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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Federal election 2011: A checklist for clean energy success

Published April 1, 2011

By Pembina Institute

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.

Options for Reducing GHG Emissions in Calgary

Published Feb. 24, 2011

By Jesse Row, Paul Cobb, Nathan Lemphers, Erin Welk

This research report, commissioned by the City of Calgary, identifies and assesses potential options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Calgary. 

The Future of Energy Use in Medicine Hat

Engaging Individuals and Businesses in Hat Smart

Published Jan. 14, 2011

By Jesse Row, Erin Welk

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.

Hat Smart Smart Car

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.

Community-Owned Renewables

Published Sept. 27, 2010

By Dave Lovekin, Ryan Kilpatrick

Community-owned renewable energy facilities create local jobs and revenue with less environmental impacts than conventional energy options.

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