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Ed Whittingham — Sept. 10, 2013

Judging from the many conversations that unfolded on Twitter over the past few days, there appears to be a lot of confusion around how fee-for-service consulting works and why an organization like the Pembina Institute is committed to producing some of the best sustainability consulting services in the business. As our clients know, our consulting work is one of various approaches that support our mandate — to lead Canada’s transition to a clean energy future. Read more...

Jason Switzer — March 11, 2013

At first glance, pairing renewable energy with the oil and gas sector would seem an unlikely match. But behind the curtain, romance could be blooming. As Canadians come to recognize that meaningful and cost-effective climate action may be the key to unlocking market access for oilsands, the appetite for an even-tighter union between these star-crossed industries could be just around the corner. Read more...

Julia Kilpatrick — Dec. 21, 2012

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” Though originally written as a social criticism of the period leading up to the French Revolution, Charles Dickens’ words seem an equally appropriate characterization of the past year for energy and environment issues in Canada. Read more...

Guest Blogger — Dec. 14, 2012

In this guest blog post, employee engagement expert Paul Edney discusses inspiring sustainble development in the workplace.


Jason Switzer — Dec. 5, 2012

Historically speaking, Canadian energy issues haven’t always played as prominently on the global stage as they do today. In 2006, the oilsands were just an emerging story, known principally to investors on the hunt for returns (although Pembina has been working on oilsands issues since the mid-1980s). It took Ralph Klein, then-premier of Alberta, parking an oilsands heavy hauler within eyesight of the U.S. Congress for the broader environmental community to get well and truly fired up over oilsands development. Within a few short years, Canada’s bitumen mines would be making front-page headlines worldwide.

Canada’s financial sector appears to be enjoying its own ‘mine truck’ moment. Read more...

Jason Switzer — Sept. 24, 2012

There is no shortage of Hollywood films exploring visions of environmental apocalypse — though most of these thankfully fall into the category of sci-fi. But there is another group of filmmakers who are turning a curious and critical eye to today’s energy challenges, documenting the drama, conflict and controversy inherent in how we produce and use energy. 

In many cases, the outcome is powerful, award-winning footage that tells the human side of our energy stories.  Read more...

Peggy Holroyd — July 5, 2011

Geothermal energy generates about 10,000 megawatts of the world's electricity, enough to power 10 million homes. But in a world on fire, Sarah McLachlan and the folks at the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association would like to see this number increase dramatically. Read more...

Josha MacNab — June 24, 2011

This week, a new provincial regulation came into effect that will make it easier for some families to install solar hot water systems in B.C. Read more...

David Dodge — Dec. 13, 2010

He's a bird watcher, a veteran of the theatre, a mountain lover and a graduate of Asian Studies with an MBA. Ed Whittingham is the new executive director of the Pembina Institute - and no, he doesn't have a ponytail. Read more...

Tim Weis — Oct. 18, 2010

This Pembina Institute has produced the Landowners' Guide to Wind Energy in Alberta to help landowners learn about and get involved with wind energy. Read more...

Dave Lovekin — July 29, 2010

Recently I was reminded that anything with a temperature above absolute zero (0 Kelvin, or -273°C) has energy in it. Read more...

Tim Weis — May 21, 2010

In just over ten years' time, it could be cheaper to put a solar panel on your roof than to buy electricity from the grid. Not only that, but solar power could produce enough electricity to meet one-quarter of global demand by 2050, according to a new road map published by the International Energy Agency (IEA). But it won't happen by accident. Read more...

Tim Weis — March 11, 2010

When President Obama came to Ottawa last year, one of the few items that was agreed upon was to engage in a so-called "Clean Energy Dialogue". Looking at the budgets that the governments on both sides of the border have released since then, it appears as though our American friends have a lot more to talk about. Read more...

Tim Weis — March 4, 2010

We must be close to a turning point in investing in the environment, because the budget tabled today couldn't do much less. Read more...

Tim Weis — Jan. 18, 2010

A new wind farm approved recently for east-central Alberta will not only be the province's largest, but will also be one of the last to benefit from federal support through the depleted ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program. Read more...

Tim Weis — Dec. 21, 2009

wind turbineI just got back from Halifax, Nova Scotia where I participated in the 4th and final public consultation on renewable energy. The new government has set an ambitious goal of achieving 25% of their electricity from renewable sources by the year 2015. Read more...

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