Solar & Renewable Energy Trends In 2017

The ECOreport publishes an industry projection from Europe, Solar and renewable energy trends in 2017

by Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1The solar and renewable energy industries are constantly evolving – and sometimes changing abruptly – and this will continue in the new year that is soon upon us. Sven Lindström, CEO of Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer, outlines the most likely solar & renewable energy trends in 2017:

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Europe’s First Urban Fast Charging Station

The ECoreport looks at story of the expanding EV infrastructure, Europe’s First Urban Fast Charging Station

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Billions of euros are being invested into Europe’s EV market. Most of the industry’s best known vehicles are available. The race to build the infrastructure, that can help make them the vehicle of choice, lags behind. Ford Motors, Volkswagen Group, BMW Group and Daimler are entering into the race with joint plans to develop 400 sites by 2020. However Fastned has already built 55 stations through-out the Netherlands and, on December 1, announced the opening of Europe’s First Urban Fast Charging Station in the Hague.

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Portland Wins C40 Cities Award For Best Climate Action Plans

The ECOreport looks at one of the North American leaders,  Portland Wins C40 Cities Award For Best Climate Action Plans

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Portland’s Climate Action Plan lays out a pathway to reducing the city’s GHG emissions 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. This includes a shift in transportation sector that would result in half of all trips being made public transport, cycling or walking. Buildings are to “reduce their energy use by 1.7% annually, resulting in an annual GHG emissions reduction of 280,000 metric tons in 2020.” These are just a few examples of why Portland Wins the C40 Cities Award For Best Climate Action Plans.

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Chum Salmon Returning To Still Creek

The ECOreport reposts the story of a waterway’s restoration, Chum Salmon Returning To Still Creek

A compilation taken from the City of Vancouver & Rivers Institute at BCIT

By many estimates it has been nearly 80 years since salmon last made the journey from the Fraser River up the Brunette River and into Still Creek to spawn. For over 10 years, the Still Creek Enhancement Program has been working on rehabilitating and daylighting sections of one of Vancouver’s remaining visible streams. The hard work has paid off because,  for the fourth year in a row, chum salmon are returning to Still Creek.

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Special Committee on Electoral Reform Recommendations

The ECOreport reposts an announcement from Canada’s House of Commons, Special Committee on Electoral Reform recommendations

Press Release from the Parliament of Canada

Today, in accordance with the order of reference adopted by the House of Commons on June 7, 2016, and after consulting with Canadians across the country, the 12 members of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform are proud to table their report titled “Strengthening Democracy in Canada : Principles, Process and Public Engagement for Electoral Reform”.

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British Columbia stands by 5 conditions

The ECOreport reposts the government of British Columbia’s response to Ottawa’s Pipeline Plan, British Columbia stands by 5 conditions

Editor’s Note: With a provincial election fast approaching, the government of BC must at least be seen to support its’ people’s interests

Press release from BC Gov News

Minister of Environment Mary Polak has issued the following statement on the federal decision regarding pipeline projects:
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Canada’s Pipeline Plan

The ECOreport reposts the Government of Canada’s pipleine plan as a matter of public interest, not support

Press Release from Natural Resources Canada

A clear message has emerged through our government’s extensive consultations with Canadians: the economy and the environment go hand in hand. That is why we are pricing carbon pollution, making the most significant investment ever to protect Canada’s oceans and coastlines, instituting world-leading safety standards for pipelines by passing the Pipeline Safety Act, and have signed the Vancouver Declaration with the provinces and territories on clean growth and climate change.

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Canada Approved Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion

The ECOreport looks at responses after Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Alberta Premier Rachel Notley applauded the Prime Minister’s “extraordinary leadership.” Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee calls it “a betrayal of promises made in the last election to act on science, gain public approval and respect Indigenous rights.” There are already 7 legal challenges of this project underway, and more will follow. The government of Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, “subject to 157 binding conditions.”

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What Happened To Energiewende?

The ECOreport looks at the decrease in the number of Germany’s solar installation in a larger context. What happened to Energiewende? 

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Germany led the world for the number of solar installations during 2012. This relatively small European nation added 7.60 GW of capacity to the grid. Then their numbers started going downward: 3.30 GW of new solar capacity in 2013; 1.56 GW in 2014; 1.4 GW in 2015. As of October 31, only 0.79 GW of new capacity has been added this year. Germany’s critics are once again hailing the imminent demise of this nation’s renewable revolution.  What happened to Energiewende?

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Get Big Money Out Of Politics

The ECOreport reposts news of steps towards electoral reform in Alberta, Get Big Money Out Of Politics

Press release from Press Release from Alberta Government News

If passed, the Fair Elections Financing Act will ensure Albertans – not big money and special interest groups – decide the outcome of elections. It would also create a “sunshine list” for third party advertising.

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