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EverWind Fuels has unveiled details of its plans to build Canada’s biggest wind farm in eastern Nova Scotia, a two-gigawatt facility with 404 turbines covering more than 64,000 hectares of provincial Crown land in Guysborough County.

EverWind Unveils Canada’s Biggest Wind Farm as Locals Pan Hydrogen Export Plans

EverWind Fuels has unveiled details of its plans to build Canada’s biggest wind farm in eastern Nova Scotia, a two-gigawatt facility with 404 turbines covering more than 64,000 hectares of provincial Crown land in Guysborough County.

Ford Motor Co. has abandoned a C$1.8-billion plan to build electric vehicles at its Oakville, Ontario assembly plant.

Ford Ditches $1.8B EV Plan at Oakville Assembly Plant

Ford Motor Co. has abandoned a C$1.8-billion plan to build electric vehicles at its Oakville, Ontario assembly plant.

Canada and the United States have agreed to “modernize” their treaty governing the shared 2,000-kilometre Columbia River, with new terms related to flood control and hydropower generation.

Canada, U.S. Agree on Landmark Update to Columbia River Treaty

Canada and the United States have agreed to “modernize” their treaty governing the shared 2,000-kilometre Columbia River, with new terms related to flood control and hydropower generation.

A new survey of business leaders finds the vast majority are concerned that climate change will hit their operations this year, while more than half report that it's already affected profits.

Half of Canadian Businesses Say ‘Real World’ Climate Impacts Have Hit Their Bottom Line

A new survey of business leaders finds the vast majority are concerned that climate change will hit their operations this year, while more than half report that it’s already affected profits.

Subway stations and highways were flooded, the newly-renovated Union Station was inundated, and nearly 170,000 households were left without power for up to 10 hours Tuesday after a summer storm dropped 84 millimetres of rain on downtown Toronto in just a few hours, the fifth-wettest day in the city’s history.

Summer Storm in Toronto Floods Subways and Highways, Leaves 170,000 Without Power

Subway stations and highways were flooded, the newly-renovated Union Station was inundated, and nearly 170,000 households were left without power for up to 10 hours Tuesday after a summer storm dropped 84 millimetres of rain on downtown Toronto in just a few hours, the fifth-wettest day in the city’s history.

The Royal Bank of Canada has announced plans to install heat pumps on nearly two-thirds of its retail branches by 2035, with the aim of reducing the sites’ climate pollution by 70% and preventing 10,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

RBC Announces Heat Pump Conversions for 62% of Retail Branches by 2035

The Royal Bank of Canada has announced plans to install heat pumps on nearly two-thirds of its retail branches by 2035, with the aim of reducing the sites’ climate pollution by 70% and preventing 10,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

The Quebec government has published the toughest proposed electric vehicle sales mandate in Canada, a draft regulation that would ban the sale of light-duty internal combustion and plug-in hybrid vehicles beginning in 2035.

Quebec Bans New Internal Combustion, PHEV Sales as of 2035

The Quebec government has published the toughest proposed electric vehicle sales mandate in Canada, a draft regulation that would ban the sale of light-duty internal combustion and plug-in hybrid vehicles beginning in 2035.

A new startup is looking to install bladeless rooftop wind turbines on residential and commercial buildings after closing a US$9 million funding round.

Bladeless Rooftop Turbines Harvest Local Winds, Disrupt Environment Less

A new startup is looking to install bladeless rooftop wind turbines on residential and commercial buildings after closing a US$9 million funding round.

The federal government is drawing cheers from transit agencies and criticism from riders after announcing a Canada Public Transit Fund that pours C$30 billion over 10 years into new vehicles and infrastructure, but is silent on the yawning operating deficits facing local transit systems.

$30B for Transit Brings New Dollars to Buy Buses, No Relief on Operating Costs

The federal government is drawing cheers from transit agencies and criticism from riders after announcing a Canada Public Transit Fund that pours C$30 billion over 10 years into new vehicles and infrastructure, but is silent on the yawning operating deficits facing local transit systems.

An $800-million home retrofit program for lower-income households and a pledge to replace oil heating with heat pumps in new buildings are key elements of the federal government’s long-awaited Green Buildings Strategy, released Tuesday by Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Low-Income Retrofit Funds, No Firm Net-Zero Targets in Long-Awaited Green Buildings Strategy

An $800-million home retrofit program for lower-income households and a pledge to replace oil heating with heat pumps in new buildings are key elements of the federal government’s long-awaited Green Buildings Strategy, released Tuesday by Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Solving the intertwined crises in Indigenous housing and health requires Indigenous

Healthy Energy Homes Urgently Needed in Indigenous Communities

Solving the intertwined crises in Indigenous housing and health requires Indigenous

Housing projects receiving federal dollars must be mandated to meet the highest energy efficiency and emissions standards in Canada’s building codes so that all new homes are climate resilient and meet zero-carbon goals, states an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Maximize Climate Performance in Federal Housing Plan, Experts Urge

Housing projects receiving federal dollars must be mandated to meet the highest energy efficiency and emissions standards in Canada’s building codes so that all new homes are climate resilient and meet zero-carbon goals, states an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

With just months to go before it opens to students and faculty, George Brown College’s Limberlost Place is poised to keep its air cool and its water hot by plumbing the depths of Lake Ontario.

Mass Timber Building Taps Cooling Power of Lake Ontario

With just months to go before it opens to students and faculty, George Brown College’s Limberlost Place is poised to keep its air cool and its water hot by plumbing the depths of Lake Ontario.

A transit authority in the Greater Toronto Area will get C$76 million in federal funds to expand its electric bus fleet and infrastructure.

Canada Invests $76 Million To Help Electrify York Region Transit Fleet

A transit authority in the Greater Toronto Area will get C$76 million in federal funds to expand its electric bus fleet and infrastructure.

Confronted with classrooms overheating beyond 32°C, a resolute group of students at an Oakland, California, middle school used their persuasive skills to secure a heat pump for their peers.

Students Win Heat Pump for Sweltering School, Set Model for Climate Action

Confronted with classrooms overheating beyond 32°C, a resolute group of students at an Oakland, California, middle school used their persuasive skills to secure a heat pump for their peers.

The two provinces that account for nearly half of Canada’s climate pollution show up poorly while British Columbia, Quebec, and the federal government lead the pack in a new scorecard of governments’ climate plans and their embrace of clean economy measures.

Climate Policy is Economic Policy, New Report Concludes, as Saskatchewan and Alberta Lag

The two provinces that account for nearly half of Canada’s climate pollution show up poorly while British Columbia, Quebec, and the federal government lead the pack in a new scorecard of governments’ climate plans and their embrace of clean economy measures.

Armed with public funding, Canada’s fifth-largest oil sands company Strathcona Resources is embracing carbon capture technology as its ticket to navigating the energy transition.

Strathcona, Canada Growth Fund Ink $2B Carbon Capture Deal

Armed with public funding, Canada’s fifth-largest oil sands company Strathcona Resources is embracing carbon capture technology as its ticket to navigating the energy transition.

The Alberta government plans to relax a rule that requires energy companies seeking to buy viable wells from bankruptcy proceedings to first pay all the failed producer's outstanding taxes.

Alberta Eases Rule for Covering Overdue Taxes on Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

The Alberta government plans to relax a rule that requires energy companies seeking to buy viable wells from bankruptcy proceedings to first pay all the failed producer’s outstanding taxes.

As wildfires rage in multiple hot spots around the world, the town Lytton, British Columbia, is still waiting, three years and C$239 million in recovery money later, to rise from its ashes.

Lytton, B.C. Rebuilds at ‘Glacial’ Pace While Wildfires Burn from Brazil to Arctic

As wildfires rage in multiple hot spots around the world, the town Lytton, British Columbia, is still waiting, three years and C$239 million in recovery money later, to rise from its ashes.

The heatwave that enveloped Eastern Canada last month was made between two to 10 times more likely due to climate change, federal officials said Tuesday, offering a sobering and rapid analysis of the effect of planet-warming emissions on the record-breaking temperatures.

Eastern Canada Heatwave 2-10x More Likely Due to Climate Change, Rapid Analysis Shows

The heatwave that enveloped Eastern Canada last month was made between two to 10 times more likely due to climate change, federal officials said Tuesday, offering a sobering and rapid analysis of the effect of planet-warming emissions on the record-breaking temperatures.

The climate lab at the University of Prince Edward Island is getting new recognition for a simulator that shows citizens how coastal erosion and sea level rise will affect their communities and their properties over time.

Climate Simulator Shows Reality of Sea Level Rise for PEI Communities

The climate lab at the University of Prince Edward Island is getting new recognition for a simulator that shows citizens how coastal erosion and sea level rise will affect their communities and their properties over time.

Flooding and extreme heat are the top climate threats facing cities around the world, with tens of billions of dollars needed to help build resilience, especially in the Global South, concludes new analysis from CDP, the UK-based non-profit previously known as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Cities Worldwide Battle Flooding and Heat, Seek $21B for Resilience: CDP

Flooding and extreme heat are the top climate threats facing cities around the world, with tens of billions of dollars needed to help build resilience, especially in the Global South, concludes new analysis from CDP, the UK-based non-profit previously known as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Long-duration energy storage (LDES) is beginning to emerge as a practical option for microgrids in California, based on a series of tests in military applications and on Indigenous lands.

California Microgrids Test Long-Duration Energy Storage

Long-duration energy storage (LDES) is beginning to emerge as a practical option for microgrids in California, based on a series of tests in military applications and on Indigenous lands.

Power lines, Mississauga, Canada

Energy Experts Applaud as B.C. Pushes to Restore Transmission Link with Alberta

British Columbia is setting out to restore full capacity to the high-voltage transmission lines linking its power grid with Alberta’s, a move experts call a “no-regrets” decision that advances the electrification goals of both provinces.

Alberta regulators are warming up to the idea of industrial energy storage technology as its opportunities become harder to deny.

Alberta Makes ‘About-Face’ to Embrace Industrial Energy Storage

Alberta regulators are warming up to the idea of industrial energy storage technology as its opportunities become harder to deny.

About half a million Houston-area homes and businesses will still be without electricity next week, the city's largest utility said Thursday, stoking the frustration of hot and weary residents and leading a top state official to call the pace of recovery from Hurricane Beryl “not acceptable.”

Hot, Weary Houstonians Face Weekend Without Power as Hurricane Recovery Lags

About half a million Houston-area homes and businesses will still be without electricity next week, the city’s largest utility said Thursday, stoking the frustration of hot and weary residents and leading a top state official to call the pace of recovery from Hurricane Beryl “not acceptable.”

E-bikes are making serious inroads across Europe, thanks to a well-established bike culture and boosted by government initiatives that help people pay for them.

E-Bikes Take Flight in Europe, Draw Government Incentives

E-bikes are making serious inroads across Europe, thanks to a well-established bike culture and boosted by government initiatives that help people pay for them.

Restoring funding from Quebec’s carbon market revenues could revitalize Greater Montreal's transit agencies to their pre-pandemic levels, says a commission appointed to help keep public transport afloat.

Bring Back Carbon Revenue to Revive Transit, Montreal Officials Urge

Restoring funding from Quebec’s carbon market revenues could revitalize Greater Montreal’s transit agencies to their pre-pandemic levels, says a commission appointed to help keep public transport afloat.

Low-income renters in Ottawa often endure extreme heat and cold in aging buildings with unreliable appliances and energy inefficiency, a recent survey has found.

Ottawa Tenants Demand Protection Amid Extreme Weather, Renovictions

Low-income renters in Ottawa often endure extreme heat and cold in aging buildings with unreliable appliances and energy inefficiency, a recent survey has found.

As Canada faces the dual challenges of a housing crisis and climate change, it is essential to ensure that efforts to make housing more affordable and diverse do not increase environmental harm. Fortunately, there are viable strategies to address both problems simultaneously, authors Kael Kropp, Sydney Bartos, and Karina Valcke-Beckett write for Policy Options.

Rental Report Card Would Help Cut Emissions in Affordable Housing

As Canada faces the dual challenges of a housing crisis and climate change, it is essential to ensure that efforts to make housing more affordable and diverse do not increase environmental harm. Fortunately, there are viable strategies to address both problems simultaneously, authors Kael Kropp, Sydney Bartos, and Karina Valcke-Beckett write for Policy Options.

Canada’s support for liquefied natural gas (LNG) development threatens to jeopardize the country’s positioning as a climate leader and drive up domestic energy costs, amid mounting concerns that international demand for LNG exports will soon evaporate, the UK’s Ember think tank concludes in an analysis issued this morning.

BREAKING: Canada Pushes LNG Exports While Global Demand Evaporates

Canada’s support for liquefied natural gas (LNG) development threatens to jeopardize the country’s positioning as a climate leader and drive up domestic energy costs, amid mounting concerns that international demand for LNG exports will soon evaporate, the UK’s Ember think tank concludes in an analysis issued this morning.

Hydro-Québec has announced partnerships with two Indigenous communities and a regional government in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region that will open the door to a C$9-billion wind farm, a first major step in the mammoth utility’s plan to triple its wind power capacity by 2035 and wean the province off fossil fuels.

$9B, 3,000-MW Wind Farm for Saguenay Region as Hydro-Québec Unveils New Partnerships

Hydro-Québec has announced partnerships with two Indigenous communities and a regional government in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region that will open the door to a C$9-billion wind farm, a first major step in the mammoth utility’s plan to triple its wind power capacity by 2035 and wean the province off fossil fuels.

With the Conservative Party out and Labour in after the United Kingdom’s July 3 election, opinions vary on what this seismic political shift from blue to red will mean for climate action.

Labour’s Big Win Raises Hopes—And Questions—On UK Climate Policy

With the Conservative Party out and Labour in after the United Kingdom’s July 3 election, opinions vary on what this seismic political shift from blue to red will mean for climate action.

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Intense Heat, Drought Have Wildfires Raging from Brazil to Arctic Regions

Across large swathes of California, Brazil, and the northern regions of Canada and Russia, wildfires are raging, incubated by intense heat and engrained drought.

School’s out in Canada, and not a moment too soon for students sweltering in classrooms that urgently need heat adaptation and resilience upgrades.

UPDATE: Canada’s Schools Need Extreme Heat Upgrades, Experts Warn, as Temperature Records Fall

School’s out in Canada, and not a moment too soon for students sweltering in classrooms that urgently need heat adaptation and resilience upgrades.

The newly-formed Six Nations Energy Development LP and Calgary-based pipeliner Enbridge Inc. announced plans last week to develop a 200-megawatt wind energy project near Weyburn, in southeast Saskatchewan.

First Nations DevCo Signs On with Enbridge for 200-MW Saskatchewan Wind Project

The newly-formed Six Nations Energy Development LP and Calgary-based pipeliner Enbridge Inc. announced plans last week to develop a 200-megawatt wind energy project near Weyburn, in southeast Saskatchewan.

As Edmonton refines its vision for livability in the face of a housing crunch and the climate crisis, city officials are contending with pushback from residents and developers, along with a warning from its former mayor.

Edmonton Revamps 15-Minute Cities Plan Amid Public Distrust, Industry Pushback

As Edmonton refines its vision for livability in the face of a housing crunch and the climate crisis, city officials are contending with pushback from residents and developers, along with a warning from its former mayor.

Community solar users in the United States are 6.1 times more likely to live in multi-unit buildings, 4.4 times more likely to rent, and take home 23% lower incomes than rooftop solar buyers, concludes a new peer-reviewed study by the U.S. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Community Solar ‘Delivers on Promise’ to Lower-Income Households

Community solar users in the United States are 6.1 times more likely to live in multi-unit buildings, 4.4 times more likely to rent, and take home 23% lower incomes than rooftop solar buyers, concludes a new peer-reviewed study by the U.S. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Manitoba Hydro is looking ahead to a multi-billion-dollar overhaul of aging infrastructure that will represent a threat to grid performance until it’s brought up to date.

‘Performance Degradation, Diminished Supply’ Have Manitoba Planning Massive Grid Overhaul

Manitoba Hydro is looking ahead to a multi-billion-dollar overhaul of aging infrastructure that will represent a threat to grid performance until it’s brought up to date.

Hydro Ottawa will need provincial and federal support for “massive investment” in the company’s distribution infrastructure to keep up with rising electricity demand, says its CEO.

Hydro Ottawa Calls for ‘Massive’ Infrastructure Spending to Meet Rising Power Demand

Hydro Ottawa will need provincial and federal support for “massive investment” in the company’s distribution infrastructure to keep up with rising electricity demand, says its CEO.

Bonnie Gao, Sunehra Mehrun, Tai Vo, and Wren Droesse are the recipients of the inaugural round of grants from the Trellis Fund, a new student award program for women who plan to enter green energy careers.

New Grant Program Helps Women Pursue Green Energy Careers

Bonnie Gao, Sunehra Mehrun, Tai Vo, and Wren Droesse are the recipients of the inaugural round of grants from the Trellis Fund, a new student award program for women who plan to enter green energy careers.

