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Logic has little to do with pipelines

The political love affair between Justin Trudeau's Liberal government & Rachel Notley, the New Democratic premier of Alberta, continues apace. Both prefer honey to vinegar. Both reckon they can build political support nationwide for fossil fuel MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016

New Ontario agency will be given sweeping mandate to overhaul energy use

The Ontario government plans to make the majority of the province’s buildings emissions-free and slash the use of cars to just 20 per cent of commuter trips by 2050 as part of a dramatic plan to meet its climate-change goals. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016

Canadian Forces to invest at least $100M in green infrastructure - Program will have zero impact on taxpayer costs, officials say

CFB Greenwood in Nova Scotia is getting greener. The military base is among seven slated to receive tens of millions of dollars worth of energy efficiency upgrades over the next decade. And the program won't cost taxpayers a cent. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

Ontario microFIT program suspended, due to application irregularities

The Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced a temporary suspension of the microFIT Program.

Ontario microFIT program suspended, due to application irregularities The Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced a temporary suspension of the microFIT Program.

The IESO will temporarily stop accepting applications to the microFIT Program effective immediately while new program provisions are prepared for microFIT version 4, which will be launched in July. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

San Francisco Passes Law Requiring Solar Panels on New Buildings

Renewable energy ordinance makes San Francisco first major city in the country to require solar panels be installed on new construction. San Francisco - (Apr 19, 2016) Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislati MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

A Different Way to Look at Waste: Creating a Source for Renewable Products

Waste disposal is growing significantly. Greenhouse gas emissions from landfills are increasing. Recycling programs are faltering. It is time we reassess the way we manage our waste. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

Major Enbridge pipeline gets green light from watchdog

It's described as the largest project in Calgary-based Enbridge Inc's history and although most Canadians haven't heard about it, a major expansion of the Line 3 pipeline has moved one step closer to reality. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

ExxonMobil Canadian affiliate described its climate-warming business as 'anti-social' in the seventies

The Canadian affiliate of ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly traded multinational oil & gas corporation, has known for decades that its operations were causing environmental damage & contributing to climate change, according to newly-released docs MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

In the short time I’ve worked with Greenpeace’s nuclear campaign, I’ve learned so much about the disaster that upturned the lives of countless citizens in Belarus, Russia, and the Ukraine that day. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

Chernobyl - 30 years later - MUCH TO LEARN FROM!!

Chernobyl - 30 years later - MUCH TO LEARN FROM!!

“Chernobyl is a word we would all like to erase from our memory. More than seven million of our fellow human beings do not have the luxury of forgetting. They are still suffering, every day, as a result of what happened…– former UN Sec-Gen Kofi Annan MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

Bill Nye the Science Guy Takes On Climate Denialist Joe Bastardi the ‘Goebbels’ Guy

TV presenter and science advocate Bill Nye “the Science Guy” dusted off Sinclair’s 1935 quote in a new video, in which he challenged climate science denialist and weatherman Joe Bastardi to two $10,000 bets. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

Alaska aquarium replaces fossil fuel with seawater system

Since January 2016, the Alaska aquarium has replaced 98 percent of its fossil fuel heating requirements with a system that draws heat from seawater. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

This week: You can help set Canada’s climate priorities, a B.C. company plans to bring renewable power to far-flung communities (one barge at a time), and those silicon-based solar panels are so 2015. ...and much more

This week: You can help set Canada’s climate priorities, a B.C. company plans to bring renewable power to far-flung communities (one barge at a time), and those silicon-based solar panels are so 2015. ...and much more

World Leaders Say Climate Action is a Boon not a “Burden” - Climate action will help “eradicate poverty, create green jobs, defeat hunger, prevent instability & improve the lives of girls & women,” UN head Ban Ki-moon said as world leaders signed MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 25, 2016

Getting eco-friendly: Families learn about alternative power sources at energy fair

WATERLOO — At only 10 years old, Ifrah Iqbal of Mississauga is already keenly interested in protecting the environment, a concern she explored with her family at the Family Energy Fair at the Perimeter Institute on Saturday. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 25, 2016

Solar-powered plane completes journey across Pacific Ocean

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A solar-powered airplane landed in California on Saturday, completing a risky, three-day flight across the Pacific Ocean as part of its journey around the world. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 25, 2016

175 states sign landmark Paris deal on climate change

Leaders from at least 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 25, 2016

Spring is Here!
This month we bring you a few events, news, and information from across Ontario.

Spring is Here! This month we bring you a few events, news, and information from across Ontario.

Want to share your event or groups news? Please contact us! P.s. Don't forget to renew your membership : Download the 2016 membership renewal form MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 25, 2016

Shocking migratory changes bring electric rays to Canada’s Pacific

Shocking migratory changes bring electric rays to Canada’s Pacific

Fishermen like Krause, who worked an astounding 4,000 days at sea over the past 35 years, are often the first to observe the beginnings of fundamental ecosystem shifts. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 25, 2016

Update: Canada and the Global Climate Change Initiative

Update: Canada and the Global Climate Change Initiative

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change also launched an interactive website on clean growth and climate change, a tool which will allow Canadians to share their ideas and solutions on the climate and environment. Submissions can be made MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 25, 2016

Solar Impulse Live: Solar Airplane Pilot Gives Interview While Flying from Hawaii to California

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) pilot Bertrand Piccard spoke to Facebook fans on Earth Day during his flight from Hawaii to California. MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016

Global switch to clean, renewable fuel can be done quickly, expert says

It took centuries to build the power sources that created the industrial developed world. We only have two or three decades to make a U-turn and change the source of that energy. But it can be done on that tight deadline, says Daniel Kammen, professor of MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016

Today is EARTH DAY, when the Trudeau government will join 130 other countries on the world stage to  ratify the Paris Agreement -- and in doing so, pledge to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Today is EARTH DAY, when the Trudeau government will join 130 other countries on the world stage to ratify the Paris Agreement -- and in doing so, pledge to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Then, immediately afterwards, the government will launch a country-wide public consultation process on a national climate strategy. Are you ready to stand up for climate action that works for us? Join the People’s Climate Plan. Divest Waterloo & 350.org MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 22, 2016

Solar plane successfully departs from Hawaii with no fuel

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — After some uncertainty about the winds, the Solar Impulse team has taken off from Hawaii, venturing off on another leg of their solar-powered, around-the-world journey. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 22, 2016

The following CIGI publications, blogs and interviews offer fresh insight on how the global community can address key climate change challenges, in light of the Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed on April 22, 2016 in New York

The following CIGI publications, blogs and interviews offer fresh insight on how the global community can address key climate change challenges, in light of the Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed on April 22, 2016 in New York

Through its International Law Research Program (ILRP), CIGI has identified key international, transnational and domestic legal approaches that will help to implement successfully an aggressive climate change agenda. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 22, 2016

HAPPY EARTH DAY WREN! Events, volunteering, and local opportunities ... Waterloo Region Environmental Network

HAPPY EARTH DAY WREN! Events, volunteering, and local opportunities ... Waterloo Region Environmental Network

We hope you've had a wonderful day celebrating some of our local environment! Between the community events, initiatives, and buzz of spring, the Region is alive with green celebrations over the next week. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 22, 2016

Alberta's Budget 2016 creates jobs, decarbonizes and diversifies energy sector

The Honourable Joe Ceci, Alberta's Minister of Finance yesterday released Budget 2016 which included revenues of $9.6 B to be collected through the province's carbon levy - these funds will be used to create jobs & diversify the province's energy sector MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

Canada’s clean tech revenue growth stalls in 2014 amid fierce global competition

Canada's clean tech industry, including providers of solar panels, had revenues of $11.63 billion in 2014, according to a report released Tuesday - directly employed more than 55,000 people MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

Ontario IESO Announces Proposed Changes to the microFIT Program for Mid-2016

The Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator has announced that they are intending to make changes to the microFIT Program for implementation in mid-2016. The new version of the program will be called microFIT 4.0 MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

Today, EARTH DAY, the Trudeau government will join 130 other countries on the world stage to ratify the Paris Agreement, & in doing so pledge to limit global warming to 2°C.

Today, EARTH DAY, the Trudeau government will join 130 other countries on the world stage to ratify the Paris Agreement, & in doing so pledge to limit global warming to 2°C.

Immediately afterwards, the government will launch a country-wide public consultation process on a national climate strategy. Are you ready to stand up for climate action that works Join the People’s Climate Plan. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

Clean Energy Breaking into B.C. Market With Remarkable $8.6 Billion in Investments: New Report

Clean power projects, such as run-of-river, thermal, solar and wind operations, are providing about 14 per cent of BC Hydro’s domestic supply of electricity and account for $8.6 billion in capital investment in the province, according to a new report MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

Solar jobs on track to overtake oil

If energy job trends in the U.S. continue at their current pace, solar job postings would outweigh oil on job site Indeed months before Earth Day 2017, according to the company. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

On global warming, world seeks "Viking leadership" - Samso's residents have already found ways to reduce their greenhouse gas output to effectively zero.

SAMSO, Denmark-- It's an out-of-the-way place that takes some getting to, but the little Danish island of Samso -- a 20-mile-long squiggle of farms and tidy villages -- is providing answers to some of the biggest questions facing our warming world. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

In my country of Turkey, coal causes 2,876 deaths a year. This May, thousands of people from all over the world will join a global wave of resistance to keep coal, oil, and gas in the ground.

In my country of Turkey, coal causes 2,876 deaths a year. This May, thousands of people from all over the world will join a global wave of resistance to keep coal, oil, and gas in the ground.

The fossil fuel industry harms people all over the world, and we wanted to share with you some of those stories in the lead up to these actions. Find out more and join a "Break Free from Fossil Fuels" action near you. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

Coal-Free Ontario with Morgan Freeman

Coal-Free Ontario with Morgan Freeman

The leadership of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance in helping Ontario to become the first jurisdiction to end the use of coal-fired electricity for health and environmental reasons has not gone unnoticed - recently profiled in a 5 minute video MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016

Utilities and solar developers on common ground in NY

More solar development is being encouraged across the state of New York, while ensuring that adequate funding is available to maintain a reliable and resilient grid thanks to the new Solar Progress Partnership -- a collaboration of six New York electric MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016

PM Trudeau promised a new relationship with First Nations. Stopping Site C dam is a good start

PM Trudeau promised a new relationship with First Nations. Stopping Site C dam is a good start

A UN committee concluded in March that by failing to provide adequate environmental protections, Canada has fallen short of meeting its international human rights obligations. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016

Our piece in The Edmonton Journal: Alberta carbon tax done right should translate to tax cuts
By Kaitlin Szacki

Our piece in The Edmonton Journal: Alberta carbon tax done right should translate to tax cuts By Kaitlin Szacki

Alberta’s proposed carbon tax would bring in roughly $3 billion in revenues in its first year (revenues are approximately $6 billion in total, although an estimated $3 billion will be rebated to industry, leaving $3 billion in net revenues). MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016

Chernobyl

Chernobyl "was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union." Gorbachev in his 2006 memoir “To solve the climate problem, we are short of two things: time and money. Nuclear is really bad on both counts.” Arjun Makhijani

Nuclear Industry Donations to the Ontario Liberal Party There is a need for an examination of the links between donations from the nuclear industry & the Government’s decisions, especially when it comes to its decision to approve a $13 billion deal to MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016

Ontario electricity rates set to rise again New rates will start May 1, with peak period rates rising the most.

Ontario electricity rates set to rise again New rates will start May 1, with peak period rates rising the most. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016

Rapidly changing energy landscape: NY solar up nearly five times in 2015 alone

Just in time for Earth Day, Con Edison is showcasing how its customers now generate more than 100 megawatts of clean, renewable power with solar panels on roofs in New York City and Westchester County. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016

Dilbit Dogma: On Pipelines to Tidewater

Ross Belot, a retired senior manager with one of Canada’s largest energy companies has written about the business case for pipelines falling apart. Just last week, he wrote that Alberta could build a dozen pipelines and it wouldn’t help. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016

This week: Ottawa wants to make it easier for EV owners to power up, wind turbines crank away across the United States, and clean power producers pour cash and jobs into B.C. communities.

This week: Ottawa wants to make it easier for EV owners to power up, wind turbines crank away across the United States, and clean power producers pour cash and jobs into B.C. communities.

A new report finds that companies developing small hydro, wind, bioenergy and solar plants across British Columbia have attracted $8.6 billion in investment to date, while creating 16,000 construction jobs. Ready future clean energy projects - 4,500 more MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 18, 2016

Get outside for 30 days in May - The average Canadian is indoors 90 per cent of the time… Join the 30x30 Nature Challenge!

Get outside for 30 days in May - The average Canadian is indoors 90 per cent of the time… Join the 30x30 Nature Challenge!

As environmentalists and Blue Dot volunteers, we need to reconnect with the planet we’re protecting. That’s why David Suzuki wants you to fall (back) in love with nature by joining the 30x30 Nature Challenge! MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 18, 2016

Society needs to better understand the economics of climate change, Stanford researchers say

Society needs to better understand the economics of climate change, Stanford researchers say

Gaps in social science knowledge of climate change constrain the policy impact of natural science research, a Stanford team argues. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 18, 2016

Batteries Made Out of Leaves - What?

Scientists at the University of Maryland have a new recipe for batteries: Bake a leaf, and add sodium. They used a carbonized oak leaf, pumped full of sodium, as a demonstration battery's negative terminal, or anode, according to a paper published in the MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 15, 2016

There’s more to Leap Manifesto than mischief

Is the Leap Manifesto just hard-left mischief, or is it a worthwhile attempt at dialogue on climate change and Canada's future? MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 15, 2016

Virginia to Move Forward with Offshore Wind Research Plan

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) last week approved the first wind energy research activities plan (RAP) for a facility to be located in U.S. federal waters. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 14, 2016

Middle-of-the-road Leap Manifesto hardly loony: Walkom

The Leap Manifesto, which first surfaced last fall, is neither radical nor uniquely left-wing. Its authors, including writer Naomi Klein (l) & filmmaker Avi Lewis (r), present it as a non-partisan document that aims to influence all Canadian parties MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 14, 2016

What California industry is bigger than Hollywood? Hint: It takes energy, baby

California's advanced energy industry is booming in terms of jobs with more than half a million workers --- up 18 percent from 2014 and six times the rate of statewide employment growth. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 14, 2016

Yale Advances in Shaping Portfolio to Address Climate Change

Yale University has made progress in minimizing its endowment portfolio’s exposure to less environmentally sound investments such as stocks of companies that contribute to climate change, a letter released on Tuesday showed. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2016

Cap-and-trade alone not enough to fight climate change

Cap-and-trade alone not enough to fight climate change

Ontario's climate strategy is a good start, but it will only work if cap-and-trade revenues are used for new initiatives to reduce carbon emissions MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2016

What Disney's massive solar panel plant means for tourism

The five-megawatt, 48,000-solar panel facility — which is in the shape of a Mickey Mouse head — is the theme park's latest effort in bringing renewable energy into the theme park business, as it generates enough power equivalent to 1,000 residential MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2016

This week in Canadian climate news: Revenue recycling, LEAP & the Manitoba PC platform.

This week in Canadian climate news: Revenue recycling, LEAP & the Manitoba PC platform.

Today I participated in Ecofiscal’s Webinar on recycling carbon pricing revenues in Ontario. At Clean Prosperity, we believe that carbon pricing should be used as a tool to reduce emissions, not a government tax grab. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016

The Quebec Premier just slammed future oil exploration in his province

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has ridiculed the prospects of future fossil fuel development in his province as it pursues efforts to transform into a carbon-free economy. “The future of Quebec does not rest on fossil fuels,” Couillard said MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016

Banks Pledge $7BN to Scale Up Clean Energy Investment

A group of eight banks and investors pledged $7 billion to join Bank of America Corp.’s initiative that plans to raise at least $10 billion for investments in clean energy and sustainable development. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016

Canada provides record-high share and amount of U.S. crude oil imports in 2015

Although total U.S. crude oil imports in 2015 continued to be lower than levels reached during the mid-2000s, imports from the United States' top foreign oil supplier—Canada—were the highest on record, according to annual trade data from EIA's Petroleum MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016

Warning for investors, not just environmentalists, in fossil fuel spending: Don Pittis - CBC News

Warning for investors, not just environmentalists, in fossil fuel spending: Don Pittis - CBC News

What if pipelines, oilsands & power plants don’t last long enough to pay off? It is no surprise when committed environmentalists scoff at new investments in pipelines & oilsands. But a new study indicates that self-interested investors should be wary. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 11, 2016

Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels

Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels

While 2 years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas, & coal triggered dramatic downsizing in those industries, renewables have been thriving. Clean energy investment broke new records in 2015 & is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 11, 2016

Climate change threat to public health worse than polio, White House warns

Obama administration report details the diversity of risks and claims global warming is a far more challenging danger than polio virus in some cases MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 11, 2016

This week: Quebec aims to slash its oil consumption, IKEA wants to be the retail king of rooftop solar, and Ontario gets the ball rolling on another 930 MW of utility-scale renewables—in four different flavours.

This week: Quebec aims to slash its oil consumption, IKEA wants to be the retail king of rooftop solar, and Ontario gets the ball rolling on another 930 MW of utility-scale renewables—in four different flavours.

Quebec energy minister Pierre Arcand said his government will, before June, introduce legislation intended to reduce oil consumption in the province 40 per cent by 2030. The province will invest $4 billion to support the effort MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 11, 2016

We need a clean, green energy system that works for people, not profit. The good news? We can make it happen. NewEconomics.org

We need a clean, green energy system that works for people, not profit. The good news? We can make it happen. NewEconomics.org

Together with Switched on London, today we’re releasing plans for a new public energy company that will revolutionize London’s energy system, and kick-start change across the whole UK. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 8, 2016

Nuclear Industry Donations to the Ontario Liberal Party

Nuclear Industry Donations to the Ontario Liberal Party

On Wednesday Ontario’s Opposition Leader, Patrick Brown, asked Premier Wynne to call a Commission of Inquiry into her Government’s political fundraising practices. According to Mr. Brown, “The people of Ontario need to know if government contracts & gran MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 8, 2016

Got Milkweed?

Got Milkweed?

A lot has changed in three years. The David Suzuki Foundation launched its #gotmilkweed campaign in April 2013 to encourage Toronto residents to plant milkweed in yards and on balconies. Foundation volunteer Homegrown Park Rangers also planted milkweed MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 8, 2016

When Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than The Grid? Here's A Map for the US. Interesting!!

Many people ask when the cost of producing power from solar photovoltaic (PV) panels will be equal to or less than buying from the grid – a point called “grid parity” that could accelerate solar adoption. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 8, 2016

Advanced energy industry could create hubs of innovation, jobs - WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!

Building on a state's (province's) strengths in advanced energy technology, including wind and solar power, carbon fiber composites, and smart buildings, can maximize job growth and give a state (province) a competitive economic edge. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 7, 2016

Something remarkable is happening - resistance to fossil fuel use and exploration.

Something remarkable is happening - resistance to fossil fuel use and exploration.

Feb was the hottest in recorded history, scorching crops & flooding homes all across the planet. Record-breaking temperatures have robbed the Arctic of its winter. Despite this, governments around the world still plan to build massive new coal & gas MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2016

Utilities hitting the Energy Superhighway

Utilities will increasingly depend on the Energy Superhighway to evolve with the industry and drive industry evolution, according to Navigant Research. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2016

Bright Spots for Solar in 2016 Federal Budget

Bright Spots for Solar in 2016 Federal Budget

“Clean technologies are a key component of the Government's approach to promoting sustainable economic growth & will play a critical role in Canada's transformation into a low-carbon economy,” it states, adding, “As a first step, Budget 2016 proposes to MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2016

Close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station

Close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station

Please Sign the Petition to Close Pickering when its license expires in 2018 rather than extend its life 'till 2024 which is the gov't's plan. Close the Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in 2018, save 100's mil$ & create jobs dismantling MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2016

Ontario and Quebec working to save money and the planet, ministers say

Energy ministers from Canada’s two largest provinces announced bold new steps on Tuesday to build carbon-free economies - an objective that they say benefits consumers, job creation and the planet. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2016

Another view: The danger of a runaway Antarctica - Waterloo Region Record - By Editorial

Now comes another scary prediction: If carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels continue unabated, the vast West Antarctic ice sheet could begin to disintegrate, causing the sea to rise by 5 to 6 ft by the end of the century, destroying coastal cities MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2016

Did you know? 60% of Ontarians support Patrick Brown's proposed carbon pricing policy

Did you know? 60% of Ontarians support Patrick Brown's proposed carbon pricing policy

Today,April 4, Canadians for Clean Prosperity released new data on support for carbon pricing in Ontario. After conducting a poll through Innovative Research Group, we found that 60% of Ontarians would support revenue neutral carbon pricing. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 4, 2016

This week, Scotland pushes the big red STOP button at its last coal plant, renewable power advocates look to the Arctic, & everybody everywhere drools over the new “people’s car” that could, in all honesty, herald the end of the internal combustion engi

This week, Scotland pushes the big red STOP button at its last coal plant, renewable power advocates look to the Arctic, & everybody everywhere drools over the new “people’s car” that could, in all honesty, herald the end of the internal combustion engi

Hundreds of Canadians lined up across the country to put down $1,000 refundable deposits—many camping out on sidewalks overnight. Worldwide, almost 200,000 people committed to buy a car that many had not even seen MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 4, 2016

Do we support Liberal carbon policy? Broadly, but the devil’s in the details - Environics research - contributed to The Globe and Mail

Canadians have been concerned about climate change for years, and this proliferation of emissions-reduction strategies signals a shift in policy that is consistent with public opinion. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 4, 2016

Institutional investors must lead our transition to long-term sustainability - Contributed to The Globe and Mail

University of Toronto President Meric Gertler’s announcement this week that his school will direct its $6.5-billion in assets under long-term management toward the fight against climate change is a welcome development. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 4, 2016

More than 130 B.C. businesses call for a stronger carbon tax - Pembina Institute

More than 130 B.C. businesses call for a stronger carbon tax - Pembina Institute

- Open letter to Premier Christy Clark: B.C. Climate Leadership Plan with $10 per tonne per year increase will benefit the economy - designed to help the province reduce carbon pollution MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 4, 2016

The Next Generation in Wind Power Technology

Ongoing wind power research and development will help the industry harness more wind, more efficiently and at lower costs in the future. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 4, 2016

Close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station when its licence expires - Sign the Petition

Close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station when its licence expires - Sign the Petition

The 45-year-old Pickering Nuclear plant has more people living within 30 km of its 8 reactors than any other nuclear plant in NA – way more. This old plant has a troubled history of safety & performance problems & is currently beyond its “design lifetime MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 4, 2016

#gotmilkweed is growing!Over the past two years, our #gotmilkweed campaign inspired more than 10,000 milkweed plantings, providing food and shelter for monarch butterflies in gardens - and this spring we’re going even bigger!

#gotmilkweed is growing!Over the past two years, our #gotmilkweed campaign inspired more than 10,000 milkweed plantings, providing food and shelter for monarch butterflies in gardens - and this spring we’re going even bigger!

Starting today, for the first time, we have milkweed seed packs that we’ll mail to you anywhere in Canada. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 4, 2016

Study: Fracking, Not Just Fracking Wastewater Injection, Causing Earthquakes in Western Canada

A groundbreaking study “Hydraulic Fracturing and Seismicity in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin” published today in Seismological Research Letters has demonstrated a link, for the first time, between hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for oil and gas MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 2, 2016

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk unveils the Model 3 to huge fanfare

Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's latest electric vehicle, the sleek Model 3, Thursday night in front of a crowd of 800 people in Hawthorne and an enormous audience online via livestream. By 10 p.m., roughly 133,000 pre-orders had been placed. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 1, 2016

Meet Interim Plan Manager Danielle Laperriere

Meet Interim Plan Manager Danielle Laperriere

I am thrilled to be joining such a diverse and passionate group of actors as a part of the ClimateActionWR team. I look forward to immersing myself in this new role and joining your efforts in making our community a more sustainable place to live, work & MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 1, 2016

Massachusetts at a solar impasse

Inaction on raising net metering caps and reforming the Commonwealth's Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) program has halted construction of more than 500 solar projects -- valued at $617 million and costing cities and towns $3.2 million in annual tax MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 1, 2016

A Look at Liquid Air Energy Storage Technology

Large-scale grid storage is seen by some as the holy grail for large-scale renewable energy grid integration. A new technology has the potential to meet that need. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 1, 2016

The Next Generation in Wind Power Technology

Ongoing wind power research and development will help the industry harness more wind, more efficiently and at lower costs in the future. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 1, 2016

Choose green power for your computer!

Choose green power for your computer!

We understand bullfrogpowering your home may not be right for you right now…but there is a small but impactful way you can start toward a green energy future: Choose green power for your computer! MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 1, 2016

Who's to blame for Hinkley?

Who's to blame for Hinkley?

Last week the chief executive of French state-owned power company EDF appeared before UK MPs to defend the controversial Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 1, 2016

Geothermal: Tapping Earth’s abundant energy

Geothermal: Tapping Earth’s abundant energy

Midst of controversy over B.C.’s Peace River Site C dam project, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association released a study showing the province could get same amount of energy more affordably from geothermal sources for about half the construction cost MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 1, 2016

Weaver Calls for B.C. Moratorium After Study Links Fracking, Earthquakes

Results of a new study linking hydraulic fracturing or fracking to induced earthquakes in B.C. & Alberta is reason to immediately halt the controversial extraction technique from being used in gas fields in B.C. Andrew Weaver, B.C. Green Party leader MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016

Shuttering Pickering = jobs, savings and safety

Shuttering Pickering = jobs, savings and safety

Closing the Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in 2018 and getting to work on dismantling the plant immediately will be safer, create more jobs between now and 2030, and save hundreds of millions of dollars. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016

Solar industry says 70,000 jobs knocking on Alberta's door

The solar industry says Alberta can generate $5 billion in investments and 70,000 jobs. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Renewable Energy

The practical benefits of an organic product do not necessarily end when it goes down the drain or into the trash. In fact, there is quite a bit of useful energy left in the items we discard. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2016

List of Cities to Go 100% Renewable Continues to Grow

San Diego is the largest US city to join the growing trend of cities opting for clean energy thus far. The city has committed to 100% renewables by 2035. The city is joins a growing list of US cities (at least 13) that have committed to 100% renewables MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2016

Panasonic unveils world's latest smart city concept - The town is tentatively scheduled to open in 2018.

Panasonic Corporation and Nomura Real Estate Development have revealed a concept plan that guides the development of a new smart town they plan to build in Tsunashima in the city of Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016

A new generation builds on a legacy of activism

A new generation builds on a legacy of activism

My name is Severn Cullis-Suzuki, & I am a board member of the David Suzuki Foundation. I’m also Tara & David’s daughter, & I want to say that it has been beautiful to see all the heartfelt birthday wishes for Dad’s 80th birthday. He certainly is an MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016

“Base load” power: a myth used to defend the fossil fuel industry

Last week, leading lights of the global fossil power industry gathered at a conference in Houston, Texas, for CERA, known in the sector as the “Davos of Energy”. They reportedly got the shock of their professional careers. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016

Dispelling the nuclear baseload myth: nothing renewables can’t do better

The main claim used to justify nuclear is that it’s the only low carbon power source that can supply ‘reliable, base load electricity. But not only can renewables supply baseload power, they can do something far more valuable: supply power flexibly MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 28, 2016

After 115 Years, Scotland Is Coal-Free

For nearly 50 years the Longannet power station in Scotland burned coal for energy. The plant, the last of its kind in Scotland, closed Thursday. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 28, 2016

British Columbia is looking at renewing and updating its carbon price, and last week, we submitted our recommendations to B.C.’s Climate Leadership team.

British Columbia is looking at renewing and updating its carbon price, and last week, we submitted our recommendations to B.C.’s Climate Leadership team.

In our submission, we suggest that B.C. return to regular & predictable increases in its carbon tax, maintain revenue neutrality, increase coverage of the carbon tax, & protect emissions-intensive, trade exposed industries with competitiveness measures. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 28, 2016

Siemens Opens Cyber Security Centers in US & Europe

The center has a joint location in Lisbon and Munich and one in Ohio. Industrial security specialists at these sites will monitor industrial facilities all over the world for cyber threats, warn companies in the event of security incidents and coordinate MORE    added: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2016

Your one chance - take action for the planet today

Your one chance - take action for the planet today

Thousands of Canadians like you, from coast to coast, are taking action on energy and the environment and creating a cleaner, healthier world with Bullfrog Power—and you can too. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 25, 2016

This week: Our special holiday edition explores the full tasting menu of clean energy commitments in #Budget2016, and suggests five recent commentary pieces to round out your long-weekend reading list. Enjoy kicking back and catching up!

This week: Our special holiday edition explores the full tasting menu of clean energy commitments in #Budget2016, and suggests five recent commentary pieces to round out your long-weekend reading list. Enjoy kicking back and catching up!

By now you’ll have seen the broad strokes of what’s in this year’s federal budget—including our assessment that, as a “down payment” on building Canada’s clean economy, the 2016 budget is a good start. But if you’re craving more detail on Ottawa’s plans MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 25, 2016

“Pickering is the closest nuclear power plant to a major urban area in North America. Within 30 kms of Pickering 2.2 million people live. It’s irresponsible to subject those 2.2 million people to a potentially catastrophic accident when not needed

“Pickering is the closest nuclear power plant to a major urban area in North America. Within 30 kms of Pickering 2.2 million people live. It’s irresponsible to subject those 2.2 million people to a potentially catastrophic accident when not needed

Pickering is an old, very high cost nuclear power plant. If we were to shut down Pickering now, we would actually lower our electricity bills by about $900 million per year.” - Jack Gibbons in 24 min. video interview. Watch it! MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016

Canada's Federal Budget - $62.5 Million for Alternative Fuels Infrastructure

Canada's Federal Budget - $62.5 Million for Alternative Fuels Infrastructure

The Canadian federal budget was released on Tuesday, March 22 with a key focus on growing the green economy, including $62.5 million for alternative fuels infrastructure. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016

Terrifying new chemistry

Terrifying new chemistry

But brand new satellite data makes clear what some scientists have argued for several years: lots of methane is leaking from the fracking fields. And since methane traps heat even more efficiently than carbon MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016

Alberta's Oilsands Workers Are Re-training For Renewable Energy

A new group that is launching today is aiming to put oilsands workers back to work in the renewable energy sector and are calling on the Alberta government for support. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016

Utility signs deal to turn pig poop into electricity

RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke Energy Corp. said Monday it is expanding its renewable energy from livestock waste, adding poop power to investments the largest electric company in the U.S. has made in whirring wind turbines and acres of solar arrays. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016

This week: renewables keep global carbon pollution on the plateau, a British millionaire sets his sights on ocean energy, and the Obama administration moves toward making the Big Apple the new windy city & much more.

This week: renewables keep global carbon pollution on the plateau, a British millionaire sets his sights on ocean energy, and the Obama administration moves toward making the Big Apple the new windy city & much more.

2nd year in a row, the global growth of carbon pollution remained flat even as the economy continued to expand. The International Energy Agency credited the encouraging finding to the success of climate policies—notably the spectacular growth of RE MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2016

Today is World Water Day. Canadians are serious about water rights

Today is World Water Day. Canadians are serious about water rights

Blue Dot supporters and other concerned people like you are uniting online and in person around one powerful message: Canadians want the right to clean water. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2016

RainBarrel.ca celebrates WORLD WATER DAY

100+ non-profit groups across Canada officially launch rain barrel sales on World Water Day, March 22nd. Rain barrels, downspout diverters, rain barrel stands & railing flower pots will be available at most truckload fundraising sales. FIND A LOCAL SALE! MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2016

Natural gas expected to surpass coal in mix of fuel used for U.S. power generation in 2016

For decades, coal has been the dominant energy source for generating electricity in the United States. EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) is now forecasting that 2016 will be the first year that natural gas-fired generation exceeds coal generation MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016

Toyota partners in making wind-power hydrogen for fuel cells

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is responding to the main criticism of fuel cell cars, that making the hydrogen for the fuel is not clean, with plans to help make the hydrogen using wind power. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016

Daylight Saving Time

American Power & Gas believes eliminating Daylight Saving Time will reduce energy consumption across the United States, leading to lower national carbon emissions and lower energy costs for consumers. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016

Saturday March 19 - SWITCH ON YOUR SOCIAL POWER TO SHINE A LIGHT ON CLIMATE ACTION - PLUS, TWO POWERFUL NEW ALLIES JOIN WWF FOR A THRIVING ARCTIC - World Wildlife Fund Canada(WWF)

Saturday March 19 - SWITCH ON YOUR SOCIAL POWER TO SHINE A LIGHT ON CLIMATE ACTION - PLUS, TWO POWERFUL NEW ALLIES JOIN WWF FOR A THRIVING ARCTIC - World Wildlife Fund Canada(WWF)

Saturday, as millions around the world unite for our planet by turning off their lights for one hour, you too can share what you believe in. We've made it easy for you to use your social power by adding a custom-made Earth Hour filter to your Facebook MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016

This week: SO CRUSHES COAL - Alberta begins writing coal’s eulogy, Ontario awards a pile of new clean-power contracts and, as commodities slump, demand soars for the metal pegged as the “gasoline of the future.”

This week: SO CRUSHES COAL - Alberta begins writing coal’s eulogy, Ontario awards a pile of new clean-power contracts and, as commodities slump, demand soars for the metal pegged as the “gasoline of the future.”

Demand Soars for Lithium, the “New Gasoline” - Aluminum, copper, and other commodity prices have taken a thrashing in recent years, but lithium prices have skyrocketed as of late. Credit market expectations of soaring demand from EV batteries and China’s MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2016

Oregon governor signs landmark anti-coal bill into law

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With the stroke of Gov. Kate Brown's signature Friday, Oregon became the first state to eradicate coal from its power supply through legislation and now boasts some of the most stringent demands for renewable energy among its state MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2016

This week the Ontario legislature debated the introduction of the Government's new Cap and Trade legislation...

This week the Ontario legislature debated the introduction of the Government's new Cap and Trade legislation...

... with the PC Opposition arguing that any price on carbon in the province of Ontario must be revenue neutral, and fully refunded to businesses and taxpayers, so that Ontario's economy can still grow while the province cuts it's emissions. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 14, 2016

Change is in the air

Change is in the air

On March 2, 2016, I woke to CBC's Early Edition and heard program host Rick Cluff interviewing Canada's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. She was explaining her infant government's intention to meet the emissions targets MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 11, 2016

Nuclear Plant Cooling Canals Reportedly Leaking into Florida Waters

Water sampling in December and January showed tritium levels up to 215 times higher than normal in ocean water, according to the Miami Herald. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 11, 2016

Panasonic’s research phase pushes its module efficiency past the previous world record to reach 23.8%

Panasonic Corporation announced on March 2nd that it has achieved a photovoltaic Module conversion efficiency of 23.8% (aperture area: 11,562 cm2) at research level, a major increase over the previous world record for crystalline silicon-based PV modules MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 11, 2016

Climate hawks endorse Bernie by yuge margin

Sanders earned the Climate Hawks Vote endorsement after he won an overwhelming 92 percent of over 22,000 votes cast in the group’s online survey. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 11, 2016

Can a carbon tax pass Congress?

Trudeau arrived in Washington with a significant national achievement in hand -- persuading the country's 10 provinces to accept the concept of putting a price on carbon."There will be different approaches, but pricing carbon is part of the solution MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 11, 2016

MIT’s long-running divestment sit-in ends, but the fight isn’t over

After 116 days of a rotating cast of 100 students, alumni, and faculty slouching in the corridor of the university’s administrative offices, the fossil fuel divestment sit-in at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has finally come to an end. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016

IESO Announces Results of Competitive Bids for Large Renewable Projects - Wind and solar cheaper than hydroelectric power

TORONTO, March 10, 2016 /CNW/ - The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) released today the list of 16 contracts that have been offered under the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP), a competitive process for procuring large renewable energy proj MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016

On the verge: U.S. coming up on its millionth solar install

The U.S. solar market is set to grow a staggering 119 percent this year, according to research conducted jointly by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016

Groups urge Trudeau to fix Canada's nuclear law and oversight

Canada needs to fix its nuclear safety law and put a stop to internal political strategizing by its industry watchdog that is putting public safety at risk, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was told in an open letter released on Tuesday. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016

Fact Checking the Coal Industry’s

Fact Checking the Coal Industry’s "Information Meetings" in Alberta

Alberta has been a bastion for coal use in Canada. The province burns more coal for electricity than all other provinces combined..the writing has been on the wall for some time; dirty coal-fired electricity is not compatible with carbon reduction MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016

Wind power prices dropping below nuke re-build costs in Ontario

Wind power prices dropping below nuke re-build costs in Ontario

Today Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced that it has signed five contracts with private sector companies for wind power at costs ranging from 6.45 to 10.55 cents per kWh. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016

Canada and U.S. aim to cut oil and gas methane pollution by nearly half by 2025

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to set new caps on methane pollution from the oil and gas sector as part of their joint effort to fight climate change, the two leaders announced on Thursday. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016

Wanna see what happens when you rely on the fossil fuel sector and slash taxes? Check out Louisiana

The state of Louisiana has fallen on hard times, and its situation offers some hard lessons. First, don’t let a right-wing ideologue cut your budget to the bone. Second, don’t hang your whole economy on fossil fuel extraction. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016

China’s greenhouse emissions might already have peaked

For years, experts have expected China’s greenhouse gas emissions to continue growing over the next couple decades. But according to a new study, Chinese emissions may have actually peaked in 2014 — and could soon begin a steady decline. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016

There’s an important ballot fight in Florida between big power companies and the solar industry

The Florida Supreme Court is set to weigh in on a controversial ballot measure that environmentalists warn could erect a new obstacle for the state’s struggling renewable-energy industry. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016

No Nukes News: Fukushima Refugees - Fukushima causes mutations & DNA damage with ‘no end in sight’ – Greenpeace & much more

No Nukes News: Fukushima Refugees - Fukushima causes mutations & DNA damage with ‘no end in sight’ – Greenpeace & much more

Japan's nuclear refugees face bleak return five years after Fukushima "There's no reconstructing and no returning to how it used to be before (March 11). The government knows this, too.” MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016

How can low oil prices affect investor confidence in segments such as commercial solar? How oil, solar and investor confidence collide

Upheaval in the commodity sector, in conjunction with global market shifts, is significantly affecting investor confidence in the solar sector. The argument? With dropping oil prices, renewables are a less attractive investment. But how accurate is this? MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016

In 2016, the fossil fuel industry faces an existential crisis.

In 2016, the fossil fuel industry faces an existential crisis.

This May, organizers on every continent are planning a global wave of mass actions to leverage this moment -- to break free from fossil fuels and spark a just transition to 100% renewable energy. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016

Canada and U.S., longtime frenemies on climate change, join forces at last

The two nations’ leaders, U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will announce a series of joint measures this week during a meeting at the White House. According to The Guardian, the agreement is expected to include pled MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016

India's big move into solar is already paying off

The price of solar power has plummeted in recent months to levels rivaling that of coal, positioning the renewable source as a viable mainstream option in a country where 300 million people live without electricity. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2016

South Korean Grid Will Soon Boast World’s Largest Energy Storage System

On March 7, Kokam announced that it had deployed two battery energy storage systems powered by nickel manganese cobalt oxide in South Korea. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2016

Scientists discuss the 1.5C limit to global temperature rise

Scientists discuss the 1.5C limit to global temperature rise

One of the major talking points during the negotiations at COP21 in Paris has been whether the intn'l community should aim to limit global temperature rise to the internationally accepted 2C above pre-ind. levels, or a more stringent target of 1.5C. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 7, 2016

This week: A new coalition wants Canada to get smart about its growth plans, China’s blowing away its climate culprit reputation, and off-grid cell-phone charging is poised to bring in the billions.

This week: A new coalition wants Canada to get smart about its growth plans, China’s blowing away its climate culprit reputation, and off-grid cell-phone charging is poised to bring in the billions.

Simply by “Showing Up”, First Ministers Set the Stage for National Climate Action - the agreement that premiers and the Prime Minister reached is meaningful as it establishes the intent to work together across provincial and federal jurisdictions MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 7, 2016

OSEA/Member News - Samsung and Pattern Development Start Operations at 180 MW Armow Wind Power Facility in Ontario - enough clean energy to power approximately 70,000 Ontario homes each year

OSEA/Member News - Samsung and Pattern Development Start Operations at 180 MW Armow Wind Power Facility in Ontario - enough clean energy to power approximately 70,000 Ontario homes each year

Armow Wind power facility in Ontario is now up and running. Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. (Samsung) & Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Development”) announced their 180 megawatt (MW) Armow Wind power facility has completed construction & operational. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 7, 2016

The World sets New Wind Installations Record: 63,7 GW New Capacity in 2015

The World sets New Wind Installations Record: 63,7 GW New Capacity in 2015

Bonn, 10 February 2016 (WWEA) - According to preliminary figures, the world has seen a new record in new wind installations, adding 63'690 MW within the year 2015. The total wind capacity of the world has reached 435 GW MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 7, 2016

Bill Gates predicts a clean-energy breakthrough within 15 years will save the planet

In the latest edition of their annual letter published today, Bill and Melinda Gates argue that the world needs “an energy miracle,” and are willing to bet that such a breakthrough will arrive within 15 years. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 7, 2016

Can you find big love in a tiny house?

