chuck and Dave had quietly acquired leases for between 1.1 and 2 million acres of tar-sands land in Alberta. That makes them one of the largest tar-sands leaseholders in Canada. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 29, 2014

It’s Election Time – Let’s Shape the Debate - Election time is the best time to bring up issues you care about with all the candidates.

It’s Election Time – Let’s Shape the Debate - Election time is the best time to bring up issues you care about with all the candidates.

Concerned about rising electricity rates? Quebec is selling its abundant water power to the U.S. at rock bottom prices. Ontario could lower our electricity bills by up to $1 billion per year or more just by importing water power from Quebec rather than MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 28, 2014

Regarding the Grid and Solar PV, US Utilities Are Asking ‘What Would Germany Do?’ Please read the article and especially the comments that follow.

Solar is worrying some U.S. utilities. They are wondering how they will manage their grids in order to deal with the increasing amount of intermittent solar electricity, particularly if it's coming from tens of thousands of top solar panels. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 28, 2014

Niagara’s sustainable energy employers meet the candidates

Niagara’s sustainable energy employers meet the candidates

(St. Catharines, Ontario) On Thursday, May 22nd, the Hon. Jim Bradley (Liberal), Karen Fraser (Green), & Mathew Siscoe (PC) joined more than 50 representatives of the Niagara sustainable energy sector at Hernder Estate Wines for an evening of networking MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 27, 2014

Athabasca glacier melting at ‘astonishing’ rate of more than five metres a year

COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS, Alta. — What's believed to be the most-visited glacier in North America is losing more than five metres of ice every year and is in danger of completely disappearing within a generation, says a Parks Canada manager. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 27, 2014

Solar Roadways - Solar panels that you can drive, park, and walk on. They melt snow and... cut greenhouse gases by 75-percent?!!! Check it out!

Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds... literally any surface MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 27, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, a subversive public art project addresses energy literacy, India pledges to bring fossil-free light to 400 million people, and The Onion reminds us that we're

This week in Clean Energy Review, a subversive public art project addresses energy literacy, India pledges to bring fossil-free light to 400 million people, and The Onion reminds us that we're "all good to go."

INDIA LOOKS TO THE SUN: India’s new prime minister vowed to place a solar panel on every home by 2019, bringing clean-powered light to 400 million people who now rely on polluting fossil fuels for illumination. The new gov't named clean power priority! MORE    added: Monday, May. 26, 2014

Don’t blame renewable energy for Ontario’s rising power prices - There are legitimate and unavoidable reasons why consumers are facing higher electricity bills.

Wiping out the structure of an entire green energy program would be a huge setback for Ontario, says the head of the industry association. MORE    added: Sunday, May. 25, 2014

Non-Hydro Renewables Outproduce Hydro for First Time Ever in US

For more than a decade, renewable energy sources — led by wind and solar — have been rapidly expanding their share of the nation's electrical generation. The most recent data affirm that the trend is continuing unabated. MORE    added: Sunday, May. 25, 2014

How Fossil Fuel Interests Attack Renewable Energy

A new report details the extreme measure that the fossil-fuel industry has taken to attack clean energy. MORE    added: Friday, May. 23, 2014

New revelations show Harper's warm embrace of Big Oil lobby

Just when it looked like Nigel Wright could return to being just another guy who runs through city streets in the middle of the night, along come some intriguing new disclosures revealing more questionable behaviour on his part inside the PMO. MORE    added: Friday, May. 23, 2014

Help us make nukes an election issue. Vote for clean low-cost water power from Quebec to replace the Darlington nuclear facility rebuild.

Help us make nukes an election issue. Vote for clean low-cost water power from Quebec to replace the Darlington nuclear facility rebuild.

In response to our provincial election questionnaire, the NDP and Green Party have agreed that Ontario should seek to negotiate a long-term contract with Quebec for water power imports to lower our electricity bills by up to $1 billion per year or more. MORE    added: Friday, May. 23, 2014

New Report Names Alberta Oilsands as Highest Cost, Highest Risk Investment in Oil Sector

New Report Names Alberta Oilsands as Highest Cost, Highest Risk Investment in Oil Sector

A total of $1.1 trillion USD earmarked for risky carbon-intensive oil sector investments need to be challenged by investors, according to a new report recently released by the Carbon Tracker Initiative. MORE    added: Friday, May. 23, 2014

Want a job? Knock on Tesla’s door - now employs more Californians than any other automaker including Toyota.

The electric-car maker added 3,000 jobs during the past year or so as it ramped up production of its Model S sedan & prepared for the release of an SUV model, building up its Californian workforce to 6,000 factory workers, engineers, and other employees MORE    added: Friday, May. 23, 2014

10 ECO QUESTIONS to Ask Your Provincial Election Candidate - By Eric Novak - These are excellent questions - please use them.

It only makes sense to know exactly where each party, each leader & each local candidate stands on certain key environmental issues. For those who want to reach out to those asking for their vote, here are my personal suggestions for specific questions MORE    added: Thursday, May. 22, 2014

What if Roads Were Made of Solar PV Panels?

The concept of solar roadways may sound too good to be true …but is it? Scott and Julie Brusaw, co-inventors of Solar Roadways, have been working on the project since 2009. Basically, solar roadways can be almost anywhere; parking lots, driveways, highw MORE    added: Thursday, May. 22, 2014

Here’s what to expect from Obama’s big new climate rules

The Obama administration is on the verge of taking its biggest step to cut greenhouse gas emissions. On June 2, the EPA will release proposed regulations to curb CO2 emissions from existing power plants - really cutting emissions from coal-fired plants. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 22, 2014

Evangelical Christians call on Florida politicians to take climate action

Some Evangelical Christian leaders in Florida are calling on Republican politicians in the state to take climate change seriously. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) recently went full-on climate denier, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is a denier too. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 21, 2014

Fukushima, Japan Rebuilding Communities with Solar, Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2040

Fukushima experienced the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit three years ago. Now, the region is trying to turn the “lost landscape” into massive renewable energy fields. The prefecture has declared “zero d MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014

Indian Government to Bring Solar Lighting to Every Home by 2019

India’s new government led by Narendra Modi plans to harness solar power to enable every home to run at least one light bulb by 2019, a party official said. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Australia brings its renewables sector to its knees, HBO airs a blistering smackdown of ignorance-promoting TV hosts, and Forbes calls solar power technology's

This week in Clean Energy Review, Australia brings its renewables sector to its knees, HBO airs a blistering smackdown of ignorance-promoting TV hosts, and Forbes calls solar power technology's "next big thing."

GET IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR: Energy is technology’s next big thing, argues a nice op-ed in Forbes. Unlike carbon-based resource exploration, the piece argues, the renewables revolution “runs on the power of human ingenuity rather than luck.” MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014

Report details quick US transition to 100 percent renewable energy

The United States can quickly transition by 2050 to nearly 100 percent renewable energy and phase out coal and nuclear power, according to research from Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014

An energy system without fossil fuels is technically possible

The Danish Energy Agency has published an energy-scenario report and five sub-analyses on the energy system of the future and the challenges that need managing up to 2050 as fossil fuels are phased out and replaced with renewable energy. May 2014 MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014

Carbon-fee-and-dividend system would boost clean-technology sector

The Canadian government is concerned about balancing the budget & growing the economy. To combine these two requirements, a revenue-neutral way to grow the economy and preserve a safe climate - this is possible through a carbon fee-and-dividend system. MORE    added: Sunday, May. 18, 2014

China Targets 70 Gigawatts of Solar Power to Cut Coal Reliance

The goal would be double a previous target set for 2015, according to a statement posted today on the National Development and Reform Commission’s website. China also plans to have 150 gigawatts of installed wind power capacity by 2017, 11 gigawatts of b MORE    added: Saturday, May. 17, 2014

Yesterday afternoon, we got some great news. At Ecojustice, we believe you have the right to be protected from energy projects that put your health or the environment’s health at risk. Congrats on your victory! Darlington's license revoked.

Yesterday afternoon, we got some great news. At Ecojustice, we believe you have the right to be protected from energy projects that put your health or the environment’s health at risk. Congrats on your victory! Darlington's license revoked.

During the environmental review of Darlington, we worked with the Canadian Environmental Law Association. Together, we helped Greenpeace, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and Northwatch - whether gaps in the environmental assessment were illegal. MORE    added: Friday, May. 16, 2014

Toyota Cambridge invests in $27 million energy saving project - Record article

Toyota Motor Mfg Canada is investing $27 million in a cogeneration power system in its Cambridge plant that will significantly reduce its energy use and demand on the power grid -reduce emissions & save enough energy to power more than 7,400 homes yearly MORE    added: Friday, May. 16, 2014

D’Amato: Greens are the only party talking about climate change - Can you see the green elephant in the room? - Record Opinion article

All this election talk about public-service job cuts, gas-plant scandals and high-speed trains to Toronto has drowned out the most important issue of all. Hardly a word has been said about climate change and what to do about it. MORE    added: Friday, May. 16, 2014

Let the sun shine in, on White House solar panels

WASHINGTON (AP) - Technicians have finished installing solar panels on the White House roof, capping a project that President Barack Obama hopes will send a signal that renewable energy is feasible and environmentally shrewd. MORE    added: Friday, May. 16, 2014

80 Percent of Brits Support Renewable Energy

A survey — carried out by the U.K. government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in March 2014 — showed that 70% of respondents supported onshore wind energy - Offhore wind energy received even greater support — with 77% in favour MORE    added: Friday, May. 16, 2014

Judge Has Harsh Words for Cape Wind Foes

Virginia, USA - A federal court judge had harsh words last week for Cape Wind foes as he handed down the 26th legal win for the Massachusetts offshore wind farm project - marking the latest round in a more than decade-old battle against the 454MW project MORE    added: Thursday, May. 15, 2014

The West Antarctic glaciers are breaking up with us

Recently scientists broke the news that the West Antarctic ice sheet is now in irreversible collapse, meaning a likely 10 to 15 foot global sea-level rise in coming centuries. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 15, 2014

Governments must set a proper fee on carbon

On May 9, Tom Rand, a brilliant venture capitalist and policy analyst, gave a powerful presentation at the University of Calgary, where he argued that if a carbon fee is used to "internalize the externalities" and end the free dumping of greenhouse gas MORE    added: Thursday, May. 15, 2014

End fossil fuel burning, save $71 trillion — and preserve civilization as we know it

A new report from the International Energy Agency considers the cost of remaining hooked on antiquated, polluting, and climate-changing energy sources.We can save $115 trillion in fuel costs by 2050 if we move away from dirty energy, making for net saving MORE    added: Thursday, May. 15, 2014

Obama Pledges $2B in Energy Efficiency Funding, Lauds Wal-Mart Solar Roofs

Obama commits to energy efficiency & solar training during a Mountain View, CA, Wal-Mart stop, while four miles away, Areva gears up a high tech solar system with federal funding. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 14, 2014

Protect the St. Lawrence belugas: their future depends on it

Protect the St. Lawrence belugas: their future depends on it

A new threat looms over belugas as TransCanada Corporation plans to build a pipeline to export oil from the tar sands, with an oil port in Cacouna, at the heart of the habitat deemed essential to the survival of this species. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 14, 2014

Pee-ew! Frackers are flooding the atmosphere with climate-warming methane

The free pass that frackers and natural-gas handlers have gotten on their climate-changing methane emissions is really starting to stink to high hell. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 13, 2014

VOTE FOR clean low-cost water power from Quebec and VOTE NO to high-cost nuclear

VOTE FOR clean low-cost water power from Quebec and VOTE NO to high-cost nuclear

Electricity costs are one of the big issues being debated during the current Ontario election, but do any of the parties have a real solution for lowering electricity bills? MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 13, 2014

Guess how the Harper government celebrated Earth Day? It decided to slash protections to endangered humpback whales, and make it easier for Enbridge to push through its risky Northern Gateway oil pipeline.

eading scientists say that North Pacific humpback whales are still endangered -- the species was once hunted to near-extinction and is still classified as "threatened" by many bodies. But the Conservative government downgraded the species under Cdn law MORE    added: Monday, May. 12, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, the world's largest insurance company notices something amiss with the climate, China becomes a land of environmentalists, and a joint federal review panel has a lot to say on a B.C. megadam, but nothing that sounds like

This week in Clean Energy Review, the world's largest insurance company notices something amiss with the climate, China becomes a land of environmentalists, and a joint federal review panel has a lot to say on a B.C. megadam, but nothing that sounds like

LLOYDS OF LONDON NOTICES CLIMATE DISRUPTION: The world’s oldest & biggest insurance firm called on insurers to factor climate change into their models. Weather-related claims have spiked from $50 billion in the 1980s to nearly $200 billion over the last MORE    added: Monday, May. 12, 2014

They paved paradise and put in … some solar panels?

Solar Roadways’ panels have heating elements to melt snow and ice, five-color LED lighting to create road lines, and corridors for moving and storing stormwater. The surface is made out of textured glass, and can withstand 250,000 lbs. MORE    added: Monday, May. 12, 2014

The oil and gas industry is spending tens of millions of dollars on ads, trying to convince Canadians and our trading partners that the tar sands aren’t so bad for our shared climate. Don’t believe the slick spin.

The oil and gas industry is spending tens of millions of dollars on ads, trying to convince Canadians and our trading partners that the tar sands aren’t so bad for our shared climate. Don’t believe the slick spin.

A new report we launched yesterday, Reality Check: Climate Change and the Tar Sands, reveals the truth about how the tar sands are damaging our climate, how the oil and gas industry is resisting efforts to clean up its act, and how Canada does not yet ha MORE    added: Monday, May. 12, 2014

A made-in-Cambridge hybrid car makes a comeback, 100 years later

The hybrid has been produced in Japan but with the growing popularity of hybrids, it is also being made here, and Toyota was all set to introduce it as "the first full hybrid car to be manufactured in Canada." One hundred years ago, a couple of entrepre MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 7, 2014

Wind Power Is Getting Sweeter - Candy giant, Mars Incorporated, plans to build a giant wind farm in order to make its U.S. operations carbon-neutral.

Mars Incorporated, in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, announced an agreement on a new 200-MW wind farm that will meet 100 percent of the electrical needs of Mars Inc.’s U.S. operations, which include 37 factories employing 25,000. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 7, 2014

Five ways we’re killing ourselves with climate change

On Tuesday, the Obama administration released the third National Climate Assessment, laying out in detail what global warming means for the country. This NCA is the longest — over 800 pages — most comprehensive yet.“This is the largest alarm bell to date MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 7, 2014

“Replacing coal and oil with nuclear power is like trading heroin for crack—different addictions, but no less unhealthy or risky.” – Chip Ward / and much more...

“Replacing coal and oil with nuclear power is like trading heroin for crack—different addictions, but no less unhealthy or risky.” – Chip Ward / and much more...

When nuclear reactors blow, the first thing that melts down is the truth. Just as in the Chernobyl catastrophe almost 25 years ago when Soviet authorities denied the extent of radiation and downplayed the dire situation that was spiraling out of control, MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 6, 2014

The 12 things the Obama administration wants you to know about climate change

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” says the latest National Climate Assessment, published by the White House. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 6, 2014

New York Commits Another $1 Billion to Solar Projects — Here’s What You Need to Know

Last Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an additional $1 billion in funding for the NY-Sun initiative, making good on his promise to extend the program through 2023. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 6, 2014

Plan for 26% CO2 Reduction from U.S. Power Sector with No Net Cost to the Economy

A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) outlines how energy efficiency could be used in an upcoming standard by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce CO2 levels with no net cost to the economy. MORE    added: Monday, May. 5, 2014

OTTAWA CAUTIONED ON

OTTAWA CAUTIONED ON "FRAGILE" CARBON-HEAVY ECONOMIC MODEL

Canada is placing its economy at risk by failing to develop its clean-tech sector and relying too heavily on carbon-intensive sectors such as Alberta’s oil sands. So said Jeremy Oppenheim (pictured), the programme director for the New Climate Economy Pro MORE    added: Monday, May. 5, 2014

Should we be calling it “climate disruption”?

White House science adviser John Holdren knows a lot about climate change. Just a couple of months ago, he smacked down climate deniers in a video released by the White House in which he coolly explained the links between climate change and the polar vor MORE    added: Monday, May. 5, 2014

Climate-Resilient Solar Hot Water Systems at Firehouses Save NYC Money, Cut Carbon

Despite its obscurity, solar hot water heating is a great technology — cost-effective, pollution-free, climate-resilient. And that’s why we’re celebrating New York City’s recent installation of solar hot water systems on the roofs of five firehouses in t MORE    added: Saturday, May. 3, 2014

The Time for Wind and Solar Energy Is Now

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC's) latest report, which explores ways to cut carbon emissions, put the world on notice. For the biggest source of U.S. carbon pollution — electric utilities — the best solution is wind, solar & MORE    added: Saturday, May. 3, 2014

How Solar Is Cutting Grid Costs

With solar power, “we can avoid that $100 million investment in transmission lines, distribution lines, in capital infrastructure…” That was Vice President of Environmental Affairs Michael Deering of the Long Island Power Authority in a remarkable podcas MORE    added: Thursday, May. 1, 2014

Moving Towards the European Super Grid

With deregulation and privatisation driving the separation of generation, transmission and distribution, how have EU goals on energy security and unification played out in Germany thus far? MORE    added: Thursday, May. 1, 2014

Arizona’s enormous solar plant is up and running

NRG Energy and MidAmerican Solar announced the completion of the project on Tuesday, making it the world’s largest fully operational solar plant. Located near Phoenix, Ariz., the plant can provide 290 MW of electricity, or enough juice for 230,000 homes MORE    added: Thursday, May. 1, 2014

Cabin fever: Are tiny houses the new American dream?

Tiny houses have seemingly taken over the landscape of aspirational real estate, and not just for the green-minded. When it comes to choosing a compact cottage of one’s own, tiny house fetishists need only adopt the guiding principle of sage philosopher MORE    added: Thursday, May. 1, 2014

And now for some good news on conservation - potentially making Ontario’s utilities true conservation champions.

And now for some good news on conservation - potentially making Ontario’s utilities true conservation champions.

RE: the Minister of Energy’s conservation directive - According to the OPA, the directive requires that utility driven conservation programs will ensure that electricity consumption is 5% or 7 billion kilowatt-hours less than it is now by 2020 MORE    added: Thursday, May. 1, 2014

Could garbage fuel help green the airline industry?

British Airways has partnered with Washington, D.C.- based Solena Fuels to make 50,000 metric tons of jet fuel from municipal solid waste per year. It is the first project in the world to attempt to convert trash into a drop-in fuel for airplanes. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 1, 2014

A week after Alaska OKs a big gas pipeline, another gas pipeline ruptures

BP sprayed a fine mist of oil, natural gas, and water over 27 acres of tundra on Alaska’s North Slope on Monday. It’s still not known how much vaporized oil and gas were spilled during the two-hour natural-gas pipeline accident at Prudhoe Bay, where a la MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014

Nice France Grid Offers a Glimpse into the Future for Solar PV Plus Energy Storage

As the world moves away from centralized energy generation, questions arise about how the grid of the 2020’s will look and how consumers will interact with it. The Nice Grid project in Carros, France is a test-bed for many possible scenarios. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Apple highlights its renewable-power commitments, geothermal has a good year, and Canada's clean energy

This week in Clean Energy Review, Apple highlights its renewable-power commitments, geothermal has a good year, and Canada's clean energy "Renaissance Man" explains how we might leap out of the hot water we now find ourselves in.

Clean Energy Canada advisor Tom Rand’s new book is attracting national media attention & moving up the Globe and Mail's nonfiction bestseller list—and for good reason. WAKING THE FROG: Solutions For Our Climate Change Paralysis is a rollicking and acces MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 28, 2014

How climate change makes Everest an even deadlier game

Snow & ice are the glue that holds the route up the south col together. When that glue melts, things literally start to fall apart. And while scientists say global temperatures have risen .75 degrees C (1.4 degrees F) in the last century, studies show MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 28, 2014

Cowboys and Indians stage a feisty Keystone XL protest

Visitors to the National Mall this week might have noticed an unusual addition to the monuments and Smithsonian museums: a collection of tipis. They were brought there by groups of Native Americans and Canadian First Nations, from as far away as British MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 28, 2014

A battle is looming over renewable energy, and fossil fuel interests are losing

Legislators are debating proposals to roll back environmental rules, prodded by industry and advocacy groups eager to curtail regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gases, but has run into the growing political clout of renewable-energy interests MORE    added: Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014

Canadian Solar to Supply 43MW of Solar Modules in Japan

We are proud to announce this large module supply agreement to provide our high efficiency modules to the second largest solar power plant in Japan, which is another significant milestone for Canadian Solar in this important market,” commented Dr. Shawn MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014

Corn waste-based ethanol could be worse for the climate than gasoline

A lot of carbon-rich waste is left behind after a cornfield is stripped of its juicy ears. It used to be that the stalks, leaves, and detrital cobs would be left on fields to prevent soil erosion and to allow the next crop to feast on the organic goodnes MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

When it comes to climate change, don’t think of the children

The most vulnerable humans are already being harmed, and the biosphere is already experiencing negative effects. Why are we still talking about abstract non-actualized future individuals? Climate change is already happening! MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

Is it time for a real war on cars?

Is it time for a real war on cars?

Environmental impacts of cars are also well-known and wide-ranging, including climate change, smog and oily run-off from roads, not to mention the green space sacrificed for infrastructure to sell, drive, fuel and park them. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

For the Greater Green: Algae-Based Advanced Biofuels Bring a Clean, Affordable Solution

Among advanced fuels, algae-based has become an industry leader, largely due to the inherent simplicity of its process. Converting algae to fuel requires only sunlight, carbon dioxide and saltwater to produce ethanol, gasoline, jet and diesel MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

Wanna know what’s happened to the Gulf Coast since the BP spill?

On the fourth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the big question is whether the oil spill recovery is finally over. According to BP, yes it is. Or at least BP is wrapping up “active cleanup” and headed home to get its life back, only furt MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

What is “stray voltage”, and is it a concern?

Some residents of rural Ontario have heard rumours that renewable energy systems, particularly wind turbines, can cause stray voltage. This is not true, and here’s why: MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

Only with political will can we avoid the worst of climate change

Only with political will can we avoid the worst of climate change

It's fitting that the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was released during Earth Month. After all, the third chapter of its Fifth Assessment focuses on ways to keep our planet healthy and livable by warding off extreme climatic shi MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

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Chernobyl no "Eden" after 28 years - PLUS much more...

April 26 marks the 28th year anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion in the Ukraine, sending a radioactive plume across the world. This is an update on how the flora and fauna are faring. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

Tesla Makes Smooth Drive Into China

In the last 2 days, the company and its charismatic founder Elon Musk were all over the Chinese headlines as Tesla delivered its first electric vehicles (EVs) in China on the sidelines of the nation’s biggest annual auto show happening this week in Beiji MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

Here’s a killer video that explains climate change with Tetris

If you’re having a hard time wrapping your head around the unsexiness that is climate change — or need a way to break it down for your nephew — take two minutes and 49 seconds for the video above. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Forget Ferrari: The hot rides for sports stars are fuel-efficient

The Pro Athlete Stereotype™ wouldn’t be complete without ladies, liquor, and luxury cars. But The New York Times says ballas are increasingly opting for eco-friendly rides. What’s next, trading Dom for kombucha?! MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

We challenge you to get outside this May! Sign up for the David Suzuki Foundation’s 30x30 Nature Challenge.

We challenge you to get outside this May! Sign up for the David Suzuki Foundation’s 30x30 Nature Challenge.

The more we connect to nature, the smarter, healthier and happier we are. Getting outside even makes us nicer. So we’ve got a challenge for you: join thousands of Canadians in getting outside for 30 minutes a day for 30 days in May. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, renewables pick up steam, Montrealers host a record-breaking EV rally, and Hydro Quebec and Sony get ready to make beautiful music together.

This week in Clean Energy Review, renewables pick up steam, Montrealers host a record-breaking EV rally, and Hydro Quebec and Sony get ready to make beautiful music together.

A VERY QUIET PARADE: The National Center for Advanced Transportation set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of electric vehicles assembled in one place. The group wrangled 420 battery-powered vehicles in Montreal for an official count and MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Utility Nightmares: Distributed Generation and Halving Electricity Consumption

Ninety-four percent of international industry representatives surveyed predict that the power utility business model will be either completely transformed or significantly changed between today and 2030. See why. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Apple announces big clean energy progress

The technology company, in a video narrated by CEO Tim Cook on its green initiatives and updated environment webpages, claimed that 94 percent of its corporate facilities and 100 percent of its data centers are now powered by renewable energy sources suc MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

This DIY solar backpack looks tricky but doable

A solar backpack’s an outlet-free way to juice up your gear. But you might not have upwards of $200 lying around. If you ARE rich in time and patience, Treehugger’s got a tutorial via Instructables for wiring up your own solar bag. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

How to use the Bible to save the planet - Have you seen the movie "Noah"?

No matter what the Christian right may say, Noah is a deeply religious and spiritual film containing an authentic moral message. And that message feeds strongly into a vital and growing religious tradition of our time, one that especially appeals to youn MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Obama delays Keystone decision — again

The Obama administration has — again — postponed a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline by giving eight different agencies more time to submit their views on whether the pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to the Texas gulf coast is in the national MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Obama makes a push for solar power

The Obama administration on Thursday announced a $15 million program to help state, local and tribal governments build solar panels and other infrastructure to fight climate change. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

The Age of Nuclear Waste is Upon Us

The Age of Nuclear Waste is Upon Us

30-minute interview with Dr. Gordon Edwards. It deals mainly with the current plans by OPG (Ontario Power Generation) to bury nuclear wastes from 20 Ontario nuclear reactors in a DGR (Deep Geological Repository) less than a mile from Lake Huron, just bel MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Building-Integrated Solar Air Heating Systems Proving Popular - For some parts of the United States, such as Upper Michigan, the winter of 2013-14 was the coldest in recorded history

Well, what if I told you that it’s possible to cut your building’s energy use (in some cases by up to half), while protecting the environment, too? Sign me up, right? Simply put, innovative solar heating and cooling systems (SHC), which are growing in MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Low-carbon future - Nuclear and renewables – a possible combination?

Is nuclear power not the ideal complement to renewables in the power sector towards decarbonization? The German answer is clearly no, but not everyone outside the country is convinced - the data leading to the German conclusion MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

HSBC says wind and solar best picks in climate stocks

Investment bank HSBC says the wind and solar sectors offer the best opportunity for investors looking at climate themes, while industrial efficiency looks the least attractive. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Five Canadian Communities Fighting Climate Change That You've Probably Never Heard of Before

Five Canadian Communities Fighting Climate Change That You've Probably Never Heard of Before

DeSmog Canada reached out to experts across Canada to get their opinions on which municipalities are leading the fight against climate change. Immediately, it became clear we could easily list Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver & MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

This velomobile is basically an electric car without the hassle

A team from Durham, N.C., designed the semi-enclosed, three-wheeled contraption to marry the best aspect of bikes and cars. The result is a low-impact, solar-powered EV that gives you some protection from the elements and plenty of room for groceries. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Bank study says economic cost of weather catastrophes is underestimated

Now, with severe weather events becoming increasingly frequent and costly, economists are urging government policy-makers to consider the long-term benefits of major infrastructure investments. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Electricity Prices Fall In Europe As German Renewable Energy Output Increases

For the fifth consecutive month, electricity prices in countries neighboring Germany have decreased, recently released Platts data reveals, due in large part to increased solar and wind generation in Germany. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Water stress magnifies impacts of U.S. droughts

Dried-out fields and dwindling reservoirs are becoming all too common across the United States as companies, farms and municipalities stagger along under years-long droughts. Worsening dry conditions affect two-thirds of Texas. California's historic drou MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Who’s got milkweed?

Who’s got milkweed?

The monarch butterfly has it bad. Fortunately, we have a solution. As part of our Toronto-based Homegrown National Park Project, we’ve #GotMilkweed. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Coal companies get hit where it counts for polluting Appalachian water supplies

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.’s coal mining operations have been ruining the rivers and water supplies of Appalachian communities since 2006, and probably a lot longer than that. That could soon come to an end, however: The federal government just slappe MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Massive Waste-to-Energy Plant Planned for Ohio

New Hampshire, USA -- A 9.4-MW biogas combined heat and power (CHP) plant is under development in Grove City, Ohio. The plant will be developed in two phases, spanning 185,000 square feet, making it the largest waste to energy facility of its kind MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract

When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract

At first glance, pairing renewable energy with the oil and gas sector would seem an unlikely match. But behind the curtain, romance could be blooming. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

13 Electric Vehicles Coming To Market In 2014

Check out these new plug-in vehicles for sale in 2014, and share with your friends! MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Wisconsin Snaps Up Community Solar in Record Time

Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community-owned solar developer, revealed today that two weeks after announcing the development of the Vernon Electric Community Solar Farm—Wisconsin’s first community-owned solar PV facility —reserved MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Global Renewable Energy Should Triple to Save Climate, UN Panel Says

LONDON -- The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

It’s official: Coal is kaput in Ontario

It’s official: Coal is kaput in Ontario

On April 8th, the Thunder Bay Generating Station burned its last lump of coal marking the end of an era in Ontario. Thunder Bay was the last of the province’s five dirty coal-fired generating stations to close. Nanticoke, formerly the largest coal-fired MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Shell asks governments to force it to change, IKEA steps up its low-carbon commitment, and the IPCC says it's still not too late to save the world. ... Much more!

This week in Clean Energy Review, Shell asks governments to force it to change, IKEA steps up its low-carbon commitment, and the IPCC says it's still not too late to save the world. ... Much more!

SHELL JOINS GLOBAL CALL FOR HARD CO2 CAP: The oil giant joined 69 other large corporations demanding policy makers take immediate action to limit the total cumulative carbon pollution to one trillion tonnes—the threshold of two degrees of warming. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

Enbridge tried to by Kitimat but the people voted NO!

Enbridge tried to by Kitimat but the people voted NO!

Despite the untold sums of money Enbridge spent on advertising and high-pressure tactics leading up to the plebiscite, last night we learned the residents of Kitimat voted “no” to Enbridge’s pipeline and oil tanker proposal. MORE    added: Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014

Cheap, better-performing lithium-ion batteries developed

Researchers have developed a cheap, high-performing silicon anode and sulfur-based cathode for lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are a popular type of rechargeable battery commonly found in portable electronics and electric or hybrid cars. MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014

Swiss Unveil New Solar Powered Plane for Global Flight

Payerne, Switzerland -- The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large ca MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014

Will we ever learn to celebrate Earth Month?

Will we ever learn to celebrate Earth Month?

April is Earth Month, and April 22 Earth Day. We should really celebrate our small blue planet and all it provides every day, but recent events give us particular cause to reflect on our home and how we're treating it. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

UPDATE: UK Announces Renewable Heat Tariffs

The UK. government yesterday launched its Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (d-RHI), which pays households that generate heat and hot water using renewable energy systems such as solar hot water, geothermal heat pumps and biomass heating. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

IKEA Enters US Wind Market With Largest Renewables Investment to Date

IKEA is at it again. In an effort to achieve its goal of producing more renewable energy than it consumes by 2020, the retail giant announced yesterday that it has purchased the 98-MW Hoopeston wind farm in Illinois. This purchase marks its first wind p MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

UN Climate Change Panel to Discuss Global Transition to Renewable Energy

After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it - will meet on April 12 in Berlin to chart ways MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Crowd-Funded US Rooftop Solar May Top $5 Billion in Five Years

NEW YORK -- Crowdfunding may supply the rooftop solar projects with $5 billion of investment within five years, more than 50 times the amount raised to date. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Gambling with People’s Lives – The Perfect Crime? And much more....

Gambling with People’s Lives – The Perfect Crime? And much more....

By Dr. Gordon Edwards, CCNR. It is well known that embryos, babies and children are much more sensitive to the damaging effects of ionizing radiation than adults are. In fact women are also more sensitive to radiation damage than men of the same age, MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Your Home Electricity Bill: A Study on the Costs in Ontario shows that renewable energy accounts for a relatively small part of residential electricity bills.

Your Home Electricity Bill: A Study on the Costs in Ontario shows that renewable energy accounts for a relatively small part of residential electricity bills.

The study includes new data, from an independent energy consulting firm, that calculates the role renewable energy plays in electricity bills in Ontario today, and in 2024. Also shows that cutting energy waste can offset a large part of increases. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

10 places to visit before they’re gone: A bucket list for a warming world

Usually picking vacation spots is such a challenge, but by focusing on the best places that may not be places much longer in our warming world, we were able to shorten our list to the top ten do-it-now vacation destinations. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

The risky pipeline bigger than Keyston XL - Learn about TransCanada Energy East - the biggest tar sands pipeline proposal in North America.

The risky pipeline bigger than Keyston XL - Learn about TransCanada Energy East - the biggest tar sands pipeline proposal in North America.

TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline project generates a lot of headlines. Did you know another risky TransCanada project – larger than Keystone – is on the horizon & could put hundreds of communities across Canada at risk of an oil spill? MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

New material could lead to touch and display screens doubling up as solar panels

In future, when your mobile or tablet runs out of battery, you could just recharge it by putting it out in the sun. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists have developed a next-generation solar cell material which can also emit light, in addit MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014

Climate panel debates global warming strategy in Berlin

Government envoys and scientists gathered under the UN banner in Berlin Monday to hammer out a list of options for curbing carbon emissions driving dangerous climate change.Fresh from issuing its starkest-ever warning about the impacts of global warming MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014

Ontarians strongly support making a deal with Quebec - hydro power over nuclear

Ontarians strongly support making a deal with Quebec - hydro power over nuclear

Ontarians overwhelmingly support importing low-cost water power from Quebec. In fact, a large majority would prefer to import water power rather than re-build the Darlington Nuclear Station, even if power from Quebec costs the same as power from those re MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014

TIME TO ADAPT! Build resilience and sustainability within our community. Get your copy of TransitionKW's Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit. CREW contributed to this valuable & timely document.

TIME TO ADAPT! Build resilience and sustainability within our community. Get your copy of TransitionKW's Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit. CREW contributed to this valuable & timely document.

TransitionKW's Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit is intended to empower the residents of Waterloo Region to act to address the potential local impacts of climate change. The toolkit has actions for everyone, including emergency preparedness. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Ontario lifts Canada in a global clean energy ranking, British Columbia powers down its electric vehicle incentive, and the British Medical Journal dials 911 on climate.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Ontario lifts Canada in a global clean energy ranking, British Columbia powers down its electric vehicle incentive, and the British Medical Journal dials 911 on climate.

CANADA JUMPS UP IN CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT RANKING Thanks to since-implemented reforms to Ontario’s Green Energy Act, Canada jumped up the ranks of a respected annual clean-energy investment index—advancing from 12th to seventh place. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 7, 2014

Windmills are things of beauty - David Suzuki

Windmills are things of beauty - David Suzuki

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges humanity will face this century. Confronting it will take a radical change in the way we produce and consume energy - another industrial revolution, this time for clean energy, conservation and efficiency. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014

OSEA Newsletter April 2014 issue #1

OSEA Newsletter April 2014 issue #1

ll-Energy Canada Conference in Toronto – 6 days until conference begins! and much more! MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS

CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS

This year’s Earth Hour was a time to talk about a better vision of the future—one in which climate change is no longer a threat. The tools are out there to help us make this vision a reality. Earth Hour may be over, but the conversation on climate change MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014

Massive Waste-to-Energy Plant Planned for Ohio

New Hampshire, USA -- A 9.4-MW biogas combined heat and power (CHP) plant is under development in Grove City, Ohio. The plant will be developed in two phases, spanning 185,000 square feet, making it the largest waste to energy facility of its kind MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014

Greenpeace Praises Apple's Increased Commitment to Renewable Energy

SAN FRANCISCO -- Greenpeace issued its annual report on the energy efficiency of Internet companies, praising Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and other major providers of online services for improved use of energy resources. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014

Low-Income Rooftop Solar Program Helping Hundreds of California Families

To help struggling homeowners in the Valley, Citizens Energy provides “free” solar systems that would reduce homeowners’ electricity costs by 40 to 50 percent. The organization purchases, installs and maintains each solar photovoltaic system with no cost MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014

Ontario sends conservation to the back of the bus – again

Ontario sends conservation to the back of the bus – again

Despite promising to put “Conservation First” the Wynne Government’s new conservation plan once again treats low-cost efficiency improvements as an afterthought. In its new conservation strategy, the government is capping the savings to be generated by u MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014

Vermont expands solar net metering, gives finger to ALEC

In 2012 and 2013, ALEC tried to roll back states’ renewable energy standards, and failed. Now it’s trying to roll back solar net-metering programs, which let homeowners sell electricity from their rooftop panels into the grid, and that campaign isn’t goi MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, urban condos skip the parking, China moves further down the path to a national carbon price, and yet another respected health organization declares wind farms

This week in Clean Energy Review, urban condos skip the parking, China moves further down the path to a national carbon price, and yet another respected health organization declares wind farms "no biggie." ...and much more

A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH: “There is no reliable or consistent evidence that wind farms directly cause adverse health effects in humans.” So stated the National Health and Medical Research Council—Australia’s lead medical-research funding body. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014

Balsillie praised for clean-tech focus - Record letter to the editor

This article reported on a recent speech in Vancouver by Jim Balsillie, former co-CEO of BlackBerry. He is now chair of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a government fund that finances clean technology .. a heartening switch MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014

The clean energy industry is turning Nevada green

On Thursday, leaders from both major parties joined forces to tout Nevada’s clean technology sector. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) & Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) held a press conference to laud the $5.5 billion that has been invested MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014

This new contract means the U.S. is finally really getting high-speed rail

Siemens and Cummins, a German engineering conglomerate and American engine manufacturer, want to help you shoot across America on high-speed rail. Beating out U.S. bids from Caterpillar and GE, Siemens won a $226 million contract to deliver 32 diesel-ele MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014

Nuclear generation up, electricity prices up - plus much more...

Nuclear generation up, electricity prices up - plus much more...

The amount of power supplied by nuclear plants in Ontario has increased by 44% since 2003. Over the same period, the wholesale cost of electricity has also risen by 50% — just more evidence that high cost, high risk nuclear power is no bargain. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014

Algae May be a Potential Source of Biofuels and Biochemicals Even in Cool Climate

Algae are organisms useful in many ways in the transition towards a bio-economy. Even in a cool climate as in Finland, algae might be used to produce biochemicals and biofuels, besides use in capture of industrial carbon dioxide emissions. The ALGIDA pro MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014

Eco-Impact of Idling Gadgets and Bad Charging Habits

What would happen if we all, just for one hour, actually shut off our idling gadgets and pulled our unused chargers out of the socket? Answering that question was the motivation for a new study conducted by leading mobile refurbishment website eCycle MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014

Rich countries: Sure, climate change will screw poor countries, but what about us?

The new report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights that we are already feeling the pain of global warming across the planet. Heat waves and drought are increasingly in rhythm in every major continent, including our own, whi MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014

STOP PICKERING - We need your help to stop Ontario Power Generation (OPG) from running the ageing Pickering nuclear reactors beyond their design life.

STOP PICKERING - We need your help to stop Ontario Power Generation (OPG) from running the ageing Pickering nuclear reactors beyond their design life.

The CNSC is hosting a public hearing in Ottawa on May 7th, 2014, to once again consider OPG's request to run the Pickering reactors beyond their design life. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014

Toronto offers energy efficiency loans

Homeowners in some neighbourhoods can get energy efficiency loans financed by the city. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014

Balsillie touts clean technology, sustainability

In a speech in Vancouver on Wednesday, Balsillie made the case that protecting the environment can be good business. Clean technologies can help reduce pollution from the oilsands and cool the debate over pipelines such as TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014

Citizen scientists can help monarch butterflies

Citizen scientists can help monarch butterflies

Monarch populations in Mexico plummeted to a record low of about 33.5 million this year from an annual average over the past 15 years of about 350 million and highs of more than one billion. Causes include illegal logging in Mexico, herbicide use on gene MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014

Shared Clean Energy Program Advances in Connecticut Legislature

Connecticut could become the 11th state to pass shared renewables policy, the new approach to renewable energy that gives renters and others a way to go solar for the first time. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014

TransCanada’s Proposed Energy East Pipeline Is Clearly An Export Pipeline Says Report

TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is more likely to be an export pipeline than supplier of western Canadian oil to eastern Canadian refineries. A new report released this week revealed as much as 90 per cent of Energy East’s oil and bitumen fro MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Canada's electricity industry envisions a low-carbon future, British Columbia's carbon tax collects more accolades from the neighbours, and Germans take to the streets to say

This week in Clean Energy Review, Canada's electricity industry envisions a low-carbon future, British Columbia's carbon tax collects more accolades from the neighbours, and Germans take to the streets to say "Ja!" to the energiewende.

