Energy

30/07/15
Author: 
Derrick Penner

The project is a joint venture that includes the city, landowner Teck and renewable energy non-profit.

VANCOUVER — The builders of British Columbia’s first grid-scale solar power plant in Kimberley named the project SunMine owing in part to its location on a former mine site. But the operation is also finding more sun to mine, exceeding initial expectations for electricity production.

29/07/15
Author: 
Garth Lenz

Garth Lenz's 2011 TED talk (17.4 minutes), illustrated by striking photographs of the tar sands and northern boreal forest.

24/07/15
Author: 
Sean Sweeney

The following is a presentation by Sean Sweeney to the 'Democracy Rising' conference in Athens, Greece on July 18, 2015. Sean Sweeney, PhD, is Coordinator of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy. He recently joined the Murphy Institute at City University of New York to direct its International Program for Labor, Climate and the Environment.

Third memorandum or Grexit: What are the implications for the future of Greece’s energy system?

Full presentation:

23/07/15

BURNABY, BC, July 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union is joining First Nations and environmental advocates in opposing the B.C. government's approval of the Site C dam project, the union announced today.

"Site C is the wrong choice for British Columbia. The project is not needed: there are better alternatives," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "Site C will cause massive habitat loss. It violates First Nations' indigenous rights. It removes high-value agricultural lands from production."

23/07/15

Do you know someone with a nasty secret? We do. Banks around the world love to boast about their investments in green technologies and renewable energy. What they don’t like to boast about is their involvement with the dirty and dangerous business of nuclear power.

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23/07/15
Author: 
Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack and the Sierra Club

There's a growing global recognition that it's time for banks to stop funding coal: it's financially risky and implicates them in serious environmental and human rights abuses. But the largest global investment banks continued to finance coal mining and power last year.

As the 2015 Coal Finance Report Card, The End of Coal?, published by Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, and the Sierra Club, makes clear:

23/07/15
Author: 
Bruce Constantineau

VANCOUVER — Two potential geothermal energy projects near Pemberton could generate electricity for about seven cents a kilowatt hour — only slightly higher than the 5.8 cents to 6.1 cents a kilowatt hour cost estimate of the Site C dam project.

That's the conclusion of a recent Kerr Wood Leidal Associates study on the economic viability of geothermal resources in B.C., which considered nine of the most favourable geothermal sites in the province.

23/07/15
Author: 
Ana Simeon
Close to a thousand people from various parts of the province and from all walks of life attended the Paddle for the Peace in Fort St. John on July 11.

This week, a year almost to the day since the ground-breaking Supreme Court of Canada decision affirming aboriginal title in the Tsilhqot’in case, another B.C. First Nation will be in federal court trying to prevent yet another destructive project that is being aggressively pursued without aboriginal consent.

21/07/15
Author: 
ADRIAN MORROW

Ontario is eyeing a deal to buy hydroelectric power from Newfoundland and Labrador, a first step toward implementing the newly signed Canadian Energy Strategy to build energy integration between provinces.

For Ontario, the deal would represent one move in a longer process of boosting electricity imports, in hopes of driving down greenhouse gas emissions and controlling skyrocketing power prices. For Newfoundland and Labrador, it would mark a stride towards the province’s goal of becoming a major exporter of emissions-free power.

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18/07/15
Author: 
Jeff Lewis, Jeffrey Jones and Renata D'Aliesio

An oil spill in evergreen forest of northern Alberta has ratcheted up concerns over pipeline safety as Canada’s premiers seek consensus on plans to pipe oil-sands crude to eastern ports in massive volumes.

Chinese-owned Nexen Energy ULC late on Thursday said a pipeline ruptured at its Long Lake oil-sands project, spewing about 31,500 barrels of bitumen, produced water and sand across a 16,000-square-metre area roughly 36 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray. Nexen is owned by state-run CNOOC Ltd.

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