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A new breed of startups is taking on a $750 billion dollar opportunity in industrial and commercial energy efficiency. We talk to two of them.
Meet Judith Sayers, an incredible leader who got one of the first run-of-river hydro projects off the ground in B.C. that was majority owned by a First Nation.
The Pembina Institute has crunched the numbers and found over 14,100 jobs from clean energy in B.C. It has also pinpointed these jobs on a new interactive map that allows users to explore 156 clean energy projects currently in operation or under construction.
B.C.'s plans for the carbon tax Re: "Carbon Tax Hike Not in the Works, Christy Clark Says," Vancouver Sun, April 17, 2015
That Premier Clark is not considering increasing the carbon tax calls into question the level of ambition with which her government intends to address the next phase of climate action in B.C.
The latest numbers confirm yet again that Canada is nowhere near meeting its 2020 emissions reduction target. More ambition is necessary as Canada’s failure to curb carbon emissions will be obvious at the upcoming Paris climate talks.
As Canada's premiers meet in Quebec City to discuss climate change and energy, they should build on existing provincial efforts and work toward creating a credible Canadian Energy Strategy.
If anyone were to suggest Canadians are complacent when it comes to climate change, the 25,000 people who turned out for last weekend’s Act on Climate march presented a powerful counterpoint.
Germany's energiewende or “energy transition” has been a long-term effort to move from nuclear and fossil energy reliance to a renewable and alternative energy supply. The energiewende has been credited with driving innovation and demonstrating policy measures that can be effective in accelerating the worldwide deployment of renewable energy.
Are Canada’s provinces and territories up for the challenge of meeting their climate change objectives while increasing innovation and growing their collective GDP by four per cent? That, in essence, is the challenge laid down by the Ecofiscal Commission in their carbon pricing report released yesterday.
Alberta’s newly appointed climate change minister, Diana McQueen, caused a stir by saying the province fully intended to meet its 2020 climate target. Alberta officials have long acknowledged that things were off course, and efforts to strengthen key policies and right the ship have been delayed repeatedly. It’s worth a deeper look at why the sudden optimism caught people off guard, and what it holds for Alberta’s larger climate challenge.
If you live in a condo or sit on a condo board — or if you know someone who does — check out the just-released Green Condo Guide. It’s full of ideas on how to reduce utility costs and condo fees through energy efficiency, while greening your condo at the same time!
Net-zero houses are almost old news here at Green Energy Futures. But a net-zero commercial building? Now that got our attention.
As Ontario revisits legislation protecting 1.8 million acres of land around the region, it should dismiss critics who argue that the Greenbelt makes homes less affordable in the Greater Toronto Area.
Everything you wanted to know about a kilowatt-hour but were afraid to ask The importance of energy literacy
We can be guilty of using jargon here at Green Energy Futures. That's why this episode is dedicated to clearing up two of the most common used and misused terms that come up on a regular basis.
The success of Alberta's new tailings framework will depend on the next steps taken to ensure compliance.
Titan Clean Energy Projects is a Saskatchewan-based company making a very interesting product: biochar. We visit their plant and learn more about this amazing product.
Feed-in tariffs have transformed renewable energy markets around the world. Now the mountain town of Banff is the first municipality in Canada to institute this important piece of renewable energy supporting policy.
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
What happens when you sell unserviced lots for a dollar and get people to build green homes on the edge of a small Saskatchewan town? Green Energy Futures finds out.
Green Energy Futures checks out one of the rarest electric vehicles in Canada and that spurs them to check on the state of EVs.
Tuesday’s Throne Speech included a simple and powerful statement from British Columbia’s government: “We will continue to provide a positive example to the world that there is no need to choose between economic growth and fighting climate change.”
The Ontario government released a new discussion paper to engage people across the province on climate change. To meet its 2020 and 2050 climate targets, the province will have to address its largest and fastest-growing source of carbon pollution: transportation.
Whitecourt, Alberta has a pulp mill and a saw mill. With all that wood comes wood waste. We look at how one company is turning this wood waste into something useful — green electricity.