Vision 2050: The Future of Canada's Electricity System recommends utilities plan for the day when more citizens generate their own power. It urges governments to cut carbon via financial instruments—such as, ideally, a North America-wide carbon price—and MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014

How did Vancouver get so green? The politics of climate, energy, and cities

Vancouver has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of any major city in North America. In 2007, the most recent year for which comparisons are available, Vancouver had annual emissions of 4.9 tons of CO2 equivalent per capita. By 2012, MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014

What the U.N.’s new climate report says about North America

The latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of a world wracked by hunger, violence, and extinctions. But the IPCC also dedicates chapters to impacts that are underway and anticipated in individual regions & continents MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014

Wind Brings Carbon-Free Economic Boom To NW Iowa

The shale oil boom has made North Dakota’s economy the hottest in the country. But just a couple of states away, there’s another energy boom unfolding. Not quite on the same scale, but then again, it’s not resulting in massive amounts of carbon being unl MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014

Nuclear Power: Their Profits, Our Risks - During the three long and frightening years since the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, the world has heard less and less about this manmade disaster. & Much more...

Nuclear Power: Their Profits, Our Risks - During the three long and frightening years since the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, the world has heard less and less about this manmade disaster. & Much more...

Money, power, and engineering hubris were put ahead of the lives and health of the people of Japan and the northern hemisphere as radiation releases continue to leave the site and migrate into the environment. This catastrophe is the world's worst ind MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014

It's Official: Efficiency, Clean Energy to Help Fill California's Nuclear Generation Gap

California took another major and symbolic step today with its decision to rely significantly on energy efficiency and other clean energy resources to help replace electricity once generated by the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) serving MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014

5 electric cars to watch out for in 2014

In recent years, car manufacturers have increased their production of environmentally conscious vehicles; rejuvenating the motoring industry with a range of dynamic yet efficient vehicles. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Elon Musk battles East Coast car dealers, Canada breaks a cleantech export record, and Australian renewable-energy investors begin packing their bags

This week in Clean Energy Review, Elon Musk battles East Coast car dealers, Canada breaks a cleantech export record, and Australian renewable-energy investors begin packing their bags

Canada’s $11 billion cleantech sector hit a record $5.8 billion in export revenue last year, and is growing considerably faster than the rest of the economy. So concludes the latest edition of the Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report, the country’s MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014

Nissan LEAF Named Cleanest Production Vehicle In US

The rankings figure in the entire wheel-to-well lifetime environmental impact of the cars studied — accounting for everything from the materials used in the construction of the vehicle, to the fuel/energy used run it, to its end-of-life processing. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014

The Experience So Many Will Go Through… That Will Disrupt The Auto Industry

I recently took a drive in a GMO colleague’s Tesla from New York to Boston. Now, I am about as far from a car freak as you will easily find. But I have to say that my recent Tesla journey was my #1 car experience ever. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014

City of North Vancouver named Canadian Solar City

Canadian Solar Cities Project board of directors is pleased to announce that The City of North Vancouver has been selected as an official Canadian Solar City by meeting each of a 10-point set of criteria established for most sustainable city in Canada. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014

Three Years after Fukushima: Lulled into the Myth of Safety?

A “myth of safety” permeated before the accident — and indeed may have led to it. The myth continues today, says Kennette Benedict, executive director of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which published a new English version of the book, “The Fukushima MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014

Line 9 shows why broken system needs fixing

Line 9 shows why broken system needs fixing

Sometimes when bad news is delivered it can bring up mixed emotions. That was the case last Thursday when we learned of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) irresponsible approval of Enbridge’s risky Line 9 tar sands pipeline project -Canada deserves better MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014

First Electric School Bus Comes To The Dirty Valley

For the first time in the U.S., children are getting to school on an electric bus – and it couldn’t be happening in a better place.The electric school bus went into service last week in the Kings Canyon Unified School District, outside Fresno MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014

37% of All New US Electrical Generating Capacity in 2013 Provided By Renewable Energy

Unbelievable but true! A report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, states that renewable energy sources such as biomass, geothermal, hydro-power, solar, wind accounted for 37.16 percent of all new domestic electric MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014

California’s Solar Demands Reshape Grid’s Energy Load

Renewables are beginning to make real changes to the energy grid, especially in California where solar power – in particular – has become more widely adopted. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014

No more Fukashimas! March 11 is the 3rd anniversary - read on for many related stories. And in Ontario, nuclear loss drags down OPG profit. Much more!

No more Fukashimas! March 11 is the 3rd anniversary - read on for many related stories. And in Ontario, nuclear loss drags down OPG profit. Much more!

On the third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi catastrophe Rosalie Bertell, a Catholic nun, in her book No Immediate Danger, wrote about the decades of suppression of the impacts of nuclear power and the reason behind it: “Should the public discover MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014

Three years after Fukushima: 100% renewable energy is only a matter of political will

Three years after Fukushima: 100% renewable energy is only a matter of political will

Hamburg, 11 March 2014 - Three years after the Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear disaster, the Global100RE Ambassadors are highlighting the need to refrain from using hazardous nuclear and fossil energy sources and instead shift towards 100% renewable energy. Am MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014

Ontario still hasn’t learned from Fukushima

Ontario still hasn’t learned from Fukushima

Today marks the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Three years later, this plant continues to teeter on the edge of disaster with painfully slow progress to stabilize the reactors and to control vast amounts of radioactive water flowing MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014

House Republicans just passed a good environmental bill, believe it or not

On Wednesday, proving that one should never say never, the House approved a measure to improve energy efficiency in both the public and private sectors. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, which overwhelmingly passed by a vote of 375-36, is similar MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 10, 2014

Big Oil’s new strategy: If you can’t build a new pipeline, just overload the old one

Canadian pipeline behemoth Enbridge won government approval for its plans for 9B, one of the most contentious pipes in pipe business. While it doesn’t get much press, 9B is important because it’s part of a hot, new trend in trans-national pipe dreams: MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 10, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, a report finds geothermal power could more than double by 2020, Albertans get sick of coal power, and China literally declares war on fossil-fuel pollution.

This week in Clean Energy Review, a report finds geothermal power could more than double by 2020, Albertans get sick of coal power, and China literally declares war on fossil-fuel pollution.

A new report highlights the enormous 24/7 clean power capacity lying underfoot. Given favourable market & policy conditions, Pike Research concludes that the total global installed capacity of clean geothermal power could more than double end of decade. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 10, 2014

Full Size Folding Electric Bike in a Tesla Model S

WARNING: This is not a magic trick. What you’re about to see is real. Please try this at home. We fit this full-sized electric bike into the Tesla Model S and still had enough room for 5 adult passengers. Don’t believe us? See for yourself. MORE    added: Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014

It’s Now Official: U.S. Solar Industry Has Record-Shattering Year in 2013

What would Alexandre Edmond Becquerel be thinking now? In 1839, at the age of just 19, Becquerel built the world’s first photovoltaic panel, later inspiring the imaginations of millions of people worldwide, including legendary scientist Albert Einstein MORE    added: Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014

Enbridge Line 9 Update (from Lulu)

18 territories, not one single crown consultation for this pipeline..ever. At the NEB Enbridge confirmed in written evidence they have never viewed a single treaty regarding Line 9. There is an over 90% chance it will rupture according to expert evidence MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 7, 2014

FUKUSHIMA WE REMEMBER - Tuesday, March 11 marks the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

FUKUSHIMA WE REMEMBER - Tuesday, March 11 marks the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

It is a tragedy that continues today. But the Canadian government refuses to learn from the suffering Fukushima has caused with Bill C-22 protecting nuclear companies in the event of an accident. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014

America’s first carbon-trading program can boast some impressive numbers

How do you turn $1 billion into $2 billion, all the while helping to slow down global warming? By capping carbon dioxide pollution and charging for emissions permits, then plowing the revenues into clean energy and energy-efficiency programs MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014

Why The Economics Don't Favor Nuclear Power In America - and much more!

Why The Economics Don't Favor Nuclear Power In America - and much more!

Given the expense of nuclear power, a commitment to nuclear crowds out the alternatives. The biggest mistake policy makers could make is to allow the search for yet another nuclear holy grail to delay the transition to a 21st century electricity grid. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014

Austin, Texas Approves Wind Power Agreement to Achieve Utility's Renewables Goal Four Years Early

The Austin, Texas, City Council approved a wind power contract Feb. 27 that enables Austin Energy to achieve its goal of delivering 35 percent of all of its electricity from renewable sources four years ahead of its goal, the utility said in a news relea MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014

Wanna get West Nile virus? Climate change will help

Time reports that a warming world will see higher rates of West Nile, because the virus is tied to higher temperatures and lower precipitation. A new study in Global Change Biology projects just where the virus will spread: MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014

Unique Bioreactor Finds Algae's Sweet Spot

A unique bioreactor at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) can help find the ideal locations for farms to produce algae that could someday compete with renewable diesel, cellulosic ethanol, and other petroleum alternatives MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014

Low-lying islands are going to drown, so should we even bother trying to save their ecosystems?

Islands are hot spots of biodiversity, often home to rich and unique ecosystems. Despite covering just 5 percent of the Earth’s land, the planet’s 180,000-odd islands contain a fifth of its plant and animal species. Around half of recorded extinctions ha MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014

Hundreds arrested at anti-Keystone protest in front of White House

Nearly 400 anti-Keystone protestors were arrested on Sunday after zip-tying themselves to a fence in front of the White House. Activist group 350.org characterized the action as the “largest youth civil disobedience at the White House in a generation.” MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014

Your car will soon be less polluting, thanks to EPA’s new gasoline rule

“When burned in gasoline, sulfur blocks pollution-control equipment in vehicle engines, which increases tailpipe emissions linked to lung disease, asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, aggravated heart disease and premature births and deaths. Proponents MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014

Apple CEO says he doesn’t want stockholders who don’t believe in climate change

In Tim Cook’s three-year reign as Apple CEO, the company has roughly tripled its reliance on clean energy, and Cook snagged former EPA head Lisa Jackson to steer Apple’s green initiatives. But on Friday, at Apple’s annual shareholders meeting, shit got MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014

Cabin fever: Are tiny houses the new American dream?

Tiny houses have seemingly taken over the landscape of aspirational real estate, and not just for the green-minded. When it comes to choosing a compact cottage of one’s own, tiny house fetishists need only adopt the guiding principle of sage philosopher MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 3, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, Mark Jacobson and friends unveil 50 transition plans for 50 states, Bhutan works to break its gasoline habit, and Consumer Reports declares the Tesla Model S the best vehicle available anywhere, period.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Mark Jacobson and friends unveil 50 transition plans for 50 states, Bhutan works to break its gasoline habit, and Consumer Reports declares the Tesla Model S the best vehicle available anywhere, period.

AMERICA’S TOP MODEL: Consumer Reports declared the Tesla Model S its car of the year. Scoring the vehicle of 99 out of 100—higher than any of the other 259 vehicles tested. Elon Musk (pictured) not only produces the best EV, the editors said, he makes MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 3, 2014

Musk’s Planned $5 Billion Tesla Battery Gigafactory May Unleash Bidding War

Tesla Motors Inc.’s plan to build what co-founder Elon Musk bills as the world’s largest battery factory could shake up the power industry and trigger a bidding contest between states eager for the 6,500 jobs the $5 billion investment could create. MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

You might see fewer oil trains on the tracks, thanks to a new emergency order

Citing an “imminent hazard” of explosion and fire posed by trains hauling crude, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring more thorough testing of oil before it’s shipped. The department is especially concerned about oil MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Fracking infrastructure? Not in my backyard, says Exxon CEO

Public utility Cross Timbers Water Supply Corp. has had the nerve to plan a water tower in Bartonville, Texas – right next to Tillerson’s own personal horse ranch! Not only is the tower a blight on Tillerson’s very own piece of Texas forever, but it’s al MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Beginning of the End? Oil Companies Cut Back on Spending

Steve Kopits recently gave a presentation explaining our current predicament: the cost of oil extraction has been rising rapidly (10.9% per year) but oil prices have been flat. Major oil companies are finding their profits squeezed, and have recently ann MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

L.A. and California lawmakers move to impose fracking moratoriums

Environmentalists have been particularly critical of fracking in California recently because the practice uses a lot of water and the state is suffering through a record-breaking drought. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

VW e-Golf Electric Car Goes On Sale In Germany

With the e-Golf VW has taken its bestselling compact Golf model and dropped into it an electric drivetrain that delivers 85 kW / 115 PS and develops a maximum torque of 270 Nm. It can reach a speed of 60 km/h within 4.2 seconds and after 10.4 seconds the MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Oil is spilling from trains, pipelines … and now barges

An oil-hauling barge collided with a vessel pushing grain in the Mississippi River on Saturday, causing an estimated 31,500 gallons of crude to leak through a tear in its hull. The accident closed 65 miles of the already disgustingly polluted waterway up MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Watch the Arctic’s oldest ice melt away

The Arctic’s “old ice” — ice that had been around for at least four years — used to make up about a quarter of all the ice in the Arctic sea. But it’s disappearing, and in the NOAA video, you can watch it happen. It’s kind of unnerving — the ice cov MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, an exciting new finding on China and clean power, remote communities work to kick their diesel habit, and faith leaders get a little fossil-fuel-divestment religion.

This week in Clean Energy Review, an exciting new finding on China and clean power, remote communities work to kick their diesel habit, and faith leaders get a little fossil-fuel-divestment religion.

BOMBSHELL NEW FINDING INJECTS FRESH HOPE FOR CHINA: China would spend far less money if it transitioned to an 80 percent renewable grid by 2050 than it would by continuing to rely on coal. So concludes China’s Future Generation, a new report from the US MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Enbridge pipeline: W5 uncovers at least 35 spills, some close to Waterloo Region

An aging Enbridge pipeline that runs across Ontario has had at least 35 spills — far more than reported to federal regulators — but many municipalities along its route have never been informed of the incidents, a CTV W5 investigation that aired Saturday MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Fuel Cell Units Take Starter Block At Daytona 500

On Sunday, millions will tune in to watch the thrills and chills of the Daytona 500 — the first race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. While fans will see some of the most advanced technologies on the track, organizers will also be demonstrating a transfo MORE    added: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

Nissan Leaf Said To Be The Greenest Of Them All

Research firm Automotive Science Group (ASG) determined the all-electric Nissan Leaf “to hold the smallest life-cycle environmental footprint of any model year 2014 automobile available in the North American market (with min. 4 person occupancy) MORE    added: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

Solar-Induced Hybrid Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with assistance from a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy. The hybrid fuel cell can use a w MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Actually, climate trolls, January ended up being the fourth-warmest on record

Basically everywhere but the U.S. had a warmer than average month MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

New Japanese Electric Buses Soon To Be Solar Powered

Though most of the time when you hear about electric buses these days it is because of Chinese manufacturer BYD, others do have contributions to the developing mass transit space as well. One of these is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which is supplying tw MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Nebraska judge throws a big wrench in Keystone XL pipeline works

Thompson & two other people whose property had been threatened by the pipeline, Susan Luebbe and Susan Dunavan, sued the governor, the acting director of the state department of environmental quality, and the state treasurer, on the grounds that the law MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Trading water for fuel is fracking crazy

Trading water for fuel is fracking crazy

It would be difficult to live without oil and gas. But it would be impossible to live without water. Yet, in our mad rush to extract and sell every drop of gas and oil as quickly as possible, we’re trading precious water for fossil fuels. MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

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: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

Obama to trucking industry: “No more rampant gas consumption for you!”

Obama announced on Tuesday that he has ordered new, stricter fuel-efficiency rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions from large trucks. This will build on an earlier set of standards that were developed in 2011 and took effect this year. The new standards MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

Another day, another river ruined by a big coal-industry spill

Patriot Coal accidentally let more than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry loose from a coal processing facility in West Virginia. Six miles of Fields Creek, which flows into the Kanawha River, was blackened by the slurry spill. The slurry contained fine par MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

The #1 Solar Utility Is in…Iowa?

It may be one of the oldest cooperative utilities in the country, but in the next six months, Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) of southeastern Iowa will be leading the nation in this 21st century energy source. Upon completion of a new solar array, the MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

Proposed Energy East Pipeline Could Exceed Keystone XL in GHG Emissions, Finds Report

A new report from Pembina Institute says that the proposed TransCanada Energy East pipeline could generate up to 32 million tonnes (Mt) of additional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the crude oil production required to fill it. Thirty-two million ton MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Looking back at STOP LINE 9 successes

Looking back at STOP LINE 9 successes

Any day now the National Energy Board will release a decision on Line 9. Whatever happens, know that citizen groups, First Nations, municipalities, and you and I have built a strong voice for the safety of communities and the environment. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

More Wind Power Equals Lower Electricity Prices

The price of electricity has dropped in states that have developed extensive wind power over the past five years. It’s just a slight drop, but here’s the kicker: the other states have seen a hefty rise. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

Monster wind farm planned in South Dakota

Well blow us over, Mount Rushmore State! Scores of landowners in South Dakota are banding together in an attempt to build a one-gigawatt wind farm, which would be spread over thousands of acres of farmland. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

John Kerry says climate change is a weapon of mass destruction

Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech in climate-vulnerable Indonesia on Sunday during which he mocked climate deniers and compared the threat of global warming to terrorism and poverty. The speech came a day after Kerry visited China, where he MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, the Church of England speaks climate truth from the pulpit, Winter Olympians want a global climate deal, and the world's largest and coolest solar thermal plant starts feeding clean juice to Californians.

This week in Clean Energy Review, the Church of England speaks climate truth from the pulpit, Winter Olympians want a global climate deal, and the world's largest and coolest solar thermal plant starts feeding clean juice to Californians.

"THE GREAT DEMON OF OUR DAY" The Church of England declared climate disruption "a giant evil, a great demon of our day." One bishop said the church has a "critical role" to play in lobbying policy makers to ensure the U.K. meets its greenhouse-gas reduct MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Tepco hid record-level radiation data last July Tepco, operator of Fukushima nuclear stations, released the data on Feb. 6 - and much more..

Tepco hid record-level radiation data last July Tepco, operator of Fukushima nuclear stations, released the data on Feb. 6 - and much more..

“I foolishly once believed the myth that nuclear energy is clean and safe. That myth has completely broken down. Restarting nuclear reactors while we still have no place to dispose nuclear waste is a criminal act...." - 79th Prime Minister of Japan MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

World's largest, giant solar power plant is 'dawn of new era'

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 13 square kilometres of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opens Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises MORE    added: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014

The war against the fight to save the planet

The war against the fight to save the planet

We are alarmed about the recent CBC report that the Canada Revenue Agency is targeting a number of environmental groups –all members of Climate Action Network Canada – for costly and time-consuming audits. Despite the government's assurances that this is MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

Solar is keeping California’s lights on as hydro dries up

The San Jose Mercury News reports that solar energy is helping to meet California’s power needs amid a drought that has caused hydroelectric supplies to shrivel: MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

The Non Impact Of Wind Turbines On Property Values

More information has come from the authors of a recent wind-turbines-and-property-values study - reiterate the positive findings: “The results do not support the claim that wind turbines affect nearby home prices.” MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Scotland Thumps Trump Again; Another Wind Power Defeat

Donald Trump has found himself on the wrong side of a wind power decision in Scotland. But what else is new? MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Good news: Most Americans want climate action. Now for the bad news …

Consider the results of a recent poll of 1,000 registered voters that was commissioned by the Sierra Club and conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (GQR). GQR found consistent, clear majorities are concerned about climate change and favor action to mitig MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Frackers are guzzling water in drought-plagued areas

Fracking is a thirsty technique — and most of the fracking underway in the U.S. is occurring in regions suffering from drought. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

A New Study Cautions the World to Get Ready for Many More Blackouts Ahead

Living without electricity in today’s technological world may be difficult to imagine. Yet the reality of living without computers, mobile phones and entertainment systems, and managing a transport system thrown into chaos by an absence of traffic lights MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Could this be the world’s first affordable hydrogen fuel-cell powered mass transport vehicle?

Birmingham City University is set to showcase the concept and design behind what could prove to be the world’s first affordable hydrogen fuel-cell powered mass transport vehicle. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION: Including How Manitoba will help America; Ontario Wind Farm Doesn't Hurt Property Values; Smart Meters Doing the Trick... & much more!

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION: Including How Manitoba will help America; Ontario Wind Farm Doesn't Hurt Property Values; Smart Meters Doing the Trick... & much more!

MANITOBA TO BACK UP AMERICAN WIND: Manitoba Hydro inked a deal with a major midwest-U.S. utility that will enable the provincial crown corporation to “bank” excess wind energy produced in North Dakota inside its large hydroelectric reservoirs. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Olympians to world: Please get serious about climate action, thanks

More than 100 Olympians signed on to a statement, released Tuesday, asking leaders to “recognize climate change by reducing emissions, embracing clean energy, and preparing a commitment to a global agreement at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Ch MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Taking the long view: Obama renews efforts to move forward on environmental justice

"By effectively implementing environmental laws, we can improve quality of life and expand economic opportunity in overburdened communities. And recognizing these same communities may suffer disproportionately due to climate change, we must cut carbon em MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Quick, change the channel! Al Jazeera is talking about the environment again

Mainstream American news networks don’t care about climate change. When they’re not ignoring humanity’s greatest crisis, they’re inviting pundits onto their programs to spread climate misinformation. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

India plans world’s biggest solar project. Now about the financing …

India has just 2,200 megawatts of grid-connected solar power —less than a quarter of the capacity in the U.S. But four years ago, the heavily coal-dependent country had only 18 megawatts. Now it’s talking up plans to build the world’s biggest solar plant MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

Climate change has turned southern England into a soggy teabag

The region has taken an almighty soaking during the past week, following the wettest January on record. (And when we say “on record,” we’re talking about nearly 250 years worth of data.) MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

Budget Day in Canada - how it reflects our values, good or bad

Budget Day in Canada - how it reflects our values, good or bad

It’s when the federal government lays out its plans for your money-- which programs and services it will introduce or expand and which it will cut or shut down. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

Fukushima to use 100% renewable energy by 2040 turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change

Fukushima to use 100% renewable energy by 2040 turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change

The Japanese province of Fukushima has pledged to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2040, turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change. Plus much MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

Environmental Charities under attack by oil industry

Environmental Charities under attack by oil industry

It was in the news yesterday that Environmental Defence and six other prominent environmental charities are under audit by the Canada Revenue Agency as a result of complaints made by Ethical Oil. MORE    added: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

“PV with Lot” Sales: A New Form of Personal Investment in Japan

In Japan, investing in a “PV with Lot” is becoming popular among individuals who don’t own land and wish to generate extra income from the nation’s feed-in tariff (FIT). MORE    added: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

Creating Climate Wealth: The Road to Renewable Energy Islands

Last year more than 25 million tourists visited the Caribbean’s islands, drawn in part to the region’s sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets. Though many consider it a tropical paradise, the Caribbean’s 40 million residents know that such positives also MORE    added: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

Walmart Leads U.S. In On-site Energy Production

Walmart has a long way to go before it realizes the full power-producing potential of is vast roof space, but the company has been chipping away at it: In the latest figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership program, MORE    added: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

Solar veterans bring expertise to massive project

Solar veterans bring expertise to massive project

Waterloo-based s2e Technologies Inc. provides design, engineering and other services for large solar projects. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

University of Waterloo EV3 building walks the talk on innovation and sustainability

The new Environment 3 (EV3) building on Waterloo’s main campus is one of Canada’s most innovative and green buildings, and the first LEED Canada Platinum structure at an Ontario university. André Roy, Dean of the Faculty of Environment, explains why. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

'Near Unanimous Support': Kansas Sends a Renewable-energy Message to America

The Wind Coalition and the Climate and Energy Project released new poll data showing that Kansans overwhelmingly — and we mean overwhelmingly — support the development of renewable energy resources in the their state. The poll, conducted by North Star Op MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Fuel Cell Vehicles Holding Up Well In Cold Weather

What’s the performance like for fuel cell vehicles in adverse cold weather conditions? A couple of operators of fleets of Toyota fuel cell SUVs found out recently via the record cold spells that have been hitting the East Coast, particularly in the north MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Buses Making Transition More And More To Electric

City bus fleets around the world are preparing to introduce electric buses that use advanced technology. There are three main types of electric buses; plug-in hybrid electric buses that use rechargeable batteries to run on both electricity and diesel, ba MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Porsche Brings Electric Car History To Life With The P1

The world of electric cars dates not back to just the last decade or so, but pretty much all the way to the dawn of the automotive era. Now one of the earliest examples of this has been rediscovered by the folks at Porsche and is being added to its colle MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Please sign now.

With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Please sign now.

Canada raising liability for nuclear, offshore oil & gas operators to $1 billion The Conservative government has introduced legislation that would dramatically bump up the amount of liability coverage required for nuclear plants and offshore oil and gas MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

It hasn’t rained this much in England since 1767, or maybe since ever

Nearly six inches of rain fell on southern and central England in January, triggering floods and producing the heaviest monthly drenching since record-keeping began at an Oxford University weather station in 1767. And the mid-winter deluges have continue MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

US Solar Jobs Growing Ten Times Faster than National Average Employment Growth

The US solar industry now employs more than 142,000 individuals, having added upwards of 23,000 new jobs in 2013. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, a father-daughter team bag the ultimate electric road trip, Goldman Sachs calls this a

This week in Clean Energy Review, a father-daughter team bag the ultimate electric road trip, Goldman Sachs calls this a "transformational moment," and everyone's favourite Royal calls fowl on climate deniers.

SO MUCH FOR RANGE ANXIETY: In a largely overlooked but important milestone, John Glenney, a 62 year old biochemist & horse rancher, & his 26 year old daughter, Jill, became the first to drive across America—from New York to Los Angeles—in a Tesla MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Ocean temperatures spiked in 2013

Rising ocean temperatures might not seem as significant for us humans as rising land temperatures, but they actually affect us in lots of ways. Warming marine environments are disturbing wildlife the world over, driving fish to cooler and deeper waters — MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly

Nations have so dragged their feet in battling climate change that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising, according to a draft United Nations report. Another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions co MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

BC's LNG Boom could Rival Tarsands' Carbon Pollution

BC's LNG Boom could Rival Tarsands' Carbon Pollution

It's a strange time in British Columbia. Just a short while ago, BC was well on its way to becoming Canada's greenest province. A revenue neutral carbon tax applied in 2008 led to a dramatic reduction in fuel use without any adverse effects on the econom MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Super Bowl Solar: NFL Stadiums Produce Onsite Energy with PV Projects

On February 2, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will host Super Bowl XLVIII. During the game, aerial footage will likely show 916 external LED fixtures powered by 1,350 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with a total generating capacity of 276 MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Citizen scientists can fill info gaps about Fukushima effects

Citizen scientists can fill info gaps about Fukushima effects

An Internet search turns up an astounding number of pages about radiation from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown that followed an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. But it's difficult to find credible information. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

A distorted picture - letter to the editor response to Excess power "an extraordinary expense" — Jan. 21 - By CREW member Doug Wagner

In regards to this recent article, it is an example of how taking a little information, without giving all the facts, can paint a very distorted picture. In this case it was obviously for political reasons. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

The Road to Renewable Energy in Alberta, Canada

Overall, the level of solar in the wind-dominated Alberta renewable energy industry is a tiny fraction of what is possible, given its robust level of sun-hours per year (concentrated in the province’s southern region). But there are many examples of the c MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Struggling Manufacturers, Renewables, Electricity and Jobs - by Derek Satnik

Ontario’s energy debate has been raging for decades, but is particularly animated of late, and highly political. Ontario’s PC Party is particularly upset, and routinely blames energy prices for the decline of manufacturing in Ontario. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

London’s new solar bridge is the largest in the world

Network Rail, which is responsible for Britain’s rail infrastructure, just opened the “world’s largest solar-powered bridge” — which stretches across the Thames, has 4,400 solar panels on it, and will provide half the energy to central London’s Blackfria MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Rail versus pipeline is the wrong question - David Suzuki

Rail versus pipeline is the wrong question - David Suzuki

Debating the best way to do something we shouldn't be doing in the first place is a sure way to end up in the wrong place. That's what's happening with the "rail versus pipeline" discussion. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Crude awakening: As Keystone opens in Texas, neighbors fight to protect their water

Wednesday at 10:45 a.m., Keystone XL South was supposed to begin piping tar sands crude from Cushing, Okla. to refineries in Texas. That’s what the pipeline’s builder, Transcanada, had announced. But on Friday they went silent - major leak reported! MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Can clean energy replace a shuttered nuke plant in California?

Replacing SONGS with new natural gas would be a missed opportunity to showcase the clean technologies coming out of California, which are fully capable of solving this decrease in generation capacity without using fossil fuels. Through renewables, energy MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

In Texas, Wind Nears 10% Of Electricity

Wind power generation in Texas continued its steady upward march in 2013, and it’s now on the doorstop of 10 percent of the state’s electricity supply. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, the news out of Europe is both good and not so good, an oil company gets into the car-sharing market, and Silicon Valley EV fans jostle over charge points.

This week in Clean Energy Review, the news out of Europe is both good and not so good, an oil company gets into the car-sharing market, and Silicon Valley EV fans jostle over charge points.

RENEWABLES COULD EXCEED 30 PERCENT OF GLOBAL MIX BY 2030: The total global share of final energy consumption served by renewables could almost double from its current 18 percent to more than 30 percent by 2030. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

World Can Hit 30% Renewables By 2030 At No Extra Cost

The world’s share of renewable energy can meet or exceed 30% by 2030 using technologies that are available today–although further effort is needed in certain sectors–according to a new report published today by IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

China Installs total amount of Solar in operation in US......in one year (12 GW in 2013)

China Installs total amount of Solar in operation in US......in one year (12 GW in 2013)

Developers in China installed a record 12 gigawatts of solar panels in 2013, almost matching the total amount of solar power in operation in the U.S., and may exceed that in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

The pope is writing a big green manifesto

The first clue that Pope Francis might be a greenie came when he chose to name himself after Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.We’ve also learned that he likes riding buses and doesn’t like fracking. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meet our electricity needs. Please sign now.

With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meet our electricity needs. Please sign now.

US Sailors Suing TEPCO: New fight over Fukushima Many plaintiffs, most in their 20s, have been diagnosed with "cancers, leukaemias, bleeding from vagina and rectum, abnormal growths, loss of eyesight, migraine headaches, weight gain/loss, immunodeficienc MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

US Army colonel: world is sleepwalking to a global energy crisis

A conference sponsored by a US military official convened experts in Washington DC and London warning that continued dependence on fossil fuels puts the world at risk of an unprecedented energy crunch that could inflame financial crisis and exacerbate dan MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Campaign to phase out coal energy in Alberta gained steam at discussion hosted by Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)

Campaign to phase out coal energy in Alberta gained steam at discussion hosted by Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)

EDMONTON - The campaign to phase out coal-fuelled power plants in Alberta picked up steam Thursday at a panel discussion hosted by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Nissan Leaf Now 100,000 Strong On The Roads

Nissan announced today that 100,000 all-electric Leaf vehicles have been sold around the world. The Japanese automaker took some time to tell the tales of those who bought the 99,999 and 100k units, with their purchases taking place in the United States MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Google Continues To Bet Big On Clean Energy

Google has invested US$75 million in a wind farm in Texas, marking the global tech leader’s 15th renewable energy investment. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

How Solar Saves The Military Big Bucks

Security, predictability, climate change, safety – all of these are cited by the U.S. Department of Defense as motivating factors for its embrace of energy-efficient and renewable technologies - PLUS COST $AVINGS! MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Renewable Energy at $254 Billion? Let’s Make It a Clean Trillion

Billionaire bankers gathered at the United Nations yesterday to call for more investment in renewable energy -- $1 trillion a year, to be exact. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Northern Exposure: Canadian Hydro in the Spotlight

Hydroelectric power has been a staple in Canada's energy mix for more than a century, but its role is evolving. Find out how politics, social responsibility and foreign markets are shaping the industry's future. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

There Is A Giant Wind Farm Hiding Inside This Supertall Skyscraper

The 99-story Pertamina Energy Tower in Jakarta plans to generate all its own energy from wind, solar, and geothermal energy. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

NWMO Agrees...No Nuke Dump in Saugeen Shores!

NWMO Agrees...No Nuke Dump in Saugeen Shores!

To all of you who have supported Save Our Saugeen Shores and the fight against the nuke dump in our municipality with your letters, e-mails, lawn signs, march participation, t-shirt purchases, donations and in so many other ways, a huge and heartfelt than MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Carbon tax needed - Young tunes out Tory rebuttal — Jan. 14 - letter to the editor - THE RECORD

I share Neil Young's frustration with the Canadian government's position on our nation's natural resource development, with particular focus on the environmental and social consequences of the Alberta oilsands. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Toyota Drives Past Six Million Hybrids Sold Globally

That’s right, six million hybrids sold around the world since August of 1997, of which 1 million were sold in just the last nine months. This is according to figures provided by the Japanese automaker which show, that as of December 31, 2013,roughly 6.07 MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Honour the Treaties

Honour the Treaties

Last September, after driving his environmentally retrofitted Lincoln Continental from San Francisco to N. Alberta, Neil Young was shocked at what he saw. Rampant tar sands development had turned the once-pristine area around Fort McMurray into a "waste MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Tim Hudak’s plan raises plenty of questions - According to Tim Hudak, a PC Government will cut our electricity bills. But does Mr. Hudak really understand what is driving rising electricity costs?

Tim Hudak’s plan raises plenty of questions - According to Tim Hudak, a PC Government will cut our electricity bills. But does Mr. Hudak really understand what is driving rising electricity costs?

According to a report by Navigant Consulting for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), subsides for solar & wind raised our electricity generation costs by only 10% in 2012. Subsidies for nuclear electricity raised our costs by 43%. MORE    added: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014

Fracking chemicals may make oil extra explosive

It appears that the method of extracting oil from the Bakken formation is making it more flammable. That method is fracking. Fracking relies on injecting a cocktail of chemicals into the ground to crack it open. Companies refuse to disclose exactly MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Tim Hudak’s energy plan raises plenty of questions

Tim Hudak’s energy plan raises plenty of questions

We need your help to get Mr. Hudak to support solutions that will actually lower our electricity bills and move Ontario towards an efficient and cost-effective 100% renewable electricity grid. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Young fires verbal arrows at Harper government’s rebuttal

TORONTO — Neil Young reaffirmed his criticism of the Harper government and the Alberta oilsands on Monday, responding to a statement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's spokesperson with a point-by-point refutation. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

The New Global Leader in Renewable Energy

The advancement of viable clean energy solutions will reduce carbon emissions and China's reliance on foreign countries for energy. It will also enable China's existing industries to continue growing while at the same time creating a new, innovative ind MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

This week in Clean Energy Review, New York goes all-in on renewable energy and microgrids, clean tech leaders call out 60 Minutes, and Enbridge snaps up a wind farm.

This week in Clean Energy Review, New York goes all-in on renewable energy and microgrids, clean tech leaders call out 60 Minutes, and Enbridge snaps up a wind farm.

YEAR AHEAD HOLDS GREAT PROMISE: With returns growing very attractive, 2014 will prove a great year for investors to double-down in clean energy innovations. So said Wal Van Lierop, the president and CEO of Chrysalix Venture Capital. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Let’s spring into action on climate change - Record letter to the editor

Canadians want action on climate change. I think Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid's remark is significant, because acknowledging that "with climate change comes extreme weather events" is a first step in forming an intention to do MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Why Canada sucks on climate change

If you were old enough to vote in 2004, then you probably remember the refrain “I’m moving to Canada!” It was every disenchanted liberal’s threat after George W. Bush’s reelection. Wags even made a “United States of Canada” map, attaching the Democratic s MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

Carbon trading is booming in North America, no thanks to U.S. or Canadian governments

Despite ongoing failure by the U.S. and Canadian governments to impose limits or taxes on greenhouse gas pollution, state and regional initiatives on the east and west coasts of North America moved forward. MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

Wind Energy Helps Ward Off Power Outages

Over the last 48 hours, wind energy played a critical role in keeping homeowners warm as grid operators across the Eastern and Central U.S. worked overtime to keep up with record-breaking winter demand. MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

Wind & Solar - The Path to Energy Independence - Energy, Economy, and National Security

Without energy, nothing works: not hospitals, or traffic lights, or refrigerators... nothing. This is a big problem if all your energy comes from sources that you cannot control. It's a problem for honest hard-working people who pay their bills, and for MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

Solar Goes Big in Texas as First Phase of 400-MW PV Farm Comes Online

Texas is known for going big. In a state with so much land and so much sun it’s no wonder that the state is starting to warm to solar. And while much of the news surrounding the giant solar farms (100 megawatts or more) in the U.S. and world is coming fr MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

Ford Uses SunPower Solar Cells for Its Electric Concept Car

NEW YORK CITY -- Ford Motor Co., the second largest U.S. automaker, is showcasing a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that uses solar panels in the roof to recharge itself. MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

White House smacks down climate deniers in new video

If you pay just a little attention to what scientists say, it shouldn’t be too hard to understand how freezing conditions across North America can be linked to climate change. As polar temperatures rise faster than equatorial temperatures, jet streams th MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Toyota Prius powers Thornhill man’s home during ice storm blackout

Retired Air Force mechanic Bob Osemlak coped without power after the ice storm for two days by using an inverter to let his Prius power his house, Jan. 4. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

Scientists Figure Out How to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency Inexpensively

Researchers from North Carolina State University & the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells. Their modification can increase solar cell efficiency by more than 30% MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

LIFE Co-op issues RFP for Marketing and Sales (link)

LIFE Co-op issues RFP for Marketing and Sales (link)

LIFE Co-op is seeking professionals to market and sell up to $5 million in Preference Shares to finance our solar portfolio. If interested, please review the RFP available at the following link: MORE    added: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014

Canada getting blown away by wind power

It's hard to believe, but the tempest over wind energy may be losing speed. In at least some parts of the province, particularly around Lake Erie, the statistics appear to show people are warming up to wind power. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Japan Eyes Smart Meters, Fuel Cells to Tackle Climate Change

TOKYO -- Japan plans smart meters in every residence and factory by the early 2020s and 5.3 million fuel cells in homes by 2030 to tackle climate change, according to a report to be submitted to the United Nations. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

2013 Year in Review

2013 Year in Review

With 2013 drawing to a close, we thought now would be a great time to look back on the year that was in the world of climate action. The last year was marked by some very big climate stories, ranging from international talks to super storms to celebrity MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

Light Bulbs Set To Be More Efficient Come 2014 - US & Canada

Six years ago, President Bush signed a federal energy bill phasing out energy-wasting light bulbs on a staggered schedule to ensure a smooth and successful transition to more efficient bulbs – & eventually save Americans $13 billion on their annual bills MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

Berlin switching on to energy savings

In Germany's capital, where recycling is an art form and organic markets are sprouting up everywhere, saving energy is becoming serious business. It's something city authorities want to encourage. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

Scotland embarrasses U.S. by planning to use only clean energy by 2020

The Arizona-sized country was using 24 percent renewable energy in 2010, which it upped to 40 percent last year. By 2015, that’ll be 50 percent, and then ideally 100 percent wind, solar, wave, and hydro by 2020. (Arizona, in contrast, only gets 9% MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

Are Electric Vehicles Already Halfway to Market Dominance?

Electric vehicles have been all the rage in the last few years, but those who have studied EVs & their history know that this isn’t the first go-round at the rodeo for this “new” technology. In fact, EVs were the most popular type of vehicle at the dawn MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013

Recognizing progress in Ontario’s new long-term energy plan - Tim Weis - Pembina Institute

Recognizing progress in Ontario’s new long-term energy plan - Tim Weis - Pembina Institute

Earlier this month, Ontario updated its long-term energy plan. The plan tries to address questions surrounding the province's nuclear fleet, renewable energy development and the role of natural gas — all while ramping up energy efficiency efforts. Given MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

Sun shines for Arcadian Projects - an energy business owned by James Neeb & Luke Shantz and one of CREW's preferred vendor/installers.

Sun shines for Arcadian Projects - an energy business owned by James Neeb & Luke Shantz and one of CREW's preferred vendor/installers.

Solar appealed to them because "it's a responsible choice," said Neeb. "It's good for people, and families, and our kids." In January 2010, they gave up their jobs and went into business full-time. That first year, they did about 50 solar installations MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

Government of Ontario: Stop OPG's 30% price increase Please sign our petition to the ON Gov’t to import low-cost renewable water power from Quebec rather than rebuild Darlington at very high cost ... much more!