As the United States makes strides in energy storage installations, posting an 84% increase in capacity year over year in 2024’s first quarter, an expert warns its outdated market approach is preventing those investments from translating into usable electricity.

U.S. Energy Storage Market Shows 84% Growth in Q1 Capacity

As the United States makes strides in energy storage installations, posting an 84% increase in capacity year over year in 2024’s first quarter, an expert warns its outdated market approach is preventing those investments from translating into usable electricity.

Reflective and green infrastructure is now essential to combat the extreme heat and drought in the cards for hundreds of millions of urban dwellers as the planet continues to warm, says the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Cool, Green Infrastructure Can Beat Urban Heat and Drought, Experts Say

Reflective and green infrastructure is now essential to combat the extreme heat and drought in the cards for hundreds of millions of urban dwellers as the planet continues to warm, says the World Resources Institute (WRI).

A new C$50-million loan facility from the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is opening new doors for a Toronto-based Energy as a Service (EaaS) company to drive down energy demand and climate pollution in multi-residential housing.

New Retrofit Loan Facility Delivers Local Energy Savings for Multi-Residential Housing

A new C$50-million loan facility from the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is opening new doors for a Toronto-based Energy as a Service (EaaS) company to drive down energy demand and climate pollution in multi-residential housing.

Funding in the federal budget for the new greener homes affordability program will only allow it to achieve a fraction of its objectives, analysts Abigail Jackson and Brendan Haley write for Policy Options.

Federal Greener Homes Fund Falls Short as Climate Change Squeezes Low-Income Households

Funding in the federal budget for the new greener homes affordability program will only allow it to achieve a fraction of its objectives, analysts Abigail Jackson and Brendan Haley write for Policy Options.

Alberta's seven-month ban on new renewables projects, lifted earlier this year, continues to unsettle the sector, evident in a slowdown of power purchase agreements (PPAs).

‘Tsunami’ Engulfs Alberta Renewables as Provincial Moratorium Unsettles Sector

Alberta’s seven-month ban on new renewables projects, lifted earlier this year, continues to unsettle the sector, evident in a slowdown of power purchase agreements (PPAs).

Faced with an ever-increasing risk of flooding and wildfire, São Paulo, Brazil, is embracing nature-based solutions at a “breathtaking” pace, expanding its public green space this past spring by 11% with a stroke of a pen.

Nature-Based Solutions on the Rise to Protect Cities from Environmental Hazards

Faced with an ever-increasing risk of flooding and wildfire, São Paulo, Brazil, is embracing nature-based solutions at a “breathtaking” pace, expanding its public green space this past spring by 11% with a stroke of a pen.

Provincial utility Nova Scotia Power and the Mi'kmaw-owned Wskijnu'k Mtmo'taqnuow Agency (WMA) have received regulatory approval to invest C$354-million in three 50-megawatt battery storage plants in the communities of Bridgewater, Waverley, and White Rock.

Nova Scotia Regulator Okays 3 New Battery Projects Totalling 150 MW

Provincial utility Nova Scotia Power and the Mi’kmaw-owned Wskijnu’k Mtmo’taqnuow Agency (WMA) have received regulatory approval to invest C$354-million in three 50-megawatt battery storage plants in the communities of Bridgewater, Waverley, and White Rock.

An oil sands worker who drilled his way into the geothermal industry is just one example of how the clean energy transition is creating new opportunities for the Canadian work force, now supported by new legislation.

Oil Worker’s Shift to Geothermal Reflects ‘Endless’ Opportunity in Clean Careers

An oil sands worker who drilled his way into the geothermal industry is just one example of how the clean energy transition is creating new opportunities for the Canadian work force, now supported by new legislation.

Two Ontario-based companies are receiving C$10 million in federal research and development funding to develop processes for recycling critical minerals from used batteries.

Two Battery Recycling Companies Receive $10M Federal Boost

Two Ontario-based companies are receiving C$10 million in federal research and development funding to develop processes for recycling critical minerals from used batteries.

The world’s biggest solar manufacturers, all of them based in China, are delivering more usable energy each year than the top seven oil and gas companies, concludes a blockbuster analysis released earlier this month by Bloomberg News.

Big Solar Outshines Big Oil as Emerging Giants Top ‘Powerhouses of Petroleum’

The world’s biggest solar manufacturers, all of them based in China, are delivering more usable energy each year than the top seven oil and gas companies, concludes a blockbuster analysis released earlier this month by Bloomberg News.

Wind turbines popping up in communities in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are helping to establish the technology’s potential in cold climates, where high wind speeds offer an ideal resource to replace fossil fuels.

Cold-Climate Wind Turbines Show Potential to Replace Diesel

Wind turbines popping up in communities in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are helping to establish the technology’s potential in cold climates, where high wind speeds offer an ideal resource to replace fossil fuels.

The European Union is helping a group of 112 cities track down €650 billion in public and private financing to bring their climate pollution to net-zero by 2030, while the continent’s European Green Deal morphs from a climate plan to an “agenda of economic modernization”.

112 European Cities Seek €650B to Hit Net-Zero by 2030

The European Union is helping a group of 112 cities track down €650 billion in public and private financing to bring their climate pollution to net-zero by 2030, while the continent’s European Green Deal morphs from a climate plan to an “agenda of economic modernization”.

Most Canadians probably don’t think much about water, Elizabeth Henderson writes from Calgary. But when a major water main breaks, suddenly it’s personal.

First Person: Water Conservation, ‘Laundry Tourism’ as Calgary Enters 4th Week of Restrictions

Most Canadians probably don’t think much about water, Elizabeth Henderson writes from Calgary. But when a major water main breaks, suddenly it’s personal.

British Columbia recently committed a fresh C$85 million to improve cycling and walking conditions across the province, benefitting tens of thousands of residents of all ages, many in smaller towns and villages.

‘Respect, Listening, Homemade Sourdough’ Deliver Support for Local Bike Trail

British Columbia recently committed a fresh C$85 million to improve cycling and walking conditions across the province, benefitting tens of thousands of residents of all ages, many in smaller towns and villages.

Distributed energy resources (DERs) like batteries and electric vehicles could absorb the entire increase in peak demand that U.S. power grids are projecting through 2035, but only if utilities seize the opportunity and engage more closely with customers, management consultants at Deloitte conclude in a report issued last week.

Distributed Grid Could Absorb Peak Demand, Wipe Out Energy Insecurity by 2035: Deloitte

Distributed energy resources (DERs) like batteries and electric vehicles could absorb the entire increase in peak demand that U.S. power grids are projecting through 2035, but only if utilities seize the opportunity and engage more closely with customers, management consultants at Deloitte conclude in a report issued last week.

A strata (condominium) owner in Richmond, British Columbia is facing a C$2,600 fine after installing a heat pump on his unit.

B.C. Strata Owner Fined $2,600 for Heat Pump Installation

A strata (condominium) owner in Richmond, British Columbia is facing a C$2,600 fine after installing a heat pump on his unit.

As president and CEO of Green Mountain Power in Vermont, Mary Powell developed the first utility partnership to attach residential batteries to the grid. Now, as CEO of residential solar giant Sunrun, she’s calling out her former industry’s “slow and no” culture.

‘Slow and No’ Culture Impedes Grid Transformation, Powell Warns

As president and CEO of Green Mountain Power in Vermont, Mary Powell developed the first utility partnership to attach residential batteries to the grid. Now, as CEO of residential solar giant Sunrun, she’s calling out her former industry’s “slow and no” culture.

Extreme heat is affecting billions of people and killing thousands, as fossil fuel consumption and its planet-warming emissions soar.

Thousands Perish In Unseasonable Heat as ‘Dangerous Climate Change is Upon Us’

Extreme heat is affecting billions of people and killing thousands, as fossil fuel consumption and its planet-warming emissions soar.

Climate advocates are increasingly—and successfully—demanding that courts hold regional decision-makers accountable for ignoring planet-warming pollution.

UK Activists Win Landmark Ruling On Oil Well’s ‘Inevitable’ Emissions

Climate advocates are increasingly—and successfully—demanding that courts hold regional decision-makers accountable for ignoring planet-warming pollution.

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Oil Sands Lobby Scrubs Website After Greenwashing Curbs Pass Parliament

The Pathways Alliance, whose six members account for about 95% of Canada’s oil sands production, has scrubbed all messaging from its website and social media feeds, citing uncertainty over a new anti-greenwashing rule poised to become federal law.

The regulator responsible for overseeing Alberta's oil and gas sector has released a new report projecting the province's oilsands production will grow by more than 17% by 2033.

Alberta Regulator Expects 17% Growth in Oilsands Production by 2033

The regulator responsible for overseeing Alberta’s oil and gas sector has released a new report projecting the province’s oilsands production will grow by more than 17% by 2033.

The Ontario government is drawing a line against solar farms on prime agricultural land as it considers its next wave of renewable energy projects.

Ontario Bars Solar on Prime Farmland, Misses Middle Ground in Agrivoltaics

The Ontario government is drawing a line against solar farms on prime agricultural land as it considers its next wave of renewable energy projects.

Canada's nuclear regulator will allow Ontario Power Generation to reuse a 2011 impact assessment in its application for a new reactor at its Darlington station, raising red flags for environmental and safety experts.

Ontario to Build First SMR Based on ‘Fictitious Amalgam’ in 2011 Impact Assessment

Canada’s nuclear regulator will allow Ontario Power Generation to reuse a 2011 impact assessment in its application for a new reactor at its Darlington station, raising red flags for environmental and safety experts.

A new electricity pricing program introduced by the Ontario government will be a boon for rooftop solar, even though it was originally designed for electric vehicle owners.

Ontario’s New Overnight Power Price Is ‘Rocket Fuel’ for Rooftop Solar

A new electricity pricing program introduced by the Ontario government will be a boon for rooftop solar, even though it was originally designed for electric vehicle owners.

Alberta has phased out its last coal-fired power plant, six years ahead of a federal deadline to get the dirtiest fossil fuel off the grid.

Alberta Completes Coal Phaseout Six Years Ahead of Schedule

Alberta has phased out its last coal-fired power plant, six years ahead of a federal deadline to get the dirtiest fossil fuel off the grid.

New York City is looking to soften its groundbreaking sustainable buildings law just six months after it came into effect, as residents in cash-strapped households raise affordability concerns.

NYC Seeks Changes to Landmark Building Decarbonization Law

New York City is looking to soften its groundbreaking sustainable buildings law just six months after it came into effect, as residents in cash-strapped households raise affordability concerns.

A massive heat dome is settling over Eastern Canada and the Eastern and Midwestern United States this week, with weathercasters warning that temperatures will hit 35°C and humidity will make it feel much warmer.

Humidex Could Hit 45°C as Heat Dome Settles Over Eastern Canada, U.S.

A massive heat dome is settling over Eastern Canada and the Eastern and Midwestern United States this week, with weathercasters warning that temperatures will hit 35°C and humidity will make it feel much warmer.

As extreme heat claims lives around the globe, a growing number of municipalities are appointing chief heat officers (CHOs) to coordinate solutions for their residents.

Chief Heat Officers Help Cities Combat Lethal Risk

As extreme heat claims lives around the globe, a growing number of municipalities are appointing chief heat officers (CHOs) to coordinate solutions for their residents.

Amid Calgary's bustling diesel-burning fleet, a lone Blue Bird electric school bus is showcasing the cost and equity benefits of electrifying transport for young students.

Electric School Buses Are Cost-Competitive, Reduce Air and Noise Pollution, Calgary Pilot Finds

Amid Calgary’s bustling diesel-burning fleet, a lone Blue Bird electric school bus is showcasing the cost and equity benefits of electrifying transport for young students.

The Quebec government is introducing a new generation of flood maps aimed at better protecting residents from climate risk, while Montreal presents a compelling—but not yet funded—vision of an urban paradise that will be affordable, leafy, and mostly car-free by 2050.

Quebec’s New Flood Maps, Montreal’s 2050 Vision Point to Higher Risk, Future Hope

The Quebec government is introducing a new generation of flood maps aimed at better protecting residents from climate risk, while Montreal presents a compelling—but not yet funded—vision of an urban paradise that will be affordable, leafy, and mostly car-free by 2050.

In addition to the emission reductions and resilience gains in renewably-generated electricity and the 300 to 400% operating efficiency of electric heat pumps, analysts are now turning their attention to another massive efficiency gain in the energy transition: the 75% of energy from fossil fuels that is wasted before delivering any value, at an annual cost of US$4.6 trillion.

Fossil Fuel Production Wastes 75% of Primary Energy, Loses $4.6T Per Year

In addition to the emission reductions and resilience gains in renewably-generated electricity and the 300 to 400% operating efficiency of electric heat pumps, analysts are now turning their attention to another massive efficiency gain in the energy transition: the 75% of energy from fossil fuels that is wasted before delivering any value, at an annual cost of US$4.6 trillion.

Canadian provinces must rein in their expanding gas systems or risk incurring staggering costs from stranded assets and failure to meet net zero targets, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) warns in a new report.

Scale Back Gas Networks or Face Higher Costs, Stranded Assets, Climate Institute Warns Provinces

Canadian provinces must rein in their expanding gas systems or risk incurring staggering costs from stranded assets and failure to meet net zero targets, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) warns in a new report.

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Haisla Vote to Join Cedar LNG Project Despite Looming Global Surplus

Members of the Haisla Nation have voted almost unanimously to join the Cedar liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Kitimat, British Columbia, just a few weeks after analysts warned against counting on significant international demand for Canadian exports.

The Alberta government has shut down its often-embarrassing oil and gas “war room”, the institution it set up in 2019 to counter purported “misinformation and lies” about Canada’s fossil fuel industry.

Alberta Shuts Down Fossil Industry ‘War Room’

The Alberta government has shut down its often-embarrassing oil and gas “war room”, the institution it set up in 2019 to counter purported “misinformation and lies” about Canada’s fossil fuel industry.

A Calgary oil and gas company has been ordered to abandon close to 1,000 wells, pipelines, and other facilities over concerns about care and maintenance of the sites.

No One Answering the Phones as Calgary Oil Company Leaves Behind 1,000 Orphan Wells

A Calgary oil and gas company has been ordered to abandon close to 1,000 wells, pipelines, and other facilities over concerns about care and maintenance of the sites.

Just 20 years ago, the Danish city of Odense was an industrial hub. Back then, Maersk, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, operated a shipyard on the city’s harbour front that manufactured some of the largest container ships in the world and employed almost 3,000 workers.

Danish City’s Post-Industrial Transformation Began on Two Wheels

Just 20 years ago, the Danish city of Odense was an industrial hub. Back then, Maersk, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, operated a shipyard on the city’s harbour front that manufactured some of the largest container ships in the world and employed almost 3,000 workers.

A company proposing to use carbon capture and storage technology to create clean electricity from landfill waste has become the second to secure a carbon price backstop contract through the Canada Growth Fund.

Canada Growth Fund Backs Carbon Capture System at Alberta Waste-to-Energy Project

A company proposing to use carbon capture and storage technology to create clean electricity from landfill waste has become the second to secure a carbon price backstop contract through the Canada Growth Fund.

The federal government must fast-track and expand new clean electricity tax credits and streamline regulatory and approval processes to clear the way for C$1.4 trillion in capital investments in a non-emitting grid, the Canada Electricity Advisory Council says in its final report issued Monday.

Faster Tax Credits, Flexible Regulation Could Trigger $1.4T in Non-Emitting Grid Investment, Council Says

The federal government must fast-track and expand new clean electricity tax credits and streamline regulatory and approval processes to clear the way for C$1.4 trillion in capital investments in a non-emitting grid, the Canada Electricity Advisory Council says in its final report issued Monday.

A new electric vehicle education project for Indigenous communities is helping a fly-in First Nation in Manitoba boost its energy self-sufficiency, with a plan to see it partially powered and propelled by EVs.

Remote First Nation Taps ‘Exceptionally Great Value’ in EVs, Batteries

A new electric vehicle education project for Indigenous communities is helping a fly-in First Nation in Manitoba boost its energy self-sufficiency, with a plan to see it partially powered and propelled by EVs.

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Ranchers, Rural Municipality Ask Top Court to Block Alberta Coal Exploration

A group of southern Alberta ranchers is turning to the province’s top court in a final bid to block applications for coal exploration in the Rocky Mountains.

A U.S. district judge has dismissed claims by Native American tribes and environmentalists who sought to halt construction along part of a US$10 billion energy transmission line that will carry wind-generated electricity from New Mexico to customers as far away as California.

U.S. Judge Overrules Native American Tribes to Approve $10B Transmission Line

A U.S. district judge has dismissed claims by Native American tribes and environmentalists who sought to halt construction along part of a US$10 billion energy transmission line that will carry wind-generated electricity from New Mexico to customers as far away as California.

As Maine regulators try to direct sprawling urban development away from “high-value agricultural soils”, they’re taking heat for singling out solar projects for special restrictions based on nothing more than anecdotal evidence.

Solar ‘Singled Out’ as Maine Moves to Protect Prime Farmland

As Maine regulators try to direct sprawling urban development away from “high-value agricultural soils”, they’re taking heat for singling out solar projects for special restrictions based on nothing more than anecdotal evidence.

