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Microgrids: An idea whose time has come?

CBC News / Emily Chung / 24 January 2020

As the global population grows, so does the demand for electricity. But there are challenges, even now. More than a billion people around the world don’t have access to power grids. According to the Canada Energy Regulator, 200,000 people in Canada are not connected to the North American electrical grid and natural gas distribution pipeline systems.

We’re also seeing natural disasters and major weather events disrupt power supply, causing mass blackouts for days at a time. And when one part of the transmission system breaks down, it can paralyze the whole grid.

Enter the microgrid. A concept that’s been growing in popularity, it’s a power system that can operate independently or work in connection with bigger grids.

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From emergency to emergence

Yes! / David Korten / 23 April 2020

This is an unprecedented opportunity to rethink how our beliefs, values, and institutions shape our relationships. We can create a world that works for everyone or face a future that no longer works for anyone.

Discussions now underway in many community, national, and global forums suggest a significant widening of what is known as the Overton Window: the range of public policies that the mainstream population is prepared to consider at a given time.

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sustainably.eco business certification program

Transition Brockville / 06 December 2019

Our Steering Committee has been discussing how TB can encourage expansion of Sustainable Kingston’s sustainably.eco business certification program into the Brockville area. A quick glance at the sustainably.eco website suggests the program is already “Brockville-enabled”, ie. suggestions of Brockville businesses can already be made in a number of sustainability categories. Use the ‘Suggest a Business’ button to submit your nominations; use the site to identify your buyer-worthy choices.

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The Fast Lane: Tracking the energy revolution 2019

Clean Energy Canada / 03 October 2019

The report finds that Canada’s clean energy sector will employ 559,400 Canadians by 2030—in jobs like insulating homes, manufacturing electric buses, or maintaining wind farms. And while 50,000 jobs are likely to be lost in fossil fuels over the next decade, just over 160,000 will be created in clean energy—a net increase of 110,000 new energy jobs in Canada.

When it comes to getting to Canada’s energy future, there’s a slow lane, fossil fuels, and a fast lane called the clean energy sector.

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Renfrew asked to become waterpower champion

InsideOttawaValley.com / Jonathan Mulvihill / 04 October 2019

The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is inviting Renfrew to show support for community waterpower.

Stephanie Landers, the manager of community relations and public outreach at OWA, appeared before Renfrew council Sept. 24 to explain the need to promote hydroelectric power as a clean, locally sustainable and reliable source of energy.

“It provides local development opportunities while being a renewable energy source and the key to a low-carbon future,” she said.

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NFU Local 316 presentation, Kingston, August 27: Food supply

NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 29 August 2019

In the midst of great political, economic, environmental and weather uncertainties, every community must build its self-reliance in food production. Maintaining and ensuring food supply is literally a public safety issue.

As such, the City of Kingston needs to take an active role in supporting businesses in the local food system (farmers, processors, distributors, food retailers, restaurateurs and others) through regulations, funding and public education programs. We define climate-friendly food as food produced with agro-ecological practices such as raising grass-fed/pasture-fed livestock, organic crop production, perennial crops and other measures that build soil carbon.

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