Government of Ontario: Stop OPG's 30% price increase Please sign our petition to the ON Gov’t to import low-cost renewable water power from Quebec rather than rebuild Darlington at very high cost ... much more!

Stop making green power the scapegoat Subsidies for nuclear power pushed up our electricity generation costs by 43 per cent last year. The real reason electricity bills in Ontario are on the rise is our overbuilt and unreliable nuclear system MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

The Trouble With Bubbles (brilliant video from London ON)

This video illustrates what London's current annual greenhouse gas emissions -- around 2.9 million tonnes per year - looks like. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, President Obama welcomes a climate hawk into his inner circle, Alberta mulls a high-speed rail link, and a scrappy startup turns to Tesla tech to chip away at big power.

This week in Clean Energy Review, President Obama welcomes a climate hawk into his inner circle, Alberta mulls a high-speed rail link, and a scrappy startup turns to Tesla tech to chip away at big power.

OBAMA APPOINTS CLIMATE AND ENERGY CZAR: In a move hailed by climate hawks across North America, last week President Obama welcomed John Podesta (above) to his inner circle of advisors. Podesta is a longstanding champion of climate action and U.S. clean MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

Miami vise: Rising seas put the squeeze on a sun-drenched beach town

It’s a balmy, mid-November morning in Miami Beach, Fla., and I’m sitting at one of the cafe tables in front of the local Whole Foods, sipping a cup of coffee, and watching the tide come up. Oh, you can’t see the ocean from here. The tide is gurgling up th MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

1997 Dodge Diesel 4X4 NEW PRICE - CREW Member Rob Yost is selling his truck that runs on both diesel fuel and vegetable oil - In the market? - CHECK IT OUT!

1997 Dodge Diesel 4X4 NEW PRICE - CREW Member Rob Yost is selling his truck that runs on both diesel fuel and vegetable oil - In the market? - CHECK IT OUT!

Certified & e-tested. Auto, AC works great, very good condition. Has been professionally converted to run on both diesel or vegetable oil 5 years ago. I have run over 10,000 liters of vegetable oil through it without issue. Save money & the environment! MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

How offshore wind farms could protect us from hurricanes

Stanford University researchers used computer simulations to calculate that a protective wall of 70,000 offshore wind turbines built 60 miles offshore from New Orleans would have reduced Hurricane Katrina’s wind speeds by 50 % by the time it reached land MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

How do you know you’re making an impact? When your critics start fighting dirty.

How do you know you’re making an impact? When your critics start fighting dirty.

Over the past 18 months, there have been three significant attempts to discredit the Pembina Institute and scare away our partners and clients. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Fact Check: IER Finds it Hard to Kick Habit of Attacking Wind Power

Like a chain smoker, the fossil fuel-funded Institute for Energy Research (IER) seems addicted to spreading misinformation about wind power. In IER’s latest report, the fossil-fueled group claims that some states are benefiting more than their fair share MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Wind energy becoming cheaper than natural gas

In the blustery Midwest, wind energy is now coming in even cheaper than natural gas. “In the Midwest, we’re now seeing power agreements being signed with wind farms at as low as $25 per megawatt-hour,” said Stephen Byrd, Morgan Stanley’s Head of North Am MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

The southern half of Keystone XL is now filling up with oil

TransCanada had a nice little party last weekend. The company has been battling for years to win the State Department’s blessing to build the Keystone XL pipeline over the Canadian border to help export tar-sands oil to American refineries. Meanwhile, it MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Postcard from the Future: 122% Wind Power in Denmark

Renewable electricity records are falling every day. In early October, Germany recently hit a 59 percent renewable peak, Colorado utility Xcel Energy peaked at 60 percent wind at the beginning of the year, and Spain got its top power supply from wind for MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

US Government Recommits to Renewable Energy Ramp-up

The Obama administration has issued an executive order re-establishing one of the proclamations from the climate change plans it issued this summer: significantly boosting the U.S. federal government's support of renewable energy to supply 20 percent of MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

Justice giant: Remembering Mandela and his fight for climate justice

Nelson Mandela is best known for his fight against South African apartheid. But his long walk to freedom also included steps toward solving this mammoth problem called climate change. He envisioned a world where all people are able to live a fully dignif MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

How Solar Projects Really Work (or Don’t)

The Solar industry is not new in Canada, but it has certainly grown over the past decade. The advent of Ontario’s Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP) in 2006 was heralded globally, and Ontario was thrust into the forefront of global solar med MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

Turns out those old-fashioned ways of farming were actually pretty smart

The United Nations recently formed the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, a 115-country group that’s trying to bring down skyrocketing rates of species extinction. During meetings in Turkey this week, the group is discussi MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, new research confirms that Americans are losing interest in driving, Australia reaches an exciting milestone, and everyone's favourite toy-maker pieces together a renewable energy target.

This week in Clean Energy Review, new research confirms that Americans are losing interest in driving, Australia reaches an exciting milestone, and everyone's favourite toy-maker pieces together a renewable energy target.

LEGO LOCKS IN CLEAN ENERGY: Lego Group and World Wildlife Fund clicked together in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions associated with colorful plastic brick manufacturing. By 2016, Lego will produce more energy—clean energy—than it uses. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

Northeast states pissed at Midwest states over coal pollution

The governors of eight Northeastern states are fed up with the air pollution that blows their way from states to their west. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is seeking permission from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to raise its rates for nuclear electricity by 30% in 2014. This rate increase will cost electricity consumers $755.6 million per year.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is seeking permission from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to raise its rates for nuclear electricity by 30% in 2014. This rate increase will cost electricity consumers $755.6 million per year.

Clearly, OPG’s proposal to raise its rates is inconsistent with Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s goal of bending the cost curve down for the province’s electricity consumers. Fortunately, there are three actions that Minister Chiarelli can take MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

Studies warn of abrupt environmental effects of warming

One report says sudden climate shifts could appear in years or decades and calls for an early warning system. Another says a widely accepted emissions cap is too high. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

Ontario's Long-term Energy Plan: Inside the New Numbers

This week the Ontario government released its Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP), which balances a big ramp-up in renewable energy and notable pullback in nuclear. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the LTEP package, which includes the plan itself MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

Triple threat: Obama orders federal agencies to boost clean energy use threefold

Two bills in the Senate would require the country to get at least 25 percent renewable electricity by 2025, but neither has a chance in hell of making it to Obama’s desk. Thanks, Republicans! So the president is doing what he can without approval from Co MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

“Let them eat coal”: Why cheap, dirty fuels aren’t a meal ticket for developing countries

Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish provocateur who loves to pick fights with the climate movement, argues in the New York Times this week that what people in developing nations — or as he called them, “the poor” — really want is cheap, dirty, fossil fuels to help t MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Back in September, we asked you to make a submission to the Ministry of Energy's Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) review......and the Ministry received over 1000 submissions from STOP DARLINGTON supporters!

Back in September, we asked you to make a submission to the Ministry of Energy's Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) review......and the Ministry received over 1000 submissions from STOP DARLINGTON supporters!

Ontario's new energy plan opens the door to reducing the province's reliance on nuclear power and increasing the growth of renewables. This makes the new LTEP surprisingly reasonable compared to past plans. So there's some reason to celebrate, but MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Big corporations are getting ready for carbon taxes, even if we’re not

In a report [PDF] released by the UK-based Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), 29 companies — including the five biggest oil-producers, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, BP, and Shell (not that we’re keeping track) — report that they are using carbon pri MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Superkül Completes Canada’s First Active House

The Toronto firm applies its modern sensibility to a sustainable prototype house – meant to be replicated regionally – that brings in maximum sunshine. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

UN Conference Overlooks Rising Power of Wind and Other Renewables

Another annual United Nations conference on climate change has ended and international negotiators once again failed to agree to a new treaty on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

City-Owned Texas Utility Already Serves 40% Renewable Energy

In 2011, Boulder citizens voted to have their city take over the electric utility, joining 1 in 7 Americans served by municipal electric utilities. Their feasibility study suggests they can more than double renewable energy on their system to over 50 pe MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

China Doubles Renewable Energy Capacity Amid Push to Cut Pollution

BEIJING -- China doubled the pace of adding renewable energy capacity in the first 10 months of the year as the government worked to cut pollution in its largest cities. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Ontario Ups Hydroelectric Power Potential in Newest Long-term Energy Plan

TORONTO Ontario's newest Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) expands the province's target for hydroelectric power from 9,000 MW to 9,300 MW, according to documents released earlier this week by Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Regional councillors endorse climate plan. Plus learn how the plan will benefit Waterloo Region. CREW has been part of its development.

Regional councillors endorse climate plan. Plus learn how the plan will benefit Waterloo Region. CREW has been part of its development.

Waterloo Region is on the cusp of something big:our first-ever community action plan on climate change has now been endorsed by City and Regional Councils. The Climate Action Plan for Waterloo Region aims to cut emissions to 6% below 2010 levels by 2020. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Obama OKs pipeline that will help Canada’s tar-sands industry

The week before Thanksgiving, the Obama administration quietly approved a pipeline project that will cross the U.S.-Canada border and benefit the tar-sands industry. But not that pipeline. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Conservation and Quebec water power are the big opportunities in Ontario’s new plan

Conservation and Quebec water power are the big opportunities in Ontario’s new plan

Today Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli released the province’s new Long Term Energy Plan. It has the potential to reduce electricity costs by a) importing low-cost water power from Quebec and Manitoba, and b) ramping up energy efficiency efforts. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

On Monday we’ll know whether the government listened: the government will release its new energy plan.

On Monday we’ll know whether the government listened: the government will release its new energy plan.

In September, many of you asked Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government to ensure her government’s new Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) put green energy before risky nuclear power. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

Volkswagen twin up! Plug In Hybrid Very Fuel Efficient - a European combined fuel consumption figure of 214 mpg

Volkswagen, at the Tokyo Motor Show, is taking the experience it has learned from its extremely fuel efficient XL1 and turning that into a new concept vehicle known as the twin up! What will most likely stand out for those curious on this design study is MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013

Climate Change Refugees: Coming Soon to a Country Near You - by Craig and Marc Kielburger of FREE The Children and We Day

Ioane Teitiota just wants a safe home where his family has a future, but his quest may set a legal precedent with global ramifications. Teitiota could become the world's first legally-recognized refugee from climate change. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013

Greenpeace arrests show attempts to silence environmentalists continue - Blogpost by David Suzuki

Greenpeace arrests show attempts to silence environmentalists continue - Blogpost by David Suzuki

Early November marked the 18th anniversary of the tragic murder of outspoken writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues by the Nigerian government. Saro-Wiwa and the others had waged a long campaign to stop multinational oil com MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013

Bullfrog jump starts solar for Nova Scotia Youth co-op

Bullfrog jump starts solar for Nova Scotia Youth co-op

Bullfrog Power helped launch a solar roof installation atop the Main Hall of the Deanery Project, a Nova Scotia non-profit co-op for youth that cultivates environmental, artistic and culinary learning. The Deanery Project's workshop topics range from stra MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013

IKEA purchases wind farm in Canada

Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has closed a deal to sell its 46MW Oldman 2 Wind Farm, located in Alberta Canada, to IKEA. Mainstream has commenced construction of the project at a cost of approximately $90 million and is expecte MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

9 leading causes of bird deaths in Canada - and wind towers not one of them

An Environment Canada study released recently shows that more than 270 million birds are killed in Canada every year from human-related activity, which includes deaths caused by cats owned, or not controlled well, by humans. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, Ontario shovels coal power into the history books, Ottawa funds a tidal-energy economics study, and a single colossal wind turbine, planted in the waters off Belgium, lights up 5,000 homes.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Ontario shovels coal power into the history books, Ottawa funds a tidal-energy economics study, and a single colossal wind turbine, planted in the waters off Belgium, lights up 5,000 homes.

ONTARIO MOVES TO BAN COAL POWER FOREVER: Ontario’s premier joined with Al Gore (seen with future voter above) and the head of Environmental Defence to celebrate the looming closure of the province’s last coal-fired power station. The premier used the occ MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

We phased out coal. Citizen activism, lead by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, did that. Now we can phase out nuclear. We can. But we need your help. READ ON for much more information....

We phased out coal. Citizen activism, lead by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, did that. Now we can phase out nuclear. We can. But we need your help. READ ON for much more information....

We won the coal phase out. New Ontario nukes are now off the board. So what’s next? We’re convinced that we can persuade Ontario to cancel the Darlington re-build AND the Pickering extension with a combination of conservation, made-in-ON renewables, and MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

100,000 Electric Cars Target Of Chinese Car Sharing Project

What could someday be one of the world’s largest public electric vehicle sharing systems has begun to quietly unfold in the large eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou. If all goes according to plan, residents in that metropolitan region could, within five yea MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Warsaw walkout: Big green groups bail on U.N. climate talks

WARSAW, Poland – For the first time ever, environmental groups have staged a mass walkout of a U.N. climate summit. Citing immense frustration with the lack of productive action in the COP19 climate talks, which have been dogged by a persistent rift betw MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Three reasons why Germany is kicking our arsch on solar

Germany is racing past 20 percent renewable energy on its electricity grid, but news stories stridently warn that this new wind and solar power is costing “billions.” What is often left out (or buried far from the lede) is the overwhelming popularity of MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Exciting news! Ontario will soon become the first place in North America to kick polluting coal out of our energy system.

Exciting news! Ontario will soon become the first place in North America to kick polluting coal out of our energy system.

Ontario’s coal phase out is the largest project to reduce carbon pollution on the continent, and it means cleaner air for all of us. In Ontario, coal is being replaced with clean, renewable energy. This sets a new precedent. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Piles of tar-sands waste in Chicago are pissing people off

Clouds of coal dust and petroleum coke, a waste product from the refining of tar-sands oil, have been enveloping neighborhoods on Chicago’s southeast side. Federal, state, and city officials are finally moving to temper the dangerous air pollution. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Coal industry tries to crash Warsaw climate talks, gets spanked

A group of 27 scientists from around the world who together released a report on Monday on how coal is absolutely incompatible with current internationally agreed-upon climate goals. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Denial dries up: Americans finally seeing the light on climate change

Stanford University Prof Jon Krosnick led analysis of more than a decade’s worth of poll results for 46 states. The results show that the majority of residents of all of those states, whether red or blue, are united in their worries about the climate -- MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Canada ranks worst in developed world on climate policy: European report

OTTAWA — Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq arrived at a climate change conference in Warsaw late Monday amid exceedingly low expectations. A European report released to coincide with the United Nations conference ranks Canada 55th of 58 countries in MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK 2013 - MUCH WORK TO BE DONE: Without dramatic policy action, global emissions are on track for a temperature rise of 3.6 degrees Celsius. Much more in this issue...

WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK 2013 - MUCH WORK TO BE DONE: Without dramatic policy action, global emissions are on track for a temperature rise of 3.6 degrees Celsius. Much more in this issue...

That’s the difficult conclusion of the International Energy Agency’s latest annual assessment and forecast of global energy supply and demand. Today's share of fossil fuels in the global mix, at 82 percent, is the same as it was a quarter century ago. The MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Obama admin pisses off ethanol industry, pleases both oil industry and enviros

On Friday, the EPA proposed to reduce the amount of biofuel required to be blended into gasoline to 15.2 billion gallons in 2014. That’s down from 16.55 billion gallons this year, and it is 14 percent lower than the goal Congress laid out in its 2007 exp MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Ed Markey’s first Senate bill aims to ramp up renewables - Thirty states have renewable electricity standards requiring utilities to generate a percentage of their power from clean sources. But the U.S. as a whole does not.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who knows a thing or two about cap-and-trade, has proposed to do just that. Markey, a longtime friend of the environment who was elected to the U.S. Senate this summer after 37 years in the House of Representatives, has introduc MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Canadian Solar Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

GUELPH, ON - CanSIA Member Canadian Solar Inc.? reports over 110 million net revenue increase in Q3! MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

OPG wants 30% rate hike for nuclear generation; would add $5.36 to monthly bills - and much more from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance

TORONTO – Already increasing electricity bills will soar even higher if Ontario Power Generation gets approval for a 30 per cent increase in the rate it is paid for electricity generated by nuclear power, the New Democrats warned Tuesday. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

U.S. says poor countries’ calls for climate compensation could screw up climate treaty process

As climate negotiators meet in Warsaw this month to develop a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, they are doing so not under the looming threat of climate change — they are doing so in a world currently being throttled by climate change. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

TD opens 'concept branch' in Streetsville running off solar and geothermal energy

MISSISSAUGA — The green in the logo of TD Canada Trust in Streetsville now represents more than just the colour of money, as the bank's new environmentally friendly branch officially opened its doors Saturday. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

How Vermont Has Promoted Local Renewable Energy

David Blittersdorf of AllEarth Renewables has been working to advance renewable energy in Vermont for years - adamant that the state should meet its ambitious 2050 goal of getting 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Do wind and solar kill more jobs than they create (eg: Spain)?

This rumor was spread from an illegitimate study done in Spain, not supported by the Spanish government, funded ultimately by oil money, and has come to be known as the infamous “Spanish jobs study”. The study included several faulty assumptions and weak MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Graph of the Day: Nuclear prices itself out of market So how does nuclear compare with rival clean energy technologies? Pretty badly as it turns out. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Director of Pandora's Promise Spar Over Nuclear Power in fantastic 1 hour debate

Graph of the Day: Nuclear prices itself out of market So how does nuclear compare with rival clean energy technologies? Pretty badly as it turns out. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Director of Pandora's Promise Spar Over Nuclear Power in fantastic 1 hour debate

Greens dispute climate scientists on nuclear power Environmentalists are pushing back against four prominent climate scientists (including James Hansen) who say the green movement should embrace nuclear power plant construction to fight climate change - MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, director James Cameron points his camera lens climate disruption for an anticipated audience of millions, new polling shows that Canadians want Ottawa to step up to the plate on climate action, & wealth creation oppor...

This week in Clean Energy Review, director James Cameron points his camera lens climate disruption for an anticipated audience of millions, new polling shows that Canadians want Ottawa to step up to the plate on climate action, & wealth creation oppor...

NEW STAR-STUDDED CLIMATE CHANGE MINI-SERIES: Years of Living Dangerously, a new James Cameron television mini-series, will tell the story of "climate change & the impact it's having on people right now in the US & all over the world." The 8-part series MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Ontario Power Generation’s money grab

Ontario Power Generation’s money grab

OPG wants to increase the rate it receives for power from its nuclear units by a whopping 30% next year. OPG is basically asking to dig into electricity ratepayer pockets at the rate of $755 million a year to pre-pay for rebuilding aging Darlington. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

REALITY CHECK: Air Pollution and the Tar Sands

REALITY CHECK: Air Pollution and the Tar Sands

Big Oil is spending tens of millions of dollars on ads, desperately trying to convince Canadians that the tar sands are not harming our air. But don’t believe the slick PR spin. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Fighting Climate Change With Clean Energy - Natural Resources Defense Council - US

We understand the urgency. Climate change is the central environmental ill of our time. We have an obligation to protect our children from the dangers of this widening scourge, and we aren’t yet doing enough about it. Nuclear power has long provided roug MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

Tesla Model S Sales Rule Rich California Crowd

Edmunds, analyzing new car registration data from Polk, found the Model S to be the top selling car in eight of America’s 25 most posh zip codes. Not surprisingly, all are in California, which is were Tesla is headquartered. Leading this Lifestyles of th MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

Keep Big Oil Out of Our Schools! Review details and sign petition. Canadian Youth Climate Coalition

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) just launched a new program called Energy IQ, aiming to take materials funded by Canada's largest oil and gas lobby group into classrooms across Canada. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

Philippines blames climate change for monster typhoon

It’s hard to comprehend the scale of the disaster in the Philippines, where a massive typhoon may have killed more than 10,000 people. But climate delegates who have gathered today in Warsaw, Poland, for a fresh round of U.N. climate talks will need to MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

Solar-Hungry Japan Opens Its Biggest Plant Ever

Japan this week celebrated the opening of the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the nation, a spectacular 70-megawatt installation in Kagoshima City on a big plot of largely undeveloped land that juts out into Kagoshima Bay. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Can Elon Musk’s cousin do for solar power what Tesla has done for electric cars?

In 2004, Lyndon Rive was in an RV on his way to Burning Man when his cousin gave him five words of advice: “You should look into solar.” The way Rive tells it, it sounds a little like Mr. McGuire in The Graduate telling Dustin Hoffman to think about plast MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

U.N.: Hurry up on climate action or we’re screwed!

World, don’t lose heart, but you really need to hustle. That’s the message from the United Nations as international climate delegates prepare to launch into a new round of negotiations next week aimed at cutting global greenhouse gas emissions. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Kochs and Republicans launch bid to snuff out wind-energy tax incentives

A key tax incentive credited with boosting wind-energy capacity in the U.S. is due to expire in eight weeks, and fossil fuel lobbyists are working hard to blow it to oblivion. The Koch-backed conservative group Americans for Prosperity is launching an ad MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Colorado voters tell fracking industry to frack off

On Tuesday, voters in Boulder, Fort Collins, & Lafayette all approved measures that either banned or placed a moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing. Boulder was the most decisive: Three-quarters of votes cast were in opposition to fracking. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Al Gore: World is on brink of “carbon bubble”

The world is on the brink of the “largest bubble ever” in finance, because of the undisclosed value of high-carbon assets on companies’ balance sheets, and investment managers who fail to take account of the risks are failing in their fiduciary duty to MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, Quebec works to transform transportation, Ontario makes a smart move to fund transit, and a Stanford professor assures Letterman we can power the world on wind, water, and solar alone. *APPLAUSE*

This week in Clean Energy Review, Quebec works to transform transportation, Ontario makes a smart move to fund transit, and a Stanford professor assures Letterman we can power the world on wind, water, and solar alone. *APPLAUSE*

Quebec will invest $516 million in a three-year plan to electrify surface transportation, the premier said Friday. An $8,000 incentive for electric-car buyers will be extended for another three years and up to 5,000 new stations will be added to the prov MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

Letter to the Editor - Financial Post - October 30, 2013 - Re: Bruce Sharp opinion piece

Letter to the Editor - Financial Post - October 30, 2013 - Re: Bruce Sharp opinion piece "Blame solar for sky-high Ontario power bills" - October 30, 2013

Clearly, higher energy prices are never welcome. But, when we speak of solar energy, we have to remember the very important longer-term economic, environmental and social benefits of this valuable energy source. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

ONTARIO CLEAN AIR ALLIANCE - New pamphlet: Water power from Quebec beats nuclear hands down - includes postcard for Premier Wynne

ONTARIO CLEAN AIR ALLIANCE - New pamphlet: Water power from Quebec beats nuclear hands down - includes postcard for Premier Wynne

That’s $1 billion a year that can help to lower electricity bills for both consumers and businesses in Ontario. It’s $1 billion a year less for power that we can rely on now - not a risky bet on power from re-built reactors years from now. (New Brunswick MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

Fukushima decommissioning slip-up could trigger monumental chain reaction, expert warns

Fukushima decommissioning slip-up could trigger monumental chain reaction, expert warns

Fuel Removal From Fukushima's Reactor 4 Threatens 'Apocalyptic' Scenario In November, TEPCO set to begin to remove fuel rods whose radiation matches the fallout of 14,000 Hiroshima bombs MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

The Pacific Ocean is now warming 15 times faster than it used to

It’s conservatives’ favorite science-denying talking point: that global warming has slowed down, or even stopped altogether, over the last 15 years. It’s bogus, of course. Read Chris Mooney’s great feature for a full breakdown of how the myth has been sp MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

Home builder aims to help spark electric car use

David Brix hopes people plugging in their cars at home will become more commonplace than fuelling up at the gas stations.The president of Guelph-based Terra View Homes is doing his part to pave the way toward that electric car future now. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

Making wise energy investments for Ontario

This month, Ontario prudently decided that new nuclear reactors will not be part of the province's forthcoming long-term energy plan. As Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli explained: "It is not wise to spend billions and billions of dollars on new nuclear wh MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Decision Time on Line 9 - and much more...

Decision Time on Line 9 - and much more...

After two weeks, hearings into Enbridge’s risky Line 9 proposal have (nearly) wrapped up. In the hearings, speaker after speaker raised many serious concerns about the risks of Enbridge’s proposal, including threats to drinking water and the inadequacy MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

US Homeowners Want Solar, Find Two New Reports - Two new reports attest to the popularity of solar among homeowners across the U.S.

While the two reports come from very different sources — The Center for American Progress (CAP) is a progressive advocacy organization and Market Strategies advises 20 of the U.S.’s largest utilities — their conclusions are: U.S. homeowners want solar. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

UPDATE: Pardon the interruption, but we thought you'd want the scoop on the new Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Clean Energy—a landmark agreement signed yesterday by the leaders of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California.

UPDATE: Pardon the interruption, but we thought you'd want the scoop on the new Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Clean Energy—a landmark agreement signed yesterday by the leaders of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California.

Pardon the interruption, but we thought you'd want the scoop on the new Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Clean Energy—a landmark agreement signed yesterday by the leaders of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, 20 million people groove on carbon pricing, clean tech's future looks bright, and British Columbia inks a new climate and clean energy partnership with Washington, Oregon, and California.

This week in Clean Energy Review, 20 million people groove on carbon pricing, clean tech's future looks bright, and British Columbia inks a new climate and clean energy partnership with Washington, Oregon, and California.

BC Joins West Coast Climate Pact - The prospect of all four major West Coast economies working together on emissions pricing, low-carbon fuel standards, and other policies and regulations just made our whole week. There is much more...read on! MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

2 New ON Reactors Cancelled! Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli confirmed that the province will not spend upwards of $26 billion on unnecessary 2 new nuclear reactors at the Darlington Station.

2 New ON Reactors Cancelled! Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli confirmed that the province will not spend upwards of $26 billion on unnecessary 2 new nuclear reactors at the Darlington Station.

Please congratulate Energy Minister Chiaralli on demonstrating some strong common sense by nixing new reactors. And remind him that he should give the same sensible attention to the costly and unnecessary Darlington Re-Build Plan. MORE    added: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

3 Reasons Germans are Going Renewable 'At All Costs'

Germany is racing past 20 percent renewable energy on its electricity grid, but news stories stridently warn that this new wind and solar power is costing "billions." But often left out (or buried far from the lede) is the overwhelming popularity of the MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

EMISSIONS FAIL - The latest report is out on Canada’s alleged progress towards its 2020 emissions targets, and the news isn’t good.

EMISSIONS FAIL - The latest report is out on Canada’s alleged progress towards its 2020 emissions targets, and the news isn’t good.

In Canada’s Emissions Trends 2013, Environment Canada shows Canada will fail to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas reductions targets under the Copenhagen Accord. Canada won’t even come close! MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

The BULLFROG ebuzz - DID YOU KNOW? Bullfrog is helping turn zoo poo into clean energy

The BULLFROG ebuzz - DID YOU KNOW? Bullfrog is helping turn zoo poo into clean energy

Bullfrog is thrilled to announce that through our Bullfrog Builds initiative, we will be supporting the development of ZooShare's exciting biogas plant at the Toronto Zoo! MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

Google's Still A Big Fan of Renewable Energy

New Hampshire, USA -- Search giant Google has plunked down another hundred-million-dollar investment into a renewable energy project, continuing to push its leadership as both a backer and a user of renewable energy. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review

This week in Clean Energy Review

a respected newspaper tells climate deniers to scram, scientists break through a major nuclear-fission barrier, and the global champion of democracy and the free-market economy flags B.C.'s carbon tax as a "textbook" success. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

New Report Shows Top U.S. Companies Investing Big In Solar

The annual Solar Means Business Report, which identifies major commercial solar projects and ranks America’s top corporate solar users, was released this week by SEIA and Vote Solar. The report found that Walmart is America’s commercial solar leader for MORE    added: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

Thousands of German Cities and Villages Looking to Buy Back Their Power Grids - What do Boulder, Colorado and Hamburg, Germany have in common?

Boulder, Colorado and Hamburg, Germany don't seem to have too much in common. One is a small, green-minded city at the foothills of the Rockies, the other one is the second biggest metropolis in Germany with almost 1.8 million people, defined by its busy MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

Another view: Climate change is here and now - USA Today editorial

All too often, global warming is discussed as something that will affect future generations of people, penguins and polar bears. That it will. But a mounting body of evidence demonstrates that climate change is neither distant nor theoretical. It is here MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

October NEWSLETTER II - Next events: Thursday, Oct 17, Increasing Sustainable Energy in the LTEP - Part 2 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; Ontario Energy Drinks: your sustainable energy mixer on Oct 23 5:30 p.m. on - Overdraught Irish Pub Toronto.. much more

October NEWSLETTER II - Next events: Thursday, Oct 17, Increasing Sustainable Energy in the LTEP - Part 2 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; Ontario Energy Drinks: your sustainable energy mixer on Oct 23 5:30 p.m. on - Overdraught Irish Pub Toronto.. much more

Join us Oct. 17th, for part II of our discussion on the expanding role of sustainable energy in Ont. These webinars feed our on-going deliberations with the Ministry of Energy as it interprets the results of its consultation on the Long Term Energy Plan. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

George Washington University Introduces World’s First Solar PV Sidewalk

Sidewalks aren’t usually thought of as revolutionary but the latest sidewalk at George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus change that perception. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

Ontario nixes building two nuclear reactors

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government on Thursday abandoned plans to spend billions of dollars to build two new nuclear reactors, saying the province doesn't need the power to meet its electricity demand. "New nuclear will not be part of the long-term MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report – The Fallout

IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report – The Fallout

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on Friday, September 27. As noted in our last newsletter, the IPCC AR5 showed with greater clarity and certainty than ever before that clima MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

Japan Next-Generation Farmers Cultivate Crops and Solar Energy

Farmers in Japan can now generate solar electricity while growing crops on the same farmland. In April, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) approved installation of PV systems on existing, crop-producing farmland. Previously solar MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy

The economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change. But a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance shows that dozens of cities are boosting their local economies while dramatically reducing greenhouse gases. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

A crack of light - Ontario nixes new nuclear

A crack of light - Ontario nixes new nuclear

Today Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli confirmed that the province will not spend upwards of $26 billion on completely unnecessary new nuclear reactors at the Darlington Station. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Help make low-cost water power from Quebec a Liberal priority - Import low-cost water power from Quebec and save more than $1 billion per year compared to the cost of rebuilding the aging Darlington Nuclear Plant. Please join and VOTE for our idea.

Help make low-cost water power from Quebec a Liberal priority - Import low-cost water power from Quebec and save more than $1 billion per year compared to the cost of rebuilding the aging Darlington Nuclear Plant. Please join and VOTE for our idea.

Right now, the Ontario Liberal Party is asking for your ideas on how to build a better province. They’ve created an online “Common Ground” forum to discuss ideas like how to create a sustainable energy system. So we’ve given them one: Import low-cost wat MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

Do Solar and Wind Cause Power Plants to Release More Pollution?

The new study, Phase 2 of the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (WWSIS-2), finds that when emissions related to cycling of power plants for wind and solar power are compared to the emissions without renewable energy, wind and solar offer significa MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

“There is nothing more costly than nuclear power. Japan should achieve zero nuclear plants and aim for a more sustainable society.” Mr. Koizumi, Former Japanese Prime Minister - and MUCH MORE in this issue

“There is nothing more costly than nuclear power. Japan should achieve zero nuclear plants and aim for a more sustainable society.” Mr. Koizumi, Former Japanese Prime Minister - and MUCH MORE in this issue

Water 6,700 times more radioactive than legal limit spills from Fukushima Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has suffered yet another leak, spilling out 430 liters of contaminated water thousands of times more radioactive than legal limits, its ope MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, a major bank report forecasts rough weather ahead for centralized power utilities, Michael Bloomberg does the math on climate inaction, and British Columbia's shiny green jacket is looking a little worse for wear.

This week in Clean Energy Review, a major bank report forecasts rough weather ahead for centralized power utilities, Michael Bloomberg does the math on climate inaction, and British Columbia's shiny green jacket is looking a little worse for wear.

BIG RISK FOR "BIG POWER?" Upheaval in global energy systems and solar's "alarming" price plunge is yanking the rug out from under the once rock-steady centralized power utilities. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

How much does electricity cost around the world?

To try and answer this question I’ve collected average electricity prices from 17 countries around the world, and converted them to $/kWh (US). All the data is based on average prices and exchange rates for 2011. MORE    added: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013

"Someone from OPG should explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make you a terrorist." Ralph Splettstoesser

Ralph, in his presentation to the joint Review Panel on the proposed Deep Geological Repository in Kincardine, ON, a.k.a. DUD (deep underground dump), where Ontario Power Generation is proposing to bury all of Ontario’s low and intermediate nuclear waste MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

IPCC releases its Fifth Assessment Report: Climate science settled beyond reasonable doubt but still time to fix the climate

IPCC releases its Fifth Assessment Report: Climate science settled beyond reasonable doubt but still time to fix the climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) today, Friday, September 27. The report shows with greater clarity and certainty than ever before that climate change is real, caused by hum MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, climate scientists confirm what we have long suspected, Sharp shatters a solar-cell efficiency record, and a made-in-Montreal electric motorcycle silences the heavy-metal thunder.

This week in Clean Energy Review, climate scientists confirm what we have long suspected, Sharp shatters a solar-cell efficiency record, and a made-in-Montreal electric motorcycle silences the heavy-metal thunder.

On Friday, the world's top climate scientists released the most definitive assessment to date of the risks posed by climate disruption. Perhaps even more significant was their warning that if we continue to blow our "carbon budget" we'll have 30 years be MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Wind turbine syndrome: farm hosts tell very different story

People who host wind turbines on their properties and derive rental income from wind energy companies have important stories to tell about living alongside turbines, but they’ve largely been absent from the debate on wind farms and health. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Updated: Massachusetts Utilities Sign PPA for Wind Energy That Is Cheaper than Coal - The price was so good they doubled their planned procurement; "it was a no-brainer"

New Hampshire, USA -- Three utilities have grouped together to purchase more wind energy at a rate averaging less than $0.08 per kWh, which beats most other generation sources. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Retail Giant IKEA to Sell PV Systems in UK, Offers Financing

Stockholm, Sweden -- Home furnishings major IKEA has announced a new partnership with thin-film solar panel manufacturer Hanergy that will see domestic-scale solar PV installations offered to customers in all of its UK retail outlets. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Virtual Power Plants: A New Model for Renewables Integration

With distributed energy generation growing and increasing amounts of renewable power coming onto the grid, new technologies and business models are helping to balance loads, smooth variability and integrate diverse resources. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Reenergizing Cities with Solar Energy: Can solar energy save a city?

Urban solar initiatives meshed with economic development goals are taking off in numerous global locations. Last year the World Bank launched an "Eco2 Cities" Initiative to spur urban sustainability. Under the European Commission's POLIS research program MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

Securing the World’s Largest Wind Turbine

At 7 megawatts (MW), Samsung Heavy Industries' S7.0-171 is the world's largest offshore wind turbine. The 196-metre tall structure is being installed 20 metres offshore in Fife, Scotland, with a connecting walkway to enable visitors to get up close to the MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

First Mennonite Church at 800 King St. E. in Kitchener is celebrating its 200th ANNIVERSARY as a vital faith community in this area. Check out the 10 kW Solar City Solar PV installation as a special anniversary project.

First Mennonite Church at 800 King St. E. in Kitchener is celebrating its 200th ANNIVERSARY as a vital faith community in this area. Check out the 10 kW Solar City Solar PV installation as a special anniversary project.

Another CREW Solar City project has been completed. First Mennonite Church has just installed its 10kW Solar PV array as a witness to its concern and commitment to CREATION CARE and as a special project for celebrating its 200th Anniversary. MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 30, 2013

Attacks on climate change science hinder solutions

Attacks on climate change science hinder solutions

Starting in late September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release its Fifth Assessment Report in three chapters and a summary. Not to be outdone, contrarians have unleashed a barrage of attacks designed to discredit the science befor MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 27, 2013

NEW REPORT - The tar sands industry is spending tens of millions of dollars on ads, desperately trying to convince Canadians the tar sands are not harming our water. But don’t believe the slick PR spin.

NEW REPORT - The tar sands industry is spending tens of millions of dollars on ads, desperately trying to convince Canadians the tar sands are not harming our water. But don’t believe the slick PR spin.

Canadians deserve to know the truth about tar sands and water. A new report we launched today, Reality Check: Water and the Tar Sands, shows you how Big Oil is abusing one of Canada’s most precious, shared resources – water. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013

Alberta’s wetland policy another unnecessary gift to the oilsands industry

Alberta’s wetland policy another unnecessary gift to the oilsands industry

After eight years of deliberation, Alberta has essentially handed industry a free pass when it comes to compensating for the loss of wetlands in the oilsands region. Given the pressure the government is under to show its environmental scruples these days MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, British Columbia's proposed new LNG industry gets a carbon checkup, France seeks to slash fossil fuel dependence, and India begins work on the largest photovoltaic solar farm in the world - PLUS much more!

This week in Clean Energy Review, British Columbia's proposed new LNG industry gets a carbon checkup, France seeks to slash fossil fuel dependence, and India begins work on the largest photovoltaic solar farm in the world - PLUS much more!

PUTTING ROOFTOPS TO WORK: By making solar cost-competitive with fossil fuels, Ontario’s Green Energy Act has unleashed a rooftop photovoltaic boom, the Globe and Mail reported. MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 23, 2013

Planned nuclear waste dump hits shaky ground

For a while, the plan to bury Ontario's nuclear waste along the Lake Huron shoreline seemed a done deal. In the bucolic lakeside town of Kincardine, Ontario Power Generation had found a community willing to let it construct deep underground caverns for MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, Sir Richard Branson flogs retrofits, Canada's geothermal energy association explores crowdfunding, and carrot tops and grass clippings light up 9,000 homes in Metro Vancouver.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Sir Richard Branson flogs retrofits, Canada's geothermal energy association explores crowdfunding, and carrot tops and grass clippings light up 9,000 homes in Metro Vancouver.

CLICK HERE TO DRILL FOR HEAT: Governments balked when the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association went knocking, so the industry association is turning to crowdfunding. The group hopes to raise $300,000 online for technical and policy research. Much more! MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013

“We know the country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century.” President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, 27 January 2010

“We know the country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century.” President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, 27 January 2010

Nuclear Power Stupidity, The Economics of Renewable Energy with Amory Lovins 30 min. interview about the renewable energy revolution happening around the world now. Fantastic! The country is not turning back to coal, he explained, nor are renewables unde MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013

Residential Solar in the Ontario microFIT Project: Three Families' Experiences

The Ontario microFIT program was launched in 2009 as part of Ontario’s provincial government’s efforts to increase the production of renewable energy. The program provides participants with the opportunity to develop a “micro” renewable electricity gener MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013

Bruce dump could hold waste from decommissioned plants, hearing told

KINCARDINE — Ontario Power Generation has made apparently conflicting statements about just what it proposes to put in a nuclear waste disposal site beside Lake Huron, says an environmental group. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013

OSEA September Newsletter ISSUE 2 - Ontario Energy Drinks (Sept) is next Wednesday,September 25, 2013 from 5:30pm - Overdraught Irish Pub, 156 Front Street West, Toronto - Much more... READ ON!

OSEA September Newsletter ISSUE 2 - Ontario Energy Drinks (Sept) is next Wednesday,September 25, 2013 from 5:30pm - Overdraught Irish Pub, 156 Front Street West, Toronto - Much more... READ ON!

We invite you to join us at Ontario Energy Drinks on Wednesday September 25th where racking industry leader Polar Racking will showcase its next-generation, flat roof ballasted system. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013

Are Solar Panels the Next Granite Countertop for Homebuilders?

NEW YORK CITY -- Solar panels are the next granite countertops: an amenity for new homes that’s becoming a standard option for buyers in U.S. markets. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013

Listen Up: Chill Out with Air, Water and Geothermal Heat Pumps

I bet you didn't know that on cool days there is heat that can be extracted from the air. Even better, you can get heat from ground water or underground sources. And you don't have to be in a volcanically active area. Heat pumps are basically air conditi MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013

Green energy puts wind in sails of Saturn Power - CREW member Doug Wagner launched Saturn Power in 2006 after running a fertilizer business and working as an investment adviser.