A multinational utility in Australia is offering an annual AU$1,000 rebate to ratepayers near its renewable energy projects, which increasingly face delays due to community opposition.

Utility Offers $1,000 Rebate to Neighbours for Australian Wind, Solar Projects

A multinational utility in Australia is offering an annual AU$1,000 rebate to ratepayers near its renewable energy projects, which increasingly face delays due to community opposition.

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Water Supplies Approach ‘Day Zero’ as Drought, Heat Dome Hit Mexico City and Bogotà

In Mexico City, residents are watching their taps go dry for hours a day, and the water that flows often comes out dark brown and smells noxious. In Bogotá, reservoir levels are falling just as fast, and the city government has implemented rotating water shutoffs. It’s all due to heat and drought fuelled by climate change.

With the number of climate-related emergencies expected to worsen in coming years, Canada needs to disaster-proof its hospitals and other life-saving infrastructure, experts say.

Hospitals Need Protection from Growing List of Climate Risks

With the number of climate-related emergencies expected to worsen in coming years, Canada needs to disaster-proof its hospitals and other life-saving infrastructure, experts say.

Migration spurred by climate change has arrived a prominent issue in different parts of the world, as persistent rains in Brazil displace thousands and sea level rising across the globe makes island states uninhabitable.

Migration Arrives as Leading Climate Concern as Cities Face Floods, Drought, Sea Level Rise

Migration spurred by climate change has arrived a prominent issue in different parts of the world, as persistent rains in Brazil displace thousands and sea level rising across the globe makes island states uninhabitable.

The Chicago-based architecture firm that built the world’s tallest structure in Dubai is looking to design skyscrapers that use gravity storage to reduce climate pollution.

Chicago Architects Aim to Turn ‘Super-Tall’ Buildings into Giant Batteries

The Chicago-based architecture firm that built the world’s tallest structure in Dubai is looking to design skyscrapers that use gravity storage to reduce climate pollution.

The question of who should bear the financial risk for pricey carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects has become a stumbling block slowing the technology's adoption in Canada.

CCS Contracts Threaten to Stall as Developers Demand Better Price Guarantees

The question of who should bear the financial risk for pricey carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects has become a stumbling block slowing the technology’s adoption in Canada.

North America’s biggest transit system is out $1 billion per year after New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul suspended New York City’s congestion pricing plan just weeks before it was due to take effect, in what the New York Times calls a “stunning 11th-hour shift”.

‘STUNNING’ BETRAYAL: Transit Loses $1B as New York Suspends Congestion Pricing

North America’s biggest transit system is out $1 billion per year after New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul suspended New York City’s congestion pricing plan just weeks before it was due to take effect, in what the New York Times calls a “stunning 11th-hour shift”.

Clean energy technologies and infrastructure are likely to receive twice as much global investment this year as fossil fuels, but countries still aren’t on track to fund the tripling of renewable energy capacity they agreed to at last year’s COP28 climate summit, the International Energy Agency concludes in a pair of reports issued this week.

Clean Energy Investment to Hit $2T, Countries Still Short of COP28 Target: IEA

Clean energy technologies and infrastructure are likely to receive twice as much global investment this year as fossil fuels, but countries still aren’t on track to fund the tripling of renewable energy capacity they agreed to at last year’s COP28 climate summit, the International Energy Agency concludes in a pair of reports issued this week.

At the halfway point in a climate “make-or-break” decade, global emissions and fossil fuel use must immediately decline to reach net-zero by 2050, allowing more time later for hard-to-decarbonize sectors like aviation, research group BloombergNEF urges in its latest annual energy outlook.

Net-Zero by 2050 Still Within Reach—But It’ll Cost More

At the halfway point in a climate “make-or-break” decade, global emissions and fossil fuel use must immediately decline to reach net-zero by 2050, allowing more time later for hard-to-decarbonize sectors like aviation, research group BloombergNEF urges in its latest annual energy outlook.

A nearly two-week-long fire at a battery energy storage facility in California highlighted the risks associated with emerging battery storage technologies that are central to the clean energy transition.

Battery Storage Fire in California Sparks Widespread Safety Concerns

A nearly two-week-long fire at a battery energy storage facility in California highlighted the risks associated with emerging battery storage technologies that are central to the clean energy transition.

Vancouver has adopted a first-in-Canada bylaw aimed at decarbonizing all its large buildings by 2040.

Vancouver Sets 2040 Decarbonization Deadline for Large Buildings

Vancouver has adopted a first-in-Canada bylaw aimed at decarbonizing all its large buildings by 2040.

Canadian municipalities will need to shift their climate response plans into action and results if they mean to align with the country’s net-zero by 2050 target, a comprehensive survey of local climate plans concludes.

Canadian Cities Build Climate Plans But Lag on Implementation

Canadian municipalities will need to shift their climate response plans into action and results if they mean to align with the country’s net-zero by 2050 target, a comprehensive survey of local climate plans concludes.

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Cities Get $530M in Federal Adaptation Fund

Canadian cities and towns facing an uphill battle to stave off the effects of climate change will share more than half a billion dollars from a new federal adaptation fund, but the money is barely a blip in the bills Canadian municipalities are facing for floods, fires, and other severe weather.

The mayors of three British Columbia communities devastated by flooding in November, 2021 are calling for changes in how the federal government dispenses disaster relief after their applications were denied.

B.C. Municipalities Decry ‘Slap in the Face’ After Ottawa Denies Disaster Recovery Dollars

The mayors of three British Columbia communities devastated by flooding in November, 2021 are calling for changes in how the federal government dispenses disaster relief after their applications were denied.

Grueling insurance hurdles, looming property tax hikes, and a myriad of other financial woes are taking a toll on some Nova Scotia residents a year after wildfires devastated their homes and livelihoods.

Nova Scotia Wildfire Survivors Face Insurance, Property Tax Pains

Grueling insurance hurdles, looming property tax hikes, and a myriad of other financial woes are taking a toll on some Nova Scotia residents a year after wildfires devastated their homes and livelihoods.

Mexico’s new president is a climate scientist who earned a reputation for meticulous attention to detail when she advanced rooftop solar, transit, and bicycle infrastructure as mayor of Mexico City. Now, Claudia Sheinbaum’s pronouncements on the presidential campaign trail suggest a “Frankenstein” energy strategy that promotes gas power plants alongside solar and sustains the influence of state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), while boosting private investment in renewable energy.

Climate Scientist Sheinbaum Wins Mexico Election, Pledges More Renewables and Gas

Mexico’s new president is a climate scientist who earned a reputation for meticulous attention to detail when she advanced rooftop solar, transit, and bicycle infrastructure as mayor of Mexico City. Now, Claudia Sheinbaum’s pronouncements on the presidential campaign trail suggest a “Frankenstein” energy strategy that promotes gas power plants alongside solar and sustains the influence of state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), while boosting private investment in renewable energy.

Hydro-Québec is launching a massive development plan to install 10,000 megawatts of new wind capacity, and shifting its own role from power purchaser to developer to get the series of large projects done by 2035.

Hydro-Québec to Develop Its Own Wind Farms with 10,000-MW Target In View

Hydro-Québec is launching a massive development plan to install 10,000 megawatts of new wind capacity, and shifting its own role from power purchaser to developer to get the series of large projects done by 2035.

A fight over false fossil fuel advertising is playing out on Canada’s city streets, with the ad industry’s self-regulatory body under fire for taking 3½ months to notify a fossil-funded advocacy group that its messaging amounts to greenwashing.

Gas Industry Front Group Keeps Pitching LNG after Standards Body’s Greenwash Ruling Waits 3 Months

A fight over false fossil fuel advertising is playing out on Canada’s city streets, with the ad industry’s self-regulatory body under fire for taking 3½ months to notify a fossil-funded advocacy group that its messaging amounts to greenwashing.

A purchase incentive for electric bicycles was enough motivation for nearly 400 people in Saanich, British Columbia, to reduce their average driving distance by 49 kilometres per week.

Saanich e-Bike Incentive Cuts Driving by ‘Remarkable’ 49 Kilometres Per Week

A purchase incentive for electric bicycles was enough motivation for nearly 400 people in Saanich, British Columbia, to reduce their average driving distance by 49 kilometres per week.

A fleet of 74 new electric school buses in Oakland, the first to serve a major school district in the United States, is expected to deliver a 2.1-gigawatt-hour boost to the power grid in the San Francisco Bay area, enough to power 300 to 400 average U.S. homes.

Electric School Buses Serve Oakland-Area Power Grid as ‘Batteries on Wheels’

A fleet of 74 new electric school buses in Oakland, the first to serve a major school district in the United States, is expected to deliver a 2.1-gigawatt-hour boost to the power grid in the San Francisco Bay area, enough to power 300 to 400 average U.S. homes.

A nine-storey building on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus has been certified as Canada’s largest Passive House Classic structure.

University of Toronto Residence Sets Green Design Benchmark

A nine-storey building on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus has been certified as Canada’s largest Passive House Classic structure.

For more than two weeks, firefighters battled to bring the Parker Lake wildfire threatening Fort Nelson, British Columbia under control. With the fire declared as

Fort Nelson Firefighters Hoist Banner to Welcome Weary Residents Home

For more than two weeks, firefighters battled to bring the Parker Lake wildfire threatening Fort Nelson, British Columbia under control. With the fire declared as “being held” on Monday, some of them found time for another task—hanging a banner from a ladder truck to welcome home returning evacuees.

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Supply Shortages Hit Mackenzie Valley Communities as River Dries Up

Record-low water levels on the Mackenzie River mean that at least two communities in the Northwest Territories will not receive resupply barges this summer, latest evidence that global heating is unravelling supply chains in Northern Canada.

A project that began with the need to cool down the data centre that tech giant Google operates in Hamina, in the south of Finland, is now expanding into a district energy project for the surrounding community.

Google Data Centre to Supply 80% of Local District Heating Needs

A project that began with the need to cool down the data centre that tech giant Google operates in Hamina, in the south of Finland, is now expanding into a district energy project for the surrounding community.

The world’s eight largest fossil fuel companies are set to blow 30% of the world’s limited carbon budget by 2050, while their expansion goals risk pushing global temperatures beyond a 2.4°C rise, Oil Change International concludes in its latest analysis of Big Oil’s climate plans.

Big Oil’s ‘Grossly Insufficient’ Climate Plans Risk Global Devastation: Report

The world’s eight largest fossil fuel companies are set to blow 30% of the world’s limited carbon budget by 2050, while their expansion goals risk pushing global temperatures beyond a 2.4°C rise, Oil Change International concludes in its latest analysis of Big Oil’s climate plans.

A new report commissioned by Canada’s apex oil and gas lobby, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), is stirring up strong reactions after attaching a C$75-billion price tag to the federal cap on oil and gas emissions, using what its own consultant terms a “hypothetical” scenario concocted by CAPP itself. A federal spokesperson said the “non-existent scenario” is “so deeply flawed, it amounts to disinformation.”

Oil and Gas Lobby Raises Alarm Over ‘Non-Existent Scenario’ for Federal Emissions Cap

A new report commissioned by Canada’s apex oil and gas lobby, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), is stirring up strong reactions after attaching a C$75-billion price tag to the federal cap on oil and gas emissions, using what its own consultant terms a “hypothetical” scenario concocted by CAPP itself. A federal spokesperson said the “non-existent scenario” is “so deeply flawed, it amounts to disinformation.”

Ottawa’s revisions to the Impact Assessment Act unnecessarily restrict federal authority to assess climate-polluting projects and their transboundary impacts. A now-retired veteran environmental lawyer proposes four amendments that would help.

‘Stop Running, Turn and Fight’ on Impact Assessment Law, Hazell Urges Ottawa

Ottawa’s revisions to the Impact Assessment Act unnecessarily restrict federal authority to assess climate-polluting projects and their transboundary impacts. A now-retired veteran environmental lawyer proposes four amendments that would help.

Curbing the rate of return on utility investments will help accelerate the U.S. energy transition, authors Ryan Foelske and Joe Daniel write for Climate & Capital Media.

U.S. Utility Customers Overpay by Billions, Hindering Shift Off Carbon

Curbing the rate of return on utility investments will help accelerate the U.S. energy transition, authors Ryan Foelske and Joe Daniel write for Climate & Capital Media.

Long-term electric vehicle owners are beginning to realize that their batteries are outliving the cars, while surveys show that seeing is believing as newer buyers move past their initial anxiety with EVs, automotive journalist Krystyna Lagowski writes for the Globe and Mail.

EV Batteries Outlive the Cars as Degradation Concerns Evaporate

Long-term electric vehicle owners are beginning to realize that their batteries are outliving the cars, while surveys show that seeing is believing as newer buyers move past their initial anxiety with EVs, automotive journalist Krystyna Lagowski writes for the Globe and Mail.

Ambitious green policies can succeed at the ballot box, says London mayor Sadiq Khan, who recently won a third term despite expanding his pollution-charge scheme to more drivers in the UK capital.

‘Don’t Back Down, Double Down’: London Mayor Urges Cities to Strengthen Green Policies

Ambitious green policies can succeed at the ballot box, says London mayor Sadiq Khan, who recently won a third term despite expanding his pollution-charge scheme to more drivers in the UK capital.

U.S. federal energy regulators last week approved a long-awaited rule to make it easier to transmit renewable energy such as wind and solar power to the electricity grid—a key part of President Joe Biden’s go al to eliminate carbon emissions economy-wide by 2050.

Regulator Eases Process for Connecting Renewables to U.S. Grid

U.S. federal energy regulators last week approved a long-awaited rule to make it easier to transmit renewable energy such as wind and solar power to the electricity grid—a key part of President Joe Biden’s go al to eliminate carbon emissions economy-wide by 2050.

Climate change is treated as an underlying cause and a cross-cutting theme but not as a stand-alone threat in a sobering new assessment of the short- and medium-term disruption risks Canada faces, released last month by a federal agency that literally has a focus on the future baked into its name.

Misinformation, Ecosystem Collapse Headline New Assessment of Canada’s Disruption Risks

Climate change is treated as an underlying cause and a cross-cutting theme but not as a stand-alone threat in a sobering new assessment of the short- and medium-term disruption risks Canada faces, released last month by a federal agency that literally has a focus on the future baked into its name.

A wind farm in southwest Iowa suffered a direct hit from a powerful tornado that crumpled five of the massive, power-producing towers, including one that burst into flames. But experts say such incidents are rare.

Direct Hit from Tornado Rips Down Iowa Wind Turbines

A wind farm in southwest Iowa suffered a direct hit from a powerful tornado that crumpled five of the massive, power-producing towers, including one that burst into flames. But experts say such incidents are rare.

Texas is scrambling to build renewables to meet demand and stabilize power prices in the far western part of the state, with grid load expected to double by 2040 as oil and gas companies electrify operations and the crypto mining sector expands, finds a new report.

Oil and Gas, Crypto Buildout Drive Critical Demand for Power on Texas Grid

Texas is scrambling to build renewables to meet demand and stabilize power prices in the far western part of the state, with grid load expected to double by 2040 as oil and gas companies electrify operations and the crypto mining sector expands, finds a new report.

The mayor of the regional municipality that includes the evacuated community of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, says he's optimistic crews have

‘Hot Spots Still Burn Deep’ as Fort Nelson Prepares to Bring Evacuees Home

The mayor of the regional municipality that includes the evacuated community of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, says he’s optimistic crews have “a very good handle” on the wildfire burning outside town and plans are under way for residents to return.

Toronto-based Intact Financial has launched a pilot project to help its property insurance customers in Alberta and British Columbia protect themselves from risk and damage when a wildfire is less than five kilometres of their home.

Pilot Project in Alberta, B.C. Helps Homeowners Prepare as Wildfires Approach

Toronto-based Intact Financial has launched a pilot project to help its property insurance customers in Alberta and British Columbia protect themselves from risk and damage when a wildfire is less than five kilometres of their home.

Burnaby, British Columbia has become the biggest city in the province to pledge $1 per resident for a class action lawsuit to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for climate change impacts.

Burnaby Commits $1 Per Resident to Sue Big Oil, With Conditions

Burnaby, British Columbia has become the biggest city in the province to pledge $1 per resident for a class action lawsuit to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for climate change impacts.

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CO2 Skyrockets, Big Emitters ‘May Retain or Expand’ Fossil Fuels, Studies Show

As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels surge at unprecedented rates, a study suggests some countries may ramp up fossil fuel production by 2050, banking on unproven carbon removal plans and risking net-zero failure.

As scientists track a “very abnormal and unprecedented” rate of sea level rise around the Gulf of Mexico, coastal communities in Canada are reacting to the threat of their own rising tides.

Coastal Communities in Canada Brace for Rapidly Rising Seas

As scientists track a “very abnormal and unprecedented” rate of sea level rise around the Gulf of Mexico, coastal communities in Canada are reacting to the threat of their own rising tides.

A private member’s bill released May 16 by NDP climate and energy critic Peter Tabuns lays out a sweeping strategy to strengthen Ontario’s response to climate change impacts, even though its proponents admit it has little hope of being passed by the sitting government whose failure to act gave rise to the bill.

