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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.

Battery Storage Firms See Promise in California’s Community Solar Market

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.

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and the Bank of Montreal have quietly formed a partnership aimed at financing energy retrofits in mid-sized residential and commercial buildings.

CIB, Bank of Montreal Plan $100M Fund for Commercial Building Retrofits

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and the Bank of Montreal have quietly formed a partnership aimed at financing energy retrofits in mid-sized residential and commercial buildings.

As a Democratic lawmaker from Georgia tries once more to garner support for a “transformative” four-year, US$80-billion transit bill, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)—and at least one very fed-up union leader—are urging everyone responsible to vote “yes.”

$80B House Bill Could Transform U.S. Transit Operations

As a Democratic lawmaker from Georgia tries once more to garner support for a “transformative” four-year, US$80-billion transit bill, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)—and at least one very fed-up union leader—are urging everyone responsible to vote “yes.”

Montpellier, France has become the latest European city to offer free public transit for local residents, fulfilling a campaign promise by Mayor Michael Delafosse before he was elected in 2020.

Sign-Ups Surge after Montpellier, France Offers Free Transit

Montpellier, France has become the latest European city to offer free public transit for local residents, fulfilling a campaign promise by Mayor Michael Delafosse before he was elected in 2020.

An official review finds that communication failures were a primary cause of problems during the emergency response after six communities in the Northwest Territories faced historic flooding during the spring of 2021.

Review Flags Communication Gaps in NWT Emergency Flood Response

An official review finds that communication failures were a primary cause of problems during the emergency response after six communities in the Northwest Territories faced historic flooding during the spring of 2021.

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Alberta Water Agency Cuts Access for Fracking as Prairie Drought Continues

A water management agency in Alberta is cutting off access for oil and gas fracking operations as the province prepares for another summer of severe drought and a University of Saskatchewan water scientist raises serious concerns about groundwater levels.

One of Canada’s leading private charitable foundations has cleansed 99% of its investment portfolio of oil, gas, and coal assets, less than two years after pledging to do so.

McConnell Reports Investment Portfolio is 99% Fossil-Free

One of Canada’s leading private charitable foundations has cleansed 99% of its investment portfolio of oil, gas, and coal assets, less than two years after pledging to do so.

Two Canadian provinces unveiled major moves last week to increase their supplies of renewable electricity, largely to serve skyrocketing demand from industry, while a third took criticism for an upcoming renewables procurement that won’t shift its reliance on natural gas peaker plants and nuclear generation.

B.C., Quebec Unveil Major Clean Power Expansions While Ontario Lags

Two Canadian provinces unveiled major moves last week to increase their supplies of renewable electricity, largely to serve skyrocketing demand from industry, while a third took criticism for an upcoming renewables procurement that won’t shift its reliance on natural gas peaker plants and nuclear generation.

Last week’s cold snap brought North America its lowest temperatures so far this winter, precipitating a flurry of reports about electric vehicle batteries failing in the cold—but EV drivers in some of Canada’s frostiest parts have their own story to tell.

EVs Endure Canada’s Deep Freeze Despite Cold Snap, Infrastructure Hurdles

Last week’s cold snap brought North America its lowest temperatures so far this winter, precipitating a flurry of reports about electric vehicle batteries failing in the cold—but EV drivers in some of Canada’s frostiest parts have their own story to tell.

As the proportion of green jobs increases, experts expect the growth in employment will counterbalance job losses in the fossil energy sector, but they say it’s also crucial for workers to develop green skills.

Green Jobs Face Serious Labour Shortage, LinkedIn Report Finds

As the proportion of green jobs increases, experts expect the growth in employment will counterbalance job losses in the fossil energy sector, but they say it’s also crucial for workers to develop green skills.

Iyuhána Solar LP has been selected to build a 100-megawatt solar facility, Saskatchewan’s biggest ever, near the city of Estevan, provincial utility SaskPower announced yesterday.

SaskPower Announces 100-MW Solar Plant Near Estevan

Iyuhána Solar LP has been selected to build a 100-megawatt solar facility, Saskatchewan’s biggest ever, near the city of Estevan, provincial utility SaskPower announced yesterday.

After a series of electricity grid alerts in Alberta during the deep freeze earlier this month made headlines across the country, experts say power systems all across North America are increasingly at risk of being overloaded during severe weather.

Every Canadian Grid is Vulnerable to Extreme Weather: Industry CEO

After a series of electricity grid alerts in Alberta during the deep freeze earlier this month made headlines across the country, experts say power systems all across North America are increasingly at risk of being overloaded during severe weather.