But luckily for the single-and-seeking tiny home dwellers out there, there is a new reality show in the works just for people like you: Tiny House Dating, which comes to us from the online dating network of the same name. MORE    added: Sunday, Mar. 6, 2016

Premiers agree to study carbon pricing options

VANCOUVER — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the provincial premiers managed to bridge deep divides over carbon pricing Thursday en route to Canada's first national consensus on pursuing climate policy. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 4, 2016

Trudeau supports east-west electricity trade

Trudeau supports east-west electricity trade

According to yesterday’s Communique of Canada’s First Ministers, the Government of Canada will “foster dialogue and the development of regional plans for clean electricity transmission to reduce emissions.” MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 4, 2016

Did you catch the Oscars last weekend? Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Academy Award—and in his speech, issued an inspiring call to take action on climate change.

Did you catch the Oscars last weekend? Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Academy Award—and in his speech, issued an inspiring call to take action on climate change.

According to the UN-based World Meteorological Organization, 2015 was the hottest year on record, with world surface temperatures expected to reach 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels for the first time. WMO findings also indicate that 2015 is MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 4, 2016

Almost 100 Million Homes May Run Only on Solar by 2020

Almost 100 million households worldwide may be powered by solar panels by 2020, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 4, 2016

Will cap-and-trade slow climate change?

Will cap-and-trade slow climate change?

The principle that polluters should pay for the waste they create has led many experts to urge governments to put a price on carbon emissions. One method is the sometimes controversial cap-and-trade. - But is it a good way to address climate change? MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 4, 2016

Not sure what to make of the First Ministers' Meeting? Keep reading... Merran Smith

Not sure what to make of the First Ministers' Meeting? Keep reading... Merran Smith

I was in Vancouver at the press conference where the First Ministers' declaration on clean growth & climate change was released yesterday. Despite the challenges inherent in finding common ground among a national group of leaders with various priorities MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 4, 2016

U.S. surges ahead in clean energy sector

While Canada’s investment in clean energy has stalled, under the guidance of U.S. President Barack Obama, the American renewable sector is roaring ahead. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 4, 2016

Enbridge CEO gives Trudeau advice on greening corporate Canada

Enbridge CEO Al Monaco had some advice for how Justin Trudeau's new government could help pipeline giants like his company invest more in green energy, while speaking on a panel at the GLOBE sustainability conference in Vancouver. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 4, 2016

US Offshore Wind Companies Gain Critical Mass, Big Backers

After years of false starts, U.S. offshore wind has attracted some marquee names with deep pockets, creating a sense of optimism for the emerging industry. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016

Major Investors Pressure ExxonMobil to Consider Climate Impacts

“For the first time, in my memory, we are actually seeing oil and gas majors talk about climate change as an existential threat. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016

2015 Policy Uncertainty Created A Weak Year For Clean Energy Investments in Canada: Report

“The main barriers to getting to 100 per cent clean energy are social and political, not technical or economic,” Jacobson said during a climate and energy forum in Washington, D.C., last November. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016

Visualizing Canada's 2030 climate target: Show me the money! "It’s put-up or shut-up time. Canada must finally meet its targets, while growing the economy at the same time." — Globe and Mail editorial

I think most Canadians would love to see our nation meet its climate commitments while also improving our standard of living. And I'm sure it will be at the top the climate agenda this week as Prime Minister Trudeau meets with the premiers. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016

A national climate change strategy starts here - RECORD Insight Article

Here in Waterloo Region, we are already showing leadership by taking action at the local level. We are proud of what has been achieved so far, but we know that much more still needs to be done. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016

New York lost billions with fossil fuel investments

Investing in fossil fuels is becoming a liability — not only for the planet, but for the portfolio, too. The industry garnered a staggering $5 billion loss for the New York State Common Retirement Fund (NYS-CRF) over three years, according to an analyst MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016

Wind Power Will Soon Surpass Hydro as the Largest Source of Clean Energy in the US

Watch out hydro, here comes the wind. Recent data shows that wind is gaining on hydro in percentage of overall energy generating installed capacity. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016

Climate change is wreaking havoc on our mental health, experts

As a provincial coroner and past palliative care physician, Dr. David Ouchterlony has seen suffering and death up close, experiences that have occasionally led to brief moments of sadness. But Ouchterlony describes such emotions as "trivial" compared to MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016

Comment: Cap and trade will reduce pollution, create jobs

We're beyond denying the fact that human activity has caused climate change. Now we can & must take action to stop it. That means drastically cutting our greenhouse gas emissions. Ontario's solution is cap & trade, a proven way to reduce greenhouse gas MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016

Jack Gibbons with Steve Paikin: Ontario’s Best Power Options 17 min. video interview Ontario is planning to spend tens of billions of dollars rebuilding 10 aging nuclear reactors. AND MUCH MORE...

Jack Gibbons with Steve Paikin: Ontario’s Best Power Options 17 min. video interview Ontario is planning to spend tens of billions of dollars rebuilding 10 aging nuclear reactors. AND MUCH MORE...

Jack Gibbons of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance joins Steve Paiken on The Agenda to discuss better options, such as water power from Quebec, conservation and made-in-ON green energy. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016

Energy East pipeline won't divide Canadians, Trudeau insists

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected the idea that TransCanada's Energy East pipeline could divide the Canadian public. Speaking in Vancouver on Tuesday, the Liberal leader dismissed a reporter’s suggestion that if the controversial $12 billion, 4,600- MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016

David Suzuki endorses Canadian Labour Congress climate plan - David Suzuki and Hassan Yussuff join forces - laying out the labour congress's “One Million Climate Jobs Plan.”

President of Canadian Labour Congress Hassan Yussuff opened a press conference today in Vancouver, joined by renowned environmentalist David Suzuki. “The challenge is that we had 10 years of complete negative activity towards accepting climate change is MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016

Trudeau says pipelines will pay for Canada's transition to a green economy

Steadfast in his commitment to getting Canadian oil to market, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said putting pipelines in the ground will pay for the country's transition to a greener future. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016

3 former execs of utility charged in Fukushima disaster

TOKYO (AP) — Three former Japanese utility executives were formally charged Monday with negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, becoming the first officials from the company to face a criminal trial. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016

How Crowdfunding is Going to Save the Planet - new investment option

Clean, renewable energy is the single most needed technology by the millennial generation. Not only is it the key to slowing global warming & climate change, but it also solves a host of other problems, such as respiratory diseases and national security MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016

World leader: U.S. first for wind

The United States continues to lead the world in wind energy production, according to recently released data by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016

David is turning 80. Here’s what he wants from you

David is turning 80. Here’s what he wants from you

This month, it’s David Suzuki’s 80th birthday. You can help carry forward the radically honest message that David has been bringing to Canadians and the rest of the world for eight decades. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016

This week: Reports of the death of India’s massive solar program are greatly exaggerated, Ontario details its cap-and-trade program, and our latest annual assessment of the global clean energy landscape finds Canada heading in the wrong direction.

This week: Reports of the death of India’s massive solar program are greatly exaggerated, Ontario details its cap-and-trade program, and our latest annual assessment of the global clean energy landscape finds Canada heading in the wrong direction.

Clean Energy Soared Past Expectations in 2015 - Not only is renewable energy a bright spot on the tumultuous global energy landscape, our latest shows it’s a very bright spot. According A Year For The Record Books: Tracking The Energy Revolution MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Trump’s budget plan is completely insane — and of course it would screw over the environment

Aside from his being an aggressively stupid climate science denier, Trump’s agenda would have alarming implications for the environment, public health, and all other forms of regulation and investment in the public interest. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Big oil wants taxpayer cash for risky Arctic drilling

The Liberal government is pursuing a review of Canada's Arctic drilling law initiated by Conservatives and big oil companies. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Battery Powered Homes

An Australian-produced documentary for ABC television, Battery Powered Homes takes a peek into a not-so-distant future where clean and renewable energy can alter the way of life for countless millions. MORE    added: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

Looking for Leadership on Climate Change

Looking for Leadership on Climate Change

OTTAWA – First Ministers meet in Vancouver March 3 to launch climate talks aimed at finalizing a plan for Canada to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement. As the Prime Minister & Premiers prepare to negotiate a national climate plan & target, MORE    added: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

KOFLER, Peter - It is with great sadness that we announce the death of long time CREW member, Peter Kofler, 56, of Kitchener. Peter frequented many CREW events and took part in many passionate GREEN Energy discussions. We will miss him.

KOFLER, Peter - It is with great sadness that we announce the death of long time CREW member, Peter Kofler, 56, of Kitchener. Peter frequented many CREW events and took part in many passionate GREEN Energy discussions. We will miss him.

Peter received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Waterloo. He worked for a number of years in the high tech energy sector, including the elegant simplicity and ingenuity of engineering solutions from recycled and reclaimed materials MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

The Hidden Genius of Geothermal HVAC Systems

For more than 60 years, geothermal HVAC systems have been used in the U.S. and around the world. They work with nature, not against it. They can heat and cool a home or commercial building without burning any fuel or emitting greenhouse gases. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

6 things Bernie Sanders would do to crack down on fracking, even if Congress doesn’t go along

Sanders hasn’t proposed eliminating conventional oil and gas drilling or coal mining on private land, but he believes that hydraulic fracturing, AKA fracking, is especially problematic. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Al Gore's new message of hope - "Renewables form the biggest new business opportunity in the history of the world"

Gore doesn’t sugarcoat the reality of climate change. In compelling, eye-opening and simple language and using the most up-to-date data, he presents a picture of a planet in turmoil. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Some of the most mysterious investors on the planet are about to pull billions out of stocks - price of oil a reason

According to a report from the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI), SWFs — investors with more than *$7 trillion at work around the world who invest on behalf of governments — aren't going to keep all their money in this choppy market for much longer. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Tell the prime minister to follow through on Paris climate leadership promises

Tell the prime minister to follow through on Paris climate leadership promises

Prime Minister Trudeau pledged that Canada would have a new climate action plan, including emissions-reduction targets, within 90 days of signing the UN Climate Agreement in Paris. The 90 days are up on March 12, 2016. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

China to shut down 1,000 coal plants this year

The world’s top coal producer, and the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, will shut down 1,000 coal-fired power plants this year. It’s a move that will simultaneously cool off China’s over-supply of dirty coal & help tackle the country’s air pollution MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

The $250 billion health benefit of fighting climate change

A new study published Monday in Nature Climate Change finds that, by removing harmful particulates and gases, strict vehicle and power plant emissions policies could have near-term health benefits that translate into billions of dollars. Far more money MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

The home of endangered whales and the livelihoods of thousands of Canadians are threatened by one reckless project that must be stopped.

The home of endangered whales and the livelihoods of thousands of Canadians are threatened by one reckless project that must be stopped.

The Bay of Fundy is a truly awesome natural treasure, which is why we are working so hard to stop a reckless project that would put the Bay at risk: the proposed Energy East pipeline. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Drake Landing: A ray of sunshine for solar thermal energy

2 or 3 sunny summer days enough to heat homes throughout cold seasons in Alberta town's solar community MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

An east-west power grid, Canada's elusive national dream

Inter-provincial strategy would help environment, but political will could be lacking MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Experts call out oilsands monitoring project for failing to analyze its own data

Environmental monitoring in the oilsands needs to be better focused and turn more data into information the public can use to understand what's happening in the region's ecosystem, an independent review has concluded. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

China is kicking America’s butt on wind energy

In the latest sign of China’s growing dominance in renewable energy, a Chinese firm has for the first time topped a reputable global ranking for wind energy production — ending the reign of U.S. giant GE, which fell to third place. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

Solar is so hot right now. Check out the latest numbers

The solar energy industry is absolutely crushing it right now. For the first time ever, more solar power capacity was installed in the U.S. last year than natural-gas capacity. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

Tell the Ontario government you want stronger action

Tell the Ontario government you want stronger action

Ontario’s draft plan contains some good ideas but lacks the inspiring targets and urgent actions the situation demands — and our precious pollinators deserve! This is your chance to help protect Ontario’s pollinators! MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

This week: Ottawa warms up its pitch for building a national consensus on climate action, Apple polishes up a scrumptious green-bond offering, and Ontario draws fire—and ire—for its abrupt halt to offshore wind.

This week: Ottawa warms up its pitch for building a national consensus on climate action, Apple polishes up a scrumptious green-bond offering, and Ontario draws fire—and ire—for its abrupt halt to offshore wind.

The post-Paris conversation on what Canada will do to meet a two-degree target will heat up late next week when provincial and territorial leaders meet in Vancouver at a First Ministers’ Meeting devoted to the subject. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Canada delays decision on nuke waste burial near Lake Huron

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Cdn government on Thursday delayed for a second time a ruling on whether waste from nuclear power plants can be permanently stored underground less than a mile from Lake Huron, a proposal that has drawn fierce opposition MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Northern Canadian village going solar in summer

While the rest of Canada talks and talks about reducing reliance on fossil fuels, one tiny northern town is leading the way in actually doing it. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Federal Environment minister delays decision on Lake Huron nuclear waste burial site  - Good news - McKenna asked OPG for more studies.

Federal Environment minister delays decision on Lake Huron nuclear waste burial site - Good news - McKenna asked OPG for more studies.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump group said the government should have simply killed the proposal rather than delay a decision. “No matter what process is followed, burying & abandoning radioactive nuclear waste in the Great Lakes Basin will always be MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

New Research: The Next Conservative Party Leader Must Regain The Lost “Green Conservative” Voter

New Research: The Next Conservative Party Leader Must Regain The Lost “Green Conservative” Voter

It’s been an exciting day for us here at Clean Prosperity! We've released a brand new report that looks at the relationship between lost Conservative vote share in the 2015 election, and Canadian conservatives who care about the environment. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

FPL Solar Circuit: Daytona Speedway makes top five for solar in sports

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) completed the FPL Solar Circuit -- one of the largest distributed generation installations in Florida -- just in time for yesterday's Daytona 500. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

9th straight win: NextEra number one on US Fortune 500 utility list

9th straight win: NextEra number one on US Fortune 500 utility list

NextEra Energy is the largest generator in the world of renewable energy from the wind and provides its more than 4.8 million customers in Florida with award-winning service at a price that's among the nation's lowest. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Koch brother praises Bernie Sanders; hell begins freezing over

In a new op-ed published in The Washington Post, Charles Koch — the billionaire industrialist who is predicted to raise nearly $750 million to install a Republican in the White House this year — has gracious words for one of the presidential hopefuls MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

A climate scientist who decided not to fly

I’m a climate scientist who doesn’t fly. I try to avoid burning fossil fuels, because it’s clear that doing so causes real harm to humans and to nonhumans, today and far into the future. I don’t like harming others, so I don’t fly. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Japan Solar Installations to Peak This Year at 14.3 GW, BNEF Says

The country’s solar market has been growing steadily thanks to the country’s incentive program for clean energy introduced in July 2012. Japan installed 7.1 GW & 10.3 GW in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The country also added as much as 12.3 GW last year. MORE    added: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

The greatest corporate scandal of all time?

The greatest corporate scandal of all time?

We’re all grown-up enough to know that corporations don’t always do the right thing. But sometimes they do the wrong thing so spectacularly you just have to speak up. MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

GREAT NEWS for Kitchener! Last week, the Province of Ontario announced a $100 million partnership to encourage home energy upgrades with Union Gas and Enbridge - HOME RENO REBATE - get up to $2,500 back!

GREAT NEWS for Kitchener! Last week, the Province of Ontario announced a $100 million partnership to encourage home energy upgrades with Union Gas and Enbridge - HOME RENO REBATE - get up to $2,500 back!

We were concerned that Kitchener might not be included in the new provincial home energy upgrade incentives. We have learned that Kitchener homeowners will be able to participate along with Cambridge, Waterloo & the townships! MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Enbridge wants to break its oilsands addiction

Canada’s largest pipeline company is trying to rebalance its business so that it won’t be dependent on Alberta’s oilsands sector after 2019, Enbridge executives told a conference call on Friday. MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Energy storage gives renewables a jump-start

Energy storage gives renewables a jump-start

AllGrid Energy produces 10 kW-hour solar-power batteries that take advantage of Australia's abundant sunlight & growing demand for solar panels. Their lead-acid gel battery is less expensive than Tesla's lithium Powerwall, also available in Australia MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

California's Antelope Valley Transit Authority to become nation’s first 100 percent electric public transit fleet

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has taken a major step toward becoming the first 100 percent electric public transit fleet in the country, demonstrating leadership in the transit community along with its commitment to promoting emission-free MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Visualizing the Power of Today's Solar Panels: An Infographic

What could you do with the amount of energy produced by one solar panel in a year? How about the amount of energy produced by 350 solar panels in a year or even 6,500 solar panels? MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Opinion: Canada must move to a low-carbon economy - By Olaf Weber

The Feb. 4 Record editorial, "Shift from oil will take decades," addressed a letter from University of Waterloo professors asking the university to take divestment from the fossil fuel sector into account. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Is this a new era for Canada?

Prime Minister Trudeau is about to meet with provincial leaders in Vancouver during the first week of March. Their task: make 2016 the year Canada starts doing its part to stop catastrophic climate change - before it’s too late. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Lego, PKA Expand Offshore Wind Portfolios in Deal With Dong Energy

The parent of toymaker Lego boosted its investments in offshore wind, joining the Danish pension fund PKA A/S to buy half of an unbuilt 258-MW project in the U.K. from Dong Energy. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Mountaintop removal country’s mental health crisis - the fallout from Virginia coal mining

Studies have painted a new picture of mountaintop removal’s public health crisis: not as one of asthma and cancer and birth defects, but also as one of substance abuse, anxiety, insomnia, and clinical depression. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

17 governors announce clean energy, transportation agreement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Governors from 17 states said Tuesday that they will work together to develop cleaner energy and transportation as they look to lead a national shift to renewable fuels. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

UK Offshore Wind Could Grow By $8.4 Billion

The world’s biggest offshore wind power market may be about to get even bigger as three companies decide whether they’ll commit 7.5 billion euros ($8.4 billion) to raise the U.K.’s installed offshore capacity by more than a third. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

India’s Solar Catching UK With Over 9 GW Seen Online by March

India’s installed solar capacity will probably cross the 9 GW threshold by March, bringing the country closer to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious renewable energy targets, according to a government website. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

Boeing Begins Microgrid Test for Reversible Fuel Cell-based Energy Storage System

Boeing has delivered a fuel cell energy storage system to the U.S. Navy for testing that will determine the system’s ability to support the energy needs of military and commercial customers. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

Largest U.S. co-op installs largest solar project to date (with more planned)

Johnson City, Texas, home of Pedernales Electric Coop - the largest distribution electric coop in the US, serving more than 271,000 meters in an 8,100-sq-mile service area – is about to become home to the largest solar energy energy system in the area. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

Getting ahead of the wave: Hawaii's renewables transformation

Driven by market forces and evolving customer demands, Hawaii has, in a relatively short time, integrated a significant amount of distributed renewables. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

Build pipelines or curb emissions? Canada can do both.

Build pipelines or curb emissions? Canada can do both.

Mark Cameron argues for pipelines and, at the same time, a concerted effort to meet climate targets MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

There are now tiny Teslas for the tiny rich kid in your life

The newest Tesla on the block isn’t a toy for billionaires. Instead, it’s a toy for their children. Radio Flyer (the American toy company of red wagon fame) has teamed up with Tesla to produce a $500 Tesla Model S for Kids. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

Federal support can help Ontario and Quebec build more powerful ties

Federal support can help Ontario and Quebec build more powerful ties

The David Suzuki Foundation, Equiterre and the Ontario Clean Air Alliance are calling on the Government of Canada to invest in electricity transmission system upgrades that will allow increased electricity trade between Quebec and Ontario. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

Five States Forging Ahead With Obama Power Plan, Court Hold or Not

At least five states will press ahead with efforts to curb emissions from power plants even after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on President Barack Obama’s key climate change program. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Utilities, Solar Energy and the Fight for Rooftops

By many accounts, the spread of solar power is unstoppable. Costs continue to fall at a blistering pace, solutions to give consumers a solar-powered home without needing to connect to the grid for back-up power are emerging, & even the U.S. Supreme Court MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

A New, Renewable, Drop-in, Waste-based Fuel Emerges, Competitive with $30 Oil

In Germany & Portugal, a new drop-in biofuels process has emerged which is cost-competitive with $30 oil, according to the inventors. The process breaks even with crude oil, on a 10-yr amortized basis for capex, at roughly $20.30 per barrel of crude oil MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

BP: Fossil fuels to remain dominant form of energy through 2035...

Global energy demand is expected to rise 34%, an average of 1.4%/year, w/ fossil fuels remaining the dominant form of energy over the period. Despite the rapid growth of other energy sources, fossil fuels will fulfill 60% of the expected demand increase. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

This week: China builds out wind at a breakneck pace, the global aviation sector agrees to (eventually) limit carbon pollution, and North America’s energy ministers start talking clean & MORE...

This week: China builds out wind at a breakneck pace, the global aviation sector agrees to (eventually) limit carbon pollution, and North America’s energy ministers start talking clean & MORE...

Energy Leaders Kick Off a Conversation about ‘Clean XL - A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed Friday between Canada, the US, & Mexico has started a conversation about how the 3 countries can better collaborate to make NA a leader in clean energy MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Sanders calls out Warren Buffett over solar energy

Bernie called on Buffett to support the solar energy industry during a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada on Saturday. This story and more await ... join in. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Turning Millions of Dollars into Billions for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency in Pennsylvania - Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

–Creating a “green bank” in Pennsylvania could help the state affordably comply with new federal power plants rules by leveraging $135 million in public funds into $4.2 billion in private investments in renewable energy and efficiency in 15 years MORE    added: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

The Cheapest Way to Scale Up Wind and Solar Energy? High-tech Power Lines

If the U.S. were to move to a national 48-state electric system, rather than the regional one in place now, the country would be able to transport more renewable energy around the country. That change could reduce CO2 by 78 % at lower costs than today MORE    added: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

National Climate Framework At Centre of Federal-Provincial Meeting in Vancouver, March 3rd ...& more

After languishing in the darkness for 10 years, a national climate policy in Canada could take shape during an anticipated first ministers meeting in Vancouver next month. The meeting fulfills a Liberal election promise “to establish a pan-Canadian frame MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

The Koch Brothers’ Dirty War on Solar Power

All over the country, the Kochs and utilities have been blocking solar initiatives — but nowhere more so than in Florida. This story and more await ... join in. MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

Pipeline giant explores new strategy to win social license, after posting huge losses

Calgary-based TransCanada said it has written off Bs of $s in losses in recent mos, in the wake of the White House rejection of its Keystone XL pipeline, but said it hasn't given up on the project to ship crude oil from U.S. and Cdn producers to Texas MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

The cheap Tesla model is on its way. And so is a competitor from General Motors

Elon Musk announced on Twitter last night that Tesla will start taking reservations for its much-anticipated Model 3 sedan at the end of next month. The car has a $35,000 price tag but could actually cost as low as $25,000 after accounting for fed tax MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

Trudeau's National Climate Meeting Seen as Opportunity to Advance Clean Energy Economy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Wednesday the federal government will meet with Indigenous leaders and premiers in Vancouver in early March in the hopes of laying out the framework for a national climate strategy. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Renewable Energy – Good for People, Planet, and the Economy - prices of renewables are starting to become on par with– or lower than– those of oil and gas.

Thanks to increases in system efficiency and economies of scale, prices of solar equipment and installation have been declining (a 60% drop in past 6 years) and are projected to continue to drop in the near future (40% drop in the next 2 years). MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Renewable Energy Finance Outlook 2016: The Year of the Green Dollar

Last year was a record year for clean energy finance. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, investment in clean energy increased in China, Africa, the U.S., Latin America and India, driving the world total to its highest ever figure of $329.3B MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

"Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind" - Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president in Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific

Ontario ? Scientist calls $12.8B rebuild of Ontario Darlington nuclear plant ill-advised Greening argues the project is an attempt to put a "dying industry on life support" at the taxpayer's expense. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

The nasty nattering of climate change denier, Rex Murphy

Climate change denier Rex Murphy took to the CBC Wednesday not so much to eulogize Calgary and its economic woes as to slap down anyone opposed to fossil fuel development. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

You Can’t Stop the Growth of Renewables, Technology

At the pace that renewable energy is growing, by 2040 the U.S. will be deriving 24 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, an increase from 4 % today. Germany, which uses 16 % renewables today, will be up to 77 % renewable in 25 years MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Cutting Carbon with Wind, Solar ‘A Good Business Plan,’ Major US Utility Says

Xcel Energy recently said it plans to call for $6 B in wind & solar energy investment as part of what it says will be Minnesota’s most cost-effective way to comply with the Clean Power Plan, the nation’s 1st ever carbon emission reduction rule for exist MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Top-down government diktats not sound climate change strategy - Record Opinion article

The climate change file is a hot topic and not just because it's been a balmy winter. Speculation is that the prime minister will soon meet the premiers to discuss a new national climate change policy. It'll be the first opportunity for the federal gov MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Let’s reduce our dependency on fossil fuels - Record Letter responding to Shift from oil will take decades — editorial of Feb. 4

I'd like to respond to this editorial where The Record makes two astute observations. The divestment movement reminds us of the need to find alternatives to oil & natural gas, & divestment in itself isn't a plan to reduce our dependency on fossil fuel MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Smarter and more efficient: EV benefits keep coming

It is widely known that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) can reduce fuel consumption & greenhouse gas emissions compared to their gas-only counterparts, but researchers at the U of California - Riverside's Bourns Coll of Eng are capitalizing more MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Province offering new incentives for people who buy electric cars

TORONTO -- Ontario is offering additional incentives to people who buy electric cars, up to a maximum of $14,000. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

How Much Oil Output Halted Due to Low Prices? Just 0.1%

After a year of low oil prices, only 0.1 percent of global production has been curtailed because it’s unprofitable, according to a report from consultants Wood Mackenzie Ltd. that highlights the industry’s resilience. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Mapping the Grid of the Future: How the US Electric Grid is Changing in Very Big Ways

In response both to technological advancements & the consumer demand these new technologies have unleashed, the grid is modernizing & it’s happening all across the US. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Ontario should invest in clean energy - letter to editor - Waterloo Region Record

Re.Nuclear rebuild a waste: expert — Jan. 28 - The Ontario government is going to refurbish four nuclear reactors at the Darlington generating station at a proposed cost of $12.8 B. Ontario taxpayers had better be prepared to open their wallets again. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Business and environmentalists urge stronger cap-and-trade system

Ontario’s proposal to price carbon through a cap-and-trade system is generally good but still needs work, argue Gideon Forman and Steven Fish. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

China Outstrips Germany in Solar Capacity After Record Additions

China, the world’s largest consumer of energy, surpassed Germany as the country with the most installed solar capacity after record additions last year. The nation added 15.1GW of new solar last year, bringing the total to 43.2 GW - National Energy Admin MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

BNEF: US Renewable Energy Generation Tops Fossil Fuels in 2015 for 2nd Straight Year

Released last Thursday, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Sustainable Energy in America Factbook reports 16 GW of clean energy, or 68 % of all new capacity installed in the U.S. in 2015, marking the second year in a row renewables surpassed fossil fuels. MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Council of Canadians proposes alternatives for federal infrastructure spending - Is the political will there to translate the promise of

Council of Canadians proposes alternatives for federal infrastructure spending - Is the political will there to translate the promise of "sunny ways" into solar power and a 100 per cent clean economy by 2050?

Could the promised $60 billion in federal infrastructure spending over the next ten years help us achieve the goal of limiting global warming to under 1.5 degrees Celsius? Yes, if it is invested in sustainable energy projects & climate jobs; no if it's MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

This week: Prime Minister Trudeau makes climate action a priority, Mark Jaccard offers him some (politically palatable) policy advice, and President Obama unveils a gutsy clean transportation blueprint.

This week: Prime Minister Trudeau makes climate action a priority, Mark Jaccard offers him some (politically palatable) policy advice, and President Obama unveils a gutsy clean transportation blueprint.

While Pipelines Make Headlines, Canadian Solar Companies Make it Big Abroad MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Obama wants to tax Big Oil and spend the money on green transportation projects

The United States isn’t exactly known for its mass transportation. In all but the biggest American cities — & even in some of those — the only thing resembling public transit is the school bus. But in his final years in office, President Obama hopes to MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

A lack of battery recycling could be hurting this important bacterium

Meet Shewanella oneidensis: According to a new study published in the journal Chemistry of Materials, there might be trouble afoot for this hearty do-gooder, as researchers have found that the bacterium’s “metal reducing” capabilities are no match MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

TransCanada dismissed whistleblower. Then their pipeline blew up. - National Observer

TransCanada Corp put “substandard materials” — made by Quebec mfg company, Ezeflow — in an Alberta natural gas pipeline that blew up in 2013, Canada’s pipeline regulator said on Friday as it finally responded to a four-year old warning from a whistle blo MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

The trouble with Statistics Canada’s solar and wind energy data

Is Ontario generating less electricity from solar panels and wind turbines than it did years ago, despite billions in subsidies to the renewable energy sector? Statistics Canada data suggest so. Not according to Ontario's IESO. MORE    added: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

California Bridges the Green Divide with Nation’s Biggest Solar Program for Low-income Renters

Solar is not just for homeowners. The advent of community solar is now enabling those who don’t own a home to go solar & enjoy all of its benefits. But regardless of whether someone decides to own or rent, solar still seems to be for those who have a di MORE    added: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

While Canadians Obsess Over Pipelines, Domestic Solar Companies Make Major Investment Moves in India

While Canadians Obsess Over Pipelines, Domestic Solar Companies Make Major Investment Moves in India

It’s time we started focusing more attention on our opportunity to export energy technologies & services, not just raw energy. UN Environment Programme chief Achim Steiner “Whether you build the next pipeline or not… the economy of Canada will not be cen MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Solar: A brilliant way to get energy -  More FREE energy than we could ever use

Solar: A brilliant way to get energy - More FREE energy than we could ever use

Except for nuclear and geothermal, all energy we use comes from the sun in one form or another. As sunlight reaches the Earth’s surface, it powers heat transfers that move air and ocean currents, used for wind and tidal power. The sun evaporates water, MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Way off the mark: Google, Amazon hugely underestimate data center coal usage

Google and Amazon are wildly sophisticated when it comes to data in their core businesses, but ironically, they are using crude and outdated sources to gauge the carbon footprint of their data centers - and missing the mark big time. MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Federal US coal sales moratorium shakes industry stronghold

President Barack Obama's administration has ordered a three-year moratorium on sales of federal coal reserves, and it's putting a rare mood on folks in Gillette, a ranching-turned-energy town of 32,000: pessimism. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Climate change groups call for UW to pull fossil fuel investments

WATERLOO REGION — The University of Waterloo's actions should be consistent with its teachings about the dangers of climate change, so the institution should pull its investments out of fossil fuels, say some students and faculty. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

GE to phase out compact fluorescent light bulbs

General Electric announced Monday that it will stop making and selling compact fluorescent lightbulbs, or CFLs, in the United States by the end of the year. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AWARD - The Climate Action Plan will be awarded a Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on February 10.

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AWARD - The Climate Action Plan will be awarded a Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on February 10.

The award recognizes the leading role ClimateActionWR and its partners (REEP Green Solutions, Sustainable Waterloo Region and the four municipalities) are playing in developing and implementing a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Canadian Solar Secures $70 Million Investment and Financing Package from IFC

GUELPH, ON, Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, announced it has entered into agreements with International Finance Corporation (IFC) MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

After COP21: What Needs to Happen for the Paris Agreement to Take Effect?

The Paris Agreement is a critical turning point—a fundamental pivot toward a zero-carbon & climate-resilient world. But some key steps lie ahead to take the momentum from Paris forward and ensure that the Agreement quickly comes into effect & implemented MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Paris Climate Deal Seen Costing $12.1 Trillion Over 25 Years

If the world is serious about halting the worst effects of global warming, the renewable energy industry will require $12.1 trillion of investment over the next quarter century, or about 75 percent more than current projections show for its growth. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Shift from oil will take decades - Record editorial

Two things can be said about the University of Waterloo professors and students clamouring for their school to sell off its investments in fossil fuels. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Ontario Green Investment Fund announcements - Ontario is spending $100M to help homeowners cut GHG emissions & save money.

Learn more about the Green Investment Fund, a down payment on Ontario’s pending Cap and Trade program, aimed at fighting climate change, boosting the economy and creating jobs. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

North America Solar and Wind Power Installed Capacity Already Growing in 2016

Data shows almost 750 MW of wind and solar capacity already installed this year with even more capacity nearing completion. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Strong Climate Action Key to 1 Million Jobs: A Challenge for Canada

Strong Climate Action Key to 1 Million Jobs: A Challenge for Canada

Jan. 29, 2016 - OTTAWA – Today’s meeting in Ottawa of Canada’s environment ministers, the first since the Paris Agreement on climate change was agreed in Dec., 2015 marks the launch of federal/provincial/territorial negotiations to tackle climate change. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

This week: Japan begins bolting together the world’s largest floating solar farm, billionaires square off over suburban rooftops, and the head of the UN Environment Programme offers a word of warning for Canada's captains of industry.

This week: Japan begins bolting together the world’s largest floating solar farm, billionaires square off over suburban rooftops, and the head of the UN Environment Programme offers a word of warning for Canada's captains of industry.

UNEP Chief to Canada: Decarbonize or Get Left Behind - Failing to invest in cleantech and renewable energy now would risk significant and long-term damage to Canada's economy, UN Environment Programme head Achim Steiner told CBC's Rosemary Barton. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

The seas are swallowing South Florida. Where’s Marco Rubio?

The scale of South Florida’s looming catastrophe — $69 billion worth of property is at risk of flooding in less than 15 years — is playing out like a big-budget disaster movie MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Balanced Approach: California Public Utilities Commission preserves solar net metering

In a 3-2 vote, the (CPUC) has approved what is being hailed as a balanced net metering program that will ensure rooftop solar continues delivering consumer savings, healthy communities, local jobs, and climate leadership. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Breaking news: Faculty letter calls for divestment!

Breaking news: Faculty letter calls for divestment!

BIG NEWS just ahead of the University Board of Governor's meeting tomorrow where we'll be pressing our case for divestment. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

New Brunswick minister backs Energy East at climate talks

Pipelines and the controversial Energy East project remained a hot topic on Friday as Canadian environment ministers sat down for the first time in a decade for a comprehensive discussion on tackling climate change. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Proposed US natural gas pipeline raises major social justice concerns

The plan raises serious environmental justice concerns for local residents. The pipeline route would run through several low-income, predominantly black towns, including Albany, Ga., the proposed site for the pipeline compressor station. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Premier Clark announces landmark Great Bear Rainforest agreement

"You did it," said B.C. Premier Christy Clark, congratulating Indigenous leaders & stakeholders for coming to a landmark agreement protecting 85 per cent of Canada's magnificent Great Bear Rainforest. "It is proof of the strength of what we could do if MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Sustainable Energy Leaders Recognized with OSEA’s Powering Prosperity Award

Sustainable Energy Leaders Recognized with OSEA’s Powering Prosperity Award

Last night, the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (www.ontario-se.org) celebrated its 6th annual Powering Prosperity Awards dinner (www.poweringprosperity.ca), recognizing the champions of the sustainable energy sector in Ontario. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Renewables in East Africa: Changing Lives with Sustainable Energy

In the rural and peri?urban areas of Africa, households’ priority electricity needs are generally lighting, charging mobile phones, a radio set or a television, air circulation &, when & where possible, a refrigerator, a/c or other appliances. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Paris changed everything, so why are we still talking pipelines?

Paris changed everything, so why are we still talking pipelines?

With the December Paris climate agreement, leaders and experts from around the world showed they overwhelmingly accept that human-caused climate change is real and, because the world has continued to increase fossil fuel use, the need to curb and reduce MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

California PUC Upholds Net Metering Policy

In a 3-2 vote Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) upheld the state’s net metering rule, which credits solar customers for any electricity fed into the grid. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

NEB gave Justin Trudeau bad advice on pipelines: economist

Canada’s national pipeline regulator’s internal documents show it is giving incomplete, incorrect & misleading advice to the federal government, prompting legal & political risks that threaten approval of new projects, alleges one of the NEB's critics MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

After #COP21 Paris Climate Summit, what will we do?

After #COP21 Paris Climate Summit, what will we do?

Faith groups everywhere have been rising to the occasion, demonstrating how their actions are in line with the teachings of their faith: The earth is precious, it is sacred. It is to be loved and protected for future generations. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Scientist calls $12.8B rebuild of Ontario nuclear plant costly make-work project

TORONTO — The proposed $12.8-billion refurbishment of four nuclear reactors at the Darlington generating station is an ill-advised make-work project that will end up soaking taxpayers, a retired nuclear scientist says. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Supreme Court does energy conservation a solid

In a win for the environment, electric grid reliability, & rationality, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday to uphold a federal rule that makes it easier for grid operators to promote energy conservation. That might not sound particularly riveting, but MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Maps show how sea-level rise will swallow Trump’s properties

Oh, the irony. Observe the following GIF, which illustrates how one of Donald “Donnie Boy” Trump’s properties will be affected by rising sea levels in South Florida. The map is part of a great series BuzzFeed created with data from the National Oceanic MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Is Obama blocking smart hydropower development?

A sitting Republican senator’s byline on The New York Times op-ed page is an uncommon sight. It’s all the more counterintuitive for a Republican senator to be criticizing President Obama for blocking progress on renewable energy. But that’s exactly what MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

2016 Outlook: Future of Geothermal Industry Becoming Clearer

With an installed global power capacity of 12.6 GW and growing, the year ahead for geothermal power production expansion has a positive outlook. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Feds Announce Upstream Emissions Will be 'Factor' In Pipeline Decisions

The federal government announced on Wednesday the upstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with pipeline projects will be taken into consideration when federal cabinet makes its decisions on pipeline projects. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

In the Energy East Fight, We All Want the Same Things

The pitched media battle between Mayors Denis Coderre of Montreal and Naheed Nenshi of Calgary shows just how quickly the political debate can get nasty when the things that matter most to us are at stake. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Council of Canadians - National fight over ENERGY EAST 4,400km pipeline grows

Council of Canadians - National fight over ENERGY EAST 4,400km pipeline grows

TransCanada Corp. is actively promoting plans for the “Energy East” pipeline that would carry 1.1 million barrels of crude per day, including crude from the tar sands. TransCanada would convert its 40 year-old natural gas pipeline from Sask to Ont MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

A View of Canadian Hydroelectric Generation Markets from East to Wes

Canadian Market Outlook - Canada has immense natural resources with which to produce hydroelectric energy and this article provides an overview of the Canadian hydropower marketplace and where it is headed. By Christopher J. Ball MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Egypt's EFG Hermes Targets Renewable Energy Investments

EFG Hermes Holding SAE, the largest independent Arab investment bank, plans to build a portfolio of renewable energy investments in Europe and the Middle East over the next five years as utilities in those regions add cost-competitive solar & wind opera MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Solar Boom Forecast for Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Atif of DNV-GL Energy told the audience that there had been “a sea-change” in Saudi over plans for solar projects. While the prospects may not be “visible to the public… much progress is going on within Saudi companies, and that is a good sign. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Recently Environment Students voted unanimously to divest our endowment from fossil fuels! Yes you did. But whether that actually happens is up to the university Board of Governors. And they meet February 2nd.

Recently Environment Students voted unanimously to divest our endowment from fossil fuels! Yes you did. But whether that actually happens is up to the university Board of Governors. And they meet February 2nd.

But whether that actually happens is up to the university Board of Governors. And they meet February 2nd.So it’s up to us to make sure they hear from us this week: It’s our fund, our future. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Obama’s Clean Power Plan survives a legal challenge

Yesterday afternoon, Jan 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied motions to stay the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Wondering what that means, exactly? Here’s a handy legal cheat sheet. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

2016 hailed "Year of the Distributed Utility"

2016 is being called the year of distributed energy resources for utilities, and will bring the importance of energy storage to the forefront. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

Is renewable electricity now driving coal prices?

More money was invested in renewables and more generation capacity added in 2015 than ever before. Conventional wisdom has always been that low fossil fuel prices would make renewables uncompetitive even as the cost of renewable energy continues to drop. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

Today, the government of Canada announced that it will require a “climate test” on fossil fuel projects like the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain and TransCanada Energy East pipelines.

