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Developing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry is currently the main focus of the British Columbia government. This paper examines the role of natural gas in the transition to a low-carbon future.
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 a new report from the Pembina Institute and Clean Energy Canada.
The results and summary of April 2014 opinion research on British Columbians' opinions of climate change and clean energy.
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.
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.
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.
Opportunity in the Wind Alberta has one of the largest and strongest wind energy resources in Canada.
Wind power offers a significant opportunity to help clean the province’s electricity grid and, as harnessing wind power picks up across the province, we’re beginning to see the benefits along with a host of questions and concerns.
Local climate action in British Columbia: motivations and policy impacts Research summary & case studies
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 combination of electricity sources — and therefore the qualities and characteristics of the electricity system — depend on where we live in the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This report examines the evidence from a wide range of international and Canadian research on "green" jobs and the economic impacts of climate policies. The report finds that Canada’s governments could create more jobs by implementing strong climate policies than by continuing with business as usual.
This research report, commissioned by the City of Calgary, identifies and assesses potential options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Calgary.
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.
Just as buildings must meet minimum energy efficiency or safety requirements, many jurisdictions now require buildings to meet minimum renewable energy requirements.
Eight B.C. local governments have written a letter calling on the province to consider improving energy efficiency and renewable energy standards for homes and buildings.
In the absence of provincial laws, municipal governments have the opportunity to spur renewable energy development within their region. The Renewable Energy: FIT for Cities fact sheet, part of the Making Renewable Energy a Priority series, describes how municipalities can implement FITs and gives examples from Europe, the U.S. and Canada.
Community-owned renewable energy facilities create local jobs and revenue with less environmental impacts than conventional energy options.
This guide helps landowners, companies and government understand and explain wind energy in Alberta.
In 20 years, one in every three vehicles on B.C.'s roads could be electric, but to get there we need governments to continue taking steps to ensure the right infrastructure and incentives are in place.
This Renewable is Doable report outlines how Ontario could save money by replacing the retiring Pickering nuclear station with green energy options.
Climate Change Adaptation Case Studies How communities in the global south are coping with climate change
Five case studies show how communities in the global south are adapting to climate change. The case studies focus on:
• Drought-affected communities in Kenya
• Chronic food insecurity in Zimbabwe
• Adapting agriculture to extreme weather in Bolivia
• Environmental stress & risk assessment in Indonesia
• National Adaptation Plans of Action in Malawi and Niger
Pembina Institute Comments on Canada's Proposed Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations Revised July 2010
Pembina's analysis finds the proposed federal regulations for tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles and light trucks may have little to no effect on reducing climate change pollution.
Geoexchange systems, also known as low-temperature or shallow geothermal systems, utilize the constant temperature just below the earth's surface to heat and cool buildings. These types of systems use mature, proven technologies and have been successfully used around the world for years. They are extremely efficient, providing three to four units of free energy for every one unit of energy consumed. Geoexchange systems can be used in residential, commercial and industrial buildings and have many technical, environmental and economic benefits.
The views of more than 5,000 sustainability thought leaders in Canada, the U.S. and Europe are outlined in The 2010 Global Thought Leader Survey on Sustainability.
Pembina's analysis of Canadian and American budget documents shows the U.S. is set to outspend Canada nearly 18:1 per capita on renewables, and more than 8:1 per capita overall on clean energy programs and projects in 2010.
This report identifies energy efficiency legislation used in other jurisdictions as a starting point for the conversation in Alberta to develop an Energy Efficiency Act. It also contains stakeholder perspectives on how each legislative option could be implemented in the province.
The results of a public opinion survey shows that Albertans highly value home energy efficiency and support stronger energy efficiency standards for new homes.
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