Ontario NDP Unveils Climate Adaptation Bill, Admits It Has Scant Hope of Passing

A private member’s bill released May 16 by NDP climate and energy critic Peter Tabuns lays out a sweeping strategy to strengthen Ontario’s response to climate change impacts, even though its proponents admit it has little hope of being passed by the sitting government whose failure to act gave rise to the bill.

A global conference on Prince Edward Island next week will dig into the unique issues and opportunities facing islands—from counties to full-fledged countries—as they grapple with the impacts of climate change and how to finance and improve local energy systems.

PEI Summit Digs Into Tough Challenges, Unique Strategies as Islands Confront Climate Change

A global conference on Prince Edward Island next week will dig into the unique issues and opportunities facing islands—from counties to full-fledged countries—as they grapple with the impacts of climate change and how to finance and improve local energy systems.

The greatest barrier to new energy sources isn’t intermittency. It’s short-termism, and utilities are among the biggest sources, writes Brown University student and Sunrise Movement volunteer Eva Kappas, in a post for Climate & Capital Media.

Decarbonizing Energy Depends on Repairing, Expanding the Grid

The greatest barrier to new energy sources isn’t intermittency. It’s short-termism, and utilities are among the biggest sources, writes Brown University student and Sunrise Movement volunteer Eva Kappas, in a post for Climate & Capital Media.

California is using giant batteries to deploy solar energy even after sunset, boosting grid stability and evening out demand spikes while reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

Solar+Storage Helps Displace Gas On California Grid

California is using giant batteries to deploy solar energy even after sunset, boosting grid stability and evening out demand spikes while reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

Premier Doug Ford and the chief of the Aroland First Nation are laying out differing timelines for tapping into the mineral-rich “Ring of Fire” in traditional First Nations lands.

First Nation Chief Counters Ontario Premier’s Ring of Fire Timeline

Premier Doug Ford and the chief of the Aroland First Nation are laying out differing timelines for tapping into the mineral-rich “Ring of Fire” in traditional First Nations lands.

Vermont is one signature away from charging Big Oil for climate change through superfund legislation, a strategy meant to dodge the “roadblocks” that have impeded other attempts.

Vermont Poised To Make Major Polluters Pay For Climate Damage

Vermont is one signature away from charging Big Oil for climate change through superfund legislation, a strategy meant to dodge the “roadblocks” that have impeded other attempts.

A citizens’ committee appointed by the City of Edmonton is calling on Mayor Amarjeet Sohi and municipal councillors to reject hydrogen as a clean energy option for all but the most difficult sectors to decarbonize.

Ditch Hydrogen as ‘Poor Decarbonization Tool’, Citizens’ Committee Urges Edmonton

A citizens’ committee appointed by the City of Edmonton is calling on Mayor Amarjeet Sohi and municipal councillors to reject hydrogen as a clean energy option for all but the most difficult sectors to decarbonize.

Canada’s electricity system needs to centre Indigenous communities as it transforms to address climate change, says a First Nations non-profit that is spearheading efforts to remove the regulatory, political, and economic barriers to Indigenous-led energy development.

Indigenous Coalition Sees Gain in Canada’s Drive to Electrify

Canada’s electricity system needs to centre Indigenous communities as it transforms to address climate change, says a First Nations non-profit that is spearheading efforts to remove the regulatory, political, and economic barriers to Indigenous-led energy development.

Decarbonization is running “faster and cheaper” than some of its earliest proponents ever imagined it would, and Canada should be able to manage the resulting business risks it faces by diversifying its economy, one of the world’s leading energy transition specialists told the Globe and Mail in an interview published Monday.

Decarbonization Running ‘Faster and Deeper’ than Expected, Transition Expert Says

Decarbonization is running “faster and cheaper” than some of its earliest proponents ever imagined it would, and Canada should be able to manage the resulting business risks it faces by diversifying its economy, one of the world’s leading energy transition specialists told the Globe and Mail in an interview published Monday.

Multiple homes on the outskirts of Fort Nelson, British Columbia have been damaged or destroyed and several neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray, Alberta have been evacuated as wildland firefighters confront two out-of-control blazes in each of the communities.

UPDATE: Homes Lost Outside Fort Nelson, Evacuations in Fort McMurray as Wildfires Rage

Multiple homes on the outskirts of Fort Nelson, British Columbia have been damaged or destroyed and several neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray, Alberta have been evacuated as wildland firefighters confront two out-of-control blazes in each of the communities.

A well-informed public will support spending on dams, sewers and other basic infrastructure and hold representatives accountable for neglect, finds a new study, revealing a link between strong local journalism and climate resilient communities.

Strong Local Reporting Boosts Public Support For Infrastructure Spending: Study

A well-informed public will support spending on dams, sewers and other basic infrastructure and hold representatives accountable for neglect, finds a new study, revealing a link between strong local journalism and climate resilient communities.

An unswerving commitment to equity, a sharp focus on quality jobs, and much more cross-sector collaboration will be needed to ensure the energy transition is both rapid and just, concludes a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute. 

Urban Institute Urges Good, Green Jobs through Equity Lens

An unswerving commitment to equity, a sharp focus on quality jobs, and much more cross-sector collaboration will be needed to ensure the energy transition is both rapid and just, concludes a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute. 

Canada faces an investment gap of more than C$600 billion to complete the shift to a zero-carbon road transportation system by 2050, but the effort will more than pay for itself, a new analysis shows.

$600B Investment Gap Separates Canada from a Zero-Carbon Road System

Canada faces an investment gap of more than C$600 billion to complete the shift to a zero-carbon road transportation system by 2050, but the effort will more than pay for itself, a new analysis shows.

A new design for electric vehicle charging stations harnesses the power and existing grid connections of street lights, offering a seamless, cost-effective charging solution for drivers who park on the street.

Curbside Charging Design Integrates EV Stations with Street Lights

A new design for electric vehicle charging stations harnesses the power and existing grid connections of street lights, offering a seamless, cost-effective charging solution for drivers who park on the street.

Solar and wind energy grew quickly enough in 2023 to push renewables up to 30% of global electricity supply and begin pushing fossil fuels off the power grid, the Ember climate consultancy concludes in a report released May 8.

‘Turning Point in Energy History’ as Solar, Wind Start Pushing Fossil Fuels Off the Grid

Solar and wind energy grew quickly enough in 2023 to push renewables up to 30% of global electricity supply and begin pushing fossil fuels off the power grid, the Ember climate consultancy concludes in a report released May 8.

As humanity faces a critical window to curb global warming, climate advocates turn their attention to methane, a greenhouse gas that has 84 times the impact of carbon dioxide over 20 years and contributes up to 30% of the rise in global temperatures.

Map of The Month: Landfill Emissions Tool Offers Methane Mitigation Strategies

As humanity faces a critical window to curb global warming, climate advocates turn their attention to methane, a greenhouse gas that has 84 times the impact of carbon dioxide over 20 years and contributes up to 30% of the rise in global temperatures.

Ontario has fallen short in its bid to buy 1,500 megawatts of new gas-fired electricity, but says it still has enough new battery storage and gas capacity on order to avert a looming provincial power shortage.

UPDATE: Ontario Misses Target in Push for 1,500 MW of New Gas, Still Secures Its Grid

Ontario has fallen short in its bid to buy 1,500 megawatts of new gas-fired electricity, but says it still has enough new battery storage and gas capacity on order to avert a looming provincial power shortage.

The investigative news reports have aired. The evidence is in. And Canada need better regulation, not richer subsidies, if it hopes to avoid the UK’s mistakes with bioenergy.

Canada Urged to Boost Regulation, Not Subsidies to Avoid UK’s Bioenergy Blunder

The investigative news reports have aired. The evidence is in. And Canada need better regulation, not richer subsidies, if it hopes to avoid the UK’s mistakes with bioenergy.

In sweltering Brazil, flooding killed dozens of people, and paralyzed a city of about four million people, taking out five of its six water treatment plants. Voters and politicians in India, amid national elections, are fainting in heat that hit as high as 115°F/46.3°C.

Climate Disasters Set 2024 On Course for ‘Record Year of Human Suffering’

In sweltering Brazil, flooding killed dozens of people, and paralyzed a city of about four million people, taking out five of its six water treatment plants. Voters and politicians in India, amid national elections, are fainting in heat that hit as high as 115°F/46.3°C.

Ontario's electricity system operator has secured new power supply from 10 battery storage facilities and three natural gas and biogas facilities, which should meet the province's needs until the 2030s.

Ontario Completes Procurement for 1,784 MW of Battery Storage, 411 MW of Gas

Ontario’s electricity system operator has secured new power supply from 10 battery storage facilities and three natural gas and biogas facilities, which should meet the province’s needs until the 2030s.

New York is expediting its bidding timeline for offshore wind contracts after three from the previous round fell through over turbine parts issues.

New York Steps Up Offshore Wind Bids After Major Setbacks

New York is expediting its bidding timeline for offshore wind contracts after three from the previous round fell through over turbine parts issues.

Cash-strapped households in the United States and Scotland will see their energy bills drop in the next few years thanks to two large undertakings for small solar.

Local Solar Lowers Energy Bills, Boosts Equity in the U.S., Scotland

Cash-strapped households in the United States and Scotland will see their energy bills drop in the next few years thanks to two large undertakings for small solar.

The rising trend of converting Ottawa’s underused office buildings to apartments could aid the city with its housing and climate goals, say experts, but only if both energy efficiency and affordability are prioritized—a delicate balance in this type of renovation.

Ottawa’s Office Conversions Aim to Tackle Housing and Climate, But Challenges Loom

The rising trend of converting Ottawa’s underused office buildings to apartments could aid the city with its housing and climate goals, say experts, but only if both energy efficiency and affordability are prioritized—a delicate balance in this type of renovation.

Upgrading buildings with deep retrofits is a “clear pathway” to meet Canada’s climate and affordability goals while increasing household resilience to extreme weather, finds new analysis from the Pembina Institute.

Deep Retrofit Challenge Reduces Energy Use by 58 to 93%

Upgrading buildings with deep retrofits is a “clear pathway” to meet Canada’s climate and affordability goals while increasing household resilience to extreme weather, finds new analysis from the Pembina Institute.

As widespread drought raises expectations for a repeat of last year’s ferocious wildfire season, response teams across Canada are grappling with the rapidly changing face of fire in a warming climate.

Drought Fuels Wildfire Concerns as Canada Braces for Another Intense Summer

As widespread drought raises expectations for a repeat of last year’s ferocious wildfire season, response teams across Canada are grappling with the rapidly changing face of fire in a warming climate.

As re-elected London mayor Sadiq Khan vows to make the United Kingdom capital a global climate leader, a strong showing by Greens and Labour politicians suggest most Londoners are onboard.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan Re-elected Amid Public Support for Strong Climate Policy

As re-elected London mayor Sadiq Khan vows to make the United Kingdom capital a global climate leader, a strong showing by Greens and Labour politicians suggest most Londoners are onboard.

The UN labour organization is warning that over 70% of the world's work force is likely to be exposed to excessive heat during their careers, citing increased concern about exposure to sunlight.

Excess Heat Becomes Bigger Workplace Hazard as Climate Warms

The UN labour organization is warning that over 70% of the world’s work force is likely to be exposed to excessive heat during their careers, citing increased concern about exposure to sunlight.

Volkswagen Canada is doubling down on the technology known as the “battery of the future” for electric vehicles, with an announcement that it eventually hopes to manufacture solid-state batteries at its new gigafactory in St. Thomas, Ontario, the Financial Post reported late last month.

VW Plans to Build Solid-State Batteries at St. Thomas, Ontario Gigafactory

Volkswagen Canada is doubling down on the technology known as the “battery of the future” for electric vehicles, with an announcement that it eventually hopes to manufacture solid-state batteries at its new gigafactory in St. Thomas, Ontario, the Financial Post reported late last month.

Canada’s sputtering carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry sustained two serious setbacks in less than 48 hours this week, with one major project cancelled and a second subject to scathing criticism from independent analysts.

One CCS Project Cancelled, Another One Failing as Industry Navigates Very Bad Week

Canada’s sputtering carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry sustained two serious setbacks in less than 48 hours this week, with one major project cancelled and a second subject to scathing criticism from independent analysts.

TransAlta Corporation has cancelled a wind farm in southern Alberta and put three other projects worth an estimated C$500 million on hold, citing recent changes in the province’s grid regulations and uncertainty about further shifts on the near horizon.

Alberta Power Producer Cancels Wind Farm, Shelves 3 Other Projects as ‘Pristine Viewscapes’ Ruling Bites

TransAlta Corporation has cancelled a wind farm in southern Alberta and put three other projects worth an estimated C$500 million on hold, citing recent changes in the province’s grid regulations and uncertainty about further shifts on the near horizon.

Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued to inch up in 2022 from mid-pandemic lows, but still showed a 25-year drop after excluding the COVID-19 crash, indicating that climate policies at least somewhat “bent the curve” on climate pollution, according to data released May 2 in the country’s latest National Inventory Report (NIR).

Oil and Gas Still Dominates, Canadian Emissions Inch Up from Pandemic Low

Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued to inch up in 2022 from mid-pandemic lows, but still showed a 25-year drop after excluding the COVID-19 crash, indicating that climate policies at least somewhat “bent the curve” on climate pollution, according to data released May 2 in the country’s latest National Inventory Report (NIR).

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Ottawa Cedes Authority Over GHG Emissions in Impact Assessment Act Amendments

Environmental groups say the Liberal government is giving up its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through proposed amendments to the federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA).

Hydro-Québec and the Mohawks of Kahnawà:ke have signed an historic, 40-year co-ownership agreement for a new transmission line to export electricity from Montreal’s South Shore to New York City.

Hydro-Québec, Mohawks of Kahnawà:ke Sign Co-Ownership Deal for NYC Power Line

Hydro-Québec and the Mohawks of Kahnawà:ke have signed an historic, 40-year co-ownership agreement for a new transmission line to export electricity from Montreal’s South Shore to New York City.

For the first time in eight years, Canada imported more electricity from the United States than it exported, as prolonged dry conditions reduced hydroelectric power generation.

Canada Imports More Power Than It Exports as Drought Hits Hydropower

For the first time in eight years, Canada imported more electricity from the United States than it exported, as prolonged dry conditions reduced hydroelectric power generation.

The United States has experienced 74% more storm-related power outages in the last 10 years than the decade before, as extreme weather increasingly strains electrical infrastructure.

Storms Trigger 80% of U.S. Power Outages Over 20 Years, Study Finds

The United States has experienced 74% more storm-related power outages in the last 10 years than the decade before, as extreme weather increasingly strains electrical infrastructure.

Another 40% drop in the cost of battery storage through 2030 is set to speed the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but global storage deployment will have to increase six-fold this decade to meet the decarbonization targets set at the COP28 climate summit, the International Energy Agency reports.

‘Changing the Game Before Our Eyes’: Battery Storage Surges, But More Needed to Hit 2030 Targets, IEA Reports

Another 40% drop in the cost of battery storage through 2030 is set to speed the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but global storage deployment will have to increase six-fold this decade to meet the decarbonization targets set at the COP28 climate summit, the International Energy Agency reports.

Plug-in-hybrid and electric vehicle drivers in and around Toronto can save up to 70% on car charging— equalling several hundred dollars a year—by enrolling in a new pilot that shifts their charging to cheaper, off-peak times while supporting a more reliable grid.

Toronto Pilot Aims to Lower EV Charging Costs, Optimize Grid

Plug-in-hybrid and electric vehicle drivers in and around Toronto can save up to 70% on car charging— equalling several hundred dollars a year—by enrolling in a new pilot that shifts their charging to cheaper, off-peak times while supporting a more reliable grid.

The Ulkatcho First Nation of Anahim Lake in British Columbia, currently completely reliant on diesel for electricity, is set to change that by building Canada’s largest off-grid solar farm.

First Nation Expects New Solar Project to Slash Diesel Use 70%

The Ulkatcho First Nation of Anahim Lake in British Columbia, currently completely reliant on diesel for electricity, is set to change that by building Canada’s largest off-grid solar farm.

As international negotiations wound up in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the United Nations declared progress and expert observers blamed an army of aggressive industry lobbyists for

Lobbyists Win, UN Spins as Plastics Talks Reach ‘Weak Compromise’

As international negotiations wound up in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the United Nations declared progress and expert observers blamed an army of aggressive industry lobbyists for “weak compromise” on an agreement to tackle plastics pollution, to one degree or another.

As the Canadian government pushes public servants back to their offices three days a week, and more businesses try to bring their office staff back onsite, analysis in the United States indicates that the climate benefits of scaling back the morning commute are at risk.

Return-to-Office Mandates Jeopardize Climate Gains from Remote Work

As the Canadian government pushes public servants back to their offices three days a week, and more businesses try to bring their office staff back onsite, analysis in the United States indicates that the climate benefits of scaling back the morning commute are at risk.

