'Alternative' energy and less energy


Sept 29, 2017 - An Alberta town is planning to pull a different kind of energy from the abandoned oil and gas wells that ring its outskirts.

Hinton, west of Edmonton on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, is teaming up with academic researchers and the private sector to install what may be Canada's first geothermal heating system in its downtown core.

And some say it could change the ground rules for industry all over Alberta.

Barry Saxifrage
demand vs renewables

[Editor's note: See comment on this article by Roger Annis below]

I read lots of articles these days pointing to the rapid expansion of renewable energy as a reason to be hopeful about our unfolding climate crisis. Unfortunately, the climate doesn't care how many solar panels and wind farms we build.

Judith Lavoie
Site C from the air - ©Garth Lenz-8936 (1)
Karen Goodings avoids the Site C dam area on the Peace River because she finds it too heart-wrenching to look at the havoc caused by construction work, but, for the first time in years, she is now holding out hope that the $8.8-billion project will be scrapped.

“I want to see it permanently stopped and now I think there is enough information out there to talk about alternate sources of power that are more economical and less devastating,” said Goodings, a Peace River Regional District director.

Inger V. Johansen and Gitte Pedersen

The sixth Transform!Danmark Conference, focusing on the development of left economic and ecological alternatives, took place in Copenhagen on 18 March. Once again, it focused on sustainable and fair transformation, as well as a changing society in Europe and around the world.


Union Staff

In a series of landmark statements following the May 2017 election of the pro-reform President Moon Jae-in, Korean energy, transport and public service workers have called for “a just energy transition” allowing the sector to “function as a public asset under public control.” Unions support the new government’s decision to close the country’s aging coal-fired and nuclear power stations, and its planned reconsideration of two new nuclear facilities – Kori 5 and Kori 6.

Sarah van Gelder
"Instead of privatizing city services, as some policymakers have long advocated, a new report shows that public ownership gives cities and towns the best shot at meeting renewable energy and efficiency targets," Sarah van Gelder writes. (Photo: moonjazz/Flickr/cc)

A new report finds public ownership is the best way for cities and towns to meet renewable energy and efficiency targets

Mayors across the country have vowed to deliver on the goals of the Paris climate accord in defiance of President Trump’s decision to back out. But how can they, realistically, when the national government is questioning climate science and promoting coal, fracking, and pipelines?

François-Xavier Chevallerau

The scientific debate about the feasibility of a full transition to renewable energy is suddenly becoming heated. Yet it may somehow be missing the point.

Rex Weyler

re: coal mines closing because of cheap renewables: That is probably overstated, and it would be worth it for our networks of ecology minded people to understand this:  [see http://www.ecosocialistsvancouver.org/article/worlds-biggest-coal-company-closes-37-mines-solar-powers-influence-grows]

Harriet Agerholm
India has announced it will not build any more coal plants after 2022 Getty

[But see http://www.ecosocialistsvancouver.org/article/re-coal-mines-closing-because-cheap-renewables-probably-overstated]

Plummeting price of renewable energy puts pressure on fossil fuel firms

The largest coal mining company in the world has announced it will close 37 mines because they are no longer economically viable.


June 3, 2017 - What if you need a battery? A really big one — big enough to run a city?

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