The Biden administration is preparing to apply a climate test to a proposal for a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Louisiana, one of 17 the U.S. fossil industry is pushing forward for approval, the New York Times reported this afternoon.

‘We All Just Won’: U.S. to Apply Climate Test to New LNG Terminals

The Biden administration is preparing to apply a climate test to a proposal for a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Louisiana, one of 17 the U.S. fossil industry is pushing forward for approval, the New York Times reported this afternoon.

The global renewables buildout is not insurmountably expensive after factoring the investment dollars that can be redeployed from fossil fuel technology, a team of U.S. analysts concludes in a new analysis.

The Energy Transition Costs Less Than You Think

The global renewables buildout is not insurmountably expensive after factoring the investment dollars that can be redeployed from fossil fuel technology, a team of U.S. analysts concludes in a new analysis.

Hawai'i’s last remaining coal plant has been replaced by a cutting-edge grid-scale battery energy storage system, featuring an array of 158 lithium iron phosphate batteries made by Tesla.

Grid-Boosting Battery System Replaces Hawai’i’s Last Coal Plant

Hawai’i’s last remaining coal plant has been replaced by a cutting-edge grid-scale battery energy storage system, featuring an array of 158 lithium iron phosphate batteries made by Tesla.

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB is facing legal action and complaining about what it calls “sabotage” after the company began clearing trees for its C$7-billion manufacturing plant in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, east of Montreal.

Northvolt Faces Court Action, Sabotage at Quebec Battery Plant

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB is facing legal action and complaining about what it calls “sabotage” after the company began clearing trees for its C$7-billion manufacturing plant in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, east of Montreal.

A Quebec man who posted conspiracy theories online that forest fires were being deliberately set by the government has pleaded guilty to starting a series of fires himself that forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Conspiracy Theorist Who Accused Gov’t of Setting Wildfires Pleads Guilty… to Setting Wildfires

A Quebec man who posted conspiracy theories online that forest fires were being deliberately set by the government has pleaded guilty to starting a series of fires himself that forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Introducing car-free streets near Ottawa’s schools could reduce congestion, increase active transportation for students and guardians, and support community building, finds a new report, but the idea will only succeed with proper funding and execution.

Car-Free ‘School Streets’ Could Boost Health, Safety for Ottawa Students

Introducing car-free streets near Ottawa’s schools could reduce congestion, increase active transportation for students and guardians, and support community building, finds a new report, but the idea will only succeed with proper funding and execution.

Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa are working to prototype an innovative, solar-driven heat storage system that could one day free remote communities in Northern Canada from reliance on costly and toxic diesel.

Solar-Driven Heating System Could Replace Diesel in Northern Communities

Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa are working to prototype an innovative, solar-driven heat storage system that could one day free remote communities in Northern Canada from reliance on costly and toxic diesel.

Communities on the front lines of climate risk should be planning well ahead for their day of displacement, warns a new report that points to land suitability analyses as a critical instrument in the relocation toolkit.

Get Ready to Relocate Communities Displaced by Climate, Report Urges Policy-Makers

Communities on the front lines of climate risk should be planning well ahead for their day of displacement, warns a new report that points to land suitability analyses as a critical instrument in the relocation toolkit.

A township south of Ottawa is experimenting with on-demand transit for its population of nearly 20,000.

Ontario Township Tries Out On-Demand Transit

A township south of Ottawa is experimenting with on-demand transit for its population of nearly 20,000.

Ksi Lisims LNG, an Indigenous-owned floating gas liquefaction facility proposed in British Columbia, has secured a 20-year deal to sell some of its product to colossal fossil Shell, even as global LNG markets wither.

B.C. First Nation’s Big LNG Deal Could Face Weak Market Conditions

Ksi Lisims LNG, an Indigenous-owned floating gas liquefaction facility proposed in British Columbia, has secured a 20-year deal to sell some of its product to colossal fossil Shell, even as global LNG markets wither.

Internal documents from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suggest the province’s environmental liability for hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells could be nearly triple the figure the agency announced earlier this week.

Alberta’s $33B Estimate for Oil Well Liability is 3x Too Low

Internal documents from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suggest the province’s environmental liability for hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells could be nearly triple the figure the agency announced earlier this week.

Puerto Rico has begun using batteries connected to residents’ rooftop solar panels to provide backup power for its grid, helping prevent blackouts and offering an alternative to fossil fuel-burning peaker plants. It could be the first step toward building one of the largest virtual power plants of its kind.

