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Questions and answers on building an effective climate strategy for Alberta.
There’s a common misconception that increasing the supply of renewable energy to the electricity grid drives up power costs in Alberta.
In fact, clean energy is lowering Albertans’ electricity costs. As this fact sheet explains, both solar and wind energy are subsidizing our electricity rates in different ways. Understanding why that happens requires a closer look at how the electricity market works.
Within 20 years, Alberta has the potential to drastically reduce its over-reliance on fossil fuels for power generation and replace it with renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, biomass, hydro and geothermal energy, according to this report from the Pembina Institute and Clean Energy Canada.
The Pembina Institute has analyzed the draft Integrated Resource Plan provided by BC Hydro.
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.
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.
Documents formal complaints regarding wind energy made to the most likely authorities in Alberta to receive such complaints.
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.
Research and recommendations for an energy transition plan for the City of Edmonton.
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.
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 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
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.
Utility franchise fees can be used to enable cities to develop local CLEAN contracts, the world’s most successful renewable energy policies.
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.
Pembina Institute comments on Canada’s proposed Reduction of Carbon Dioxide from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations
Pembina Institute's comments and recommendations for Canada's proposed Reduction of Carbon Dioxide from Coal-fired Generation of Electricity Regulations.
ENGO and Conservation Group Outreach on Biomass Position and rationale regarding the use of biomass for electricity/heat production
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
After review of the proposed delay in introducing standards for energy efficient lighting as stated within the Canada Gazette on April 16, it is clear that such a delay will do more harm than good, writes Tim Weis, Director for Renewable Energy & Efficiency Policy for the Pembina Institute.
Building a Regulatory Framework for Geothermal in the NWT A report for the Government of Northwest Territories, Environment and Natural Resources Department
There is high potential for the use of geothermal energy to generate heat and power in the Northwest Territories. At the request of the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Pembina Institute compared regulatory regimes for geothermal energy from a number of countries. This report contains the results of the review and documents the key policy issues associated with geothermal energy development. The report also makes recommendations for advancing geothermal energy in the Northwest Territories.
Election 2011 survey on the environment Where do the main political parties stand on environmental issues?
A group of Canadian environmental organizations asked the five main federal political parties to respond to 10 questions on key environmental issues. This document presents the verbatim responses from the four parties that responded — the Liberal Party, the NDP, the Bloc Québecois and the Green Party.
Submission to the Joint Review Panel Hearing for the Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant.
This report, prepared by the Pembina Institute on behalf of the Ontario group Safe and Green Energy (SAGE), examines the Environmental Impact Statement evaluating the option of building a new nuclear power plant at the site of the existing Darlington nuclear facility.
This document outlines the core elements of a strong climate change and energy electoral platform. Throughout the federal campaign, the Pembina Institute will be assessing parties' climate change and energy commitments using the criteria outlined in this document, which are drawn from our research and analysis on these topics.
Objection to the application by Maxim Power Corp. for a coal-fired 500 megawatt power generating unit in the Grande Cache area.
This research report, commissioned by the City of Calgary, identifies and assesses potential options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Calgary.
Since Medicine Hat's Hat Smart program began offering incentives for energy efficient upgrades and renewable energy systems in 2008, it has become one of the most successful municipally led programs in Alberta.
Medicine Hat provided rebates for energy efficient air conditioners, furances, clothes washers, energy assessments, new home construction, solar hot water systems and solar electric systems.
Hat Smart attracted very high participation rates in their programs.
Companies, utilities and governments that recognize the benefits of green power have developed policies and programs to offer, encourage or require green power. This report examines green power in Canada in 2007.
The Pembina Institute's submission to Environment Canada on the government's proposed regulatory approach to coal-fired electricity generation.
Capital Power seeks to renege on commitment (Backgrounder) Company has legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
This backgrounder describes the opposition to Capital Power's October 2010 bid to remove a legal requirement that it offset 50 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions that are released from the Genesee 3 coal power plant.
Community-owned renewable energy facilities create local jobs and revenue with less environmental impacts than conventional energy options.
This Renewable is Doable report outlines how Ontario could save money by replacing the retiring Pickering nuclear station with green energy options.
The objective of this thought leader forum was to create a space for dialogue among key Albertans in order to help the province expand the development and deployment of cogeneration systems (small and large) and wind energy.
This fact sheet addresses questions about the social, environmental and economic impacts of large-scale wind power production in Canada and around the world.
The 2009 International Wind-Diesel Workshop brought together a focused group of interested parties — government, private industry and non-governmental organizations — with experience and interest in wind-diesel.
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