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Sustainable Energy for Canada: Strategic Opportunities

Part of the Green Budget Coalition recommendations for Federal Budget 2014

Sustainable Energy for Canada: Strategic Opportunities

Published Nov. 29, 2013

By Tim Weis

As part of the Green Budget Coalition, the Pembina Institute recommended a set of investments into sustainable energy.

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.

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.

Climate change and the 2013 British Columbia election

Published May 7, 2013

By Matt Horne, Josha MacNab, Kevin Sauvé

An assessment of climate change issues in political platforms reveals clear distinctions between British Columbia’s four major parties. The assessment looks at the following four election issues with implications for climate change and the province’s ability to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets: liquefied natural gas (LNG), oil pipelines, the carbon tax and green jobs.

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. 

Renewable Energy Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Sector

Published Jan. 21, 2013

By Dave Lovekin, Jason Switzer, Kelly Finigan

A group of leading companies engaged with the Pembina Institute in 2012 to review the history of renewable energy activity in the oil and gas sector, share experiences, extract the opportunities, barriers and enablers, and draw some conclusions for how to move this area forward.

Letter to BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas

Re: Renewal of funding for LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program

Letter to BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas

Published Dec. 10, 2012

By Josha MacNab

A letter to the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas to urge its continued support for the LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program scheduled to end March 2013.

Local climate action in British Columbia: motivations and policy impacts

Published Sept. 20, 2012

By Claire Beckstead, Timothy Shah

Six case studies and a powerpoint summary examining the motives behind 12 local government infrastructure projects in British Columbia that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, positively influenced by provincial policies.

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.

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.

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