Today, the government of Canada announced that it will require a “climate test” on fossil fuel projects like the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain and TransCanada Energy East pipelines.

Without people across the country taking action and tens of thousands more demanding an overhaul of pipeline reviews, this would never have been possible. The government is listening. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

This week: Denmark shows the world that wind turbines mean business, big brands committed to going all-renewable are halfway there, and the European Union can’t wait to see what Ottawa will do next.

This week: Denmark shows the world that wind turbines mean business, big brands committed to going all-renewable are halfway there, and the European Union can’t wait to see what Ottawa will do next.

Doubling Global Share of Renewable Energy Would Enrich World's Economy to the Tune of $1.3 Trillion MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Renewable Energy To Solve 2030 Emission Reduction Targets

The International Renewable Energy Agency has revealed that increasing renewables to 36 percent of the global energy mix by 2030 would generate about half the emissions reductions needed to prevent global warming rising above 2 degrees celsius. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Will Mennonites join climate battle?

Climate is back on the global agenda, but still not squarely on the Mennonite agenda. VIEWPOINT from the Canadian Mennonite January 18, 2016 - By permission MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Petition opposing Ontario nuclear waste plan sent to federal government

TORONTO — A group opposed to a plan to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron says it has sent a petition with more than 90,000 signatures to federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. MORE    added: Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

After 60 years of nuclear power, the industry survives only on stupendous subsidies - and much more..

After 60 years of nuclear power, the industry survives only on stupendous subsidies - and much more..

"If the owners and operators of nuclear reactors had to face the full liability of a nuclear accident and meet the alternatives in competition that is unfettered by subsidies, no one would have built a nuclear reactor in the past - Vermont Law School MORE    added: Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

Cheap oil: how should we respond?

Cheap oil: how should we respond?

In international markets for oil - the price of oil just keeps dropping lower and analysts are falling over themselves trying to explain why and what it means. How should we respond and can we use the falling price to our advantage? MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Post-Paris: Status quo is not an option on climate

It was heartening to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take a leading role at climate change talks in Paris. But now real chnage is needed at all levels, including by political and religious leaders, Henry Brouwer writes. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Energy Storage Industry Off and Running in January 2016

A plethora of energy storage announcements mark the start of an already busy 2016 for the energy storage industry - with almost 3 GW of energy storage capacity either in operation or planned MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Renewable Energy Focus Could Boost Global Economic Growth

Doubling the share of solar, wind and other renewables in the energy mix would boost global economic growth by as much as 1.1 percent by 2030, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Abu Dhabi Bank to Invest $10 Billion in Environmental Projects

“We believe that even in the current climate of low oil prices, the transition towards more renewable sources in the energy mix will continue because the underlying drivers are long term and strong,” said Chief Executive Officer Alex Thursby. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Cook Islands On Target To Be 100 Percent Renewable by 2020

The Cook Islands in the South Pacific is on track to become 100 percent renewable by 2020, stated on Jan. 17. In fact PM Henry Puna said that the 15 islands that lie southwest of Tahiti would generate 80 % of its electricity from renewables by end 2017 MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Tell Premier Wynne to dump nuclear power

Tell Premier Wynne to dump nuclear power

For far too long, the Ontario Liberal government has clung to the province’s ancient nuclear plants while turning a blind eye to the true potential of renewable power. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Whitby-Oshawa By-Election Questionnaire responses

Whitby-Oshawa By-Election Questionnaire responses

PC and Green Party candidates oppose raising GM’s electricity rates to subsidize the re-building of the Darlington Nuclear Station MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Four years of free pollution is too many

Four years of free pollution is too many

In 2015, the gov of Ontario promised a major leap forward in tackling climate change by deciding to put a price on carbon pollution. ONT has opted for a cap-and-trade system & is currently deciding how the system will look and have asked for your help MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Bernie’s new ad shows him standing against Big Oil

The Bernie Sanders campaign released a new ad in Iowa this week, and it’s not like anything you’ll see from the GOP side. For one thing, it’s not an attack ad - Sanders sticks to the issues — and the issue, in this ad, is Big Oil. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Montreal region rejects Energy East pipeline

The city of Montreal & surrounding communities have come out swinging against TransCanada Corporation’s Energy East pipeline project. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said at a news conference on Thursday. “It’s a bad project." MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

The recent government changes bring along excellent opportunities for geothermal project development in Canada.

The recent government changes bring along excellent opportunities for geothermal project development in Canada.

The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association is the collective voice of Canada’s geothermal energy industry and today we are reaching out to you and ask you to join us on our quest to make geothermal energy development a reality in Canada. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Ontario must keep making bold bets on green energy

The world is on the cusp of an energy revolution, & Ontario has front row seats. But we aren't the only ones to see this opportunity. If we want our companies to grab a piece of the growing global pie, we need to keep making bold bets & go to win our MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Ontario utility rolls out microgrid project using Tesla’s Powerwall

AJAX, Ont.—One of Ontario’s leading utilities is launching a project that will use residential solar coupled with Tesla’s new Powerwall energy storage unit to create two residential microgrids in Ajax, Ont. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

University of Calgary team hopes to make solar cells so portable, you can roll it up and put in a pocket

Gregory Welch, an assistant professor of organic chemistry at the University of Calgary is leading a team of researchers on a quest for the holy grail of solar energy. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

NASA warns lawmakers to act now, after record-smashing year of global warming

2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to a new analysis by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The record-breaking year continues a long-term warming trend — 15 of 16 warmest years on record have now oc MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Five Things To Expect in 2016 - Times, They Are A-Changing! 2016 promises to be an exciting year. Here’s a bit of what we expect:

Five Things To Expect in 2016 - Times, They Are A-Changing! 2016 promises to be an exciting year. Here’s a bit of what we expect:

Every year at Mindscape we like to sit down and look ahead at what we think might happen. You could call it planning strategically, but part of it is certainly that we just love to dream about how we can help continue to change the world. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Environmental rights are human rights

Environmental rights are human rights

Canada has come a long way, but we can't be complacent. We must work to maintain and strengthen the rights of all Canadians, to build an even better Canada. That means giving all Canadians the right to a healthy environment. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Szacki: Harness Alberta’s heritage of innovation to tackle energy challenges - Calgary Herald

Szacki: Harness Alberta’s heritage of innovation to tackle energy challenges - Calgary Herald

Alberta must prepare to enter a carbon-constrained future, as the world moves away from fossil fuels, with the goal of complete decarbonization by the end of the century. Albertans’ ingenuity has allowed us to access our abundant natural resources. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Cook Islands On Target To Be 100 Percent Renewable

In fact Prime Minister Henry Puna said that the 15 islands that lie southwest of Tahiti would generate 80 percent of its electricity from renewables by the end of 2017. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Abu Dhabi Bank to Invest $10 Billion in Environmental Projects over the next decade

“We believe that even in the current climate of low oil prices, the transition towards more renewable sources in the energy mix will continue because the underlying drivers are long term and strong,” said Chief Executive Officer Alex Thursby. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Renewable Energy Focus Could Boost Global Economic Growth

Doubling the share of solar, wind and other renewables in the energy mix would boost global economic growth by as much as 1.1 percent by 2030, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Home Batteries Seen Cutting Cost of Germany’s Power Grid Renewal

Storage batteries that are being bought by owners of rooftop solar systems in Germany may eventually help cut the costs of renewing the country’s power grid, a study showed. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Welink Signs $1.6 Billion UK Solar Deal With Chinese Company

China National Building Materials Ltd. signed a 1.1 billion-pound ($1.6 billion) agreement with a U.K. unit of Hong Kong-based Welink Global Ltd. to develop solar power projects and energy-efficient housing in the U.K. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2016

2016 will be the eighth and possibly final year I publish a list of ten clean energy stocks I expect to do well in the coming year. This series has evolved from a simple, off-the-cuff list in 2008, to a full blown model portfolio, with predetermined ben MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

OPG fined for safety violations at Pickering Nuclear Station

OPG fined for safety violations at Pickering Nuclear Station

One day after Premier Kathleen Wynne announced her government’s desire to keep the overdue-for-retirement Pickering Nuclear Plant operating until 2024, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) slapped Ontario Power Generation with a $31,690 fine MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Can you guess which country just set a new world record for wind power?

Wind turbines are as ubiquitous as clogs, Legos, and tall people in Denmark. Unlike the latter three, though, Denmark’s wind turbines were busy setting a world record in 2015. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Obama’s coal reforms put the heat on Hillary and Bernie

President Barack Obama decidedly raised the stakes in the “war on coal” on Friday. And since he’s almost out the door of the Oval Office, it won’t be him who faces the fallout from inevitable Republican attacks, but the Democratic nominee for president. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Pipelines to power lines

Electricity exports are projected to increase as U.S. leans on Canadian hydro for its green goals MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

This week: Wind developers add a healthy dose of clean electrons to Canadian grids, Ottawa changes the channel on Canada’s energy-export opportunity, and British Columbia’s clean-vehicle incentive program runs low on juice.

This week: Wind developers add a healthy dose of clean electrons to Canadian grids, Ottawa changes the channel on Canada’s energy-export opportunity, and British Columbia’s clean-vehicle incentive program runs low on juice.

W/ Sustained Push From China, Global Renewable Energy Investment Reaches Record $329 Billion - Why is StatCan's Data Off-Target on Ontario’s Energy Shift? - Wind Developers Add 1.5 Gigawatts to CDN Grids - Green Bonds Grow, Expand to Emerging Markets MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Oil not ‘best’ option - in response to letter to the editor - Oil is still the best option — Jan. 11

How incredibly self-involved. Letter writer M. Craig Williams is right; the mountains will be here long after he passes. So will the lakes & rivers & grasslands. But what condition will they be in? What condition will he & his choices be leaving them? MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

As Oil Crashed, Renewables Attract Record $329 Billion

The slump in oil prices that’s brought upheaval and cost-cutting to the traditional energy industry spared renewables such as solar and wind, which raked in a record $329.3 billion of investment last year. MORE    added: Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016

How 'grid neutrality' can build the backbone for the modern grid

As utilities and customers look to cut carbon emissions and modernize their grids through the use of distributed energy resources (DERs), one of the nagging questions facing sector stakeholders nationwide is how to decide where, when, & how new technolo MORE    added: Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016

Surprise, surprise: Climate change is risky business

Congratulations, climate change! You’re officially the biggest threat to the most important thing in the world — the international Jenga game that we like to call “the global economy.” MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Say you have two houses with the same square footage, but one is all on one level and one is three floors. Which one is more energy-efficient by structure? Or are they the same? UMBRA

The number of stories in a home does indeed matter, environmentally speaking — and that the multi-story abode will almost always beat out the sprawling ranch. Three cheers for stairs! MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Check out this highlight reel from the first SpaceX landing, get stoked for the next one

Remember when SpaceX landed a reusable rocket last month? It happened sometime between your billionth conversation about how crazy this El Niño weather is and that moment when your soul expired on the floor of a Walgreens holiday aisle. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

No Nukes News: ON gov't chooses nuclear rebuilds over renewables

No Nukes News: ON gov't chooses nuclear rebuilds over renewables

"We need a national energy strategy with an enhanced, modernized East-West electricity corridor so Ontario can import lower cost, greener power from Quebec and Manitoba... Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Field trip to Hydrostor- Compressed Air Energy Storage comes to Canada

Energy storage projects capture excess electrical energy during periods of low demand, storing it in other forms and converting it back to electrical form for the grid during periods of high demand. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

New York City Council Gives a Thumbs Up to Geothermal Heat Pumps

The devastation wreaked by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 has had a profound effect on New York City’s residents and elected officials. Since Sandy, the city has been aggressively working to reduce its carbon footprint. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

We are the world; we must act on that understanding

We are the world; we must act on that understanding

The coming year looks bright with the promise of change after a difficult decade for environmentalists & our issues. But even with a new government that quickly moved to gender equity in cabinet, expanded the Ministry of the Environment to include climat MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Huge news: the Obama administration is putting a moratorium on new coal sales on public lands.

Huge news: the Obama administration is putting a moratorium on new coal sales on public lands.

This moratorium will keep enormous amounts of carbon in the ground and move the U.S. closer toward hitting our climate goals set in Paris. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

NASA is designing a new, improved airplane wing

Modern airplanes could use some serious upgrades. Emissions per seat-mile have already decreased by 70 percent since the ’60s, thanks to more efficient engines, lighter materials, increased use of biofuels, improved aerodynamics, & other small changes MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

US Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ climate plan would be awesome if he had a friendly Congress, but he won’t

Sanders clearly understands & cares about climate change in all its particulars, & he has many shrewd ideas for addressing it. But he is still approaching the issue like a legislator rather than a president, & he doesn’t give any insight into how he MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Ontario has announced it is bringing in a cap-and-trade system as part of its climate strategy. Cap-and-trade is one of the main ways governments can put a price on carbon, and it’s a really good idea.

Ontario has announced it is bringing in a cap-and-trade system as part of its climate strategy. Cap-and-trade is one of the main ways governments can put a price on carbon, and it’s a really good idea.

In Ontario, cap-and-trade revenue is estimated to be at least $2 billion by 2020, which is why we called our new report, The $2 Billion Question. We crunched the numbers to answer the question, if invested in climate solutions, what can $2 billion do? MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Letter to the editor: Canada has energy options

Re: Debunking the myths of Canadian health, fiscal and energy policy — Jan. 9 MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

According to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), only five of Ontario’s 75 electric utilities achieved 100% of their energy conservation targets for the years 2011 to 2014.

According to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), only five of Ontario’s 75 electric utilities achieved 100% of their energy conservation targets for the years 2011 to 2014.

Our five energy conservation champions are Guelph Hydro, Kingston Hydro, Centre Wellington Hydro, Hydro 2000 and Chapleau Public Utilities. Unfortunately, none of Ontario’s large electric utilities met their 2014 OEB peak demand reduction targets. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Last night, during his final State of the Union address, President Obama talked a pretty good game on climate. He made the case for clean energy, defended the Paris climate deal, and made climate deniers squirm in their chairs.

Last night, during his final State of the Union address, President Obama talked a pretty good game on climate. He made the case for clean energy, defended the Paris climate deal, and made climate deniers squirm in their chairs.

The President said: “Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future?—?especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels. That’s why I’m going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

A look back: Who led world renewables in 2015?

China was the world's leading market across a number of renewable energy technologies in 2015 and helped drive global renewable installed capacity to an estimated 913.48 Gigawatts (GW), according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

Credit union first to offer all GICs as SRI

KITCHENER, ON – Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) is pleased to announce they are the first Canadian financial institution to show that all of its GICs qualify as Socially Responsible Investments (SRI). MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

Ontario spends $12.8 billion on Darlington; squeezes more life out of Pickering

TORONTO — Ontario Power Generation announced plans Monday to start a $12.8-billion refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear power station this fall and to squeeze four more years out of the aging reactors at its Pickering generating station. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

Activists oppose Darlington nuclear rebuild

TORONTO — Environmentalists want the Ontario government to abandon plans for a $13-billion refurbishment of four nuclear reactors at the Darlington generating station east of Toronto and instead import more electricity from Quebec. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

How the huge gas leak is turning California’s Porter Ranch into a ghost town

Aliso Canyon Storage Facility, a parcel of 3,600 acres in which the S California Gas Company has turned 115 defunct oil wells into an underground warehouse that can hold 80 b cubic feet of natural gas - Oct. 23, workers discovered a ruptured 7in. casing MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Despite official hype that electricity from re-built Darlington Nuclear Station will be a good deal, the truth is the cost of power from Darlington is just going up & up while the cost of power from renewable & efficiency sources is going down,down,down

Despite official hype that electricity from re-built Darlington Nuclear Station will be a good deal, the truth is the cost of power from Darlington is just going up & up while the cost of power from renewable & efficiency sources is going down,down,down

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) claims that electricity from a re-built Darlington Nuclear Station will cost 7.2 to 8.1 cents per kWh (before inevitable cost overruns). That means power from a re-built Darlington will cost anywhere from 30% to 45% more MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

All part of the plan: Solar, solar and more solar

Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States, is again working with the U.S. military, as part of its plan to add more renewable energy to its generation mix. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Realization of a Vision: NZ on its way to 90 percent renewables

Energy Excelerator is helping New Zealand reach its goal of 90 percent renewables by 2025. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

100% renewable by 2050 is doable | The Council of Canadians

100% renewable by 2050 is doable | The Council of Canadians

If you said, one year ago, that being 100% renewable by 2050 was possible, chances are you’d be laughed out of the room. The work of Stanford University professor Mark Jacobson has been critical in seeing this demand increasingly received as credible MORE    added: Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

German Solar Power Costs Drop 5.8 Percent in Government Auction

Germany’s third test auction for solar capacity produced a bid 5.8 percent lower than in the previous round, underpinning government hopes that clean energy will become competitive more quickly when developers must compete for contracts. MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

Bill Gates, Major Investors Form Coalition to Develop Cheap Clean Energy

Will 2016 be the year we finally get serious about sustainability? With the start of a new year comes a new inspiring project that will influence the global population on being more responsible with their energy choices as well as bring attention to the MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

Six predictions you should keep an eye on - New Economics Foundation

Six predictions you should keep an eye on - New Economics Foundation

2015 proved to be an interesting year for energy and climate issues both globally and in the UK. Will 2016 hold more of the same? MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

Our voices and actions bring hope for the year ahead

Our voices and actions bring hope for the year ahead

It became clear during 2015 that when those who believe in protecting people and the planet, treating each other with fairness, respect and kindness and seeking solutions stand up, speak out and act for what is right and just, we will be heard. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

Another reason fracking sucks: Study links fracking to even more health problems

A new study from the Yale School of Public Health links the chemicals used in fracking with potential reproductive and developmental problems. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

What is the government hiding regarding our Nuclear contracts? Ask Premier Wynne to make these key details public so we can judge for ourselves whether this contract makes sense.

What is the government hiding regarding our Nuclear contracts? Ask Premier Wynne to make these key details public so we can judge for ourselves whether this contract makes sense.

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli crows about what a great deal the new contract with Bruce Power is, his government is simultaneously refusing to make public the key clauses in the deal that will determine the real price that we will pay for the next 49 yrs MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Grid impact: North Korea's "nuclear test"

Although it has yet to be determined whether this was a true nuclear bomb, or a hydrogen device, foreign adversaries can conduct high-altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attacks against critical infrastructure -- causing wide-area grid blackouts MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Looking forward to 2016: The top solar energy news stories you should be reading right now - PVBuzz

During the month of November alone, the United States deployed 229 MW of power generation capacity with 222 MW from renewable sources and just 5 MW from natural gas. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

TransCanada: If we can’t build Keystone, we want $15 billion

TransCanada isn’t taking no for an answer. In November, President Obama rejected the company’s plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Now the company is fighting that decision, just as it had threatened to do: It’s suing America & seeking $15 billion MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Bernie Sanders attacks Donald Trump for being stupid about climate change

Presidential candidate/grumpy gnome Bernie Sanders attacked presidential candidate/national embarrassment Donald Trump on Monday over an issue near and dear to us: climate change. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Ontario urged to abandon $13-billion nuclear reactors rebuild - and much more in this first issue of 2016.

Ontario urged to abandon $13-billion nuclear reactors rebuild - and much more in this first issue of 2016.

"We should sign a long-term deal with Quebec which would enable us to cancel the Darlington rebuild project, keep our lights on and reduce our electricity bills," said Jack Gibbons?, OCAA. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

How To Get To 100% Renewable Energy by 2050 - Renewable Energy Co-operatives Flourish in Ontario -  OSEA Newsletter January 2016

How To Get To 100% Renewable Energy by 2050 - Renewable Energy Co-operatives Flourish in Ontario - OSEA Newsletter January 2016

Landscape of solar energy in Ontario continues to shift toward smaller & intermediate-scale projects. The rise in the number of projects is mostly due to two phenomena: the start of the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program & the rise of renewable energy coops MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Why Ontario Shouldn’t Go Nuclear

Why Ontario Shouldn’t Go Nuclear

In the historic accord signed in Paris this month to decarbonize the world’s economy and slow climate change, renewables are the only source of energy mentioned. To paraphrase Wayne Gretzky, we now know where the puck is going. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Ripple effect: What the VW scandal could mean for the future of EVs

The effects of Volkswagen's mass cheating scandal on emissions testing have ripple effects far and wide -- and a new digital map is laying out the damage in black and white. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Emissions scandal: US first to sue Volkswagen

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has filed a civil lawsuit against Volkswagen. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

China to Increase Wind, Solar Power Capacity by 21 Percent in 2016

China, the world’s biggest clean energy investor, plans to increase wind and solar power capacity by more than 21 percent next year as it works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting its reliance on coal. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

India Boosts Rooftop Solar Subsidy Eightfold Through 2020

India increased the subsidy for fitting rooftop solar power systems eightfold to 50 billion rupees ($753 million) in a bid to expand installations by a similar amount by 2020. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Coal Glut, Renewables Make EU Power Cheapest in Decade

Record-low coal prices and increased wind and solar generation that pushed European power prices to their lowest in a decade may cause further declines in 2016. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Here’s the good news about Earth from this year -US perspective

As Earth completes another rotation around the sun, we’ve got a lot to reflect on. The past 12 months have been big ones, both for humanity and for the planet — and, honestly, a lot of it was garbage. Read on... MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

The Leading Sources of Clean Energy: Wind, Solar, Hydropower & Biomass

Although nonrenewable energy sources such as gas, oil & coal still account for the majority of global energy production, the renewable energy sector has been making great progress. We still have further to go to realize a sustainable & affordable MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Canada tackles decarbonizing its energy systems with plans that include hydroelectric power

In a major move to decarbonize its energy system and contribute to fighting climate change, Canadian energy officials say the country needs to produce twice as much renewable electricity across the country compared to current amounts. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

New Energy Installed Capacity in China Reached 146 GW in 2015

Zhang Zhengling, a spokesman for China’s biggest power distributor State Grid Corporation of China, recently revealed in Beijing that, as a result of nearly one decade of development, the country has taken the leading position in the global new energy MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016

Batteries Gaining Favor Over Gas Peaker Plants in California

Southern California Edison is embracing energy storage technology over the natural gas-fired peaker plants that utilities have traditionally relied upon to meet sudden shortfalls in electricity. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

New York Backs New Transmission Lines to Ease Power Prices, Access Renewable Energy

New York’s utility regulator backed construction of $1.2 billion of new power lines aimed at easing electricity prices while cutting greenhouse gas emissions in southern New York state, including New York City. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

Disappearing coastlines and rising seas: How the GOP is killing Florida

Florida is disappearing. For those who think of the state only as a swampy backwater populated by alligators and meth heads, this may seem like a good thing. But it’s not a joke: Florida is disappearing. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

California gas leak called the biggest disaster since BP

The leak was discovered outside Los Angeles in late October, at a natural gas storage site owned by Southern California Gas Co. It has been bleeding methane at a rate of up to 110,000 pounds per hour for the past two months. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

Ontario hydro bills will rise in new year even after debt charge is eliminated

The increase comes on the heels of a jump just two months ago, and hydro bills will rise again after the Liberals introduce a cap-and-trade plan in the spring. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

It’s a wonderful life for the US solar industry right now

Unexpected events deepen the gloom. But just in time for Christmas, a miracle arrives from on high, ensuring peace, prosperity, and happiness for years to come. It’s a Wonderful Life? Yes. But it’s also the story of solar companies in the past few months MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

A novel coating for solar cells could allow panels to self-clean, and capture light from more angles.

In recent years, a complicated discussion over which direction solar cells should face — south or west — has likely left customers uncertain about the best way to orient their panels. Now researchers are attempting to resolve this issue by developing MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 28, 2015

Groundbreaking concept promises a sustainable economy with solar energy

Scientists introduce a new paradigm – hydricity – that involves the co-production of hydrogen and electricity from solar thermal energy and their judicious use to enable a sustainable economy. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 28, 2015

Australian Mining Town Becomes a Solar Power Trailblazer

Broken Hill spawned the world’s largest mining company and generated more than $75 billion in wealth. Now, as its minerals ebb, Australia’s longest-lived mining city is looking to tap a more abundant resource. MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015

Some resources to help you with your leftovers

Some resources to help you with your leftovers

We know many of you (like many of us) take this time of year to replace broken down electronics, old mattresses and outgrown clothes — finding yourselves swamped in stuff you don't want or need anymore. MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015

Offshore wind on its way to the U.S.

The first U.S. offshore wind farm is officially on its way to becoming a reality. The 30 megawatt Deepwater Wind project broke ground this spring and recently finished construction on its first phase, with progress set to resume after the winter. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Canadian Solar Sells 9-MW Project for $47.2 Million

Canadian Solar Inc. said Monday its wholly-owned subsidiary Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. has sold the 9-MW Aria Solar Plant to One West Holdings Ltd., an affiliate of Concord Green Energy Inc., for $47.2 million -expected to generate 15,956 MWh per year MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

We've really been on a roll this year.

We've really been on a roll this year.

And when I say we I don't just mean 350.org the organization. I mean this big, broad movement we've built together -- you, me, 350’s many partner organizations, the hundreds of local groups we work with every day, & the many individuals around the world MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

The Paris climate agreement: Get the carbon pricing right - Waterloo Region Record commentary

Rather than building new fossil fuel infrastructure, we need to meet our energy needs — which are expected to triple globally by 2060 — with renewable energy, & also use energy more efficiently. Carbon pricing is a key element to transitioning away from MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

This company is bottling air in Canada and selling it to China

Vitality Air, a Canadian start-up, markets two products: The first, Premium Oxygen, is a canister of 97 percent pure oxygen,the second product Vitality Air sells is a bit less … conventional. Fresh Clean Air is air harvested from the Canadian Rockies MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Why Ontario shouldn’t go nuclear

Why Ontario shouldn’t go nuclear

The world is looking to build a low-carbon economy & needs to facilitate the growth of renewable energy & increase energy efficiency. Ontario doesn’t need new reactors to power its economy, it will need more green energy to remain globally competitive MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Reflections on Paris, climate negotiations and life

Reflections on Paris, climate negotiations and life

Paris Agreement a milestone but won’t get us to where we need to go until we face our consumer demons MORE    added: Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015

Paris Agreement marks a global shift for climate

Paris Agreement marks a global shift for climate

When our children's children look back to what we did to keep our planet livable, they may see this year's United Nations climate conference in Paris as a turning point. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

It's unanimous: San Diego to be largest U.S. city 100% powered by clean energy

The city's goal is to have 100% clean energy by 2035, which would make San Diego the largest city fully powered by renewable energy. The San Diego rooftop solar industry, which is second in the nation per capita, is currently providing a $1 billion MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Kinder Morgan urges NEB to approve its pipeline expansion

With the recent clarification that the Liberal gov will not require Kinder Morgan to restart its application for the highly controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the Texas-headquartered energy giant presented its final argument to the NEB MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Looking ahead

Looking ahead

The dust is still settling from the dramatic two weeks of UN talks and grassroots mobilization surrounding Paris. Now we enter the most critical part of the road through Paris -- the part where we, the people, step things up another notch and make sure th MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Renewable Energy Freeing Island Nations From Fossil Fuel Prices

Renewables are beating fossil fuels on cost in island nations from the Pacific to the Caribbean, where governments are seeking to limit their exposure to volatile market prices. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

In Midst of ExxonMobil Climate Denial Scandal, Company Hiring Climate Change Researcher

Caught in the crosshairs of an ongoing New York Attorney General investigation exploring its role in studying the damage climate change could cause since the 1970's and then proceeding to fund climate science denial campaigns, ExxonMobil has announced MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Massive solar power project set to start at Windsor Airport

Construction of a major solar farm — in the works for about five years — will start soon at Windsor Airport & could be complete by the end of 2016. Samsung finally signed the go-ahead for the 50-megawatt Windsor Solar project, enough to power 8,500 homes MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

Tiny Houses Have Even Tinier Carbon Footprints

If you think about it for just a minute, it makes logical sense that tiny houses produce a significantly smaller carbon footprint than a typical-sized house—on average, 2000 pounds of CO2 per year, as opposed to 28,000 pounds a year. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

Three reasons for investors to celebrate the low-carbon energy transition

As global leaders meet in Paris to negotiate the transformation of the global energy flows into a low-carbon system, investors face new challenges and new opportunities. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

SunEdison Signs Large-Scale Energy Storage Contract with Ontario ISO

SunEdison said on Dec. 10 that it has signed a 10-year agreement with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to supply 5 MW/20 MWh of energy storage to the province - storage can be used to smooth the power flow from wind & solar, defer MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

Post Paris conference - What's next?

Post Paris conference - What's next?

Last week, a landmark climate action deal was signed in Paris at the COP21 conference. While we commend the Canadian delegation for it’s commitment to ambitious targets, meeting them will require strong national leadership. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

See aerial images of climate activists doing funky things in Paris

See aerial images of climate activists doing funky things in Paris

On Saturday, as U.N. climate negotiations plodded toward a finish, Friends of the Earth International staged a geolocation action. Its activists spread out to key points across Paris & transmitted their locations via GPS to spell out “Climate Justice” MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

This week: British Columbia pledges to eliminate internal-combustion vehicles by 2050, a Quebec wind power developer blows through a big milestone, and the world knuckles down to fight climate change.

This week: British Columbia pledges to eliminate internal-combustion vehicles by 2050, a Quebec wind power developer blows through a big milestone, and the world knuckles down to fight climate change.

New Climate Agreement Spells the End of the Fossil Fuel Era and Speeds the Transition to Clean Energy - the countries "overcame decades of deep divisions to strike a watershed deal aimed at preventing catastrophic climate change & putting the world on c MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Climate Action Network nudged Canada’s best at COP21

Climate Action Network nudged Canada’s best at COP21

"I think the great thing about this new [Trudeau] government is that we have become an actor again in these negotiations. We had stopped [under Harper]… we were sidetracked, we were not important. We are now." MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Greenpeace cautiously optimistic about COP21 deal - “The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. This deal puts the fossil fuel industry on the wrong side of history,” said Greenpeace International exec dir Kumi Naidoo.

Greenpeace cautiously optimistic about COP21 deal - “The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. This deal puts the fossil fuel industry on the wrong side of history,” said Greenpeace International exec dir Kumi Naidoo.

“For us, Paris was always a stop on an ongoing journey. Ultimately our fate will be decided over the coming decades by the collective courage of our species. I believe we will succeed,” said Naidoo. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Paris climate talks were about business, not politics - Merran Smith for the Globe & Mail

Mark Carney took the stage midway through the recent international climate-change conference in Paris, and his presence turned a few heads. When the floor was opened to questions, someone asked him, “Why is a leader of a central bank here?” MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Citizens’ help needed to stop Earth dying of consumption - The impetus must come from citizens. Their overwhelming support will stiffen the spines of political leaders.

At the Paris Climate Conference, COP21, the focus has been on promises countries make to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions - it may be unrealistic to expect the bold & courageous political leadership to address the magnitude of the climate problem MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Feed-in Tariff Program Has Made Ontario a National Leader

Together these projects have resulted in almost $5 billion of private sector investment, with $ 1.6 billion of that coming into Ontario for solar projects in 2014 alone. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Nations of the World Reach Climate Change Agreement in Paris

According to a Dec. 12 statement from the UNFCCC, the Paris agreement for the first time brings all 195 nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities. MORE    added: Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015

Highlights of Day 13 at COP21 - We have a new climate change agreement! Canadian Youth Delegation

Highlights of Day 13 at COP21 - We have a new climate change agreement! Canadian Youth Delegation

• The Paris Agreement: “Not bad but not bad is not what we were rooting for” - Yeb Saño • We abandoned COP21 on the last morning of negotiations to join 15,000 people in the streets for the D12 mobilizations • What's Next? MORE    added: Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015

Federal environment minister optimistic as Paris climate talks go into overtime

PARIS — The Canadian delegation at the climate-change conference in Paris remained optimistic on Friday that a deal could be reached with the deadline extended to Saturday. MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

TransCanada failed to operate Keystone safely, U.S. regulator alleges

Calgary-based energy company TransCanada Corp is facing up to $187,200 US in penalties for allegedly failing to operate its Keystone pipeline safely after the new line went into service in 2010, a US regulator said in a new letter posted on its web MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

Highlights from Thursday, December 10 - Day 11 - COP21 in Paris - Canadian Youth Delegation

Highlights from Thursday, December 10 - Day 11 - COP21 in Paris - Canadian Youth Delegation

• New Text Released! • Atiya f*%king lays it down in the Canadian Stakeholder Meeting • Loss & Damage Media Availability • “Canada Is Back!” … winning Fossil Awards MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

ACCORD REACHED! Today is a historic day: as tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Paris, politicians finalized a major new global climate agreement.

ACCORD REACHED! Today is a historic day: as tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Paris, politicians finalized a major new global climate agreement.

The deal in Paris includes an agreement to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, with an aim of 1.5 degrees, and achieve climate 'neutrality' that will require phasing out fossil fuels soon after mid-century. That’s not what we hoped for, but MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

COP21 deal signed, ending fossil fuel era: experts - National Observer

COP21 deal signed, ending fossil fuel era: experts - National Observer

History was made today in Paris as the leaders of 195 nations agreed to an ambitious, science-based pact to move the world away from the fossil fuels that are to blame for the rapid increase in global temperatures. MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

Highlights from Friday, December 11 - COP21 in Paris

Highlights from Friday, December 11 - COP21 in Paris

As we finished sending this Daily, the Paris Agreement was adopted. This is our update from yesterday, but we promise more soon from this last day of negotiations! • We bring your voices to the negotiating table in a hella epic way.• Running on adrenali MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

W/three weeks left in 2015, what trends should we be noting from the last 12 mo?  A positive - The world economy seems to be achieving a relative decoupling between fossil fuel & industry related carbon emissions & GDP growth:- New Economic Foundation

W/three weeks left in 2015, what trends should we be noting from the last 12 mo? A positive - The world economy seems to be achieving a relative decoupling between fossil fuel & industry related carbon emissions & GDP growth:- New Economic Foundation

If current NOAA projections materialise, 2015 will be remembered as the year when the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere reached the symbolic level of 400 parts per million (ppm)- also the warmest year on record. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

Update from Week 2 at COP21 - Climate Negotiations Enter the Homestretch

Update from Week 2 at COP21 - Climate Negotiations Enter the Homestretch

As the text of the Paris climate agreement continues to be hammered out, tension at the negotiations is growing. Thursday night’s discussions wrapped up at 5:38 this morning. A final text will be proposed sometime Saturday. Hanging in the balance are que MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

Energy Storage Moves from an ‘Emerging’ to ‘Emerged’ Technology

Energy storage is no longer an emerging technology, Audrey Fogarty, VP of product management for energy storage integrator Younicos, said on Dec. 8. “It’s safe to say that it has emerged,” she said MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

US$1.6 billion Northern Pass transmission line will deliver Canadian hydropower to the U.S.

The US$1.6 billion Northern Pass transmission line that could tap into 1,096 MW from Canada’s largest hydropower producer, HydroQuebec, was approved Dec. 7, by a 6-0 vote of New Hampshire’s Site Evaluation Committee [SEC]. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

Healing humanity's grief in the face of climate change

Healing humanity's grief in the face of climate change

For many reasons & in many ways, people & nature are in distress. Quaker activist & author Parker Palmer implores us to ask, “What shall we do with our suffering?” The way we deal with our pain has critical implications. “Violence is what we get when we MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

Time for some good news -  which means the TV special - 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching - has come along not a moment too soon. - Tune in this Sunday at 2 p.m. on TLN

Time for some good news - which means the TV special - 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching - has come along not a moment too soon. - Tune in this Sunday at 2 p.m. on TLN

This two-hour special mixes entertainment with stories from many places around the world about action to transition to a zero carbon world, including Ontario’s groundbreaking coal phase out (with our own Jack Gibbons in the spotlight). MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

New lease (so to speak): The life of an electric bus

New lease (so to speak): The life of an electric bus

How many different uses are there for an electric bus? The answer comes straight from line 55 in central Gothenburg, Sweden. The Christmas season is a little different. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

Don’t freak out about President Trump. The polls are wrong

How accurate are polls, especially this far in advance of the race? Not very, according to David Greenberg in the Atlantic. A sample of presidential races early pollsters got wrong include 1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

The world is waking up to the big financial risks of global warming

The world is waking up to the big financial risks of global warming

A European and an American walk into their local bank. Each has a savings account. The banks have the same antiseptic feel, their cash machines make the same robotic moves. There is one fundamental difference between the two, however — how they account MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

CYDaily Paris - In search of climate justice - Highlights from Day 9 - Can you tell McKenna that 1.5 degrees means carbon free by 2050? - Canadian Youth Delegation

CYDaily Paris - In search of climate justice - Highlights from Day 9 - Can you tell McKenna that 1.5 degrees means carbon free by 2050? - Canadian Youth Delegation

• Tell McKenna that 1.5 degrees means carbon free by 2050 • Loss and Damage struck from negotiating text? • We meet with Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Today is International Human Rights Day. This holiday season, stand up for environmental rights -  Ecojustice will lead the charge to make Canada’s environmental laws the strongest in the world

Today is International Human Rights Day. This holiday season, stand up for environmental rights - Ecojustice will lead the charge to make Canada’s environmental laws the strongest in the world

So, it is only fitting that yesterday Canada’s largest city, Toronto, became the 100th Canadian municipality to pass a declaration supporting its residents’ right to a healthy environment. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

The Brand of Terror Canada Exports

The Brand of Terror Canada Exports "If we're concerned about the dangers posed by terrorism, then we should be protecting the world from the terror of nuclear weapons."

Canadian uranium has for almost 70 years fired the nuclear arsenals of the U.S., UK, Russia, France, India, Israel and Pakistan. Annual Canadian uranium exports create enough spent fuel by-products (including plutonium) to build 5,000 nuclear warheads. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Greenpeace investigation finds academics for hire to promote fossil fuel interests

Greenpeace investigation finds academics for hire to promote fossil fuel interests

A recent undercover investigation by Greenpeace suggests two prominent energy researchers were willing to take payment from companies to produce peer-reviewed research, and hide the sources of funding for their research. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

How will Canadian investors respond to the 1.5 degree emissions target? - National Observer

Sunday’s revelation in Paris that Canada supports legally binding provisions on climate change and an emissions budget linked to a 1.5 degree global warming target should shake up Canada’s dormant financial sector. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Crazy Vatican light show illuminates the pope’s climate message

The event was meant to serve as a call to preserve our “common home” and inspire an ambitious outcome at the Paris climate talks by “sending a message of light from the Vatican,” according to EcoWatch. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Canadian Youth Delegation Highlights from Day 10 - Wednesday, December 9 - COP21 in Paris:

Canadian Youth Delegation Highlights from Day 10 - Wednesday, December 9 - COP21 in Paris:

• There’s a new draft for the agreement! • Now that Canada has committed to 1.5C, we celebrate the retirement of fossil fuels! • Canada is back... on the Fossil of the Day stage • Have you signed our petition yet? MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

The critical fight of the Paris climate talks will be in the next 24 to 48 hours.

The critical fight of the Paris climate talks will be in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Things here got off to a remarkable start, as many world governments aligned around a very ambitious target of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, thanks to the bold demands of leaders on the front lines of the crisis. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Power Generation Week Hits Las Vegas While City Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Just two weeks prior, the city of Las Vegas and NV Energy (utility sponsor for the show) announced a new partnership that has potential to take the city to a new level of environmental sustainability by becoming a leader in renewable energy. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Hold on to your straw hats. Farming is about to go low-carbon

A new report takes a close look at the energy that goes into our food and offers some tools for envisioning a low-carbon path forward. It’s called “Opportunities for Agri-Food Chains to Become Energy-Smart” and it was produced with backing from USAID, MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Read Arnold Schwarzenegger’s delightful response to climate deniers

Former California Gov. and human bicep Arnold Schwarzenegger has a message for climate deniers. “I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change,” he wrote in a message on Facebook. The entire note is worth reading, but we especially enjoyed this MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Highlights of Day 8 at COP 21

Highlights of Day 8 at COP 21

We have to start off by extending a heartfelt thanks to you & all of our other friends across the country.• Minister McKenna finally met with us • We met with Elizabeth May • We’ve launched a petition demanding that Canada commit to zero emissions 2050 MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Green Energy Must Be Cheaper Than Fossil Energy

More than 80 percent of the world's energy supply comes from coal, oil and gas. There is a general consensus that CO2 emissions place a strain on our climate, yet our inability to set a proper price on these emissions means that it is still far too cheap MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Gravity: An alternative alternative energy?

A Dutch architect has developed a new technique to generate free energy in a sustainable way at home, whereby energy is released by perpetually unbalancing a weight -- offering an alternative to solar and wind technology. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Energiewende is easily affordable – if we don’t go 100% renewable

Researchers from Fraunhofer ISE have published a new report investigating the net cost of Germany’s energy transition. The good news is that the German government’s current goals are likely to be affordable. The bad news is that 100 % renewable is less so MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Yes - your right to a healthy environment includes the right to a stable climate!

