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Pembina’s Clean Energy & Climate Debate Illustrated Very “Alternate” Realities

The ECOreport continues to cover BC’s 2017 election, Pembina’s Institute’s Climate Debate Presented Conflicting Realities

By Roy L Hales

With the election approaching, the Pembina Institute brought together prominent candidates from B.C.’s three major political parties to debate the province’s road to a more planet friendly future. Despite the  underlying tension, everyone was polite. There was laughter. Yet Pembina’s clean energy & climate debate illustrated very “alternate” realities.

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Alberta’s Climate Plan Is Not Aggressive Enough

Given Alberta’s recent history,  the province’s new climate plan is “astonishingly good”; In terms of what the planet needs,  Alberta’s Climate Plan Is Not Aggressive Enough

Originally Published on Clean Technica

by Mike Barnard

On November 22, Alberta’s new government released its new climate plan. From the lens of Alberta, home of the oil sands with a 40+ year history of governments which coddled the oil and gas industry, it’s astoundingly good. From outside of Alberta, looked at with a more global view, it’s merely okay, portions of it are not nearly aggressive enough, and others leave me scratching my head. Let’s look at the major components of the plan.

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The Center Of Canada’s Anti-Wind Movement

As the Nation surpasses 10,000 MW of Capacity

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWea) recently announced that “with the commissioning of the K2 Wind Power Project in southwestern Ontario this month, Canada has now become the 7th country in the world to surpass 10,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity.” Ontario has more turbines than any other province and is also the center of Canada’s anti-wind movement.

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The Next Big Issue Is Social License

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The transition to renewable energy is coming faster than most people realize. The technological advances that make it the adoption of larger amounts of intermittent energy possible are also needed to reinvigorate North America’s aging grid. Though there is still much resistance from corporations and governments with vested interests, the future of the fossil fuel sector lies in finding ways to fit into a more environmentally sensitive economy. The struggle to avoid Climate Change is not over. There are still many battles ahead, but the outcome has been decided. The next big issue is social license.

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Canada is one of the top Nations for Renewable Investments

The ECOreport publishes Part Five of the Five Most Attractive Nations for Renewable Investments

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Canada is one of the top Nations for Renewable Investments. It ranked #5 in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) last September. The total for investments jumped 26% in 2014, over the previous year, to $9 billion.
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What is Canada Missing?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Canada will not meet its emissions targets for 2020. There has been improvements since 2005, but the oil sector is expected to produce 28% more emissions by the end of this decade. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he would like to regulate the oil sands, but that “would be crazy” in light of economic developments. Despite the global trend towards adopting renewable energy and smart technologies, the Canadian government continued to tie this nation’s economic future  to the fossil fuel industry. So what is Canada missing?

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How Wind Energy is subsidizing Albertan Ratepayers

And other insights from the Pembina Institute  

Originally published on Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

A recent Pembina Institute fact sheet discusses how wind energy is subsidizing Albertan ratepayers.  The author, Ben Thibault, said that during 2013 Alberta’s electricity was 65% less expensive when wind is generating over 600 MW than when production fell below 300 MW. He also had some interesting insights into other wind sector issues.

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Renewable Energy Lowers Consumer Electricity Bills in Alberta

Published on Renewable Energy World

By Roy L Hales

Vancouver, British Columbia — In Alberta, Canada, renewable energy is not increasing energy prices for consumers as it has in other parts of the world, such as Germany. In fact, the exact opposite is true.

Alberta clears all energy through the spot market, although some PPAs are still in effect from when the province deregulated. As a result, wind and solar energy sell for discount prices. (Read More)

(Image at top of page courtesy the Pembina Institute)