NEW HAMBURG — Doug Wagner has always had a passion for renewable energy from sources such as the wind and sun. "It's pretty sobering when you realize that 50 per cent of all the oil that's been used by mankind has been in the last 25 years," he says. I MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013

Canada bans researchers from discussing snowflakes, findings. Scientists protest

The Canadian government in recent years has banned government scientists from talking about a growing list of research topics including snowflakes, the ozone layer, salmon, and previously published work about a 13,000-year-old flood.Now it seems the sci MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013

Utility Agrees: (Their) Solar Should Supplant Natural Gas - solar is cheaper than gas. A lot cheaper. Big or small.

Five months ago, one of the country's ten largest electric utilities told regulators in Minnesota that it needed three new natural gas power plants to handle peak demand. This week, the same company's Colorado division announced plans to use more solar. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013

Recharged Japan Solar PV Industry Hits 10 GW of Installed Capacity

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Japan have now reached the 10 gigawatts (GW) milestone for cumulative PV capacity. Japan is only the fifth country to reach this mark, after Germany, Italy, China and the U.S. Both the U.S. and China reached 10 GW MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013

Oil and fracking chemicals spill into Colorado’s floodwaters

Heavy rains returned to Colorado on Sunday and hampered rescue efforts after last week’s flash floods. The confirmed death toll has risen to seven, and hundreds are still unaccounted for. An estimated 1,500 homes are destroyed. Some 1,000 people in Larim MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013

America warming up to new hydropower

Flooding an area with a new reservoir to produce hydropower would seldom, if ever, be a popular idea with environmentalists. But what about the thousands of existing reservoirs that serve other purposes in America — the ones that control floods, entertain MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 16, 2013

The Green Revelation: Why solar energy could be the answer - Speaking of Alberta - Done right, solar energy could help get the province’s books back in order - Chris Turner

The cost of solar electricity in Alberta – with essentially no incentive or subsidy, and willful neglect from grid operators and energy bureaucrats – has declined from almost $30 a watt to less than $3. In a little over 10 years, the price of converting MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 16, 2013

New nuclear not needed in Ontario, green groups say -  SPEAK UP for a smarter -- and cheaper -- energy plan. Want to pay less for power? The Ontario Government needs to hear from you TODAY!

New nuclear not needed in Ontario, green groups say - SPEAK UP for a smarter -- and cheaper -- energy plan. Want to pay less for power? The Ontario Government needs to hear from you TODAY!

The Pembina Institute & Greenpeace say that conservation and renewable energy will answer the province’s energy needs for the foreseeable future, eliminating the need for proposed new nuclear reactors. MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 16, 2013

Fracking triggered more than 100 earthquakes in Ohio

A single fracking wastewater well triggered 167 earthquakes in and around Youngstown, Ohio, during a single year of operation. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 13, 2013

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS!! Send message BY MONDAY! We’ve said it a thousand times: energy conservation and improved efficiency are the cheapest ways to meet our energy needs and the fastest way to lower greenhouse gas emissions. And the government listened!

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS!! Send message BY MONDAY! We’ve said it a thousand times: energy conservation and improved efficiency are the cheapest ways to meet our energy needs and the fastest way to lower greenhouse gas emissions. And the government listened!

We’ve heard talk about giving conservation more respect before, so this time we need to make sure the government walks its talk. We need you to send a message supporting conservation first. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 13, 2013

The cost of decommissioning a nuclear power station Conveniently ignored.

A government white paper in 2002 estimated the cost of decommissioning Britain’s current fleet of plants would be £43bn, many times greater than EDF’s investment at Hinkley Point. This estimate has slowly been revised upwards since then, finally reaching MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013

Doing Enbridge’s homework - Elizabeth May makes a stunning revelation

The idea that the federal government, having slashed scientific research into climate change, freshwater science, ozone depletion and contamination of marine mammals (incomplete list) would be running a gold-plated research project called "the Northern MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013

Safety inspectors target oil-hauling trains

All that combustible fuel being produced by America’s fracking boom has federal transportation safety officials on edge. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013

Just Say No to Combustion in Buildings, And Say Yes to Geothermal Heat Pumps

With Geothermal Heat Pump Technologies There’s No Need to Have a Flame in Your Home or Business MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013

Pembina reacts to the release of the Alberta Wetland Policy

Pembina reacts to the release of the Alberta Wetland Policy

“Alberta has spent eight years developing the wetland policy that was released today, but it is unclear when and how it will actually affect oilsands decision-making. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013

Speak up for a smarter – and cheaper – energy plan - GETTING INVOLVED made easy!

Speak up for a smarter – and cheaper – energy plan - GETTING INVOLVED made easy!

Want to pay less for power – a lot less, like $1 billion a year? Think the future lies with green power and efficiency and not with mega costly mega projects? Then the Ontario Government needs to hear from you today. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013

GREEN ENERGY more affordable than nuclear - Ontario government urged to review nuclear commitments in upcoming energy plan

GREEN ENERGY more affordable than nuclear - Ontario government urged to review nuclear commitments in upcoming energy plan

Ontario’s next long-term energy plan would better serve electricity ratepayers if it did not include new nuclear reactors, and reviewed alternatives to repairing the province’s aging reactors, says a new report from the Pembina Institute and Greenpeace. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013

Today, Greenpeace Canada and the Pembina Institute released a new report called Renewable is Doable: Affordable and flexible options for Ontario's long term energy plan. For this to happen, we NEED YOUR HELP.

Today, Greenpeace Canada and the Pembina Institute released a new report called Renewable is Doable: Affordable and flexible options for Ontario's long term energy plan. For this to happen, we NEED YOUR HELP.

Green energy could replace existing reactors. A portfolio of green energy is financially competitive with plans to refurbish Darlington. The conclusion of this report is clear: Ontario's next LTEP must drop its wrong-headed commitment to nuclear power. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, Alberta doctors keep hammering away at big coal, Obama puts the right people in the right places, and a guy walks into a bar and says,

This week in Clean Energy Review, Alberta doctors keep hammering away at big coal, Obama puts the right people in the right places, and a guy walks into a bar and says, "I’ll have a revenue-neutral carbon tax...” & much more!

AN EVEN GREENER QUEBEC: A diverse collection of Québec civil society organizations, industry associations, and private companies joined forces in a new coalition called SWITCH to forge a competitive, equitable, & less carbon-intensive provincial economy MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013

Local Coalition Declares Opposition to Line 9 - Community Organizations Release Statement Opposing Enbridge’s Pipeline Proposal

Local Coalition Declares Opposition to Line 9 - Community Organizations Release Statement Opposing Enbridge’s Pipeline Proposal

K-W, ON (Sept. 9, 2013) -- The Waterloo Region Coalition Against Line 9 is today releasing a declaration opposing Enbridge’s plans to pump tar sands “bitumen” through the Line 9 pipeline. The declaration is signed by a growing list of local organizations MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013

Ontario Reveals New FIT Structure

Ontario is putting its new feed-in tariff program out for public feedback -- just in time for a RenewableEnergyWorld.com road trip to the region. Last month the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) announced upcoming changes to the FIT program, including carvi MORE    added: Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013

Pembina Institute takes province to court over right to speak at oilsands hearings

Pembina Institute takes province to court over right to speak at oilsands hearings

EDMONTON — The Pembina Institute was in court today appealing a Government of Alberta decision not to allow the energy policy think tank to participate in the regulatory review of a proposed in situ oilsands project, arguing the government broke prov MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 6, 2013

OSEA September NEWSLETTER - fist event - When: Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 10:00am - 12:00pm (EDT) OSEA Webioar: Increasing Sustainable Energy in the Long-Term Energy Plan - MUCH MORE!

OSEA September NEWSLETTER - fist event - When: Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 10:00am - 12:00pm (EDT) OSEA Webioar: Increasing Sustainable Energy in the Long-Term Energy Plan - MUCH MORE!

The Ministry of Energy, in announcing its intention to re-evaluate Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) and the subsequent indication that the complete refurbishment of its nuclear facilities is under review - CHECK OUT other upcoming events MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 6, 2013

Premier Kathleen Wynne: Please close the Pickering Nuclear Station. To help, please sign the petition. Also watch Chex TV Channel 12 Durham news’ story on the issue. Much more in this bulletin. Read on!

Premier Kathleen Wynne: Please close the Pickering Nuclear Station. To help, please sign the petition. Also watch Chex TV Channel 12 Durham news’ story on the issue. Much more in this bulletin. Read on!

Holy Cow: Former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Says Every Single Reactor in the U.S. Should Be Shut Down The nuclear industry is having its own meltdown. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 6, 2013

Norway Approves $3 Billion for Wind Power Plants to Triple Capacity

Oslo, Norway -- Norway has awarded concessions to build eight new onshore wind farms for about 20 billion kroner ($3.3 billion) in a bid to triple the country’s capacity to more than 2 gigawatts by 2020. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013

US oil refiners don’t care about Keystone XL anymore

We’ve heard from the Canadian oil industry that the Keystone XL pipeline is essential for the expansion of tar-sands operations. But here in America, oil refiners are now saying they don’t much care whether the damned thing ever gets built. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013

Solar, Wind Could Compete with Natural Gas in US West by 2025, NREL Finds

By 2025, wind and solar electric generation could be cost-competitive with new natural gas-fired electric generation without federal subsidies in the Western U.S., according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). That’s if MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013

Another defeat for the environment ... and for all of us - "It's OK to ruin the planet, but God forbit that you should ruin the view." Gwynne Dyer

When the Conservatives came into office three years ago they pledged to be the “greenest government ever”, but they have fallen in love with shale gas, CO2 emissions and all. The British government has announced a new tax regime for fracking described by MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013

Moving Above Ground: From Coal Mines to Clean Energy

As the number of coal mining jobs continues to decline throughout the U.S., more unemployed miners are finding work above ground — in the clean energy industry, ironically. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013

Fueled vs Electric Cars: The Great Race Begins

The amazing success of the Tesla model S proves that electric cars may have a chance of replacing liquid fueled vehicles in the long run. Skeptics point out that most of our electric power today comes from coal, which is dirty and inefficient. We must ch MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition. Also see my interview with Chex TV Channel 12 Durham NEWS about the petition. ALSO - Why Fukushima is worse than you think. PLUS much more...

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition. Also see my interview with Chex TV Channel 12 Durham NEWS about the petition. ALSO - Why Fukushima is worse than you think. PLUS much more...

“Ontario can cut electricity and natural gas use by at least 25% by 2025. That may sound ambitious. But consider this: of the world’s 12 biggest economies, Canada ranks 11th in energy efficiency. America is better; China, too. ”More Jobs,Less Pollution" MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013

Solar Powered Ship Arrives in Europe

Built in Kiel, Germany, PlanetSolar is the world’s biggest solar ship and is powered exclusively by solar energy. In May 2012 the vessel completed the first solar-powered trip around the world, sailing for 584 days. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013

Proposal to scrap LRT scheme is on the right track - ObserverXtra editorial

The LRT debate is a classic example of politicians saying one thing and then doing the opposite, only worrying about the enormous waste when the public prepares to turf them. MORE    added: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

Renewable energy accounted for nearly 50% of new 2012 U.S. capacity

Renewable energy projects accounted for nearly 50 percent of new capacity in the U.S. in 2012, according to a report released this week from Ernst & Young LLP. That includes a record 13,124 MW of wind power capacity and 3,313 MW of solar power capacity. MORE    added: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

Did You Know There Are More Solar Workers in Texas than Ranchers?

Every day, I talk to groups and reporters about the amazing growth of solar all across the United States. But for the past week, there has been more buzz than ever about America’s solar industry because of the decision by President Obama to install solar MORE    added: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

We must confront the carbon dilemma

Smoke billows from the smokestacks at a coal-fired power plant as the suns sets near Emmett, Kan. Worldwide levels of the chief greenhouse gas that causes global warming have hit a milestone, reaching an amount never before encountered by humans, scienti MORE    added: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

It’s time to lighten up Ontario!

It’s time to lighten up Ontario!

The government is asking for the public’s input. This is an important chance to have your say on Ontario’s energy future. Ask the province to lighten Ontario’s energy load by putting conservation first. MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Premier Kathleen Wynne: Close the Pickering Nuclear Station - and much more in this edition!

Premier Kathleen Wynne: Close the Pickering Nuclear Station - and much more in this edition!

Please sign the petition - and watch my video - thank you! Join us in calling on Premier Wynne to shutdown the aging and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Moving Above Ground: From Coal Mines to Clean Energy

As the number of coal mining jobs continues to decline throughout the U.S., more unemployed miners are finding work above ground — in the clean energy industry, ironically. MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Kochs must move their massive piles of tar-sands waste, Detroit mayor says

What do you do when monstrous piles of dusty black carbon move into your city? If you’re Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, you issue an order demanding that they be removed. And after that’s ignored, you issue another. MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Habitat for Humanity Increasingly Using Solar Power

Habitat for Humanity has been turning increasingly to the sun for energy solutions that will save homeowners money on utility bil MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

How much wind/solar would it take to replace nuclear, and at what cost?

How much wind/solar would it take to replace nuclear, and at what cost?

FAQ Question #18: Apples to apples, how much wind/solar would it take to replace nuclear, and at what cost? MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Canadian Solar 2Q results show increased solar module demand

Canadian Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: CSIQ) exceeded the company’s estimate for shipment of solar modules in the second quarter of 2013 by shipping 455 MW. The company had estimated module shipments for the quarter to be in the range of 380 MW to 420 MW. MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

A Texan tragedy: Ample oil, no water

Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night in June when she turned on the tap and discov MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Yes, He Can…Put Solar Panels Back on the White House

If you haven’t heard the big solar news, a Washington Post reporter has confirmed from an anonymous source that the Obama Administration is finally following through with Secretary Chu’s promise to put solar panels back on the White House. MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Electric cars are clean today and will only get cleaner tomorrow

Electric cars are clean today and will only get cleaner tomorrow

Uncovering a fraud is uniquely satisfying, which is perhaps why news outlets continue to provide electric car deniers with a platform to proclaim they aren’t as green as they appear. Close examination reveals the latest round of skeptics to be lacking. MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Tesla Model S rocks safety tests, gets highest possible score

First the Tesla Model S got the highest score of any car Consumer Reports had ever reviewed, blowing testers away with its “innovation,” “world-class performance,” and “impressive attention to detail.” Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrat MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Fracking frenzy slows as oil and gas assets plummet in price

You know that domestic oil-and-gas boom that’s been sweeping the country for the past few years, turning places like Williston, N.D., into Sin City? Well, the party’s winding down — or maybe it was never that ragin’ in the first place. Oil and gas shale MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Fancy transit makes it to the suburbs, but why not a subway?

Fancy transit makes it to the suburbs, but why not a subway?

The first completed section of Highway 7’s new Viva bus rapid transit (BRT) line opened on Sunday. It features separated lanes with their own traffic signals, so the buses don’t run in traffic. Thanks to these features, the BRT can run at speeds approach MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Coal shoulder: BLM sells controversial coal mining lease, but no one’s buying

Today the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming held a sale for the lease of 148 million tons of coal on public land in the Powder River Basin — and received not a single bid, a first in the state BLM’s history. MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

By 2050, flooding could cost the world’s coastal cities over $60 billion a year

In 2005, flooding caused $6 billion worth of damage globally. By 2050, we could be hit with 10 times that much in losses — and that’s only if the world’s biggest coastal cities make significant investments to mitigate risk. If we do nothing, costs could MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Nuclear sending shock waves through Wall Street -

Nuclear sending shock waves through Wall Street -"Now is the time to double down on renewable energy" President Obama

This is nothing less than the rapid-fire downsizing of nuclear power in the United States, according to Cooper, and the tough times are only going to get worse. Recent nuclear developments nationwide have sent shock waves through the industry and Wall St MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 9, 2013

AUGUST NEWSLETTER - and Ontario Energy Drinks reminder for August 21

AUGUST NEWSLETTER - and Ontario Energy Drinks reminder for August 21

Celebrate summer at Ontario Energy Drinks on August 21 - FIT 3.0: Revamping the Procurement Process - Rebuilding Confidence in Ontario's Energy Market - OSEA members invited to Naturallia 2013 - Judge awards costs to wind company ... and much more MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013

Local Co-op awarded 18 Solar PV Contracts!!! New members and investors welcome!

Local Co-op awarded 18 Solar PV Contracts!!! New members and investors welcome!

It's time to go solar! After many years of hard work, and many months of waiting, the Local Initiative for Future Energy (LIFE) Co-operative was awarded eighteen solar PV contracts from the Ontario Power Authority in July 2013. MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013

Premiers' Energy Strategy Poised To Deliver More of the Same

Premiers' Energy Strategy Poised To Deliver More of the Same

In this special summer edition of Clean Energy Review, a new poll on Canadians' priorities for a national energy strategy, the Council of the Federation releases its energy strategy progress report and, in case you missed it, our team dissects the heart o MORE    added: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013

In the last 18 months the federal government of Canada led by Prime Minister Harper has done everything it can to slander, legislate and intimidate us into silence.

In the last 18 months the federal government of Canada led by Prime Minister Harper has done everything it can to slander, legislate and intimidate us into silence.

Now, under new National Energy Board (NEB) rules, they’ve made it almost impossible for Canadian citizens to provide input on tar sands pipeline, tanker or rail projects. If you wish to submit a simple letter of comment, you must firstfill out a nine-pag MORE    added: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013

Peru Pursues Solar for the Masses

Peru may be best known for Machu Picchu and other Incan and Aztec treasures, but the nation is looking to its future with new plans to use solar to provide electricity for about 2 million of its poorest residents by the end of 2016. Considering that Peru MORE    added: Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013

Special Issue: Oil Sands Expansion & The Energy Disconnect - 87% of Canadians agree - We need a Canadian climate and energy strategy to plan our nation's energy future.

Special Issue: Oil Sands Expansion & The Energy Disconnect - 87% of Canadians agree - We need a Canadian climate and energy strategy to plan our nation's energy future.

Over the past few weeks we've seen a series of events that put Canada's energy file into stark perspectives. With disasters like Lac-Mégantic and the ongoing Cold Lake spill, it's hard to fathom the potential impacts of other oil-related mega projects li MORE    added: Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013

TransCanada plans colossal trans-Canada oil pipeline

While the Obama administration dithers over whether to approve TransCanada’s planned Keystone XL pipeline, the pipeline builder announced Thursday that it will pursue an even bigger project connecting Alberta’s tar-sands oil fields with refineries in the MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013

Koch brothers hire lobbyists to fight carbon tax, save poor and old people

Carbon-tax proposals are going nowhere in Congress, but the Koch brothers aren’t taking any chances. A few non-office-holding Republicans and a few actual-office-holding Democrats are calling for a carbon tax, but the current Congress would never pass on MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013

Geothermal Heat Pump Market to Triple by 2020

New Hampshire, USA -- There has been an uptick of interest in renewable energy heating and cooling in the past year, with several U.S. states and other countries establishing favorable incentives. After a two-year slump due to the global economic downtur MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

We are consigning hundreds of coastal cities to destruction. Who cares?

Sea-level rise is a vexed issue in climate discussions because everyone wants to know where sea level’s going to be in 2050, or 2100 — years that we can, at least dimly, imagine. I’ll still be alive in 2050, presumably, and my kids or grandkids in 2100, MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

BMW’s i3 electric car earns gushing praise

The car sells for as little as $41,350 — not bad for a Bimmer, and that’s before the $7,500 federal EV rebate. Those with range anxiety can drop a few grand more for a small backup gas-burning engine (or just take advantage of BMW’s nifty SUV-sharing offe MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

We have joined the Ontario Beekeepers Association and Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) in an effort to save Ontario’s bees. And we need your help.

We have joined the Ontario Beekeepers Association and Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) in an effort to save Ontario’s bees. And we need your help.

Ontario’s bees are dying in massive numbers and sufficient evidence points to the pervasive use of neonicotinoid pesticides on our agricultural field crops as a key factor. Studies have found a direct link between the use of these pesticides and thedwind MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

What debate? Canada is ready for a clean-energy future

What debate? Canada is ready for a clean-energy future

Canadian poll respondents identified as a “top” or “high” priority “improving energy efficiency” (80 per cent), “creating more jobs in clean energy” (73 per cent), “reducing Canada’s carbon pollution to slow down climate change” (67 per cent), and “reduc MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013

Despite slowdown, global coal remains a planet-destroying monster

In my last post, I referenced a new report from Goldman Sachs analysts showing that the market for seaborne thermal coal (overseas imports and exports used to fuel power plants) is likely to fall from 7 percent annual growth to around 1 percent, and stay MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013

REEP NEWS - FREE RAIN Home or Business Visit and much more ...

REEP NEWS - FREE RAIN Home or Business Visit and much more ...

Protect your property from heavy rains and save money - Are you a business property owner? Do you want to reduce your risk of flood damage? MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013

New Solar Homes: Japanese Homebuilders Helping the Fight for Energy Independence

One of the striking differences between the U.S. and Japanese solar PV markets is the number of new solar homes. In Japan, homebuilders promote “smart homes” to differentiate their products and appeal to new homebuyers who are conscious about saving ener MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013

Obama points out economic downsides of Keystone XL

President Obama doesn’t seem sold on the economic benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry carbon-intensive tar-sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast for export. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013

Wanted: Your input on Ontario’s energy future

Wanted: Your input on Ontario’s energy future

Some things never change. Twenty years ago, Ontario Hydro said electricity use would just grow and grow and the province would need expensive new mega-generating plants to meet this skyrocketing demand. Turns out they were wildly wrong. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013

New Community Projects Provide Solar Energy in Minnesota

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association, through a partnership with Clean Energy Collective, has found a way to provide residents in Rockford, Minn., with solar energy for their homes without the stress of construction and maintenance and having MORE    added: Saturday, Jul. 27, 2013

Study finds Albertans file few complaints about wind power

Study finds Albertans file few complaints about wind power

No other province in Canada has a longer history with wind energy than Alberta, which has 20 years of experience with utility-scale wind farms. Yet, unlike some parts of the country, we don’t tend to hear much about it, so my colleagues and I wondered wh MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 26, 2013

The positive economic impact of a carbon tax in, uh, hang on … 10 charts

A couple of University of Ottawa scholars just put out a short report on the B.C. carbon tax, examining its environmental and economic effects.Has it reduced fossil fuel consumption? Yes. Consumption of all petroleum fuels subject to the tax declined in MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 26, 2013

Next Ontario Energy Drinks is August 21st
When: Wednesday August 21, 2013 from 5:30pm
Where: Overdraught Irish Pub, 156 Front Street West, Toronto, ON - Read on for more NEWS

Next Ontario Energy Drinks is August 21st When: Wednesday August 21, 2013 from 5:30pm Where: Overdraught Irish Pub, 156 Front Street West, Toronto, ON - Read on for more NEWS

Join representatives from across the sustainable energy sector at the August edition of Ontario Energy Drinks. Our always popular monthly networking event offers unparalleled business development opportunities as well as delicious food and drink. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 26, 2013

Renewables Provide 25% of New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity in First Half 2013 - Renewables Outpace Coal, Oil and Nuclear Power Combined

According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) accounted for 24.93 percent of all new domes MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013

Building-Integrated Solar PV Market Set to Triple by 2015

LONDON -- From stadiums in Brazil to a bank headquarters in Britain, architects led by Norman Foster are integrating solar cells into the skin of buildings, helping the market for the technology triple within two years. MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013

Opposition to wind turbines is stronger in areas that don't have them yet, Western University study finds

The spectre of the unknown impact of wind turbines poses concern for those in rural communities but once they are up, they're not so bad, states a study of Ontario rural communities, released Monday. MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013

World Bank fights poverty with renewable energy

The World Bank is now promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, limiting its financial support for coal-fired power plants so as to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013

Another drilling blowout in the Gulf, another explosion

An offshore natural-gas platform burned through the night off the coast of Louisiana following a blowout and explosion on Tuesday. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013

Alaska’s latest climate worries: Massive wildfires and gushing glaciers

Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. Alaska, by the looks of it, is on track for a double apocalypse. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013

Canada Aids and Abets the Spectre of Nuclear Terrorism

Canada Aids and Abets the Spectre of Nuclear Terrorism

Last year, NATO concluded that nuclear weapons would remain a core component of their arsenal and strategic planning (with no peep of protest from Canada). Canada's response to this reality is, among other activities, a secretive working plan to ship lar MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013

Open Houses for Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan start today!

Open Houses for Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan start today!

As you may already know, a formal review of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan is currently underway. The Ministry of Energy is consulting with the public, energy stakeholders, and partners across the province starting today through to the end of August. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013

Provincial By-Elections: Who will put Ontario’s energy consumers first?

Provincial By-Elections: Who will put Ontario’s energy consumers first?

Before voters go to the polls in five provincial by-elections on August 1st they need to know which political parties have realistic plans to reduce our electricity rates and bills. And they need to know which parties are still kidding themselves about MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013

No one knows how to stop these tar-sands oil spills

Thousands of barrels of tar-sands oil have been burbling up into forest areas for at least six weeks in Cold Lake, Alberta, and it seems that nobody knows how to staunch the flow. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013

How do we use electricity?

We use electricity virtually every minute of every day, yet few of us know exactly how much or where it goes. By answering the simple question “how do we use electricity,” this post will help us understand. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 22, 2013

Electric vehicle sales are skyrocketing

Americans bought 40,000 new electric vehicles in the first six months of this year — more than twice the number purchased during the same period last year. And that was after sales of plug-in cars tripled from 17,000 in 2011 to 52,000 last year. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 22, 2013

Canada is stuck in idle when it comes to climate change - Is there a government in Canada that will take serious action even if it means saying no to the oil industry? Gus Van Harten

We must ask if there a government in Canada that will take prevention seriously even if it means saying no to the oil industry. Will governments even discuss the option of pumping less oil, both for reasons of climate change prevention and to ensure publi MORE    added: Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013

Oil sands no pot of gold for Ontario

The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy warned if Canada fails to invest in low carbon goods and services, we will lose our competitive edge. In response, the Harper government abolished the National Round Table and invested heavily MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 19, 2013

Trains, pipelines and disasters - Elizabeth May

Every time I think of what happened in Lac-Mégantic, I have a hard time getting past the sense of total grief that a beautiful little town should have been victim of such a random, devastating and shocking event. It can really only be compared to a town MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 19, 2013

Peru’s poorest will soon have solar power

The country just launched The National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program, an initiative to get solar to 2 million of the country’s poorest residents: MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 19, 2013

Wind power is a steal: Big deals in Midwest show wind’s affordability

Xcel Energy announced deals this week that will boost its use of wind power in the Upper Midwest by 33 percent, demonstrating that wind is increasingly cost-competitive with fossil fuels, even natural gas. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 19, 2013

Solar Helps New York Tackle High Electricity Costs, Utility to Solicit 100 MW

NEW YORK CITY -- New York has some of the highest electricity rates in the nation. But now more and more New Yorkers are turning to reliable solar to help manage their electricity costs. Governor Cuomo announced the latest round of the NY-Sun Competitiv MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 19, 2013

Are Geothermal Heat Pumps Ready for the Mainstream?

Geothermal heat pumps have long been on the fringes of modern day HVAC equipment. The latest estimates put market penetration at less than 1% of the overall housing market. This was easily explained twenty years ago. Oil was cheap, geothermal technology MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 19, 2013

Cabinet Shuffle: New Beginning or Business as Usual?

Cabinet Shuffle: New Beginning or Business as Usual?

On Monday, Stephen Harper announced a cabinet shuffle that ended Peter Kent's term as Environment Minister, and promoted Leona Aglukkaq to that portfolio, a former Health Minister and the first Inuk to be appointed to Cabinet. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 19, 2013

Doing Good by Doing Solar

In developed nations, we see solar power as an alternative to conventional energy and a way to fight climate change. But in poor countries solar reveals itself as even more — as a way out of some of the world's darkest humanitarian problems. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013

Keystone XL could hike gas prices as much as 40 cents a gallon

If the Keystone XL pipeline is built, Americans could pay as much as 40 cents more per gallon for gasoline in some parts of the country, according to a new report by the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog [PDF]. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013

Climate change poses a real threat to our infrastructure - Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

People in Toronto and Calgary recently got some first-hand lessons about climate change.They unfortunately learned that our roads, sewers, bridges and power grids are not built to withstand extreme weather. Residents in the two cities were left struggl MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013

Georgia Power will close coal-fired generation, add solar

The Georgia Public Service Commission approved Georgia Power’s plan to retire 15 coal- and oil-fired power plants, or 20 percent of its coal generation, and add 525 MW of solar power to the state by 2016. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013

DOE: Climate change could affect power plant operations, nuclear capacity

A report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says climate change and the rising temperatures associated with it can affect water levels and temperatures at power plants and affect demand on the power grid, according to Electric Light & Power/POWERGR MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013

Energy Minister Chiarelli Puts Consumers & Conservation First

Energy Minister Chiarelli Puts Consumers & Conservation First

Today Ontario’s Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced that the Government of Ontario will pursue all cost-effective energy conservation and efficiency measures before investing in new higher-cost power plants. This is a victory for consumers and common MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013

UK launches a FIT program for heating homes with renewable energy

Householders could get paid hundreds of pounds a year for heat generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed today. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 15, 2013

July 2013 Newsletter - We Pay the U.S. to Use Our Electricity ... and more

July 2013 Newsletter - We Pay the U.S. to Use Our Electricity ... and more

AT A GLANCE: * We Pay the U.S. to Use Our Electricity * Mixed News from the OPA's FIT Program * Good News for Owners of Green Certified Homes * LEED Cuts Affordable Housing a Deal MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 15, 2013

July 12, 2013 E-News - Nuclear renaissance was just a fairy tale - this and much more...

July 12, 2013 E-News - Nuclear renaissance was just a fairy tale - this and much more...

The promise of cheap, low-carbon power was based on rhetoric and obedience. Anyone who doubts that should read the new status report on the industry MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 15, 2013

Take a FREE TOUR of North House now reconstructed at RARE in Cambridge Thursdays and Saturdays over the summer.

Take a FREE TOUR of North House now reconstructed at RARE in Cambridge Thursdays and Saturdays over the summer.

Come and experience the latest environmental technology and housing design by touring North House - rare’s green housing model. North House, designed by students from the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University and Simon Fraser University, is a new MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 15, 2013

Can our electricity system cope with climate change?

Can our electricity system cope with climate change?

Watching streets fill with water and the lights blink out across the city of Toronto, you have to wonder – are we really prepared for the coming climate storm? MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 12, 2013

Google’s renewable energy search gets results

Google may not seem like an energy company, but it sure is acting like one.Through more than $1 billion in investments and through large contracts for renewable power, Google has become the most significant player in the energy business outside of actu MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 12, 2013

Pembina reacts to decision on Shell Jackpine oilsands mine expansion

Pembina reacts to decision on Shell Jackpine oilsands mine expansion

EDMONTON — Simon Dyer, policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments today concerning the release of the joint review panel decision report on the proposed Shell Jackpine Mine Expansion. MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 11, 2013

OSEA Newsletter for JULY 2013

OSEA Newsletter for JULY 2013

In this issue:Ontario Energy Drinks;What the WTO’s Domestic Content Ruling Means for Ontario’s Renewable Energy Sector; Ontario Continues to Build Smarter, More Efficient Electricity Grid; One small town wind farm, 286 owners; California Sets Energy Stor MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 11, 2013

Solar Plane Completes Cross-U.S. Flight

Late last Saturday night the solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse HB-SIA landed in New York, successfully concluding the last in its series of demonstration flights. This time the Swiss-made plane flew across the U.S., a total distance of 3,511 miles (565 MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 11, 2013

Google Signs Wind PPA in Finland

Technology giant Google has announced plans to power its data center in Hamina, Finland with wind energy from Sweden. The company has signed a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Swedish developer O2 for the energy from O2’s planned 72-MW wind fa MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 11, 2013

We've had a first-hand glimpse of what climate change has in store for Canada

We've had a first-hand glimpse of what climate change has in store for Canada

Here in Calgary, life is slowly returning to normal following the worst flood in Alberta's history. Many people have yet to return home, and many others are just starting to come to terms with the flood's costs and what it will take to clean up. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2013

Solar Costs & Grid Prices On Collision Course

With the cost of solar continuing to fall rapidly (50% in the past five years) and electricity prices rising steadily, if slowly, the approach of solar grid parity is near. The following chart illustrates the trajectory of solar cost and electricity pric MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2013

Connecticut Introduces Solar Leasing via Public-Private Partnership

Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA)— also called the CT Green Bank — has leveraged $9.5 million in ratepayer funds into a $50-million private capital investment to support solar leasing for homes and businesses under a pub MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2013

Residential Demand Spurs US Solar Installations in 1Q13

New Hampshire, USA -- Big growth in residential solar demand, bucking broader market volatility and seasonal trends, set the pace for yet another record quarterly performance for U.S. solar installations during the first three months of 2013, according MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2013

Solar-powered sedan hits Dutch streets

Plug-in electric car? That’s so 2013. The electric sedans of the future will also generate their own photovoltaic power. That’s the philosophy behind a new class of competition in this year’s World Solar Challenge. Since 1987, the challenge has had solar MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

Train explosion in Quebec stokes debate about oil transport

The latest disaster caused by the transport of oil across North America has wrecked the town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec. A driverless train loaded with crude from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota derailed and exploded early Saturday in the town’s cen MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

Energy plant plans to use Toronto Zoo’s animal manure to generate electricity

An energy plant project set for construction in 2014 at the Toronto Zoo will turn manure into electricity for Ontario’s power grid, after a 50-day period in an anaerobic digestion chamber. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

There are dividends to a carbon tax - RE: Doctors urge province to ramp-up renewable energy — July 2 RECORD letter to the Editor

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment make a convincing case for the phase-out of fossil fuels and nuclear energy because of their adverse impacts to health and climate change. But their op-ed does not say how the province should ram MORE    added: Sunday, Jul. 7, 2013

Are we apathetic? -RE: How Canada became a rogue petrostate — Record Letter to the Editor July 3

But whatever the fate of the XL pipeline, folks in Waterloo Region can count on western oil, or diluted bitumen, to be pumped through Enbridge's pipeline No. 9, crossing under the Grand River not far south of Cambridge. MORE    added: Sunday, Jul. 7, 2013

Fracked gas is not the answer

Fracked gas is not the answer

Do you want to heat your home with gas pumped out of shale rock in Pennsylvania with a noxious mix of water, sand and chemicals, or would you rather save money by making your home more energy efficient? Enbridge is proposing to spend $623 million on a sy MORE    added: Saturday, Jul. 6, 2013

How Canada became a rogue petrostate

Over the last decade, Canada has not so quietly become an international mining centre and a rogue petrostate. It's no longer America's better half, but a dystopian vision of the continent's energy-soaked future. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013

Stances aside, pipeline debate is far from over - The Observer editorial - June 29

Depending on which side of the debate you sit on, you took U.S. President Barack Obama’s reference to the Keystone XL pipeline as either a condemnation or tacit support for the project. Opponents see Obama’s remarks that the pipeline will go forward only MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013

Nobel Peace Laureates stand in Solidarity with First Nations affected by reckless Tar Sands development

Nobel Peace Laureates stand in Solidarity with First Nations affected by reckless Tar Sands development

On July 5th and 6th, people from coast to coast will gather in Fort McMurray, AB to join First Nations and Metis in the Healing Walk, an annual gathering focused on healing the environment and the people who are suffering from tar sands expansion. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013

Doctors' Critique of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s Cancer Study - AND MUCH MORE

Doctors' Critique of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s Cancer Study - AND MUCH MORE

As a regulatory agency, mandated to protect the health and safety of Canadians, the CNSC should properly be exercising the Precautionary Principle, which stipulates that where there is a suggestion, or serious suspicion, of harm to any segment of the huma MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013

Greetings to OSEA Members, Friends and Supporters - July 3rd the OPA announced 951 Small Feed-in Tariff renewable energy contract offers representing 146.5 MW.

Greetings to OSEA Members, Friends and Supporters - July 3rd the OPA announced 951 Small Feed-in Tariff renewable energy contract offers representing 146.5 MW.

READ ON for fast facts. Thank you for your ongoing support of OSEA and efforts to work with us to transform Ontario's energy system, driving Ontario's prosperity. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013

Tennessee Public Schools to Generate Nearly $1 Million with Solar

The majority of public schools in Campbell County, Tenn. are going solar in a bid to make $960,000 over 20 years, without raising any additional taxes. That’s under a new partnership with residential and commercial solar installer Efficient Energy of Tenn MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013

California’s Invisible Solar Problem

What if grid operators were unable to track the energy generation from a 2.7-GW solar project – the equivalent of several nuclear plants? Imagine the difficulties they would face. This scenario is unfolding now in California. However this invisible power MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013

Going for a Million Solar Roofs in Colorado

On June 27, Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D), along with representatives from Environment Colorado, Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) and solar installers were on hand at an active solar installation near Denver to unveil a MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013

We're going to see a whole lot more severe weather, and the resultant damage - HIS VIEW - Steve Kannon - The Observer

Insurance companies,which top no one’s most-popular list, are likely to be the targets of even more scorn in the wake of cleanup efforts in flood-ravaged southern Alberta. Damage has been estimated in the billions, and much of the damage has been MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013

Oil trains and terminals could be coming to the Northwest

Oil refiner Tesoro and terminal operator Savage are trying to secure permits to build the region’s biggest crude oil shipping terminal at the Port of Vancouver, along the Washington state side of the Columbia River. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2013

Solar Offers Hope in Fight Against Climate Change

America's solar energy industry is uniquely poised to help. Today, more than 30 utility-scale, clean energy solar projects are under construction, putting thousands of electricians, steelworkers and laborers to work and helping to reduce carbon emissions MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2013

Doctors urge province to ramp-up renewable energy - "the health of every Ontarian depends on it"

Why are renewables so important? In a word, because they're far safer than conventional power. Solar and wind generation do not contribute to climate change, respiratory illness, brain damage or cancer; they do not leave a legacy of radioactive waste and MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013

U.S. House 2014 budget proposal slashes funding for nuclear investment

Under a $30.4 billion spending bill approved by the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee this week, nuclear energy programs would receive $656 million in fiscal 2014, down 13.5 percent from this year and well below the administration’s requ MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013

Ten solar energy projects installed at Walmart, Sam's Clubs in Maryland

The newest additions bring the total number of Walmart and Sam’s Club stores with SolarCity (Nasdaq: SCTY) installations to 150 across several states with more in the works. The projects use a total of 13,400 solar panels. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013

Renewable Energy to Beat Gas in Power Mix by 2016, IEA Says

Renewable energy may supply more electricity than nuclear reactors or natural gas by 2016, spurred by declining costs and growing demand in emerging markets, the International Energy Agency said. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013

Resolute’s lawsuit for $7 million aims to silence criticism

Resolute’s lawsuit for $7 million aims to silence criticism

Greenpeace Canada promised today that it would not be silenced by a $7 million defamation lawsuit by the country’s largest logging company, Resolute Forest Products (TSX: RFP). MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013

Can Wind Power Keep Energy Prices in Check?