The disastrous collision that collapsed the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore could exhaust the U.S. government’s emergency relief fund for highway infrastructure, and is shining a light on the hazards of running huge container ships through small municipal channels in an era of “hyper-globalization”.

Baltimore Bridge Collision Could Wipe Out U.S. Highway Fund, Highlights Risks of Huge Container Ships

The disastrous collision that collapsed the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore could exhaust the U.S. government’s emergency relief fund for highway infrastructure, and is shining a light on the hazards of running huge container ships through small municipal channels in an era of “hyper-globalization”.

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‘Silent Killer’: Canadian Cities Scramble to Prevent Heat-Related Deaths

As Canadians accustomed to layering up and buckling down for the winter now confront the challenge of lethal heatwaves, how are municipalities readying their residents and infrastructure for this “silent killer?”

Canadian banks that refuse to identify the carbon rebate by name when doing direct deposits are forcing the government to change the law to make them do it, says Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Ottawa to Force Banks to Name the Carbon Rebate on Direct Deposit Statements

Canadian banks that refuse to identify the carbon rebate by name when doing direct deposits are forcing the government to change the law to make them do it, says Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co. will invest C$15 billion in four new electric vehicle assembly and battery manufacturing plants in Ontario, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday.

Honda Announces $15B Investment in Four Ontario EV Plants

Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co. will invest C$15 billion in four new electric vehicle assembly and battery manufacturing plants in Ontario, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday.

Renewable energy companies in Canada are feeling the pinch of higher interest rates, which a new report says could make the net-zero transition more costly and difficult.

High Interest Rates Could Impede Energy Transition: WoodMac

Renewable energy companies in Canada are feeling the pinch of higher interest rates, which a new report says could make the net-zero transition more costly and difficult.

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Stop Building Infrastructure for Yesterday’s Climate, Climate Institute Urges

Spring used to be the best time of year, but now it ushers in an extended season of anxiety, as many of the most serious impacts from climate change occur in Canada in the spring and summer months: floods, wildfires, and heat waves, followed by a stormy fall, writes the Canadian Climate Institute’s Ryan Ness.

New rules from California’s utilities regulator will finally allow distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar and battery projects to help balance the state grid.

California Allows Solar, Battery Projects to Help Balance Grid

New rules from California’s utilities regulator will finally allow distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar and battery projects to help balance the state grid.

A Canadian non-profit with a record for going deep on deep energy retrofits has launched a “right size” heat pump training program designed to maximize energy and emissions savings.

‘Right-Size’ Heat Pump Training Aims To Boost Efficiency Gains

A Canadian non-profit with a record for going deep on deep energy retrofits has launched a “right size” heat pump training program designed to maximize energy and emissions savings.

Hydro-Québec is seeking bids for 300 megawatts of small solar energy projects to integrate into its grid as the giant utility explores how solar can help meet the province’s growing electricity needs.

Quebec Explores ‘Game-Changer’ Urban Solar with Call for Small, Local Projects

Hydro-Québec is seeking bids for 300 megawatts of small solar energy projects to integrate into its grid as the giant utility explores how solar can help meet the province’s growing electricity needs.

Giving workers the option to trade free parking for hard cash will reduce traffic congestion and deliver healthier air and happier people, says an urban planning expert at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ease Congestion with Cash-for-Parking Swap, Urban Planner Advises

Giving workers the option to trade free parking for hard cash will reduce traffic congestion and deliver healthier air and happier people, says an urban planning expert at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Legendary United Kingdom real estate developer Grosvenor is taking a “reductions-first” approach to slashing its portfolio’s emissions toward net-zero—and reserving carbon credits as a last-ditch option.

Big UK Developer Unveils Net-Zero Path for North American Real Estate

Legendary United Kingdom real estate developer Grosvenor is taking a “reductions-first” approach to slashing its portfolio’s emissions toward net-zero—and reserving carbon credits as a last-ditch option.

The pension contributions of millions of Canadians are propping up a California gas company that stands to own 40% of the state’s idle oil wells, even as stricter state regulation on well cleanup and a new court ruling bring to light the financial perils linked with such investments, The Energy Mix has learned.

EXCLUSIVE: Canadian Pension Fund Piles on Risk as California Cracks Down on Idle Oil Wells

The pension contributions of millions of Canadians are propping up a California gas company that stands to own 40% of the state’s idle oil wells, even as stricter state regulation on well cleanup and a new court ruling bring to light the financial perils linked with such investments, The Energy Mix has learned.

New gas peaker plants can actually produce more climate pollution than older units that are used less frequently, concludes a U.S. study that looked at battery energy storage systems (BESS) as a cheap, clean alternative to fossil fuels on the power grid.

New Gas Peaker Plants Can Produce More Emissions than Older, Less Efficient Units: Study

New gas peaker plants can actually produce more climate pollution than older units that are used less frequently, concludes a U.S. study that looked at battery energy storage systems (BESS) as a cheap, clean alternative to fossil fuels on the power grid.

How can growing Canadian cities shrug off their aging, restrictive zoning bylaws to build vibrant, healthy, unsegregated communities while limiting sprawl? Experts say Edmonton has the answer.

Public Engagement, ‘Tipping Points’ Drove Edmonton’s Landmark Zoning Overhaul

How can growing Canadian cities shrug off their aging, restrictive zoning bylaws to build vibrant, healthy, unsegregated communities while limiting sprawl? Experts say Edmonton has the answer.

While considering whether to formally declare a climate emergency, the Joe Biden administration in the United States has rolled out several climate-focused measures that appeal to his liberal and younger supporters, but a recent poll suggests few Americans are aware of his actions.

Biden’s Climate Push Faces Low Public Profile Ahead of U.S. Elections

While considering whether to formally declare a climate emergency, the Joe Biden administration in the United States has rolled out several climate-focused measures that appeal to his liberal and younger supporters, but a recent poll suggests few Americans are aware of his actions.

A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing and “gentle” urban density, a new tax credit for electric vehicle supply chains, and new details on Ottawa’s investment tax credits for clean electricity, technology, and hydrogen are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

EV Tax Credit in Federal Budget Fuels Speculation on New Investment

A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing and “gentle” urban density, a new tax credit for electric vehicle supply chains, and new details on Ottawa’s investment tax credits for clean electricity, technology, and hydrogen are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

One more southern Ontario municipality is offering conditional support for TC Energy’s proposal to build Canada’s biggest energy storage project to date on the Georgian Bay, while other local towns and groups continue to oppose it.

Owen Sound Conditionally Supports Controversial Pumped Storage Project

One more southern Ontario municipality is offering conditional support for TC Energy’s proposal to build Canada’s biggest energy storage project to date on the Georgian Bay, while other local towns and groups continue to oppose it.

An initial assessment of Nova Scotia’s offshore wind potential says an operating wind farm off the province’s coast is still seven to 10 years out.

Nova Scotia Offshore Wind Development 7-10 Years Away, Committee Finds

An initial assessment of Nova Scotia’s offshore wind potential says an operating wind farm off the province’s coast is still seven to 10 years out.

A wildfire in west-central Alberta that was sparked by a gas pipeline rupture is under control, but an investigation into what caused the pipeline to break could take months or even years.

Gas Pipeline Rupture Sparks 10-Hectare Wildfire Near Edson, Alberta

A wildfire in west-central Alberta that was sparked by a gas pipeline rupture is under control, but an investigation into what caused the pipeline to break could take months or even years.

Ningde, China-based battery manufacturing giant CATL was busy with two major announcements in the first half of April—a new electric vehicle battery pack with a 1.5-million-kilometre, 15-year warranty, and a long-duration stationary battery meant to deliver zero degradation over five years.

China’s CATL Unveils 1.5M-km EV Battery, Long-Duration Storage Unit

Ningde, China-based battery manufacturing giant CATL was busy with two major announcements in the first half of April—a new electric vehicle battery pack with a 1.5-million-kilometre, 15-year warranty, and a long-duration stationary battery meant to deliver zero degradation over five years.

British Columbia says it doesn’t know where its groundwater is going as global heating and looming drought expose cracks in the way the province manages an increasingly scarce resource.

B.C. Lags on Tracking Groundwater ‘Treasure’ as Temperatures Rise, Drought Looms

British Columbia says it doesn’t know where its groundwater is going as global heating and looming drought expose cracks in the way the province manages an increasingly scarce resource.

A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing, a series of measures to support “gentle” urban density, and a clawback in the government’s spectacularly successful Greener Homes retrofit program are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

More ‘Gentle’ Density, Fewer Energy Retrofits as Federal Budget Homes In on Housing

A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing, a series of measures to support “gentle” urban density, and a clawback in the government’s spectacularly successful Greener Homes retrofit program are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

The Ontario government may be keen to get shovels in the ground after this week’s agreement to proceed with the controversial Highway 413 megaproject. But opponents say the federal government must still keep an eye on the project’s environmental impacts and eventually re-designate it for review under a revamped Impact Assessment Act (IAA).

Don’t Abandon Regulatory Authority Over Highway 413, Project Opponents Urge Ottawa  

The Ontario government may be keen to get shovels in the ground after this week’s agreement to proceed with the controversial Highway 413 megaproject. But opponents say the federal government must still keep an eye on the project’s environmental impacts and eventually re-designate it for review under a revamped Impact Assessment Act (IAA).

For the 80% of major Canadian cities in flood zones—unprepared and uninsured for billions in annual flood damage losses—a new 50-question self-assessment tool can help determine the risks of rainfall, river, or coastal flooding to aid action that limits the hazards.

New Assessment Tool Helps Cities Prepare for Flood Hazards

For the 80% of major Canadian cities in flood zones—unprepared and uninsured for billions in annual flood damage losses—a new 50-question self-assessment tool can help determine the risks of rainfall, river, or coastal flooding to aid action that limits the hazards.

Clearing the infrastructure gap in First Nations communities will cost C$349 billion by 2030, and the total tab will exceed $500 billion by 2040 if the federal government doesn’t take action, the Assembly of First Nations warned last week.

First Nations Report $349B Infrastructure Gap While OECD Calls for Trillions Worldwide

Clearing the infrastructure gap in First Nations communities will cost C$349 billion by 2030, and the total tab will exceed $500 billion by 2040 if the federal government doesn’t take action, the Assembly of First Nations warned last week.

Climate change will reduce future global income by about US$38 trillion per year by 2049 compared to a fictional world that's not warming, with the poorest areas and those least responsible for heating the atmosphere taking the biggest monetary hit, a new study said.

Study Projects $38T Annual Cost of Climate Change as ‘Rain Bomb’ Submerges Dubai

Climate change will reduce future global income by about US$38 trillion per year by 2049 compared to a fictional world that’s not warming, with the poorest areas and those least responsible for heating the atmosphere taking the biggest monetary hit, a new study said.

What’s the key to fighting climate change and gentrification at the same time? Build affordable housing next to transit, one Chicago neighbourhood says.

Transit-Oriented Development Must Support Affordable Housing, Chicago Groups Say

What’s the key to fighting climate change and gentrification at the same time? Build affordable housing next to transit, one Chicago neighbourhood says.

Today’s federal budget will include a multi-billion-dollar plan to “solve the housing crisis” by delivering 3.87 million new homes by 2031, but reduce total funding for energy retrofits compared to the former Canada Greener Homes grant program.

Ottawa Pledges Billions for New Housing, Claws Back Funds for Energy Retrofits

Today’s federal budget will include a multi-billion-dollar plan to “solve the housing crisis” by delivering 3.87 million new homes by 2031, but reduce total funding for energy retrofits compared to the former Canada Greener Homes grant program.

Ontario has struck a deal with the federal government to proceed with the province’s Highway 413 project while working together to mitigate the effects on species at risk.

Highway 413 Megaproject to Begin as Ontario, Federal Government Reach Deal

Ontario has struck a deal with the federal government to proceed with the province’s Highway 413 project while working together to mitigate the effects on species at risk.

While Canadians are divided on many issues, there is significant common ground to mobilize voters to support climate action. A deeper dive into the regional data reveals a more nuanced picture of climate support in different parts of the country, EcoAnalytics reports.

Regional Data Reveal Differences in Climate Support

While Canadians are divided on many issues, there is significant common ground to mobilize voters to support climate action. A deeper dive into the regional data reveals a more nuanced picture of climate support in different parts of the country, EcoAnalytics reports.

The overwhelming majority of Canadians want new standards to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas and support better monitoring to keep producers accountable, according to survey results released last week by the Pembina Institute.

89% of Canadians Back Tougher Methane Regulations, International Survey Shows

The overwhelming majority of Canadians want new standards to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas and support better monitoring to keep producers accountable, according to survey results released last week by the Pembina Institute.

Ontario has issued a call for innovative projects that will help the grid adapt to electric vehicles and thermal storage technologies, with a plan to invest at least C$9.5 million this year in winning proposals.

Ontario Offers $9.5M for Grid Innovation

Ontario has issued a call for innovative projects that will help the grid adapt to electric vehicles and thermal storage technologies, with a plan to invest at least C$9.5 million this year in winning proposals.

Independent analysts pointed to sudden shutdowns at several coal and gas plants and called for more flexible grid planning, while Premier Danielle Smith immediately blamed renewables, after about 60,000 households in Alberta temporarily lost power in rolling blackouts across much of the province Friday.

Rotating Brownouts in Alberta Highlight Need for More Flexible Grid

Independent analysts pointed to sudden shutdowns at several coal and gas plants and called for more flexible grid planning, while Premier Danielle Smith immediately blamed renewables, after about 60,000 households in Alberta temporarily lost power in rolling blackouts across much of the province Friday.

The inaugural Climate Dollars report by Corporate Knights shows a 30% shortfall between what the Canadian government has committed to spending on climate and what it actually invested over the last decade.

Canadian Government Climate Spending Falls 30% Short of Promises

The inaugural Climate Dollars report by Corporate Knights shows a 30% shortfall between what the Canadian government has committed to spending on climate and what it actually invested over the last decade.

To make south Louisiana’s oil and gas infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather, Entergy Louisiana wants to build a US$441-million floating natural gas power plant as the land around it continues to vanish from a combination of sinking and sea level rise.

‘Loop of Irony’ Has Louisiana Utility Planning Floating Gas Plant as Sea Levels Rise

To make south Louisiana’s oil and gas infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather, Entergy Louisiana wants to build a US$441-million floating natural gas power plant as the land around it continues to vanish from a combination of sinking and sea level rise.

The future of North America’s first solar heating community in Okotoks, Alberta, remains in question as its directors grapple with aging technology and cost concerns, pledging full transparency with concerned homeowners.

Pilot Solar Community in Alberta Fears Potential Shift to Gas Heating

The future of North America’s first solar heating community in Okotoks, Alberta, remains in question as its directors grapple with aging technology and cost concerns, pledging full transparency with concerned homeowners.

Persistent drought and months of above-average temperatures have raised the risk of a repeat of last year's record-breaking wildfires, prompting federal ministers to wave a red warning flag about the desperate need to address climate change.

‘More Explosive’ Wildfire Season to Start Sooner, End Later, Ottawa Warns

Persistent drought and months of above-average temperatures have raised the risk of a repeat of last year’s record-breaking wildfires, prompting federal ministers to wave a red warning flag about the desperate need to address climate change.

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B.C. Farmers Get $80M Irrigation Boost Amid Severe Drought

As farmers in British Columbia face yet another season of drought and extreme heat, the province has stepped up with C$80 million to help with water management and irrigation.

With conventional construction norms and codes set to produce a 376% overshoot of Canada’s climate commitments if the country meets its housing targets, experts are calling for a systemic shift to best-in-class design of multi-unit buildings, better material use, and “doubling circularity.”

Housing Plan Will Overshoot Canada’s Climate Targets Without Circular Approach, Experts Warn

With conventional construction norms and codes set to produce a 376% overshoot of Canada’s climate commitments if the country meets its housing targets, experts are calling for a systemic shift to best-in-class design of multi-unit buildings, better material use, and “doubling circularity.”

Zeroing in on the connection between resilient healthcare and a reliable electricity supply, United States charity Direct Relief is providing US$10 million in solar+storage microgrid grants to Native American communities.

$10M in Microgrid Grants Deliver Resilience to Native American Communities

Zeroing in on the connection between resilient healthcare and a reliable electricity supply, United States charity Direct Relief is providing US$10 million in solar+storage microgrid grants to Native American communities.

When it comes to data-driven community action, “there are no numbers without stories, no stories without numbers,” participants heard during a recent Tamarack Institute webinar on building links between quantitative and local knowledge.

New Tools, Strategies Help Communities Leverage Climate Data

When it comes to data-driven community action, “there are no numbers without stories, no stories without numbers,” participants heard during a recent Tamarack Institute webinar on building links between quantitative and local knowledge.

Florida is spending big to adapt to sea level rise, but its politicians aren’t so keen to name the cause.

Florida Moves to Ban Offshore Wind, Scrap the Words ‘Climate Change’ from Existing Laws

Florida is spending big to adapt to sea level rise, but its politicians aren’t so keen to name the cause.