Yes - your right to a healthy environment includes the right to a stable climate!

While keeping an eye on Paris climate talks, explore how environmental rights help lessen climate change impacts—including its effects on the people and places you love. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Highlights of Day 6 at COP21 - Canadian Youth Delegation - After huge public pressure, Canada advocates to keep the rights of indigenous peoples and a just transition in the COP21 draft agreement • The CYD joins in the People’s Climate Summit!

Highlights of Day 6 at COP21 - Canadian Youth Delegation - After huge public pressure, Canada advocates to keep the rights of indigenous peoples and a just transition in the COP21 draft agreement • The CYD joins in the People’s Climate Summit!

On Saturday, the official first draft of the Paris Agreement was approved, meaning it will be passed to country’s ministers to debate next week. This is the text that has been in preparation and hot dissent all week MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

This week: Michael Bloomberg takes the helm of a new carbon task force, a megabank picks the clean technologies that pack the biggest punch, and some scrappy lawyers ask Ottawa to look into those absurd anti-science billboards.

This week: Michael Bloomberg takes the helm of a new carbon task force, a megabank picks the clean technologies that pack the biggest punch, and some scrappy lawyers ask Ottawa to look into those absurd anti-science billboards.

This past week, Goldman Sachs weighed in. The bank said that if investors want to land the biggest atmospheric and financial returns, they should back four existing technologies that are ready to scale: solar photovoltaics, onshore wind, LED lighting and MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

OSEA's letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail regarding the article entitled

OSEA's letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail regarding the article entitled "Ontarians paid $37-billion above market for electricity over eight years, Auditor-General's report says" from December 2nd.

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) agrees with the Auditor-General’s report. We do need a transparent process for energy planning, in particular around decisions that will affect the price consumers pay, now & future also in the future MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

Toyota brings fuel cell vehicles into spotlight - The Mirai joins Hyundai's fuel cell-powered Tucson as the only commercially available fuel cell cars on the market today.

Toyota's introduction of the Mirai -- the automaker's first production-level fuel cell car -- has thrust fuel cell vehicles (FCV) back into the spotlight. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

It’s a Through-The-Looking-Glass world. The Washington Post reports Sunday that ExxonMobil has a far saner view of global warming than the national Republican party.

It’s a Through-The-Looking-Glass world. The Washington Post reports Sunday that ExxonMobil has a far saner view of global warming than the national Republican party.

Fred Hiatt, the paper’s centrist editorial page editor, drops this bombshell: With no government action, Exxon experts told us during a visit to The Post last week, average temperatures are likely to rise by a catastrophic (my word, not theirs) 5 deg MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

Canada shocks COP21 with big new climate commitment - National Observer

Sunday night, Canada surprised a world of nations and negotiators in closed-door climate talks in Paris by endorsing a bolder, more ambitious target for cutting greenhouse gases than the UN climate change summit is officially aiming for. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

Racing to renewables in Fort McMurray?

For Antoine Palmer, the CEO of Sustainival, holding the “world’s first green carnival” in the heart of the oil sands is proof that the times are changing. A multi-day fun-fair complete with stomach-churning rides, blasting music and flashing lights MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

Florida Tea Party leader splits with movement over solar power: ‘I will do what is right’

Debbie Dooley is a firebrand Republican and an outspoken founding member of the Tea Party. But in a fast-intensifying battle over the future of solar power in Florida, she is not on the side you might expect . MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

CYDaily Paris - Strength and Hope - Highlights from Day 7 - Indigenous Action Shows Strength of Global Indigenous Movement

CYDaily Paris - Strength and Hope - Highlights from Day 7 - Indigenous Action Shows Strength of Global Indigenous Movement

• Indigenous led ‘Canoes to Paris’ action sends message of strength and hope • McKenna announces support for 1.5? global target • CYD joins a light brigade outside the Eiffel Tower MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

German power outage only once every four years

The German government has announced the (modest) progress being made with grid expansions. Further delays are expected. Nonetheless, German electricity reliability remains at a high level. Grid reliability and renewable growth seem to go hand in hand. MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

Paris climate change conference: Highlights from Day 5

Mark Carney picks Michael Bloomberg to lead a task force, a thousand leaders pledge to go renewable and large investors are proving surprisingly open to green initiatives MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

Opinion: Waterloo Region can join the battle against climate change

Sunday, uptown Waterloo pulsed with energy as a diverse range of people gathered for the Global Climate March, one of many marches around the world leading up to COP21 in Paris. A desire for bold action to care for our shared planet was a common thread MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

Bruce Power to spend $13B to refurbish 6 nuclear units - Start date of 15-year refurbishment project pushed back to 2020

Bruce Power will spend $13 billion to refurbish six of the eight nuclear reactors at its generating station near Kincardine, Ont., assuming all risks for cost overruns - delaying the start of the 15-year refurbishment project until 2020 from 2016. MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

Energy Minister announces yet another sweetheart nuclear deal -  the final capital cost and price of electricity from the re-built reactors of the project is still to be determined.

Energy Minister announces yet another sweetheart nuclear deal - the final capital cost and price of electricity from the re-built reactors of the project is still to be determined.

Ontario’s Energy Minister, Bob Chiarelli, announced that the Government of Ontario is signing a contract with Bruce Power to pay for the re-building of six of its aging, outdated nuclear reactors - preliminary estimate, the project will cost $13 B. MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

Highlights of Day 5 at COP21 - The Canadian Youth Delegation is at the negotiating table… but so is Suncor.

Highlights of Day 5 at COP21 - The Canadian Youth Delegation is at the negotiating table… but so is Suncor.

“We will not give up our fundamental right to exist” This powerful statement by the President of Tuvalu has been echoed by small island states & other countries most vulnerable to the climate crisis - call to action by these countries - keep below 1.5C MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

A very dangerous future - Naomi Klein said yesterday the politicians are leading the world to a 'very dangerous future.' - National Observer

As Mychaylo Prystupa reports from her talk at a venue outside of COP21, Klein said she doubts that the global talks will deliver the "kind of radical, transformative change needed to prevent catastrophic climate change." MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Al Gore: clean energy at 'tipping point' (VIDEO)Investors be warned, said stalwart global-warming crusader Al Gore in Paris: continue investing in dirty oil, gas and coal companies, and you risk losing your shirt.

"We are seeing a tremendous advance in our ability to shift to renewable energy... [in] the explosive growth of rooftop solar, utility-scale solar, onshore wind & now offshore wind,” Gore said Thursday in a speech at the COP21 UN climate summit videotape MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

A Big Week for Clean Energy as a Climate Solution

A Big Week for Clean Energy as a Climate Solution

In the past, international climate change negotiations like those underway in Paris focused mostly on policy (and politics, of course). But the Paris talks kicked off with two announcements focused squarely on clean energy innovation: MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

China’s New Energy Vehicle Production, Sales Soar

The statistics more than demonstrate that the favorable policies & support facilities put in place by the Chinese government have gone a long way in spurring the production & sales of new energy vehicles. The facts speak for themselves: in the month of MORE    added: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

K1 Anti-radiation pills now available. Fukushima Powerful photo essay of the nuclear devastation in Fukushima, Japan - Nuclear Power: A False Solution to Climate Change

K1 Anti-radiation pills now available. Fukushima Powerful photo essay of the nuclear devastation in Fukushima, Japan - Nuclear Power: A False Solution to Climate Change

Order Free Posters KI anti-radiation pills now available to all residents living within 50 kilometres of the Pickering Nuclear Plant. That includes all of Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke, the east side of Mississauga, Vaughan, Markham, Uxbridge, & more. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

PhotoCOPped - Highlights from Day 2 of COP21 - Canadian Youth Delegation

PhotoCOPped - Highlights from Day 2 of COP21 - Canadian Youth Delegation

Climate Vulnerability Forum: countries adopt declaration calling for 1.5?, decarbonization by 2050, & to be paid for climate damages - also attended to two side events by indigenous leaders focusing on the intersection between protecting and conserving MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Ontario took the next step in the fight against climate change last wk by releasing the province's Climate Change Strategy -laying out the government's vision for securing a healthy, clean and prosperous low-carbon future by transforming the way we live

Ontario took the next step in the fight against climate change last wk by releasing the province's Climate Change Strategy -laying out the government's vision for securing a healthy, clean and prosperous low-carbon future by transforming the way we live

The strategy also supports Ontario's proposed cap and trade program, which will help Ontario meet its emissions reduction targets - including reducing emissions from transportation by promoting the uptake of zero emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

BREAKING: Ecojustice files complaint with Competition Bureau against climate denial groups

BREAKING: Ecojustice files complaint with Competition Bureau against climate denial groups

Ecojustice, on behalf of a group of prominent Canadians, filed a complaint Thursday with the federal Competition Bureau, asking it to investigate false and misleading representations made by climate change denier groups. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Two utilities and a provincial planning agency walk into a bar . . .

Two utilities and a provincial planning agency walk into a bar . . .

What do you get when you put two utilities and a provincial power agency in a room together? A power planning brownout. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Highlights of Day 3 at COP 21 - Canadian Youth Delegation

Highlights of Day 3 at COP 21 - Canadian Youth Delegation

• CYD chills with Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein. • We put our hands for #ZeroBy2050, in solidarity with the most climate vulnerable countries. MORE    added: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

We are witnessing the worst environmental disaster of the 21st century so far -- and PepsiCo, Starbucks, Unilever, and Kraft Heinz are some of the major brands behind it.

Right now, Indonesia is literally on fire. Raging forest fires have covered SE Asia in a thick, toxic haze. The irreplaceable Indonesian rainforest is burning up before our eyes, taking forest communities & precious wildlife like orangutans, with it. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

China’s Investment in Renewable Energy Surpasses Europe, U.S. Combined

Global carbon dioxide emissions have been rising consistently year after year, but decreased for the first time in 2014, according to Fatih Birol, executive director & chief economist of the International Energy Agency. Birol spoke highly of China’s cont MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

“The nuclear file was an endless trip to the dentist for us.” – Dalton McGuinty, Past Premier of Ontario in his autobiography Making a Difference - and much more....

“The nuclear file was an endless trip to the dentist for us.” – Dalton McGuinty, Past Premier of Ontario in his autobiography Making a Difference - and much more....

Vote in our online poll 10 nuclear rebuilds for Ontario, or water power from Quebec? Don’t let the nuclear elephant crush renewable power in Ontario! You can win an energy kit. Vote now. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

Green Economy – Creating Jobs via Renewable Energy Adoption - 6.5 million jobs in 2013 (excluding large hydro)

Adding more jobs to the economy always equates to higher GDP, lower debt-to-GDP levels, lower unemployment insurance expenditures & higher revenues for governments from income tax & sales tax - why the case to add more renewable energy is so compelling. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

Do your part. We all have a chance to make Canada a leader!

Do your part. We all have a chance to make Canada a leader!

This week, we begin a new era in the fight against climate change. The UN climate conference offers a chance for action to cut emissions and build a global clean-energy economy. Tell our newly elected prime minister you want strong action NOW. MORE    added: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

Climate change fight begins at home, Trudeau tells world leaders Trudeau focused on his own backyard. "Indigenous peoples have known for thousands of years how to care for our planet," he said. "The rest of us have a lot to learn. And no time to waste."

Trudeau said national governments like his own also have a lot they can learn from cities, and from the provincial premiers who've accompanied him to these talks. "Because we must leave our children more than a planet free of terrorism ... We must leave MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Fossil fuels: Risking $2.2T in stranded assets and destroying investor returns

Fossil fuel companies risk wasting up to $2.2 T in the next decade, threatening substantially lower investor returns, by pursuing projects that could be uneconomic in the face of a perfect storm of factors including international action to limit climate MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Paris Pledge: Hold outs Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo cut coal financing

Following calls from the Paris Pledge - a global coalition of over 160 global civil society organizations urging the banking sector to phase out coal financing in the leadup to the U.N. climate conference underway in Paris(COP21) - Morgan Stanley & Wells MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Bill Gates-led private sector effort to collaborate with public sector’s Mission Innovation initiative - Billionaire Philanthropists Boost Climate Change Investment

PARIS — The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which launched today (Nov 30) in Paris, is a global group of private investors that will take the risks that allow early-stage energy companies to get innovation out of the lab and into the marketplace. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Canadian delegation, and 5 of our Premiers are in Paris at the COP21 Climate Change conference. To keep you up to date, we wrote a recap of all of the provincial plans & pledges that have been released

This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Canadian delegation, and 5 of our Premiers are in Paris at the COP21 Climate Change conference. To keep you up to date, we wrote a recap of all of the provincial plans & pledges that have been released

Also at the Paris Talks today: Several world leaders have signed on to Bill Gates’ billion-dollar climate change investment plan, including a pledge of $300 million from Canada. Read more here. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the United Nations climate change conference in Paris. As you can probably expect, he said a lot of great things.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the United Nations climate change conference in Paris. As you can probably expect, he said a lot of great things.

It’s also true that Canada is starting off on the right foot with significant commitments for climate financing and investments in renewables on the table in Paris. Now, Justin Trudeau is in Paris with Harper’s climate targets & refusing to address tar MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

This week: a Montreal company rolls out the nation’s first all-electric taxi fleet, Manitoba confirms it will run with cap-and-trade, and the world’s geekiest billionaire introduces the world’s biggest clean energy research fund.

This week: a Montreal company rolls out the nation’s first all-electric taxi fleet, Manitoba confirms it will run with cap-and-trade, and the world’s geekiest billionaire introduces the world’s biggest clean energy research fund.

Today, the opening day of the Paris climate summit, heads of 20 countries — Canada included — are expected to announce plans to double their clean energy R&D budgets by 2020 in an effort to spur on the clean energy revolution. Dubbed Mission Innovation - MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

I just arrived in Paris for the global climate talks that start here today, and one of the first things I saw when I turned on my computer was the stream of photos coming from thousands of Global Climate March events across the globe.

I just arrived in Paris for the global climate talks that start here today, and one of the first things I saw when I turned on my computer was the stream of photos coming from thousands of Global Climate March events across the globe.

There is obviously still a long fight ahead of us. But particularly after this weekend, it's becoming harder and harder to avoid the conclusion that we're close to something very big: a moment when the world can break free of fossil fuels, keep carbon in MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

We did it! Despite losing our flagship Paris event, this weekend's Global Climate March still broke records as the largest climate mobilisation in history!

From São Paulo to Sydney, 785,000 of us shook the ground in over 2,300 events in 175 countries, united in one voice calling for a 100% clean energy future to save everything we love. It was front page media worldwide, & the impact is already being felt MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

BULLFROGPOWER E-Buzz - Hope blooms at this solar-powered greenhouse - Give the gift of GREEN this holiday season - Another solar project symbolizes HOPE for a community - Calgary students bullfrogpower their school - 900,000 new jobs for BC by 2050

BULLFROGPOWER E-Buzz - Hope blooms at this solar-powered greenhouse - Give the gift of GREEN this holiday season - Another solar project symbolizes HOPE for a community - Calgary students bullfrogpower their school - 900,000 new jobs for BC by 2050

What would it take for British Columbians to have an additional 900,000 new job opportunities by 2050? Clean Energy Canada, one of Bullfrog's newest partners, says the answer is meeting the province's climate targets in its latest analysis MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

NATIONAL OBSERVER - Obama brings hope to Paris climate talks: ‘this is a turning point’ - Trudeau keeps election promise in Paris with $300M-a-year clean tech commitment - "Canada's back," enviro minister tells media in Paris

Climate rally draws over 20,000 to Ottawa on eve of Paris talks - International climate negotiations are the key to global peace, says Hollande MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

What an incredible weekend. In three days, 785,000 people gathered, cycled, marched and danced for the climate in 2300 events in over 175 countries. From the Solomon Islands to Austin, Texas, from the Antarctic peninsula to Malawi

What an incredible weekend. In three days, 785,000 people gathered, cycled, marched and danced for the climate in 2300 events in over 175 countries. From the Solomon Islands to Austin, Texas, from the Antarctic peninsula to Malawi

The Global Climate March reached every corner of the globe. Here in Canada, marches were held in Vancouver, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Halifax, Toronto, and many more towns and cities, while the flagship march in Ottawa saw an incredible 25,000 peopl MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

The wind turbine that looks like a tree

Tapping into the small, turbulent currents of air that blow around cities, a new French invention called the wind tree could bring wind power to urban areas. MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

How Germans will get power when the sun doesn't shine

The country’s recent push to phase out fossil and nuclear power and boost green energy has unlocked the need for new technologies – especially storage for renewable energy. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

Canada's oceans matter, at the Paris climate talks and beyond

Canada's oceans matter, at the Paris climate talks and beyond

It's encouraging that our newly elected federal government has agreed to improve efforts to safeguard Canada's oceans. Ocean protection here is shamefully deficient, currently at around one per cent. The new government has restated our country's commitme MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

HÉBERT: How the oilsands may find greener pastures

It is not just Canada’s environmentalists who have cause to hope Alberta’s decision to embrace the fight against global warming will be a game-changer. So does the oilsands industry. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

War, racism, fear and hatred of the world’s most vulnerable -- these things are seemingly on the rise around the world, and they are compounded by our changing climate. And yet: Here is also a movement of people -- spanning borders and cultures --

War, racism, fear and hatred of the world’s most vulnerable -- these things are seemingly on the rise around the world, and they are compounded by our changing climate. And yet: Here is also a movement of people -- spanning borders and cultures --

...that’s born out of love. If that’s the kind of hope you want to be part of building, this weekend’s Global Climate March is your chance. The Global Climate March is shaping up to be a huge mobilization, coordinated by countless organizations MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

TransCanada, Enbridge Among Winners From Alberta’s Carbon Policy

The race to find winners from Alberta’s low-carbon policies is on with analysts betting renewable energy developers such as Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. will be among the best placed to make the shift. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

The Canadian solar industry applauds the Government of Saskatchewan and SaskPower’s commitment to reduce emissions

The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) applauds the Government of Saskatchewan & SaskPower’s plan to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the province’s electricity sector by limiting the use of coal & doubling use of renewables MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Carbon tax for green projects only: Notley

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government will keep a tight rein on a multibillion-dollar carbon tax to make sure the money goes only to green programs and incentives. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Google to buy solar power to run massive NC server farm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Google says it will offset the tremendous electricity needed for its North Carolina server farm with solar power under a new program that allows corporations to voluntarily pay more for renewable energy. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Climate change on a par with terrorism as security threat: EU officials

European officials are warning that climate change is a major threat to global security on par with terrorism and cyber attacks. And that should give world leaders and their governments some extra impetus, the officials say, to reach a binding plan MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

GEA Urges EPA to Include Geothermal in Clean Energy Incentive Program

As part of the Clean Power Plan, EPA has proposed an early incentive program to reward investments in renewable energy generation (PDF). The proposal, however, only includes some renewable technologies & while wind & solar are included, geothermal is not MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

German financial giant Allianz slashes coal investments

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Allianz SE, one of the world's largest financial asset managers, said Tuesday it would over the next six months decrease investments in companies using coal and boost funding on those focused on wind power. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Ontario climate strategy short on details

The strategy broadly envisions a low-carbon economy, a carbon-neutral government sector, more energy-efficient buildings and more electric vehicles on the roads, but offers little new information about the Liberal government's specific goals MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

How Fast Can We Transition to a Low-Carbon Energy System?

Starting later this month, the world’s nations will convene in traumatized Paris to hammer out commitments to slow down global climate change. Any long-term solution will require “decarbonizing” the world energy economy – shifting to green power sources MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

New York plots path to renewable energy goal

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

D'Amato: Fighting climate change can begin with a painting in Waterloo - Record OPINION Column

Can art help us keep the world from overheating? Laura Hamilton thinks it can help - a founding member of Divest Waterloo, a group that encourages local governments, education institutions, pension plans, businesses & individuals to shift in investment MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Take action: Oil by rail projects need thorough environmental assessments

Take action: Oil by rail projects need thorough environmental assessments

The project would send up to 336,000 barrels of crude oil by rail from Hardisty, Alberta to refineries around North America every day. That's more oil than flows through Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline, or Kinder Morgan’s existing TransMountain pipeline. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Today in Edmonton, we stood with Alberta’s Premier Rachel Notley as she announced a bold new plan on climate change.

Today in Edmonton, we stood with Alberta’s Premier Rachel Notley as she announced a bold new plan on climate change.

Alberta not just committing to a low carbon economy, it is charting a new legislative pathway to limit carbon pollution and accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

"The world will come face to face with its future in Paris in December 2015."

With the support of people like you in A\J's community, and the contributions from a diversity of voices from across Canada, A\J will be reporting on the crucial climate negotiations that are happening from November 30 - December 11. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

New tool will scrub the oil off your investments

Corporate Knights, a financial research and reporting company, who together with their friends at the South Pole Group and 350.org launched this week a wondrous new tool: “The Clean Capitalist Decarbonizer.” Corporate Knights used the Decarbonizer MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Trudeau Government- Changes in Energy Policies

During the recent election campaign Prime Minister Trudeau created a clear differentiation between himself & former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, particularly when he committed to a significant set of policies that focused on clean, green, & renewable MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

Following Shell, another oil company pulls out of Arctic

Following in the wake of Shell’s decision to abandon its operations in the Arctic, another drilling company has announced that it will be pulling out of the region - Norwegian oil company Statoil. MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

Ontario Catholic School Boards rank top for energy performance

Ontario school boards are taking energy efficiency seriously, & the June 2015 announcement of the province’s top performing school boards underlines their efforts. The Sustainable Schools Program named the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) as MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Canada shines again as the top country for LEED building projects

“We are extremely proud to be named as the top country for LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] projects internationally again this year,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Now it's our job. While activists in Paris are revising their plans, it’s up to the rest of us to kick it up a notch.

Now it's our job. While activists in Paris are revising their plans, it’s up to the rest of us to kick it up a notch.

This week, we got some disappointing news. Citing security concerns, the French government has prohibited many of the Paris mobilizations and events connected to the upcoming climate summit from going forward -- including the massive march being planned MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

David Suzuki: Growing environmental leadership fills me with gratitude

David Suzuki: Growing environmental leadership fills me with gratitude

Next year I’ll celebrate my 80th birthday, so it’s a great time for me to see so many people joining the Blue Dot movement. Our work is not done, and the path to gaining constitutional recognition for environmental rights is challenging. But... MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Quest to Boost Microalgae Growth Promises More Sustainable Energy

Arizona State University engineer Bruce Rittmann and physicist Klaus Lackner will lead a new research project to aid U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to boost production of a promising source for clean, renewable energy. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

New hottie Canadian prime minister essentially kills Northern Gateway pipeline - US perspective

Environmental and First Nations groups are celebrating recently elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin “Hair Model” Trudeau’s decision to ban crude oil tankers from British Columbia’s northern coast. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

No, Obama’s Clean Power Plan won’t raise your electric bills, no matter what conservatives say

Public Citizen’s report explains why: The Clean Power Plan incentivizes states & utilities to adopt energy efficiency programs, such as ones to better insulate homes so they require less heating & air-conditioning - more efficiency = lower costs. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

The Prime Minister is listening -- but pressure needs to keep mounting.

The Prime Minister is listening -- but pressure needs to keep mounting.

On November 28-29th, we have a chance to keep this pressure mounting, as actions and mobilizations take place around the world as part of the Global Climate March. There are actions planned across Canada, including a mass march & rally in Ottawa called MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Last week the eyes of the world were on the terrible attacks in Paris. We join with the French people in condemning the reprehensible terrorist violence that took the lives of at least 132 innocent people.

Last week the eyes of the world were on the terrible attacks in Paris. We join with the French people in condemning the reprehensible terrorist violence that took the lives of at least 132 innocent people.

In spite of these terrible circumstances, the French government bravely announced that the COP21 climate talks in Paris will go forward, given their importance. The talks will provide an opportunity for world leaders to come together & address the issue MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Why economic growth is part of the climate solution - Globe editorial

Climate change, at last, is now seen by most major countries as an issue deserving significant investment and co-operation across political boundaries. Governments, including Canada’s, are finally treating climate as a matter of top urgency MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

This week: Canada’s top diplomat places climate at the centre of his priority list, Nova Scotia’s electricity sector pledges to clean up its act, and the International Energy Agency somehow still didn’t get the memo.

This week: Canada’s top diplomat places climate at the centre of his priority list, Nova Scotia’s electricity sector pledges to clean up its act, and the International Energy Agency somehow still didn’t get the memo.

The new federal government continues to broadcast very encouraging signals to the nation and the world on climate and clean energy. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Electric cars are better than gas cars when it comes to emissions, study says

For years, people have debated a burning question: Are electric vehicles actually better for the environment than their gas-powered rivals — even in the regions where a lot of electricity comes from coal? MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

4 charts show what’s ahead for renewable energy

With high-stakes climate negotiations just around the corner, things are looking rosy for the producers and sellers of wind turbines and solar panels. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

The Earth is on track to end 2015 with an average 1 degree C warming

It’s all but certain that 2015 will end up as the hottest year on record. And in setting that mark, the world is on track to finish the year 1 degree C above pre-industrial levels, a dubious milestone. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Clean energy revolution: US highlights transformational technology

Just ahead of the COP21 UN Climate Negotiations in Paris, the U.S. Department of Energy has released a new report detailing the state of several energy technologies in the United States providing solutions to climate change. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Turks rally for coal-free future on first day of G20

People in the heart of Turkey’s coal country are demanding a fossil fuel-free future as the G20 summit gets underway in Antalya. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

There are times when words are hard to come by, and when you find them they feel inadequate. Clearly the world is hurting in many places right now.

There are times when words are hard to come by, and when you find them they feel inadequate. Clearly the world is hurting in many places right now.

The upcoming Paris Climate Summit is, in a sense, a peace summit -- perhaps the most important peace summit that has ever been held. Let’s hang on to that solidarity and love. Let’s learn from it. Especially at a time like this. MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Rail boom not assured after Keystone denial.

CALGARY - Now that the Keystone XL pipeline has been rejected, it's not a foregone conclusion that much of the 830,000 barrels a day that would have flowed through it will move on trains instead, industry watchers say. MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

Utilities Buying Gas Pipelines Better Watch Out for Batteries

Efforts by utilities to buy U.S. natural-gas pipelines to make up for lackluster power use could be upended if the shift toward renewables and batteries accelerates. MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

The Paris climate summit is Canada’s chance to become a climate leader - Canada’s newly elected prime minister and a team of leaders from across Canada are headed to Paris

The Paris climate summit is Canada’s chance to become a climate leader - Canada’s newly elected prime minister and a team of leaders from across Canada are headed to Paris

It’s time for Canada to do its part to build a powerful international agreement. You can also do your part to make climate action a reality. MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

A major Greenland glacier is collapsing

A major glacier in Greenland that holds enough water to raise global sea levels by half a meter has begun to crumble into the North Atlantic Ocean, scientists say. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Storage Advance May Boost Solar Thermal Energy Potential

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Engineers at Oregon State University have identified a new approach for the storage of concentrated solar thermal energy, to reduce its cost and make it more practical for wider use. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Homes with PV systems fetch higher prices on the U.S. market

A new report analysed 43 PV sales in six U.S. states & found that owning a PV system consistently adds value to a home. For the sales checked in the sample, which took place in 2012, this premium value was on average 3.78 US$/W or about 14,000 US$ extra MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Japan’s Local Energy Providers Turn to Distributed Generation

By fully deregulating its electricity sector by next April, Japan plans to break up the 60-yrs of regional monopolies controlled by 10 vertically-integrated, investor-owned utilities (IOUs). Just at the end of October, 778 companies registered as power MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Plan designates desert land for renewable energy development

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A sweeping plan released Tuesday to regulate development of renewable energy in Southern California deserts designates nearly 400,000 acres for potential solar, wind and geothermal plants & millions more acres for conservation & recre MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Shifting Winds: A New Era of Renewable Investment and Growth

States with renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and/or net energy metering (NEM) regulations are witnessing higher solar growth trends than for wind. While U.S. wind capacity additions peaked in 2012, U.S. solar capacity additions have been accelerating MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

This morning the Toronto Star's front page featured an article on OPG's distribution of iodine pills to residents within 10km of nuclear plants-- and questioning the adequacy of this primary zone, which critics argue was set arbitrarily.

This morning the Toronto Star's front page featured an article on OPG's distribution of iodine pills to residents within 10km of nuclear plants-- and questioning the adequacy of this primary zone, which critics argue was set arbitrarily.

While nuclear emergency planning is still top-of-mind, let's get even more information out to Torontonians about the risks they're being subjected to-- without even being afforded the respect of looking at alternatives like wind and solar. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Solar Revolution Turns Away from Oil - Petroleum-rich nation embraces renewable options

Would you believe that by 2050, Saudi Arabia plans to implement approximately 40 GW of solar? That's a full two-thirds of the Kingdom’s current energy demand. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Over the course of the last four days, I joined hundreds of courageous people from across the country, including students, Indigenous leaders, grandparents, doctors, lawyers, mothers and everyone in between, who sat in to call on Prime Minister Justin Tr

Over the course of the last four days, I joined hundreds of courageous people from across the country, including students, Indigenous leaders, grandparents, doctors, lawyers, mothers and everyone in between, who sat in to call on Prime Minister Justin Tr

It’s clear to me after the last four days that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a choice to make. He needs to choose between people and polluters, between big oil and real climate action. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

China promises action on climate ahead of Paris talks

China has changed course and emerged as a leader in curbing greenhouse gas emissions six years after it was accused of obstructing the last high-level climate talks in Copenhagen. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Maps show how sea-level rise could swallow global icons

Long-term sea-level rise set in motion by near-term carbon emissions threatens major coastal cities across the world. Here we present paired images showing how iconic locations — in London, Shanghai, Mumbai, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Durban, & New York — MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

The inside story of how the Keystone fight was won

Everyone is talking about President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline proposal, but he’s not actually the hero of the story. The Keystone decision is the culmination of a startlingly successful grassroots activist campaign MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

The 7 things you need to know now about the Keystone XL pipeline

1) President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on Nov. 6. 2) This is a huge win for the climate movement. 3) Keystone XL is mostly just a symbol.4) Still, the Keystone XL rejection will have some real climate impact. 5) Keystone XL is not permanent MORE    added: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Morgan Solar Has Reinvented Solar Technology

We’ve developed the revolutionary Sun Simba™ Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) module and Savanna™ dual-axis tracker - two solar energy technologies that fundamentally change the economics of solar power. Our goal is to enable grid parity solar energy MORE    added: Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015

News: Order your KI pills  - PLUS much more.

News: Order your KI pills - PLUS much more.

KI pills would be taken before or during a radioactive leak from nuclear station to help prevent thyroid cancer. If you live within 50 km of the Pickering or Darlington nuclear stations (this includes all of Toronto and into Mississauga) - order FREE MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

It's not too late to join in. Can you be part of the final day of Climate Welcome tomorrow - Sunday?

It's not too late to join in. Can you be part of the final day of Climate Welcome tomorrow - Sunday?

We celebrated a remarkable victory yesterday: the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline by President Obama. Today, I’m risking arrest with 140 Canadians at PM Trudeau’s residence in Ottawa to grow the fight to stop the expansion of the tar sands. MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

Climate protesters sit on Trudeau's doorstep

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first full day on the job Thursday came complete with a protest by environmentalists outside the gates of his new Rideau Hall residence. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

BREAKING: Keystone XL pipeline rejected!

BREAKING: Keystone XL pipeline rejected!

We just made history together. 4 years to the day after we surrounded the White House, President Obama has rejected the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline! MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

BREAKING: Keystone XL got rejected -- and we we're sitting in for Day 2 of Climate Welcome

BREAKING: Keystone XL got rejected -- and we we're sitting in for Day 2 of Climate Welcome

This decision come after four years of people taking to the streets & out on the land. They risked arrest outside the White House and staged numerous bold, courageous demonstrations to confront the President about the climate and Indigenous rights impac MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Justin Trudeau's new Liberasl cabinet: full list and bios

From veteran MPs to political newbies, CTVNews.ca has compiled some facts and biographical information about everyone chosen to be part of Justin Trudeau's cabinet. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

This week, the Toronto Stock Exchange brings carbon risk to the trading floor, a massive concentrated solar project approaches a milestone, and we publish a clean economy forecast for British Columbia that's decidedly sunny.

This week, the Toronto Stock Exchange brings carbon risk to the trading floor, a massive concentrated solar project approaches a milestone, and we publish a clean economy forecast for British Columbia that's decidedly sunny.

Our new economic analysis, A Clean Economy & Jobs Plan for BC, finds that if the province introduces the policies, standards and incentives needed to meet its climate targets, British Columbians will have an additional 900,000 new jobs by 2050. MORE    added: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Alberta Promises To Boost Renewables, Phase Out Coal

Alberta is pushing ahead with a plan to phase out coal power plants, support renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. Notley has promised to have a climate plan ready for United Nations talks in Paris that start Nov. 30. MORE    added: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

How India Can Become a Solar Super Power

There is a “Green Energy Revolution” underway in India that can increase prosperity for millions of poor families by harnessing the abundant and clean energy of the sun. With the right policies in place India can easily become a world leader in solar ener MORE    added: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

China’s Solar PV Sector Achieves Rapid Growth Amid Global Economic Downturn

Despite the softening in the performance of the global economy, China’s solar photovoltaic (PV) sector achieved rapid growth during the first three quarters that ended Sept. 30, 2015, mainly driven by favorable policies put in place by the Chinese gov MORE    added: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

Fossil fuel companies aren’t just bad for the climate — they’re bad investments

Fossil fuel companies aren’t just bad for the climate — they’re bad investments

What if fossil fuels are just bad investments? What if oil, gas, and coal companies have sunk billions of dollars into buying up the rights to carbon fuels that they will never actually be able to extract? That’s what a growing band of financiers argue, a MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Coal-friendly states sue over Obama’s Clean Power Plan

President Barack Obama’s signature plan to fight climate change was formally published October 23, thus opening the season for a fresh round of legal challenges from two dozen states, most of which are major coal consumers. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Check out some of the prettiest (and most depressing) climate change data out there

Over at Climate Home, Megan Darby has compiled a veritable cornucopia of climate change data tools. It’s a stellar list, and if you’re looking for a deep data dive, you’d do well to check it out. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Why the Solar PV Industry Should Love Geothermal Heat Pumps

Although the high efficiency of GHPs reduces peak load in the summer, GHPs also utilize electricity in the winter for heating, resulting in a higher yearly consumption. Of course, the elimination of the heating fuel bill more than offsets this increase. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Sustainable development goals offer a path to prosperity

Sustainable development goals offer a path to prosperity

A UN statement offers a compelling vision: "A world in which consumption and production patterns and use of all natural resources — from air to land, from rivers, lakes and aquifers to oceans and seas — are sustainable. Make Canada is a proud partner! MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Wind – Compelling Clean Power Choice For States

Today, wind competes economically with all energy sources, even natural gas. In many markets, wind is now the lowest-cost energy, period. If it costs less, who wouldn't choose wind? Globally, this is driving tremendous demand. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Mexico Planning $46 Billion Coast-to-Coast Wind Energy Push

The country expects to have about 10 GW of turbines in operation within three years spread across almost every region, up from 2.5 GW in 2014, part of a government plan to add 20 GW of clean energy by 2030, according to Mexico’s Wind Energy Association. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Will Trudeau transform Canada into a green energy superpower?

Will Trudeau transform Canada into a green energy superpower?

Clean Energy Canada (CEC) is urging Justin Trudeau to transform Canada into a green superpower by joining a global renewables trade valued last year at $790 billion. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Indonesia’s huge fires might be the worst climate change crisis on Earth right now

Indonesia is in the middle of a public health crisis from forest fire haze. The problem isn’t just deforestation, but how its happening. In Indonesia, forests are often cleared out with fire. This year, forest fires are also being fueled by El Niño-relat MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

The world works better when Canada solves problems instead of causing them.

The world works better when Canada solves problems instead of causing them.

In the wake of the sweeping Liberal victory, it’s time to welcome the new government to office—and make sure that they realize there’s no time to waste. Climate Welcome is a reminder that unless the tar sands stops expanding, Canada simply can’t play MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Nuclear power continues to push up electricity rates Ontario’s residential electricity rates will rise by 3.4% on November 1st. Ontario Energy Board report says 45% of the rise in generation costs is due to subsidies for our aging nuclear reactors.

Nuclear power continues to push up electricity rates Ontario’s residential electricity rates will rise by 3.4% on November 1st. Ontario Energy Board report says 45% of the rise in generation costs is due to subsidies for our aging nuclear reactors.

The threat of low-level radiation - A new study by the UN's World Health Organization says long-term exposure to radiation – even low levels – can dramatically increase the risk of dying from cancer. Plus much more! MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Alaska Helps Remote Communities Shift to Renewables

Before 2008, Kodiak produced about 60 percent of its electricity from hydro and the balance from diesel fuel. Today Kodiak generates more than 99 percent of its power from hydro and wind energy, thanks to grants from the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Democracy isn't just about politics; it's about all of us

Democracy isn't just about politics; it's about all of us

I want to commend Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau on his positive campaign and congratulate him on his party's sweeping victory. I still think the new government has an opportunity to strengthen its climate change policies, but more on that later. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

100 per cent clean economy by 2050 is 100 per cent possible

100 per cent clean economy by 2050 is 100 per cent possible

Please join us in Ottawa on November 29 for 100% Possible: Marching Together for Climate Solutions & Justice. Let's show our new government that the transition to a 100 per cent clean-energy economy by 2050 is not only necessary to solve the climate cri MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Manitoba makes history as first province to sign on to Blue Dot

Manitoba makes history as first province to sign on to Blue Dot

It's been a wild ride for our friends on the Prairies! Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger made history by announcing his plans to introduce legislative protections for environmental rights. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Big energy inflates future fossil fuel demand

G7 countries are pledging to phase out fossil fuel use, but you’d never know it based on forecasts from major energy companies MORE    added: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015

Canada’s solar leaders expanding globally - Canada's few major players in the solar industry are growing up and heading out into the world.

CALGARY — Private companies which were raised on Ontario's generous renewable energy subsidies, are now making big pushes into emerging markets as they outgrow imited opportunities in Canada. MORE    added: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015

Solar is the future - Record letter to the editor by UW Prof

I applaud Gwyn Morgan's - A reality check on trying to 'decarbonize' of Oct. 14 commitment to the facts about coal usage and decarbonization, but at least one of his facts is simply wrong. As solar prices plunge, the future of energy will be solar. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Liberals Sweep in Canadian Elections: Are Renewables Back?

In Canada, the Liberal party, under the leadership of 43-year old Justin Trudeau, swept to victory in the Canadian federal elections. As of 6am Eastern time on Oct. 20, the Liberals won 184 seats — 14 seats more than needed to form a majority government. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Nuclear power continues to push up electricity rates - Ontario’s residential electricity rates will rise by 3.4% on November 1st. Let our government know there are lower cost options!

Nuclear power continues to push up electricity rates - Ontario’s residential electricity rates will rise by 3.4% on November 1st. Let our government know there are lower cost options!

According to an Ontario Energy Board report, 45% of the rise in our electricity generation costs is due to subsidies for Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) and Bruce Power’s aging nuclear reactors. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Voter turnout spikes after long, unpredictable campaign

The figures, which do not include Canadians who registered on election day, show that Prince Edward Island had the highest voter turnout at 77.4 per cent, with Yukon (76 per cent) & New Brunswick (74.6 per cent) close behind. In Newfoundland & Labrador MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Canada can Lead on Climate and Clean Energy with New Liberal Government

Canada can Lead on Climate and Clean Energy with New Liberal Government

VANCOUVER — Merran Smith, Executive Director of Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the outcome of the federal election: “Canadians have voted for change, & that’s good news for Canada’s clean energy sector & all Canadians MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

This week: Alberta could be home to western Canada’s biggest solar project, Volvo embraces electrification, and our policy experts compile a quick-reference guide to voting for a clean energy future.

This week: Alberta could be home to western Canada’s biggest solar project, Volvo embraces electrification, and our policy experts compile a quick-reference guide to voting for a clean energy future.

Clean Energy Canada’s policy director, Dan Woynillowicz, & senior policy advisor Sarah Petrevan took the time to unpack the four major party platforms & sift through their promises. Here is a refresher BEFORE YOU VOTE. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

Tell Ontario that revenue from pricing carbon pollution must pay for climate action

Tell Ontario that revenue from pricing carbon pollution must pay for climate action

Ontarians want action on climate change. And the best way to make that action happen is to ensure the revenue from Ontario’s cap-and-trade program goes back into other initiatives that can further cut carbon emissions. MORE    added: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Digging Deeper, Why Renewables are Beating Coal and Gas in Some Parts of the World

Levelized cost of electricity analysis for H2 2015 shows onshore wind to be fully competitive against gas and coal in some parts of the world, while solar is closing the gap. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

This is the most important election in my lifetime and we’re just three days away from voting day on October 19th.