Virtual Power Plant Builds Local Pride, Could Make Fossil-Fuelled Peakers Obsolete

Puerto Rico has begun using batteries connected to residents’ rooftop solar panels to provide backup power for its grid, helping prevent blackouts and offering an alternative to fossil fuel-burning peaker plants. It could be the first step toward building one of the largest virtual power plants of its kind.

Two gas-fired power plants going offline and a winter deep freeze were enough to trigger an emergency alert on the Alberta power grid last Friday and Saturday, prompting at least two provincial premiers to blame the shortfall on the wind and solar generation that eventually helped bring some relief to the system.

Alberta Premier Blames Renewables After Cold Snap, Idled Gas Plants Trigger Grid Emergency

Two gas-fired power plants going offline and a winter deep freeze were enough to trigger an emergency alert on the Alberta power grid last Friday and Saturday, prompting at least two provincial premiers to blame the shortfall on the wind and solar generation that eventually helped bring some relief to the system.

s power grids in the United States continue to add gas-fired power plants, a new report warns that the fossil fuel’s overstated claims of reliability make consumers vulnerable to widespread blackouts.

Gas Plants Have Reliability Problem In Extreme Weather, Scientists Warn

s power grids in the United States continue to add gas-fired power plants, a new report warns that the fossil fuel’s overstated claims of reliability make consumers vulnerable to widespread blackouts.

New York City—home to one of the densest populations and the densest power plant concentrations in the United States—has made progress retiring fossil-fuelled peaker plants, but 75% of them could still be online beyond a 2025 emissions deadline, say advocates, with the city’s most vulnerable people suffering as a result.

New York City Too Slow to Shutter Dirty Gas Peaker Plants: Advocates

New York City—home to one of the densest populations and the densest power plant concentrations in the United States—has made progress retiring fossil-fuelled peaker plants, but 75% of them could still be online beyond a 2025 emissions deadline, say advocates, with the city’s most vulnerable people suffering as a result.

Unequal funding and gaps in Canada’s support for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure are creating challenges for drivers in remote and rural areas while undermining the country’s efforts to meet climate targets.

EV Infrastructure Falls Behind in Rural, Northern Communities

Unequal funding and gaps in Canada’s support for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure are creating challenges for drivers in remote and rural areas while undermining the country’s efforts to meet climate targets.

Cities are increasingly using heat from wastewater as an energy source, seizing the opportunity to cut emissions and expenses.

Vancouver Homes Draw Clean Heat From Sewer Pipes

Cities are increasingly using heat from wastewater as an energy source, seizing the opportunity to cut emissions and expenses.

After a court sided with the Osage Nation to have an 84-turbine, 150-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma removed for encroaching on its mineral rights, Italy-based Enel Energy is appealing the ruling, with dismantling costs looming at US$300 million.

U.S. Court Orders Wind Farm Dismantled to Protect Osage Mineral Rights

After a court sided with the Osage Nation to have an 84-turbine, 150-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma removed for encroaching on its mineral rights, Italy-based Enel Energy is appealing the ruling, with dismantling costs looming at US$300 million.

Georgia, a U.S. capital for electric vehicle production, needs to increase its supply of electricity produced without burning fossil fuels in order to meet industries’ demand for clean energy, Gov. Brian Kemp told world business leaders Thursday.

Georgia Touts Carbon-Free Electricity in Drive for EV Leadership

Georgia, a U.S. capital for electric vehicle production, needs to increase its supply of electricity produced without burning fossil fuels in order to meet industries’ demand for clean energy, Gov. Brian Kemp told world business leaders Thursday.

With Canada coming out of a second year in a row when insured losses from severe weather and natural catastrophes exceeded C$3 billion, an insurance industry representative says 1.5 million households can no longer get affordable coverage for one of the most common weather and climate risks.

1.5M Households Can’t Get Affordable Flood Insurance as Severe Weather Losses Exceed $3B

With Canada coming out of a second year in a row when insured losses from severe weather and natural catastrophes exceeded C$3 billion, an insurance industry representative says 1.5 million households can no longer get affordable coverage for one of the most common weather and climate risks.

Climate change made December’s hyper-warm weather across Canada at least twice as likely, concludes a new rapid analysis released this morning.

Climate Change Made Canada’s Hyper-Warm December Twice as Likely

Climate change made December’s hyper-warm weather across Canada at least twice as likely, concludes a new rapid analysis released this morning.

What if there were a way for cities and towns across Canada to instantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve mobility, cut the number of stop signs dotting our streets, while improving safety?

