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The Three Amigos’ clean energy target explained

Clean Energy Canada / Clare Demerse / 29 June 2016

clean-energy-canadaToday’s meeting of the three North American leaders put climate and clean energy at the centre of a packed agenda — an important signal in and of itself.

And the leaders took advantage of their time together to deliver several new and promising clean energy commitments. This blog digs into those continent-wide clean energy plans: what they mean, why they matter, and what Canada should do next.


Area hydro buildings bought

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 11 August 2015

Gan hydro buildingThe hydroelectric generating facilities here, along with nine other area power plants, have been bought by Energy Ottawa.

Energy Ottawa purchased the industrial buildings at 5 King Street in Gananoque from Fortis Energy last month at an undisclosed price as part of a package deal that included hydro generating facilities at Rideau Falls, Jones Falls, Seeley’s Bay as well as those at Brewers Mills and Kingston Mills. The deal also included four hydro-generating plants in upstate New York.


Without consent, our sustainable energy future looks dark

OSEA / Kristopher Stevens / 09 December 2014

Kris-Stevens-2014Consent is important in any relationship, especially when your community is about to host a project in its backyard and when billions of ratepayer dollars are involved in secret negotiations.

In Ontario’s electricity sector two issues are demanding to be discussed. The first relates to knowing our options and their costs before choosing whether to rebuild or replace the Bruce B nuclear facility and the second is community support and participation in sustainable energy projects.


The emerging power of microgrids

ensia / Justin Gerdes / 03 July 2014

microgridsOver many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across continents to billions. But in recent years the system’s shortcomings have become increasingly evident. The conventional grid is largely dependent on planet-warming fossil fuels. And because it’s so big and interconnected, it’s vulnerable to massive disruption by natural disasters and susceptible to physical or cyberattack. In August 2003, 50 million people in parts of Ontario, Canada, and eight U.S. states lost electricity when a sagging power line in a suburb of Cleveland touched an overgrown tree limb and malfunctioned, triggering a cascading sequence of events resulting in the largest blackout in American history. More recently, Superstorm Sandy in the U.S. and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines have shown the havoc extreme weather can wreak.

Across the globe, regulators, policy makers and businesses are collaborating on creating a new and better electricity delivery system — one that will be more stable and secure, cleaner and cheaper, and able to accommodate larger shares of variable renewable energy sources. Prepare for the arrival of the renewable energy microgrid.


Green energy sector breathes easier

Globe and Mail / Richard Blackwell / 13 June 2014

Ontario’s renewable energy sector has breathed a sigh of relief that a Liberal majority government has been elected in the province.

The positive outlook is less a reflection of enthusiasm for Liberal policies, than satisfaction that the Progressive Conservatives did not win. The Tories had promised to dismantle many of the green energy policies that had supported the renewable industry.

“We are very happy with the outcome,” said Kent Brown, chief executive officer of BluEarth Renewables Inc., a Calgary-based company that has solar and wind projects in Ontario. “A majority government creates stability. We now have four years where the projects that the industry is still building can move ahead with certainty and get done.”


Nuclear rebuilds vs water power imports from Quebec

OCAA / 07 May 2014

Jack Gibbons, Chair of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, addresses the opportunity to move Ontario to a 100% renewable electricity grid and save $1 billion / year by avoiding the Darlington nuclear rebuild. Water power imports from Quebec and conservation could replace Darlington and Pickering nuclear stations at a fraction of the cost.

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Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

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