This is the most important election in my lifetime and we’re just three days away from voting day on October 19th.

We’ve been following climate issues closely in this election and here’s our guide to voting for the climate on Monday. Step One: Vote Out Prime Minister Harper - Step Two: Get ready to give the next Prime Minister a proper climate welcome - MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Crowdfunding meets clean energy

In academic laboratories across the US, top researchers are working on transformative clean energy innovations, printable solar cells, global water purification, algae biofuel technology, improved battery storage technology, powerful electric MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

"Despite a commitment to putting Conservation First, Ontario continues to underpay for conservation and overpay for nuclear projects." Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance - and much more

Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich She just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. These excerpts are heart breaking. Child cancer rate soars after Fukushima nuclear disaster Rates of thyroid cancer are 20 to 50 times higher than average in area MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

The Future of Energy Generation and Distribution in Ontario: Q and A with the IESO

The Future of Energy Generation and Distribution in Ontario: Q and A with the IESO

We asked Senior Staff at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) about the future of energy generation and distribution in Ontario and they kindly responded to our many questions. Have a read: MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Election 2015: What’s been said and where we go from here

Election 2015: What’s been said and where we go from here

Don’t let anyone tell you politicians are all the same. Energy & environmental issues have played an important role in this year’s federal election — & Canada’s political leaders offer different approaches and levels of ambition when it comes to change MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Get informed. Find a buddy. Go vote. Encourage others.

Get informed. Find a buddy. Go vote. Encourage others.

If you’re still undecided about how to cast your ballot, the David Suzuki Foundation has reviewed the parties' environmental platforms and compared their commitments in this at-a-glance cheat sheet. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Here's your essential toolkit to 'Vote Environment' in the upcoming election. The past four years have seen the dismantling of some of Canada’s oldest and most important environmental laws. Take the pledge to vote for a more just and sustainable Canada.

Here's your essential toolkit to 'Vote Environment' in the upcoming election. The past four years have seen the dismantling of some of Canada’s oldest and most important environmental laws. Take the pledge to vote for a more just and sustainable Canada.

In 2012, when legal changes were rapidly pushed through Parliament, organizations representing tens of thousands of Canadians spoke out together for nature & democracy.On October 19, vote to restore Canada’s environmental safety net. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Conservation First or Nuclear First?

Conservation First or Nuclear First?

Someone needs to tell our provincial government that they can’t have it both ways. They can’t pay only a 2 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for energy efficiency initiatives while agreeing to pay close to 9 cents a kWh for power from a rebuilt Darlington MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

In just four days, Canadians will go to the polls to choose who will lead our country for the next four years. What happens on Monday may change the very essence of what Canada represents. Check our breakdown of the federal parties on climate issues.

In just four days, Canadians will go to the polls to choose who will lead our country for the next four years. What happens on Monday may change the very essence of what Canada represents. Check our breakdown of the federal parties on climate issues.

Once upon a time, the CBC ended each broadcast with a video that depicted a Canada of sparkling lakes, ancient forests, rugged mountains and wild coastlines. That Canada has started slipping away the last nine years. A new Canada has begun to emerge. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Senator Bernie Sanders says climate change is the greatest threat to national security - The crowd cheered.

The first US Democratic debate on Tuesday - the most significant moment for climate warriors came when Bernie Sanders was asked what the greatest national security threat was. Climate change, Sen. Sanders said with all the indignation of an old lefty MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

This conservative US economist makes the case for a carbon tax

N. Gregory Mankiw is, if not a household name, a dorm-room one. His Principles of Economics textbook is the standard for most college intro-to-econ courses, with more than a 1M copies sold. A prof at Harvard, he teaches the most popular course Econ.10. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

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Introducing "Your Brilliant Career"

A\J'S CAREERS ISSUE explores how to maximize your environmental education & the career paths to take when you graduate. Included is our Annual Environmental Education Guide which features 116 colleges & universities across Canada offering 1076 programs. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

Turn over a new leaf this fall — don’t rake ’em! Because butterflies begin in leaves, as larvae. Those brown, dead leaves are the planet's butterfly nursery and home to microbes and worms.

Turn over a new leaf this fall — don’t rake ’em! Because butterflies begin in leaves, as larvae. Those brown, dead leaves are the planet's butterfly nursery and home to microbes and worms.

How to leave the leaves - Create a butterfly larvae nursery in one simple step. Keep leaves where gravity put them. Allow your rake to collect only dust. MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

Election 2015: Comparing federal party policies on climate change - Where will you be October 19?

Election 2015: Comparing federal party policies on climate change - Where will you be October 19?

On October 19, please join me and the rest of the Ecojustice team as we cast our votes for a healthy environment. Before you head to the polls, we urge you to ask few simple questions: MORE    added: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

Can Hawaii become the world’s first renewable energy/hydrogen economy? Hawaii’s committed to 100% renewable energy by 2045.

Hawaii’s small size, isolation and abundant renewable energy resources give it an ideal opportunity to become the world’s first hydrogen economy. The ingredients are there. Hawaii’s got renewable energy. Hawaii’s got high energy import costs. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Lick the plate: The ecological and economic costs of food waste

Lick the plate: The ecological and economic costs of food waste

We’re hearing a lot about food waste lately. Every year a staggering one-third — 1.3 billion tonnes — of the world’s food is wasted after it has been harvested: 45 per cent of fruit and vegetables, 35 per cent of fish and seafood, 30 per cent of cereals, MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Canada Election 2015: Where do the Parties Stand on Climate Change?

Canada Election 2015: Where do the Parties Stand on Climate Change?

With only a couple of weeks left in the Canadian federal election, voters are starting to ask fundamental questions about where the major parties stand on important issues like climate change. Canadians already rank climate and environment as a top issue MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

New images of air pollution in Alberta

New images of air pollution in Alberta

A picture is worth a thousand words, & that’s certainly true in this case. Many of the images show air emissions modelling results across the entire province — something that can be hard to grasp otherwise. In particular, these images show the dispersion MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Growth, Innovation and Trade in Environmental Goods - CIGI Policy Brief

Growth, Innovation and Trade in Environmental Goods - CIGI Policy Brief

Environmental goods include the clean technologies that provide foundations for sustainable growth in a carbon-constrained world. There are promising initiatives under way to remove impediments to global trade of environmental goods. Global exports in ma MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Solar & Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point: It has never made less sense to build fossil fuel power plants

Solar & Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point: It has never made less sense to build fossil fuel power plants

Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). It's the first time that threshold has been crossed by a G7 economy. MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Albertans say they’re ready for a carbon tax, Tesla rolls out its six-figure all-electric SUV, and Mark Carney writes a financial prescription for the global low-carbon shift. PLUS....

This week in Clean Energy Review, Albertans say they’re ready for a carbon tax, Tesla rolls out its six-figure all-electric SUV, and Mark Carney writes a financial prescription for the global low-carbon shift. PLUS....

“The more we invest with foresight, the less we will regret in hindsight.” So said Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of Canada and current governor of the Bank of England. In a speech delivered in London, Carney called on the global financial comm MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Neil Young pledges $100,000 to the Blue Dot movement - and more to share

Neil Young pledges $100,000 to the Blue Dot movement - and more to share

Yesterday one of Canada's most beloved rock icons pledged $100,000 to the Blue Dot movement, saying "I believe in this and the people who play with me, sing with me, and work with me are united on this. We back the Blue Dot movement." MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Wasted energy: The numbers will astound you

A whopping 54 percent of the total energy used to generate electricity in the United Kingdom is wasted before it even gets to homes and businesses, according to a report released on Thursday. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Care about carbon? Here's what our party leaders have pledged on carbon emissions so far

Care about carbon? Here's what our party leaders have pledged on carbon emissions so far

The Munk Centre hosted their debate on foreign policy, and while there weren't major surprises announced on the leaders’ climate change and economic platforms, there were certainly some interesting exchanges: MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Common ground on carbon tax resolution

Common ground on carbon tax resolution

At this year’s Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention, B.C. mayors and councillors narrowly defeated a resolution from New Westminster to restart annual carbon tax increases and invest the revenue in local climate solutions. Broad support. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Great news for the Great Lakes! Today, the Ontario Legislature voted in support of The Great Lakes Protection Act.

Great news for the Great Lakes! Today, the Ontario Legislature voted in support of The Great Lakes Protection Act.

And you, along with many other Environmental Defence supporters, made it happen! You signed our petitions, you sent letters to the government, and you supported us and our allies in the Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance. MORE    added: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Albertans say they’re ready for a carbon tax, Tesla rolls out its six-figure all-electric SUV, and Mark Carney writes a financial prescription for the global low-carbon shift.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Albertans say they’re ready for a carbon tax, Tesla rolls out its six-figure all-electric SUV, and Mark Carney writes a financial prescription for the global low-carbon shift.

“The more we invest with foresight, the less we will regret in hindsight.” So said Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of Canada & current governor of the Bank of England. In a speech delivered in London, Carney called on the global financial commu MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Who's Leading the Charge in Stationary Energy Storage?

Stationary battery storage has evolved rapidly, and in short order, has become a crowded and highly competitive clean energy market and industry sector, not only in the U.S., but in Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific. MORE    added: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

World's energy systems at risk from global warming, says industry group

Energy grids, power stations and distribution networks are vulnerable to storms, flooding and heatwaves caused by climate change, says World Energy Council MORE    added: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Albertans’ opinions on climate change, energy and the environment

Albertans’ opinions on climate change, energy and the environment

The Pembina Institute commissioned EKOS Research Associates to survey Albertans about their opinions on climate change, the energy sector & environmental policy. The results show that most Albertans want stronger climate change policies, such as a more MORE    added: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Walmart has signed a 10-year power purchase agreement for more than half the output of a new 200-MW wind farm in Texas.

The US nation’s largest retailer is buying 58-percent of the energy produced by Pattern Energy Group’s Logan’s Gap Wind facility in Comanche County, Texas. That power will serve 380 stores, which accounts for about 10 percent of the company’s U.S. fleet MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Can I mix and match different types of eco-friendly lightbulbs?

You can, technically, do as you wish and replace your CFLs one by one. You will not burn down your house or cause permanent damage to your electrical system. Still, you probably won’t want to. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

“Uranium is the mineral of the apocalypse.” – Donald Weber

“Uranium is the mineral of the apocalypse.” – Donald Weber

“We want to end the use of nuclear energy and reach the age of renewable energy as fast as possible. It’s over. Fukushima has forever changed the way we define risk in Germany.” – Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Volkswagen scandal is a sorry sign of the times

Volkswagen scandal is a sorry sign of the times

The Volkswagen debacle is bad enough in itself, but it also raises questions about automaker practices, pollution, emissions standards and testing and the implications of our rampant car culture. MORE    added: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

We’re One Step Closer to Protecting Our Great Lakes

We’re One Step Closer to Protecting Our Great Lakes

Educational, health, faith-based, and environmental organizations are calling on Ontario to strengthen protection of the Great Lakes MORE    added: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

China’s climate action plan is pushing Brazil and other big developing countries to step up

On Monday, Brazil became the first major developing country to commit to absolute reductions in its greenhouse gas emissions — and for that, you can thank China and the U.S. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 29, 2015

The 800 Ways Taxpayer Money Supports Fossil Fuel Industries - If the world seeks to lower carbon emissions, why is support for fossil fuels so strong?

As world leaders converge on New York for a United Nations gathering that’s expected to have a strong emphasis on climate change, the OECD is pointing out 800 ways rich industrial nations support fossil fuels with taxpayer money, along with a handful of c MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 29, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Pope Francis books passage to Paris, investors pull trillions out of fossil stocks, and Sweden again proves it has much more to offer the world than cheap bookcases. Plus a lot mores..

This week in Clean Energy Review, Pope Francis books passage to Paris, investors pull trillions out of fossil stocks, and Sweden again proves it has much more to offer the world than cheap bookcases. Plus a lot mores..

And...China Confirms it Will Adopt National Cap-and-Trade System in 2017 - In a ceremony in Washington D.C. Friday, Xi Jinping, China’s president, confirmed his nation will establish a national cap-and-trade carbon market by 2017. MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 28, 2015

Wanted: A national energy strategy, and leaders with vision - Sergio Marchi, President and chief executive officer of the Canadian Electricity Association

Are federal parties prepared to recognize energy policy as an area deserving of closer federal-provincial co-operation? Are they prepared to see this as an issue of national priority, requiring a truly national effort? MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 28, 2015

Shell abandons Alaska Arctic drilling

Oil giant’s US president says hugely controversial drilling operations off Alaska will stop for ‘foreseeable future’ as drilling finds little oil and gas MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 28, 2015

Pembina reacts to Mulcair’s climate and carbon pricing announcements

Pembina reacts to Mulcair’s climate and carbon pricing announcements

TORONTO — Erin Flanagan, analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to New Democratic Party Leader Thomas Mulcair’s climate change announcement today: MORE    added: Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015

Sleek Walmart test truck aims to slash fuel consumption on big rigs

Sleek Walmart test truck aims to slash fuel consumption on big rigs

Walmart estimates that its WAVE concept truck will reduce fuel consumption by 55 per cent over long routes and by 241 per cent over shorter routes, when its microturbine and electric motor can be put to best use. MORE    added: Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015

U.S.-China climate change agreement places pressure on Canada to get in line

The new agreement signed between the super-powers of the United States and China on reducing climate change marginalizes Canada even more, according to Douglas Macdonald, a senior lecturer at the University of Toronto’s School of the Environment. MORE    added: Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015

Last night, all five of Canada’s party leaders met in Montreal to debate the issues.

Last night, all five of Canada’s party leaders met in Montreal to debate the issues.

With surprising candour, the leaders discussed several topics at length. Lucky for us, that in addition to the conversation about Canada’s economy, two of these topics were climate change and energy policy! MORE    added: Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015

Green electricity pledge: Starbucks, Walmart, Nike latest to join charge

9 companies, including such household names as Goldman Sachs, Walmart & Starbucks, joined a green electricity campaign this week called RE100 that aims to promote the use of renewable energy resources for electricity as a way of combating climate change MORE    added: Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015

It's time to talk about a new vision for the economy

It's time to talk about a new vision for the economy

The federal leaders' debate on the economy focused on important issues — jobs, deficits, infrastructure spending, pipelines, climate change — but no one talked about a different vision for Canada's economy. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 25, 2015

China is about to launch the world’s biggest cap-and-trade program

On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping will announce that China will start the world’s largest carbon-trading system by 2017, according to a statement released Thursday night by the White House. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 25, 2015

Canadian parties respond to Clinton call for a new continental climate pact

WASHINGTON — A campaign promise by Hillary Clinton rippled across the border into Canada's federal election on Wednesday, with parties responding to her call for a broad, North American climate-change plan. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015

Pope Francis calls for climate action at White House, endorses Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Pope Francis enlisted the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. to help bolster his call for urgent action on climate change on Wednesday in a welcoming ceremony at the White House that Barack Obama said would “shake our conscience from slumber.” MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015

This Report Says The World Can Go 100 Percent Renewable By 2050

This Report Says The World Can Go 100 Percent Renewable By 2050

A new report from Greenpeace says the world can be 100 percent renewable by 2050, and 85 percent renewable in just 15 years. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2015

Let's Get Political - Making environmental issues a bigger part of Canada's federal election.

Let's Get Political - Making environmental issues a bigger part of Canada's federal election.

From A\J’s perspective, Canada’s environment has not been enough a part of the current federal election. To remedy, we’d like to spend the 30 days leading up to voting day publishing & promoting content that brings attention to environmental-political MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2015

The B.C. carbon tax: Good for the economy and the climate - Backgrounder on the 2015 UBCM proposal with modelling results

The B.C. carbon tax: Good for the economy and the climate - Backgrounder on the 2015 UBCM proposal with modelling results

A common proposal for next steps on British Columbia's carbon tax is to continue increasing the rate & use a portion of the new revenue to invest in projects that help reduce carbon pollution. One such proposal put forward to the Union of B.C. Municipal MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2015

Today is a day for huge victories: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reversed her stance and now opposes Keystone XL, and the fossil fuel divestment movement announced that commitments to divest from fossil fuels now total over $2.6 trillion!

Today is a day for huge victories: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reversed her stance and now opposes Keystone XL, and the fossil fuel divestment movement announced that commitments to divest from fossil fuels now total over $2.6 trillion!

Please let that sink in for a second. The financial and political mainstream are both aligning around the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Our work together as a movement is paying off. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2015

SEND ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS TO OTTAWA - introducing GreenPAC, a non-partisan initiative for Canadians to create a powerful voice for the environment in the House of Commons.

SEND ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS TO OTTAWA - introducing GreenPAC, a non-partisan initiative for Canadians to create a powerful voice for the environment in the House of Commons.

The Pembina Institute works to lead Canada’s transition to clean energy. However, one of the barriers to achieving that goal is a lack of environmental leadership in our politics. Please take two minutes to use GreenPAC’s candidate matching tool. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2015

Don't Nuke the Climate: COP 21 Paris - & much more in this issue

Don't Nuke the Climate: COP 21 Paris - & much more in this issue

Nuclear power is no solution to the climate crisis. We will be in Paris in December to demand a safe, clean and affordable nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system. March, petition, organize. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2015

Confirmed: Apple rolling out electric car

Apple is reportedly "accelerating" an initiative known internally as Project Titan to build an electric car for the mass market. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2015

Three proposals for national action on climate change

Three proposals for national action on climate change

“Climate change resulting from greenhouse gas emissions presents unprecedented environmental & infrastructure challenges,” said Mary Jane Patterson, executive director of REEP Green Solutions. “We encourage all voters in Waterloo Region to question candi MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 18, 2015

Last night, people power went one step further in bringing climate change to the forefront of this election. Right before the leaders debate on the economy started, people across the country took action to make sure that climate change was on the agenda.

Last night, people power went one step further in bringing climate change to the forefront of this election. Right before the leaders debate on the economy started, people across the country took action to make sure that climate change was on the agenda.

As for the debate itself, the good news is that climate & fossil fuels were on the agenda. The bad news: the leaders were thoroughly unimpressive. No one on stage in Calgary delivered a concrete plan in line with scientific reality of climate change. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 18, 2015

It's Here: Tracking the Energy Revolution Canada 2015

It's Here: Tracking the Energy Revolution Canada 2015

Clean Energy Canada just took the wraps off Tracking the Energy Revolution — Canada 2015, the most comprehensive assessment to date of our nation's clean energy performance, and we wanted you to be among the first to see it. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015

We’re helping Canadians mobilise in their communities to make climate a key election issue. Will you write to the party leaders and ask them what they will do to protect our climate?

We’re helping Canadians mobilise in their communities to make climate a key election issue. Will you write to the party leaders and ask them what they will do to protect our climate?

For the past few months, we’ve seen the price of oil collapsing and wildfires raging in British Columbia. With five weeks left before the election, there’s never been a more important time to demand that our leaders listen-up on climate change. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015

Nordex inaugurates its biggest wind farm developed in France

Together with its project partner H2air, Nordex has officially opened its largest wind farm in France to date. The 75-megawatt "Seine River Gauche Nord" ("SRN") project is something of a trendsetter for the French energy market in view of the targets set MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015

Climate summit marks an attitude shift in Alberta

Climate summit marks an attitude shift in Alberta

“The days of denial are over,” said Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, kicking off the 2015 Alberta Climate Summit held last week in Edmonton. She was sending a message that Alberta’s attitude and commitments around climate change are changing. MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2015

Solar power crosses threshold, gets cheaper than natural gas

Several large solar power plants under construction in the US have in the past few months promised to do something that none has done before: offer prices equal to or lesser than that of a natural gas-fired power plant, even as gas is abundant & cheap MORE    added: Monday, Sep. 14, 2015

So much solar: Hawaii utilities tempt customers with new tool

For many customers, integrating renewables is still something that seems out of reach. A lack of available information can be an obstacle to pulling the trigger on solar, and HEI is looking to change that. MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 11, 2015

How long before every city is powered by renewables?

New Bedford, Massachussetts is the latest on a growing list of cities who will be relying on renewable energy to power their residents. As the list grows, is anything less than 100 percent good enough? MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 11, 2015

“We can do it without those huge risks and costs associated with nuclear so why wouldn’t we?” she said.

“We can do it without those huge risks and costs associated with nuclear so why wouldn’t we?” she said.

“It is true that some of the most powerful actors in our current economic system ... stand to lose a lot.” She said the latest research showed renewables could power 100% of the world’s economies. – Naomi Klein MORE    added: Friday, Sep. 11, 2015

Vote for a Better, Cleaner Canada: David Suzuki

Vote for a Better, Cleaner Canada: David Suzuki

No matter what anyone says during this long federal election campaign, climate change is the biggest threat to Canadians’ health, security and economy. The scientific evidence is incontrovertible, the research wide-ranging and overwhelming. MORE    added: Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015

Is Harper Canada's worst prime minister? Part II - National Observer Special Report

Christian Nadeau, a political philosopher at the Université de Montréal and author of a 2010 book about Harper, Rogue in Power, says the Harper government is “an unjust government and an anti-democratic government… MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2015

Let’s make environmental rights part of the election conversation

Let’s make environmental rights part of the election conversation

The Blue Dot movement has had great success, now with the upcoming federal election, we have a unique opportunity to draw attention to Blue Dot & make environmental rights part of the national conversation. But we need your support to make it happen. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2015

Climate change will destroy the planet’s circulatory system - pair of new studies

We can’t have the birds or the bees. We can’t have woolly mammoths. Even the red pandas are in danger - if we keep releasing all these greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, soon we won’t even have water that flows in the right direction. MORE    added: Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2015

Clean Economy Alliance Presents Solutions for Ontario's Climate Challenge - TAKE ACTION

Clean Economy Alliance Presents Solutions for Ontario's Climate Challenge - TAKE ACTION

This summer, the Clean Economy Alliance brought together over 150 Ontarians in a multi-stakeholder workshop called the Ontario Climate Change Lab. Together, we developed a series of actionable recommendations for Ontario to include in its climate change MORE    added: Tuesday, Sep. 8, 2015

VOTE FOR CLEAN ENERGY - Reply to CLIMATE CHANGE MATTERS letter of August 26 - Waterloo Region Record

I'd like to respond to the question asked in this letter to the editor, which was: "Why can't Canada become a clean energy superpower?" The move to more clean energy requires effort, investment, and most of all, designation as one of Canada's priorities MORE    added: Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

A healthy environment nurtures healthy people

A healthy environment nurtures healthy people

If a home is not cleaned and cared for, it will become rundown and less habitable or even unlivable. It's no different with our broader surroundings, from the immediate environment to the entire planet. MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

“Historians will look back at 2015 as the turning point for producing electricity during the 21st century. The data is in: building new nuclear power plants is too expensive and takes too long. Arnie Gunderson, Fairewinds

“Historians will look back at 2015 as the turning point for producing electricity during the 21st century. The data is in: building new nuclear power plants is too expensive and takes too long. Arnie Gunderson, Fairewinds

Global climate change can be prevented with a renewable electric grid that will become the new normal. The forecast is simple: dirty forms of energy like coal, nuclear, oil, and fracked gas are no longer cheaper and certainly not cleaner or safer MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

CLIMATE CHANGE MATTERS - Waterloo Region Record Opinion Letter - Laura Hamilton

Given how much attention climate change is receiving in other advanced economies, it's bewildering to see the lack of willingness to confront this issue in Canada. MORE    added: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

WHEN IT COMES TO NUCLEAR SAFETY WE NEED A WATCHDOG NOT A LAPDOG - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission(CNSC) has said for years that Darlington is safe - they've been hiding the real risks from the public. Let's not let them get away with it any longer

WHEN IT COMES TO NUCLEAR SAFETY WE NEED A WATCHDOG NOT A LAPDOG - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission(CNSC) has said for years that Darlington is safe - they've been hiding the real risks from the public. Let's not let them get away with it any longer

A coalition of environmental groups, including Greenpeace, the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, and others have spoken out -- and they need you to SPEAK OUT too. MORE    added: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

To stop massive wildfires, we’re going to have to change our strategy

The sooner that firefighting agencies, public officials, policymakers and citizens acknowledge the impact that climate change is having on the frequency, intensity, duration and behavior of fire, the sooner that they will begin to develop new responses MORE    added: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

A Hawaiian clean energy plant makes electricity from seawater and ammonia

A 40-foot tall tower on the Big Island of Hawai’i will harvest the oceans’ energy using a method that has renewable energy advocates drooling. It’s part of a new research facility & demo power plant that uses seawater of different temperatures to power MORE    added: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Creating a new story in Lubicon Land: Site of infamous 2011 oil spill now a renewable energy waypoint

Creating a new story in Lubicon Land: Site of infamous 2011 oil spill now a renewable energy waypoint

For the Lubicon Cree First Nation in Alberta, the word "piitapan" means "sunrise." It's fitting, then, that the community's first solar project—a 20.8 KW system—is named the Piitapan Solar Project. "This new solar panel system can shine like a beacon, MORE    added: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

China’s economy is in trouble, but its climate efforts are not - allow its emissions to peak around 2030 - perhaps by 2025, while simultaneously ramping up renewables

China has given environmentalists a lot of encouraging signs in recent years. Its highly polluting heavy industries have been slowing down, as has its coal consumption. China’s economic slowdown could help the country meet its environmental goals. MORE    added: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

In Election 2015, which party has it right on global warming, CARBON? Globe & Mail editorial

If one wants to get serious about reducing carbon emissions, the most economically efficient way is this: Put a price on carbon. Look to British Columbia’s revenue-neutral carbon tax - the revenue raised, more than $1-B a year, is returned to taxpayers. MORE    added: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

Does Patrick Brown support importing water power from Quebec to lower your energy bills?

Does Patrick Brown support importing water power from Quebec to lower your energy bills?

We asked the Simcoe North provincial by-election candidates if they believe that Ontario should negotiate a long-term water power contract with Quebec to lower our energy bills. So far we have received responses from the Liberal, NDP and Green Party but MORE    added: Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

Canadian Solar introduces new 320W polycrystalline solar power module

Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that the company will now be offering its MaxPower polycrystalline module in a new 320W power class. The MaxPower CS6X-320P MORE    added: Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

This company has 400 people hyped to build Elon Musk’s transportation hyperloop

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), the startup that’s trying to build Musk’s proposed Hyperloop — a super fast and super sci-fi-ish people launcher that could (in theory) get commuters from L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes — announced 3 MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Shooting past our expiry date - Earth Overshoot Day (this year August 13 2015) marks the day when global demand for ecological resources and services exceeds what the earth can restore in a given year.

Shooting past our expiry date - Earth Overshoot Day (this year August 13 2015) marks the day when global demand for ecological resources and services exceeds what the earth can restore in a given year.

Increasing consumption of non-renewable sources of energy, freshwater and land for agriculture is exacting a devastating toll on nature. WWF’s 2014 Living Planet Report showed a shocking 52 per cent decline in wildlife worldwide in just four decades. MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Concerns about evacuations in nuclear emergencies continue unabated. When the Fukushima disaster occurred, no effective plan existed for mass evacuation of local residents in Japan - the possibility of a severe nuclear accident had been ruled out

Concerns about evacuations in nuclear emergencies continue unabated. When the Fukushima disaster occurred, no effective plan existed for mass evacuation of local residents in Japan - the possibility of a severe nuclear accident had been ruled out

But the mitigation and evacuation plans currently in place are far from reassuring to local residents upon the first restart since. The responsibility to establish the “final barrier” and ensure the safety of residents rests with the local government. MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Let's make this election one for the history books!

Let's make this election one for the history books!

In this election, voters like you will choose the direction the country takes. You can even help shape this election before Election Day. We'll help you by sending weekly actions and opportunities. MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

US Wind Energy Selling At Record Low Price of 2.5 Cents per kWh

"Wind energy prices — particularly in the central United States — have hit new lows, with utilities selecting wind as the low cost option," Berkeley Lab Senior Scientist and report co-author Ryan Wiser said. MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Get the Facts: Wind Power Is for Everyone

Wind energy receives overwhelming support from Americans, with approval ratings consistently in the 70-80 percent range. One fact, though, is indisputable: wind power is good for America’s economy. It creates jobs and fuels economic development. MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Szacki: Alberta should adopt a revenue-neutral carbon fee - Calgary Herald

Within a year, more than 80 per cent of Canada’s economy is expected to be covered by carbon pricing. This may come as a surprise, given that some environmental groups will have you believe that we here in Canada are carbon policy laggards. MORE    added: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

SumOfUS.org - The Canadian government just gave SHELL permission to drill for oil off Nova Scotia’s coast — and the company doesn’t need to cap an oil blowout for 21 days - not 24 like the US. This is Shell's dream. Sign petition!

Shell will be allowed to freely spill oil into the ocean for three weeks, potentially wreaking environmental havoc on Nova Scotia’s amazing marine life, major fishing grounds, coastal communities and the Sable Island National Park Reserve MORE    added: Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

Shell is just one little step away from drilling in the Arctic

After Portland climate activists temporarily blocked its passage north, the Shell ice-breaking vessel the Fennica has finally met up with the Arctic drilling rig the Polar Pioneer. Both vessels were needed before Shell could start deep drilling MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

This video about the aging pipeline below the Great Lakes should be this summer’s top horror flick

You know that feeling you get when you’re watching a scary movie, and something bad is about to happen? That’s the feeling you might get watching this video from Motherboard about an aging oil pipeline lying at the bottom of the Great Lakes. MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

Ontario fears spill from Energy East pipeline - Ontario Energy Board Report

TORONTO - The Ontario Energy Board says the environmental risks of the $12-billion Energy East pipeline project outweigh the potential benefits, and warns it will drive up natural gas prices. MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

IKEA makes a big promise on LEDs, clean energy

IKEA announced it is converting all lighting products in its stores to LED bulbs in the coming weeks and taking all incandescent, halogen, and compact fluorescents off the shelves &is investing heavily in renewables, creating as much energy as it uses MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

World Moves Toward 100 Percent Renewable Energy – First Electricity, Then Heating/Cooling, and Finally Transportation

More and more municipalities, cities, states and even entire countries are setting 100 percent renewable energy targets but policy support is critical for success. MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

Clean Energy Jobs Now Exceed Oilsands Jobs In Canada: Report

Employment in Canada's clean energy sector has jumped 37 per cent in the past five years, says a new report from the think tank Clean Energy Canada, and now exceeds employment in the oilsands. MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

Climate change panel and consultation plan signal a shift in Alberta

Climate change panel and consultation plan signal a shift in Alberta

Panel's expertise and broad consultation will help inform Alberta's efforts to take meaningful climate action MORE    added: Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

Wind turbines: Realizing diminishing returns as they get huge - Every Aspect improving; excellent source of power

Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, said this evolution in size has been critical for the industry's growth because it allows for more energy to be captured more efficiently - truly a mainstream technology at this point! MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

Trump not running in Simcoe North - but we are!

Trump not running in Simcoe North - but we are!

Donald Trump is not running in the Simcoe North provincial by-election, but while that means you may not have heard as much about this electoral contest, it doesn’t mean it is not a race worth watching. MORE    added: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Sign Archbishop Desmond Tutu's petition - Stephen Harper, Ban Ki-Moon: Respond urgently to climate change by setting a renewable energy target of 100% by 2050

We call on you as leaders to respond urgently to the threats of climate change and set a renewable energy target of 100% by 2050. We need bold action like this to keep global temperature rise below the unacceptably dangerous tipping point of two degrees, MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

Renewable Energy Gains Greater Opportunity in US Clean Power Plan

At first glance the plan seems to favor renewable energy over natural gas, say experts. After a year of being pummeled by opponents, Obama’s final carbon reduction plan emerged this week with an even stronger push for renewable energy. MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

Solar is Driving America Toward Its Clean Energy Future

Only exceeded by China, the United States is the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases, with the largest source of emissions coming from electricity generation. America is changing its course and the U.S. solar energy industry is leading the way MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

August 6th marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

August 6th marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The uranium for those bombs came from Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan is the second largest exporter of uranium in the world. Uranium is used for only 2 things – nuclear bombs & nuclear power. Both produce toxic radioactive wastes that will be deadly for mill MORE    added: Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Canadian Solar Solutions energizes the nation’s largest PV plant, a British Columbia city wires up a considerably smaller one, and President Obama finalizes the centrepiece of his climate legacy. Plus much more.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Canadian Solar Solutions energizes the nation’s largest PV plant, a British Columbia city wires up a considerably smaller one, and President Obama finalizes the centrepiece of his climate legacy. Plus much more.

Canadian Solar Solutions energized the 100 MW Grand Renewable Solar Project, Canada’s largest solar farm to date, in Ontario’s rural Haldimand County. The plant will power approximately 17,000 homes, and displace about 162,000 metric tons of carbon MORE    added: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Ontario has no realistic plan to protect Torontonians in the event of a major accident at Darlington or Pickering.

Ontario has no realistic plan to protect Torontonians in the event of a major accident at Darlington or Pickering.

After Fukushima, hundreds of people just like us spoke out, condemning the lack of nuclear emergency plans at Darlington. They rightly pointed out that the CNSC couldn't point to a single study showing Torontonians would be protected MORE    added: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Bullfrog Power opens the door to cleaner transportation with the launch of green fuel

Bullfrog Power opens the door to cleaner transportation with the launch of green fuel

Toronto, June 26, 2015, Bullfrog Power®, Canada’s leading green energy provider, is launching green fuel, a new solution to help advance the shift to a more renewably powered transportation system. Bullfrog Power’s green fuel is an earth-friendly, MORE    added: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, the mayor meets the pontiff, provincial energy ministers talk up renewable solutions, and a Toronto-based solar developer stuns the world.

This week in Clean Energy Review, the mayor meets the pontiff, provincial energy ministers talk up renewable solutions, and a Toronto-based solar developer stuns the world.

Toronto Solar Developer Raises Eyebrows on the Subcontinent Canada’s SkyPower Global stunned Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysts by bidding to supply clean electricity to India at a record low price (INR 5.05/kWh from a 50 MW solar PV project). MORE    added: Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015

The Latest Sign That Coal Is Getting Killed

Coal is having a hard time lately. U.S. power plants are switching to natural gas, environmental restrictions are kicking in, and the industry is being derided as the world's No. 1 climate criminal. Prices have crashed, sure, but for a real sense of coal' MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 23, 2015

New research provides policy pathway to ultra energy-efficient buildings for B.C.

New research provides policy pathway to ultra energy-efficient buildings for B.C.

Stronger commitment to “net-zero” buildings could create jobs, grow the economy and help province meet its climate targets MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 23, 2015

FedEx Express Soon To Be Powered by Biofuel - Your 2017 packages could be flying on energy created from wood.

Beginning in 2017 anyone sending a package via FedEx may be sending it a little bit more sustainably. Today Red Rock Biofuels announced that it would produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 22, 2015

Interview: Creating the Canadian cleantech cluster through effective policy - Canada has a unique opportunity to position itself as a global leader within the cleantech industry—by taking advantage of market demand and shaping positive policy.

On behalf of GreenPAC, PVBuzz sat down with cleantech entrepreneur Tom Rand from MaRS Discovery District to talk about climate solutions and the relationship between the Canadian government and the country’s emerging cleantech industry. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 22, 2015

March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate

March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate

The march was one of the most diverse I’ve ever participated in. On Sunday, environmental organizations stood with labour, youth, first nations, faith groups, immigrants and more. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 21, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, the Sierra Club sends coal power packing, Quebec welcomes one of Canada’s biggest wind farms, and our premiers ink a “needs improvement” energy strategy.

This week in Clean Energy Review, the Sierra Club sends coal power packing, Quebec welcomes one of Canada’s biggest wind farms, and our premiers ink a “needs improvement” energy strategy.

After a week of see-saw speculation and fierce lobbying—and following three years of wrangling—on Friday Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers finally released their Canadian Energy Strategy. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 20, 2015

Tillsonburg: From tobacco farming to building wind turbine blades

Tillsonburg: From tobacco farming to building wind turbine blades

The story of Tillsonburg is probably close to the ideal example of what the Ontario government was looking for when it enacted the Green Energy Act in 2009. MORE    added: Saturday, Jul. 18, 2015

“Trying to eliminate global warming by building nuclear power plants, is like trying to solve global hunger by serving caviar.” - Former NRC (US Nuclear Regulatory Commission) commissioner Peter Bradford

“Trying to eliminate global warming by building nuclear power plants, is like trying to solve global hunger by serving caviar.” - Former NRC (US Nuclear Regulatory Commission) commissioner Peter Bradford

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2015 For the first time in 45 years, Japan was without nuclear electricity, & no lights went out. AREVA, the self-proclaimed global leader in nuclear energy, went technically bankrupt. France is reducing nuclear MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 17, 2015

Global Renewable Energy Is Status Positive

Definitive figures from REN21 show global renewable energy installations were so successful in 2014 that they have decoupled economic growth & energy use from energy sector greenhouse emissions. Indeed, the renewable energy sector is buoyant, report reve MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 17, 2015

Climate change is making wildfires worse and wildfires are making climate change worse

The fires, worsened by climate change, then hasten climate change by spewing carbon into the atmosphere in amounts that can be more than half of what we humans generate by burning fossil fuels. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 17, 2015

Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift?

Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift?

In 1988, when climate scientist James Hansen testified in Washington that human-caused global warming was kicking in, people might have been excused for failing to grasp the significance of his early warning. But there’s no excuse for humanity’s subseque MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 17, 2015

200 Club: Coal retiring at a rate of one plant every 10 days since 2010

Coal plants are retiring at record rates, the most recent example being Alliant Energy's announcement that it will phase out coal use at six of its Iowa plants -- marking the 200th coal plant in the United States to close. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 17, 2015

This fall, activists, civil society groups, environmental NGOs and concerned citizens are rallying together to say

This fall, activists, civil society groups, environmental NGOs and concerned citizens are rallying together to say "No" to Darlington and "Yes" to a renewable future.

People will call out officials for hiding the risks & costs of Darlington from the public. People will ride their bikes together for renewable energy. People will call for better nuclear emergency plans & people will share the truth with their friends MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 16, 2015

Sea levels will rise by at least 20 feet — and that’s the positive scenario

Even if the world manages to limit global warming to 2 degrees C — the target number for current climate negotiations — sea levels may still rise at least 6 meters (20 feet) above their current heights, radically reshaping the world’s coastline MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 16, 2015

Obama is paving the way for success in Paris

President Obama deserves major props for laying the groundwork for successful climate change negotiations in Paris this December. The effort, much of which has happened behind the scenes, doesn’t have the simple sex appeal of rejecting Keystone XL, but MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 16, 2015

States are polluting less and their economies are doing just fine

Even as America’s economy started to rebound from the recession between 2008 and 2013, climate change–causing power plant emissions in the majority of American states did not, according to a new study. MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 16, 2015

Energy Storage Savings – Coming Soon to a Utility Rate Near You

Forget energy storage as the technology of the future, for many utility customers the time for storage is already here. Commercial & industrial customers in parts of California, New York, & Hawaii are already using energy storage to save on utility bills MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 14, 2015

Japan's Long-term Energy Plan Shoots for Ultimate Balance in Economics, Environment and Safety

Japan’s new long-term energy plan draft called 3E+S aims to heavily increase energy independence and emphasize safety in a post-Fukushima environment. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 14, 2015

Canada Rises for Jobs, Justice, and Climate Action

Canada Rises for Jobs, Justice, and Climate Action

From July 3-5 thousands of people all across Canada came together to take action for jobs, justice and the climate. This is the story of those 3 days. Plus much more!! MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 14, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, subnational governments press for action, Al Gore brings his message of hope to Canada, and IKEA invites EV drivers to linger on that leather sectional. Global Clean Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam -  Plus much more

This week in Clean Energy Review, subnational governments press for action, Al Gore brings his message of hope to Canada, and IKEA invites EV drivers to linger on that leather sectional. Global Clean Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam - Plus much more

The world’s energy systems, markets, & values “are rapidly changing in response to climate disruption— & those mitigation efforts may be starting to move the needle.” That's the top conclusion of Tracking the Energy Revolution—Global 2015 - see link MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 13, 2015

Pope Francis calls Nuclear Power Plants a modern-day Tower of Babel

Pope Francis calls Nuclear Power Plants a modern-day Tower of Babel "Human beings should not break the natural laws set by God," the Pope said. This is probably the first clear-cut criticism of the "civil use" of nuclear power issued by the Vatican.

