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How to lower your electricity bills and GHG emissions

Ontario Clean Air Alliance / Angela Bischoff / 13 June 2016

pchoiceswebWhen you turn on your computer, lamp or TV do you think about the source of the electricity you are using? Its climate impact? Its cost?

Most of us don’t give a second thought to these concerns when we hit the “on” switch, but there are important decisions pending around all of these issues in Ontario.

Our new report, Power Choices: Designing an electricity system for a rapidly changing world looks at how we could redesign our electricity system to reduce costs, lower its climate impact, and create new jobs and economic opportunities.

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The breakthrough in renewable energy

vpro international / 05 May 2016

Renewable energy is becoming cheaper than energy from fossil fuels. It means that progressively the choice for wind and solar energy is no longer an ethical one but an economic one. And this will speed up the transfer to renewable energy.

Mallorytown-area couple describes living off the grid

Transition Brockville / 17 April 2016

Kaldeway_sPeter and Annette Kaldeway know what it’s like to power their lives on at most five kilowatt hours a day.

For the past three years they’ve been living in an off-grid house they built on a rural property in the Mallorytown area. They use solar panels and wind power to generate their electricity; they collect rain water in cisterns, and cook and heat with a wood-burning cookstove. They have a large vegetable garden and from it put up preserves for winter consumption. They also forage the woods for some edibles.

Transition Brockville has invited them to give a talk and slide show about their sustainable, resilient lives at the next public Transition presentation on April 24 at the Brockville Public Library, on Buell Street.

Peter, a retired chemical plant operator, will describe in some detail the systems they use to generate their own electricity and provide water without using a well.

Annette will talk about the “lifestyle” of off-grid living and how they use the gifts of nature to their advantage in many ways for their everyday life. She cooks most meals in winter on the wood cookstove, which also (along with sunlight through south-facing windows) heats the house.

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MEC commits to a 100% renewable powered future

On Co-op / Ontario’s Co-op Current / 24 March 2016

Bullfrog Power®, Canada’s leading green energy provider, and Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, are announcing a significant expansion of their environmental partnership. MEC is committing to a 100 per cent renewably powered future by choosing both green electricity and green natural gas for all of its current and future facilities, which presently includes 17 stores, its Head Office and Distribution Centre.

Through the agreement, Bullfrog Power’s generators put 100 per cent clean, pollution-free electricity onto the grid to match the amount of conventional power that MEC’s stores, warehouse and offices use. Across Canada, Bullfrog Power’s green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.

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A new way for Canadians to invest in green energy

Toronto Star / Tyler Hamilton / 15 February 2016

solarInvesting directly in green energy projects just became a whole lot easier for Canadians looking to shift their savings away from fossil fuels.

CoPower, a start-up co-headquartered in Toronto and Montreal, has just launched a retail “green bond” that raises money for specific pools of solar, geothermal and energy-efficiency projects.

The five-year bond, the first of its kind to be available across Canada, offers a 5 per cent annual return, compared to less than 2 per cent for GICs and Canada Savings Bonds.

David Berliner, co-founder and chief executive of CoPower, said the company developed the product to fill a gap in the emerging marketplace for impact investing, a form of socially responsible investing that is not generally accessible to the average Canadian.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]  [ Hat tip to SWITCH! ]

Credit union first in Canada to use 100% green energy

Ontario Co-operative Association / Co-op Current / 12 February 2016

Bullfrog Power®, Canada’s leading green energy provider and Your Credit Union, a financial services co-operative with branches in Ottawa and Cornwall, recently announced a new environmental partnership – making Your Credit Union the first credit union in Canada to completely bullfrogpower its locations with both 100 per cent green electricity and 100 per cent green natural gas.

Through the partnership, Bullfrog Power’s generators put 100 per cent clean, pollution-free electricity onto the grid to match the amount of conventional power that Your Credit Union’s locations use. Across Canada, Bullfrog Power’s green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.

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The Transition Framework

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

— Transition U.S.
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