All posts by Roy L Hales

Bicycles Once Again Triumphed In Vancouver’s Annual Rush Hour Challenge

The ECOreport  Bicycles once again triumphant in Vancouver’s annual Rush Hour Challenge

By Roy L Hales

Bicycles have dominated Vancouver’s Rush Hour Challenge ever since the event began,  in 2009.  According to statistics from HUB Cycling, bikes came in first 73.3% of the time, while cars have been first 16% and transit 11% of the time. This year, bicycles once again triumphed in Vancouver’s Annual Rush Hour Challenge.1

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  1. formerly known as Vancouver’s Share the Road Challenge

British Columbia’s Fight For Sustainable Logging

The ECOreport interviews the producer of two short films about British Columbia’s fight for sustainable logging

By Roy L Hales

When Island Timberlands arrived in 2012, they found Cortes island residents waiting behind a blockade. The Vancouver Observer sent a young film maker to cover the story, but Daniel Pierce found more than just another clash between a logging company and local environmentalists. He is still documenting British Columbia’s fight for sustainable logging.
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Fun with Firewood

The ECOreport has a little fun with firewood

By Roy L Hales

Firewood is a vital source of heat energy on Cortes Island. Some think of it as our secret sin. There may be more environmentally conscious people here than any other part of British Columbia, per capita, yet we use a more carbon producing energy source than coal. This is the season when we cut and stack it for the coming winter. It’s also time to have fun with firewood.

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British Columbia Is Ready For Wave Energy

The ECOreport looks at a new report from the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia Is Ready For Wave Energy

By Roy L Hales

Since 2001, there have been several inquiries into the plausibility of harnessing the wave energy off Vancouver Island. So far, projects were rejected because of the associated costs. A new report from UVic’s West Coast Wave Initiative (WCWI) suggests British Columbia is ready for wave energy.

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Why Didn’t Any Canadian Clean-Tech Companies Make The Top 100?

The ECOreport looks at this year’s Start-up Energy Transition Awards, Why Didn’t Any Canadian Clean-Tech Companies Make The Top 100?

We are ready to assume more of a Global role.

By Roy L Hales

More than 500 start-ups, from 66 countries, made submissions. Though the Start-up Energy Transition Tech Festival is a German Energy Agency (Dena) initiative, even a casual perusal of literature reveals its’ international  character. The General Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) were among the presenters. The list of speakers included representatives from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Hyperloop Technologies. So why didn’t any Canadian clean-tech companies make the top 100?

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Sun Towards High Noon: Explaining How Solar Power Is Transforming Our Energy Future

The ECOreport looks at Sun Towards High Noon and its’ explanation of how solar power is transforming our energy future

By Roy L Hales

Peter F. Varadi’s first book1 described the birth of the solar industry and its’ growth up until 2013. He recruited a team of internationally recognized contributors for the sequel.2 SUN TOWARDS HIGH NOON: SOLAR POWER TRANSFORMING OUR ENERGY FUTURE guides us through the industry today.

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  1. Peter F. Varadi, SUN ABOVE THE HORIZON; THE METEORIC RISE OF THE SOLAR INDUSTRY, Pan Stanford, 2014
  2. Wolfgang Palz, Editor of the Pan San Series on Renewable Energy; Michael Eckhart, Managing Director & Global Head of Environmental Finance at Citigroup; Dr Allan Hoffman, a former senior analyst at the US Department of Energy; Paula Mints, founder & Chief Market Research Analyst of SPV Market Research; Bill Rever, co founder Advanced Silicon Group; John Wohlgemuth, from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Frank Wouters, former Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency

David Bernhardt’s Potential Conflict Of Interest

The ECOreport reposts a response to the Congressional Review of a proposed Deputy Interior Secretary, David Bernhardt’s Potential Conflict Of Interest

Press Release from Mojave Desert Land Trust

Joshua Tree, CA – Today, David Bernhardt underwent congressional review for his nomination as Deputy Interior Secretary, the second ranking official in the Department of the Interior. Despite his prior experience at the Department of the Interior during the Bush administration, Bernhardt has a long history of lobbying against the agency as a partner at the firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck. Bernhardt conducted legal work for Cadiz Inc., a company that aims to drain water from an aquifer in the Mojave Trails National Monument for use in coastal communities.
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GRID Alternatives San Diego’s SummerSolarthon

The ECOreport looks at GRID Alternatives San Diego’s SummerSolarthon

By Roy L Hales

GRID Alternatives entered San Diego eight years ago, with a solar installation in El Cajon.  Since then, the non-profit has put up a total of 824 systems throughout the county. This Saturday, they return to the same El Cajon neighbourhood for GRID Alternatives San Diego’s SummerSolarthon.
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The Many Faces Of Powell River

The ECOreport looks at some of the many faces of Powell River in the third instalment of my tour of the Sunshine Coast

By Roy L Hales

For many, the most visible aspect is two cloud-like pillars ascending into the stratosphere. Others principally know Powell River from the BC Ferry terminal, which they use en route to other destinations. There are really two towns. I recently explored some of the many faces of Powell River.

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the Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform

The ECOreport looks at the new Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform

By Roy L Hales

A newly launched unified solar and energy storage system targets the residential market. According to its’ manufacturers, the Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform streamlines “the deployment of residential solar and energy storage systems without compromise of performance or cost.”
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