“Nuclear power risks catastrophe, steals resources from climate change solutions, produces mountains of ferocious radioactive waste, continually vents radiation, and spreads H-bomb material.” - J. M. LaForge, NukeWatch MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 13, 2015

Welcome to an extreme, warming world

Welcome to an extreme, warming world

With no mountain snowpack & almost no spring rain, rivers, creeks & reservoirs are at levels typically not seen until fall. Parks are brown. Blueberries, strawberries & other crops have arrived weeks earlier than usual. Wildfires are burning throughout MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 13, 2015

German Wind-to-Hydrogen Plant Takes Car-Fuel Battle to Tesla

After decades of research, Linde AG says the elements needed to make hydrogen-fuelled cars a viable challenger to Tesla Inc’s battery-driven vehicles are finally falling into place. MORE    added: Saturday, Jul. 11, 2015

Voters should demand action on climate change - Record editorial board letter

On June 6, I attended the World Wide Views on Climate and Energy event held at Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. This public forum was one of 96 sessions held across the globe on a single day. Its purpose was to assess the state of world opinion on MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 10, 2015

Climate change fight will help economy: Gore

TORONTO - Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and former Mexican president Felipe Calderon say fighting climate change will be a boon to the global economy, despite critics' fears that abandoning fossil fuels will cripple world markets. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 10, 2015

Rally was large - letter in response to 'Star-studded cast joins climate rally in Toronto' — July 6

As one of thousands of concerned citizens attending the "Justice, Jobs and Climate" rally and march in Toronto last Sunday, I was flabbergasted only "hundreds" were reported in this story. Hundreds of participants came from Waterloo Region alone. MORE    added: Friday, Jul. 10, 2015

Ontario, Quebec press Ottawa on climate change

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she wants the federal government to "hear the message" that they cannot solve the problem alone. California Gov. Jerry Brown chimed in, saying Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs to "get on board." MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 9, 2015

Divesting from fossil fuels a smart move

Although stocks of clean energy companies have proven to be good investments, fossil fuels will still be used in abundance over the next 20 years. And someone will make a lot of money producing them. But is it really prudent to hold fossil fuel stocks — MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 9, 2015

Mayor Vrbanovic signs Climate Action Statement at the Climate Summit of the Americas

Kitchener, ON - Mayor Berry Vrbanovic joined municipal, provincial & state leaders from across Canada and the Americas for the official signing of the Climate Action Statement at the Climate Summit of the Americas conference today hosted by the Province MORE    added: Thursday, Jul. 9, 2015

One thing is clear: we are getting our first tangible glimpse of what a hotter future from climate change might look like.

One thing is clear: we are getting our first tangible glimpse of what a hotter future from climate change might look like.

Canada is on fire like never before. 114 wildfires are blazing across Alberta, another 178 in British Columbia, and more than 13,000 people have been forced to leave their Saskatchewan homes in the largest evacuation in the province’s history. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 8, 2015

Net-zero contagious: Five mini net-zero communities spring up across Canada - We head to Guelph, Ontario to check one out

Net-zero contagious: Five mini net-zero communities spring up across Canada - We head to Guelph, Ontario to check one out

The race to build net-zero homes across Canada is on. Natural Resources Canada has a program that’s helping five builders build five net-zero homes each to support a rapid evolution to affordable net-zero homes. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jul. 8, 2015

Ontario takes lead in climate-change fight

TORONTO — Hundreds of invitation-only delegates are expected to attend an Ontario-hosted conference on the climate this week that will feature speakers such as former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and Mexican President Felipe Calderon. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015

Special Edition: Tracking the Energy Revolution Global 2015

Special Edition: Tracking the Energy Revolution Global 2015

Announcing our Top 10 Trends Defining and Propelling the Global Shift to Clean and Renewable Energy MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015

The Future of Energy in Ontario: From a Centralized to a Decentralized, Integrated and 100% Sustainable Energy System - Toronto Star – Future of Energy – OSEA Editorial – Thursday June 28, 2015

The Future of Energy in Ontario: From a Centralized to a Decentralized, Integrated and 100% Sustainable Energy System - Toronto Star – Future of Energy – OSEA Editorial – Thursday June 28, 2015

Ontario households, like most households in western jurisdictions, are connected to what can be classified as a centralized power system – connected to a grid that transmits power from large, state-funded power generation units, such as hydro dams, nucle MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2015: Riding The Storm

My Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015 model portfolio has heavy exposure to not only clean energy, but income stocks (6 out of 10) and foreign stocks (4 out of 10.) Despite this the stormy market for all three, the portfolio delivered admirably. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015

The Koch brothers are lobbying in Europe now too

Charles and David Koch, the oil-baron brothers who’ve spent big to prevent climate action in America, are at work overseas as well. Over the last three years, their company has spent about $600,000 lobbying in the European Union. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015

The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever - The renewable energy boom is here.

Trillions of dollars will be invested in renewable energy over the next 25 years, driving some of the most profound changes yet in how humans get their electricity. That's according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015

Diversity guarantees reliability for Ontario grid

Much of Canada is looking to invest in renewable energy, and Ontario has found that added solar and wind resources are helping to create a reliable grid and transmission network. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015

Jane Fonda calls climate rally 'historic' - Star-studded cast joins climate rally in Toronto

Labour groups, First Nations leaders, students & environmentalists led the rally calling on the federal government to do more to combat climate change & to focus on creating more jobs in the renewable energy sector to shift Canada away from an oil-based MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 6, 2015

A solar-powered plane touches down in Hawaii, a miniature Canadian-made EV turns heads out west, and Nova Scotia sets a wind power record—if only for an hour, Tesla Assembly Line Running on Overdrive & much more!

A solar-powered plane touches down in Hawaii, a miniature Canadian-made EV turns heads out west, and Nova Scotia sets a wind power record—if only for an hour, Tesla Assembly Line Running on Overdrive & much more!

The single-seat sunshine-powered Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Hawaii Saturday following a record-breaking 8,774 km flight from Japan. At just under 118 hours, it was the longest such journey ever completed by an aircraft of its kind. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 6, 2015

Airlines are investing in biofuels. How’s that shaking out?

Now there’s a (very limited) way to fly without drowning Pacific Islanders. Many airlines have experimented with biofuels, and some have even instituted regular renewable-fuel flights. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 6, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, litigators toast a stunning Dutch judgement, Alberta hints of better things to come, and Christiana Figueres invites petros to shut up and dance, already, China Will Invest $6.6 Trillion to Advance Climate Solutions.

This week in Clean Energy Review, litigators toast a stunning Dutch judgement, Alberta hints of better things to come, and Christiana Figueres invites petros to shut up and dance, already, China Will Invest $6.6 Trillion to Advance Climate Solutions.

A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action If Shell, BP, & four other fossil fuel majors support tougher carbon regulations, it’s time to prove it, wrote UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, responding to the companies’ May 29 missive. MORE    added: Monday, Jul. 6, 2015

This weekend, people across Canada showed that we are building the kind of climate movement we need: broad, diverse, and powerful. 350.org

This weekend, people across Canada showed that we are building the kind of climate movement we need: broad, diverse, and powerful. 350.org

Today, in a spectacular demonstration of unity & solidarity, over 10,000 people marched together in Toronto for Jobs, Justice and the Climate. This mobilization brought together a truly diverse coalition, from frontline Indigenous communities to Canada’ MORE    added: Sunday, Jul. 5, 2015

Toronto march to merge economic justice and climate action - The Guardian

A mobilization calling for a “new economy that works for people and the planet” will bring together unions, environmentalists, anti-poverty organizations, farmers, faith groups, Indigenous peoples & others on July 5 in Toronto, according to a video abou MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 26, 2015

Scientists Research Stealthy Owl Wings in Bid for Quiet Wind Turbine

BERLIN — Scientists seeking to make a quieter wind turbine are mimicking owl wings after uncovering the secret of the bird’s ability to silently descend on its prey. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 25, 2015

Renewables to Beat Fossil Fuels With $3.7 Trillion Solar Boom

Renewable energy will draw almost two-thirds of the spending on new power plants over the next 25 years, dwarfing spending on fossil fuels, as plunging costs make solar the first choice for consumers and the poorest nations. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 25, 2015

Planet-unfriendly Pacific trade pact leaps a big hurdle

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — the mysterious trade agreement between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam — just took a big step closer to passing. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 25, 2015

What's Really Warming the World? Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves....

Researchers who study the Earth's climate create models to test their assumptions about the causes and trajectory of global warming. Around the world there are 28 or so research groups in more than a dozen countries who have written 61 climate models. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 25, 2015

“If objective information suggests that serious and irreversible damage may result, a project should be halted or modified, even in the absence of indisputable proof.

“If objective information suggests that serious and irreversible damage may result, a project should be halted or modified, even in the absence of indisputable proof." Pope Francis

Clean Energy Groups Launch International Campaign to Keep Nuclear Power out of Global Climate Talks 7 international clean energy organizations launched a major new campaign in support of a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system and to prevent nuclear MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Tesla signs a Dalhousie prof, more nations set renewable-power targets, and Canada’s wind sector enjoys a megawatt moment, plus Pontiff Calls for “Cultural Revolution” To Fight Climate Change

This week in Clean Energy Review, Tesla signs a Dalhousie prof, more nations set renewable-power targets, and Canada’s wind sector enjoys a megawatt moment, plus Pontiff Calls for “Cultural Revolution” To Fight Climate Change

Pope Francis endorsed the “very solid scientific consensus” on climate change in Laudato Si’ (“Praise Be”), his groundbreaking encyclical. His Holiness cited energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, better marine & forest management MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 22, 2015

Why the Pope has caught this non Catholic's attention

Addressing climate change is the greatest moral challenge of our time. And it’s going to require us to face these short-term fears in the service of solutions that bring about a much greater good, will call us all be braver, stronger, more compassionate MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 22, 2015

In the midst of a beautiful summer, the September 28th deadline for submissions at the Darlington relicensing hearing can seem to be eons away.

In the midst of a beautiful summer, the September 28th deadline for submissions at the Darlington relicensing hearing can seem to be eons away.

But the reality is that we have less than a hundred days left to prepare for the event that could change the face of Ontario's energy plan forever. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 22, 2015

Welcome to the Octopod: An off-grid, solar powered shipping container cabin in Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Welcome to the Octopod: An off-grid, solar powered shipping container cabin in Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Jason Rioux's shipping container cabin. The cabin was built out of seven containers in a hub-and-spoke pattern near Bobcaygeon, Ontario. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 22, 2015

Renewable Energy Responsible for First Ever Carbon Emissions Stabilization

For the first time ever, the world’s energy consumption has increased without causing an equivalent spike in carbon dioxide emissions. June 17, 2015 MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 19, 2015

Japan Offshore Wind Project to Add Largest Turbine Ever Used at Sea

A floating offshore wind project in northern Japan will soon add a 7-megawatt turbine, the largest of its kind ever to be used at sea. The new turbine will join a smaller 2-megawatt model, which has been generating power since November 2013. MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 19, 2015

B.C.’s global-warming lesson for Alberta and Ontario - Globe editorial

In the coming months, Ontario & Alberta – which produce nearly two-thirds of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions – will introduce new rules to lower their carbon output. Will these provinces put in place policies that deliver the greatest environmental be MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 19, 2015

This morning Pope Francis released an unprecedented call to action on climate change, in a letter to 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide.

This morning Pope Francis released an unprecedented call to action on climate change, in a letter to 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide.

That's right: one the world's most prominent moral voices just cast climate action as a moral imperative. Whether or not you're Catholic, this is huge news, and you can help make sure it sends ripples near and far: MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015

Canadian Catholics hail Pope Francis's climate crusade - National Observer - “We have to unveil the lie that Canada's well-being relies solely on relentless resource extraction,” said Kennedy in an interview on Tuesday.

In the encyclical, leaked early this week to an Italian magazine, Pope Francis calls on people to change the way they live in order to halt the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem," and clearly links human activity to climate change. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015

Advanced Microgrid to Buy Tesla Batteries for Storage Projects

NEW YORK — Advanced Microgrid Solutions, a provider of energy-storage systems, agreed to buy as much as 500 megawatt-hours of battery capacity from Tesla Motors Inc. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015

Green Bonds Sprout as Wall Street Embraces Renewable Energy Debt

NEW YORK — Bonds backing clean energy & other sustainable initiatives are booming. Investors are snapping up green bonds at the fastest pace on record, as big banks pile in with new issuance to feed the growing appetite for socially responsible investme MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015

Tom Chervinksy: We can have a strong economy and a clean environment

To hear our political leaders speak, Canadians can either accept economic catastrophe with a job killing tax on everything or we can embrace environmental destruction powered by capitalist consumption. What if we didn't have to choose? MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015

Vermont sets aggressive new renewable energy goals

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill meant to help renewable growth in the state. House Bill (HB) 40 would establish a requirement of 55% for the power sold by Vermont energy companies to come from renewable sources by 2017, & 75% by 2032. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2015

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) explains how wind will be reliably integrated into the grid

One hesitancy to accept renewable energy has to do with its possible effect on the reliability of the grid. However, a new report found that electric reliability will not be affected as previously thought by the introduction of renewables. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2015

Oil companies are the real radicals, says Jane Fonda - “Are we dumber than dogs? Dogs don’t soil their own kennels and that’s what we’re doing so a few people can get richer.”

In the brief interview, Fonda talked about what inspired her to come to Canada to help fight oil pipelines and what motivates her environmental activism. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Finland and Hawaii set all-renewable targets, Ballard Power Systems signs a deal in China, and Canada goes for the gajillion. & more

This week in Clean Energy Review, Finland and Hawaii set all-renewable targets, Ballard Power Systems signs a deal in China, and Canada goes for the gajillion. & more

One hundred and sixty four countries have legislated some form of national renewable energy target, with developing and emerging economies leading the way. So revealed the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Renewable Energy Target Setting MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 15, 2015

Why new housing estates and whole towns will go off grid

Experts say new housing estates may be built that do not connect to the grid, offering instead free electricity, and even free EVs to residents. Meanwhile, numerous towns are looking how to buy back their grid. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 15, 2015

How much does the world spend to subsidize fossil fuels? The International Monetary Fund (IMF) wants to know

When an organization like the IMF spends this much time calculating the true cost of fossil fuels, it could be a sign that a carbon tax — or something like it — is becoming a mainstream idea. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 15, 2015

Stop oilsands expansion, Canadian and U.S. researchers say - CBC

Stop oilsands expansion, Canadian and U.S. researchers say - CBC

More than 100 Canadian and U.S. researchers are calling on Canada to end expansion of its oilsands, for 10 reasons that they describe as “grounded in science.” MORE    added: Sunday, Jun. 14, 2015

Global warming: It’s the economy, stupid - The Globe and Mail editorial

Last week, the seven leading industrialized nations – including Canada – agreed with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s finding that, to keep the global average temperature increase to just 2C, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by MORE    added: Sunday, Jun. 14, 2015

Hawaii's renewable energy requirement makes history

This week, Hawaii made history with its enactment of a law requiring that all of the state's electricity be produced from renewable energy sources no later than 2045. With the new policy, Act 97, Hawaii becomes the 1st state in the nation to adopt a 100% MORE    added: Saturday, Jun. 13, 2015

Florida could become advanced energy leader

The advanced energy industry is a major economic force in Florida, at $6.2 billion in 2014 revenue, according to the first comprehensive analysis of the advanced energy market in the state conducted by Navigant Research for the Advanced Energy Economy MORE    added: Saturday, Jun. 13, 2015

Amazon to become largest solar farm in Virginia

Amazon.com company Amazon Web Services (AWS) is teaming up with Community Energy to build an 80 MW solar farm in Accomack County, Virginia. Called Amazon Solar Farm US East, it will be the largest solar farm in the state -- perhaps east of Mississippi MORE    added: Saturday, Jun. 13, 2015

Ontario: Canada's energy transition success story - Why shutting down coal and ramping up renewables is working

Ontario: Canada's energy transition success story - Why shutting down coal and ramping up renewables is working

When you look at Ontario’s greenhouse gas reductions you can pin it to one thing: shutting down coal-fired power plants and transitioning to renewables and lower carbon electricity generation. Ontario has walked the talk on greenhouse gas reductions. MORE    added: Saturday, Jun. 13, 2015

The values of hope and happiness

The values of hope and happiness

Reading the news, it’s hard not to feel a growing sense of unease. The threat of terrorism, growing instability and conflict overseas, a shooting on Parliament Hill last October and uncertainty about the economy diminish our collective feelings of safety MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 12, 2015

Fossil fuel divestment is rational, says former Shell chairman - Guardian

Mark Moody-Stuart laments ‘remarkably little progress’ by oil industry on climate change in last two decades & says divestment is ‘rational’ response. Oil companies have called for an effective price on CO2 emissions for the past 15 years but done little MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 12, 2015

BP sees 'tectonic shift' in world energy production

Oil giant's chief economist says energy consumption slowed dramatically last year as China cutback and Opec battled US shale drillers for supremacy of world markets MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 12, 2015

Wednesday June 17, Waterloo350 will be hosting a new members meeting. Do you want to get involved with fossil fuel divestment at the University of Waterloo? Plus upcoming local events

Wednesday June 17, Waterloo350 will be hosting a new members meeting. Do you want to get involved with fossil fuel divestment at the University of Waterloo? Plus upcoming local events

We're working specifically in the Faculty of Environment and Faculty of Arts, and we're looking for students from those faculties to join our group and help us work towards a UW that's investing in a liveable future. MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 12, 2015

A Closer Look at Fossil and Renewable Energy Subsidies

The same permanent subsidies that made fossil fuels cheap are simply not available to the re-newable energy industry. Why not? MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 12, 2015

Harper Agrees to End Use of Fossil Fuels by 2100, Make Deep Cuts to Emissions by 2050 at G7 Summit

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has signed on to a G7 commitment to eliminate the use of fossil fuels by 2100 & make significant cuts to greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The move will “require a transformation in our energy sectors,” Harper said MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 12, 2015

Why Haven’t Cities Covered Their Buildings in Solar?

If cities can cut their energy bills and save energy from day one, what’s standing in the way of a PV pave-over of every public building in America with a suitable roof? MORE    added: Friday, Jun. 12, 2015

Trillium Sues Ontario Govt for Destroying and Burying Evidence

Canadian offshore wind developer Trillium Power has filed a spoliation motion with the Ontario Superior Court, scheduled to be heard by a Master of the Court on June 18th, the company’s CEO John Kourtoff confirmed to Offshore WIND. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015

Over 100 scientists call for oil sands moratorium

A group of more than 100 leading scientists from both Canada and the United States called for a moratorium on new oil sands development at a June 10 telephone press conference. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015

Tell our Federal Officials - CANADIANS WANT CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

Tell our Federal Officials - CANADIANS WANT CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

Canada has become known as a climate laggard. In recent years, our global reputation has been tarnished by the lack of meaningful climate action at federal level. Canada must do better. Today we released a new scorecard, how the federal parties compare MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015

McKibben to Obama: You still have time to be a climate champion — but not much

McKibben to Obama: You still have time to be a climate champion — but not much

I feel a little awkward writing a letter to you, perhaps because I helped organize the largest demonstrations outside your house during your residence there: It’s odd to write someone when the closest you’ve ever come to them is being chained to the fenc MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015

Here's what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy

It is technically & economically feasible to run the US economy entirely on renewable energy, & to do so by 2050. That is the conclusion of a new study in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, authored by Stanford scholar Mark Z. Jacobson & 9 colle MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015

A Blue Dot milestone: five million Canadians from coast to coast!

A Blue Dot milestone: five million Canadians from coast to coast!

Last week we passed a major milestone. With Kitchener, Ontario, passing a Blue Dot declaration on June 1, more than five million Canadians now live in a community that recognizes their right to live in a healthy environment! MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015

Your drawer of old phones is bad for the environment

A new study in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment looks at why stashing phones is a big environmental problem, and the solutions for disposing them responsibly. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015

The past couple of weeks have seen some encouraging and high profile support for pricing pollution.

The past couple of weeks have seen some encouraging and high profile support for pricing pollution.

Major players in Canadian oil and gas have voiced their support for real action on climate change by pricing carbon pollution and The Globe and Mail released a major editorial calling for a fully refunded price on carbon in Canada. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015

Declining Cost Of Renewable Energy Prompts Michigan DTE Energy To Lower Customer Bills

Reacting to the declining price of wind energy, which is now cheaper than all other forms of energy, DTE filed an amended renewable energy plan to completely eliminate the surcharge. Consumers Energy has already eliminated its renewable energy surcharge MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2015

High school students build, race electric cars

WATERLOO — Electric cars whizzed past orange traffic cones and made sharp turns as seven high school students drove lap after lap on a 600-metre track in a parking lot at University of Waterloo. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2015

Niagara Region committee opposes liquid nuke transport - and much more, read on

Niagara Region committee opposes liquid nuke transport - and much more, read on

The motion which was supported unanimously urged the governments of Canada and the U.S. to stop any delivery of high-level radioactive liquid waste from Chalk River Laboratories, ON to the Savannah River site, pending full public consultations, and “reco MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2015

Could pesky children be the solution to climate change? - CREW believes this! - check out our CREW's Kids program. Read on.

“Today’s young people can & should hold their parents’ generation to account for their present actions. They can elicit an emotional response that can motivate action,” writes Lord Stern in his new book, Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency & Promise MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2015

IS A NEW DAY LOOMING FOR RENEWABLE POWER IN ALBERTA? Plus...This week in Clean Energy Review, IKEA turns it up a notch, utilities get charged up about electric vehicles, and a hip hop hero seeks to light up Africa.

IS A NEW DAY LOOMING FOR RENEWABLE POWER IN ALBERTA? Plus...This week in Clean Energy Review, IKEA turns it up a notch, utilities get charged up about electric vehicles, and a hip hop hero seeks to light up Africa.

Freshly minted Alberta environment minister Shannon Phillips announced her province would unveil new greenhouse gas rules by June 30 & consult citizens on a new renewable energy strategy, coal plant retirements, higher price on carbon, solar, biofuel MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 8, 2015

The world is passing Harper by on carbon tax issue

As Mr. Harper digs himself deeper into his ideological hole, the world is passing him by. Carbon taxes in the developed world are going from the rare to the common. Most are working, in the sense that the countries that use them, such as Norway MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 8, 2015

Wall Street fuelling appetite for clean energy bonds

Investors are snapping up green bonds at the fastest pace on record, as big banks such as Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Corp. pile in with new issuance to feed the growing appetite for socially responsible investments. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 8, 2015

Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2015

Renewable Energy Employment by Technology MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 8, 2015

G7 leaders bid 'Auf Wiedersehen' to carbon fuels

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) - Leaders of the world's major industrial democracies resolved on Monday to wean their energy-hungry economies off carbon fuels, marking a major step in the battle against global warming that raises the chances of a U.N. climate MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 8, 2015

Canadian man rides 7,000 km across Canada on a solar-powered bike

CBC News reports that a Canadian man from Northern Ontario is riding 7,000-kilometers across Canada on a solar-powered bike. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 8, 2015

Difficult to invest in green energy in Canada without Big Oil Divestiture movement continues as organizations clean carbon holdings from portfolios - CBC NEWS

If you thought the divestiture movement was losing steam, Norway's recent announcement shows there still is momentum around the world to stop investing in fossil fuels. MORE    added: Sunday, Jun. 7, 2015

Canada grilled by UN climate officials on emission targets

Canada grilled by UN climate officials on emission targets

The Harper government faced a grilling from global climate officials Thursday, as countries’ representatives questioned Canada’s policies and commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. MORE    added: Sunday, Jun. 7, 2015

Ikea is putting more than a billion bucks into the climate fight

Ikea announced today that it plans to put 1 billion euros toward fighting climate change — more than $1.12 billion. Sixty percent of that will go to build renewable energy capacity, especially wind, moving the company toward its goal of using 100% clean MORE    added: Saturday, Jun. 6, 2015

Walmart spews a huge amount of climate pollution with its shipping, but doesn’t report any of it

At Walmart’s annual meeting on Friday, shareholders will vote on a measure that would force the company to reckon with one of the biggest — and best hidden — sources of climate pollution in its vast global operations: shipping. MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 4, 2015

Here’s why we need to politicize disasters

According to Cruz, there’s a time & a place for people to talk about climate change & disasters, but that is sometime in the future. That seems like a reasonable assertion, right? Wrong. What Cruz and countless other individuals who decry politicizing MORE    added: Thursday, Jun. 4, 2015

New energy policy needed as nuclear giants take a hit

New energy policy needed as nuclear giants take a hit

LONDON, 28 May, 2015 ? The European nuclear industry, led by France, seems to be in terminal decline as a result of the cancellation of a new Finnish reactor, technical faults in stations already under construction, and severe financial problems. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015

Trillium accuses Liberals of destroying wind farm lawsuit documents - Globe & Mail

An offshore wind farm developer that is in the midst of a lawsuit against the province of Ontario is now accusing the Liberal government of destroying documents related to its case. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015

Scientists Start $150 Billion Program to Cut Clean Energy Costs

LONDON — Scientists and economists including BP Plc’s former chief executive officer, John Browne, are inviting governments to join a $150 billion program that aims to make clean energy cheaper than coal. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015

May Dividends Rise: Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2015

My Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015 model portfolio had a good May, despite headwinds from the strengthening dollar and declines in clean energy stocks in general. As a whole, the model portfolio rose 2.2 percent for the month, the same as my broad marke MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015

Paris Geothermal Boom Brings Deep Drilling to Crowded Suburbs

PARIS — Squashed between a highway overpass and a towering suburban shopping center east of Paris, a drilling rig is completing the second of two geothermal wells aimed at capturing the earth’s natural heat for homes and offices. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015

Is Japan the Next Boom Market for the Geothermal Energy Industry?

While many geothermal industry players have their eyes on active development regions like East Africa or Indonesia, Japan may actually be a quiet contender for the next hot spot. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015

On April 21 at the CREW and Divest Waterloo jointly sponsored 'THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY!' GREEN investment opportunity event, LIFE Co-op took advantage of the event to formally contribute $1,500 in support of CREW's Kids.

On April 21 at the CREW and Divest Waterloo jointly sponsored 'THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY!' GREEN investment opportunity event, LIFE Co-op took advantage of the event to formally contribute $1,500 in support of CREW's Kids.

PHOTO: Frank Froklage of LIFE Co-op hands cheque for $1,500 to Glen Woolner of CREW in support of CREW's Kids as part of the co-op's giving back/community investment from co-op proceeds. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015

New energy policy needed as nuclear giants take a hit Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed - & much more

New energy policy needed as nuclear giants take a hit Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed - & much more

“One thing Wynne could do & should do is not spend $15 billion refurbishing the Darlington reactors when for probably half a $billion we could boost the transmission system & import the excess hydro power from Quebec.” – Jeff Rubin, Author and Economist MORE    added: Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Ontarians say they support cap and trade, Norway still wants to do away with coal, and Canada's clean-tech sector posts healthy growth at home, but not abroad.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Ontarians say they support cap and trade, Norway still wants to do away with coal, and Canada's clean-tech sector posts healthy growth at home, but not abroad.

Sector which includes clean-energy mfg, among other non-energy related subsectors—created more jobs in 2014 than aerospace mfg, logging, or pharmaceuticals & medical devices. But among 24 cleantech export economies, took 3rd-biggest hit on market share MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 1, 2015

Mismatched graph creates confusion in Canada’s UN climate pledge

Mismatched graph creates confusion in Canada’s UN climate pledge

Canada has submitted its intended contribution to the UN’s forthcoming climate deal, but its new target has done little to remedy its reputation as a climate laggard. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 1, 2015

Canada Creating a 'Death Spiral for Government Science,' Says Newly Retired Federal Scientist

Steve Campana, a former federal scientist with the Department of Fisheries & Oceans is using his retirement as an opportunity to speak openly about the federal government’s policies & the damage PM Stephen Harper has caused to public interest science. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 1, 2015

Born from Disaster: Japan Establishes First Microgrid Community

Following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, one city decided to transition to a clean, renewable future and became Japan's first microgrid community. MORE    added: Monday, Jun. 1, 2015

This week, the Queen's speech assured us that the new government would “seek effective global collaboration to sustain economic recovery and to combat climate change”.

This week, the Queen's speech assured us that the new government would “seek effective global collaboration to sustain economic recovery and to combat climate change”.

At the global level, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) drew attention to the scale of energy subsidies and uncosted damages that are currently benefitting the fossil fuel industry: worth a staggering $5.3 trillion per year, or $10 million per minute. MORE    added: Friday, May. 29, 2015

Global Hydroelectric Power Could Double by 2050, WEC Report Says

Global hydroelectric power capacity could double to 2,000 GW by 2050 or sooner, according to a report released this week by the World Energy Council. The study, titled "Charting the Upsurge in Hydropower Development", was presented during the World Hydro MORE    added: Friday, May. 29, 2015

Ben & Jerry’s fights climate change with gross-sounding new flavor

But how do we tell the climate change story using ice cream? Dig out a chunky spoonful and you can’t help but notice the unique dark and white fudge ice cream cones that appear to be melting. Our stance on climate change and our ice cream is one in the MORE    added: Friday, May. 29, 2015

Wind Energy Is Crucial in the Fight Against Climate Change, Says US Energy Secretary

ORLANDO — The opening general session at Windpower 2015 marked the first appearance by a U.S. energy secretary at the show, “which is surprising,” said current energy secretary Ernest Moniz, “but better late than never.” MORE    added: Friday, May. 29, 2015

Global Renewable Energy Employment Surges 18 Percent to 7.7 Million

Ongoing growth in renewable energy investment and deployment is creating jobs worldwide — and lots of them. This job growth is helping governments address a fundamental economic problem plaguing developed and developing countries alike. Deploying renewab MORE    added: Friday, May. 29, 2015

EVs Can Help Ontario Achieve It's Climate Change Action Goals - A PnD Climate Change Report - May 2015 Newsletter

EVs Can Help Ontario Achieve It's Climate Change Action Goals - A PnD Climate Change Report - May 2015 Newsletter

Plug'n Drive has produced a report that shows that even a relatively small increase in electric vehicle sales can have a significant impact on Greenhouse Gas emissions while providing considerable benefits to Ontario's citizens, utilities and economy. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 27, 2015

Infographic: U.S. energy use grew in 2014 due to an increase in natural gas, wind and solar energy consumption

Americans’ energy use continued to grow slowly in 2014, fueled by increases in the use of natural gas, wind and solar, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 27, 2015

Solar Power Grid Parity Coming Faster Than Expected in US

When combined with our analysis of non-residential property, we estimated that 287 gigawatts of solar would be at price parity with grid electricity across the country by 2021. It turns out we were wrong, and that the rapidly falling cost of solar is mak MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 27, 2015

Report: Triple investment in clean energy to reach $1.2 trillion

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A new report calls for investment in clean energy to be tripled to $1.2 trillion annually through 2030 to give more than one billion people worldwide access to electricity and help prevent global warming. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 27, 2015

The Age of Nuclear Waste is Upon Us: Are We Ready?

The Age of Nuclear Waste is Upon Us: Are We Ready?

“Nuclear waste is everybody’s business. Decisions can no longer be left to the discretion of the nuclear establishment and its regulatory bodies,” said Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 26, 2015

Panasonic Ramps Up Japanese Solar Manufacturing to Meet Domestic Rooftop Demand

The new investment will boost domestic production capacity 150 MW by March 2016, kicking up Panasonic’s total annual production capacity to over 1 GW. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 26, 2015

Tesla E-motorcycles Complement SolarCity Microgrids

Batteries are the renewed focus of attention given the launch of Tesla’s PowerWall on April 30. What or where might the next major application be? Utility scale storage appears to be one. My thesis is that launching Tesla e-motorcycles is an equally high MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 26, 2015

Review: The dominance of fossil energy will recede, The Carbon Bubble argues. But at what pace?

Review: The dominance of fossil energy will recede, The Carbon Bubble argues. But at what pace?

Jeff Rubin's new book deals with the waning golden age of fossil fuels, and in typical Rubin fashion he sees the era as ending not with a whimper but a bang. Or, more accurately given his chosen metaphor, a pop. MORE    added: Monday, May. 25, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, British Columbia keeps its low-carbon fuel standard, fossil fuel companies gobble up $10 million worth of subsidies per minute, and Cannes wraps up with a call to arms... & much more

This week in Clean Energy Review, British Columbia keeps its low-carbon fuel standard, fossil fuel companies gobble up $10 million worth of subsidies per minute, and Cannes wraps up with a call to arms... & much more

EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE THAN HEALTH CARE: Fossil fuel subsidies cost the global economy $5.3 trillion per year, the International Monetary Fund reported. That’s more than $10 million per minute, every minute of every day MORE    added: Monday, May. 25, 2015

The Health Benefits of Fighting Climate Change

LIMA – Governments often see climate change as too costly to address. In fact, it is too costly to ignore. That is why the World Health Organization (WHO), for example, has linked the prevention of disastrous climate change to “immediate health benefits MORE    added: Monday, May. 25, 2015

Oil firms and environmentalists jointly call for Alberta carbon tax

The biggest players in Canada's oil and gas industry are urging Alberta's government to step up its environmental policies and introduce a carbon tax. "We're trying to move Canada to a position of leadership, that's not how we are viewed around the world MORE    added: Sunday, May. 24, 2015

Cradle to Cradle: Recycling's cooler younger brother -
Making synthetic slate shingles that are reused and reused and reused

Cradle to Cradle: Recycling's cooler younger brother - Making synthetic slate shingles that are reused and reused and reused

What if you could take waste limestone, add in some recycled milk jugs & grocery bags, & make roof shingles that last 50 years & can eventually be melted down & remade into new shingles? That’s the whole idea behind Cradle to Cradle design & manufacturing MORE    added: Saturday, May. 23, 2015

Your Home Doesn't Matter for Tesla's Dream of a Battery-Powered Planet

Elon Musk has done something remarkable. He built a 220-pound battery to hang on the garage wall and convinced a huge number of people that owning one is a lifestyle choice—like having a compost bin in the garden and reusable diapers on the baby. But.... MORE    added: Friday, May. 22, 2015

U.S. Energy Department Report evaluates the possibility for Wind Power in All 50 States

In support of the President’s all-of-the above energy strategy, Energy Sec. Ernest Moniz today announced release of Enabling Wind Power Nationwide, a report showing how the U.S. can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment in all 50 states MORE    added: Friday, May. 22, 2015

Canada Announces Weak Climate Target

Last week, Canada has announced its contribution to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gases by announcing its post-2020 target. The target announced today is off-track to the 80% cut by 2050 they committed to in 2009 & significantly higher than US MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

Obama: Climate change poses “immediate risk” to national security

President Barack Obama had a strong message for graduates of the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut on Wednesday, and all the rest of us too: Global warming is a major security threat. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

Your Netflix addiction is screwing the climate

You recycle. You ride your bike to work. You bring your own bags to the grocery. You might think you’re a good environmentalist. But those cat videos, TED talks, and Netflix original series you watch to unwind might be slowly killing the planet. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

Greenpeace sails with First Nations to oppose Arctic oil tankers

A massive Greenpeace ship will depart the Port of Vancouver on Tuesday with a cross-Canada Aboriginal delegation. The delegation seeks to raise alarm about the potential surge in US oil tankers set to ply past British Columbia’s coastlines in the future MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

Wheels, Towers and Trees: Unconventional Renewable Energy Technologies in the Pipeline

A number of companies around the world are developing novel technologies in an effort to grab a slice of the global renewable energy market. Although many of these technologies are simple incremental improvements to established technologies such as sola MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

GREEN INVESTING - Clean Energy ETFs Are on a Tear

Green investing used to be synonymous with losing money. But while the S&P 500 Index is up 2 percent this year, and the MSCI All-Country World Index is up 5 percent, clean energy ETFs have double-digit returns. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

100 groups call on Premier Wynne to protect the Great Lakes & stop OPG’s proposed nuclear waste dump in a series of underground caverns carved out of limestone on the shore of Lake Huron.

100 groups call on Premier Wynne to protect the Great Lakes & stop OPG’s proposed nuclear waste dump in a series of underground caverns carved out of limestone on the shore of Lake Huron.

This is the news release, and here's the Open Letter. Ontario Power Generation is proposing to bury 200,000 cubic metres of radioactive wastes produced during reactor operations deep underground in a series of underground caverns carved out of limestone MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

Canada announces climate commitment and it’s weaker than it looks

Canada announces climate commitment and it’s weaker than it looks

On Friday, Canada announced it will cut carbon pollution by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 as part of this year’s international climate negotiations in Paris. While an improvement over the proposed target - is far weaker than pledges from the US and EU. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

LEED works: How a green building rating system transformed the construction industry

LEED works: How a green building rating system transformed the construction industry

Governments and developers love issuing press releases announcing the opening of shiny new schools, rec centres and office buildings. Chances are good these days that building will be LEED silver, gold or even platinum. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

Microgrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

Pembina reacts to Canada setting greenhouse gas emission targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Pembina reacts to Canada setting greenhouse gas emission targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

“Given Canada’s history of setting climate targets while failing to implement regulations to meet them, today’s announcement doesn’t mean much without a credible plan of action to back it up. Amin Asadollahi, oilsands director at the Pembina Institute, MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

Canadian Solar (Guelph) Receives C$53.5 Million Non-Recourse Construction Loan

Canadian Solar announced that Natixis, New York Branch/Norddeutsche Landesbank Gironzentrale, New York Branch/Cooperative Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A./”Rabobank Nederland,” New York Branch will provide the company with up to C$53.5 Million MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

A solar future isn't just likely — it's inevitable

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power is eventually going to dominate global energy. The question is not if, but when. Maybe it will happen radically faster than anyone expects — say, by 2050. Or maybe it won't be until the year 3000, or later. But it'll happen. MORE    added: Thursday, May. 21, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Ontario sets a respectable target, Norway's Statoil plots its move beyond petroleum, and Vancouver comes in dead last in a national ranking of solar-friendly cities.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Ontario sets a respectable target, Norway's Statoil plots its move beyond petroleum, and Vancouver comes in dead last in a national ranking of solar-friendly cities.

QUEEN’S PARK SETS TARGET: Ontario established a 2030 climate target—the first Canadian province to do so. The province aims to reduce carbon pollution a respectable 37 percent below 1990 levels. Still TBD: The policy suite needed to meet it. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 20, 2015

LOOK AT THE DIVIDEND - Letter to the editor - Waterloo Region Record in response to - Wynne's cap-and-trade system would be a boon for Quebec — May 12

We are glad to know Gwyn Morgan agrees that we should take meaningful actions to reduce carbon emissions. We also agree that there are drawbacks with a cap-and-trade system. Does Morgan prefer carbon fee-and-dividend as we do? MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 20, 2015

Waterloo Region BlueDot Movement Updates May - KITCHENER CITY COUNCIL COULD MAKE THEIR BLUE DOT DECLARATION AS SOON AS JUNE 1ST! - the first day of Canadian Environment Week!

Waterloo Region BlueDot Movement Updates May - KITCHENER CITY COUNCIL COULD MAKE THEIR BLUE DOT DECLARATION AS SOON AS JUNE 1ST! - the first day of Canadian Environment Week!

On May 25th, the Kitchener Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee (PSIC) will review city staff’s customized Blue Dot declaration, report, and recommendation to endorse the declaration. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 20, 2015

Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF

Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 20, 2015

The White House is buzzing with plans to save the bees

The White House may not always have its priorities straight, but we’re pretty excited about the Obama administration’s buzzworthy new plan to save pollinators. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 20, 2015

U.S. Trip Lays the Groundwork for Stronger Partnerships - Premier Wynne Showcases Ontario’s Leadership and Expertise to Province’s Largest Trading Partner

The Premier met with business leaders and government decision-makers to discuss the benefits of doing business with Ontario, as well as the province's leadership on issues like climate change, infrastructure and equality. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 20, 2015

Signs of change are sweeping the nation

Signs of change are sweeping the nation

Recent events in Canada have shown not only that change is possible, but that people won't stand for having corporate interests put before their own. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 20, 2015

Why Fungi-Based Biofuels Could Eventually Replace Conventional Jet Fuel

he University of Washington is developing a fungi based aviation biofuel that might be competitive on the open market. Fungi naturally do many of the complicated chemical processes required by other fuels. This should mean that a fungi biofuel has lower MORE    added: Thursday, May. 14, 2015

Renewed Hope - This week has been an eventful one for the nuclear industry and its opponents alike-- and the timing couldn't be better for us to ramp up our efforts in the fight against dirty nuclear power.

Renewed Hope - This week has been an eventful one for the nuclear industry and its opponents alike-- and the timing couldn't be better for us to ramp up our efforts in the fight against dirty nuclear power.