It is often said that resource extraction is the “cornerstone“ of northern Canadian economies. Yet no one has yet produced a comprehensive analysis on whether jobs, taxes, and royalties provided by resource-extraction industries really justify significant government subsidies and associated environmental liabilities
What happens when the costs of a home’s location are visible along with the “sticker price” at the beginning of a homebuyer’s decision-making process, rather than being discovered later?
David Dodge gets out of his comfort zone and jumps on a bike in the middle of an Edmonton winter. He learns about what kind of gear you need and how to stay warm for this fun, energy efficient mode of transportation.
Energy storage is getting ready to expand across the world. We head to Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan to see a finished project and understand more about this important next wave of energy technology.
Germany, Europe's largest, most successful economy, is successfully and aggressively transitioning away from fossil fuels and nuclear. We debunk some of the myths that have sprung up around this incredible transition.
Last year was a big year for advancing the conversation on renewables and electricity in Alberta. Decision-makers are recognizing the province’s current policies perpetuate risky and costly fossil-fuel reliance, and neglect Alberta's exceptional renewable energy resources. As we turn the page on the calendar, let’s look back at what changed in 2014, and ahead to how we can secure policy to clean up Alberta’s electricity system.
Canada’s boreal forest is one of the largest remaining intact forest ecosystems in the world. The area where oilsands development takes place is home to nearly 90 species at risk, which are expected to decline as critical habitat is increasingly disturbed. The oilsands sector has an opportunity to reverse this trend.
When world leaders gathered in Lima, Peru, for global climate change talks this month, British Columbia’s environment minister, Mary Polak, was among them. Minister Polak included the province’s liquefied natural gas export aspirations as part of B.C.’s climate success story, arguing that LNG will displace coal in Asia. Unfortunately, the evidence doesn’t support this claim.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper cited Alberta's version of carbon pricing as a model that could be applied at a national scale. Our analysis has found that an Alberta-style model could work at the national level — but it wouldn’t be ideal.
The best gifts for the green energy or energy efficiency nerd in your life.
The wrap-up of UN climate talks in Lima, Peru, comes at a significant time for Alberta. Canada is not on track to hit its 2020 climate target, and the growth in Alberta’s carbon pollution is a significant barrier. But Alberta’s new climate strategy is expected by the end of the year, and the province has several big opportunities to turn things around.
British Columbia’s environment minister is in Lima, Peru, this week for the global climate change talks. Among her objectives are sharing lessons from the province’s experience with climate policy and building support for a positive outcome next year in Paris. This is exactly what jurisdictions with effective climate policy should be doing.
As the world’s governments meet in Lima this week to discuss what to do about climate change, many are already looking ahead to the next round of climate talks in Paris. Those same governments have agreed to strike a new deal to shape the global response to climate change in a year’s time. And there’s good reason to be optimistic that an agreement could be reached in 2015.
We spend a lot of money and burn a lot of carbon keeping our homes and buildings warm. Solar air heating is a simple, effective and accessible technology that could help Canada reduce its heating bills.
Economic development discussions in B.C. too often centre on large-scale proposals like LNG terminals, oilsands pipelines or hydroelectric dams like Site C. While they don’t generate the same headlines, it’s small- to medium-sized companies that are actually driving the provincial economy, employing 94 per cent of B.C.’s private sector employees.
One year ago British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy that included a commitment to “transform the market for energy efficiency and lead the way to ‘net-zero’ buildings.” With the release of a 2014 Annual Progress Summary, it’s a good time to ask how B.C. has fared in keeping this promise.
How wind and solar reduces the price of electricity in Alberta How renewable energy is lowering electricity bills in Canada's most fossil fuel dependent province
Learn how in Canada's most fossil fuel friendly province it's wind and solar energy that are driving down prices for consumers.
Finance Minister de Jong will have the final say on which of these recommendations are included in the 2015 budget. My general recommendation would be the same one that I made in a presentation to the Committee in September: Use the provincial budget as one of the tools to advance Climate Action Plan 2.0. That advice still holds and the Committee has offered a number of ideas that would help to move the budget in that direction.
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