The Conflict Over Alberta’s Surviving Wild Horses

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe Alberta Government issued permits for 196 wild horses to be culled this year.  According to the province’s Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, their population has grown  from 354, in 2008, to an estimated 980 last March. The winter has been severe and there are questions about the number of horses that will survive, but a government spokesperson said the cull is necessary because they graze on the same pasture as native animals and livestock.
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Erroneous Reports of Dutch PV FIT Installations

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMA report that the Dutch Feed-in-tariff system installed 665.470 MW of gird-connected PV installations by the end of 2013 appears to be erroneous.  According to Peter Segaar, from the Dutch website Polder PV (http://www.polderpv.nl/), the official figures have not yet been released and Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp has suggested (in his August 29, 2013 letter to Parliament ) that there will be NO evaluation of that rebate programme. If the present cabinet has its way, “it will never more be repeated.” (Rutte II).
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How 204 US Mayors Used Federal Grant Money To Better Their Cities

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAs part of the economic stimulus package five years ago, Congress allotted $2.7 billion for energy efficient block grants (EECBG) to be spent by local governments. Over 200 mayors filled out questionnaires explaining how that money was spent in their cities. This was recently published in Successful City Initiatives with Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Funding, which states:

  • 87% said money went to municipal projects and operations
  • 83% said the city’s retrofit government buildings
  • 42% said it was used for LED/other energy-efficient street lighting
  • 31% said they used it to to install solar energy systems on public buildings and facilities

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SNC Lavelin Hired for Health Assessment of Proposed Surrey Fraser Docks Coal Terminal

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMPort Metro Vancouver will not make a final decision about the Surrey Fraser Docks’ application to build a Direct Transfer Facility until June. According to Tim Blair, Senior Planner of Port Metro Vancouver, they are waiting for Surrey Fraser  Docks to submit a health assessment. One has to wonder if it is not a foregone conclusion. Blair said that SNC Lavelin, the same company that prepared the proposed coal facility’s Environmental Impact Statement, was retained for the health assessment.
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