But the nuclear industry-- and the politicians protecting them-- aren't going to give up without a fight. That's where you come in. MORE    added: Monday, May. 11, 2015

Tesla's Battery Grabbed $800 Million in Its First Week

Tesla is already building a 5-million-square-foot battery factory. It's not big enough - Tom Randall, Bloomberg - That was the message from Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk this week while discussing, for the first time, the early response to his MORE    added: Monday, May. 11, 2015

G20: fossil fuel fears could hammer global financial system

World leaders are increasingly concerned that a $6 trillion wave of investment into the nexus of oil, gas, and coal since 2007 is based on false assumptions, leaving companies with an overhang of debt and “stranded assets” that cannot easily be burned MORE    added: Sunday, May. 10, 2015

Five things you need to know about cap-and-trade

Five things you need to know about cap-and-trade

Now that Ontario has announced it’s going to put a price on carbon by implementing a cap-and-trade program, there have been a lot of questions and misconceptions about what this actually means for the economy and our environment. MORE    added: Sunday, May. 10, 2015

Shared Solar Could Open Path to 100 Percent PV Market Penetration

Shared solar, where multiple parties share the benefits of on- or off-site PV arrays, has the potential to dramatically expand solar energy access for residents and businesses across the U.S., as well as open avenues for utilities to play a greater role MORE    added: Sunday, May. 10, 2015

Pembina reacts to the results of the Alberta election

Pembina reacts to the results of the Alberta election

“With this election, Albertans have voted for change — and that change includes improving Alberta’s environmental record & its approach to climate change. “We support the Alberta NDP's commitments to invest in energy efficiency, & to phase out coal-fired MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 6, 2015

Climate change and the financial risk of stranded assets

Climate change and the financial risk of stranded assets

This is the year. 2015 is being widely proclaimed as the year the world’s governments get serious about climate change. Talks will be held in Paris in December. One undeniable consequence will be stranded assets. This is particularly true in Alberta. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 6, 2015

EIA: Natural gas, renewables to meet increased electricity demand in US

Natural gas and renewable energy generating sources are expected to meet all of the increase of electricity use between 2013 and 2040, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 6, 2015

Offshore Wind Power Seen Growing by Record 4.2 Gigawatts in 2015

Wind-power developers are expected to install a record 4.2 gigawatts of offshore turbines this year, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. MORE    added: Wednesday, May. 6, 2015

Net-zero buildings are achievable - Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency - Natural Resources Canada's Office of Efficiency

The world’s most northerly commercial building to achieve net zero status is almost ready for occupancy. Not only is the City of Edmonton’s Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community & Commerce the city’s first designated LEED platinum structure and Canada’s MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 5, 2015

Value Trapped: Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015, April Update

My Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015 model portfolio held on to first quarter gains in April, despite a 29 percent fall for one of the stocks. (For details on that decline, see the Power REIT (NYSE:PW) section below.) Tom Konrad MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 5, 2015

Doctors are already seeing links between climate change and their patients’ health

The nation’s leading medical practitioners — with the White House behind them — are stepping forward with a diagnosis that all of us should heed, because the symptoms are becoming undeniable and the risks tremendous: Climate change is a health threat. MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 5, 2015

How Canada made the Koch brothers rich

Greenpeace’s most recent research shows that since 1997, the Kochs have spent a total of US$79-million to groups that deny climate change science. Some of that cash has come north to Canada – specifically to the Fraser Institute. As first revealed by the MORE    added: Tuesday, May. 5, 2015

Could a crypt below Kincardine solve Ontario’s nuclear waste problem?

As Ontario Power Generation waits to learn if its controversial plan is a go, the future of deep geological repositories is uncertain MORE    added: Monday, May. 4, 2015

Musk Plots Energy Storage Fix Where Utility Industry Failed

SAN FRANCISCO -- Billionaire Elon Musk thinks he can pave the way to a better energy future by turning the mattress-shaped batteries in Tesla’s electric car into upright pillars so they can be used to power homes, businesses and even utilities. MORE    added: Monday, May. 4, 2015

The $750 billion dollar opportunity in industrial and commercial energy efficiency

The $750 billion dollar opportunity in industrial and commercial energy efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that an average of 30 per cent of the energy that is paid for is wasted. High peak demand, inefficient lights, wrong-sized motors and a whole host of other energy wasting systems makes energy efficiency in the comm MORE    added: Sunday, May. 3, 2015

CHERNOBYL 29 YEARS LATER - Apr 26 marked the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Fairwinds lists superb resources about Chernobyl – A human perspective. GREENPEACE releases a new report & CBC News 60 Minutes aired an episode - plus blog

CHERNOBYL 29 YEARS LATER - Apr 26 marked the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Fairwinds lists superb resources about Chernobyl – A human perspective. GREENPEACE releases a new report & CBC News 60 Minutes aired an episode - plus blog

Greenpeace released a new report detailing clean up efforts; nearly three decades after the start of the Chernobyl disaster, its atomic legacy is a stark and ominous reminder that nuclear power can never be a safe energy source. See links. MORE    added: Sunday, May. 3, 2015

Tesla launches Powerwall home battery with aim to revolutionize energy consumption - Larger version of battery has been tested in pilot program

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs & batteries in garage MORE    added: Friday, May. 1, 2015

UK installed more solar power than any other European country in 2014

The UK installed more new solar power capacity than any other European country last year and is on track to retain its top-ranking position this year, due to a rush to complete projects ahead of deep cuts to subsidies at the start of this month. MORE    added: Friday, May. 1, 2015

Important changes are underway and challenging the viability of traditional energy.

Important changes are underway and challenging the viability of traditional energy.

This week Bernstein forecast that in several key markets solar plus storage will become cheaper than retail electricity within three years. Tesla and Bill Gates are among those racing to develop reliable and affordable power storage to compensate for MORE    added: Friday, May. 1, 2015

Musk Plots Energy Storage Fix Where Utility Industry Failed

SAN FRANCISCO -- Billionaire Elon Musk thinks he can pave the way to a better energy future by turning the mattress-shaped batteries in Tesla’s electric car into upright pillars so they can be used to power homes, businesses and even utilities. MORE    added: Friday, May. 1, 2015

Break-up of the century: U.S. emissions and economic growth are really, finally separating

The U.S. economy and energy consumption, along with the greenhouse gas emissions they create, have always grown and plunged together. But as the U.S. embraces energy efficiency and renewables, those things aren’t dancing to quite the same beat anymore. MORE    added: Friday, May. 1, 2015

Milkweed is a monarch's best defence

Milkweed is a monarch's best defence

Much of the monarch butterfly decline has been pinned on virtual eradication of its critical food source throughout much of its migration path by profligate use of a glyphosate-based weed killer called Roundup, which corn and soybean crops have been MORE    added: Friday, May. 1, 2015

How renewable energy is winning over fossil fuels with lower prices

Fossil fuels have long been at the fore front of electricity production, but recent reports and studies have concluded or shifted their recommendations towards renewable energy as the future of electricity generation. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 30, 2015

Phasing out coal: What we learned fighting dirty power

Phasing out coal: What we learned fighting dirty power

One year ago, the last coal-fired electricity generating station in Ontario went cold. With the end of coal burning at the Thunder Bay Generating Station, the province achieved something many thought would never happen: the elimination of a huge source MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 30, 2015

Renewables vs. Nuclear: Do We Need More Nuclear Power?

For at least the next 10 years, when considering new capacity, there should be little doubt that renewables will be the generation method of choice. Utility PV, solar thermal (especially with molten salt storage as a baseload source), wind, rooftop solar MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015

Japan Anticipates Clean Energy Will Edge Out Nuclear Power

TOKYO -- Japan anticipates that by 2030 clean energy such as solar and hydro will generate slightly more of the nation’s electricity than nuclear power plants. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015

Tesla-Powered Wal-Mart Stores Attest to Musk's Energy Storage Ambitions

esla Motors Inc. is signing up big customers like Wal-Mart and Cargill, accelerating efforts to become a leader in energy storage -- a new market that’s poised to boost sales and profit at the electric vehicle pioneer. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015

When is an oil spill not merely an oil spill? When it happens in English Bay, that’s when.

The debacle last week in Vancouver’s harbour, caused by a foreign grain carrier, will have huge implications for billions of dollars in proposed pipeline investments as well as Ottawa’s strategy for exporting the country’s energy resources. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015

ECOJUSTICE - Want to make polluters pay? Opt for a carbon tax over cap & trade

ECOJUSTICE - Want to make polluters pay? Opt for a carbon tax over cap & trade

As proven by British Columbia’s carbon tax, when it comes to regulating carbon emissions, a carbon tax is easier, quicker and more efficient than a cap and trade approach. However, the most important thing is that Ontario will now have a carbon price MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015

Is Standardized Permitting Solar's Next Big Industry Breakthrough?

Cutting costs has been the key to solar’s rapid expansion this decade. The lion’s share of cost reductions in the solar industry has come from in module prices. The $4 per watt you’d have paid in 2006 modules alone gets you the entire system installed. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015

Province taking action on climate change - Record letter to the editor - responding to April 15 - Ontario gambles on cap-and-trade

Our government is serious about the challenge posed by climate change. We are taking action. Cap-and-trade will ensure that Ontario reduces greenhouse gas pollution by setting clear caps for industrial emitters. Right now, these industries are allowed MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 27, 2015

With nuclear, “we capitalize the benefits and socialize the risks.” Arnie Gunderson

With nuclear, “we capitalize the benefits and socialize the risks.” Arnie Gunderson

Sale of Canadian Uranium to India Denounced by International Experts at the World Uranium Symposium By selling uranium to India, Canada is undermining and discrediting the key international treaty prohibiting the proliferation of nuclear weapons. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 27, 2015

New map shows clean energy jobs across British Columbia
Interactive map allows users to explore over 14,000 jobs from renewable energy projects in B.C.

New map shows clean energy jobs across British Columbia Interactive map allows users to explore over 14,000 jobs from renewable energy projects in B.C.

VANCOUVER — The Pembina Institute’s new interactive B.C. Clean Energy Jobs Map quantifies the number of jobs in the clean energy sector & pinpoints where renewable projects are including wind, solar power, run-of-river hydro, large hydro, biomass,bio gas MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 27, 2015

Pope Francis forces the issue on climate change

High-profile climate researchers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and church officials will gather at the Vatican next week for a conference on climate change. It’s Pope Francis’s latest effort to raise the profile of the issue among churchgoers, and MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 27, 2015

Top stories from Canada’s latest greenhouse gas emissions inventory

Top stories from Canada’s latest greenhouse gas emissions inventory

Canada’s emissions inventory is submitted annually to the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The inventory covers the amount and types of emissions, as well as which sectors of the economy they come from. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 27, 2015

Study counters misinformation about the role of renewable energy in electricity costs - 2014 study still valid

Study counters misinformation about the role of renewable energy in electricity costs - 2014 study still valid

“As the new kid on the block, renewable energy is all too often blamed for rising electricity costs. The truth is renewables play a fairly small role in Ontarians’ electricity bills today,” said Gillian McEachern of Environmental Defence. “But they have MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 27, 2015

Earth Day Every Day Call to Action: Test drive an Electric Vehicle: Go electric for your clean commute!

Earth Day Every Day Call to Action: Test drive an Electric Vehicle: Go electric for your clean commute!

Wonder if an electric vehicle is for you? Check out the reactions of this group of cleantech experts as they test-drive an electric vehicle with Earth Day President Deb Doncaster! MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

Obama burns Florida’s climate deniers on their home turf

President Barack Obama just marked Earth Day with a speech on climate change, given from a podium in Florida’s Everglades National Park. The choice of venue was appropriate from an environmental perspective — the Everglades is already acutely feeling the MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

Not a single mention of climate change

Not a single mention of climate change

Two days ago, the Government of Canada unveiled its 2015 budget. Despite being over 500 pages long, it comes up short on protecting the people and places we love. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

Geothermal Earth Day Visual: Shaping Environmental Solutions

Earth day 2015 is an important point in history for the environment. Members of Congress voted to recognize that climate change is real, and President Obama announced goals to cut emissions by nearly a third over the next decade MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

Ontario's Cap-And-Trade Plan Raises Solar's Profile

Ontario's Cap-And-Trade Plan Raises Solar's Profile

The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) has come out strongly in support of Ontario's plan to implement a cap-and-trade system similar to those enacted by Quebec and California. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

The Bruce relicensing hearings are over, but you can still help expose the risks of the Bruce reactors by sharing information on the hearings with your friends and family on social media

The Bruce relicensing hearings are over, but you can still help expose the risks of the Bruce reactors by sharing information on the hearings with your friends and family on social media

There has been substantial media coverage by The Globe And Mail, Blackburn News, and Bayshore Broadcasting. The main topic for the final day of the hearings was emergency preparedness, and the discussion has left me seriously concerned about the safety MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2015

All Obama wants for Earth Day is a new power grid

Upgrade the power grid, or be swept away by a changing climate. That’s the message in a new Obama administration report published Tuesday calling for billions of dollars of major investments in the nation’s energy system over the next decade. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2015

Beijing’s air is now a little less toxic

There might be some good news for people inhaling Beijing’s famously filthy air: It’s getting a bit cleaner, according to a new analysis released by Greenpeace on Monday. Pollution levels in the Chinese capital have shown significant improvements MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2015

Great EARTH DAY News! Community-owned green energy projects helping to drive new business in Southwestern Ontario - Locally, community co-ops are developing numerous projects - read about it!!

This Earth Day marks a major turning point for both our planet & our global economy, with a surge in the use of zero emissions renewable energy. According to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), there was a 31% jump in renewab MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2015

Here's why I'm hopeful: Bill McKibben - 350.org

Here's why I'm hopeful: Bill McKibben - 350.org

Every once in a while I let myself be optimistic for a minute, and this week is one of those times. I never get too giddy -- scientists said yesterday that the earth's atmosphere had nudged above 404 ppm CO2 for the first time in millions of years -- but MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2015

Japan Solar Boom Spurred by Low-Interest Loans from Local Banks, Credit Unions, Utilities

Japan, which installed almost twice as many residential PV installations as the U.S. in 2014, is one of the world's largest residential PV markets in terms of cumulative installations. Find out why. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015

China Adds Equivalent of France's Entire Solar Capacity in Three Months

BEIJING -- China’s solar installations in the first quarter were almost equal to France’s entire supply of power from the sun. China connected 5.04 gigawatts of solar capacity to grids in the three months ended March 31 MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015

Investors pressing oil and gas companies on carbon asset risk disclosure

Institutional investors representing nearly $2 trillion in assets have called on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to push for better disclosure by oil and gas companies of critical climate change-related business risks (carbon asset risks) MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 20, 2015

Wind energy jobs grew exponentially in 2014

Wind energy is growing, and along with it, wind jobs. According to the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, there were 23,000 jobs added in the wind industry in 2014 -- bringing the total number to 73,000. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 20, 2015

EU financing German offshore wind project

Germany is planning the build of 20 offshore wind farms, and the European Union (EU) has found that the project falls within the scope of EU state aid rules. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 20, 2015

CEOs to world leaders: Get off your asses and fix climate change

43 CEOs of major international corporations might be off the hook. In an open letter to world leaders, these bigwigs,companies who collectively raked in $1.2 trillion last year, politely asked for some actual shit to get done at the Paris climate talks MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 20, 2015

Obama keeps saying smart stuff about climate change, will say more of it on Earth Day

President Obama is being awfully chatty about climate change these days. He dedicated his latest weekly video address to the topic, and used it to announce that he’ll visit Florida this Wednesday, Earth Day, to talk about climate some more. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 20, 2015

Vancouver to shift to 100% renewable energy by 2050

Vancouver City Council made history at the end of March by voting to support a shift to 100 per cent renewable energy sources, becoming the first city in Canada to take this step. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 20, 2015

National Score-Card on Solar Energy

Canada joined the "1 GW" solar club in 2013 which today includes only nineteen other nations. Canada's leading solar market Ontario (which is also a North American leader with more installed capacity than all but the two US States California and Arizona) MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 20, 2015

Coal is dying all by itself

Coal, the No. 1 cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number of coal plant retirements in the United States, and a study last week from Duke University found that Even China, which produces and consumes more coal than the rest of the MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 20, 2015

China’s disastrous pollution problem is a lesson for all

China’s disastrous pollution problem is a lesson for all

Beijing’s 21-million residents live in a toxic fog of particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, mercury, cadmium, lead and other contaminants, mainly caused by factories & coal burning. Schools & workplaces regularly shut down when pollution exceeds MORE    added: Sunday, Apr. 19, 2015

Ontario’s cap-and-trade deal a good first step - Record opinion column - Caterina Lindman

At last! Now that Quebec and Ontario signed a cap-and-trade deal, Canadians can begin in earnest to have adultlike conversations about carbon pricing. ...We need a national carbon fee-and-dividend system, which is more transparent & less costly MORE    added: Sunday, Apr. 19, 2015

Keep protecting planet - Record letter to the editor response to 'Fee and dividend' model makes sense - April 10

Finally our provincial government recognizes the need to protect the planet by introducing the carbon emissions control, cap-and-trade & has joined hands with Quebec, British Columbia (B.C. uses fee and dividend) & California. I hope others will follow. MORE    added: Sunday, Apr. 19, 2015

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables This is the beginning of the end.

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back. MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015

Can Other Cities Match Georgetown’s Low-Cost Switch to 100 Percent Wind and Sun?

This is probably not the first place you’ve read about Georgetown, Texas, the town of 55,000 that will be getting the equivalent of 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2017. But few articles hit upon the two key reasons Georgetown was MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015

Carbon pricing: a bold step or a big scam? Record OPINION column

Ontario's new system may be a bold step forward in the fight against climate change. Or it may be a scam. We don't yet know which. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 17, 2015

Ontario gambles on cap-and-trade - Record editorial

Wynne's weapon of choice for combating climate change is a controversial cap-and-trade system that discourages carbon emissions through credits. Businesses will be assigned greenhouse gas limits or "caps." MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 17, 2015

Get involved in climate change, premiers tell Ottawa

QUEBEC — A meeting of most of the country's premiers on climate change ended Tuesday with renewed calls for the federal government to show greater initiative in addressing the issue. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said the time for action is now MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 17, 2015

Premiers work toward climate of change

Disparate premiers — with different constituencies, geographies, economies and ideologies — coming together for the first time to compare notes and thrash out differences on global warming. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 17, 2015

In Wyoming, climate change is all too real

The scientists used satellite data to measure snow extent over time and found that snow is melting 16 ± 10 days earlier in the 2000s compared with 1972 to 1999. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015

Impose a carbon fee - Record Letter to the editor in response to 'Provinces can lead the charge on climate change — April 8'

Ontario's intention to price carbon is a step in the right direction, but needs to do it in a way that is good for the taxpayer, the economy and the environment. In BC every dollar raised by the carbon fee has been returned to citizens & bus via tax cuts MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015

On climate change, premiers are doing what Ottawa won’t

On climate change, premiers are doing what Ottawa won’t

As the premiers meet to discuss the environment this week, they should build on the strides they’ve made and work toward a national energy and climate change strategy. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015

Oilsands emissions at forefront of Quebec climate march

Timed to coincide with a gathering of provincial & territorial leaders for a climate and energy summit starting today, the marchers delivered one clear message: for Canada, credible action on climate requires limiting emissions from the oilsands sector. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015

This past weekend I was marching in Quebec City with over 25,000 people to tell Canada's premiers that they can’t be climate leaders and expand the tar sands.

This past weekend I was marching in Quebec City with over 25,000 people to tell Canada's premiers that they can’t be climate leaders and expand the tar sands.

Right now, we don't know much about where the premiers' climate deal is going. Key premiers like Jim Prentice from Alberta & Christy Clark from BC are skipping this climate summit tomorrow, & we know that Ontario and Quebec are signing a deal on carbon MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015

Pembina reacts to Ontario’s cap-and-trade announcement

Pembina reacts to Ontario’s cap-and-trade announcement

“We’re excited to see that Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, is moving forward with putting a price on carbon pollution. The province’s decision to reinvest revenue collected with a cap-and-trade system into initiatives that reduce carbon polluti MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015

Wynne announces cap-and-trade plan to help battle climate change

TORONTO — Premier Kathleen Wynne says Ontario will take "an enormous step" to adopt a so?called cap?and?trade plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions and help battle climate change. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 13, 2015

Pembina Reacts to B.C.’s commitment to strengthen Climate Action Plan

Pembina Reacts to B.C.’s commitment to strengthen Climate Action Plan

“Its great that B.C. is committing to a second phase of its Climate Action Plan. This is positive for the province and will boost momentum in Canada and abroad in the lead-up to the Paris climate summit this December. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 13, 2015

Beneath the tar sands is even dirtier oil, and industry is salivating over it

Shell has pulled out of one of its largest lease applications, and Petrochina is attempting to get rid of its tar-sands assets. Environmentalists have watched the slowdown with great hope. Yet at the same time, some of those very same companies are posit MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 13, 2015

Going to the source -  What I learned about the

Going to the source - What I learned about the "energiewende" while visiting Germany

I travelled to Germany at the end of March with a group of Canadians to learn about the country’s energiewende or “energy transition”. The energiewende has been a long-term effort in Germany to move from nuclear & fossil energy reliance to a renewable & MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015

‘Fee and dividend’ method makes most sense - Byron Weber Becker of Kitchener writes in response to Record Letter to the editor `Provinces take the lead on climate change` of April 8

Delighted to read in Martin Regg Cohn's column that the Ontario gov is taking the lead on climate change policy. But disappointed to read that ON is moving toward a `cap and trade` method of pricing carbon - not the successful BC `fee & dividend` model. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 10, 2015

Oiling the machinery of climate change denial and transit opposition

Oiling the machinery of climate change denial and transit opposition

Brothers Charles and David Koch run Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned company in the U.S., behind Cargill. They’ve given close to US$70 million to climate change denial front groups. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 10, 2015

How the electricity generation industry is positively changing to benefit green energy in the US

In the four years following the 2008 recession, the coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while the natural gas, solar and wind industries together created nearly four times that amount, according to a new Duke University study. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 10, 2015

Obama: Energy effort to help environment, military veterans

The Energy and Defense departments are extending to a total of 10 military bases nationwide a pilot program that teaches exiting service members how to install solar panels. The Energy Department is pledging to train 75,000 people/veterans by 2020. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 10, 2015

It Turns Out That You Can’t Divide Americans Over Renewable Energy

The poll, commissioned by our firm Clean Edge with SolarCity, and conducted by national polling firm Zogby Analytics, finds that nearly nine out of ten Americans (87 percent) believe renewable energy is important to the country’s future. MORE    added: Friday, Apr. 10, 2015

Canadians must think of every day as Earth Day - Record youth editorial

Maybe it's because people actually get out and spend time in nature once again. Also, annual initiatives such as Earth Hour, which was held March 28, and Earth Day, which is coming up on April 22, bring this cause to the forefront. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015

Open Letter to Premiers Couillard and Wynne

Open Letter to Premiers Couillard and Wynne

Please send a letter to Premiers Wynne and Couillard asking them to sign a long-term electricity cooperation agreement to save both provinces $14 billion while reducing greenhouse gas emissions - a WIN-WIN deal! Take the simple step. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015

Canadian pension trustees and climate risk: if they only had a strategy?

In Canada, pension fund trustees and their investment managers have been silent on the risks to members’ savings & their retirement incomes posed by climate change and related policy developments, such as carbon re-pricing in markets that buy our oil MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015

Leading brands also leaders in wind - Amazon, Dow Chemical, Yahoo, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, IKEA

Purchasing clean, renewable wind power helps these companies achieve internal environmental and clean power targets, as they increasingly identify reducing their overall contribution to carbon pollution as a high priority -- and one that is popular with MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015

Carbon crash, solar dawn: Deutsche Bank on why solar has already won

Deutsche Bank says solar market is massive, will generate $5 trillion in revenue by 2030. It describes solar plus storage as next the killer app, and says even in India there will be 25% solar by 2022. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015

Fix the EU Emissions Trading System, And Carbon Markets Can Be Serious Business

What do the following have in common: New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Quebec, Alberta, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Beijing, Guangdong, Hubei, Shangh MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015

National poll shows Canadians want leadership on climate protection - 61% of Canadians say protecting the climate more important than pipelines and tarsands

OTTAWA - Canadians believe climate disruption is a moral issue and that climate protection trumps development of the tarsands and pipelines. They want politicians to control carbon pollution and give citizens a say in energy decision-making. MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015

Falling cost of solar offers solace after halving of oil price - FT March 31

For decades, energy in the Arab world has been synonymous with oil. Plentiful hydrocarbons and heavily subsidized power and fuel have been a birthright for more than a generation. But this is set to change. Investors and energy experts say that a combina MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2015

Why the framework nuclear agreement with Iran is good for both sides

Why the framework nuclear agreement with Iran is good for both sides

Published in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. And for more on this read Dr. Gordon Edwards’ backgrounder on the issue here: Iran as Paradigm. And here’s the Former Iranian Ambassador on how this Historic Nuclear Deal Has Prevented a New War in the East MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2015

Provinces can lead the charge on climate change - Record Opinion Column

report being released Tuesday by some of Canada's top economists argues that Ottawa's indifference is increasingly irrelevant. The provinces now have the opportunity — and the power — to act independently of the federal government, advancing the pan-Can MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2015

Price carbon, blue-chip panel tells provinces

OTTAWA - The least costly, most efficient and effective way to reduce Canadian greenhouse gas emissions is by putting a price on carbon — and the provinces are best situated to make the move, says a blue-chip panel of Canadian economists. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015

Report quantifies contribution of small hydro to global renewables investments

According to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015 report, 2014 brought a rebound of green energy investments worldwide, surging 17% to $270.2 billion. This reversed the investment dip of the past two years. In addition, renewables MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015

Report concludes US as a nation is not divided when it comes to renewable energy

According to a new national poll of U.S. homeowners, Americans overwhelmingly support extended renewable energy incentives and a majority rank solar as the most important future energy source -- across a range of demographics and political affiliations. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015

Thawing permafrost could be the worst climate threat you haven’t heard of

As permafrost thaws, microbes start to chow down on the organic material that it contains, and as that material decomposes, it emits either carbon dioxide or methane. Experts think most of the release will take the form of carbon dioxide MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015

Why more pipelines won’t solve the problem of oil-train explosions

Much of the oil criss-crossing the U.S. on trains is coming from North Dakota and traveling out along east/west routes where there aren’t even any proposals for big new pipelines. You can’t blame activists for that. Keystone would connect the Alberta MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015

Wanna change an oil exec’s mind on climate? Here’s how

Picture a day when the world’s most-watched video features a C-level oil executive on a TED stage with his family, saying, “For years, my kids have told me the work I do threatens their futures. I didn’t pay much attention. Now I realize they’re right. MORE    added: Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015

A Flywheel Like No Other — aims to solve the energy storage crisis - brought to you by a Canadian company

This flywheel technology aims to end the renewable energy/utility gridlock. The energy storage machine will make variable generation more predictable for smooth power grid integration, helping electric system operators efficiently balance energy to contr MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 6, 2015

Mexico just shamed the rest of the world with its climate plan

Mexico is the first developing country to formally make its climate action pledge ahead of U.N. negotiations to be held in Paris later this year. And its plan is actually pretty ambitious, analysts say. MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 6, 2015

Study finds that solar will be most inexpensive form of energy by 2025

Due to technological innovations & awareness of solar - including integration worldwide as well as solar farms - the price of solar is dropping. New solar photovoltaic power plants in Germany today cost almost 80% less than those built several years ago MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 6, 2015

Canada's Keystone XL Alternatives: Here are the other tar-sands pipelines Canada is trying to build

A decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built in the U.S. could come at any time, but there are myriad other projects on the table designed to do exactly what Keystone XL was designed to do: transport Cdn tar-sands oil to refineries MORE    added: Monday, Apr. 6, 2015

Putting conservation first means big savings for Ontarians

In most parts of the province, consumers are making two energy purchases, paying for electricity and fuel for heating needs. This unnecessary doubling of the overall energy consumption could be avoided MORE    added: Sunday, Apr. 5, 2015

This affordable housing complex has a solar farm on its roof

The array of photovoltaic panels may be the first of its kind to be built on the roof of an affordable housing complex — and its collaborative funding mechanism enables more people to contribute to, and benefit from, solar power. It’s a creative example MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 4, 2015

Water is life; we can't afford to waste it

Water is life; we can't afford to waste it

With Canada’s abundant glaciers, lakes, rivers and streams, we often take water for granted. (In my home province, we give it away to large corporations that bottle and sell it back to us at exorbitant prices!) We shouldn’t be so complacent. MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 4, 2015

US to pledge up to 28 percent emission cut in global treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States pledged Tuesday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change, the White House said. MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 4, 2015

US Climate Commitment Should Spur Other Countries

As the world’s second largest emitter, the US can use its comprehensive proposal to help inspire greater climate action internationally. The U.S. commitment sends an important signal to the world by making clear the need for a path to deep cuts in emissi MORE    added: Saturday, Apr. 4, 2015

This $1.2 billion news organization just pulled its money out of fossil fuels

This $1.2 billion news organization just pulled its money out of fossil fuels

One of the world’s most respected & influential news organizations - the Guardian Media Group - announced yesterday that it will divest from fossil fuels - following the launch of The Guardian's own climate change campaign, in partnership with 350.org MORE    added: Thursday, Apr. 2, 2015

France Mandates Solar Roofs for Commercial Zones

Recently passed legislation in France has mandated that the roofs of all new buildings in commercial areas must be so-called green roofs, which are at least partially covered in either solar modules or with living plants. MORE    added: Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015

UK Cuts Red Tape for Commercial Rooftop Solar

A change in the rules for permitted development rights in the UK has increased the development threshold for rooftop solar panels on commercial property by a factor of 20. Under the new rules, installations up to 1 MW no longer require full planning perm MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015

Turns out the world’s first “clean coal” plant, in Saskatchewan, is a backdoor subsidy to oil producers

The world’s first “clean coal” plant — that is, the first full-size coal-fired power plant ever to capture & store the majority of its CO2 emissions — is located in, of all places, Saskatchewan. According to the first financial analysis done on the proj MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015

Achieving our climate goals while lowering our energy bills OCAA’s latest report on how gov’t can save ON businesses & consumers $34 B (in next 20 years) & meet our carbon reduction commitments through cost-effective conservation & Quebec water power

Achieving our climate goals while lowering our energy bills OCAA’s latest report on how gov’t can save ON businesses & consumers $34 B (in next 20 years) & meet our carbon reduction commitments through cost-effective conservation & Quebec water power

ON is in the midst of an energy revolution, but remains stubbornly committed to nuclear while most of Ontario's nuclear power plants are entering the end phase of their design life, the ON government continues to sink billions of dollars into extending MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 30, 2015

Environmental sustainability can equal economic prosperity, Wynne says

Environmental sustainability can equal economic prosperity, Wynne says

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke about the province's role in prosperity and sustainability initiatives at a special noon-hour event at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo on Friday. MORE    added: Sunday, Mar. 29, 2015

Who says a better world is impossible?

Who says a better world is impossible?

Despite a long history of the impossible becoming possible, often very quickly, we hear the “can’t be done” refrain repeated over and over — especially in the only debate over global warming - The claim is both facile and false MORE    added: Sunday, Mar. 29, 2015

Saving $34 billion while pricing carbon - For more information, please read our new report: Achieving our climate goals while lowering our energy bills.

Saving $34 billion while pricing carbon - For more information, please read our new report: Achieving our climate goals while lowering our energy bills.

With scientists warning that we have already triggered a climate change avalanche that is only building up speed, the Ontario Government’s commitment to develop a climate plan with teeth has come not a moment too soon. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015

D'Amato: Your money is a persuasive tool for change in the global warming debate

A couple of months ago, I had never heard of the fossil fuel divestment campaign. But today, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world are pressuring pension funds, charitable foundations, governments and universities to stop investing in oil MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015

Save the Arctic now or we’ll be sorry later - This year will be pivotal for the Arctic, one of Earth's most extraordinary and threatened regions.

Save the Arctic now or we’ll be sorry later - This year will be pivotal for the Arctic, one of Earth's most extraordinary and threatened regions.

The top of our planet is suffering effects of climate change more severely than elsewhere, with dramatic ecological and cultural consequences. Arctic sea ice has declined by about half in just 40 years, permafrost and the Greenland ice cap are rapidly MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015

Dow on its way to becoming largest U.S. corporate purchaser of wind energy

The Dow Chemical Company is working toward their energy plan by signing a long-term agreement with a new wind farm -- which will eventually supply Dow's Freeport Texas Manufacturing facility with 200 megawatts (MW) of energy. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 23, 2015

Bark beetles are killing forests — but they might be saving them, too

There is an eerie feel to this grove of lodgepole pines that I can’t quite put my finger on as entomologist Diana Six tromps ahead of me, hatchet in hand, scanning the southwestern Montana woods for her target. But as she digs the blade into a towering MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 23, 2015

Everything you wanted to know about a kilowatt-hour but were afraid to ask - Austin Brown - National Renewable Energy Lab

Everything you wanted to know about a kilowatt-hour but were afraid to ask - Austin Brown - National Renewable Energy Lab

“Even researchers who do this don’t really know what a kilowatt-hour is,” says Brown. “The only reason we have any bearing on it is because we pay our utility bills so we know that a kilowatt-hour costs a little over 10 cents. But in terms of how much MORE    added: Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015

Transit funding will drive Canadian cities into the future

Transit funding will drive Canadian cities into the future

Changing the way we move through cities is a critical step in reducing carbon emissions. The most direct way to accomplish this is to provide urbanites with reliable alternatives to automobile travel. By investing in walkways, cycling networks and effici MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 20, 2015

ON is in the midst of an energy revolution, but remains stubbornly committed to nuclear

ON is in the midst of an energy revolution, but remains stubbornly committed to nuclear

While most of Ontario's nuclear power plants are entering the end phase of their design life, the Ontario gov't continues to sink billions of $$ into extending their life. The province has more economically viable and renewable options, but maintains a MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 20, 2015

Tesla's big plan to end 'range anxiety'

"About to end range anxiety ... via OTA software update," Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday. "Affects entire Model S fleet. "The big announcement was a software upgrade to their Model S, which will include "range assurance" as well as a trip planner. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 20, 2015

Obama orders 40% cut in government's greenhouse gases

President Barack Obama will order the federal government on Thursday to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent /ramp up use of renewable energy sources to 30 % as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 20, 2015

Grid can be 70 percent renewable as soon as 2030

How can the integration of renewables into the global energy grid move forward to ensure the future of electricity? This is the question answered in DNV GL's most recent report - the result of interviews with more than 1,600 energy sector participants in MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 20, 2015

D'Amato: Climate is right for a carbon tax soon: Now's the time to speak your mind - Tonight, Mar 19, 6-8 pm at the KPL main branch. Please be there, if you can.(update - place packed/standing room only - over 160 attended -60 presented - very positive!)

D'Amato: Climate is right for a carbon tax soon: Now's the time to speak your mind - Tonight, Mar 19, 6-8 pm at the KPL main branch. Please be there, if you can.(update - place packed/standing room only - over 160 attended -60 presented - very positive!)

There's probably a carbon tax on the horizon. Tonight will be the last stop on a provincewide tour in which the government seeks public opinion before embarking on a new strategy to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015

Georgetown, TX next in line to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

Georgetown, Texas has plans to become the next city powered by 100 percent renewable energy - thanks to construction of solar plants in West Texas by SunEdison, Inc. Earlier this year, Burlington, VT announced they had converted to 100 percent renewable MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015

CARBON PRICING coming to Ontario - Minister of Environment and Climate Change to speak at OFIT2015 - March 26

CARBON PRICING coming to Ontario - Minister of Environment and Climate Change to speak at OFIT2015 - March 26

We are pleased to announce that the Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, will provide a keynote speech at this year's Ontario FIT & Renewable Energy Forum. The Ontario Government is currently seeking public inp MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015

Obama gets real about climate deniers with Vice

President Barack Obama told Vice in an interview released on Monday that it was “disturbing” that the chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works denied the existence of climate change. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015

Energy Storage Coming Online in the US from Coast-to-Coast

One megawatt of networked energy storage is coming to New York City buildings courtesy Demand Energy, and in California, two school districts adopt energy storage technology to save on demand charges. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015

Michigan governor has big plans for renewable energy

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has laid out plans to increase the state's renewable energy goals. In his statement, Gov. Snyder said he hopes the state will increase energy from renewable sources to 30 to 40 percent by 2025. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015

Show your support for a cleaner Ontario! Plug'n Drive is putting together a submission that recommends the following three actions - see ...MORE

Show your support for a cleaner Ontario! Plug'n Drive is putting together a submission that recommends the following three actions - see ...MORE

The Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change is looking for input on how to shape Ontario's climate change action plan & is running a series of consultations on-line and in communities across the Province - for Waterloo Region see the CREW notice. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Oregon goes after the tailpipe, global carbon emissions hold steady despite economic growth, and Mark Carney calls out a climate bully.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Oregon goes after the tailpipe, global carbon emissions hold steady despite economic growth, and Mark Carney calls out a climate bully.

CARBON POLLUTION STALLED IN 2014: Global greenhouse gas emissions held steady last year at 32.3 billion tonnes, even though the economy grew three percent, the International Energy Agency reported. China led the trend, cutting emissions by one percent. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 16, 2015

Tell the Ontario government to be a leader: Tackle climate change and build a clean economy. SEE THE RELATED CREW SUPPORTED EVENT THIS THURSDAY, March 19 at KPL. BE SURE TO ATTEND TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

Tell the Ontario government to be a leader: Tackle climate change and build a clean economy. SEE THE RELATED CREW SUPPORTED EVENT THIS THURSDAY, March 19 at KPL. BE SURE TO ATTEND TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

The Ontario government is developing a strategy and action plan to address climate change. As a first step, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) released a discussion paper. Now is your chance to give feedback. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 16, 2015

How does climate activism differ in the U.S. and Germany?

A survey of American climate activists by Grist inspired us to conduct our own survey on the priorities of German activists. Both surveys include a dozen or so leading figures of the climate movement in each country. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 16, 2015

Big Oil’s business model is broken

Reasons have been provided for the dramatic plunge in the price of oil to about nearly half of what it was a year ago - one important reason that’s not being discussed, the complete collapse of Big Oil’s production-maximizing business model. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 16, 2015

Guardian launches divestment campaign

Guardian launches divestment campaign

The Guardian, one of the world’s most respected and influential newspapers, is joining the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Earlier today, they launched a bold new partnership with 350.org @ have signed on to the fossil fuel divestment campaign MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 16, 2015

US Government Provides Framework for 35 Percent Energy from Wind by 2050

The US wind industry could support more than 600,000 jobs and reduce costs for consumers by 2050. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 13, 2015

All oil is bad, but some is worse. Here’s the difference.

Though all oils are dirty, some are dirtier than others. High-profile case in point: the Canadian tar sands. The fact that tar-sands oil is one of the filthiest oils in the world has helped fuel the debate around the Keystone XL pipeline. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 13, 2015

Ontario launches new RFP process for wind, other renewables

Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has launched a 565 MW renewable energy request for proposals (RFP) -- of which 300 MW will be dedicated to wind energy. This is the first of three RFPs under IESO's Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 13, 2015

From the Fossil-Fuel Center of the World, A Call for Renewables and Energy Efficiency

In a must-read report released this week on fast-changing energy markets, the National Bank of Abu Dhabi signals a once-in-a-lifetime opening for investors in Middle Eastern renewables and energy efficiency. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 13, 2015

We’re finding out what’s in fracking wastewater, and it ain’t pretty

Right now, California is doing a better job of regulating fracking than any other state that allows it — but, of course, many local activists would rather the state just banned it, as New York has. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 13, 2015

Renewable energy globally to more than double in 2025

Frost & Sullivan is predicting that the global installed capacity of renewable energy will more than double from 1,566 gigawatts (GW) in 2012 to 3,203 GW in 2025 at an average annual growth rate of 5.7 percent. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 13, 2015

New York’s new solar plan sets a high bar

New York wants to get serious about solar power. The state has a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and it’s already among the nation’s solar leaders. New York ranks ninth overall for total installed solar, and MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015

U.S. Solar Energy Industry Achieves Record-Shattering Year

Remarkably, America’s solar energy industry, which continues to grow at a very brisk pace, now has more employees than tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter combined. And to top it all off, 2014 turned out to be another record-shattering year! MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2015

Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Recognized with Conservation Leadership Excellence Award

Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. (CND) has proudly accepted the 2014 Conservation Leadership Excellence Award from the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), at a gathering of top-performing electric utilities in Toronto on Monday night. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2015

The Solar Impulse project attempts the First Round-The-World Solar Flight.

The Solar Impulse project attempts the First Round-The-World Solar Flight.

Behind the aeronautic record lies a very powerful message Bertrand Piccard &d André Borschberg want to share with the world. Existing clean technologies & pioneering spirit can change the world - Take a flight around the world aboard the Solar Impulse 2 MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2015

Ontario Appoints Special Advisor for Climate Change, Creates Climate Action Group - Province Taking Action on Climate Change by public consultations 45 days Feb 12 to March 29.

The climate action group will advise the minister on effective climate change actions that will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy. This advice will build on feedback received through MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

Non-Hydro Renewable Electricity Outshines All Other Sources and Grows 11 Percent in 2014 - USA

Given current growth rates — especially for solar & wind, it is quite possible that renewable energy sources will reach, or exceed, 14 percent of the nation's electrical supply by the end of 2015 - not 2040 as recently forcasted. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

A new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway.