Dennis McKinley, Director of North American Wind Power Business for ABB North America, which works with turbine OEMs and wind developers, said wind power is an important part of our energy mix. [Wind] acts as a check and balance system to keep natural MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013

Ontario’s clean energy policies haven’t failed - Bob Chiarelli - Ontario’s Minister of Energy

The Record's June 25 editorial — "A white flag for green energy" — paints a dire picture of green energy in Ontario. To paraphrase Mark Twain — reports of the demise of Ontario's clean energy policies are greatly exaggerated. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013

Energy Storage Moves Wind to Baseload Power

-- The key to further wind sector success may be the ability to provide baseload power. New solutions based on lithium batteries can deliver convincing foundations to balance wind's variability. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013

Republicans say Obama’s climate plan is a war on America

By announcing that his administration will tackle climate change by curbing power plant emissions, Barack Obama isn’t just waging a war on coal. He’s waging a war on the United States of freakin’ America. We know that because Republicans told us so. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013

Record-breaking Volkswagen is more fuel-efficient than your hybrid

Volkswagen has announced the company’s Passat TDI has set a new world record for the category of “lowest fuel consumption-48 US states for a non-hybrid car.” Drivers Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger managed an impressive 77.99 miles per gallon over 8,122 mile MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013

Obama: I will only OK Keystone if it won’t significantly increase CO2 emissions

Big news from President Obama’s climate speech: He says he won’t approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline if it will “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” It’s hard to know exactly what he means by that, but it’s a surprise MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013

If you think the work of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance is super exceptional – we're behind ON's coal phase-out after all, and now we're taking on the nuclear industry in ON

If you think the work of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance is super exceptional – we're behind ON's coal phase-out after all, and now we're taking on the nuclear industry in ON

Please vote for us in NOW's Best of Toronto. And if you think Angela (that’s me!) is a kick-ass enviro, please vote for her. Thank you! Please go to the NEWS posting for active links. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013

No-drama Obama unveils series of modest, sensible steps on climate change

President Obama’s supporters, his critics, and the media all want the same thing from his climate speech today: drama. They want grand gestures, some sort of conversion narrative centered on Obama’s will to fight the climate fight. They want a “trade” fo MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013

Blame Canada: Greedy for oil money, the country is turning into a rogue petrostate

An unforgiving article in the latest Foreign Policy magazine lays out how conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been aggressively pursuing development of the Alberta oil sands and remaking the country in the political image of the Georg MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013

Pembina reacts to Obama’s new climate plan

Pembina reacts to Obama’s new climate plan

“President Obama’s new plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the United States puts Canada significantly out of step with its closest neighbour and largest trading partner, and moves the U.S. well ahead of Canada in terms of tackling climate change. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013

New analysis shows that weak oil and gas regulations would paint Ottawa into a corner for its climate target

New analysis shows that weak oil and gas regulations would paint Ottawa into a corner for its climate target

With the federal government’s latest deadline to announce greenhouse gas regulations for the oil and gas sector just a week away, new analysis from the Pembina Institute highlights the consequences of adopting a weaker-than-required approach to this high- MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 24, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, the President of the United States prepares, finally, to take serious action, mayors pledge allegiance to a clean-energy future, and Calgary becomes a case study for why our cities need to put real resources into their cl

This week in Clean Energy Review, the President of the United States prepares, finally, to take serious action, mayors pledge allegiance to a clean-energy future, and Calgary becomes a case study for why our cities need to put real resources into their cl

ALBERTA IN CRISIS: "It is deeply irresponsible to diminish climate change factors in urban and emergency planning," writes Mike Soron in a sensitive and thoughtful guest post on Clean Energy Canada. Soron, the executive director of Sustainable SFU, grew MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 24, 2013

Germany takes the first step toward a supergrid

Renewable energy sources, at least wind and solar, are variable — the wind isn’t always blowing, the sun isn’t always shining. This is something every glib pundit on the internet cites as a reason we’ll need fossil-fuel or nuclear “baseload” power plants MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 24, 2013

NEWS By Mindscape Innovations - World Bank & CIDA Oppose Canadian Nuclear - by Derek Satnik - and much more

NEWS By Mindscape Innovations - World Bank & CIDA Oppose Canadian Nuclear - by Derek Satnik - and much more

Ontario’s electrical grid presently consists of nearly 50% nuclear energy generators, all of which are nearing the end of their current service life, and need to be replaced. No matter how you do it, rebuilding half the supply for a grid the size of Onta MORE    added: Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013

Amid Fossil Fuel Troubles, Ukraine Gets Lift from Renewables

Ukraine’s traditional energy sector has been facing a major crisis due to a shortage of current assets. This is the result of the state’s socially oriented tariff policy as cash-strapped utilities are unable to settle mounting bills with Russian gas supp MORE    added: Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013

Wasted energy equals wasted potential - Peter Love, President, Energy Services Association of Canada

U.S. President Barack Obama recently issued this challenge: “Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years.” Is there really that much waste and is the savings target realistic? Would a similar target prove useful MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013

World can't wait until 2020 on Climate Action, says new IEA report

World can't wait until 2020 on Climate Action, says new IEA report

Last week the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a disturbing report warming that "the world is not on track to limit the long-term rise in the average global temperature to two degrees Celcius," and that, based on a business as usual scenario, MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013

From the Sea to the Pump: Is Kelp a Viable Biofuel?

Brown kelp macroalgae — the strange, foul-smelling seaweed so often found washed up on the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic sand beaches — could ultimately offer an almost unlimited global supply of commercial-quality ethanol or biomethane. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013

Repowering Gives New Life to Old Wind Sites

By 2020, swapping aging wind turbines with more powerful modern units will have raised annual electricity generation at refurbished sites from 1524 GWh to 8221 GWh. A 2 MW wind turbine coming off the production line with a rotor diameter of 80 metres can MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013

16-year-old turns algae into biofuel, makes rest of us feel unaccomplished

For a fifth-grade science fair, Evie Sobczak found that the acid in fruit could power clocks; she connected a cut-up orange to a clock with wire and watched it tick. In seventh grade, she generated power by engineering paddles that could harness wind. And MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013

Keystone XL won’t use state-of-the-art spill technology

TransCanada swears that once the Keystone XL pipeline is operational, it will be totally safe. The company is apparently so confident — despite already having had to dig up and replace faulty stretches of the pipeline’s southern leg — that it doesn’t see MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013

Third Ontario nuclear waste site possible - Would store material of out-of-service reactors.

Ontario could play host to three separate nuclear waste disposal sites, according to information filed at recent hearings. Two of the proposed sites have already been publicly discussed, although the simultaneous search is causing confusion in the area MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013

Weather and climate disasters cost U.S. $110 billion in 2012

Last year was the second-costliest year in the United States since 1980 for weather and climate disasters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013

Solar Likely on 20% of New Homes in California in 2013

As SunPower prepares to install its 10,000th residential system, the company says that it anticipates that solar will be on 20 percent of all new homes built in California this year. That’s based on recent trends, like the doubling of solar on new homes MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013

Top Stories Right Now on DeSmog Canada

Top Stories Right Now on DeSmog Canada

Harper’s Speech To British Parliament Draws Multiple Tar Sands Protests - Arctic Sea Ice to Vanish in 2013 - McKibben, Naomi Klein Join Walk To Heal The Tar Sands - Apache's 9.5 Million Ltr Spill Covers 42 Hectares of "Internationally Important" Wetlands MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, the social web looks north, New York's mayor prepares for Sandy's sequel, and Germany shows that the road to a clean energy revolution is not without bumps and twists. ...and much more

This week in Clean Energy Review, the social web looks north, New York's mayor prepares for Sandy's sequel, and Germany shows that the road to a clean energy revolution is not without bumps and twists. ...and much more

PRESTON MANNING ON CARBON At a Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions discussion with Jeffrey Simpson, the conservative icon endorsed a carbon price and suggested kids and grandkids are well placed to lobby their conservative elders on the issue. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 17, 2013

Pipeline spills oil waste over more than 100 acres of Alberta

A major spill of toxic oil waste has wiped out trees and vegetation across a 104-acre swath of Alberta, Canada. The apparent cause of the spill: The rupture of a five-year-old pipeline that was designed to last at least 30 years. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 17, 2013

Al Gore, raising the heat on Obama, calls Keystone an “atrocity”

The former vice-president said in an interview on Friday that he hoped Obama would follow the example of British Columbia, which last week rejected a similar pipeline project, and shut down the Keystone XL. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 17, 2013

Time to Put the Pieces of the Puzzle in Place

If all the key pieces of Canada’s energy future – the climate crisis, a prosperous economy, labour issues, east-west connectivity, energy efficiency, technological innovation, federal-provincial relations – were jigsaw pieces on our collective family tab MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 17, 2013

The Coming Solar Electricity Transformation

Solar cells are unusual in that they were cost-competitive from the get-go. From the Apollo space program to highway signs to lighting for buoys, solar could replace highly expensive power from batteries or other sources and eliminate the need for the co MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 13, 2013

Nuclear power plants to be on the hook for $1-billion in event of meltdown  The Harper government says Canada’s nuclear operators should not have to pay more than a billion dollars in total compensation in the event of a catastrophic incident at one of th

Nuclear power plants to be on the hook for $1-billion in event of meltdown The Harper government says Canada’s nuclear operators should not have to pay more than a billion dollars in total compensation in the event of a catastrophic incident at one of th

“Mr. Oliver’s action would only have meaning if it was accompanied by a commitment to phase out nuclear power as Sweden and Germany have begun,” said Mr. Bennett of the Sierra Club. And Shawn-Patrick Stensil, a nuclear analyst for Greenpeace, said the an MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 13, 2013

June 2013 NEWSLETTER - OSEA recommendations to Minister of Energy on Small FIT process - and MUCH MORE!

June 2013 NEWSLETTER - OSEA recommendations to Minister of Energy on Small FIT process - and MUCH MORE!

Last week I met with the Minister of Energy to discuss the shortfalls of the Small FIT process and to make recommendations to ensure that the program can move forward letting those who passed the initial screening progress while recognizing that there MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013

CanSIA's Solar Ontario 2013: Wrap-Up, Resources, and Highlights

CanSIA's Solar Ontario 2013: Wrap-Up, Resources, and Highlights

More than 1,000 solar industry professionals, practitioners, and stakeholders gathered in Niagara Falls for the third annual Solar Ontario conference in Trade Show on May 29 and 30. Strong participation from local and global industry leaders, key politic MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013

CREW's Kids & Community Power $aving Program involving Blessed John Paul II Catholic Elementary School reaches CLIMAX at the Catholic Elementary ECO FEST April 18, 2013

CREW's Kids & Community Power $aving Program involving Blessed John Paul II Catholic Elementary School reaches CLIMAX at the Catholic Elementary ECO FEST April 18, 2013

CREW's KIDS & Community Power $aving Program held a winter term with Blessed John Paul II Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener. This split class of 4/5s at BJPII are pictured along with Dr. Lien Lien, the program coordinator, and teacher Sarah Meadus. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013

On May 23, 2013, Laurentian Hills Christian School (LHCS) held a special and impressive SOLAR OPEN HOUSE for their school and broader community to celebrate the completion of their SOLAR CITY supported 10kW solar panel installation.

On May 23, 2013, Laurentian Hills Christian School (LHCS) held a special and impressive SOLAR OPEN HOUSE for their school and broader community to celebrate the completion of their SOLAR CITY supported 10kW solar panel installation.

LHCS was a participant in SOLAR CITY, an pilot project incentive program coordinated by CREW, with collaborative partners, Mennonite Central Committee Ontario CREATION CARE and Greening Sacred Spaces and sponsored in part by the City of Kitchener LOCAL MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013

Sunday, June 9, Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship held a very meaningful and successful Solar PV commissioning church service and community BBQ, including entertainment and games - as part of SOLAR CITY.

Sunday, June 9, Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship held a very meaningful and successful Solar PV commissioning church service and community BBQ, including entertainment and games - as part of SOLAR CITY.

PPCF is a participant in the SOLAR CITY program, a pilot project, coordinated by CREW, that provides an incentive for faith communities in the City of Kitchener to install solar panels as a witness to GREEN Living, GREEN Energy and CREATION CARE. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013

Two Steps Forward, One Back: Ontario Cancels Feed-in Tariffs for Large Projects - Paul Gipe

There’s no sugar-coating what happened last week. Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli, used the occasion of the annual conference of the Canadian Solar Energy Industry Association (CanSIA) to announce that he was canceling feed-in tariffs for lar MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013

Are trains the new pipelines?

Are trains the new pipelines?

More than 150,000 litres of crude oil were spilled during two recent derailments in Ontario and Saskatchewan. Oil-by-rail is gaining in popularity, but will trains become a long-term alternative to pipelines for moving oilsands bitumen? Read more. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, the WWF targets institutional investors, Caribbean wind farms shrug off a hurricane, and a major new report sketches out how the energy sector can help us keep our two-degree promises.

This week in Clean Energy Review, the WWF targets institutional investors, Caribbean wind farms shrug off a hurricane, and a major new report sketches out how the energy sector can help us keep our two-degree promises.

HOW WE CAN GET BACK ON TRACK: Early this morning, the International Energy Agency released Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map. The major new report pencils out the current status and expectations of global climate and energy policy, proposes four quick and MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013

What it’s really like to have a coal terminal in your backyard

This is required reading — and viewing — for anyone worried about how export terminals handle coal in reality: a jaw-dropping exposé on the pollution from Ridley Terminals at Prince Rupert, British Columbia. You absolutely must click through and see the MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013

GREENPEACE - As you read this email the Harper government is spending $16 million of your tax money on an ad campaign to paint the tar sands as 'environmentally friendly'.

GREENPEACE - As you read this email the Harper government is spending $16 million of your tax money on an ad campaign to paint the tar sands as 'environmentally friendly'.

We've come up with a plan to make this government 'greenwash' campaign the laughing stock of Canada, and it involves you! MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013

Conergy Installing Solar at Cost of Conventional Electricity in Spain

Germany’s Conergy, a vertically integrated PV manufacturer and developer, is now installing PV systems in Spain that are producing electricity at grid-competitive rates without subsidies. The company said it’s now hit the 1 megawatt mark of such projects. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013

Phase-out Pickering Nuclear Station and save $850 million per year - and much more!! Action needed.

Phase-out Pickering Nuclear Station and save $850 million per year - and much more!! Action needed.

TAKE ACTION SECTION - Tell the Premier that we must avoid another electricity expenditure fiasco – don’t waste our hard-earned money rebuilding this aging and outdated facility! MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013

Keystone XL isn’t even built yet and already it’s faulty

Property owners who watched with disgust and fear as TransCanada contractors ripped up their land to lay the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline are being treated to a repeat performance.The pipeline isn’t even in service yet, but already TransCana MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013

How fracking companies exploit Amish farmers

Energy companies in eastern Ohio — home to the world’s largest Amish population and billions of dollars worth of oil and gas reserves — have been convincing Amish farmers to sign away drilling rights to their land for far less than they’re worth, knowing MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013

Skulduggery alleged over mayors’ ‘secret’ nuclear-waste storage meetings

Municipal leaders in the Ontario region that is home to one of the world's largest nuclear power plants are facing allegations they discussed proposed storage facilities for radioactive waste in secret because they feared damaging their electoral fortune MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 7, 2013

Solar photovoltaic projects come online in Ontario

Six solar photovoltaic projects providing 70 MWp of electricity started commercial operations in two Ontario communities. MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 7, 2013

Petcoke is being shipped from Alberta Oil Sands to Detroit for shipment to Nova Scotia where it is being burned for energy. Petcoke is by far the highest polluting fossil fuel on earth.

In something resembling a bottle return program, Detroit’s enormous petroleum coke pile, a byproduct of Canadian oil sands, is making its way back to Canada. MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 7, 2013

Hawkesville Mennonite Church happily announces that its 10kW solar PV installation is complete and generating since April 26, 2013

Hawkesville Mennonite Church happily announces that its 10kW solar PV installation is complete and generating since April 26, 2013

The 40 panel system with Enphsse micro-inverters was installed by Merlyn Power, one of our CREW preferred vendors.Pastor Brad Lebold is pleased that his faith community approved this solar installation as an expression of their concern for CREATION CARE. MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 7, 2013

Unlikely alliance urge Ontario for Price on Carbon

Unlikely alliance urge Ontario for Price on Carbon

This week, a group of Ontario based investors, industry, academics, civil society and environmental NGO's wrote an open letter urging members of the Ontario government to put a price on carbon. MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 7, 2013

The Obama climate move that nobody noticed

The Obama administration just made a fairly significant move on climate change, and it flew right under the radar. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 6, 2013

Finding the Green Lining when Disaster Strikes

With extreme weather events like the Moore, Oklahoma tornado and Hurricane Sandy striking more frequently, renewable energy can be incorporated into rebuilding efforts. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013

Waterloo Energy Products is Awarded Prestigious Design-Build Hockey Arena Project featuring Geothermal for Saint Andrew's College - congrats to one of CREW's preferred vendors

Waterloo Energy Products Inc. is once again taking its business in the HVAC,Geothermal, and Renewable Energy industry to the next level. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013

US Renewable Energy Action Is Brewing in Cities and States

Many states and metro areas in the U.S. are showing strong national and even global leadership in clean-tech development and deployment, and that leadership is on full display in Clean Edge’s 2013 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index released today. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013

US Now Most Attractive Market for Renewable Energy, Finds Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young’s (EY’s) 10th annual Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index finds that the US is again the most attractive place in world for renewable energy, supplanting China, which held the top spot in the previous index. The annual report ranks MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013

Sustainable Waterloo Region founder stepping down for new national project

Sustainable Waterloo Region founder stepping down for new national project

The booming success of a local environmental sustainability network has inspired its founder to look beyond the region's borders. Mike Morrice, founder and executive director of Sustainable Waterloo Region, announced last week that he will be leaving his MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013

ONTARIO KEEPS IT LOCAL: Late last week, the province boosted local government authority over renewable energy projects. ... And much more!

ONTARIO KEEPS IT LOCAL: Late last week, the province boosted local government authority over renewable energy projects. ... And much more!

Proponents must now work directly with municipalities to identify appropriate locations and requirements for any large-scale wind or solar installations. As a bonus, the province said it will welcome an additional 900 megawatts of new clean energy on the MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 3, 2013

Wind farm syndrome dismissed - Australian study

The inaudible sound caused by wind farms is no worse than that from other rural and urban environments and does not affect human health, a review by the Victorian Department of Health has found. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 3, 2013

It's Time for the US to Invest in a 21st-century Power System (Canada should too!)

America's power system is too vulnerable to meet modern challenges — a harsh reality underscored by Hurricane Sandy, which left 8.1 million people in the dark for extended periods. Yet, widespread outages should no longer come as a surprise. The American MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 3, 2013

How the oil sands industry is distorting Canada’s economy - Thomas Homer-Dixon

By 2030, Canada’s output from the oil sands will reach about five million barrels a day, more than twice today’s output. Yet, by 2030, chances are also good that the world will have placed a price on carbon emissions to spur energy innovation and wean hu MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 3, 2013

Ontario FIT for the Future - By Derek Satnik (of CREW): New Minister of Energy Deliver’s New Commitments

Bob Chiarelli became Ontario’s latest Minister of Energy in Feb. 2013 (just over 100 days ago), but he seems to be picking up the file rather quickly. Yesterday (May 30) his speech at CanSIA‘s Solar Ontario show was well received. Here are the highlights MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 3, 2013

Coal is the enemy of the human race, video edition - COAL 101 has a great message aimed at the US but equally valid for Canada.

It was one thing when there were no viable alternatives to coal — you could make the brute utilitarian argument that all the lost lives, suffering, and ecological destruction were worth it for the benefits of electrification. But now there are alternative MORE    added: Sunday, Jun. 2, 2013

Electric cars with 1,000-mile range per charge possible by next year

Slowly but surely, electric vehicles may soon go 1,000 miles on a single charge, four times the range of present electric cars. Ian Hobday, CEO of UK-based Liberty Electric Cars, said this could be a reality as early as next year. MORE    added: Sunday, Jun. 2, 2013

B.C. officially opposes Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline

The B.C. government has officially expressed its opposition to a proposal for the Northern Gateway pipeline project, saying it fails to address the province's environmental concerns. Special Report: Northern Gateway Pipeline MORE    added: Sunday, Jun. 2, 2013

Quebec Energy Strategy is planning on 4000 MW of wind power by 2015 and 4,500 MW in hyropower investing 25 billion while supporting 70,000 jobs in 10 years.

Following a broadly-based consultation process the gouvernement du gouvernement du Québec has released its energy strategy, defining goals and actions for the period 2006 to 2015. Guidelines have been established by the Government for each energy sector. MORE    added: Sunday, Jun. 2, 2013

Good morning OSEA members, friends and supporters, I'm writing you to update you on yesterday's Ministry of Energy announcement and to remind you of the call to action I made earlier this week.

Good morning OSEA members, friends and supporters, I'm writing you to update you on yesterday's Ministry of Energy announcement and to remind you of the call to action I made earlier this week.

The Ontario government is building on the successes of the Green Energy and Economy Act and working on the shortfalls by empowering communities to become partners and proponents, building out a pipeline and support mechanisms for project developers of MORE    added: Friday, May. 31, 2013

The Future Could Not Be Clearer for Renewable Energy

Okay, the title is a bit of an overstatement. But when it comes to the economy, we don’t need a crystal ball to understand what is coming next. Rarely in history has there been a time when the greatest opportunity available has also been so obvious. Peop MORE    added: Friday, May. 31, 2013

Must watch!!! Peak Oil and Economic Contraction

U-Tube video and the flow of energy - A really well put together video! MORE    added: Friday, May. 31, 2013

Pembina reacts to British Columbia's rejection of the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Pembina reacts to British Columbia's rejection of the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Nathan Lemphers, senior policy analyst with the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to British Columbia’s final written argument to the Northern Gateway Panel: MORE    added: Friday, May. 31, 2013

"Don't Push Your Luck! Don't let these geriatric reactors continue operating past their engineering design life times.” Dr. Gordon Edwards writing about the proposed Ontario Pickering nuclear reactor extension

“Wind power is, like the sun, a free gift from the heavens that is available for all time – leaving no diesel soot and no nuclear waste. It saves the environ­ment, in country after country, from tens of millions of metric tons of greenhouse gases. Wars a MORE    added: Thursday, May. 30, 2013

Fracking accident leaks benzene into Colorado stream

Once again, Colorado’s fracking boom has residents wondering if there’s something in the water — carcinogenic benzene, in this case. A plant for fracked natural gas processor Williams Energy, near Parachute, Colo., spilled an estimated 241 barrels of mixe MORE    added: Thursday, May. 30, 2013

WIND - New Turbine Technology: Key Players On - and Offshore

With annual market growth of almost 10 percent, and cumulative capacity growth of about 19 percent according to the latest figures from the Global Wind Energy Council, the wind sector continued to make robust progress in 2012. But while these figures sug MORE    added: Thursday, May. 30, 2013

Google Reels In Wind-Kite Firm Makani

Extending its already deep reach into renewable energy, Google reportedly has acquired a startup and its flying-kite wind turbines that promise to tap better wind energy resources at higher altitudes with far lower costs and more efficient output. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 30, 2013

GOOD NEWS! Today Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli where he unveiled plans to add at least 900 megawatts of renewable energy to Ontario over the next four years.

GOOD NEWS! Today Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli where he unveiled plans to add at least 900 megawatts of renewable energy to Ontario over the next four years.

Last month, you helped us push back on yet another misguided attack on Ontario’s green energy future with the Conservative initiated Bill 39. Thank you for making sure the province didn’t get dragged backward. Today - a huge step forward! MORE    added: Thursday, May. 30, 2013

What’s threatening utilities: Innovation at the edge of the grid (with dik-diks!)

Lots of forces are conspiring to put the current arrangement under stress, but the most important, in my mind, is a wave of innovation on the “distribution edge” of the grid. (I stole the term from an eLab report that I’ll discuss in a later post.) The MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 29, 2013

Countdown to Nuclear Ruin at Paducah in Western Kentucky

Countdown to Nuclear Ruin at Paducah in Western Kentucky

Disaster is about to strike in western Kentucky, a full-blown nuclear catastrophe involving hundreds of tons of enriched uranium tainted with plutonium, technetium, arsenic, beryllium and a toxic chemical brew. But this nuke calamity will be no fluke. It’ MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 29, 2013

French and German Ministers Call for 2030 Renewable Energy Targets

France is aiming to reduce the share of nuclear in its electricity production from 75 percent to 50 percent by 2025, to increase the country’s energy efficiency by around 20 percent, and by 2020 to produce around 23 percent of electricity from renewables MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013

US Equipped to Grow Serious Amounts of Pond Scum for Fuel

A new analysis shows that the nation's land and water resources could likely support the growth of enough algae to produce up to 25 billion gallons of algae-based fuel a year in the United States, one-twelfth of the country's yearly needs. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013

Streamlined Permitting Can Significantly Reduce Costs, Time for Installing Residential Solar

A recent report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) looks at how the permitting process can impact the costs and time it takes to install solar. The report, “The Impact of City-level Permitting Processes on Residential Photovoltaic Insta MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013

Disappearing glaciers: Now you see them, now you don’t. Remember the CREW GREEN Movie Night featuring CHASING ICE.

When it comes to glaciers, climate change leaves marks that can be seen from space.Our friends at GlacierWorks hope to document those scars. Respected mountaineer and GlacierWorks Executive Director David Breashears retraced the steps of past photog MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013

Oil sands deals lose traction

There’s a buyers’ strike in the oil sands. At least a half dozen energy companies have come up dry in efforts to attract the rich bids they envisaged when they put oil sands assets on the auction block in the past year, showing downward pricing pressure MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013

This week, an Australian minister calls

This week, an Australian minister calls "time out" on all the China bashing, Canada's wind power trade group sees fertile ground on the prairie, and Detroit's biggest challenger pays back every penny of its $452 million federal loan—nine years ahead of s

CHINA MAKES IT HAPPEN: The world’s biggest polluter will launch its first pilot carbon-trading programme next month in the southern city of Shenzhen—covering 638 companies that are responsible for 38 percent of the city's emissions. The program will ulti MORE    added: Monday, May. 27, 2013

Outlook for US Energy Independence Gaining Confidence

A survey conducted by the KPMG Global Energy Institute shows that a majority of energy executives believe the U.S. can reach energy independence by 2030. The survey also showed a decrease in the number of executives who believe the U.S. will never gain en MORE    added: Monday, May. 27, 2013

Spared by climate change: The 10 best cities to ride out hot times

Today, we thought we’d give you the bright side, such as it is: the 10 towns to which we’ll all be flocking as the rest of the world goes to hell. You’re welcome. (Hey, we don’t call Grist “a beacon in the smog” for nothing.) MORE    added: Monday, May. 27, 2013

GM's Commitment to Solar Going Strong

With the amount of energy required to produce a vehicle, it makes sense that automobile manufacturers are exploring solar power to help cut costs and position themselves as environmentally-conscious companies. Incorporating solar energy into their operat MORE    added: Saturday, May. 25, 2013

Breakdown: Penetration of Renewable Energy in Selected Markets

The penetration of renewable energy into the electricity supply mix has been much in the news recently. During the first quarter, Portugal generated three-quarters of its electricity with renewable energy. Meanwhile, in Germany, one-fifth of all electric MORE    added: Thursday, May. 23, 2013

Screwed by climate change: 10 US cities that will be hardest hit

As part of our in-depth look at the warming planet, at GRIST we’ve compiled a list of the U.S. cities that we think will be in the hottest water as the mercury rises — in some cases, up to their foreheads. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 23, 2013

Could a Chinese carbon cap pave the way for a global climate deal?

Like sparring siblings, China and the United States — the world’s two biggest carbon dioxide emitters — keep passing the climate-action buck back and forth: “Why should I cut emissions if they don’t have to?” Well, China is either the more mature of the MORE    added: Thursday, May. 23, 2013

In this issue... Big Oil's spin gets a reality check,  Add some green to your cleaning routine, Taste the Greenbelt this spring, Get summer-ready at the Just Beautiful Eco-Beauty Market, Line 9: the waiting game

In this issue... Big Oil's spin gets a reality check, Add some green to your cleaning routine, Taste the Greenbelt this spring, Get summer-ready at the Just Beautiful Eco-Beauty Market, Line 9: the waiting game

Canadians deserve the truth about the tar sands. With industry and government working overtime on massive PR campaigns that try to greenwash the tar sands, we need a reality check. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 23, 2013

If it Looks Like We Have a Chance, We Should Take it

If it Looks Like We Have a Chance, We Should Take it

A recent article published in Nature Geoscience journal suggests the earth will warm more slowly in the coming decades than previously projected. Many scientists and environmental organizations have been responding to these findings by urging the public MORE    added: Thursday, May. 23, 2013

Canada’s government is spending millions to get you to like the Keystone pipeline

Canada obviously has a huge stake in the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline. If President Obama fails to approve it — a decision he recently put off yet again –the Canadian oil industry will have a tough time getting its abundant tar-sands crude to seaside MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013

Solar plane crosses U.S., injects sexiness into the green conversation

Solar Impulse has the wingspan of Boeing 747 but weighs only as much as a Subaru Outback. With a bulbous cockpit affixed to a fuselage just two feet wide, the Swiss-built aircraft looks like one of the many dragonflies that buzz around outside the hanger MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013

WWEA: Wind power capacity to reach 500,000 MW by 2016

The World Wind Energy Association expects global wind power capacity to reach 500,000 MW by 2016 and that total global wind power capacity of around 1 million MW is possible by the year 2020, according to its World Wind Energy Report 2013. The report stat MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 21, 2013

THIS WEEK IN CLEAN ENERGY REVIEW

THIS WEEK IN CLEAN ENERGY REVIEW

Americans spend more on climate impacts than they do on public schools, electric vehicle charging stations grow twentyfold, and a European official tactfully points out that we have commitment issues - and much MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 21, 2013

Why Boulder, Colorado Opted for a Clean Energy Takeover

As former Boulder mayor Susan Osborne described, Boulder didn’t set out to “blaze a trail” for local ownership of its electric utility, but for a growing number of cities across America considering municipalization, there’s a lot to learn from their rema MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 21, 2013

Goldman Sachs to Invest $486 Million in Japan Renewable Energy

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. plans to invest as much as 50 billion yen ($487 million) in renewable energy projects in Japan in the next five years, tapping demand for electricity produced from solar and wind-power generators. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 21, 2013

More than 100,000 electric vehicles now on the roads in U.S.

America passed a milestone on Monday, according to electric-vehicle advocacy group Plug-In America. That’s when the 100,000th EV was sold in the U.S., the group estimates. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 21, 2013

Tesla Model S Sales Much Higher Than Similarly Priced Cars From Mercedes, BMW, & Audi

t’s near impossible to deny the success that Tesla Motors has been having as of late. The Model S has been selling extremely well. Its stock has been climbing to new heights, it has turned a profit, it has announced that it will be repaying its DOE loan MORE    added: Monday, May. 20, 2013

Fighting Blackouts: Japan Residential PV and Energy Storage Market Flourishing

After the devastation of the Tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Mach 2011, Japan became painfully aware of the importance of both safety and maintaining a steady supply of electricity. The combination of a PV system and battery storage gives consumers the MORE    added: Monday, May. 20, 2013

SolarCity Scores $500 Million from Goldman Sachs for Solar Leasing

SolarCity Corp. (SCTY), a solar-energy developer chaired by billionaire Elon Musk, won financing from Goldman Sachs (GS) Group Inc. for more than $500 million in rooftop solar systems that the company will complete this year. MORE    added: Friday, May. 17, 2013

TAR SANDS Reality Check

TAR SANDS Reality Check

Canadians deserve to know the truth about the tar sands. With the oil industry and government working overtime on massive PR campaigns to try to greenwash the tar sands, it’s time for a reality check. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 16, 2013

With More Wind Energy, PJM Could Save Customers $7 Billion per Year

Tulsa, OK -- The PJM Interconnection could save its customers $6.9 billion if it more than doubled the amount of wind energy it currently plans to build. This is according to a study by Americans for a Clean Energy Grid and Synapse Energy Economics. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 16, 2013

NEWSLETTER - May 1 Community Power Workshop in Stouffville a huge success - and much more of News & Events to share

NEWSLETTER - May 1 Community Power Workshop in Stouffville a huge success - and much more of News & Events to share

On May 1st a group of over 70 participants from across Ontario answered an invitation by Ontario Sustainability Services and OSEA to share their experiences, their successes and their challenges in the community power sector. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 16, 2013

Climate-related disasters cost American taxpayers $96 billion last year

A new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that the federal government dished out $96 billion last year on what the NRDC calls “federal climate disruption costs.” That works out to $1,100 per taxpayer, or one-sixth of the government’s n MORE    added: Thursday, May. 16, 2013

Today, Canada is taking over as Chair of the Arctic Council. This is terrible news for wildlife and communities of the Arctic--we need to TAKE ACTION right away.

Today, Canada is taking over as Chair of the Arctic Council. This is terrible news for wildlife and communities of the Arctic--we need to TAKE ACTION right away.

Prime Minister Harper will do anything it takes to accelerate oil development: muzzle scientists, gut environmental regulations and deny Indigenous rights. Now, as Chair of the Arctic Council, the Harper government wants to give the oil industry a louder MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 15, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, U.S. sustainable building advocates pop the champagne, B.C. climate targets hang in the balance, and young people still don't equate car ownership with freedom and sex appeal. Imagine that!

This week in Clean Energy Review, U.S. sustainable building advocates pop the champagne, B.C. climate targets hang in the balance, and young people still don't equate car ownership with freedom and sex appeal. Imagine that!

U.S. BUILDING EFFICIENCY SKYROCKETS: A new analysis of federal data since 2005 concludes that American building owners and managers have been blowing a lot of insulation and swapping out a whole whack of light bulbs. “We have no need to add more electrit MORE    added: Monday, May. 13, 2013

$1.9 billion wind project coming to Iowa

America’s wind energy boom is about to deliver the biggest economic investment in Iowa’s history — and blow a whole lot of cheap, clean electricity into the appliances and lightbulbs of the state’s residents. Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Co. anno MORE    added: Monday, May. 13, 2013

Coal-export plans going off the rails in Pacific Northwest

Plans for two Oregon coal-export terminals have gone up in smoke in the last two months. That makes for a total of three scrapped terminals in the Pacific Northwest, after a proposed facility in Grays Harbor, Wash., bit the coal dust last year. Three oth MORE    added: Monday, May. 13, 2013

Obama may delay Keystone decision until 2014

The Obama administration has been procrastinating on its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline for years — and now comes word that it may kick the can even further down the road. From Reuters: MORE    added: Monday, May. 13, 2013

Tesla sedan gets best Consumer Reports auto review of all time

Consumer Reports just gave the Tesla Model S Sedan its highest-ever score for an automobile. The glowing review and sky-high score of 99 out of 100 came in the same week that the 10-year-old auto manufacturer enjoyed its first profitable quarter. MORE    added: Friday, May. 10, 2013

Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses

Ask Andrew Guzman, a professor of international law at U.C. Berkeley, why he decided to write a book about climate change, and he says it’s simple: It’s the biggest issue of our time. “If I didn’t write about it,” he says, “for my grandkids, I’d sound li MORE    added: Thursday, May. 9, 2013

Joe Oliver takes flight to fight for Canadian tar sands

Joe Oliver takes flight to fight for Canadian tar sands

In the continuing effort to weaken climate policies abroad Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, is spending the week in Europe to lobby against European legislation that would require a 6% reduction in greenhouse gas intensity of vehicle fuels by 2020 MORE    added: Thursday, May. 9, 2013

Is Obama the ‘environmental president’? - David Roberts

Several people have asked me what I think of Jonathan Chait’s new column in New York magazine: “Obama Might Actually Be the Environmental President.” Apparently some folks are quite upset about it and think it’s terrible, though I’m not entirely sure why MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 8, 2013

Coal companies have gotten good at wrangling their way out of federal fines

A Cleveland Plain Dealer investigation found that when federal regulators fine mine operators for violating safety standards, those companies “are fighting significant fines as a matter of course and getting them reduced, if not dropped,” which means “cl MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 8, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, what you need to know about unburnable carbon, electric vehicle sales start picking up, and Albertans press a big “dislike” button on coal-fired electricity.

This week in Clean Energy Review, what you need to know about unburnable carbon, electric vehicle sales start picking up, and Albertans press a big “dislike” button on coal-fired electricity.

THE CARBON BUBBLE, EXPLAINED: Global markets are inflating the value of fossil fuel companies because many oil, coal, and gas reserves will have to remain buried forever to limit warming to two degrees. And much much... MORE    added: Monday, May. 6, 2013

Fracking ourselves to death in Pennsylvania

The process of “fracking” starts by drilling a mile or more vertically, then outward laterally into 500-million-year-old shale formations, the remains of oceans that once flowed over parts of North America. Millions of gallons of chemical and sand-laced MORE    added: Monday, May. 6, 2013

Big Coal loses out in Indiana, despite employing two state lawmakers

Tough break for the coal industry in Indiana. Plans to build a $2.8 billion plant in Rockport to convert coal into synthetic natural gas have been doomed by new safeguards that protect ratepayers. MORE    added: Monday, May. 6, 2013

Weird wintry weather and the climate-change link

It was high time to pass around a few cold ones in the shade of an awning in Amarillo, Texas, just a few days ago. Now it’s time to hunker inside, drink whiskey neat, and play charades. MORE    added: Monday, May. 6, 2013

New Battery Design Could Help Solar and Wind Energy Power the Grid

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid. MORE    added: Friday, May. 3, 2013

The $40 Billion Hiding in US Buildings - Energy Efficiency goals - Better Buildings Challenge

That’s the amount of money the federal government estimates we can save annually by reducing energy use in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020. To achieve the goal, the Obama administration in 2011 initiated the Better Buildings Challenge, a way to MORE    added: Friday, May. 3, 2013

Study Will Evaluate Two Manitoba Hydro Project Proposals

"Manitoba Hydro has developed a comprehensive plan for new hydroelectric development to meet a growing provincial demand for power and to take advantage of long-term export opportunities," said Manitoba cabinet minister David Chomiak. "Manitobans need to MORE    added: Friday, May. 3, 2013

What if we never run out of oil?

In the 1970s, geologists discovered crystalline natural gas — methane hydrate, in the jargon — beneath the seafloor. Stored mostly in broad, shallow layers on continental margins, methane hydrate exists in immense quantities; by some estimates, it is twi MORE    added: Friday, May. 3, 2013

Latin America Report: Thinking Big About Clean Energy and Climate Change

Virtually eliminating the carbon footprint from Latin America's power sector by 2050 would require $66 billion in annual investments, with spending on renewable energy making up half that amount, according to a new report analyzing full "climate stabiliza MORE    added: Thursday, May. 2, 2013

Renewable Energy Optimization in the Heart of Coal Country - Remember the CREW GREEN Movie screening of THE LAST MOUNTAIN - then you have an appreciation for this.

In the depths of coal country, one would not expect to find a growing diversified energy economy that includes a healthy mix of renewables. But in Williamson, WV, Sustainable Williamson is bullish on making a change, and hopes to inspire othercommunities MORE    added: Thursday, May. 2, 2013

China Set to Approve 27.9 GW of Wind Power Projects

China's National Energy Administration recently announced the inclusion of 491 wind power projects with a combined installed capacity of 27.9 GW into its approval plan for the 12th five-year period spanning from 2011 to 2015. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 2, 2013

New Mexico county is first in the nation to ban all drilling and fracking

Mora County, N.M., has a message for the oil and gas industry: “You’re not welcome here.” County commissioners voted 2-1 on Monday to ban all oil and gas extraction in their drought-ravaged county near Santa Fe, home to fewer than 5,000 people. A tempora MORE    added: Thursday, May. 2, 2013

Pembina reacts to release of 2013 Ontario budget

Pembina reacts to release of 2013 Ontario budget

We are happy to see the Ontario government follow through on promises to fund transit expansion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area by introducing paid express/high occupancy lanes, calling for a national transit strategy, and committing todedicated MORE    added: Thursday, May. 2, 2013

Verizon to Invest $100 Million in U.S. Solar and Fuel Cells

Verizon Communications Inc., the second-largest U.S. phone company, plans to spend $100 million on solar systems and fuel cells to power 19 U.S. facilities. The company will install the gear at office buildings, call centers, data centers and other site MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 1, 2013

Progress Report: Seven US Offshore Wind Demonstration Projects

Ahead of next week's AWEA Windpower event in Chicago, a Webinar from the Department of Energy (DoE) provided an update on the potential for offshore wind energy in the U.S. with a state-by-state progress report, as well as seven DoE-backed demonstration MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 1, 2013

Electric vehicles could stabilize grid, make money as batteries

Electric vehicles aren’t just cars that are cleaner to operate than internal combustion dinosaurs. They’re also powerful batteries on wheels. And that quality could spur EV owners to buy electricity at night, or operate their own solar panels or wind tur MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 1, 2013

CO2 in atmosphere poised to blow past 400 ppm mark

Sometime soon, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is expected to hit a scary new milestone: 400 parts per million. That would be higher than at any time in human history — and it’s bad news for anyone who cares about a livable climate. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 1, 2013

MAY OSEA Newsletter - OSEA trip to Cuba June 2-8, 2013 booking deadline is May 8th. - and much more

MAY OSEA Newsletter - OSEA trip to Cuba June 2-8, 2013 booking deadline is May 8th. - and much more

OSEA is hosting a trip to the World Wind Energy Conference 2013 (WWEC) in Havana, Cuba from June 2-9, 2013. The WWEC 2013 is co-hosted by Cuba Solar. Join us as we explore the business opportunities in what has been a relatively untapped market! MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 1, 2013

Mad about your hydro bill? Blame nuclear and gas plants

Payments to nuclear and gas-fired generators are the main ingredients in the largest component on Ontario hydro bills MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 1, 2013

Special deal on photon-to-electron conversion: Two for one! A major SOLAR BREAKTHROUGH! New technique developed at MIT could enable a major boost in solar-cell efficiency.

Now, researchers at MIT have shown that there is a way to blow past what we see as a current limit as easily as today’s jet fighters zoom through the sound barrier — which was also once seen as an ultimate limit. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013

Post-Tax Energy Subsidies Hit $1.9T in 2011 - Subsidies skew the cost of energy in nearly every part of the world.

