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Advice to BC Hydro Regarding the Draft Integrated Resource Plan

Published Oct. 18, 2013

By Matt Horne, Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze

The Pembina Institute has analyzed the draft Integrated Resource Plan provided by BC Hydro.

Community Energy Plan

Town of Faro, YT

There are several opportunities for the Town of Faro, Yukon, to reduce energy demand, use energy more effectively, and switch to cleaner fuels, both in the community and in municipal operations. These opportunities were discussed in a community energy workshop, and several suggestions are made in this report.

Renewable is Doable

Affordable and flexible options for Ontario’s long-term energy plan

Renewable is Doable

Published Sept. 10, 2013

By Tim Weis, Jeff Harti, Shawn-Patrick Stensil

This report shows that putting conservation first, and supplementing it with a diversified portfolio of green energy sources, can be more cost-effective for Ontario than renewed investment in nuclear stations.

Survey of Complaints Received by Relevant Authorities Regarding Operating Wind Energy in Alberta

Published July 26, 2013

By Benjamin Thibault, Tim Weis, Eli Angen

Documents formal complaints regarding wind energy made to the most likely authorities in Alberta to receive such complaints.

Clean Electricity in Alberta

Thought Leader Forum: A Made-in-Alberta Proposal to Green the Grid

Clean Electricity in Alberta

Published July 23, 2013

By Tim Weis, Benjamin Thibault, Duncan Kenyon

On May 21, 2013, Pembina Institute hosted the Clean Electricity Thought Leader Forum to discuss a greenhouse gas emissions-intensity performance standard for the electricity sector in Alberta.

Edmonton’s Energy Transition

Published April 15, 2013

By Pembina Institute, HB Lanarc

Research and recommendations for an energy transition plan for the City of Edmonton.

A Costly Diagnosis

Subsidizing coal power with Albertans' health

A Costly Diagnosis

Published March 26, 2013

By Tim Weis, Kristi Anderson, Benjamin Thibault, Beth Nanni, Farrah Khan, Noah Farber

Alberta burns more coal for electricity than the rest of Canada combined. Unfortunately, coal produces more pollution than any other source of electricity. This report explores the full costs — including the health and climate impacts — of this "cheap" source of power for Alberta, and makes policy recommendations that could help the province transition to viable, healthier alternatives. 

Competing in Clean Energy

Capitalizing on Canadian innovation in a $3 trillion economy

Competing in Clean Energy

Published Jan. 22, 2013

By Dan Woynillowicz, Penelope Comette, Ed Whittingham

What will it take for Canada to become a clean energy super power? The clean technology sector has emerged as a major driver of innovation and employment growth in Canada. But, if you ask the experts, federal policy and access to capital are still major barriers to a thriving clean energy industry in Canada. 

The High Costs of Cheap Power

Pollution from coal-fired electricity in Canada

The combination of electricity sources — and therefore the qualities and characteristics of the electricity system — depend on where we live in the country.

Weakening regulations could reduce their effectiveness by more than half

Federal government being pressured to weaken coal-fired power regulations

Weakening regulations could reduce their effectiveness by more than half

Published April 12, 2012

By Matt Horne, Tim Weis, P.J. Partington

Environment Canada is being pressured to allow existing coal plants in Canada to operate unabated until they reach 50 years of age, while softening future emissions targets. Combined, these backward steps could reduce the overall effectiveness of the regulations by more than half over their first fifteen years.

CLEAN Cities

A municipal financing option for supporting local renewable energy

CLEAN Cities

Published Jan. 25, 2012

By Tim Weis, Benjamin Thibault

Utility franchise fees can be used to enable cities to develop local CLEAN contracts, the world’s most successful renewable energy policies.

Ontario Feed-in-Tariff: 2011 Review

Published Dec. 14, 2011

By Tim Weis, Paul Gipe, Green Energy Act Alliance, Shine ONtario

In response to the government's two-year feed-in tariff (FIT) review process, the Green Energy Act Alliance and Shine Ontario Association have joined forces to present a clear path for renewable energy in Ontario.

ENGO and Conservation Group Outreach on Biomass

Position and rationale regarding the use of biomass for electricity/heat production

ENGO and Conservation Group Outreach on Biomass

Published Sept. 30, 2011

By Tim Weis, Dave Lovekin, Jennifer Dagg, Kristi Anderson

This report, prepared for Environment Canada, summarizes the opinion and feedback from a spectrum of Canadian eNGOs and conservation organizations around the use of forest-based biomass for energy production.

Analysis of Ontario political platforms

Published Sept. 20, 2011

By Tim Weis, Cherise Burda, Sachi Gibson

The Pembina Institute's detailed platform analysis compares the commitments the Ontario Liberal, NDP and Progressive Conservative parties have made on a range of sustainable energy priorities.

The analysis looks at where the parties stand on issues such as investing in renewable power generation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating incentives for energy conservation and expanding transit systems.

Frequently asked questions about green energy in Ontario

Published Sept. 20, 2011

By Tim Weis

Ontario has taken the laudable step of closing down its entire fleet of coal-fired power plants — a move supported across partisan lines. This, however, is but one of the many changes that is coming to Ontario's electricity system.

Tim Weis, director of renewable energy & energy efficiency, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the role that renewable energy could play in the future of electricity generation in Ontario.

Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada?

Published July 14, 2011

By Matthew Bramley

This in-depth study, prepared by the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation, explores the significance, benefits and impacts of the recent surge in natural gas production in North America, particularly in light of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.

Behind the switch: pricing Ontario electricity options

Published July 6, 2011

By Tim Weis, P.J. Partington

Behind the switch: pricing Ontario electricity options examines how scaling back Ontario's plans to develop renewable energy would affect electricity prices, using an integrated energy system simulator to compare two main scenarios.

Letter to Environment Minister Peter Kent concerning proposed new coal plant

Published July 5, 2011

By Ed Whittingham

The Pembina Institute was very concerned to see the Alberta Utilities Commission's June 30, 2011 decision to approve Maxim Power Corp.'s application to construct a new coal plant before proposed federal coal regulations take effect in 2015. This letter to Environment Minister Peter Kent requests a review of that approval. 

Harvesting clean energy on Ontario farms

A transatlantic comparison

Harvesting clean energy on Ontario farms

Published June 27, 2011

By Pembina Institute et al., Tim Weis, Kristi Anderson

This report explores significant opportunities for Ontario farmers to benefit from investments in renewable energy on their farms.

Written in collaboration with the Pembina Institute, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the United Church of Canada and Climate Action Network Canada, the report makes a trans-Atlantic comparison between Germany and Ontario, examining ways in which Ontario farmers could benefit from Ontario clean energy policies and incentives.

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