Community solar gardens first took off in Colorado a few years ago, and the model — also known as community or shared solar — has spread to Minnesota, California, Massachusetts and several other states. Capacity is expected to grow sharply this year, and MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

More or less nuclear reactors? US Nation at odds since Fukushima

At the same time that U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has testified before nuclear regulators that more, not less, nuclear reactors are needed, groups including Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Nobody Won

It's been a long battle. More than five years of bickering by both sides. A Republican-led Congress took office almost two months ago, & they, along with many Democrats, made the XL Pipeline one of their top priorities. Meanwhile, almost no other issues MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

Sea level “jumps” 5 inches. Probably nothing to worry about

Climate change is a disaster in slow-motion: The global temperature creeps up by fractions-of-a-degree each year, the seas rise inches every decade. Except, apparently, when they do much more. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

Apple to invest $1.9B to power new data centers with renewable energy

Apple will invest $1.9 billion (€1.7 billion EUR) to build & operate two data centers in Europe, which will be fully powered by renewable energy - “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date," said Apple CEO Tim MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

Are We Prepared for a Catastrophic Solar Storm? Check out this article and much more!

Are We Prepared for a Catastrophic Solar Storm? Check out this article and much more!

A solar disaster isn't a question of if, but when--and it looks like soon MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

We'll see SNC Lavalin Nuclear in court

We'll see SNC Lavalin Nuclear in court

In March 2011, the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to obtain details of the contract between Aecon Construction, SNC Lavalin Nuclear and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for the re-building of four reactors MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

No, Obama did not veto the Keystone XL pipeline

Obama did not in fact veto the Keystone XL pipeline. Rather, he vetoed a bill from Congress that would have forced approval of the pipeline project, but he did this because he wants to retain the power to make the Keystone decision himself — and he could MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, China’s answer to Silent Spring goes viral, India begins to level the playing field with coal, & the C.D. Howe Institute calculates the grande economic toll of skipping that coffee date because traffic is just too grim

This week in Clean Energy Review, China’s answer to Silent Spring goes viral, India begins to level the playing field with coal, & the C.D. Howe Institute calculates the grande economic toll of skipping that coffee date because traffic is just too grim

Metro Vancouver will lose up to $1.2 billion in economic benefits if citizens vote “no” in the region's upcoming transportation and transit funding plebiscite - a study released today by Clean Energy Canada in collaboration with the C.D. Howe Institute. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

Banff launches the first municipal solar feed-in tariff in Canada

Banff is now the first municipality in Canada to implement a feed-in tariff or what it’s calling a 'solar PV production incentive'. It is a simple, revolutionary piece of policy that ensures its residents & businesses get a fair rate of return for invest MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

India slaps taxes on coal, while China uses less of it

India is doubling its tax on coal, and will put the revenue toward encouraging clean energy. China is using less of it. The country cut its coal use 2.9 percent in 2014, and may be on track to continue reducing its dependence on the fossil fuel. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

New York’s new solar plan sets a high bar

New York wants to get serious about solar power. The state has a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and it’s already among the nation’s solar leaders. New York ranks ninth overall for total installed solar MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

Watch Obama call tar-sands oil “extraordinarily dirty”

President Obama disparaged the Keystone XL pipeline & the filthy oil it would carry during a town hall event on Friday at Benedict College, a historically black college in South Carolina. However, his rejection in the near future is not certain MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

We have to stop filling and killing the oceans with plastic

We have to stop filling and killing the oceans with plastic

Eight million tonnes. That’s how much plastic we’re tossing into the oceans every year! University of Georgia environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck says it’s enough to line up five grocery bags of trash on every foot of coastline in the world. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

Craik, Saskatchewan: The little Eco-Village that could

Craik, Saskatchewan: The little Eco-Village that could

Learn how a small prairie town reversed its population decline by having people build green homes on $1 unserviced lots MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Switzerland tightens its carbon target, Sustainable Development Technology Canada invests in Ontario clean-tech startups, and we spill the beans on our move to academia.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Switzerland tightens its carbon target, Sustainable Development Technology Canada invests in Ontario clean-tech startups, and we spill the beans on our move to academia.

ONTARIO COULD REACH 5 GW OF WIND BY YEAR END - Thanks to its Green Energy Act and continent-leading feed-in tariff, Ontario could have five gigawatts of wind energy on the grid by year end. MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

Ryerson launches first university smart grid lab in Canada - Seeking proposals for utility research

Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) has officially launched the Schneider Electric Smart Grid (SESG) Lab at their Toronto campus. According to the university, the lab is the first smart grid laboratory located at a university in Canada and MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

AWEA: Wind could be leading U.S. source of electricity by 2050

American wind power added significantly more new electricity than any other resource in 2014, generating 4.4 percent of all electricity in the United States while maintaining its position as the fifth largest electricity source in the U.S., according to MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

Will EV demand threaten grid stability?

A new report takes a look at whether the EV market could potentially overload the power supply in the United States. The report, "Energy Stat: How Many Electric Vehicles Can the U.S. Power Grid Handle?," by Raymond James & Associates, is the 4th annual MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

Inside the race for Canada’s nuclear waste: 11 towns vie to host deep burial site Canada’s nuclear waste will be deadly for 400,000 years. What town would like the honour of hosting it? & much much more...

Inside the race for Canada’s nuclear waste: 11 towns vie to host deep burial site Canada’s nuclear waste will be deadly for 400,000 years. What town would like the honour of hosting it? & much much more...

“Here’s an industry with the capacity for global devastation, w/ no permanent plan for their garbage, the most dangerous stuff on Earth, & they’re allowed to keep producing it indefinitely.” Tony McQuail, who farms near Lucknow, Ont., near Bruce Nuclear MORE    added: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015

Let's not sacrifice freedom out of fear

Let's not sacrifice freedom out of fear

A scientist, or any knowledgeable person, will tell you climate change is a serious threat for Canada & the world. The RCMP has a different take. A secret report by the national police force, obtained by Greenpeace, both minimizes the threat of global wa MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 6, 2015

Oklahoma scientists pressured to downplay link between earthquakes and fracking

Oklahoma has been experiencing an earthquake boom in recent years. In 2014, the state had 585 quakes of at least magnitude 3. Emails obtained by EnergyWire reporter Mike Soraghan reveal that the U of Oklahoma & its oil industry funders were putting press MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 6, 2015

Google invests $300Mn in SolarCity

Google Inc. is investing $300 million equity stake in a fund created by SolarCity Corp. to finance approximately 25,000 residential solar power projects. MORE    added: Friday, Mar. 6, 2015

Harvard’s Star Alumni Urge Week of Fossil Fuel Protests

BOSTON -- Actress Natalie Portman, environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and other high-profile Harvard University alumni are calling for demonstrations to urge divestment from fossil fuels. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015

Clean Energy Is Just Smart Business for Leaders like Apple and Google

Apple and Google have changed our lives forever, both because of their technological innovations and sheer size as global corporations. Now, they’re aiming to reshape the energy landscape. MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015

Pembina reacts to economic impact study of Alberta’s climate change fund

Pembina reacts to economic impact study of Alberta’s climate change fund

Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to last week’s Conference Board of Canada study of the economic impact of investments by Alberta's Climate Change & Emissions Management Corporation MORE    added: Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015

Deepwater Gets Financing for First US Offshore Wind Farm

Deepwater Wind LLC received $290 million in financing that will allow it to begin building its Block Island offshore wind project in Rhode Island, the first one in the U.S. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015

Getting Ontarians moving while saving them money - PLUS - We’re #7 in popularity – help us get to #1! And More!!

Getting Ontarians moving while saving them money - PLUS - We’re #7 in popularity – help us get to #1! And More!!

The Ont Government is looking for ways to stretch its budget while investing in long overdue infrastructure improvements, like expanded transit & safe bridges. Here’s the idea we have submitted: Refocus our electricity system away from high-cost nuclear. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015

Nuclear: Is It Clean and Green?

If you’re interested in clean energy generation, then at least nuclear isn’t a dirty fossil fuel like coal, oil or natural gas. Nuclear seems like a viable consideration. Could nuclear be the foundation of clean energy? MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015

Tesla Plans Battery Storage for Emerging Residential Market

Tesla Motors Inc., best known for making the all-electric Model S sedan, is using its lithium-ion battery technology to position itself as a frontrunner in the emerging energy storage market that supplements & may ultimately threaten the traditional grid MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015

What Apple Just Did in Solar Is a Really Big Deal

It was a year ago this week that Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to a climate-change heckler at the company's annual shareholder meeting with an impassioned rebuttal in which he famously told investors who care only about profits to "get out of the stock." MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015

Families face large wind-farm legal bill

A demand that four Ontario families pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs to billion-dollar companies is a thinly disguised warning to anyone pondering a challenge to industrial wind farms in Ontario, the families say. MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015

OSEA Newsletter - March Issue: Sustainable Energy, what are we waiting for?

OSEA Newsletter - March Issue: Sustainable Energy, what are we waiting for?

An Interview with Jay Heaman of Woodstock Hydro By Colette Lavoie Robertson - and much much MORE    added: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015

Florida Power & Light presenting first-ever EV race in the United States - expands commitment to Solar PV

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has announced they are helping to present the first-ever electric vehicle (EV)Formula E race held in the United States. The race will be held March 14 in downtown Miami. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015

India seeing momentum in solar

India is expected to have a breakout year in solar after three years of stagnant growth, which could have a significant impact on its clean coal industry and the adoption of clean coal technologies. MORE    added: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015

Is nuclear refurbishment Ontario’s best option?

A new case study done by Vancouver-based Navius Research calls into question the wisdom of Ontario’s refurbishment plan in a world where solar power and energy storage costs are falling dramatically. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

This amazing gadget is the best technology we have for trapping CO2

Here’s a shocker. It looks like one of the best weapons we have right now in the fight-to-the-death cage match that is combatting climate change is — drumroll please — planting trees! MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Getting Ontarians moving while saving them money - Refocus our electricity system away from high-cost nuclear and toward lower cost water power imports from Quebec

Getting Ontarians moving while saving them money - Refocus our electricity system away from high-cost nuclear and toward lower cost water power imports from Quebec

By cancelling the already over budget Darlington Nuclear Re-Build Project, the province can free up $12.9 to $32 billion of government money that can be invested in transportation infrastructure instead. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Burlington first U.S. city run by 100 percent renewable energy

Burlington, Vermont is producing as much renewable energy as it uses annually, reports NPR, including solar, wind and hydro. Not too shabby for a city populated by 42,000 people. MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

UBC profs vote 62 per cent in favour of fossil fuel divestment - “Students have spoken. Faculty have spoken. It's time for UBC to act,” said forestry professor George Hoberg.

University of British Columbia professors voted decisively to urge the university's board of governors to sell off the school's endowment investments in fossil fuel stocks within the next five years. Learn more about how others voted. MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Repurposing spent EV batteries for grid storage revisited

Some manufacturers and others are looking ahead to a time when there are more of them -- & more spent batteries to deal with. Once the batteries are unusable for powering cars, recycling is simply not economically feasible. But some companies have been MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

We need to talk about your old basement TV - Did you know that old TV plugged into the wall but never or rarely turned on - can cost you $10-15 a year in phantom load?? (CREW comment)

Our electronics have become more energy-efficient over time thanks to things like Energy Star standards. The bad news is our energy-efficient purchases are meaningless because we’re a bunch of packrats who keep old devices instead of actually replacing MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Thunder Bay Generating Station Now Fuelled by Advanced Biomass

Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Thunder Bay Generating Station (TBGS) is now in service & is leading the electricity industry with an exciting new technology. The station has been converted to use advanced biomass, a renewable, clean & dispatchable fuel MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Now BP and Shell will consider the cost of climate change when doing business

BP will support a shareholder resolution calling on the company to release information about how climate change could affect its business. It’s the second big win for climate-conscious investors this year: Shell agreed to support a similar resolution las MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

McDonald's eyeing net zero energy restaurants

McDonald's Corp is investigating the feasibility of developing net zero energy (NZE) fast food restaurants. Net zero energy means that in a year, an energy efficient building & the site on which it sits produces as much renewable energy as it consumes MORE    added: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Sir Richard Branson beats the zero-carbon drum for Paris, Norway says nei takk to coal, and the Supreme Court of British Columbia raps the National Post for defaming a Canadian climate scientist.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Sir Richard Branson beats the zero-carbon drum for Paris, Norway says nei takk to coal, and the Supreme Court of British Columbia raps the National Post for defaming a Canadian climate scientist.

NEWLY PROPOSED “MEDICARE MODEL” SHOWS CARBON PRICING HAS LEGS IN OTTAWA - At a speech in Calgary on Friday, Lib Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau outlined the distinct role that his team believes Ottawa should play in tackling climate change & carbon MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

World's biggest sovereign wealth fund dumps dozens of coal companies

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), worth $850bn (£556bn) and founded on the nation’s oil and gas wealth, revealed a total of 114 companies had been dumped on environmental and climate grounds in its first report on responsible investing MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Ontario should choose carbon fee-and-dividend system - local Record column by Caterina Lindman

We know the Ontario government is planning to put a price on carbon, but we don't know which mechanism will be proposed. The main contenders for pricing carbon are cap-and-trade and carbon fees. How do these systems compare? MORE    added: Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

Winter Cycling 101 - It's warmer than you think. 
Host David Dodge gets out of his comfort zone and learns the ins and outs of cycling in the dead of a Canadian winter

Winter Cycling 101 - It's warmer than you think. Host David Dodge gets out of his comfort zone and learns the ins and outs of cycling in the dead of a Canadian winter

What would it take to get you out of your car and on to your bike for your work commute in the winter? MORE    added: Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

Fukushima, Japan Accelerating Deployment of Solar to Create Self-Reliant Communities

This March will mark the four-year anniversary of when the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl hit the northeast of Japan. Communities severely affected by the triple-disaster of earthquake, tsunami & nuclear meltdown have made a strong commi MORE    added: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Pembina reacts to Trudeau’s carbon pricing framework

Pembina reacts to Trudeau’s carbon pricing framework

CALGARY — Ed Whittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau outlining his party’s proposed carbon pricing framework: MORE    added: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Solar Energy: A leap of faith - In Ontario, there are around 7000 religious organizations and of these, 137 have rooftop solar installations. Let's grow this number.

What do many faith communities have in common besides shared teachings and philosophies that speak of caring for the earth? Buildings of course, with rooftops-many of which are perfectly angled to receive the glorious light of the sun! MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Awesome news about U.S. clean energy - when you look at some of the hard numbers about how Americans are getting their energy, there’s actually a lot to be excited about.

The U.S. is getting way more efficient. It used to be that electricity demand rose and fell roughly in line with economic productivity. That’s no longer the case: Thanks to massive gains in energy efficiency in everything from home appliances to factory MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Big, Expensive Power Plants Undermine a Clean Energy Future

With the rich history of cost overruns in the nuclear industry, Xcel Energy and Minnesota regulators shouldn’t have been surprised when the retrofit cost for the Monticello nuclear power plant ballooned to more than twice the original estimate. MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Obama Proposes $4 Billion for States Beating Climate Goals

The Obama administration is proposing a $4 billion fund to reward states that exceed cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions, and wants Congress to back steeper royalty rates for oil, gas and coal extraction from public land. MORE    added: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Australian prime minister’s reign of climate terror may end soon

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is terrible on climate change. He has gutted his country’s historic cap-and-trade carbon pricing system, has called climate science “crap,” and has spoken out against strong international action to fight global warmi MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

5 surprising electric car Meccas

Last month, Kansas City, Mo. shocked the nation by launching an ambitious plan to install over 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations within its city limits, leaving traditional EV-lovers on the coast in a cloud of carbon monoxide-free dust. Kansas Cit MORE    added: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

6 charts that show renewable energy is getting cheaper

Things are changing very quickly in the world of renewable energy. The conventional wisdom — that renewables are expensive, that they depend on subsidies, that it’s too costly to integrate them into the grid — is rapidly being rendered anachronistic, MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

EPA to Obama: You gotta reject Keystone

Since the Keystone XL pipeline would facilitate tar-sands extraction, and President Obama said he would only approve the proposed pipeline if it “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution,” the EPA is in effect saying to the pres MORE    added: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, the United States green lights a USD$2 billion clean-energy infrastructure project, Pattern Energy breaks ground on a new British Columbia wind farm, and the Internati onal Renewable Energy Agency totally makes our day.

This week in Clean Energy Review, the United States green lights a USD$2 billion clean-energy infrastructure project, Pattern Energy breaks ground on a new British Columbia wind farm, and the Internati onal Renewable Energy Agency totally makes our day.

“Any remaining perceptions that renewable power generation technologies are expensive or uncompetitive are at best outdated, & at worst a dangerous fallacy.” So said the International Renewable Energy Agency in a new assessment -cheaper without support! MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

What Solar Marketers Can Learn from Tesla’s “Insane” Mode

Tesla gets enough press attention, so I’ve never written about them as a topic for solar marketing. Then I learned about Tesla’s “Insane Mode,” & I couldn’t resist writing about it — not from a gee-whiz automotive technology perspective, but from a solar MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Al Gore is still kicking butt as a climate warrior

The old energy system is doomed, as he wrote in Rolling Stone last summer. The falling cost of solar panels will ultimately sabotage fossil fuels. “The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult & dangerous, but it is now clear that we wili MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

But seriously, folks — this stand-up economist says Republicans will like his carbon tax - Look who's changing the world.

Yoram Bauman, the world’s first and only stand-up economist, likes to inject some lolz into grim climate economics. He’s a climate hawk, policy wonk, and Ph.D economist who uses humor to help explain complex ideas. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

THE ECONOMIST - Special report: Energy and technology entitled LET THERE BE LIGHT - a must read! ... and more

Thanks to better technology and improved efficiency, energy is becoming cleaner and more plentiful—whatever the price of oil, says Edward Lucas. Technological change has broken the power of OPEC to keep the price of oil high. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Massive solar manufacturing buildup underway in Buffalo

A major solar plant on the way & the possibility of another, Buffalo, New York is emerging as a solar manufacturing powerhouse. SolarCity Corporation is building what is said will be one of the largest solar panel manufacturing facilities in the world. MORE    added: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Cowessess First Nation has the biggest battery in Saskatchewan - Wind energy storage project a sign of things to come

Cowessess First Nation has the biggest battery in Saskatchewan - Wind energy storage project a sign of things to come

A California-based utility recently put a 100-megawatt peaker plant up for bid. This is the type of plant that can ramp electricity production up quickly to meet demand — almost always using natural gas. This time, however, the winner was battery storage MORE    added: Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

Can Utility Regulators Provide Leadership on Distributed Renewable Energy?

Here are promising examples of Public Utilities Commissions around the U.S. that are actually making things better for distributed solar and other means of customer control over their energy future. MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

First Week of February is

First Week of February is "Solar Education Week"

Across the US, college campuses are diving into sustainability issues: campus divestment movements, solar cars & Mt. Trashmores are just a few examples of how college students are showing the world that millennials are ready to take on the climate MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

Cheap Oil Burns $390 Billion Hole in Investors' Pockets

Investors have a message for suffering U.S. oil drillers: We feel your pain. They’ve pumped more than $1.4 trillion into the oil and gas industry the past five years as oil prices averaged more than $91 a barrel. The cash infusion helped push U.S. crude MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Oil price plunges: Impact on oil producers.

Thursday, January 29, is the day most North American oil firms finalized their 4th quarter results for 2014 and this reflects the time when oil dropped down 50-60% in price. Here are the results: MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Transportation buzz: e-trucks, e-buses, e-bikes

The sale of four-wheel electric drive and electric-assisted commercial vehicles is expected to jump tenfold and innovation in engine-powered two-wheeled transportation is also accelerating. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Canada is trading away its environmental rights - when NAFTA environmental-protection provisions kick in, the government often rejects them.

Canada is trading away its environmental rights - when NAFTA environmental-protection provisions kick in, the government often rejects them.

The free trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. & Mexico - often take labour standards to the lowest denominator while increasing environmental risk. The agreements are more about facilitating corporate flexibility & profit than creating good working MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Now is the time to invest in solar, because people are stupid

The solar market should be largely unaffected by oil prices, and instead influenced by price swings in coal and natural gas, which are the two main sources of electricity in the U.S. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Solar Outlook 2015: Still Growing, But No Longer Energy’s Young Kid

The question for 2015 is not IF the booming solar PV market will grow but just how much more marketshare it can gain. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

‘Solar Super Bowl’ Highlights Importance of Renewable Energy

No matter who you’re rooting for in this weekend’s Super Bowl, solar energy is going to come out on the winning side. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

From mines to megawatts: The promise of 'conflict-free Big Solar'

Arizona startup Green Energy Storage wants to transform an abandoned open-pit copper mine 45 miles south of Phoenix into a large-scale solar power and pumped-hydro storage facility. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

China Nears Publication of Plan to Guide Geothermal Developments

BEIJING -- China could be nearing publication of a plan to guide the development of geothermal energy resources over the next few years as it plunges ahead with efforts to get more of its energy from renewable sources. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Utility bosses see change coming, look to clean and distributed energy - and that’s good news!

There is a new survey out revealing the opinions of the men and women behind the curtain, those who run the institutions that keep the U.S. electrical grid, or “America’s Libido” as it’s so often called*, humming. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Help! Can you spare a few hours to help me leaflet blitz Premier Wynne's riding (Don Valley West, just north of downtown Toronto) with this leaflet? MUCH MORE!!!

Help! Can you spare a few hours to help me leaflet blitz Premier Wynne's riding (Don Valley West, just north of downtown Toronto) with this leaflet? MUCH MORE!!!

Email me and I’ll fill you in. Thanks for considering. angela@cleanairalliance.org Or order them to blitz your own neighbourhood - they're FREE! MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

The Oil Shock is a Climate Opportunity and We Need to Seize it

This week, the cover of the Economist proclaimed “the fall in the price of oil & gas provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix bad energy policies.” The article teased on the cover explains how low oil prices create the space for governments to MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Canada’s US$2.2 billion Lower Mattagami hydroelectric project provides power and empowerment

Total capacity has increased from 486 MW to 924 MW at four fully operational redeveloped hydroelectric projects on the Mattagami River, according to Ontario Power Generation (OPG), thanks to the newly commissioned US$2.2B Lower Mattagami hydroelectric MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

View our cheeky new video about Canada’s Greatest Migration - the tar sands.

View our cheeky new video about Canada’s Greatest Migration - the tar sands.

We put out this video out to drive awareness about the risks of tar sands expansion & the proposed Energy East pipeline. We need to get the video out beyond our existing supporters to reach people who might not know about these issues. You can help. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Fossil fuel divestment fever hits UBC and Canadian campuses

Thirty Canadian universities now have growing divestment campaigns, including the University of Toronto, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and McGill. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

$220 billion. That’s how much Canada could save by investing in energy efficiency - with every $1 invested in energy efficiency, Canada could get $3 to $5 in return - boost GDP, create jobs, generate tax revenue, & dramatically reduce Canada’s emissions

The report — Energy Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth in Canada — assesses three energy efficiency investment scenarios & their potential macroeconomic impacts for Canada. In every instance, the Acadia Center found that investments in efficiency pro MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

China’s Green Energy Revolution

China is widely criticized as the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Less noticed, however, has been the fact that the country is also building the world’s largest renewable energy system. China plays a significant role MORE    added: Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

oil prices drop as global warming rises

oil prices drop as global warming rises

With oil prices plunging from more than $100 a barrel last summer to below $50 now, the consequences of a petro-fuelled economy are hitting home — especially in Alberta, where experts forecast a recession. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Improve Alberta’s finances in sustainable ways

It needs to introduce a carbon tax, but not to cover ordinary operating expenses & the costs of much-needed new infrastructure. Proceeds of a carbon tax should instead be devoted to developing serious energy conservation programs & to nurturing renewable MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

You’ve got till Sunday to have your say!

You’ve got till Sunday to have your say!

In just a few days, the Ontario government will be weighing the public response to its bold proposal to restrict the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. Stand up for the bees, birds, butterflies! Take action now! MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Low oil prices, interest rates present opportunities for low-carbon economy

Low oil prices combined with continuing low interest rates in wealthy countries represent an ideal opportunity for investments in low-carbon infrastructure while making it easier to cut fossil fuel subsidies and introduce a tax on carbon in an effort to MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

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. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Canadian oil companies gut budgets, drop dividends in response to low prices

With expectations that oil prices will continue to drop before they level off and improve, Canadian oil companies are shifting into survival mode by significantly cutting budgets and some have stopped investor dividends. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Obama to Republicans: So long, and thanks for nothing

Climate policy, for now, is not a bipartisan issue. Republicans refuse to participate, so all that can be done is what Democrats do. Obama now clearly realizes that and is taking action. In fact, climate change may be the problem that benefits most from MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Obama: Climate change is a huge threat to future generations

Almost every year, President Obama drops a few lines into the State of the Union about climate change, but this year he gave his longest and most forceful statements on the issue. Watching his masterful rebuttal of Republicans’ weak excuses for avoiding MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Adding up the full costs of home options

Adding up the full costs of home options

What happens when location-related costs are added to the “sticker price” of a home? Our latest report, in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada, approaches that question through the eyes of four real-life homebuyers. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Carbon Plan for Ontario is in the works!

Years back Ont signed on to the Western Climate Initiative along with other provinces & US states to commit to pricing carbon. Today, Ontario's Minister of Environment & Climate Change Glen Murray is committed to getting a Carbon pricing plan in place. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

This week in Clean Energy Review, Canada's most populous province commits to price carbon, Deutsche Bank forecasts parity for panels, and electric vehicles roll through a milestone.

This week in Clean Energy Review, Canada's most populous province commits to price carbon, Deutsche Bank forecasts parity for panels, and electric vehicles roll through a milestone.

“We need to be leaders,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said this past week, as she confirmed her province will price carbon pollution—with a specific mechanism still to be determined. The Globe and Mail urged her to look west, noting in an editorial MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Single-Family Residential Solar Power Investment Beats S&P 500 in Most US Cities

If I were a newsboy, here's the headline I'd shout out on the street corner this afternoon: "Single-family solar power beats Standard & Poor's 500, in 46 out of 50 American cities!" MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Renewable Energy Will Shrug Off Oil Slump, Say Analysts

NEW YORK -- Spending on renewable energy, which surged 16 percent in 2014, will remain strong this year, largely unaffected by the slumping oil prices that have artificially depressed their shares - from Stuart Bernstein, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

The Year Ahead: Top Clean Energy Trends of 2015

For the past 13 years, Clean Edge has published the annual Clean Energy Trends report that has sized the global market for solar, wind, and biofuels and tracked everything from venture capital and stock market activity to total global investments. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Province not living up to even its own energy conservation targets - Steve Kannon - The Woolwich Observer EDITOR'S NOTES

INVESTMENTS IN CONSERVATION PROVIDE the best payoff as Ontario struggles to update and green its electrical system, the one under fire for soaring rates and, as with much the government does, profligacy and waste. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Tories, pipeline firms growing apart

Tories, pipeline firms growing apart

Three years crashing around the proverbial china shop — trampling the environmental laws & regulatory procedures that might have given project reviews some credibility with the public — Ottawa is leaving a broom & dustpan for industry & tiptoeing away. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Digging out of Canada's mining dilemma - By David Suzuki

Digging out of Canada's mining dilemma - By David Suzuki

It sometimes seems people in the mining & fossil fuel industries — along with their government promoters — don't believe in the future. What else could explain the mad rush to extract & use up the Earth's resources as quickly & wastefully as possible? MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Canadians are ready for carbon pricing, politicians not so much: experts

Will Canada show its desire to join the move away from fossil fuels in the federal elections? Evidence suggests it might. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Net Zero Living in an Ultra Energy Efficient Home

Freedom from fluctuating energy prices, greater energy independence and eco-friendly living are alluring concepts that motivated my family to examine our housing and our lifestyle. We recently purchased an ultra-energy efficient home & installed a photo MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Nukes Fade As Wind and Solar Soar - and much more news..

Nukes Fade As Wind and Solar Soar - and much more news..

Renewables now supply 22 percent of global electricity and nuclear only 11 percent—a share that is gradually falling as old plants close and fewer new ones are commissioned. MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Canadian Solar Completes Sale of Two Utility Solar Power Plants to RET Capital

Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., completed the sale of two 10 MW AC solar power plants, DiscoveryLight and FotoLight, to Renewable Energy Tru MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Wynne opens door to carbon tax in Ontario

TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne opened the door Wednesday to a new tax to combat climate change, just months after saying a carbon tax was not part of the Ontario government's plan. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Canada's campaign to block NAFTA's oil sands tailings pond probe slammed by critics

Canada and international environmental regulators collide over alleged oil sands tailings pond seepage into Athabasca River. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Let’s make 2015 the year the world vows to leave fossil fuels in the ground for good.

Let’s make 2015 the year the world vows to leave fossil fuels in the ground for good.

Be part of Global Divestment Day on February 13th-14th. Click here to find an event near you or start your own. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Sunshine needed amidst apparent conflict of interest - send a letter to Premier Wynne here calling for a transparent review of any proposed Bruce deal, especially in light of an apparent conflict of interest.

Sunshine needed amidst apparent conflict of interest - send a letter to Premier Wynne here calling for a transparent review of any proposed Bruce deal, especially in light of an apparent conflict of interest.

A full public review of the huge deal being negotiated between the Ontario government and Bruce Power is critical given a large potential conflict of interest for those helping to shape the government’s negotiating position and responsible for power-syst MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Turns out the U.S. oil boom was just a fairy tale

With one quick drop in the price of oil, the shale oil boom is officially bust. In less than a week, 61 oil rigs across the United States closed up shop, according to the most recent rig count from Baker Hughes. The U.S. has 1,750 oil rigs still hunting MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

To celebrate Global Divestment (from fossil fuels) Day and Valentine’s Day, Divest Waterloo is organizing a letter writing contest Jan 16, 2015 – Feb 6, 2015. Cash prizes and more! OVER NOW .. BUT WATCH FOR THE WINNERS.

To celebrate Global Divestment (from fossil fuels) Day and Valentine’s Day, Divest Waterloo is organizing a letter writing contest Jan 16, 2015 – Feb 6, 2015. Cash prizes and more! OVER NOW .. BUT WATCH FOR THE WINNERS.

The contest deadline is past. Thanks to those who entered! The winners will be announced on CBC 89.1’s The Morning Edition on February 13th. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

A Caribbean Island Says Goodbye Diesel and Hello 100 Percent Renewable Electricity

Bonaire (pop. 14,500), a small island off the coast of Venezuela, is famous for its beautiful marine reefs, which are visited by 70,000 tourists every year. What many of the tourists don’t realize is that the electricity powering their needs is renewable MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Collaboration Is Key: How Innovative Solar Business Models Can Benefit All

The next time you’re on an airplane, take a look out the window at the city as your plane descends to its destination. How many solar PV arrays do you see atop (and around) that endless sea of rooftops? Probably not very many. Although distributed solar MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Meet your favorite new green(ish) cars - This week’s 2015 Detroit Auto Show is a favorite of the automotive press

The show is an annual highlight of what’s hot, what’s new, and what’s next in the wonderful world of wheels. And what’s hot this year, you ask? Well, it looks like green tech is on a roll. MORE    added: Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Waterloo chemist, chemistry Professor Linda Nazar, one step closer to a new generation of electric car battery

Waterloo - An ultra-thin nanomaterial is at the heart of a major breakthrough by Waterloo scientists who are in a global race to invent a cheaper, lighter and more powerful rechargeable battery for electric vehicles. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Will low oil prices wreck the renewables industry? READ ON!

Michael Liebreich, an analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance was quoted as saying on edie.net, "The story should not be how falling oil prices impact the shift to clean energy, it should be how the shift to clean energy is impacting the oil price." MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

UK’s largest solar farm starts generating power — see stunning images

The 46 megawatts (MWDC) Landmead Solar Farm, in East Hanney near Abingdon in Oxfordshire, will supply around 45 million kWh of clean energy per year — enough to power 14,000 average homes or drive an electric vehicle 5,000 times around the globe for 24yr MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Mexican City, La Paz Could Soon Be Completely (100%) Solar Powered

Little known solar photovoltaic (PV) emerging markets may just lay the blueprint for creating 100% solar powered cities. This may be the case for the city of La Paz, in Mexico. MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

It Really Is ROCKET SCIENCE - Solar power plant with built-in storage delivers clean, renewable power on demand - article from Dec/Jan The Ontario Technologist passed on by CREW member

This ground-breaking technology can replace baseload coal, nuclear or natural gas burning electricity generation facilities without environmental the impacts of mining, drilling, transportation of fuels, toxic emissions from combustion, hazardous wasttes MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Welcome back! This week in Clean Energy Review, the man in the tall white hat foreshadows a new crusade, General Motors announces the Chevy Bolt, and global investors take Canadian wind, solar, and hydro projects to new heights.

Welcome back! This week in Clean Energy Review, the man in the tall white hat foreshadows a new crusade, General Motors announces the Chevy Bolt, and global investors take Canadian wind, solar, and hydro projects to new heights.

CANADIAN CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT JUMPS 26 PERCENT, TOPS $9 BILLION - Global investment in clean energy rebounded strongly this past year, boosted by still-soaring demand for large-scale and rooftop solar photovoltaics, & strong interest in offshore wind MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2015

2015 marks my seventh annual list of ten clean energy stocks. An equal weighted portfolio of the ten stocks in each year's list has outperformed my industry benchmark every year except 2013. 2014 was no exception, but it was a bittersweet victory in that MORE    added: Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

Cheap Solar Power Emerges From Mineral Named for Russian Count

Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun’s rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say. MORE    added: Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

Creating an Alberta Advantage for renewable energy

Falling oil prices are creating a new reality for Alberta’s long-term economic health. As the province looks for new markets for its oil and gas, it must also accelerate the diversification of its energy economy and demonstrate environmental leadership. MORE    added: Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

Energy shift requires shift in conversation - Dr. David Suzuki

Energy shift requires shift in conversation - Dr. David Suzuki

Given the consequences of human-induced climate change already hitting home, you'd think the highest priority of governments at all levels would be to decide on the lowest-emission energy path. But politicians focused on election intervals have difficult MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Tar sands make international headlines again, for all the wrong reasons: op-ed

A study published on January 8 in the prestigious journal Nature examined known fossil fuel reserves globally and the climactic consequences of extracting them from the ground. The conclusion is stark. If the world is to avoid catastrophic warming, much MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Toyota is giving away its tech secrets for hydrogen-powered cars

Now Toyota is following in Tesla’s tire treads, breathing in the exhaust-free air. In a press event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, the company announced that it’s releasing 5,680 patents from two decades of developing hydrogen fu MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Four smarter things U.S. Congress can do than vote on Keystone again

The last thing America actually needs is another Keystone debate. But there are really helpful things Congress could be doing instead to protect the environment and boost the economy. Here are four of them. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Toyota opens patents on hydrogen fuel cell technology

Hoping to speed development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Toyota is offering thousands of patents on related technologies to rival automakers, for free. MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges

New research is first to identify which reserves must not be burned to keep global temperature rise under 2C, including over 90% of US and Australian coal and almost all Canadian tar sands MORE    added: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Obama vows to veto Keystone pipeline

The Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate Tuesday with a promise to introduce and pass a bill to build Keystone, but the president says 'not so fast' MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Ontario Energy Board Grinches out on energy conservation

Ontario Energy Board Grinches out on energy conservation

Just before Christmas, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) quietly undermined one of the most important climate change initiatives in Ontario by putting arbitrary limits on programs designed to help us use natural gas more efficiently. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown gets more ambitious about tackling climate change

Gov. Jerry Brown began his fourth and final term on Monday proposing a broad reduction in California’s energy consumption over the next 15 years — including a call to slash gas consumption by cars and trucks by as much as 50 percent — as part of what he MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Naomi Klein on fracking, Indigenous rights and Canada's federal election

Naomi Klein's book This Changes Everything, synthesizes much that environmentalists have been warning about the social, environmental, political consequences of climate change. MORE    added: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

U.S. Utilities Aim to Add More Renewable Energy Resources

From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for MORE    added: Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Busting the Myth of “Job-Killing EPA Regulations”

Earlier this month, when EPA proposed a new health-protective air quality standard for the pollutants that form “ozone,” some critics predictably pounced on it as another example of a long string of “job-killing EPA regulations.” Last week, we learned MORE    added: Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

Celebrate the gifts of winter - But how much do we know about snow and ice?

Celebrate the gifts of winter - But how much do we know about snow and ice?

We Canadians have a special relationship with snow and ice. We ski in it, skate on it, play in it, shovel it, drive through it, sometimes even bicycle through it and suffer through it for many months of the year — some of us more than others, depending MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

How Can Business Owners, Schools and Municipalities Benefit from Community Solar?

not every rooftop on a high school, municipal building, law firm or townhome association is able to host a solar electric system. Thanks to advances in the rapidly-growing solar industry, there’s now a way for commercial customers to go solar without MORE    added: Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

The biggest winter driving myth debunked: Should you warm up your car first?

We’ve all heard the idea: In winter, your car needs a little time to warm up before you can drive it. It turns out that this idea of idling your car during the winter is just wrong. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Ontario court dismisses wind turbine appeal

TORONTO - An Ontario court has dismissed a set of appeals from four families which sought to have provincial legislation related to the approvals of large-scale wind farms declared unconstitutional. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Vermont shuts down nuclear power plant to make way for renewable energy

The Vermont Yankee plant has shut down after 42 years to make way for renewable energy alternatives in the state. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Renewable Energy-Powered Vehicles Can Save Lives

Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent, says a study. The researchers from University of Minnesota also found that vehicles running on corn eth MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Is 2015 the year Pope Francis defeats climate change?

At the very beginning of 2014, we reported that Pope Francis had begun drafting a big green manifesto to guide the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics in their interactions with creation — that is, pretty much everything they do. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

'Wishful thinking and misinformation': An open letter to nuclear lobbyists Start with the proliferation problem since the multifaceted and repeatedly-demonstrated links between the 'peaceful atom' and nuclear weapons proliferation pose profound risks.

'Wishful thinking and misinformation': An open letter to nuclear lobbyists Start with the proliferation problem since the multifaceted and repeatedly-demonstrated links between the 'peaceful atom' and nuclear weapons proliferation pose profound risks.

Help OCAA build the vision of the Ontario we all want – a province where clean, renewable energy is used as efficiently as possible. We're small but mighty and depend on support from you! Blessings of the holiday season… MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

A bit of good green energy news for your holidays, courtesy of New England

Within the next year or two, New Englanders are going to enjoy cheap, dispatchable renewable energy, something VSPs said was impossible. It must be a Christmas miracle. MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Looking back on the Blue Dot tour and ahead to the New Year

Looking back on the Blue Dot tour and ahead to the New Year

The tour may be over, but the movement is just getting started. Together, we're beginning a national conversation about the future of Canada and the importance of caring for each other and the things that keep us alive and healthy: clean air, fresh water MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

The climate in 2015: Everything’s coming together while everything falls apart

Not so many years ago it would have seemed inevitable that Chevron, currently the third biggest corporation in the country, would run the refinery town of Richmond, Calif., as its own private fiefdom. You could say the divine right of Chevron seemed a gi MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

Dizzying Renewable Energy Price Declines Can Help States Meet Ambitious Carbon Targets Under The EPA's Clean Power Plan

Here’s some exciting news from the number crunchers here at NRDC: Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June. MORE    added: Saturday, Dec. 27, 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 be able to receive similar MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Hydro Utility Teams with Ontario Renewable Energy Development and Asset Management Experts - Oakville Hydro’s Sunny Shores Green Energy Solar Park Goes Live

Picton - Oakville Hydro Corporation and Oakville-based renewable power experts; Spark Solar Group Inc. announced the finalization and grid connection of OHC’s Sunny Shores Green Energy Solar Park, a 14 MW ground-mount solar project located in Picton, ON MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

A greener Toyota cuts costs and saves resources - water & energy

Water isn't the only resource Toyota is focused on. The company is installing $27-million worth of combined heat and power co-generation equipment at the Cambridge plant. It will be used to produce electrical energy as well as capture waste heat MORE    added: Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Obama sounds like he’s about to reject the Keystone pipeline

Speaking at his end-of-the-year press conference on Friday afternoon, President Obama sounded very much like he’s poised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He gave his sharpest assessment to date of its potential costs & benefits — lots of costs & few MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Modern-day dinosaurs - Record Opinion letter re. A carbon tax would do nothing to help the environment — Dec. 6

The Fraser Institute's Kenneth P. Green, in his commentary on the boogeyman that is the carbon tax, has lived up to the adage that you can twist statistics to suit any purpose. MORE    added: Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

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

You've been SNAP'd - CREW GREEN Movie Documentary - Nov. 27 Documentary QUIETLY INTO DISASTER

On Thursday November 27, CREW & the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) presented the documentary Quietly into Disaster, shown at The Church of St. John the Evangelist (Anglican) in downtown Kitchener. Angela Bischoff of OCAA introduced the documentary & 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