The billions of dollars that go to traditional energy dwarfs even the spending in the U.S., and is limiting access to clean energy for billions of people who live without regular access to electricity and rely on dirty, expensive petroleum products. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013

Why climate change is not an environmental problem: The video

Ryan L. Cooper, the able young web editor over at Washington Monthly, is the guy who remixed my TEDx talk to such nifty effect. Now he’s finished a new climate video of his own, which he produced and narrated. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013

Progress update shows little change, two years after road map to responsible oilsands development released

Progress update shows little change, two years after road map to responsible oilsands development released

With substantial progress on only two of 19 recommendations, faster implementation of oilsands environmental solutions needed to secure social license for future development. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013

Nailed it! Toronto exceeds Kyoto target - and much more in this week's CLEAN ENERGY REVIEW

Nailed it! Toronto exceeds Kyoto target - and much more in this week's CLEAN ENERGY REVIEW

A progress report released by the City last week indicates that Toronto has exceeded the Kyoto target by 2.5X! GHG emissions for 2011 are estimated at 23.2 Mt, down 15% from 1990 levels. Not only have we exceeded our 2012 target, but we are halfway to the MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013

San Francisco and 10 other cities move toward dumping stocks in fossil-fuel companies

Oil companies might be awfully profitable right now, but political leaders in San Francisco and 10 other U.S. cities want to dump their investments in them anyway. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013

Line 9 heats up

Line 9 heats up

Thank you to the thousands of you who participated in our April 9 telephone town hall about Enbridge’s risky Line 9 pipeline plan. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013

Climate Change Is in the Air

Last year climate change became reality for the United States. New York City flooded, a historic drought blanketed the Midwest, and we saw one of the worst fire seasons ever recorded. By July, the U.S. had shattered over 40,000 daily heat records. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 26, 2013

US Senators Re-Introduce MLP Act to Level Playing Field for Renewable Energy

JinkoSolar Holding Co. and First Solar Inc. were among solar companies that surged after four U.S. senators introduced legislation that would let renewable- energy projects qualify for a tax-advantaged corporate structure currently used by oil, natural g MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 26, 2013

David Suzuki: Health effects from wind power unfounded

Opposition to windmills often centres on health effects, but what is it about wind power that causes people to feel ill? According to recent research, it may not be the infrasound from wind-energy installations but, oddly enough, the warnings from opponen MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 26, 2013

Solar panels can protect you from terrorism

America’s top energy regulator says the solar panels that are proliferating on rooftops all over the country could protect against power outages triggered by terrorists. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 26, 2013

Pickering Nuclear Station: A Threat to Toronto

Pickering Nuclear Station: A Threat to Toronto

The Pickering B reactors reach the end of the their operational life in 2014, but OPG wants to keep them running until they can replace them with new reactors at Darlington. This is a reckless proposition. The geriatric Pickering reactors are too dangero MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 26, 2013

Your voice matters. And when it comes to the oilsands pollution and your health, you won’t be silenced.

Your voice matters. And when it comes to the oilsands pollution and your health, you won’t be silenced.

That’s the message we sent — loud and clear — to the federal government today when we delivered an open letter signed by 5,097 Ecojustice supporters like you demanding that the feds investigate and disclose the full impact oilsands pollution has on river MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013

This solar power system makes electricity and clean water at the same time

Most solar power systems are either photovoltaic or thermal — they work by collecting either electrical energy or heat energy. And they often use up tons of water. This system, designed by engineers in Switzerland, collects both electrical and thermal en MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013

A big blow for Big Coal in Wisconsin

Wisconsinites will be breathing a lot easier after another coal-fired power plant is shuttered and two more are overhauled to reduce air pollution. The coming improvements are courtesy of the EPA’s latest legal victory over polluting coal-plant operators MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013

TransCanada and GOP steamed over EPA’s Keystone comments

TransCanada, the Canadian company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline, is pissed at the U.S. EPA for not quietly going along with the plan. The EPA this week slammed the State Department’s draft environmental report on the pipeline, saying in MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013

Falling prices for renewable energy could lead to a tripling of investment

The plummeting price of renewable energy has bankrupted more than two dozen wind and solar manufacturers, but the BNEF analysts say it could lead to a tripling of investment in the sector over the next 17 years. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013

US Court hands EPA a victory in fight against mountaintop-removal mining - Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times

Score one for the EPA — and everyone else who doesn’t like the idea of a coal company blasting the tops off mountains and dumping the waste into streams. Remember the CREW GREEN Movie - The Last Mountain? MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013

Nuclear Is NOT a Low-Carbon Source of Energy - Why Do People Claim that Nuclear Power is a Low-Carbon Source of Energy? AND SO MUCH MORE - READ ON!

Nuclear Is NOT a Low-Carbon Source of Energy - Why Do People Claim that Nuclear Power is a Low-Carbon Source of Energy? AND SO MUCH MORE - READ ON!

Amory Lovins is perhaps America’s top expert on energy, and a dedicated environmentalist for close to 50 years. His credentials as an energy expert and environmentalist are sterling. Lovins says nuclear is not the answer: MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013

Mad about your hydro bill? Blame nuclear and gas plants - conclusion of a study by IESO, which runs Ontario’s power market.

Payments to nuclear and gas-fired generating plants — not to renewable energy suppliers — are the main ingredients in the biggest component of your hydro bill. That’s the conclusion of a study done for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 22, 2013

Bill 39, Ensuring Affordable Energy Act, 2013 - Thompson, Lisa M. DEFEATED! - UPDATE thanks to the Federation of Community Power Co-operatives

Current Status: Second Reading LOST on recorded division - Last Thursday, the Ontario Legislative Assembly voted to defeat Bill 39, a victory! However, it was a close vote (40 to 33) MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 22, 2013

We need your help today! South of the border, TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is going through the last round of official public comments. SEND A SHORT LETTER.

We need your help today! South of the border, TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is going through the last round of official public comments. SEND A SHORT LETTER.

President Obama needs to hear many Canadians are concerned about this risky pipeline proposal. Please send a short letter asking President Obama to reject Keystone XL. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 22, 2013

Many of you took action and gave generously to stop ratification of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA) last October.
Now we need you to take action again, IMMEDIATELY. Only takes a minute!

Many of you took action and gave generously to stop ratification of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA) last October. Now we need you to take action again, IMMEDIATELY. Only takes a minute!

Last Thursday, the NDP introduced a motion in Parliament urging the government to inform the People’s Republic of China that it will NOT ratify FIPA as currently written. This motion will be voted on in the House of Commons TONIGHT at 6:40 EST and we nee MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 22, 2013

DO ELECTRIC CARS POLLUTE MORE THAN GAS ONES? To find the answer, Vancouver researcher Barry Saxifrage spent two weeks dissecting studies, wading through databases, and drilling into websites. PLUS MUCH MORE

DO ELECTRIC CARS POLLUTE MORE THAN GAS ONES? To find the answer, Vancouver researcher Barry Saxifrage spent two weeks dissecting studies, wading through databases, and drilling into websites. PLUS MUCH MORE

This week in Clean Energy Review, an Ottawa think-tank pulls off a decidedly grown up conversation about carbon pricing, Ontario fends off an attack on green energy, and a carbon researcher throws down on lithium-ion versus regular unleaded. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 22, 2013

Time is running out! Tomorrow noon (Calgary-time) is the deadline to apply to send a letter to the National Energy Board (NEB) about Enbridge's risky Line 9 pipeline proposal. FIND OUT HOW

Time is running out! Tomorrow noon (Calgary-time) is the deadline to apply to send a letter to the National Energy Board (NEB) about Enbridge's risky Line 9 pipeline proposal. FIND OUT HOW

If approved, this pipeline proposal could allow Enbridge to ship potentially more dangerous tar sands crude through Ontario and Quebec, putting the homes, farmland, and drinking water of millions of people at risk of a tar sands oil spill. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

Will you join us in saying NO to oil spills and climate change?

Will you join us in saying NO to oil spills and climate change?

The momentum is building to stop the reversal of Enbridge’s Line 9 oil pipeline. Hundreds of people have joined our request for a full environmental assessment of this risky project. Last week, we held our first telephone town hall about Line 9. Thousand MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

Researcher blames Harper government for ‘disintegration’ of climate debate

Researcher Diana Carney urges Conservatives to enact new policies or fail in commitments to reduce emissions. The Harper government needs to take the partisan poison out of the country’s climate debate and enact new policies or fail in its international MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

Hydro hikes will raise public ire - The Observer editorial

Even without the Green Energy Act, energy is going to cost us more. Aging infrastructure – from nuclear plants to the wires that bring power to our homes – needs to be replaced. As consumers of electricity, we’ve never paid the actual cost of bringing MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

The tyranny of the tar sands - Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Canada is fast becoming a place I no longer recognize - Clayton Ruby - Board Chair, ForestEthics Advocacy.

The tyranny of the tar sands - Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Canada is fast becoming a place I no longer recognize - Clayton Ruby - Board Chair, ForestEthics Advocacy.

The Canada I know and love is a Canada worth fighting for. I want us to be able to tell our children and grandchildren that we succeeded in protecting our country’s wilderness and freedoms from the tyranny of the tar sands. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is holding hearings on May 29 and 30, 2013, regarding Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) request for a 5-year license renewal for the Pickering nuclear station. TIME TO ACT! READ ON.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is holding hearings on May 29 and 30, 2013, regarding Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) request for a 5-year license renewal for the Pickering nuclear station. TIME TO ACT! READ ON.

The Pickering B reactors reach the end of the their operational life in 2014, but OPG wants to keep them running until they can replace them with new reactors at Darlington - a reckless proposition. The geriatric Pickering reactors are too dangerous! MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

Keystone XL opponents dominate raucous Nebraska hearing

More than 1,000 people traveled from far and wide to snowy Grand Island, Neb., on Thursday to tell the State Department what they think of plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Commenters had a maximum of three minutes apiece to speak their minds duri MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

Utilities Across the US Embracing Solar Energy

For the sixth year in a row, the U.S. Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has ranked utilities across the nation in terms of how much solar energy they have incorporated into their user base. This year's report shows that solar is spreading quickly MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

The Greenest Organizations in the US: Who Uses the Most Renewable Energy?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the updated list of the top 50 organizations in the US that get their electricity from "green power." The rankings are listed in order of annual green power usage in kilowatt-hours (kWh) MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

REEP News for April 2013 - RAIN Barrel Blitz ends on Earth Day Monday, April 22nd - & much more

REEP News for April 2013 - RAIN Barrel Blitz ends on Earth Day Monday, April 22nd - & much more

We’re celebrating the return of the sun with our Solar events; the bounty of spring and summer rains with our RAIN Barrel Blitz (order by Earth Day, this Monday, April 22nd!); and six great years of Greening Sacred Spaces with Jane Snyder at the helm. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those businesses. For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health c MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

10 states to sue Obama admin for dragging feet on climate rules

While there’s virtually no chance of meaningful climate legislation passing through Congress, there are meaningful climate actions that the Obama administration can take on its own. Two big ones would be regulating carbon dioxide emissions from new power MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

Americans Want More Emphasis on Solar, Wind, Natural Gas

No fewer than two in three Americans want the U.S. to put more emphasis on producing domestic energy using solar power (76%), wind (71%), and natural gas (65%). Far fewer want to emphasize the production of oil (46%) and the use of nuclear power (37%). MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

Global Wind Power Capacity Increased 19 Percent in 2012

Wind power surged to a new record in 2012 with nearly 45 gigawatts (GW) of new installations, a 10 percent increase from 2011, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)'s Annual Market Update. Global installed capacity increased roughly 19 perce MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, Minister Joe Oliver drops a bombshell, China and the United States sign a groundbreaking deal to fight climate change, and Australian coal power begins its slow and steady decline.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Minister Joe Oliver drops a bombshell, China and the United States sign a groundbreaking deal to fight climate change, and Australian coal power begins its slow and steady decline.

Stating that "the overwhelming scientific consensus regarding climate change constitutes a compelling call to action," yesterday China and the United States signed an agreement to collaborate on R&D, conservation, and renewables. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 15, 2013

URGENT! YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED! Show your support for Ontario’s green energy future NOW. CALL and SEND A LETTER to your MPP. It's easy - READ ON

URGENT! YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED! Show your support for Ontario’s green energy future NOW. CALL and SEND A LETTER to your MPP. It's easy - READ ON

Once again, Ontario’s green energy future is under attack. The switch to cleaner and safer renewable energy in Ontario has left polluters feeling threatened. This week, some are attempting to drag Ontario backward by attacking renewable energy. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 15, 2013

MPPs: WE SUPPORT RENEWABLE ENERGY IN  ONTARIO! On Thursday April 18th, Private Member's Bill 39 will be voted on to go to the second reading. ACT NOW! Sign the petition - write a letter. SEE ONTARIO SECTION

MPPs: WE SUPPORT RENEWABLE ENERGY IN ONTARIO! On Thursday April 18th, Private Member's Bill 39 will be voted on to go to the second reading. ACT NOW! Sign the petition - write a letter. SEE ONTARIO SECTION

Bill 39: An Act to provide for control by local municipalities over renewable and affordable energy undertakings. This proposed Bill, if enacted, would turn back the clock on the progress that Ontario has made on Renewable Energy and Energy conservation. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 15, 2013

What Does Warren Buffett See in Solar?

What's the best way to gain insight into Buffett's thinking? Probably by watching his companies. And now, among his big insurance, chemical and utility holdings is a renewable energy company that is making some eye-catching moves. In its first 12 months i MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 13, 2013

OSEA presents CUBA - June 1-8, 2013, Havana & Varadero

OSEA presents CUBA - June 1-8, 2013, Havana & Varadero

Learn, Exchange Ideas, Network and Relax! Get it all in one amazing trip to Cuba. After a successful trip to Germany in 2012, OSEA is organizing a delegation to this year's World Wind Energy Conference in Havana, Cuba. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 12, 2013

Study: Australian carbon tax could mean 100 percent renewables by 2030

Australian researchers claim to have demonstrated that a tax on carbon emissions could, if structured properly, result in an energy market made up entirely of renewable energy by 2030.One of the key policies of prime minister Julia Gillard'sgovernment ha MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013

Using aging, retrofitted pipelines to ship oil — what could go wrong?

Until the Pegasus pipeline ruptured on March 29, leaking an estimated 147,000 to 210,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into the town of Mayflower, Ark., few Arkansans knew it was even there. In fact, thousands of miles of pipelines snake through the heart o MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013

How can we boost distributed solar and save utilities at the same time?

Solar PV and other distributed-energy technologies pose a radical threat to U.S. power utilities and the centralized business model they’ve operated under for the last century. This is, I hasten to add, according to the utilities themselves.So what shoul MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013

Fact-checking Premier Redford’s speech in Washington

Fact-checking Premier Redford’s speech in Washington

This week Alberta Premier Alison Redford returned to Washington to continue lobbying for the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. While in Washington, she gave a speech at the Brookings Institute, which featured a quite dizzying spin of what the MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013

All U.S. nuclear reactors are too dangerous, says former nuke-safety chief

All 104 nuclear power reactors now in operation in the United States have a safety problem that cannot be fixed and they should be replaced with newer technology, the former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Monday. Shutting them all MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013

Solar Reaching Parity with Other Energy Sources, Say New Reports

Over the past few weeks, a number of prominent organizations around world have issued reports determining that solar is becoming an increasingly competitive energy source and is coming into parity—or cost-equality—with other forms of electric generation. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013

Open letter raises concerns over government nuclear secrecy

A group of MPs, academics and NGOs signed an open letter this weekend calling on the National Audit Office to investigate government negotiations over building new nuclear power plants. The letter raises concerns that the government could be striking a b MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013

Canadian Solar purchases two solar projects

Canadian Solar Inc. has acquired a majority interest in two utility-scale solar power projects in Ontario with a total capacity of approximately 24 MW DC. Additionally, Canadian Solar has the ability to complete a purchase of two additional utility-scale MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013

Crude awakening: Exxon’s Arkansas oil spill ain’t pretty

One week ago, residents of rural Mayflower, Ark., found a river of reeking, black oil flowing through their backyards and streets. ExxonMobil, the company that owns the ruptured pipeline, evacuated the neighborhood and quickly instated something like mar MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 8, 2013

Why tar-sands pipelines are just too risky

With the Obama administration poised to decide whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Canadian tar-sands oil south to the Gulf Coast, you might well wonder whether that pipeline would be about as safe as a balloon filled with bleach. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 8, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, Alberta finally proposes a half-respectable price on carbon, an EV underdog bounces back, and a California billionaire promises to crush America's climate-denial machine like a bug.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Alberta finally proposes a half-respectable price on carbon, an EV underdog bounces back, and a California billionaire promises to crush America's climate-denial machine like a bug.

WILL 40/40 DO THE TRICK? Alberta’s new 40/40 carbon pricing proposal is a thinly-veiled attempt to buy social license for pipelines. It's an important step in the right direction. But will it be enough to appease Edmonton's most outspoken critics? Merran MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 8, 2013

In Ending Coal-fired Electricity, Ontario Cuts Water Use and Climate-changing Gases

A decade ago, Ontario’s coal-fired power plants were responsible for the province’s largest water withdrawals, accounting for 1.8 billion cubic meters (475 billion gallons) of water taken annually for cooling and steam generation from rivers and Lake Ont MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 8, 2013

Scotland to Donald Trump: Drop Dead. Offshore Wind Farm Green-lit

What’s more important, golf or clean energy? About a year ago, Donald Trump was throwing a public tantrum about Scotland’s plans to build an offshore wind farm. Mr. Trump claimed that it would ruin the view from one of his golf course projects, and that MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013

There is still a chance to save the EXPERIMENTAL LAKES AREA(ELA), but we must act quickly. If the ELA is reopened in the next few weeks, the data can be saved and the experiments will remain intact. SPEAK OUT!

There is still a chance to save the EXPERIMENTAL LAKES AREA(ELA), but we must act quickly. If the ELA is reopened in the next few weeks, the data can be saved and the experiments will remain intact. SPEAK OUT!

Ontario and Manitoba could easily cover the operating costs of this incredible research centre. That would also ensure that the science stays public and not hidden away like so many other inconvenient truths about industrial pollution. SEND YOUR LETTER! MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 5, 2013

Good news, Arkansas: Tar-sands oil isn’t oil-oil. But since it’s not oil-oil, ExxonMobil hasn’t paid into the government clean-up fund that would help bankroll the epic scrub-down necessary to rid poor unsuspecting Mayflower, Ark., of all that bitumen.

So far, the thousands of barrels of tar-sands oil that spilled into a middle-class neighborhood in central Arkansas on Friday have driven 22 families from their homes, killed and injured local wildlife, but the oil hasn’t contaminated the drinking water MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 5, 2013

Texas cities roping in more wind energy

Something refreshing is about to blow into Dallas, Houston, and other oil-soaked Texan cities: wind energy. Lots of wind energy. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 5, 2013

Arkansas town in lockdown after oil spill nightmare

The reek is only a hint at ExxonMobil’s presence here. Since thick black sludge first began oozing across backyards and into the streets, surprising many residents who say they didn’t even realize the pipeline was there, the company has instituted someth MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 5, 2013

American Babies Born Right After Fukushima Show Elevated Rate of Abnormalities A new study shows elevated rates of congenital thyroid illness among infants born on West Coast right after the meltdown in Japan - and much much more...

American Babies Born Right After Fukushima Show Elevated Rate of Abnormalities A new study shows elevated rates of congenital thyroid illness among infants born on West Coast right after the meltdown in Japan - and much much more...

"The members of the nuclear priesthood should no longer be given carte blanche by our governments to pursue their own self-serving agendas without full public scrutiny." – Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 5, 2013

Nevada Utility to Shut Out Coal, Embrace Renewables

Nevada's major public utility NV Energy announced Wednesday that it plans to shutter its four coal plants in southern Nevada and increase its investment in renewable energy and natural gas. Three of its coal plants will be shut down by 2014, and the four MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 5, 2013

The time for Fort McMurray to plan for a post-oil world is now.

That was the message economist Ernesto Sirolli, founder of the Sirolli institute and critic of modern foreign aid programs, brought to the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013

Information watchdog to investigate policies that 'muzzle' government scientists - AMEN to that!

Federal policies that restrict what government scientists can say publicly about their work are about to be put under the microscope.Federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault has agreed to investigate how government communications rules on taxpay MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013

Powering World with Nuclear Would Cost Quadrillion Dollars, Says Expert - Are Renewables Only Option?

One of the leading voices on the environment said the only way to address global climate change and the growing demand for energy was to invest in renewables. Author, journalist and campaigner Oliver Tickell spoke recently at Ecobuild, a sustainable bui MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013

Wind Power Costs UK Consumer Just 10 Pounds a Year

While debate in the media rages on whether the UK’s green energy policies will raise electricity bills or not, Ed Davey, UK Sec. of State for Energy and Climate Change, has said that onshore and offshore wind power together cost householders only £10 a MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013

Japan's Marubeni Taps Geothermal Power as Nuclear Alternative

Marubeni Corp., the biggest investor in electricity generation among Japan's trading houses, is working on how to revive the geothermal industry and tap heat that powers volcanos as an alternative to nuclear reactors. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013

Americans want more renewable energy and more climate-change prep

A Gallup poll of 1,022 people revealed that a whopping 76 percent of Americans think the U.S. should put more emphasis on developing solar power. Even Republicans are into it, with 68 percent of them calling for more solar. Wind is also popular. So too MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013

All those fracking jobs come with an increased risk of lung cancer

While all the damage hydraulic fracturing could do to the Earth is pretty well-covered, we mostly overlook the risks it poses to fracking workers. Each well requires thousands of tons of fracking sand full of fine silica, which can penetrate lungs and le MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013

Pembina reacts to Premier Clark’s promise to freeze B.C.’s carbon tax

Matt Horne, climate change program director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to Premier Christy Clark’s promise to freeze the province’s carbon tax for five years if elected: MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013

New report outlines criteria for effective greenhouse gas regulations on Canada’s oil and gas sector

New report outlines criteria for effective greenhouse gas regulations on Canada’s oil and gas sector

New recommendations released today by the Pembina Institute set the bar for forthcoming federal greenhouse gas regulations by showing what’s needed from the oil and gas sector to get Canada on track to hit its national climate target. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2013

Fukushima meltdown appears to have sickened American infants

Radioactive isotopes blasted from the failed reactors may have given kids born in Hawaii and along the American West Coast health disorders which, if left untreated, can lead to permanent mental and physical handicaps. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2013

Citigroup: Renewables will triumph and natural gas will help

The good news is that Citi expects renewable energy to triumph; it believes that typical forecasts like those from the International Energy Agency are too pessimistic. Contrary to a certain strain of conventional wisdom, it says, shale gas will not crowd MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, a climate hawk pitches a pipeline compromise, B.C. recharges its electric vehicle program, and global governments hand over nearly $2 trillion to companies that don’t need the money.

This week in Clean Energy Review, a climate hawk pitches a pipeline compromise, B.C. recharges its electric vehicle program, and global governments hand over nearly $2 trillion to companies that don’t need the money.

A COMPROMISE ON KEYSTONE? Tom Rand proposed a provocative compromise on Keystone XL: Link additional petroleum flows heading south to a hard cap on future oil sands extraction rates, and prioritize pipeline access based on the carbon content of the oil w MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 1, 2013

Tar-sands oil spills in Arkansas and Minnesota

As the Obama administration mulls approval of the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar-sands oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries, the heavy toxic gunk is already spilling out over America. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 1, 2013

U.K. Renewable Power Grows 20 Percent on New Offshore Wind Farms

U.K. renewable power generation surged 20 percent last year, boosted by new offshore wind farms, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 29, 2013

India's Off-grid Renewables Initiative Changing Lives

Ladakh, a remote district of India's northernmost state, is currently benefiting from the largest off-grid renewable energy project in the world. The Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is spending INR473 billion (US$88.8 million) on decentraliz MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 29, 2013

Australia Backs Renewable Energy Targets

The Australian Government's Climate Change Authority has committed to maintaining its renewable energy target (RET) of 20 percent of the nation's electricity (roughly 41,000 GWh) coming from renewable sources by 2020. The Government alsoemphasizes that 2 MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 29, 2013

IMF says global subsidies to fossil fuels amount to $1.9 trillion a year … and that’s probably an underestimate

A new report [PDF] from the International Monetary Fund tries to tally up fossil fuel subsidies around the world and finds that they add up to an eye-popping $1.9 trillion a year. That’s 2.5 percent of global GDP! MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 29, 2013

Oil industry likely triggered big 2011 Oklahoma earthquake, scientists find

The 5.7-magnitude quake and a string of smaller quakes that rocked central Oklahoma in November 2011 appear to have been induced by oil-drilling wastewater being pumped into the ground at high pressure. That’s the conclusion of a study published Tuesday MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 29, 2013

How to power America with renewables on the cheap: Build a ton of wind and solar capacity

America could be powered almost entirely with wind turbines and solar systems by 2030 at a cost comparable to what we’re spending for dirty power today, a new study finds. The necessary approach would surprise most people, and it would generate enough eco MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 29, 2013

New gasoline rules are good for your lungs and bad for Big Oil

The Obama administration today will propose new rules that will help curb smog by cracking down on sulfur in gasoline. Automakers and everybody who breathes will benefit from the new EPA rules, which will require refineries to produce gasoline containing MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 29, 2013

Inside Fukushima's abandoned towns, two years on – in pictures - and much more... Ontario - STOP THE RADIOACTIVE ROADTRIP! Sign petition.

Inside Fukushima's abandoned towns, two years on – in pictures - and much more... Ontario - STOP THE RADIOACTIVE ROADTRIP! Sign petition.

Amid growing dissatisfaction with the slow pace of recovery, Japan marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing and has displaced more than 300,000. Towns in the surrounding area re MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013

Cape Wind wins billions in backing, launches offshore wind in the U.S.

A $2 billion agreement with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ penned last week catapults Cape Wind to a commanding lead in the race to be the first offshore wind project in the U.S. When complete, 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound will generate 468 megawatts of MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013

New report shows health and climate impacts from coal power cost Alberta millions

New report shows health and climate impacts from coal power cost Alberta millions

Health and environment groups urge Alberta to go beyond weak federal rules for climate pollution from coal power and to implement a provincial renewable energy policy. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013

3 Reasons Why We Should Stop New Gas Drilling Before it Starts

Too many people -- especially politicians -- aren't paying attention to the dangers of the current "boom" in natural gas development. Here are three big reasons why we should stop new gas drilling before it starts and replace fossil fuels at every opport MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013

Can we shift to renewable energy? Yes. As to how... David Roberts

I don’t know Elisabeth Rosenthal, but I could kiss her for this. Her piece in the Sunday New York Times is one of the few I’ve ever seen in the mainstream media to take the aspirations of climate hawks seriously, at least seriously enough to consider the MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013

The Clouds are Getting Greener: Apple Data Centers Powered by 100% Renewables

Just one year after Greenpeace called out Apple for its use of fossil fuels in its "How Green Is Your Cloud" report – which graded Apple no higher than a "D" in four categories consisting of energy transparency, infrastructure siting, energy efficiency, MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 25, 2013

Let’s count the ways Keystone approval helps us

So, why do we want President Obama and Secretary John Kerry to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico? • Because it will allow Canada to double and then triple production of tar sands and send it to thirsty Asian MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 25, 2013

Keystone foes should face reality - Christopher R. Knittel - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - RECORD article

Three things would need to be true for Keystone to lead to more emissions. Otherwise, the pipeline could actually reduce them. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 25, 2013

Ohio fracking boom has not brought jobs

Did you hear the joke about how fracking creates jobs? We heard it, too. We heard it from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We heard it from the fracking industry. We heard it from the press. Well here comes a punchline that’s darker than a fracker’s heart: MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 25, 2013

Greening City Grids for EVs

Cities worldwide are now installing public charging stations in preparation for a growing number of electric vehicles expected to arrive on their streets. But which cities are moving most quickly to electrify their transportation? And how much of the ele MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 22, 2013

German scientists quit oilsands research over heated public climate concerns

Pressure over environmental concerns has forced Germany’s largest scientific organization to pull out of joint research with Alberta on better ways to upgrade oilsands bitumen.German scientists with the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative will no longer work on MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013

Pembina reacts to release of 2013 federal budget

Pembina reacts to release of 2013 federal budget

“The big picture from Budget 2013 is that the federal government largely missed an opportunity to invest in the clean energy transition we need to make to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and to compete globally. Indeed, the 433-page budget plan fails to m MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013

REEP News - RAIN Barrel Blitz Sale, ClimateActionWR Community Forums and Art Contest, Solar workshops and more

REEP News - RAIN Barrel Blitz Sale, ClimateActionWR Community Forums and Art Contest, Solar workshops and more

Sunlight is a fitting theme for REEP in March as we are hosting solar workshops, preparing for the snow melt and coming rains, and looking at ways to reduce Greenhouse Gases (solar energy from another era) through the ClimateActionWR project. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013

It's Rocky, but the Transition to Clean Energy is Well Underway

No. 1 source of new electricity generation in the U.S. in 2012 was wind power, accounting for 41 percent of new capacity compared with 33 percent for gas, according to the Energy Information Administration. Add in solar, biomass, geothermal, 49% clean MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013

Obama: Let’s fund clean car technology with oil and gas royalties

In a speech on Friday & in his weekly video address on Saturday, the president talked up a proposal for an Energy Security Trust, an idea he first introduced in his State of the Union last month. It would be funded by royalties from offshore oil and gas MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013

Report says southeast U.S. nuclear power projects will have excess costs of $20bn

A report form an economy analyst with the Vermont Law School Institute for Energy and the Environment states ratepayers in South Carolina, Florida and Georgia must either pay for $6 billion in money already invested in current nuclear power projects or f MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013

Environmental research capacity under fire - letter to THE RECORD - This is another Federal Gov TRAVESTY!

Recently, the federal government sent in a crew to begin dismantling the 45-year-old experimental lakes area in Northern Ontario, despite their claim they were seeking a partner to take over this unique fresh water research facility.This is another examp MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013

SaveONEenergy HOME ASSISTANCE Program - check it out - YOU MAY QUALIFY

SaveONEenergy HOME ASSISTANCE Program - check it out - YOU MAY QUALIFY

The program is aimed at reducing the energy burden for those in need and, eligible participants can get free home improvement on the following, depending on the heating and housing type and the existing efficiencies MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 18, 2013

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: Monday, Mar. 18, 2013

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: Monday, Mar. 18, 2013

How the power of suggestion generates wind farm symptoms - Windfarm sickness spreads by word of mouth, Australian study finds

A clinical study released today in Australia finds that sickness being attributed to windmills is more likely to have been caused by people getting alarmed at the health warnings circulated by anti-wind activists. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 15, 2013

REEP invites you to Saturday OPEN HOUSES and Wednesday TOURS

REEP invites you to Saturday OPEN HOUSES and Wednesday TOURS

Open Houses every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - 20 Mill Street Kitchener - Wednesday Tours - 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Registration Required MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 15, 2013

The push for local control over energy makes the NYT

Most Americans don’t understand that “private” utilities are not really “private” in the sense that other businesses are private. They are investor-owned, yes. They make profits for executives and shareholders, yes. But they also enjoy governmentgranted MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 15, 2013

Getting the Facts Straight: Canada's Environmental Record & Climate Credibility Gap

Getting the Facts Straight: Canada's Environmental Record & Climate Credibility Gap

In the last weeks, the controversy around the Keystone XL pipeline proposal entered into a new phase after the release of the US State Department's draft environmental assessment. Ever since, the Canadian government has been on the offensive tryingto ens MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 14, 2013

Nuclear Industry Withers in U.S. as Wind Pummels Prices

A glut of government-subsidized wind power may help accomplish a goal some environmentalists have sought for decades: kill off U.S. nuclear power plants while reducing reliance on electricity from burning coal. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013

Washington, D.C., wants to be the greenest city in the U.S.

Last month, Mayor Vincent Gray announced the launch of the long-awaited Sustainable D.C. plan. The plan is an attempt to make D.C. “the greenest, healthiest, and most livable city in the U.S.” by 2032. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 11, 2013

This week in CLEAN ENERGY REVIEW, a coalition urges B.C. leadership hopefuls to supercharge the carbon tax, one of the biggest petroleum producers abandons its solar program, and a British conservationist declares war on wind - & much more

This week in CLEAN ENERGY REVIEW, a coalition urges B.C. leadership hopefuls to supercharge the carbon tax, one of the biggest petroleum producers abandons its solar program, and a British conservationist declares war on wind - & much more

WE HEART THE CARBON TAX In partnership with four other organizations, Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada launched Better Future B.C. to challenge the province’s would-be leaders to reform the carbon tax. Here’s Vancouver Sun and Global Television covera MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 11, 2013

N.Y. Times and Thomas Friedman call for killing Keystone

he New York Times editorial board and Times columnist Thomas Friedman have both come out swinging against the Keystone XL pipeline. A strong editorial today calls on Obama to kill the project. The headline: “When to Say No.” MORE    added: Sunday, Mar. 10, 2013

More than 100,000 US jobs announced in the clean energy sector in 2012

More than 110,000 clean energy and transportation jobs were created in 2012 thanks to more than 300 projects in the U.S., according to a report by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). California, North Carolina and Florida led the nation with clean energy MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 8, 2013

Canada lagging behind on designing energy-efficient buildings, architect tells Cambridge students

Local governments and institutions in this area spent millions of extra dollars on recently constructed buildings to obtain prestigious-environmental ratings that would be laughed out of the room in European cities,one of Canada’s leading architects says MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 8, 2013

Oilsands pollution and the Athabasca River - Upgrading oil extracted from Alberta’s oilsands is a nasty bit of business. - SIGN LETTER to Federal Government to investigate impact

Oilsands pollution and the Athabasca River - Upgrading oil extracted from Alberta’s oilsands is a nasty bit of business. - SIGN LETTER to Federal Government to investigate impact

Huge amounts of energy are required to extract the thick, tarlike substance from the earth and transform it into synthetic crude oil. The burning and combustion associated with upgrading comes at a heavy cost: the release of airborne pollutants, includin MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013

Asia Report: China Recommits to Energy, Emissions Goals

New Hampshire, USA - As China's national legislature opens up its annual meeting this week, issues of reducing carbon emissions and energy use are squarely on the table, perhaps signaling that incoming Premier Li Keqiang will push harder on environmental MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013

Wind Farms: A Noisy Neighbor?

Wind turbine noise is an issue fraught with emotion. Noise often comes up as a complaint from local wind turbine opposition groups and it is clearly something that wind turbine manufacturers, designers and developers alike must face up to, even if a vast MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013

Carbon dioxide levels made a big, scary jump in 2012

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rose to just under 395 parts per million last year, according to new figures from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Compare that to the 350 ppm target that many climate scientists and activists say we MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013

Groups Team Up for a Better Future

Groups Team Up for a Better Future

British Columbia’s next government can help secure a better future by reforming the carbon tax and investing a portion of the resulting revenue in energy efficiency, innovation, public transit, and other community solutions to climate change. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013

Natural resources minister ‘aligned priorities’ with pipeline lobby: documents

OTTAWA — The federal natural resources minister and the industry lobby group that represents oil and gas pipelines are “aligned on priorities, particularly on the need to expand markets,” according to an internal government memo. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013

Public Acceptance of the Potato and What it Tells Us about the Acceptance of Wind Energy - Paul Gipe

In my book 1995 Wind Energy Comes of Age, I drew upon a wide variety of sources to analyze peoples attitude toward wind turbines and how best to integrate wind energy into the landscape and communities of which it was a part. I was struck by the similar MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013

Protents of a Low-Carbon Future

The low-carbon economic future is now. From market projections for low-carbon goods and services to pockets of global carbon pricing and even to municipal financing options for energy projects, a patchwork of low-carbon economic activity is establishing MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013

UK Government Needs "Plan B on Nuclear" – Wind Energy Can Rise to the Challenge

An interesting story was posted on the Guardian yesterday, saying that the UK government needs a “plan B” on nuclear power because of the danger that new reactors will not be built in time to avoid energy shortages.Many of the UK’s aging reactors will MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013

RICK MERCER-“The Harper government is moving ahead with plans to truck over 23,000 litres of high level nuclear waste along the trans-Canada highway to a US reprocessing site. Suddenly the Keystone pipeline feels like a magical fun-tube filled with bean

RICK MERCER-“The Harper government is moving ahead with plans to truck over 23,000 litres of high level nuclear waste along the trans-Canada highway to a US reprocessing site. Suddenly the Keystone pipeline feels like a magical fun-tube filled with bean

Check out our new 90 second video about Ontario's coal phase-out and Ontario Clean Air Alliance's role in bringing this about. And please comment at the end. We've entered a contest and comments are critical. Thanks! MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013

Why Beijing wants a carbon tax

The announcement late last month by China’s ministry of finance that the country will introduce a carbon tax, probably in the next two years, did not dominate the international headlines. The Chinese are deadly serious about fighting global warming, beca MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, Bloomberg New Energy Finance cranks up the ambition, Saudia Arabia unleashes a renewables gusher, and a fresh TED talk you won't want to miss. Plus MUCH MORE!

This week in Clean Energy Review, Bloomberg New Energy Finance cranks up the ambition, Saudia Arabia unleashes a renewables gusher, and a fresh TED talk you won't want to miss. Plus MUCH MORE!

AN ENERGY TRANSITION MUST-READ: Bloomberg New Energy Finance CEO Michael Liebreich released a fascinating manifesto on the low-carbon transition, centred on what he calls the “New Energy ROI.” MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 4, 2013

Build It And They'll Come: Georgia Power, New Hampshire, Kicks Off 210-MW Solar Program

March 1 Georgia Power Company began accepting applications for its Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI), adding 210 megawatts of solar capacity over the next three years. Within 90 minutes, Georgia Power had already received 15 applications. MORE    added: Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013

Shell Sees Solar as Biggest Energy Source After Exiting It

Royal Dutch Shell Plc says solar power, a business it abandoned four years ago, may expand into the world's biggest source of energy in the next half century. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 1, 2013

Can the US afford to give a $40 billion gift to oil companies?

One of America’s many gifts to oil and gas companies: billions of dollars worth of royalty-free drilling. What present do you give to the corporation that already has everything? MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

Nine reasons China won’t need enough coal to justify coal ports in the Pacific Northwest

U.S. coal companies claim that exporting low-grade coal from the Powder River Basin through ports in the Pacific Northwest to Asia is big business, a sure thing, easily worth the pollution and disruption the new coal infrastructure it would cause. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Keystone scolds should let activists be activists - THIS IS A GOOD READ!

What should the climate movement do next, after Keystone? Should activists protest against mines, pipelines, ports, & other means through which fossil fuels reach consumers, or should they focus on reducing demand for those fuels and the GREAT BENEFITS? MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Inside the US military’s clean-energy revolution

The Navy has set five ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption, decrease reliance on foreign oil, and significantly increase the use of alternative energy. Part of one target is to demonstrate a Great Green Fleet by 2012, and that’s what’s sailing th MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

5 Reasons the Keystone Pipeline Is Bad for the Economy

Those concerned with jobs should keep in mind that the pipeline is as much a threat to our economy as it is to our planet. Here are 5 reasons why building the Keystone pipeline is bad for the economy — and workers. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Southern section of Keystone XL pipeline is already halfway done

President Obama and the State Department haven’t approved the northern leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would cart tar-sands oil down from Canada, but the southern leg, which Obama blessed last year, is trucking right along. TransCanada MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review, the Secretary of State sends a climate signal, an Ontario company pitches a humungous hydroelectric “battery,” and B.C. puts its carbon tax on ice. AND much more..

This week in Clean Energy Review, the Secretary of State sends a climate signal, an Ontario company pitches a humungous hydroelectric “battery,” and B.C. puts its carbon tax on ice. AND much more..

KERRY MEANS BUSINESS U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said “we need to find the courage to leave a far different legacy,” and promised to “work with others, large and small, to develop and deploy the clean technologies that will power a new world.” MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

New report shows path to better oilsands, climate accountability for Alberta and Canada

New report shows path to better oilsands, climate accountability for Alberta and Canada

As Canada faces increasing scrutiny of its weak climate change policy for oilsands development, a new report illustrates how both Alberta and the federal government can better manage emissions and improve the country’s international reputation. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

Australia taxed carbon and the sky didn’t fall - Australia, Canada’s cousin, has got climate-change policy right. Canada, predictably, has got it wrong.