The United States has weighed in on a legal dispute between the Bad River Band in northwestern Wisconsin and gas distribution company Enbridge over the Line 5 pipeline, with an amicus brief calling on an appeals court to send the case back to a lower-level court for reconsideration.

U.S. Government Weighs In on Line 5 Pipeline Dispute

The United States has weighed in on a legal dispute between the Bad River Band in northwestern Wisconsin and gas distribution company Enbridge over the Line 5 pipeline, with an amicus brief calling on an appeals court to send the case back to a lower-level court for reconsideration.

The federal government has no intention of scrapping its cap on oil and gas emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an audience of oilpatch executives Friday.

Ottawa Won’t Blink on Oil and Gas Emissions Cap, Trudeau Tells Oilpatch

The federal government has no intention of scrapping its cap on oil and gas emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an audience of oilpatch executives Friday.

Stable, affordable electricity prices for all! Local, sustainable investment opportunities! Increased community wealth and good local jobs! Cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions! A more resilient, reliable local energy system! No NIMBY! These are some of the benefits of community-owned and -governed “distributed” power generation, writes energy transition veteran Roger Peters.

Energy for All: Local Ownership Builds Community Wealth, Peters Says

Stable, affordable electricity prices for all! Local, sustainable investment opportunities! Increased community wealth and good local jobs! Cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions! A more resilient, reliable local energy system! No NIMBY! These are some of the benefits of community-owned and -governed “distributed” power generation, writes energy transition veteran Roger Peters.

A bloated container ship smashing a key piece of infrastructure is a perfect metaphor for how out-of-control consumption is blocking our best efforts to make ourselves more resilient to the escalating violence of climate change, writes Climate & Capital Media Publisher Peter McKillop.

Key Bridge Disaster a ‘Perfect Metaphor’ for Out-of-Control Consumption

A bloated container ship smashing a key piece of infrastructure is a perfect metaphor for how out-of-control consumption is blocking our best efforts to make ourselves more resilient to the escalating violence of climate change, writes Climate & Capital Media Publisher Peter McKillop.

Analysis of a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot in Australia found that fleet operators stand to earn an equivalent of C$10,700 per EV annually by helping to maintain grid frequency in one of the country’s wholesale electricity markets.

EV Fleets Earn More Than $10K Per Vehicle in Australian V2G Pilot

Analysis of a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot in Australia found that fleet operators stand to earn an equivalent of C$10,700 per EV annually by helping to maintain grid frequency in one of the country’s wholesale electricity markets.

Industrial carbon pricing through large-emitter trading systems (LETS), including output-based pricing or cap-and-trading systems, is propelling Canada’s clean energy transition, writes Dave Sawyer, principal economist at the Canadian Climate Institute.

Industrial Carbon Pricing Delivers 3x More Emission Cuts than Consumer Levy

Industrial carbon pricing through large-emitter trading systems (LETS), including output-based pricing or cap-and-trading systems, is propelling Canada’s clean energy transition, writes Dave Sawyer, principal economist at the Canadian Climate Institute.

With electricity demand surging, old-school system planning has U.S. utilities falling back on their old standby: Fossil fuels

Economic Boom, Energy-Guzzling Data Centres Drive Up U.S. Power Demand

With electricity demand surging, old-school system planning has U.S. utilities falling back on their old standby: Fossil fuels

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Utilities Risk ‘Catastrophe’ By Neglecting Fire Prevention, Say Experts

Experts warn that utilities in the United States are not investing enough in technologies that can reduce the odds of wildfires ignited by aging electricity infrastructure, even as climate change increases the risk of disasters in more places.

A C$15-billion injection into apartment construction loans, following the recent unveiling of a $6-billion housing infrastructure fund, indicates that the federal government is embracing densification to tackle Canada's housing crisis—while ruffling feathers in some provinces.

Pressure Builds for Provinces to Choose as Feds Embrace ‘Gentle Density’

A C$15-billion injection into apartment construction loans, following the recent unveiling of a $6-billion housing infrastructure fund, indicates that the federal government is embracing densification to tackle Canada’s housing crisis—while ruffling feathers in some provinces.

Persistent drought conditions could have a devastating impact on natural gas producers as they aim to ramp up production in anticipation of Canada's first liquefied natural gas export (LNG) terminal opening, a new report warns.

Persistent Drought Could Disrupt Fracking Operations in Western Canada

Persistent drought conditions could have a devastating impact on natural gas producers as they aim to ramp up production in anticipation of Canada’s first liquefied natural gas export (LNG) terminal opening, a new report warns.

Climate change is bringing new forms of havoc to real estate markets in the United States and the European Union, with U.S. real estate websites beginning to share climate risk information with buyers and sellers while new EU regulations create a mandate for badly-needed but costly energy retrofits.

Homes, Commercial Buildings Face Climate Risk in U.S., Europe

Climate change is bringing new forms of havoc to real estate markets in the United States and the European Union, with U.S. real estate websites beginning to share climate risk information with buyers and sellers while new EU regulations create a mandate for badly-needed but costly energy retrofits.

While electric vehicles are an obvious choice in many parts of Canada, they’re often a very bad fit in more rural, northern, and isolated parts of the country and for households and communities that can’t afford any car, much less a new one, according to participants in a series of community listening sessions hosted by the Transportation Shift initiative.

Rural, Northern Communities Detail Pitfalls in Transition to Electric Vehicles

While electric vehicles are an obvious choice in many parts of Canada, they’re often a very bad fit in more rural, northern, and isolated parts of the country and for households and communities that can’t afford any car, much less a new one, according to participants in a series of community listening sessions hosted by the Transportation Shift initiative.

The stage is set for a shouting match over the carbon tax at a time when we urgently need a grown-up conversation about Canada’s place in the emerging new energy economy, writes Corporate Knights Director of Research Ralph Torrie.

Carbon Tax Fight Needs ‘Grown-Up Conversation’ on Climate Emergency

The stage is set for a shouting match over the carbon tax at a time when we urgently need a grown-up conversation about Canada’s place in the emerging new energy economy, writes Corporate Knights Director of Research Ralph Torrie.

A state regulatory board in Ohio has greenlit the state’s biggest solar project and the United States’ biggest agrivoltaics operation, over the objections of local governments and some citizens.

Ohio Approves America’s Biggest Agrivoltaics Project Despite Local Pushback

A state regulatory board in Ohio has greenlit the state’s biggest solar project and the United States’ biggest agrivoltaics operation, over the objections of local governments and some citizens.

The push toward local reuse and repair received a high-profile boost earlier this month when The Last Repair Shop, a short film produced in 2023 by Breakwater Studios, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film.

Local Repair Shop Film Wins Oscar for Best Documentary Short

The push toward local reuse and repair received a high-profile boost earlier this month when The Last Repair Shop, a short film produced in 2023 by Breakwater Studios, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film.

Canada is “not interested” in subsidizing future liquefied natural gas projects, including plans to electrify their operations, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told CTV Question Period March 31.

Canada Won’t Subsidize New LNG Projects, Wilkinson Declares

Canada is “not interested” in subsidizing future liquefied natural gas projects, including plans to electrify their operations, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told CTV Question Period March 31.

Deployment of battery storage needs to accelerate to align Canada’s electricity system with net zero, two analysts with the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) write on the 440 Megatonnes blog.

Time for Canada’s Power Grids to Mainstream Battery Storage, Analysts Say

Deployment of battery storage needs to accelerate to align Canada’s electricity system with net zero, two analysts with the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) write on the 440 Megatonnes blog.

Two lonely nuclear dinosaurs finding each other in the Jurassic forest: perhaps an appropriate image for a planned partnership between NB Power and Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

‘Nuclear Dinosaurs’ Roam New Brunswick, Ontario as ‘Jurassic’ Partnership Looms

Two lonely nuclear dinosaurs finding each other in the Jurassic forest: perhaps an appropriate image for a planned partnership between NB Power and Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

The climate loss and damage fund so triumphantly announced at last year’s COP28 climate summit in Dubai isn’t likely to begin distributing real dollars until 2025, while countries on the front lines of the climate emergency face mounting drought, crop losses, and a continuing “cycle of vulnerability”.

Climate Loss and Damage Funding Lags as Front-Line Recovery Needs Soar

The climate loss and damage fund so triumphantly announced at last year’s COP28 climate summit in Dubai isn’t likely to begin distributing real dollars until 2025, while countries on the front lines of the climate emergency face mounting drought, crop losses, and a continuing “cycle of vulnerability”.

The Stand Environmental Society and two British Columbia residents have filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, accusing provincial gas and electric utility FortisBC of greenwashing by presenting natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) as an affordable, environmentally friendly option compared to alternatives like electric heat pumps.

Greenwashing Lawsuit Accuses B.C. Gas Utility of Misleading Consumers

The Stand Environmental Society and two British Columbia residents have filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, accusing provincial gas and electric utility FortisBC of greenwashing by presenting natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) as an affordable, environmentally friendly option compared to alternatives like electric heat pumps.

Fossil fuel subsidies from the Canadian government over the last four years would have been enough to fund all the country’s wind and solar projects 12 times over between 2019 and 2021, and twice as much as it would take to double transit ridership over the next dozen years, Environmental Defence Canada concludes in an analysis released last Wednesday.

Fossil Subsidies Could Have Paid for Canadian Wind and Solar Projects 12 Times Over

Fossil fuel subsidies from the Canadian government over the last four years would have been enough to fund all the country’s wind and solar projects 12 times over between 2019 and 2021, and twice as much as it would take to double transit ridership over the next dozen years, Environmental Defence Canada concludes in an analysis released last Wednesday.

Green hydrogen and ammonia producer EverWind Fuels’ stated mission to “decarbonize the world” now involves teaming up with a gas utility in Nova Scotia, a plan that one industry critic warns will only “greenwash” continued use of fossil fuels.

Green Hydrogen Deal with NS Gas Grid Risks ‘Substantial’ Efficiency Losses, Expert Warns

Green hydrogen and ammonia producer EverWind Fuels’ stated mission to “decarbonize the world” now involves teaming up with a gas utility in Nova Scotia, a plan that one industry critic warns will only “greenwash” continued use of fossil fuels.

It's in Ontario municipalities' own interest to step up in defence of the federal government’s embattled Clean Electricity Regulations and protect their

Cities Need Clean Electricity Regs to Boost ‘Clean Grid Advantage’, TAF Says

It’s in Ontario municipalities’ own interest to step up in defence of the federal government’s embattled Clean Electricity Regulations and protect their “clean grid advantage”, The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) says in a recent post.

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Outmoded Regulation, Siloed Jurisdictions Thwart Clean Grid Progress: Pembina Institute

If Canada wants to meet its climate goals, it must establish new regulatory frameworks and build better collaboration between governments to overcome bottlenecks hindering the transition to a clean, modern grid, says the Pembina Institute.

With Germany’s emissions falling and projections showing the country finally on track to meet its climate targets, its government is starting to plan for removing gas infrastructure from its grid.

Germany Starts Planning to Decommission Its Gas Grid

With Germany’s emissions falling and projections showing the country finally on track to meet its climate targets, its government is starting to plan for removing gas infrastructure from its grid.

The federal government has struck a tentative deal with Ontario to drop an assessment of the province’s Highway 413 project, oversight long advocated for by environmental groups but criticized by the province as federal overreach.

Ottawa Tentatively Agrees to Scrap Highway 413 Review

The federal government has struck a tentative deal with Ontario to drop an assessment of the province’s Highway 413 project, oversight long advocated for by environmental groups but criticized by the province as federal overreach.

The Canadian government’s enabling relationship with the oil and gas industry is holding back action to end financing for fossil fuels, say advocates, raising concerns about meeting climate goals as fossil fuel companies continue to grow.

Canada’s Support for Oil Extends Beyond Financial Subsidies: Panel

The Canadian government’s enabling relationship with the oil and gas industry is holding back action to end financing for fossil fuels, say advocates, raising concerns about meeting climate goals as fossil fuel companies continue to grow.

A window-mounted heat pump in Regina Fred’s New York City apartment is making all the difference, giving her more control over her heating and cooling while cutting her energy bill and reducing emissions.

New Designs Make Heat Pumps Available to Apartment Dwellers

A window-mounted heat pump in Regina Fred’s New York City apartment is making all the difference, giving her more control over her heating and cooling while cutting her energy bill and reducing emissions.

A consortium of Canada's largest oilsands companies was to submit an application before the end of last week for approval of its proposed C$16.5-billion carbon capture pipeline project.

Pathways Alliance Files Regulatory Application for $16.5B CCS Hub

A consortium of Canada’s largest oilsands companies was to submit an application before the end of last week for approval of its proposed C$16.5-billion carbon capture pipeline project.

Two provincial energy regulators recently passed rulings that signal it is no longer business as usual when it comes to traditional energy infrastructure in Canada. 

Grids Need Independent Regulators as Canada Shifts Away from Fossil Fuels

Two provincial energy regulators recently passed rulings that signal it is no longer business as usual when it comes to traditional energy infrastructure in Canada. 

Affordability and infrastructure barriers make electric vehicles a tough sell in Canada’s northern and rural communities, where many feel the EV push is deeply out of touch with socio-economic, environmental, and cultural realities on the ground.

EVs a Tough Sell in Communities Where One Size Does Not Fit All

Affordability and infrastructure barriers make electric vehicles a tough sell in Canada’s northern and rural communities, where many feel the EV push is deeply out of touch with socio-economic, environmental, and cultural realities on the ground.

As Parisians rebound from their brief romance with e-scooters—now banned— Torontonians with disabilities are urging the City to properly enforce its own ban on what they call a “silent menace.”

Paris Sharpens Focus on Cycling After e-Scooter Ban 

As Parisians rebound from their brief romance with e-scooters—now banned— Torontonians with disabilities are urging the City to properly enforce its own ban on what they call a “silent menace.”

Canada's air pollution levels last year were worse than those in the United States for the first time since an air quality firm in Switzerland started publishing its assessments in 2018.

Pollution a ‘Silent Killer’ as 2023 Wildfires Bring Down Air Quality

Canada’s air pollution levels last year were worse than those in the United States for the first time since an air quality firm in Switzerland started publishing its assessments in 2018.

United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently abated fears that essential farmland could become overrun with solar and wind farms, while leaders in Alberta continue to stoke them.

U.S. Delivers $2B Boost to Rural Renewables

United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently abated fears that essential farmland could become overrun with solar and wind farms, while leaders in Alberta continue to stoke them.

As extreme weather events increasingly threaten each point in the pharmaceutical supply chain—from production facilities to hospitals to home medicine cabinets—Canadian practitioners are amongst those urging changes for greater resilience.

Pharma Supply Chains Need Greater Resilience to Withstand Climate Crisis

As extreme weather events increasingly threaten each point in the pharmaceutical supply chain—from production facilities to hospitals to home medicine cabinets—Canadian practitioners are amongst those urging changes for greater resilience.

Europe is facing growing climate risks and is unprepared for them, the European Environment Agency said in its first-ever risk assessment for the bloc last week.

Fast-Warming Europe Unprepared for ‘Catastrophic’ Climate Risk, First-Ever Assessment Shows

Europe is facing growing climate risks and is unprepared for them, the European Environment Agency said in its first-ever risk assessment for the bloc last week.

The Desjardins Group's move to stop offering mortgages in certain Quebec flood zones may be the start of a wider trend in Canada, caution experts, while across the border, states are increasingly shouldering the cost of climate risk by providing “last resort” insurance to homes in hurricane- and wildfire-prone areas.

Desjardins Exit from Flood Zone Mortgages May Ripple Across Canada

The Desjardins Group’s move to stop offering mortgages in certain Quebec flood zones may be the start of a wider trend in Canada, caution experts, while across the border, states are increasingly shouldering the cost of climate risk by providing “last resort” insurance to homes in hurricane- and wildfire-prone areas.

Alberta's utilities regulator has released a report saying the province's booming solar and wind industry poses little threat to its agriculture or the environment, after independent observers warned the Danielle Smith government’s latest restrictions could cost it 42 new projects totalling C$11 billion in investment and 6.3 gigawatts of new generating capacity.

‘Reason-Based Wrecking Ball’ Demolishes the Case for Alberta Restrictions on Renewables

Alberta’s utilities regulator has released a report saying the province’s booming solar and wind industry poses little threat to its agriculture or the environment, after independent observers warned the Danielle Smith government’s latest restrictions could cost it 42 new projects totalling C$11 billion in investment and 6.3 gigawatts of new generating capacity.

As Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. appeals an Ontario Energy Board (OEB) decision that casts gas infrastructure as a stranded-asset risk, and a rising tide of local policy-makers favour cleaner energy alternatives, the company’s CEO says he remains confident about the fossil fuel’s future in North America.

Enbridge CEO Unfazed as Ontario Communities Chart Course Off Gas

As Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. appeals an Ontario Energy Board (OEB) decision that casts gas infrastructure as a stranded-asset risk, and a rising tide of local policy-makers favour cleaner energy alternatives, the company’s CEO says he remains confident about the fossil fuel’s future in North America.

