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This week, the B.C. government announced an agreement with Pacific Northwest LNG that is intended to provide long-term certainty for some project costs linked to provincial government policy.
Carbon utilization processes either convert CO2 into a new product or use CO2 in a modified process to generate revenue and in some cases reduce overall carbon emissions. Some utilization technologies, such as enhanced oil recovery, are already commercially viable. Others, including the conversion of CO2 into fuel, cement and chemicals, are at various stages of development.
Cradle to Cradle: Recycling's cooler younger brother Making synthetic slate shingles that are reused and reused and reused
Why changing the way we make things could change everything.
The past twenty years have not been productive for energy efficiency programs in Alberta. Now an new government has the opportunity to learn what other jurisdictions already know — energy efficiency programs work anywhere.
LEED is everywhere but is it worth the effort? We look into the effectiveness of this ubiquitious green building rating system.
Albertans have resoundingly voted for change — and the NDP must target three big challenges if it aims to turn the page on Alberta’s poor environmental performance.
Climate change talks will be held in Paris in December and discussions are already underway about what needs to be done, what jurisdictions are willing to do and the impacts of action. One undeniable consequence will be stranded assets. This is particularly true in Alberta where oil production is on the higher end of the scale for both cost and carbon emissions.
More than 100 hundred episodes after Green Energy Futures' first episode on geothermal they circle back for a follow up.
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.
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