Here are two countries with huge geographies, forbidding climates, vast distances, abundant fossil fuels and small populations. Climate-change skeptics and scoffers abound in both countries. Down Under, they’re now in retreat; in Canada, they’re part of MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

The Keystone XL Tar Sands Climate Threat

New information shows that dirty oil from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would create even more dangerous carbon emissions and add to the threat of climate change. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

"Eliminating a [nuclear liability] cap all together...would likely make it very difficult to finance large energy projects, [John] Stewart (Acting Director of Policy at the Canadian Nuclear Association) said." Globe & Mail, Feb 19, 2013 - SIGN PETITION!

Hundreds of people at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) hearings in December argued that the potential for large-scale accidents at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (DNGS) should not be dismissed. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

Wind, Solar, Biomass Provide All New US Electrical Generating Capacity in January 2013

According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, 1,231 MW of new in-service electrical generating capacity came on line in the United States in Jan 2013 MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

SolarCity, Honda Establish $65 Million Project Investment Fund

NEW YORK CITY -- SolarCity Corp., the solar-power provider led by billionaire Elon Musk, is partnering with Honda Motor Co. to finance $65 million worth of rooftop projects for car buyers and dealers. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

In eastern Ontario, a battery five times the size of Niagara Falls

On the wind-swept ridge of a mountainous slag heap, Northland Power Inc. plans to construct a miniature Niagara Falls to store power and provide it to Ontario’s grid when the province’s proliferating wind turbines are asleep. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Don’t believe in climate change? Talk to a clam digger

A modern threat looms for ice-chilled fruits de mer platters, although it’s hard to tell with oyster juice on your chin. This time it’s a worldwide problem, affecting marine ecosystems everywhere. Ocean waters are turning corrosive, and it’s happening MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

“Energy efficiency – getting more from our existing resources – increases global resource productivity, supports economic growth and reduces costs for all citizens.” — United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative

“Energy efficiency – getting more from our existing resources – increases global resource productivity, supports economic growth and reduces costs for all citizens.” — United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative

“Every dollar invested in nuclear expansion will worsen climate change by buying less solution per dollar. The reason is simple: you can’t spend the same dollar on two different things at the same time… New nuclear power costs far more than its distribut MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Tell President Obama that Canadians support clean energy, not pipelines - David. Suzuki Foundation

Tell President Obama that Canadians support clean energy, not pipelines - David. Suzuki Foundation

Any day now, the U.S. government will approve or reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta to refineries in Texas. He needs to know that Canadians support bold action to fight climate change. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

The Keystone XL pipeline could create as many as 20 long-term jobs - YES 20 long-term jobs!

Last week, Bloomberg did a little digging into the oft-mentioned “thousands of jobs” that would result if the Keystone XL pipeline were built. What they found might surprise you, if you are surprised when fatuous political arguments are found erroneous. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

In a blow to US Republican rhetoric, China announces plan for a CARBON TAX

When Marco Rubio says that America “is a country, not a planet,” he’s saying that we don’t need to bother cutting pollution since we’re not the worst offenders. If China, which burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined, isn’t trying to MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

Why the fracking boom may actually be an economic bubble

Fracking proponents like to use an evocative economic metaphor in talking about their industry: boom. The natural gas boom. Drilling is exploding in North Dakota and Texas and Pennsylvania. Only figuratively so far, but who knows what the future holds. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

Fuels America Sends Snarky Valentine to Big Oil

"We love how oil companies want to keep us dependent on a dirty, climate warming, expensive fuel in short supply. Isn't that just great?" Watch the video. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

Canada to U.S.: About that Keystone pipeline … a letter by Merran Smith, director of Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada

I wanted to check in with you about the Keystone XL pipeline proposal that many of you seem to be rather upset about, and actually ping you for a bit of neighborly advice. While some of us on this side of the border really want Secretary Kerry to give Ke MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

The Tesla/N.Y. Times fight is a sideshow

Last week, reporter John Broder of The New York Times wrote an account of his road trip from Washington, D.C., to Milford, Conn., in Tesla’s new all-electric Model S sedan, using the two Superchargers that the company has set up along the route. Broder MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

This week in Clean Energy Review - from TIDES Canada

This week in Clean Energy Review - from TIDES Canada

President Obama threatens to flex his executive muscle, Denmark surges on wind power, an electric-vehicle maker smacks down the New York Times, and more. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

Amazing pictures you may find interesting.................... of the Alberta oil sands

The photos at this link may give you some idea of the massive nature of this undertaking. The following comments are from the original sender. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

Outlook for Renewable Energy Projects and Finance in Canada

Developers and investors alike are looking to understand where the next opportunities will be for renewable energy projects in Canada and how the next stage of Ontario’s market will evolve. The outlook for financing is another key area of interest with MORE    added: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013

Obama Reinforces Support for Renewable Energy

US president Barack Obama maintained his commitment to renewable energy in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. "Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let's generate even more. Solar energy gets che MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Keystone XL Provokes Largest Climate Protest in US history

Keystone XL Provokes Largest Climate Protest in US history

Last week, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, met with America's newly appointed Secretary of State to discuss the Keystone XL pipeline, trade, energy security and the environment, among other things. With immense pressure from Mr. Baird, Tra MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Obama and the Reinvention of Energy Efficiency

The energy efficiency industry received a nice boost this week during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Obama called for cutting energy use by half over the next 20 years. MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Billionaire Moguls Fighting for and Against Renewable Energy - UK billionaire Richard Branson and US Donald Trump, respectively

Two of the most recognizable wealthy businessmen in the Western World appear to have very different opinions on the viability of renewable energy. On the one hand is Richard Branson, UK billionaire mogul and founder of the Carbon War Room, which has just MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Is the U.S. finally going to move on the climate crisis? What about Canada? Elizabeth May

When a situation is as desperate as the climate crisis and yet, year after year, no leadership emerges, it is hard to believe that the situation may be changing.In Canada, things are so bad that we don’t even have hypocritical lip service to the crisis. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

100 GW of Solar PV Now Installed in the World Today

Cumulative global installed solar PV capacity has topped the 100-gigawatt (GW) milestone, according to preliminary numbers from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). Roughly 30 GW worldwide was connected to the grid in 2012 MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Maryland Ocean Turbines Seen Powering US Offshore Wind Energy

A stripped-down wind-energy proposal backed by Maryland's governor and gaining support in its legislature may be the first step in creating a network of offshore turbines and sub-sea cables spanning the U.S. Atlantic coast. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

From Obama’s speech, four ambitious climate and energy proposals

Last night’s State of the Union was considerably better than I expected, in substance and in tone, mainly because my expectations for these things are extremely low. It was a policy laundry list, but not just a list — Obama had his dander up. By the end, MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Obama’s Keystone XL decision could doom the tar sands … or the planet

Presidential decisions often turn out to be far less significant than imagined, but every now and then what a president decides actually determines how the world turns. Such is the case with the Keystone XL pipeline, which, if built, is slated to bring MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Snow, streetcars and street parking: A perennial recipe for traffic chaos - Globe article - sign of things to come to Waterloo Region

Some days, you can’t help feeling that Rob Ford has a point about streetcars. After a snowstorm like the one that hit the city on Friday, the same problem always crops up. Because of the snow piled up at the side of the street, motorists park too far fro MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Ontario microFIT Comes into Focus - current price schedule to hold

Ontario microFIT Comes into Focus - current price schedule to hold

On Jan. 30, CanSIA President John Gorman was pleased to inform members that the Ontario Power Authority had offered some clarity stating that it will continue to process microFIT applications under the current price schedule until the 50 MW procurement MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Liquid bomb-grade uranium to be shipped secretly from Chalk River to U.S - and much much more in this issue of No Nuke News

Liquid bomb-grade uranium to be shipped secretly from Chalk River to U.S - and much much more in this issue of No Nuke News

The “high priority” mission marks the first time authorities have attempted to truck highly-enriched uranium (HEU) in a liquid solution, prompting nuclear safety advocacy groups on both sides of the border to sound the alarm. Please write to the Canadian MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Germany has more solar power because everyone wins

Suddenly everyone knows about Germany’s solar power dominance because Fox Newsheads made an ass of themselves, suggesting that the country is a sunny, tropical paradise. Most media folks have figured out that there are some monster differences in policy MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Beer brewers are joining forces to fight fracking

arry Bennett, who operates Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y. — which, we don’t mind saying, makes very good beer — has some serious realtalk for the state about fracking and its potential impacts: MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

LIFE launches LIFElines - Newsletter of Local Initiative for Future Energy Co-op - ISSUE #1, February 2013 - see below

LIFE launches LIFElines - Newsletter of Local Initiative for Future Energy Co-op - ISSUE #1, February 2013 - see below

EXCITING NEWS! After years of delay on our proposed St. Agatha wind turbine, there has recently been lots of action at LIFE. The OPA opened the Small FIT II window on Dec. 14th, and closed it on Jan. 18th. In that brief span, we have partnered with peo MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Welcome to Clean Energy Review — from TIDES Canada - a curated collection of clean-energy transition updates, stories, and analyses from across Canada and around the world, plus a peek over the horizon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Welcome to Clean Energy Review — from TIDES Canada - a curated collection of clean-energy transition updates, stories, and analyses from across Canada and around the world, plus a peek over the horizon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Your friends at Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada would like to offer you this on a weekly basis. Please let us know if you find this useful via the poll below, or simply reply to this email. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

How Obama Should Tackle Climate Change and Energy Independence in His Second Term

President Obama has already provided climate change and energy issues a prominent place in his second term rhetoric, giving climate change and the environment the most space of all issues in his inaugural address. He also vowed in December to make climat MORE    added: Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013

Renewables cheaper than coal in Australia — a preview of things to come

There is a tectonic shift underway. Renewable energy prices are declining as technology improves, economies of scale kick in, financing mechanisms mature, and public policy begins to take some (inadequate) account of the negative externalities of fossil MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Canada’s environmental protections lagging resource development, audit finds

Canada’s aggressive pursuit of resource development is exposing the country to heightened environmental and financial risks that are not being properly handled by federal regulators, a new audit says. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

USDA report predicts all manner of end-times for crops and forests as a result of global warming

Climate change will absolutely devastate American agriculture and forests. Ask the feds.The Department of Agriculture released a new analysis of cropland and climate, showing that bets are off after the next 25ish years. From USA Today MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Become a modern draft dodger! Host a Draftproofing Work Party for your friends, family and neighbours!

Become a modern draft dodger! Host a Draftproofing Work Party for your friends, family and neighbours!

REEP Green Solutions www.reepgreen.ca has received an EcoAction grant to help our community tackle their drafty homes. Drafts not only mean wasted energy that hits your pocketbook, they also make your home less comfortable. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Turkey Sees 'Huge' Clean-Energy Investment as Demand Bucks Trend

Turkey expects "huge" investments in renewable power in the next 10 years as growth in energy demand outpaces economic expansion, a government official said. Turkey needs to spend $10 billion on new power generation every year until 2023 to double capac MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

US Carbon dioxide emissions at lowest levels since 1994

A Bloomberg New Energy Finance report shows that U.S. carbon dioxide emission levels are at the lowest since 1994. The drop in emissions was helped by the renewable energy capacity in the U.S. nearly doubling from 2009 to 2012. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

Greece Sees Impressive Solar PV Growth Despite Banking Crisis

Despite on the ongoing financial tragedy that has gripped Greece for the past three years, the country has risen Phoenix-like from the ashes to become one of the world's largest markets for solar photovoltaics (solar PV). MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Vigor Clean Tech - solar project SERVICE AND SUPPORT MANAGER

Vigor Clean Tech just posted for the position of Service and Support Manager for our solar projects. They are undertaking a comprehensive job search to ensure they are getting the best resource they can for this role. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

Turn on, plug in, drop out: An electric car manifesto

I was driving my red Chevy Volt to work the other day when I noticed something. Just ahead of me, and one lane over, was — another Volt! My heart raced. I sped up, and pulled alongside the other car. The stranger in the black Volt saw me and grinned. We MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

BENEATH THE SURFACE - A review of KEY FACTS in the oilsands debate - A must read!

BENEATH THE SURFACE - A review of KEY FACTS in the oilsands debate - A must read!

This report examines some common claims about the environmental performance of oilsands producers and the environmental impacts of oilsands production. Many of the claims included in this document are not false, but they selectively present information MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

EU Stands Strong Against Canadian Tar Sands Lobbying & How Will Canada Steer the Arctic's Future?

EU Stands Strong Against Canadian Tar Sands Lobbying & How Will Canada Steer the Arctic's Future?

The European Commission's plan to label dirty fuel could throw a curve ball in Canada's mission to diversify tar sands exports. MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Dismantling Nuclear Structures Provides Jobs and Business Opportunities  ...and much more - BE SURE to view the Jeremy Rifkin video on why the nuclear industry is going down - BRILLIANT!

Dismantling Nuclear Structures Provides Jobs and Business Opportunities ...and much more - BE SURE to view the Jeremy Rifkin video on why the nuclear industry is going down - BRILLIANT!

A case for the immediate decommissioning of the shutdown Quebec Gentilly reactors, by Dr. Gordon Edwards MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Sometimes a driverless car is not just a driverless car: Thoughts on widgets and systems with must see VIDEO

Driverless cars are coming to a street near you, and soon. “I think that genuine self-driving cars will be available within a decade and that they’ll be big game changers,” writes Kevin Drum, who’s been on a driverless-car kick lately. MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Humans have already set in motion 69 feet of sea-level rise

A large-scale perspective on how much sea-level rise humanity has already probably set in motion from the burning of fossil fuels. The answer is staggering: 69 feet, including water from both Greenland and Antarctica, as well as other glaciers based on MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

The cost of not using renewable energy

A clever new study [PDF] from the World Future Council attempts to do something I haven’t seen before: quantify the cost of not using renewables. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Shedding some light on CFLs

Starting next January, new Canadian regulations will kick-in removing incandescent light bulbs from store shelves and replacing them with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs). As environmentalists,we a MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Lights out – France to force shops and offices to go dark overnight

French light pollution law is expected to save 250,000 tonnes of C02 a year. Shops and offices throughout France will be forced to turn off their lights overnight in a bid to fight light pollution, the country's environment ministry has announced. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Video: Germany's green revolution - YOU NEED TO VIEW THIS PBS VIDEO with attached link.

What would it take to transform the whole country’ electric grid–to shut down all of its old power plants, and move to a system that generates electricity exclusively from renewable resources? Rick Karr reports on how German political parties of every st MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

Belgian and German Electricity Systems Keep Lights on Despite Nuclear Turn-off

Freezing temperatures in both Belgium and Germany have put both countries’ power systems to the test this week, but neither country has experienced electricity blackouts despite the lack of nuclear power. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

Last Saturday, - This international Day of Action proved that tar sands pipelines are not wanted on both sides of the border, and now we need to keep the pressure on Enbridge

Last Saturday, - This international Day of Action proved that tar sands pipelines are not wanted on both sides of the border, and now we need to keep the pressure on Enbridge

Sarnia, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Cornwall, Montreal… Line 9 runs right through Southern Ontario and Quebec. People in these cities need to know. We want to help them find out and speak out to protect their land and water. Will you help MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

How climate change could wipe out Western forests

The fire that burned through Forest Canyon, a breathtaking stretch of wilderness ringed by snowy peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo., started in October and burned long past the end of the fire season. Trees still smoldered in late December, and MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

After Nebraska setback, greens regroup on Keystone XL

Environmentalists waging an ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline were dealt a major setback this week when Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed off on the pipe’s route through his state. Now all that stands between TransCanada, the company behind MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

Solar power cheaper than coal: One company says it’s cracked the code

CleanTechnica has an exclusive on a new solar technology that claims to be able to produce power with a levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of 8¢/kWh. That is mind-boggling, “two-thirds the price of retail electricity and over 3 times cheaper than current so MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

Confessing our fossil fuel sins - Canadian Mennonite editorial says it straight up

“The fossil fuel industry is the richest and most arrogant industry the world has ever seen,” charges Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature. As Anabaptist Christians, Mennonites are latecomers to the issue of creation care, or, more particularly, MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

Crossing the (pipe) line - Personal encounters with the biggest industry on earth - Canadian Mennonite article - Will Braun

I never expected that Enbridge—the Calgary-based pipeline company best known for its contentious Northern Gateway proposal and a nasty spill from one of its U.S. lines in 2010—would push its way so far into my life. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

Stormwater credits available to residential properties + faith communities in Kitchener & Waterloo!

Stormwater credits available to residential properties + faith communities in Kitchener & Waterloo!

Both the Cities of Waterloo and Kitchener are now offering Stormwater Credits. Qualifying Kitchener properties who apply for the Stormwater Credit by March 1, 2013 (up to 45% of the stormwater portion of your utility bill!) can receive credit back as fa MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

Ikea to Double Renewable Energy Investment to $4 Billion by 2020

COPENHAGEN -- Ikea Group, the world's biggest furniture retailer, will double its investment in renewable energy to $4 billion by 2020 as part of a drive to reduce costs as cash-strapped consumers become more price sensitive. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

Check out the new Pembina Institute Report - COMPETING IN CLEAN ENERGY - Capitalizing on Canadian innovation in a $3 trillion economy - What will it take for Canada to become a clean energy super power?

Check out the new Pembina Institute Report - COMPETING IN CLEAN ENERGY - Capitalizing on Canadian innovation in a $3 trillion economy - What will it take for Canada to become a clean energy super power?

With more than 700 companies, the clean technology sector has emerged as a major driver of innovation and employment growth in Canada. As this industry grows to a projected $3 trillion by 2020, Canadian clean technology companies have the potential to MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

As Canada warms up, more extreme weather is the new normal: Environment Canada

Environment Canada says warming trends across the country will mean more severe blasts of rain, wind, snow and heat from Mother Nature.Bob Robichaud, a warning preparedness meteorologist, says 2012 was the 16th year in a row that saw higher than normal MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

Can Kazakhstan Green Its Economy? - YES, it intends to be a major player! - by official country spokesperson

Kazakhstan is a major oil producer with abundant reserves of hydrocarbons in an energy-hungry region. So some people may be surprised to know that we are committed to building a green economy as part of the process to equip Kazakhstan to be a competitive MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

Good money after bad

Good money after bad

It’s bad enough that the Liberal Government is determined to spend billions of dollars rebuilding a nuclear plant we don’t really need, but now it is layering on expensive consultants as a “cost control” measure. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

Government moves up coal phase out deadline – we’re almost there! Ontario Clean Air Alliance

With the government’s announcement that all coal burning will cease at the Nanticoke and Lambton plants by the end of 2013, the dirty coal era is ending in Ontario. This represents a huge environmental and health victory for all Ontarians and we congrat MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

"It is not right to say that a catastrophic accident is impossible." Dr. Rosalie Burstell

"The worst possible accident could involve the spread of radioactive poisons over large areas, killing thousands immediately, killing others through increased susceptibility to cancer, risking genetic defects that could affect future generations, and MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

Why the Renewable Energy Industry Needs Green Banks

Green banks are public institutions with below-market return requirements that aim to create replicable financial structures in order to encourage private investment into the clean energy industry, so as to deliver sustained industry development and lowe MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

Report shows federal policy, access to capital major barriers to Canadian clean energy industry

Report shows federal policy, access to capital major barriers to Canadian clean energy industry

Canada’s clean technology sector is a major driver of job growth and innovation, and could be worth $60 billion by 2020 barring current federal policy and financing barriers, says a new report by the Pembina Institute. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

Obama gives "sustainable energy" top billing in inaugural address

In a wide-ranging inaugural address President Obama devoted a substantial segment to reaffirming his commitment to combating climate change and investing in the development of what he termed “sustainable” sources of energy. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

The US Department of the Interior designates land in Arizona for wind, solar projects

The U.S. Department of the Interior Jan. 18 designated 192,100 acres of land in Arizona for utility-scale solar and wind developments.The Record of Decision (ROD) for the initiative, known as the Restoration Design Energy Project, ends a three-year, stat MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

Blocking the Arteries of the Tar Sands - 'Line 9' - Guest blogger Paisley Cozzarin calls for action and public dialogue about the Line 9 Pipeline reversal and tar sands expansion. Alternatives Journal

Line 9 is the main artery that would transport tar sands crude oil across eastern Canada, a pipeline that runs from Sarnia, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec and which would then travel through New England to Portland, Maine to be refined and exported. Passing MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

CAR RATING SYSTEM

Greener Cars website is a consumer resource providing Green Scores rating the environmental friendliness of every vehicle on market. Greenercars.org is part of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

Japan To Replace Nuke Plant With Wind Farm

In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor disaster, the Japanese government has opted to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm. MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013

Canadian Solar purchases two solar projects

Canadian Solar Inc. has acquired a majority interest in two utility-scale solar power projects in Ontario with a total capacity of approximately 24 MW DC. Additionally, Canadian Solar has the ability to complete a purchase of two additional utility-scale MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

We're gearing up for a busy and productive 2013, and as always, there are important things you can do to help us Stop Darlington.

We're gearing up for a busy and productive 2013, and as always, there are important things you can do to help us Stop Darlington.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has recently posted archived footage from the Darlington hearings in Courtice this past December on their website. You can access their videos HERE. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Fiddling on the roof: Can $10 million in prize money put up by the US Department of Energy, spark a solar revolution?

The US DOE is offering a total of $10 million in prize money to the first teams of Americans that can figure out how to cut through the red tape and make solar installation cheaper on a sustainable basis. In Germany it is half the cost! MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Renewable Energy Provides Half of All New US Electrical Generating Capacity in 2012

According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) accounted for 49.10% of all new domestic ele MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Petroleum Coke: The Coal Hiding in the Tar Sands

The Canadian tar sands have been called the “most environmentally destructive project on earth”, with good reason. Extracting tar sands bitumen from under the boreal forests of Alberta, Canada requires huge amounts of energy and water. It has cleared vas MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

Energy myths bolstered by those selling something - Gwynne Dyer

Which of the following statements is true? The United States now has a 100-year supply of natural gas, thanks to the miracle of shale gas. By 2017 it will once again be the world’s biggest oil producer. By 2035 it will be entirely “energy-independent”, MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

Return conversation to CONSERVATION - RECORD editorial

Waste not, want not — what could be more simple? But in a province where we hardly blanch if we’re called energy hogs, we still have a long way to go to inculcate a culture of energy conservation. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

A new grand strategy for the U.S., built around sustainability. Where is Canada??

Adequately responding to climate change is only possible within a larger industrial, economic, civic, and political system that is designed around sustainability. Sustainability must be the point of the system. “The United States must lead the global MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

Climate change science hits close to home - Observer article

WLU study using backyard rinks to gauge how weather patterns are shifting and their impact on a slice of Canadian life. Robert McLeman, an associate professor of Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, has launched a website that offers an MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

Saudi Arabia Set to Expand Solar Energy Development, Buys Stake in Utility ACWA Power - seeking $109 billion investment to produce 1/3 of power by 2032.

Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund Sanabil and the nation's pension agency acquired 19 percent of ACWA Power International, a company that invests in power and water projects in the kingdom and regionally. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

Japan’s cleanup after nuclear accident is denounced - and much much more...in Ontario and around the world!

Japan’s cleanup after nuclear accident is denounced - and much much more...in Ontario and around the world!

For eight hours a day, construction workers blast buildings with water, cut grass and shovel dirt and foliage into big black plastic bags — which, with nowhere to go, dot Naraha’s landscape like funeral mounds. “This isn’t decontamination — it’s sweeping MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013

Mosaic Plants Crowdfunding Flag for Solar Projects - Crowdfunding takes off with an online marketplace to plug individual investors into solar energy projects.

Memo to residents in California and New York, and investors across the U.S., seeking both profits and a green energy cause — you can now take a stake in a renewable energy project and get returns that are competitive with more conventional investment MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

Chile Approves 3.1 GW of Solar PV Projects

The Centro de Energías Renovables (CER), or Renewable Energy Center, in Chile says that over 3.1 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy projects were approved in 2012 through November, and another 908 megawatts (MW) were in qualification awaiting approval. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

New York Sun is Rising

This year, the Governor announced a long-term commitment to NY-Sun, expanding the program into a 10 year, $150 million/year program. If we’re doing our math right…that’s a billion and a half dollars to develop a world-class solar industry and unleash the MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

A new study examines the energy literacy of Canadians

a large proportion of Canadians are interested in bringing about change. In fact, more than 50 percent of respondents indicated they would pay $10 a month more for energy to help mitigate negative impacts on the environment. Support remained relatively MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

Sea-level rise could be way, way worse than we already thought

Melting glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland may push up global sea levels more than 3 feet by the end of this century, according to a scientific poll of experts that brings a degree of clarity to a murky and controversial slice of climate science. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

France Doubles Solar Energy Target, Seeks to Promote European Equipment

France has doubled its target for new solar projects to at least 1,000 megawatts in 2013, helping spur use of European equipment, Energy Minister Delphine Batho said.“The measures are aimed at restarting the solar sector in France,creating 10,000 jobs." MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Wind Power Looking Strong in 2013

Wind in the Americas has tremendous opportunity for growth, particularly in Latin America. By 2025, the region is expected to reach 46 GW of total installed wind capacity, according to the IHS Emerging Energy Research study MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Debating 4 Dirty Myths on Clean Energy - US perspective

As the US Presidential Election is now behind us and 2013 is beginning, it is critical that our country begin to focus on solving problems. As one of this generation's most pressing problems is related to energy and sustainability, my sincere hope is tha MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Energy Trends that Matter for Investors (US - but also applies to Canada)

The US is by far the world's greatest user of energy per capita in the world. Each American uses about 87,000 kilowatt-hours per year – that is twice as much as the European Union (EU), the next closest consumer! Understanding energy trends in this count MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

French Wind Power Covers Record 10 Percent of Demand

Right at the end of last year, on 29 December, wind power in France covered a record 10% of the country’s electricity demand, the French blog “habitat durable” reported. France’s wind power fleet reached a power production equivalent to 5,982 MW – the sa MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Data on energy use by Ontario schools to be made public after call by environment watchdog

Hours after the release of a report by Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller, the Ministry of Education said late Tuesday that data on schools’ energy use would be made public by July 1 as a way to encourage conservation. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

2012 was warm, warm, warm in Waterloo Region, weather experts say - US Experts called 2012 warmest year on record

The year 2012 will go down in local history as the second-warmest year on record. When all high and low temperatures of every day in 2012 are added and averaged, it was the second-warmest calendar year, at 8.93 C. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

ECO-RESIDENCE / DUPLEX FOR SALE - Grand House Co-op Building Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

A residence of 14 bedrooms, four bathrooms, large kitchen/dining room and lounge with a great view of the Grand River and the Galt core area.This highly-visible and Eco-friendly 3-storey building is a unique blend of spacious living and style. Purpose-bu MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Pembina reacts as Ontario announces early end to coal power use

Pembina reacts as Ontario announces early end to coal power use

Tim Weis, director of renewable energy and efficiency policy at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Ontario’s announcement that it will phase out its existing coal plants by 2013, one year earlier than expected: MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Solar crowdfunding project Mosaic sells out in under 24 hours

Yesterday there was news about the launch of Mosaic, a new Kickstarter-style service that makes it easy to invest in rooftop solar projects. Today comes news that it’s already sold out shares in all of its public projects. Talk about pent-up demand! MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

Obama vs. physics: Why climate change won’t wait for the president - Bill McKibben speaks. He is the US equivalent to Dr. Suzuki. This is a good read!

Change usually happens very slowly, even once all the serious people have decided there’s a problem. That’s because, in a country as big as the United States, public opinion moves in slow currents. Since change by definition requires going up against pow MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

Alberta lakes show chemical effects of oilsands, study finds

A new study released today, January 7, suggests chemicals from 50 years of oilsands production are showing up in increasing amounts in lakes in northern Alberta. And the effects are being felt much farther away than previously thought. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

Debating 4 Dirty Myths on Clean Energy

The objective of this short article is to highlight consistent topics that are often confused, myths that are purported to be realities. By working with facts and good logic, we will improve the quality of debate and the resulting decision-making. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

What Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal Mean for the U.S. Solar Industry?

The fiscal cliff deal had significant effects on the solar industry. First, the bill extends the 50% accelerated bonus depreciation to qualifying solar projects that are placed in service before January 1, 2014. Solar projects with a commercial operatio MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

Shale gas won’t change the game - find out why - read on!

Which of the following statements is true? The United States now has a 100-year supply of natural gas, thanks to the miracle of shale gas. By 2017 it will once again be the world’s biggest oil producer. By 2035 it will be entirely “energy-independent,” MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

Geothermal Provides Baseload Power for Christmas in California

On Christmas Day, as Californian families sat down for a meal of turkey, candied ham or tamales, renewable energy provided about 2,000 MWe, of a total of about 26,000 MWe load, at six o'clock in the early evening. Geothermal power delivered the most! MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

Breaking NEWS in the US: Wind Energy Tax Credit Extension Passes with Fiscal Cliff Deal

The extension of the production tax credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is expected to save up to 37,000 jobs and create far more over time, and to revive business at nearly 500 manufacturing facilities across the country. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

Strong conservation laws and policies could foster green growth, Peter Kent told

“The clean technology sector in Canada looks to governments to overcome existing barriers to allow it to realize its economic and environmental potential,” said the memo, sent by Kent’s former deputy minister, Paul Boothe, a few weeks before the last fed MORE    added: Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012

This year, the story of energy in Canada was a story of Alberta oil - But what else is going on?

This year, the story of energy in Canada was a story of Alberta oil - But what else is going on?

Alberta oil - who owns it, who wants it, and how we’re going to get it to them. From Iqaluit to Charlottetown to Tofino, battles over bitumen, pipelines, and tankers bound for China dominated front pages, talk shows, and #cdnpoli. But more abounds! MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

Nuclear Ontario website

Nuclear Ontario website

Nuclear power is dangerous, expensive, unreliable, and generates a radioactive waste that is the most hazardous material ever created. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

Solar: A High-Yield, Low-Risk Financial Instrument for Your Investment Portfolio - a US discussion Solar vs bonds

Recent talk about the upcoming fiscal cliff has caused many investors to reflect upon the real long-term threats to their own portfolios. It occurred to me that there are some striking similarities between the current rate of return on a solar investment MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

Jordan Adopts Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariffs, Shelves Nuclear

While North American regulators continue debating the merits of feed-in tariffs, another developing country has adopted the policy renowned for rapidly developing renewable energy in the developed world. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

US to Invest $29 Million in Solar Technologies

US to Invest $29 Million in Solar Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will invest $29 million in solar projects in an effort to boost the nation's renewable energy sector. In a December 10 statement, the DOE said $21 million would be spent over the next five years on designing plu MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

GreenView: Ontario opinion poll shows solid support for GREEN energy, strong opposition to WTO ruling - 83% support

A new opinion poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth Canada shows overwhelming support for green energy in Ontario, and strong opposition to the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s meddling in buy local programs that create thousands of green jobs for ON MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

Backing the wrong project - Woolwich Observer editorial - Calgary's new LRT line cost more than doubles

Reading the news, commentary and public opinion pages can’t be much fun these days for proponents of Waterloo Region’s light rail transit system.There’s a direct hit in reports of Calgary’s new LRT line that opened this week came in massively over budget MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

Keystone’s ‘dilbit’ problem - This editorial appeared first in the Los Angeles Times:

Dilbit actually stands for “diluted bitumen,” an obscure oil industry term that may soon be trending on your search engine as controversy deepens over the Keystone XL pipeline, a project to carry oil from the Alberta oilsands to refineries in Texas that MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

Tell the National Energy Board that You Deserve a Voice!

Tell the National Energy Board that You Deserve a Voice!

The National Energy Board (NEB) is deciding in the next few weeks if it will hold a full environmental assessment and public hearing about Enbridge’s proposal for its Line 9 pipeline. We need your help now. There’s a risk this won’t happen thanks to the MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

Greenpeace Pitches Power Revolution

Greenpeace's 4th Global Energy [R]evolution Scenario – released 2012 – shows how the power sector can protect the global climate through implementing five key principles. In its latest Energy [R]evolution scenario, Greenpeace gives an optimistic outlook. MORE    added: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012

Developed Countries Disappoint in Doha

Developed Countries Disappoint in Doha

After hours of dramatic overtime, this year's UN climate talks wrapped up with little to brag about. With controversy erupting towards to end, the most notable take-away was a powerful message from the world's poorest and most vulnerable countries. MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

The End of a nuclear France? Enel pulls out from French EPR nuclear project Last 24 hours have ‘killed’ French nuclear – analyst

The End of a nuclear France? Enel pulls out from French EPR nuclear project Last 24 hours have ‘killed’ French nuclear – analyst

“30 bombs worth of plutonium made every year per 1000 MW reactor. That is the core of the problem – making plutonium just to boil water. Also the problems are irreversible. Don’t like wind, you can recycle the steel. Don’t like nuclear, well too bad.” MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

US Department of Energy announces millions in grants to offshore wind projects

The federal government is stepping up its efforts to kick-start the offshore wind industry by awarding $28 million in grants to seven projects that are developing varying kinds of power-generation technology. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

Jordan Adopts Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariffs, Shelves Nuclear

While North American regulators continue debating the merits of feed-in tariffs, another developing country has adopted the policy renowned for rapidly developing renewable energy in the developed world. This week Jordan's Electricity Regulatory Commissi MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Koch Brothers Fund Bogus Studies to Kill Renewable Energy

You can say one thing about the Koch brothers: They don't let the facts get in their way. Of course I'm talking about Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries, the oil, coal and natural gas conglomerate that's been dubbed t MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Because of you and the overwhelming opposition to the proposed Darlington refurbishment, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) was forced to extend its hearings from its original two days to four. THANK YOU!

Because of you and the overwhelming opposition to the proposed Darlington refurbishment, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) was forced to extend its hearings from its original two days to four. THANK YOU!

Hundreds of people, whether through written or oral submissions, told the CNSC it should not approve rebuilding the Darlington nuclear station. If you haven't already, end a letter to Minister of Energy Chris Bentley demanding better emergency planning MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Report: Residential Solar PV Installations Hit All-Time High in Q3 of 2012

Report: Residential Solar PV Installations Hit All-Time High in Q3 of 2012

Salt Lake City, UT -- Residential installations of solar PV hit a record high in the third quarter of 2012, according to a new report published by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The US Solar Market Insight: Third Quarter MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Solar Power Moves Forward in Haiti, Creativity Flows

Solar Power Moves Forward in Haiti, Creativity Flows

NRG Energy, Inc. has announced the completion of its "The Sun Lights the Way" project in the Boucan Carre region of Haiti. The program entailed the installation of solar electric systems at 20 schools, a fish farm and a drip irrigation system supporting MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Climate Alarm Now Being Raised by All Sectors - Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

As the risks of climate change become more apparent and the upward trajectory in GHG emissions suggests much worse to come, other organizations that are generally not perceived as having environmental mandates are recognizing this changing reality MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Judge orders two-week halt to Keystone XL pipeline construction

Judge orders two-week halt to Keystone XL pipeline construction

A Texas judge has ordered TransCanada to halt work for two weeks on the pipeline, following a lawsuit from landowner Michael Bishop claiming that TransCanada lied about transporting crude oil when it’s really hauling tar-sands oil. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Canada's 'war on science'

Environmental groups say recent measures show that Harper's government is stepping up its attack on climate scientists.Canadian campaigners are calling it a "war on science"– a slow and systematic unravelling of environmental and climate research budgets MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Chronic oil a greater risk than tanker spill, Nature Canada tells pipeline panel

Chronic, ship-source discharges of oily effluent pose a larger problem than large-scale catastrophic oil spills, lawyers for Nature Canada told the panel weighing the Northern Gateway pipeline. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Civil society interventions – meeting with Minister Kent

Civil society interventions – meeting with Minister Kent

We continue to call for leadership and action from our government “to put the long-term interest of humanity and the planet ahead of short-term economic and national concerns by pursuing the best interests of all. There is one human family and one Earth MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

The U.N. climate conference wraps up, and now all of our problems are solved - EXCEPT OUR CLIMATE PROBLEMS!

There are pretty good odds that the atmosphere already contains enough greenhouse gases to push global temperatures more than 2 degrees Celsius higher by the end of the century, an increase broadly understood to mean catastrophic effects across the globe MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

DECENTRALIZED ENERGY: Lessons from Germany - Webinar archive now available. It was a very valuable webinar with a great panel of participants. You still have a chance to reap the benefits.

DECENTRALIZED ENERGY: Lessons from Germany - Webinar archive now available. It was a very valuable webinar with a great panel of participants. You still have a chance to reap the benefits.

Please find access details for the archived webinar presentation below as well as related documents and resources. There are two options for streaming the presentation. THERE IS MUCH TO BEHOLD - CHECK IT OUT! MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

CREW submits OPEN LETTER to our local friends in public office regarding Ontario's Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP) shortfalls.

CREW submits OPEN LETTER to our local friends in public office regarding Ontario's Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP) shortfalls.

Ontario's Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP) is the single document that is governing all of Ontario's current and planned investments in our electrical energy system, from nuclear plants to solar panels to conservation. This document must be updated! MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Canadian solar industry decries nuclear "misinformation" campaign

The Canadian solar power industry is under “attack” from traditional energy sources, with nuclear power leading the pack, said John Gorman, president of the Canadian Solar Industries Association, the Globe and Mail reports. Gorman said claims by the nucl MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

Severe weather can change minds — some minds, anyway

People who have made up their mind … have made up their mind. One more storm won’t change it. But among people in the mushy middle, who don’t have strong thoughts one way or the other, personal experience can make a real difference. And the mushy middle MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

We're into the final stretch of the CNSC hearings. We've already accomplished so much, and there's so much yet we can do!

We're into the final stretch of the CNSC hearings. We've already accomplished so much, and there's so much yet we can do!

One of the most important presentations today was offered by FullCircle Energy Solutions, a renewable energy company in Ontario.Endorsed by nearly 50 green energy producers from all over the province, FullCircle stood up to the CNSC and demanded the nuc MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

Canada's Climate Legacy: Global Pariah & Master of Illusion

Canada's Climate Legacy: Global Pariah & Master of Illusion

Since our dramatic finish at last year's UN Climate Conference in Durban, we've seen several reports desperately warning of the severe consequences and missed opportunities of Canada's inaction on climate change from organizations such as the Internation MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

Hopes of Home Fade Among Japan’s 159,000 Displaced since Fukushima

Hopes of Home Fade Among Japan’s 159,000 Displaced since Fukushima

“Sure, you can say nuclear power is somewhat less carbon-intensive than burning fossil fuels for energy; beating your children to death with a club will prevent them from getting hit by a car. Ravaging the Earth by one irreparable means is not a sensible MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

Unless hell freezes over, 2012 will be the hottest year in U.S. history

Unless hell freezes over, 2012 will be the hottest year in U.S. history

Even if the United States has the coldest December in its history — even if it’s a full degree (F) colder on average than the previous coldest December ever — 2012 will be the hottest year in American history. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

Day two at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) hearings is complete with more great presentations by dedicated supporters.

Day two at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) hearings is complete with more great presentations by dedicated supporters.

We still need your help! Send a letter to Minister of Energy Chris Bentley demanding better emergency planning at Darlington. Go to the Facebook photo album or click on the photos in the left margin to share them with your friends. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

Why Store Carbon Underground When You Can Reuse it In a Chemical?

Companies are working on technologies that will transform waste gases like CO and CO2 from energy intensive industries into fuels and chemicals. So, instead of storing the carbon underground, it will be reused in fuels and chemicals. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

Britain on the 'Cusp of an Energy Renaissance'

Britain on the 'Cusp of an Energy Renaissance'

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey Wednesday said "we are on the cusp of a renaissance in British energy" after unveiling the government's long-awaited Energy Bill. Speaking to journalists after he had addressed the House of Commons, Davey said the Bill had MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

Day ONE at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) hearings -

Day ONE at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) hearings - "It's like asking the fox to look after the chickens" - The Sierra Club on OPG's safety plans and their ability to self-regulate

The hearings have started and we need your help! People are intervening and we need to show them support.Here's what you can do:Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for regular updates, and share the photos we'll be posting all week. We need you MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

Carbon dioxide emissions hit record in 2011, researchers say

Emissions continue to grow so rapidly that an international goal of limiting the ultimate warming of the planet to 3.6 degrees, established three years ago, is on the verge of becoming unattainable, said researchers affiliated with the Global Carbon Proj MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

Is it just us, or does it seem a little warm for December? Check out some US stats

Well, it is December, everyone. It’s the time of year when you just want to stay huddled up cozily inside, maybe with a roaring fire to provide comfort given the … unseasonably warm temperatures outside. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

Canada won’t budge on environment, Peter Kent insists

Environment Minister Peter Kent arrives at the United Nations climate summit in Qatar this weekend with a target on his back, representing the only government that has withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol and taken a hard line on the need for emerging-marke MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

Greenlandic, Antarctic ice sheets contributing more to sea level rise: study

As world leaders meet in Doha, Qatar, to discuss responses to climate change, the paper published Thursday in the journal Science shows the loss of ice from Greenland and the Antarctic is making an ever-greater contribution to rising sea levels. MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

The Solar Industry Waves Goodbye To One of Its Biggest Advocates

The Solar Industry Waves Goodbye To One of Its Biggest Advocates

I was saddened to hear the news that Larry Hagman, the former star of the hit TV show “Dallas” had died over the weekend. Hagman, whom I interviewed in 2010 at Intersolar North America, was a great solar advocate. He told me that his decision to install MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

‘Chasing Ice’ changed this climate-denying Bill O’Reilly listener into a believer. CHASING ICE was CREW's GREEN Movie this past Friday, November 30, 7 p.m. at The Original Princess.