Ontario has invested C$50 million to expand low-income residents’ eligibility for rebates on their power bills, yet critics are pointing another program that subsidizes electricity for wealthier households, urging that it be refocused to deliver support where it’s genuinely needed.

Ontario Electricity Rebate Needlessly Serves Wealthy Households, Advocates Say

Ontario has invested C$50 million to expand low-income residents’ eligibility for rebates on their power bills, yet critics are pointing another program that subsidizes electricity for wealthier households, urging that it be refocused to deliver support where it’s genuinely needed.

Faced with an uptick in power failures and growing threats to its grid from the impacts of climate change, Hydro-Quebec is distributing backup batteries to some residential users.

Hydro-Québec Tests Battery Backup For Residential Customers

Faced with an uptick in power failures and growing threats to its grid from the impacts of climate change, Hydro-Quebec is distributing backup batteries to some residential users.

Move over induction stoves, there’s a new kid in town: Seattle’s Sound Transit is the latest to embrace the “game-changing” efficiencies of inductive chargers for their electric bus fleet.

Wireless Chargers To Power Seattle’s New e-Buses En Route

Move over induction stoves, there’s a new kid in town: Seattle’s Sound Transit is the latest to embrace the “game-changing” efficiencies of inductive chargers for their electric bus fleet.

As big city mayors enter the final countdown toward this year’s federal budget, they’re expressing deep concerns about long-term infrastructure funding—and some communities are also talking about the investments they’ll need to meet their energy-saving and emissions reduction targets.

Mayors Press for Infrastructure Funds, Green Investment in Countdown to Federal Budget

As big city mayors enter the final countdown toward this year’s federal budget, they’re expressing deep concerns about long-term infrastructure funding—and some communities are also talking about the investments they’ll need to meet their energy-saving and emissions reduction targets.

In Inverness, Saanich, and Edmonton, officials are using hard cash and hard data to make roads less lethal and more beautiful for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cities Invest to Make Walking Less Lethal, More Beautiful

In Inverness, Saanich, and Edmonton, officials are using hard cash and hard data to make roads less lethal and more beautiful for pedestrians and cyclists.

Despite faster uptake of home heat pumps, the current pace of adoption is too slow to electrify space heating in all Canadian households by 2100, much less the 2050 target date for bringing the country to net-zero emissions, the Transition Accelerator’s Building Decarbonization Alliance warns in a report released last month.

MORE HEAT PUMPS: Pick Up the Pace to Hit Building Decarbonization Targets, Alliance Urges

Despite faster uptake of home heat pumps, the current pace of adoption is too slow to electrify space heating in all Canadian households by 2100, much less the 2050 target date for bringing the country to net-zero emissions, the Transition Accelerator’s Building Decarbonization Alliance warns in a report released last month.

Toronto’s executive committee has given provisional approval to designate 74 public parking lots, about one-quarter of its inventory, for new housing.

Toronto Aims to Designate 74 Public Parking Lots for New Housing

Toronto’s executive committee has given provisional approval to designate 74 public parking lots, about one-quarter of its inventory, for new housing.

Alleging “unconstitutional, negligent, and reckless actions,” the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is suing the Alberta’s Energy Regulator after it took nine months to inform the community about toxic tailings pond discharges into their territorial watershed at Kearl Lake.

First Nation Sues Alberta Regulator Over Tailings Leaks

Alleging “unconstitutional, negligent, and reckless actions,” the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is suing the Alberta’s Energy Regulator after it took nine months to inform the community about toxic tailings pond discharges into their territorial watershed at Kearl Lake.

The heart of British Columbia's wine industry is reeling after suffering a litany of climate-related hits, resulting in two years of crop losses in the southern Interior.

B.C. Wineries, Tourism Face ‘Rubik’s Cube’ of Change after Years of Climate Losses

The heart of British Columbia’s wine industry is reeling after suffering a litany of climate-related hits, resulting in two years of crop losses in the southern Interior.

With this year’s federal budget just over a month away, Canada’s oilsands industry is once again demanding more generous federal subsidies—or what it prefers to call “clarity” on Ottawa’s intentions—before investing its own lavish shareholder returns in the technology it says it needs to decarbonize its operations.

CCS Won’t Happen in Oilsands Without Bigger Subsidies, Cenovus Exec Warns

With this year’s federal budget just over a month away, Canada’s oilsands industry is once again demanding more generous federal subsidies—or what it prefers to call “clarity” on Ottawa’s intentions—before investing its own lavish shareholder returns in the technology it says it needs to decarbonize its operations.

Environmental groups are asking Ottawa to enforce its rules on an Alberta coal site that has started building an underground test mine without fisheries permits that officials have said are required.

Alberta Coal Mine Doesn’t Wait for Federal Permits Before ‘Forging Ahead’

Environmental groups are asking Ottawa to enforce its rules on an Alberta coal site that has started building an underground test mine without fisheries permits that officials have said are required.

How does a gas company achieve net-zero? By increasing energy efficiency and electrification, substantially replacing fossil gas with renewable natural gas (RNG), and deploying emerging low-carbon technologies, says Quebec-based gas utility Énergir, in a series of moves that have sparked curiosity and scrutiny from outside experts.

Quebec Gas Utility Énergir Plots Tortuous Path to Net-Zero

How does a gas company achieve net-zero? By increasing energy efficiency and electrification, substantially replacing fossil gas with renewable natural gas (RNG), and deploying emerging low-carbon technologies, says Quebec-based gas utility Énergir, in a series of moves that have sparked curiosity and scrutiny from outside experts.

For the ninth straight month, Earth has obliterated global heat records—with February, the winter as a whole, and the world's oceans setting new high-temperature marks, according to the European Union climate agency Copernicus.

‘Alarming’ Global Warming Smashes Records for 9th Straight Month

For the ninth straight month, Earth has obliterated global heat records—with February, the winter as a whole, and the world’s oceans setting new high-temperature marks, according to the European Union climate agency Copernicus.

A survey of renewable energy developers in the United States—and instances of community opposition to large solar and wind projects in Canada and abroad—indicate that improved engagement with locals could spur renewables growth and help counter misinformation campaigns inflamed by influencers from outside the neighbourhood.

Community Opposition Adds Roadblocks to Large Renewables Projects

A survey of renewable energy developers in the United States—and instances of community opposition to large solar and wind projects in Canada and abroad—indicate that improved engagement with locals could spur renewables growth and help counter misinformation campaigns inflamed by influencers from outside the neighbourhood.

Citing a disputed cost study, Vermont Governor Phil Scott is pushing back against a bill that mandates faster, wider adoption of renewable energy by the state’s power utilities.

Vermont Governor Opposes Ambitious Renewable Energy Bill Over Costs

Citing a disputed cost study, Vermont Governor Phil Scott is pushing back against a bill that mandates faster, wider adoption of renewable energy by the state’s power utilities.

A Toronto-area builder of modular, prefabricated mass timber housing has received a major boost in its bid to introduce a “Lego-style” approach to affordable, energy-efficient construction.

Low-Emitting, ‘Lego-Style’ Homebuilder Nabs $1.25M Investment from TAF

A Toronto-area builder of modular, prefabricated mass timber housing has received a major boost in its bid to introduce a “Lego-style” approach to affordable, energy-efficient construction.

With Canada's home retrofit industry in chaos, consumers abandoning ship, and emissions in housing still falling far too slowly, two separate open letters are urging Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to restore funding for the popular Canada Greener Homes grant program.

Program In Chaos, Layoffs Have Started as Advocates Urge Wilkinson to Restore Greener Homes Grants

With Canada’s home retrofit industry in chaos, consumers abandoning ship, and emissions in housing still falling far too slowly, two separate open letters are urging Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to restore funding for the popular Canada Greener Homes grant program.

Federal, provincial, and municipal politicians across Canada must put aside their differences and work together on a national blueprint to build 5.8 million affordable, “net-zero-aligned” homes by 2030, concludes a 15-member task force co-chaired by former Conservative cabinet minister Lisa Raitt and former Edmonton mayor Don Iveson.

Building 5.8M Net-Zero Homes by 2030 Requires Politicians to Get Along, Task Force Concludes

Federal, provincial, and municipal politicians across Canada must put aside their differences and work together on a national blueprint to build 5.8 million affordable, “net-zero-aligned” homes by 2030, concludes a 15-member task force co-chaired by former Conservative cabinet minister Lisa Raitt and former Edmonton mayor Don Iveson.

Addressing what it sees as a lack of climate leadership in the majority of Canada’s K-12 school boards, an Ontario organization aiming to promote comprehensive, nation-wide climate action in schools is hosting an “unconference” in Hamilton next month.

Canadian Schools ‘Radically Underestimated’ as Climate Action Hubs

Addressing what it sees as a lack of climate leadership in the majority of Canada’s K-12 school boards, an Ontario organization aiming to promote comprehensive, nation-wide climate action in schools is hosting an “unconference” in Hamilton next month.

New York City has announced plans to create 260,000 “green collar” jobs over the next 16 years.

‘New Kind of Industrial Revolution’ to Create 260,000 Jobs in NYC

New York City has announced plans to create 260,000 “green collar” jobs over the next 16 years.

Developer-owned district energy facilities—which are cropping up as a low-cost way to add low-carbon energy sources into new developments—may put their small pool of customers at risk of rate spikes.

Rate Hikes Emerge As Rare Downside of District Energy Systems

Developer-owned district energy facilities—which are cropping up as a low-cost way to add low-carbon energy sources into new developments—may put their small pool of customers at risk of rate spikes.

The alarming expanse of the Smokehouse Creek Fire in Texas, visible from space, alongside the premature onset of Alberta’s fire season, marks 2024 as another devastating year of wildfires in North America.

Canadians ‘Profoundly Worried’ about Wildfires as Texas Panhandle Burns

The alarming expanse of the Smokehouse Creek Fire in Texas, visible from space, alongside the premature onset of Alberta’s fire season, marks 2024 as another devastating year of wildfires in North America.

Alberta is at risk of losing its standing as Canada’s go-to destination for renewable energy investment, as continuing uncertainty after its seven-month project moratorium collides with other provinces’ growing embrace of technologies like solar, wind, and battery storage.

‘Banana Republic’ Alberta Risks Losing Its Lead in Renewable Energy Development

Alberta is at risk of losing its standing as Canada’s go-to destination for renewable energy investment, as continuing uncertainty after its seven-month project moratorium collides with other provinces’ growing embrace of technologies like solar, wind, and battery storage.

Ontario Energy Minister Todd Smith is setting a “dangerous precedent” with legislation that overrides a decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), say legal and environmental experts.

‘Unprecedented’ Bill to Overrule Ontario Gas Regulator Alarms Experts

Ontario Energy Minister Todd Smith is setting a “dangerous precedent” with legislation that overrides a decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), say legal and environmental experts.

When delegates at least year’s COP28 climate summit agreed to triple the world’s renewable power capacity and double the pace of energy efficiency improvements by 2030, experts saw the pledge as a sign that efficiency, a perpetually overlooked climate solution, is finally gaining momentum on the global stage.

Energy Efficiency Could Deliver Half of the World’s Emission Reductions by 2030…If Communities Get It Right

When delegates at least year’s COP28 climate summit agreed to triple the world’s renewable power capacity and double the pace of energy efficiency improvements by 2030, experts saw the pledge as a sign that efficiency, a perpetually overlooked climate solution, is finally gaining momentum on the global stage.

Canada’s plans for permanent transit funding could help double ridership on mass transit and reduce transport emission by 65 million tonnes by 2035—but only if the investment materializes, and comes with the right policies, finds a new report by Équiterre and Environmental Defence Canada.

Cities Need Targeted Funding to Double Transit Ridership, Cut Emission by 65 Mt

Canada’s plans for permanent transit funding could help double ridership on mass transit and reduce transport emission by 65 million tonnes by 2035—but only if the investment materializes, and comes with the right policies, finds a new report by Équiterre and Environmental Defence Canada.

The federal Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now says the project's final cost will come in at about C$34 billion, 10% higher than its May, 2023 estimate of $30.9 billion, and more than six times above the original project price of $5.4 billion in 2013.

Trans Mountain Price Tag Jumps to $34B as Market Prospects Dim

The federal Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now says the project’s final cost will come in at about C$34 billion, 10% higher than its May, 2023 estimate of $30.9 billion, and more than six times above the original project price of $5.4 billion in 2013.

Nova Scotia’s electric utility will lose control over who gets access to the power grid under a change the government says is needed to help the province reach its energy goals, including to stop using coal by 2030.

NS to Set Up Independent Grid Operator to Boost Competition, Spur Transition Off Coal

Nova Scotia’s electric utility will lose control over who gets access to the power grid under a change the government says is needed to help the province reach its energy goals, including to stop using coal by 2030.

Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources John Wilkinson has announced C$50 million in federal funding to expand the Bruce Power nuclear facility in Ontario, where the provincial government is “betting big” on nuclear energy.

Canada Contributes $50M to Ontario’s Bruce Nuclear Plant Expansion

Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources John Wilkinson has announced C$50 million in federal funding to expand the Bruce Power nuclear facility in Ontario, where the provincial government is “betting big” on nuclear energy.

As Victoria, British Columbia, commits to removing obstacles to green roof installations and Somerville, Massachusetts mandates their inclusion in new buildings, a Seoul case study underscores the positive social and environmental outcomes of such policy changes.

Green Roofs Deliver Critical Protection From ‘Severe Urban Heating’

As Victoria, British Columbia, commits to removing obstacles to green roof installations and Somerville, Massachusetts mandates their inclusion in new buildings, a Seoul case study underscores the positive social and environmental outcomes of such policy changes.

With a new zoning bylaw this year expected to reduce or eliminate minimum parking requirements in new apartment buildings, the City of Ottawa may be poised to join a growing network of communities that are connecting faster access to more affordable housing with reduced dependence on car travel.

New Zoning Rules Shift Cities Away from Minimum Parking Requirements

With a new zoning bylaw this year expected to reduce or eliminate minimum parking requirements in new apartment buildings, the City of Ottawa may be poised to join a growing network of communities that are connecting faster access to more affordable housing with reduced dependence on car travel.

While some Canadian pension funds “made helpful but modest tweaks” to their climate policies in 2023, even the leaders in the field lagged behind international peers in their efforts to build climate urgency into their investment choices and exclude fossil fuels from their portfolios, a watchdog group reports this morning.

Pension Report Card Flags CPPIB’s ‘Ideological Commitment’ to Fossil Fuel Investment

While some Canadian pension funds “made helpful but modest tweaks” to their climate policies in 2023, even the leaders in the field lagged behind international peers in their efforts to build climate urgency into their investment choices and exclude fossil fuels from their portfolios, a watchdog group reports this morning.

Diesel exhaust from school buses affects up to one-third of U.S. students, parents, and educators each day. It’s a known carcinogen, and low-income communities of colour are seeing the worst exposure. Now parents are pushing for electric buses.

Child Asthma Attacks Have U.S. Moms Pushing for Electric School Buses

Diesel exhaust from school buses affects up to one-third of U.S. students, parents, and educators each day. It’s a known carcinogen, and low-income communities of colour are seeing the worst exposure. Now parents are pushing for electric buses.

Winter cycling is on the rise in Whitehorse, Saskatoon, and Montreal, fueled by robust camaraderie, a shared determination to exchange best practices, and the delight of navigating winter landscapes on two wheels.

Smart Street Design Makes Winter Cycling an Easy Choice

Winter cycling is on the rise in Whitehorse, Saskatoon, and Montreal, fueled by robust camaraderie, a shared determination to exchange best practices, and the delight of navigating winter landscapes on two wheels.

Facing allegations that its branding mantras like

Lululemon Consults With PR Titan Amid Greenwashing Allegations

Facing allegations that its branding mantras like “Be Human. Be Well. Be Planet” may indeed be false, athleisure giant Lululemon has enlisted the services of Edelman, a public relations firm known for its roster of high-profile fossil fuel clients.

Canada will have to install hundreds of thousands more heat pumps over the next three years than current sales trends indicate to get on track to decarbonize home heating and cooling by 2050, a webinar audience heard Thursday afternoon.

Canada Needs More Heat Pumps, But Shift to Electricity is Already Happening

Canada will have to install hundreds of thousands more heat pumps over the next three years than current sales trends indicate to get on track to decarbonize home heating and cooling by 2050, a webinar audience heard Thursday afternoon.

Canadians can tend to be divided on many issues, which will make for a lively year or more in the run-up to provincial and federal elections. But when it comes to climate, there is enough common ground for communicators to mobilize voters across different demographics and segments of interest, a recent national survey has discovered.

Climate Consensus Unifies Diverse Canadian Groups, Survey Finds

Canadians can tend to be divided on many issues, which will make for a lively year or more in the run-up to provincial and federal elections. But when it comes to climate, there is enough common ground for communicators to mobilize voters across different demographics and segments of interest, a recent national survey has discovered.

A solar module recycling company in Georgia is expanding its operations to produce glass for new panels for the first time.

Solar Module Recycler to Supply Glass for New Panels

A solar module recycling company in Georgia is expanding its operations to produce glass for new panels for the first time.