Whenever you feel discouraged about working to fix global warming and convince people that it’s a real problem, watch this video. So horrible and so scary that it can erase even the teachings of Bill O’Reilly. This woman did not believe in global warming MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

WHAT'S NEW - Monday, Nov.26, 2012, the Saugeen Shores Council voted unanimously to proceed to Step 3 in the NWMO's DGR site selection process to accept and bury all of Canada's highly radioactive nuclear fuel waste right in our community.

WHAT'S NEW - Monday, Nov.26, 2012, the Saugeen Shores Council voted unanimously to proceed to Step 3 in the NWMO's DGR site selection process to accept and bury all of Canada's highly radioactive nuclear fuel waste right in our community.

We need you to HELP US KEEP THE PRESSURE ON and CONTINUE TO LET COUNCIL KNOW, in no uncertain terms: SAUGEEN SHORES IS NOT A WILLING COMMUNITY to dump this DANGEROUS RADIOACTIVE WASTE near where we live, work, and vacation next to Lake Huron. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

ENERGY CONSERVATION - Efforts to mitigate climate change must target energy efficiency

Article suggests - we should spend more of our efforts on improving the energy efficiency of cars, buildings and appliances than on improved energy supply technologies if we truly want to address climate change. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Toronto’s Call to Action! Toronto’s West-end Uranium Secret – GE-Hitachi processes 1800 tons of uranium every year in the middle of our city! SHARE THIS!

Toronto’s Call to Action! Toronto’s West-end Uranium Secret – GE-Hitachi processes 1800 tons of uranium every year in the middle of our city! SHARE THIS!

Ward 17 Councillor Cesar Palacio has put forward a Notice of Motion that will be considered at Toronto City Council at the Nov. 27/28th Council meeting. Palacio’s motion is asking support from Council to persuade GE-Hitachi to move out within 5 yrs. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012

The 16 scariest maps from the E.U.’s massive new climate change report

the European Environment Agency walked into the room and, plunk, dropped a 300-page report on the anticipated effects of climate change on the continent. Three hundred pages, chock-a-block with maps far more terrifying than that one up there. It’s a roa MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

Hello from the team at CLEAN ENERGY CANADA at Tides Canada! Here's a quick rundown of our recent work, and a few posts and updates that we hope you will find useful.

Hello from the team at CLEAN ENERGY CANADA at Tides Canada! Here's a quick rundown of our recent work, and a few posts and updates that we hope you will find useful.

New BlueGreen Canada report released today suggests that the money the federal government currently directs to oil-sector subsidies could create between 18,000 and 20,000 jobs in efficiency, clean technology, and renewable instead of 3,000 in oil and gas MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012

U.S. Army Housing to Get Solar Panel Makeover Courtesy Project SolarStrong

Salt Lake City, UT -- Having the stated objective of achieving 25 percent reliance on renewable energy by the year 2025, the Department of Defense is already off and running in pursuit of that goal with plans to put solar on 4,700 military homes in Texas MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012

Rockway Mennonite Collegiate officially launches its SOLAR CITY 10kW Solar PV system with a commissioning, November 1, 2012

Rockway Mennonite Collegiate officially launches its SOLAR CITY 10kW Solar PV system with a commissioning, November 1, 2012

Rockway has officially launched its 10kW solar project with the help of student fundraising and a grant provided by Kitchener's Local Environmental Action Fund supporting this SOLAR CITY initiative, and its’ partner agencies, CREW, MCCO & GSS. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012

Advocates of expanded oilsands production live in blissful denial - increased US oil/gas production threatens Canada's future markets

The World Energy Outlook 2012 report by the International Energy Agency has gotten a lot of ink in Canada, because of prediction: “By around 2020, the United States is projected to become the largest global oil producer ... and starts to see the impact MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

Scotland Schools the States on OFFSHORE WIND Initiatives

Salt Lake City, UT -- While the United States is busy charging headlong towards a fiscal cliff and the likely expiration of the wind energy Production Tax Credit, the country of Scotland is busy showing everyone how things really ought to be done. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

What's New - A vote to move to Step Three of the NWMO DGR Process will likely happen Monday, 11/26/12. SIGN the petition, SEND updated letter, CALL mayor, ATTEND meeting

What's New - A vote to move to Step Three of the NWMO DGR Process will likely happen Monday, 11/26/12. SIGN the petition, SEND updated letter, CALL mayor, ATTEND meeting

Take Action Now. TELL Council and Mayor Smith to VOTE NO to moving Saugeen Shores into Step 3 of the DGR site selection process to be the host community for all of Canada's highly radioactive nuclear fuel waste. READ ON MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

A chat with Al Gore on carbon taxes, natural gas, and the ‘morally wrong’ Keystone pipeline

On Nov. 14-15, the Climate Reality Project held its second annual “24 Hours of Reality” marathon, spending an entire day and night live-streaming events and panels around the globe to highlight various aspects of the climate crisis. (This year’s theme MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Global Leaders head to Doha for UN Climate Change Conference

Global Leaders head to Doha for UN Climate Change Conference

Global leaders and environment ministers are heading to Doha, Qatar for the next UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), set to begin Nov. 26. This annual conference will bring countries together to work on the terms of a second commitment period of the MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

So Far So Good for Germany's Nuclear Phase-Out, Despite Dire Predictions - and much more - READ ON

So Far So Good for Germany's Nuclear Phase-Out, Despite Dire Predictions - and much more - READ ON

Less than a week into the Fukushima crisis, Merkel stunned the nation by withdrawing the licensing extensions and temporarily closing seven of Germany's oldest nuclear plants. The restart of an eighth plant, which was offline for refueling, was delayed. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in September 2012 - Large majority of Americans see global warming, clean energy, a high priority.

Nearly all Americans (92%) say the president and the Congress should make developing sources of clean energy a “very high” (31%), “high” (38%), or “medium” priority (23%). Very few say it should be a low priority (8%). MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

Enbridge’s plans for 40-year-old pipeline raising concerns - located south of Cambridge and under the Grand River - Record article

The pipeline, known as Line 9, has been buried under the Grand River and North Dumfries Township since the mid-1970s. It’s a major artery for foreign crude headed west to refineries in Sarnia, long forgotten and hardly noticed by residents here. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

Governors Urge Congress to Renew Wind Energy Production Tax Credit

With the expiration of the wind energy Production Tax Credit looming and the clock ticking rapidly away to the end of 2012, a bipartisan group of U.S. governors is urging Congress to act now to save jobs. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

How you can help clean energy eat Big Oil’s lunch

Bill McKibben and the folks at 350.org have decided to target the pernicious financial influence of the fossil fuel industry and its front groups. On the day following the election, they kicked off a 21-city “Do the Math” tour to “mount an unprecedented MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

Climate should be Obama’s No. 1 priority, say lots of people who aren’t tree-hugging enviros

In this week’s New Yorker, editor David Remnick congratulates President Obama on his reelection and then tells him to get his ass in gear and get moving on climate change MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

You be the pessimist! Here’s why the election gives me hope - By Bill McKibben

Nineteen percent of voters were beneath the age of 30, something no one in D.C. expected. Young voter translates into “not primarily obsessed with my Medicare, hence able to think about the world.” So the pros know this is the demographic that cares abou MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

What Obama's Reelection Means for Coal, Climate Change, and America's Energy Future

President Obama's victory was a victory for clean energy, one that gives us a fighting chance to slash coal pollution and turn the corner on climate change, in the wake of a devastating hurricane that brought global warming into sharp, painful focus for MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012

NO NUKES NEWS - Courting Calamity with Nuclear India - and much more....

NO NUKES NEWS - Courting Calamity with Nuclear India - and much more....

Although Prime Minister Stephen Harper is using a state visit to India to pitch major uranium sales, Canadians should view him not as a patriot, but as a huckster from hell.This is because India presents a past, present and future danger as a nuclear we MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012

Renewable Energy Industry Weighs In On Obama Victory

With the 2012 election over and President Barack Obama's re-election secured, U.S.-based renewable energy producers are already looking ahead to what they expect will be four more years of continued support for their endeavors. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

In victory speech, Obama calls for climate action, citizen engagement

President Obama marked his reelection victory with a rousing speech that called for, among many other things, fighting climate change. "We want our children to live in an America that isn’t ... threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet." MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Katrina-damaged neighborhood is rebuilt into the largest solar project in Louisiana

In New Orleans, the St. Thomas Housing Project did not fare so well during Hurricane Katrina. But now it’s been reborn as the mixed-income River Garden Apartments, and has become the largest solar neighborhood in the southeastern United States. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

What can we expect now from Obama on energy and climate?

“Obama will likely stay the course on his current energy and environmental policies,” writes David Biello at Scientific American.That means more executive orders like the one that raised vehicle fuel efficiency standards, and continued progress on MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Looking for a champion at Queen's Park

Looking for a champion at Queen's Park

Ontario Power Generation has already given SNC-Lavalin a $600 million contract just for the planning phase of the Darlington rebuild, which, when complete, could top $35 billion – dollars that could otherwise be spent on energy efficiency, green energy, MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Clean Air Alliance: Guelph deserves respect as a pioneer on environmental initiatives with a farsighted Community Energy Plan that emphasizes local, sustainable energy production and conservation.

Inspite of this Community Energy Plan - there seems to be a big disconnect between the community’s plan and what the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has in mind for the city. The OPA and Hydro One are rolling ahead with a “how we've always done it” plan MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Thanks to people like you, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has rescheduled their environmental assessment regarding the Darlington refurbishment. They now take place December 3 to 6, 2012 in Courtice, Ontario.

Thanks to people like you, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has rescheduled their environmental assessment regarding the Darlington refurbishment. They now take place December 3 to 6, 2012 in Courtice, Ontario.

Thanks to everyone who attended our first workshop on November 6. We have scheduled two more workshops on November 20th and 24th for anyone needing helping getting ready for their presentation. Click here to register. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Impacts of a Carbon Tax (United States)

Research by the US Congressional Research Service looks at carbon tax policies. It cites one study which estimates that a tax rate of $20 per metric ton of CO2 could generate about $88 billion in 2012 and make a major impact on the US deficit. Read more MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 5, 2012

US Solar Industry Grows 13.2 Percent, Adds 13K Jobs

The Solar Foundation (TSF) announced encouraging statistics that show despite recent setbacks and reports of layoffs, the U.S. solar industry is expanding at a clip nearly six times that of the overall economy. MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012

In wake of Sandy, media may finally be willing to discuss climate change

In wake of Sandy, media may finally be willing to discuss climate change

The scale and destruction of Hurricane Sandy has made the issue of climate change impossible to ignore. It’s as if the media and politicians are at last free to discuss something they have been keeping secret — which is basically the case. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

Despite GOP jeers, BrightSource succeeds in solar - concentrated solar-thermal power plant in California

Despite GOP jeers, BrightSource succeeds in solar - concentrated solar-thermal power plant in California

Over the last year or so, Republicans have woven a tale of collapse and futility around clean energy. Each setback for the industry, each bankruptcy or refinancing, is met with open glee, plastered all over Fox News for weeks on end. In the first preside MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

Oilsands Development At Risk As Costs Soar, Memo Warns & more articles on the oil sands projects, pipelines, and the impact of Climate Change - CHECK IT OUT

A confidential government memorandum obtained by CBC News warns that soaring costs of developing the Alberta oilsands could put the brakes on the massive project, stalling one of the main engines of the Canadian economy. PLUS more articles & info. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

Women's Climb the Turbine fundraiser event last weekend in Toronto - CREW board member EMILY thanks her fundraising donors.

Women's Climb the Turbine fundraiser event last weekend in Toronto - CREW board member EMILY thanks her fundraising donors.

I want to thank everyone who donated and for making my turbine climb possible this weekend. Me and my collegue Natasa had a great time and learned a lot from the experience. The view from the top was spectacular.( even though it rained ). The tower climb MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

Michael Bloomberg: The consequences of making a mistake on climate change are severe

Is this — a storm like this that is so strong and so unusual — a global warming incident? I think what is clear is the climate is changing, nobody knows if it is a [cyclical] or secular thing. I think each of these storms we have to learn to see if we MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

CLIMATE ACTION NEWS Special Issue - Movement News -
A Bad Week to be Big Oil

CLIMATE ACTION NEWS Special Issue - Movement News - A Bad Week to be Big Oil

As we wrote this newsletter, Sandy continued to barrel down on much of the Eastern seaboard. After a record breaking year with the hottest global temperature and lowest arctic ice levels, Sandy reminds us that climate change is here now. We urge everyone MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

Inside the Chris Turner Campaign (Calgary Centre)- Federal By-electon - GREEN PARTY candidate - NOTE: CREW SKYPED with Chris Turner at our Feb 29 2012 Leap Forward mixer event. Chis is the author of the best seller - THE LEAP

Inside the Chris Turner Campaign (Calgary Centre)- Federal By-electon - GREEN PARTY candidate - NOTE: CREW SKYPED with Chris Turner at our Feb 29 2012 Leap Forward mixer event. Chis is the author of the best seller - THE LEAP

We’ve already got the best funded and most ambitious Green campaign Calgary’s ever seen, but we need phone canvassers and donors to help us reach every potential voter. Voting Green in the Prime Minister’s backyard would send a message about Canada’s des MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

The carbon tax, demystified

The carbon tax, demystified

Taxes aren’t exactly popular, but the idea of using them to fight climate change is surprisingly resilient. Here’s a primer MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

Roundtable's last report strikes familiar low-carbon chord. Advisory panel's final document carries advice Conservatives don't like to hear

The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy has used its final report to chart a suggested route for Canada to make the transition to a low carbon economy and to profit from it. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

Superstorm Sandy’s climate change connection

Scientists are mostly agreed that climate change has had a hand in crafting the Frankenstorm. But how, exactly? Was this an unavoidable act of nature? Or was this something caused directly by changes to Earth’s climate that have happened because we burn MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

Coalition calls on panel to reject Shell Jackpine oilsands mine expansion - Pembina Institute release

CALGARY — With public hearings into a proposed oilsands mine expansion set to begin today, a coalition of environmental groups is calling on the joint federal-provincial review panel to reject the project. Shell’s proposal to expand its Jackpine oilsands MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 29, 2012

Dear friend:We have exciting news. The federal government has delayed the hearings on the future of the Darlington project because of the overwhelming number of people requesting to intervene!

Dear friend:We have exciting news. The federal government has delayed the hearings on the future of the Darlington project because of the overwhelming number of people requesting to intervene!

Together we’ve shown the public is concerned about Darlington’s risks and the threat it poses to the future of green energy.The hearings will now take place December 3 to 6, 2012. If you’re registered to make a presentation please let us know. MORE    added: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012

ENBRIDGE'S TAR SANDS PIPELINE PLAN: All pain & No Gain for Ontario & Quebec

ENBRIDGE'S TAR SANDS PIPELINE PLAN: All pain & No Gain for Ontario & Quebec

This week, Enbridge revealed its plan for the Line 9 oil pipeline that runs through Ontario and Quebec, and it puts drinking water, health, and the environment at risk. We need your help to push back. MORE    added: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012

US - All new power generation in September came from wind, solar - More than 400 MW

Wind and solar power accounted for all new electric generating capacity added to the U.S. electric grid in the month of September, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The new projects included five wind projects totaling 300 MW MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

Wind power is fueling the push to green diamond mines in the Northwest Territories - An energy gem!

"It’s hugely important because it’s the first industrial use of wind power in a mining operation that we know of in the world,” says Wade Carpenter, a territorial government alternative-energy specialist exploring ways to reduce diesel dependency in 24 re MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

Environmental Defence Canada : Enbridge comes clean about plans to export dangerous tar sands oil through Ontario

Environmental Defence Canada : Enbridge comes clean about plans to export dangerous tar sands oil through Ontario

Enbridge's real plan for Line 9 was revealed yesterday in a document filed with the National Energy Board (NEB), which shows Enbridge plans not only to reverse the flow of oil through the pipeline to Montreal, but also to change what the pipeline can car MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

The sickening truth about wind farm syndrome

The sickening truth about wind farm syndrome

Hilltop turbines are being blamed for myriad maladies. What is the truth behind these outlandish claims? NEW technology has long attracted "modern health worries". Microwave ovens, television and computer screens and even early telephony all caused anxie MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

How much are we paying for climate change?

According to a new study, the current economic impacts of climate change amount to more than $1.2 trillion a year, or 1.6 percent of the annual global GDP.The study, commissioned by 20 international governments, was produced by the DARA researchcentre, w MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

Are oil, gas and coal really working for us, is it cheap energy? Hmmm.

Because society is picking up most of the cost for high impact fossil and nuclear fuels, they are being artificially subsidized when compared to clean energy alternatives. This is slowing the adoption of renewables and cleaner energy systems. The subsidi MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

Obama and Romney ignore climate, could learn from Hillary Clinton's framing of climate change as a key foreign-policy priority during a speech last week, entitled “Energy Diplomacy in the 21st Century”.

Climate change got not a single mention in the three presidential debates nor in the vice presidential debate this year. That hasn’t happened for 24 years. Both chose to say nothing at all about the climate crisis, the most global of all threats. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

Renewable Energy Sees Explosive Growth During Obama Administration

Two recently-issued federal studies underscore the dramatic growth in electrical generation from geothermal, solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources during the first three and one-half years of the Obama Administration. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

Report outlines ways Canadian commuters can save money, drive less and cut climate pollution - Pembina Institute

Canadian commuters can save time and money while reducing their environmental impact and cutting climate change pollution by making simple changes to their driving habits, according to a new study released today by the Pembina Institute. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012

HELP US STOP DARLINGTON - there's growing momentum to stop the McGuinty government's plan to spend billions on outdated reactors at Darlington

HELP US STOP DARLINGTON - there's growing momentum to stop the McGuinty government's plan to spend billions on outdated reactors at Darlington

Hundreds of people sent letters telling the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) its environmental assessment on Darlington's continued operation is unacceptable, and many others have volunteered to make oral statements against the project. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 22, 2012

Sydney to London on Plastic Fuel: Pilot to Power Flight with Household Trash

Rowsell and his partners are cooking up 4,000 liters of liquid energy by melting down discarded plastic — the same sort of drifting, wayward, household rubbish that the adventurous 41-year-old transoceanic pilot spots all too often accumulating in the Pa MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

US Plan to develop solar on public lands approved

The Department of the Interior finalized a program to help develop solar power projects on public lands in six Western U.S. states - a blueprint for utility-scale solar permitting in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah by establish MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

The Pine Beetle Problem: Making Renewable Energy Lemonade from Biomass Lemons

At least one University of Washington chemical engineer is working on a thermo-chemical conversion technology that should make renewable energy "lemonade" from a particularly problematic batch of biomass "lemons." MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

Powering Half the World with Wind by 2030

Last year, nearly 200,000 wind turbines met 2.5 % of global energy needs. These numbers are impressive, but wind energy has the potential to pack an even bigger punch — according to a new study, wind could power half the world with clean energy by 2030. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Canadian expert says warmer, wetter, weather adding to extreme weather woes - in Banff, Alta., attending an extreme weather conference called Storm Warning: Water, Energy and Climate Security in a Changing World.

A gradual warming of the atmosphere coupled with a melting snowpack and receding glaciers is likely to lead to continued incidents of extreme weather, says a Canadian water-policy expert. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Cue the math: McKibben’s roadshow takes aim at Big Oil

“The fossil fuel industry has behaved so recklessly that they should lose their social license — their veneer of respectability,” McKibben tells his audience. “You want to take away our planet and our future? We’re going to take away your money and your MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Green Economy: Canada Needs Strategy Or Risk Losing Competitive Edge, Axed Panel Says -"The future is LOW CARBON. Economies the world over are making the transition," its final report states.

Low-carbon goods and services are the way of the future, and Canada had better embrace that fact or expect to lose its competitive edge, says the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Green Job Growth Analyzed In Recent Report - Job growth is one of the most important issues of the 2012 election, and a recent report suggests that continued investment in green jobs could be a boon to the U.S. economy.

The US report, released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and utilizing 2012 data on green jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reveals that "greener industries grow faster than the overall economy." MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Public Announcement from The SOLAR CITY Co-operative (a new offshoot of CREW): Why You Should Become A Member Today!

Public Announcement from The SOLAR CITY Co-operative (a new offshoot of CREW): Why You Should Become A Member Today!

The Solar City Coop is a group of local Region of Waterloo residents who are working together to invest in solar energy projects. Most of us can’t afford a project on our own, or don’t have a good location, or just don’t know how to do a project, MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

FREE Fuel from the Sun

FREE Fuel from the Sun

One of the most extraordinary things about solar energy is that the fuel source is free. As long as the sun shines, solar systems will supply energy. Combined with batteries and other storage systems, solar is well positioned to be the primary energy sour MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

Solar Makes Up 83% of Clean Energy Projects Approved by Japan

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan approved clean energy projects totaling 1,780 megawatts of capacity, with solar accounting for 83 percent, as of the end of September under a government incentive program. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

In VP debate, Ryan complains of ‘green pork’ and fact-checkers swat him down

Thursday’s feisty vice presidential debate included one exchange on energy, specifically clean-energy stimulus funding — and that one exchange included a number of distortions and lies, courtesy of one Congressman Paul Ryan. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

Tri-Cities Councils, Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge, Pass Support Resolutions for Rooftop Solar Projects

Tri-Cities Councils, Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge, Pass Support Resolutions for Rooftop Solar Projects

CREW is pleased to learn that the City of Cambridge, the City of Kitchener, and the City of Waterloo have each passed a blanket support resolution regarding rooftop solar PV projects in their Municipality under Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

Geothermal Heat Pumps are Renewable and our Most Efficient HVAC Technology

The question arises from time to time in building industry blogs about whether or not geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are a source or renewable energy. GHPs, or ground-source heat pumps, don't fit neatly into any box, but suffice it to say that their appeal MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

In the US, guess how many times the House of Representatives voted for fossil fuels and against clean energy

Without peeking down below, try and guess how many times since January 2011 the U.S. House of Representatives voted against clean energy or in favor of fossil fuels. Keep in mind that there have been about 450 weekdays during which votes could have been MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

Why You Need to Worry About How the Media Covers Climate Change

Unfortunately, public understanding of climate change lags behind our scientific understanding. While a majority of Americans accept that climate change is happening, only a fraction correctly attributes these changes to human activities. Meanwhile, 10% MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

Insurer: Hey, these climate-related disasters are getting expensive

There is no industry less enthusiastic about climate change than the insurance industry. After all, if something bad happens to a house or a business or a person, it’s the one that has to pay out — and its entire business model is predicated on minimizin MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Report on Solar Market Trends Ranks Ontario Fourth in North America

IREC focuses on the United States but lauds Ontario's PV markets as one of the largest in North America. With installations in 2011 adding a total of about 270 MWDC, IREC ranked Ontario fourth for PV installations. The report credits the feed-in-tariff MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

Germany's Unlikely Renewable Energy Revolutionaries

Another misunderstanding about Germany’s clean energy shift is the idea that somehow “the state” or green treehuggers are behind it. Well, it ain’t so. For the most part, Germany’s new energy producers are home owners, small and medium-sided businesses, MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012

A new ‘golden age of oil’ in the U.S.? Don’t believe it

Last winter, fossil-fuel enthusiasts began trumpeting the dawn of a new “golden age of oil” that would kick-start the American economy, generate millions of new jobs, and free this country from its dependence on imported petroleum. Ed Morse, head ommodit MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

Renewable Energy Gets Brief Mention During 2012 Presidential Debate - some important things not mentioned regarding climate change & renewable/sustainable energy sources

First debate between President Barack Obama & Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney - in the course of the entire 90-minute debate, which focused specifically on domestic issues with the economy and health care taking front and center, not a single MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

German Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Falls While Renewable Generation Rises

German use of coal to generate electricity has declined steadily from 1990 to 2011, according to statistics on the German electricity system - at the same time the share of renewable energy in the electricity mix has increased from 3.6% to 19.9% MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

Romney’s attack on green investment was massively, massively wrong - his claims exposed!

Mitt Romney has a casual association with factual accuracy. Read on to find the real facts, between his claim and the truth. Say what you have to to get elected - in other words. As if the truth doesn't matter. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

Introducing the saveONenergy HOME ASSISTANCE Program

Introducing the saveONenergy HOME ASSISTANCE Program

Funded by the Ontario Power Authority and administered by local electric utilities, the HOME ASSISTANCE Program is managed by GreenSaver for all the utilities listed to the left. The program is aimed at reducing the energy burden for those in need and MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

Why are your tax dollars going to subsidize oil companies?

Did you know that more than $114 billion dollars will subsidize the oil industry in North America over the next ten years? Why do we allow our taxes to increase the already massive profits these companies make while also causing catastrophic consequences MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

Small solar systems electricity rates below retail in Germany

In Germany now, the latest phase of the feed-in tariff (FIT) renewable energy legislation is moving towards the point where generators will operate in a world where the electricity they produce costs less than other non-renewable and polluting sources MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

Germany: Lies About Electricity Prices

It’s all over the media that Germany’s transition to renewables is killing — or going to kill — Germany industry. How can Germany compete abroad when it pays so much for its energy? It’s all a consequence of the Energiewende! This is a lot of rubbish. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

Presidential Debate debrief: No mention of climate, energy lies from Romney - some facts checking

Big Bird might have been one of the most popular trends on Twitter during the first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. But as the discussion of domestic issues unfolded, #climatesilence got some play as well. Sadly, not because the MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

Energy-saving program shut down too early, millions in rebates never paid out

UNSPENT ECOENERGY DOLLARS. Harper government confirms that less than half of promised $400 million invested in ecoENERGY retrofits was spent: “program spending for 2011-12 will reach between $183 to $190 million. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

Global Renewables Investment Sets New Record

Global investment in renewable power and fuels increased 17% to a new record of $257 billion in 2011, with developing economies making up more than a third of this total. So concludes The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment Report (GTR) for 2012 MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

Japan's Agressive FIT Already Unlocking Gigawatts of Wind and Solar Power

Analysts predict more than 25 GW of renewable energy capacity will be installed in Japan as the country moves away from nuclear energy. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

U.K. Proposes Incentives for Home Heating From Biomass to Solar

“We need to revolutionize the way we heat our homes and businesses and move away from expensive fossil fuels, not only to cut carbon but to help meet our renewables targets and save money on bills,” Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said in MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

GRCA News - OSSGA supports hydro facility at Park Hill Dam - downtown Galt

An innovative partnership with the Grand River Conservation Foundation and the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association will help a new hydro facility planned at the Park Hill Dam in Galt. The project is in the planning phase and is expected to cost be MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

View re LA Times Article "Taxpayers, Ratepayers will Fund California Solar Plants" - Renewable Energy Too Important to be Dismissed so Flippantly

The LA Times article "Taxpayers, Ratepayers will Fund California Solar Plants" took on the world of solar policy in a totally irresponsible way and got it all wrong. Renewable energy and distributed generation are too important to LA, the U.S. and the wo MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

Obama Versus Romney: Everything You Need to Know About Where the Candidates Stand on Energy Policy

Clean energy is an important part of the economy of Colorado, which is the location of the first presidential debate on October 3rd. There are stark differences between the two presidential candidates that must be discussed on October 3. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

Three ways to fix the climate in 2012 and beyond - a US article but good advice for Ontario & Canada too!

Over the last two years, the consequences of 150 years of fossil-fuel development have materialized with a vengeance. The U.S. has experienced the worst drought in 80 years, replete with unprecedented Western fires and fears of widespread crop failure. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

NO NUKES NEWS for Oct. 1, 2012 – Please pass this onto a friend!

NO NUKES NEWS for Oct. 1, 2012 – Please pass this onto a friend!

2011–2012 world nuclear industry status report - The market niche that nuclear power once held is disappearing. The key nuclear indicators—including the number of operating reactors, installed capacity, power generation, and share of total electricity gen MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

Oklahoma wind energy project to help power Google data center

Google (NYSE: GOOG) and the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) signed a joint agreement for GRDA to supply 48 MW of wind energy to Google’s data center in Mayes County, Okla. The output will come from the 298 MW Canadian Hills wind project in west central MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 28, 2012

U.S. Insurance Companies Vulnerable to Extreme Weather, Changing Climate

Worsening weather in a warming world poses a growing risk to the financial stability of insurance companies and has broad ramifications for the economy and society, according to a new report. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 28, 2012

Why They Pay Double for Solar in America (But Won't Forever) - Much like Ontario, currently.

There’s an article in the most recent issue of PHOTON describing a German family that got a 4.6 kW PV array installed and interconnected to their roof 8 days after calling a solar installer for the first time. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012

Leafy Green Power: Spinach is Key Ingredient in Solar Breakthrough

Leafy Green Power: Spinach is Key Ingredient in Solar Breakthrough

This month, a breakthrough at Vanderbilt University brought us closer to achieving solar power efficiencies on par with plants. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012

Help Stop the Expansion of the Tar Sands

Help Stop the Expansion of the Tar Sands

Shell has proposed a plan to do more open pit mining of the tar sands. This would mean another 12 million litres of tar sands oil would be dug up and burned each and every day. Urge the environmental review panel to reject this plan - BEFORE OCTOBER 1. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012

Whitchurch-Stouffville Community Energy Co-operative's efforts praised by Minister of Energy

The Whitchurch-Stouffville Community Energy Co-operative Inc. was pleased to welcome Minister of Energy Chris Bentley to Stouffville on Sept 20th. The Minister applauded the leaders in the Co-operative in launching a community renewable energy project. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012

MPs request emergency debate on record breaking Arctic sea ice-loss, Oil company speaks out against offshore oil exploration in the Arctic region - and much more - YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! GET INVOLVED!

MPs request emergency debate on record breaking Arctic sea ice-loss, Oil company speaks out against offshore oil exploration in the Arctic region - and much more - YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! GET INVOLVED!

Today in the House of Commons, NDP members of Parliament made a bid for an emergency debate on Arctic sea ice loss. After the House Speaker denied that this issue meets the test for an emergency debate, Arctic MP Dennis Bevington asked a second time for MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012

Calculating the true cost of electricity - Wind & Solar cheapest according to German report!

Taking into account health and environmental damage, wind and solar power from new plants in Europe is actually cheaper than energy from coal and nuclear power plants, according to a new report. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

Five times as much oil, coal, gas...as scientists think is safe to burn... - from article by Bill McKibben, the American equivalent to Canada's Dr. Suzuki

The title of this article is based on a sentence from an article written by Bill McKibben in the most recent issue of Rolling Stones magazine(the link is at the end of this posting). We are running out of excuses for inaction There is so much we MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

The NWMO Initial Screen for Adaptive Phased Management does not exclude Saugeen Shores from the DGR site selection process.

The NWMO Initial Screen for Adaptive Phased Management does not exclude Saugeen Shores from the DGR site selection process.

We are disappointed in the results and ask that you redouble your efforts to let Council know that the DGR does not belong in Saugeen Shores or anywhere near the Great Lakes. We have updated our home page with NEW INFORMATION. Please visit MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

Do you own a home in Waterloo Region? Well, you can help LIFE Co-op (another CREW offshoot) qualify as a

Do you own a home in Waterloo Region? Well, you can help LIFE Co-op (another CREW offshoot) qualify as a "Community Investment Member" under FIT 2.0 - and once we qualify, our projects go to the front of the contract queue!!

LIFE needs 50 property owners who live in Waterloo Region to be members - and we're now at 40! But we need our new members to join soon, as our applications could go in as early as October MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 24, 2012

Car Manufacturers Seek a Solar Boost

In Germany, an aggressive target for six million electric cars on its roads by 2030 sets a challenge for the power sector as well as its automotive industry. A goal can be taken seriously, where are the sustainable power sources to charge all these cars? MORE    added: Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012

Sultan of solar rises again with new venture -  Ian MacLellan is wearing a smile as sunny as the solar energy he champions - Solar energy will soon be everywhere, he predicts

Sultan of solar rises again with new venture - Ian MacLellan is wearing a smile as sunny as the solar energy he champions - Solar energy will soon be everywhere, he predicts

Over the next 15 years, solar installations will show up everywhere. They will be “noticed more by their absence, than their presence,” he predicted. He compares it to the computer industry, which moved in similar 15-year cycles. In 1981, if you owned a MORE    added: Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012

Tidal energy project sending electricity to U.S. power grid

Bangor Hydro Electric Co. said that electricity from a tidal energy project in Maine is delivering electricity to the grid. Ocean Renewable Power Co. (ORPC)’s Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project is the first ocean energy project to deliver electricity to t MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 21, 2012

Nuclear power unit in Canada generating power for first time in 15 years

Bruce Power on Sept. 19 successfully synchronized the 750 MW Unit 1 to Ontario’s electricity grid, generating power from the unit for the first time in 15 years. The return to service of Units 1 & 2 will bring the Bruce Power site back to its eight-unit MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 21, 2012

South Australia Hits Wind Power Milestone

Wind power in South Australia provided more than half of the state's power on Wednesday, September 5, according to the Clean Energy Council (CEC). And in the past year wind in the state has for the first time ever provided more energy than coal. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012

Studies Cite Increased Demand for Wind Power, Other Renewables

According to the Global Consumer Wind Study 2012 (GCWS), the desire for more renewable energy options was voiced by 85 percent of survey respondents, with 49 percent saying they’d have no problem digging deeper into their pockets to support companies com MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012

Feed-in Tariffs Do More for Wind at Less Cost to Ratepayers than RPS, Says German Agency

The Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien, says that RPS-related tendering programs raise the payments for wind energy in Europe to as much as €0.15/kWh ($0.19/kWh) in Italy. In contrast, Germany, which uses a feed-in tariff, pays only €0.089/kWh ($0.11/kWh). MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012

Melting Arctic ice likely linked to weather extremes - Record Opinion article today - Thomas Homer-Dixon

The best recent analysis, published in the top scientific journal Nature last November, says that “both the duration and magnitude of the current decline in sea ice seem to be unprecedented for the past 1,450 years” and that the recent decline is “consis MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012

Carbon Dioxide Cost Analysis Gives Renewables A Competitive Edge

The United States has estimated CO2’s toll to be $21 per ton, but a new analysis [PDF] says the true cost is actually between $55 and $266 per ton – numbers that if accepted, would make renewables a far more competitive player in the energy marketplace. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012

More coal bites the dust as a big polluter, dumping mercury and acid-rain generating fallout over the beautiful lakes, rivers and forests of the province’s northwest shuts down

More coal bites the dust as a big polluter, dumping mercury and acid-rain generating fallout over the beautiful lakes, rivers and forests of the province’s northwest shuts down

Another coal plant has bitten the dust in Ontario. A few days ago, the Atikokan Generating Station,located 200 kms west of Thunder Bay, burned its last piece of coal. A long way from smoggy southern Ontario - a big emitter of green house gas stil, MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2012

Freaked-out climate scientists urge other freaked-out climate scientists to speak up, fight Man

New modeling which shows that avoiding climate chaos — limiting average global temperature rise to 2 degrees, generally agreed to be the threshold of danger, is still possible, but just barely, and only with massive, immediate, coordinated global action MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2012

Solar: A Solution to Worldwide Electricity Needs: UN declares 2012 "INTERNATIONAL YEAR of SUSTAINABLE ENERGY for ALL"

Did you know that the United Nations declared 2012 "International Year of Sustainable Energy for All" (SE4ALL)? During a Wednesday morning session of SPI, speakers from the United Nations Foundation, World Bank, Solgenix and the Solar Energy Industries MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012

France Taxing Carbon Emitters in an Effort to Overhaul Consumer Energy Costs

France Taxing Carbon Emitters in an Effort to Overhaul Consumer Energy Costs

The country plans to use more wind power and solar power and lessen its dependance on nuclear energy. France will extend to 4 million households lower rates for electricity and natural gas to make energy more affordable while at the same time raising ta MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012

Nuclear, renewable power generation to increase in Ontario, IESO says

In its latest 18-month outlook, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario said over the next 18 months more than 3,000 MW of capacity will be added to the grid. IESO said 1,500 MW will come from nuclear power generation, while another MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012

The Arctic could be ice-free by 2016

Cambridge professor Peter Wadhams has a prediction. Wadhams has spent many years collecting ice thickness data from submarines passing below the arctic ocean. He predicted the imminent break-up of sea ice in summer months in 2007, when the previous MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012

Stopping Line 9: Communities mobilize for Ontario's tar sands battle

The Northern Gateway pipeline might be dead in the water for now, but Enbridge's Line 9 could be pumping tar sands through Ontario soon. MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 17, 2012

New poll shows 7 out of 10 Ontarians support standardized home energy labelling

NAIMA Canada, the national association representing mineral wool insulation manufacturers, today released a public opinion poll focused on home energy efficiency labelling in Ontario. The polling found a strong majority of Ontarians support standardized MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 17, 2012

Canada and climate change: all plan, NO ACTION!

Canada has been embarrassed in the world’s eyes so many times on the climate-change file that another embarrassment matters little. The Harper government has many climate-change deniers and skeptics in its ranks – in caucus and the country. Doing nothing, MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 17, 2012

Reports: One wind farm can add more than 1,000 jobs, revenue for communities

A 250 MW wind farm in the U.S. creates 1,079 jobs and can add tens of millions of dollars in new taxes and other benefits to the community where it’s located, according to two new reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 14, 2012

Documents reveal oilsands development about to exceed Alberta's new pollution limits

Documents reveal oilsands development about to exceed Alberta's new pollution limits

Less than two weeks after Alberta enacted legally enforceable pollution limits for its oilsands region, industry figures already suggest they will soon be breached by emissions of two major gases causing acid rain. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 14, 2012

Clinton to Solar Companies:

Clinton to Solar Companies: "You Just Can't Be Deterred" - Most Americans don’t know that $22 are given in subsidies for fossil and nuclear energy for every one dollar given to renewables.

At Solar Power International 2012, Former President Bill Clinton offered words of encouragement and admiration for solar companies in America and around the globe. “You represent the future,” he told the audience. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012

Germany's Clean-Technology Industry to More Than Double by 2025

BERLIN -- Germany's clean-technologies industry is set to more than double in volume by 2025, creating jobs and maintaining its global market share, a study shows. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012

Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study: Submission by OSEA

Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study: Submission by OSEA

OSEA recognizes that there has been controversy over the potential health effects of windmills, and that research on this issue is important for understanding the relationship, if any, between the operation of wind turbines and the health complaints MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012

Canada Must Follow Path to Energy Innovation

Canada Must Follow Path to Energy Innovation

As the site of a 19th-century conference that helped forge our nation, Charlottetown, P.E.I. is a fitting setting for a gathering this week that could lay the groundwork for Canada's next chapter. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012

New Coal Regulations: Government puts polluters ahead of people - comments by Climate Action Network, the Pembina Institute, and Sierra Club Canada

New Coal Regulations: Government puts polluters ahead of people - comments by Climate Action Network, the Pembina Institute, and Sierra Club Canada

In spite of a clear need to strengthen weak draft coal regulations, released last August, the federal government has failed Canadians again by deciding to further relax grossly-inadequate regulations allowing Canada's dirtiest coal plants to run for up to MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012

Q2 Report Shows US Solar Market Booming, Utility-scale Projects Leading

Solar panel installations in the United States more than doubled in the second quarter of this year, and it is on track to increase 71 percent in 2012 from the previous year, according to a report released by GTM Research today. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012

U.S. sees a spike in solar installation over last three months - totally 742 megawatts in the quarter

Over the last three months, the U.S. installed more solar panels than in almost any other three-month period in history — thanks mostly to utility companies. From Businessweek: U.S. solar-panel installations more than doubled in the second quarter from a MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 10, 2012

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