Despite industry perceptions, increasing consumer interest in distributed energy resources is not a

‘New Culture’ Will Help Utilities Unlock Power of Distributed Energy, Experts Say

Despite industry perceptions, increasing consumer interest in distributed energy resources is not a “death spiral” for utilities, experts have found. But to make best use of DERs, grids need better visibility on what goes on behind the meter.

A new development in Ottawa-Gatineau is capturing waste heat from a nearby paper factory for heating, using a district energy system that also channels chilled Ottawa River water to cool buildings in the summer.

Ottawa-Area Buildings Harness Heat from Nearby Paper Plant

A new development in Ottawa-Gatineau is capturing waste heat from a nearby paper factory for heating, using a district energy system that also channels chilled Ottawa River water to cool buildings in the summer.

Rooftop solar could—technically, and with lots of caveats—supply 100% of the electricity consumed in Canada’s residential buildings, and nearly half of what commercial and industrial buildings need, concludes a new technical report from CanmetENERGY.

Rooftop Solar Could Meet 100% of Electricity Needs in Canadian Homes—Technically

Rooftop solar could—technically, and with lots of caveats—supply 100% of the electricity consumed in Canada’s residential buildings, and nearly half of what commercial and industrial buildings need, concludes a new technical report from CanmetENERGY.

Up to 94% of the energy Puerto Rico consumes—which is 70 times what it generates—is provided by imported fossil fuels, but the island has enough wind and solar potential to exceed its projected annual energy loads through 2050, a new report shows.

Puerto Rico’s 100% Renewables Expansion Can Spare Farmland, Study Finds

Up to 94% of the energy Puerto Rico consumes—which is 70 times what it generates—is provided by imported fossil fuels, but the island has enough wind and solar potential to exceed its projected annual energy loads through 2050, a new report shows.

“Smart”, bidirectional charging can make or break the case for speeding up electric vehicle deployment by cutting peak electricity demand, opening a path to more local adoption of distributed energy resources, and putting money in customers’ pockets, but only with the right policies in place, the EU’s Regulatory Assistance Project concludes in a policy brief issued late last year.

‘Batteries on Wheels’ Can Cut Peak Power Demand, Put Money in Customers’ Pockets

“Smart”, bidirectional charging can make or break the case for speeding up electric vehicle deployment by cutting peak electricity demand, opening a path to more local adoption of distributed energy resources, and putting money in customers’ pockets, but only with the right policies in place, the EU’s Regulatory Assistance Project concludes in a policy brief issued late last year.

Chicago is joining a flood of lawsuits against fossil fuel companies with a court filing that aims to hold BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell accountable for local climate impacts.

Chicago Sues Oil and Gas Giants for Local Climate Impacts

Chicago is joining a flood of lawsuits against fossil fuel companies with a court filing that aims to hold BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell accountable for local climate impacts.

Experts are tackling the battery safety—at a stress-testing lab in Ottawa, and on an interagency panel in New York State that is redefining fire codes to curb potential safety hazards.

Ottawa Lab ‘Abuses Batteries’ to Test Safety as NY Fire Codes Evolve

Experts are tackling the battery safety—at a stress-testing lab in Ottawa, and on an interagency panel in New York State that is redefining fire codes to curb potential safety hazards.

The federal government is getting mixed reviews for proposing major regulatory changes that offer up more flexibility for power producers to burn natural gas and embrace carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, but contain no specifics on how the revisions would affect greenhouse gas emissions.

Ottawa Offers Grids More Flexibility to Burn Natural Gas, Use CCS

The federal government is getting mixed reviews for proposing major regulatory changes that offer up more flexibility for power producers to burn natural gas and embrace carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, but contain no specifics on how the revisions would affect greenhouse gas emissions.

The federal government is setting out to rebrand its carbon tax rebate and minimize if not reverse a “profound” political liability, as polling shines a light on poor communication that undercut the policy’s popularity leading into the next federal election.

Ottawa Faces ‘Profound’ Political Impacts after Carbon Tax Messaging Falls Flat

The federal government is setting out to rebrand its carbon tax rebate and minimize if not reverse a “profound” political liability, as polling shines a light on poor communication that undercut the policy’s popularity leading into the next federal election.

The Manitoba government has dismissed the CEO of provincial utility Manitoba Hydro, Jay Grewal, two weeks after she warned the province could need new sources of electricity by 2029 or 2030 and indicated she planned to obtain the capacity from private wind developers.

Manitoba Fires Hydro CEO, Looks to Public Power to Meet Looming Shortfall

The Manitoba government has dismissed the CEO of provincial utility Manitoba Hydro, Jay Grewal, two weeks after she warned the province could need new sources of electricity by 2029 or 2030 and indicated she planned to obtain the capacity from private wind developers.

The global tug-of-war between Welsh steelworkers desperate to preserve their jobs and their India-based employer gunning to decarbonize while protecting profits, holds insights for others seeking a fair transition out of emissions-intensive industry—including workers at Canadian steel mills on a similar trajectory.

UK Steel Closures Show Risky Path to Decarbonizing Heavy Industry

The global tug-of-war between Welsh steelworkers desperate to preserve their jobs and their India-based employer gunning to decarbonize while protecting profits, holds insights for others seeking a fair transition out of emissions-intensive industry—including workers at Canadian steel mills on a similar trajectory.

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are pushing ahead with investments in wood biomass amid a larger shift to clean energy, but scientists warn the environmental costs outweigh the benefits.

Canada’s Wood Biomass Expansion Raises Environmental Flags

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are pushing ahead with investments in wood biomass amid a larger shift to clean energy, but scientists warn the environmental costs outweigh the benefits.

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

UPDATE: Federal Budget to Include Revamped Greener Homes Grant

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

The federal government will still fund local, provincial, and territorial governments for roadway maintenance, but will no longer help pay for “large” highway expansion megaprojects like Quebec City’s controversial Third Link, Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault said Wednesday, as he sought to quell a firestorm triggered by his remarks to a transportation conference earlier in the week.

Ottawa Will Fund Roadway Maintenance, Not ‘Large’ New Highway Projects, Guilbeault Says

The federal government will still fund local, provincial, and territorial governments for roadway maintenance, but will no longer help pay for “large” highway expansion megaprojects like Quebec City’s controversial Third Link, Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault said Wednesday, as he sought to quell a firestorm triggered by his remarks to a transportation conference earlier in the week.

Overturning a generations-old assumption that subsidizing public transit operations is the fast track to ruining the service, a new study out of Baltimore’s Morgan University finds that transit subsidies increase efficiency.

‘Radical’ Study Finds Subsidies Boost Transit Efficiency

Overturning a generations-old assumption that subsidizing public transit operations is the fast track to ruining the service, a new study out of Baltimore’s Morgan University finds that transit subsidies increase efficiency.

As a raging wildfire swept through various regions of Chile in February, a fireproofing pilot program helped safeguard one middle class neighbourhood perched atop a hill.

One Neighbourhood Emerges Unscathed from Ferocious Chilean Wildfires

As a raging wildfire swept through various regions of Chile in February, a fireproofing pilot program helped safeguard one middle class neighbourhood perched atop a hill.

A hidden-gem organization in Edmonton is helping small towns and municipalities in Alberta get the funding and technical assistance they need to implement money-saving, emissions-slashing climate action.

Support Centre Helps Alberta Towns Save Millions, Cut Emissions

A hidden-gem organization in Edmonton is helping small towns and municipalities in Alberta get the funding and technical assistance they need to implement money-saving, emissions-slashing climate action.

While several Ontario municipalities are equipped with climate plans, less than half of them publish reports on their progress, prompting researchers at the University of Waterloo to suggest that accountability and transparency can be improved through regulation.

Ontario Municipalities Lag on Climate Reporting, Finds Study

While several Ontario municipalities are equipped with climate plans, less than half of them publish reports on their progress, prompting researchers at the University of Waterloo to suggest that accountability and transparency can be improved through regulation.

A small town in the north of England has turned to food as the “language” it can use to bring the community together, improve resilience, draw tourism, and build up the local economy.

UK ‘Propaganda Gardens’ Boost Local Edibles, Build Community

A small town in the north of England has turned to food as the “language” it can use to bring the community together, improve resilience, draw tourism, and build up the local economy.

A climate-focused training program for construction industry professionals will be rolling out to more than 200 union training centres across the country over the next few months, Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) announced last week, just as another union leader called for rapid passage of the federal Sustainable Jobs Act.

Building Trades Launch Training Program to ‘Connect the Big Green Dots’

A climate-focused training program for construction industry professionals will be rolling out to more than 200 union training centres across the country over the next few months, Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) announced last week, just as another union leader called for rapid passage of the federal Sustainable Jobs Act.

Électricité de France (EDF), the owner of the biggest construction project in the world—the giant nuclear power plant under construction at Hinkley Point in the southwest of Britain—recently announced further cost increases and delays to its completion, adding to doubts that the United Kingdom can fulfill its legal pledges to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Nuclear Delays, Cost Overruns Imperil UK’s Net-Zero Goals

Électricité de France (EDF), the owner of the biggest construction project in the world—the giant nuclear power plant under construction at Hinkley Point in the southwest of Britain—recently announced further cost increases and delays to its completion, adding to doubts that the United Kingdom can fulfill its legal pledges to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has signed up more than 100,000 households in six months for an electricity demand management program that is now Canada’s biggest virtual power plant, and North America’s fastest-growing.

100,000 Ontario Households Form Canada’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has signed up more than 100,000 households in six months for an electricity demand management program that is now Canada’s biggest virtual power plant, and North America’s fastest-growing.

Fixing car and e-bike batteries saves money and resources, Grist reports. But the batteries are often difficult to repair by design, making an out-of-warranty Tesla ‘almost like a consumable’.

Don’t Try This At Home: EV Battery Repairs Are Desirable But Difficult

Fixing car and e-bike batteries saves money and resources, Grist reports. But the batteries are often difficult to repair by design, making an out-of-warranty Tesla ‘almost like a consumable’.

As many as 11,445 giant underground gas storage wells in the United States have only a single barrier to failure preventing the leak of massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere, a new report has found.

Thousands of U.S. Gas Storage Wells at Risk of Major Methane Leaks

As many as 11,445 giant underground gas storage wells in the United States have only a single barrier to failure preventing the leak of massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere, a new report has found.

A program funding EV charging access across Canada is accepting applications until the last week of February—after a successful year of sponsoring 100% of the costs to install chargers in underserved communities.

Program Covers Full Cost of EV Charging Stations to Boost Access Across Canada

A program funding EV charging access across Canada is accepting applications until the last week of February—after a successful year of sponsoring 100% of the costs to install chargers in underserved communities.

Three citizens' groups are asking the Federal Court to review the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)'s regulatory approval of what one expert calls a “glorified landfill” to permanently store a million tonnes of radioactive and other toxic waste just one kilometre from the Ottawa River.

BREAKING: Citizens’ Groups Ask Court to Stop ‘Glorified Landfill’ for Radioactive Waste

Three citizens’ groups are asking the Federal Court to review the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)’s regulatory approval of what one expert calls a “glorified landfill” to permanently store a million tonnes of radioactive and other toxic waste just one kilometre from the Ottawa River.

Weak regulations, low demand, and a lack of skilled labour are blocking service providers along Canada’s deep retrofit supply chain from scaling up operations to make homes safer, more climate resilient, and more affordable to heat, says a recent report by Pembina Institute.

Canada’s Deep Retrofit Supply Chain Needs Help, Analysis Finds

Weak regulations, low demand, and a lack of skilled labour are blocking service providers along Canada’s deep retrofit supply chain from scaling up operations to make homes safer, more climate resilient, and more affordable to heat, says a recent report by Pembina Institute.

A C$1.8-billion budget gap is dragging down the City of Toronto’s plan to bring community-wide climate pollution to net-zero by 2040.

Big Budget Gap Has Toronto Falling Short on 2040 Climate Targets

A C$1.8-billion budget gap is dragging down the City of Toronto’s plan to bring community-wide climate pollution to net-zero by 2040.

What if a million new trees in a hot, southwestern U.S. city didn’t just keep sidewalks cool? What if they helped feed people, too?

In Sweltering, Shadeless Tucson, Urban Trees Deliver Heat Relief, Local Food

What if a million new trees in a hot, southwestern U.S. city didn’t just keep sidewalks cool? What if they helped feed people, too?

Paris residents have voted to triple parking fees for SUVs—nine months after the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie began tying parking pass prices to the mass of the parked vehicle.

Paris Triples Parking Fees for ‘Bulky, Polluting’ SUVs

Paris residents have voted to triple parking fees for SUVs—nine months after the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie began tying parking pass prices to the mass of the parked vehicle.

Residents of a Montreal borough whose lack of tree cover produces an increasingly dangerous heat island effect in summer, are taking matters into their own hands with an initiative to say ciao to concrete.

Montreal Borough Launches Competition To Boost Green Cover

Residents of a Montreal borough whose lack of tree cover produces an increasingly dangerous heat island effect in summer, are taking matters into their own hands with an initiative to say ciao to concrete.

Most road and rail infrastructure on the planet is “inevitably” exposed to extreme weather due to climate change, finds a new study, with its international team of analysts urging policy-makers to prepare in advance and minimize losses.

Global Roads, Rails Increasingly Exposed to Extreme Weather, Study Warns

Most road and rail infrastructure on the planet is “inevitably” exposed to extreme weather due to climate change, finds a new study, with its international team of analysts urging policy-makers to prepare in advance and minimize losses.

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

‘Massive Fallout’ Feared as Ottawa Winds Down Greener Homes Grant Program

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

Canada “has only begun to scratch the surface of its vast and untapped wind and solar energy resources,” and provinces will need to pick up the pace if the country hopes to meet its climate and energy targets, the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) concludes this week in its annual industry data release.

Provinces’ Renewables Growth Just ‘Scratches the Surface’ in 2023: CanREA

Canada “has only begun to scratch the surface of its vast and untapped wind and solar energy resources,” and provinces will need to pick up the pace if the country hopes to meet its climate and energy targets, the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) concludes this week in its annual industry data release.

A new study shows that produce from urban agriculture has six times the carbon footprint of conventional farms when emissions are linked to food alone—but the calculation changes when the social benefits of urban growing are factored into a more holistic assessment.

Urban Farming Shows Higher Carbon Footprint than Conventional Agriculture

A new study shows that produce from urban agriculture has six times the carbon footprint of conventional farms when emissions are linked to food alone—but the calculation changes when the social benefits of urban growing are factored into a more holistic assessment.

Ontario Power Generation is moving ahead with a plan to extend the life of the aging Pickering Nuclear Generating Station by decades, as the province tries to secure more electricity supply in the face of increasing demand.

Ontario Pushes Ahead with Pickering Nuclear Rebuild, Won’t Quote Project Cost

Ontario Power Generation is moving ahead with a plan to extend the life of the aging Pickering Nuclear Generating Station by decades, as the province tries to secure more electricity supply in the face of increasing demand.

Canadian power utilities will have to get better at sharing resources if the country is to meet its emission reduction and energy transition targets, according to a recent news analysis.

‘Astonishing’ Lack of Interties Blocks Canada’s Climate Goals

Canadian power utilities will have to get better at sharing resources if the country is to meet its emission reduction and energy transition targets, according to a recent news analysis.

An Ontario Energy Board decision on who pays for gas infrastructure in new developments has sparked a legal skirmish—and prompted the province's energy minister to launch a mission aimed at reversing it.

Ontario Minister, Enbridge Fight to Overturn Regulator’s Ruling on New Gas Installations

An Ontario Energy Board decision on who pays for gas infrastructure in new developments has sparked a legal skirmish—and prompted the province’s energy minister to launch a mission aimed at reversing it.

Amid a sprint to boost wind capacity, Hydro-Québec has selected Kingsley Falls, Quebec-based Boralex to deliver two new projects totalling 365 megawatts.

Two Boralex Projects Add 365 MW To Quebec’s Wind Tally

Amid a sprint to boost wind capacity, Hydro-Québec has selected Kingsley Falls, Quebec-based Boralex to deliver two new projects totalling 365 megawatts.

Two hydropower-rich provinces are being forced to import power from other jurisdictions due to severe drought in Western Canada.

Drought Forces B.C., Manitoba to Import Power

Two hydropower-rich provinces are being forced to import power from other jurisdictions due to severe drought in Western Canada.

Behind-the-meter solar could meet up to 3.7% of Canada’s electricity demand, save money for power utilities, reduce home energy use, and create more than 80,000 jobs in 2050, but only with better financing and supportive policies, concludes a first-ever national market assessment produced last year.

Behind-the-Meter Solar Could Create 80,000 Jobs by 2050

Behind-the-meter solar could meet up to 3.7% of Canada’s electricity demand, save money for power utilities, reduce home energy use, and create more than 80,000 jobs in 2050, but only with better financing and supportive policies, concludes a first-ever national market assessment produced last year.

As California’s utility regulator moves to complete its community solar program guidelines, hopes are high that a widely-supported tariff proposal will finally allow community solar and battery storage to help power the state.