Here’s How Cities Can ‘Instantly’ Cut GHGs, Improve Mobility and Road Safety

What if there were a way for cities and towns across Canada to instantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve mobility, cut the number of stop signs dotting our streets, while improving safety?

Ongoing efforts to reconnect Montrealers with their waterfront have received a significant boost, with the federal government announcing C$282 million towards repurposing the Bonaventure Expressway as a tree-lined urban boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists.

Montreal Expressway to Be Transformed into Pedestrian Haven

Ongoing efforts to reconnect Montrealers with their waterfront have received a significant boost, with the federal government announcing C$282 million towards repurposing the Bonaventure Expressway as a tree-lined urban boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists.

San Antonio, Texas, is set to become one of the first cities in the United States to deploy the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)’s“direct pay” mechanism, using it to secure 13 megawatts of solar power that will offset about 11% of the electricity used for city operations.

‘Direct Pay’ Tax Mechanism Advances Major U.S. Solar Project

San Antonio, Texas, is set to become one of the first cities in the United States to deploy the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)’s“direct pay” mechanism, using it to secure 13 megawatts of solar power that will offset about 11% of the electricity used for city operations.

Winter has finally arrived for many Canadians, but dipping temperatures are no guarantee that conditions will be cold enough in the North to support the essential ice roads and bridges that serve remote communities there.

Some Northern Communities Left Isolated as Ice Roads Fail to Form

Winter has finally arrived for many Canadians, but dipping temperatures are no guarantee that conditions will be cold enough in the North to support the essential ice roads and bridges that serve remote communities there.

As mobile home owners fight rising housing costs, some of them have hit upon a solution that also helps in the fight against climate change: banding together and buying the land underneath their homes.

Mobile Home Co-ops Help Owners Battle Rising Housing Costs, Embrace Solar

As mobile home owners fight rising housing costs, some of them have hit upon a solution that also helps in the fight against climate change: banding together and buying the land underneath their homes.

Canadian cities and towns seeing their budgets increasingly battered by historic fires, flooding, heat, and ice storms are warning they can't absorb rising costs without federal and provincial support.

Scores of Canadian Cities Face Budget Squeeze from Storms, Fires, Heatwaves

Canadian cities and towns seeing their budgets increasingly battered by historic fires, flooding, heat, and ice storms are warning they can’t absorb rising costs without federal and provincial support.

The world is within reach of hitting the COP28 target of tripling global renewable energy capacity by 2030, but only if governments move swiftly to close the gap between their current good intentions and the policies and investments needed to get the job done, the International Energy Agency concludes in a new analysis this week.

Global Renewables Surge Brings 2030 Goal Within Reach

The world is within reach of hitting the COP28 target of tripling global renewable energy capacity by 2030, but only if governments move swiftly to close the gap between their current good intentions and the policies and investments needed to get the job done, the International Energy Agency concludes in a new analysis this week.

Enbridge Gas is reopening its application for a 13-kilometre, C$123.7-million pipeline replacement project in Ottawa after the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) refused the project in May, 2022, even as the city moves ahead with plans to drastically reduce future demand for the natural gas the utility wants to sell.

Enbridge Gas Reopens Quest for Ottawa-Area Pipeline Replacement

Enbridge Gas is reopening its application for a 13-kilometre, C$123.7-million pipeline replacement project in Ottawa after the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) refused the project in May, 2022, even as the city moves ahead with plans to drastically reduce future demand for the natural gas the utility wants to sell.

As microgrids become more common across North America, advocates are calling for more emphasis on decentralized energy, while a recent reliability report warns of the larger grid’s susceptibility to widespread blackouts during winter weather.

Microgrids Help Ease Burden on Large, Vulnerable Grids, Advocates Say

As microgrids become more common across North America, advocates are calling for more emphasis on decentralized energy, while a recent reliability report warns of the larger grid’s susceptibility to widespread blackouts during winter weather.

As unprecedented drought in British Columbia diminishes hydropower output, utilities are urging their customers to reduce their electricity use this winter, even as they raise rates to cover the cost of importing power from outside the province.

B.C. Imports Power, Boosts Rates Amid ‘Extraordinary’ Year of Drought

As unprecedented drought in British Columbia diminishes hydropower output, utilities are urging their customers to reduce their electricity use this winter, even as they raise rates to cover the cost of importing power from outside the province.

Earth last year shattered global annual heat records, flirted with the world’s agreed-upon warming threshold, and showed more signs of a feverish planet, the European climate agency said Tuesday.

2023 Made Life ‘Miserable, Sometimes Deadly’ as Warmest Year on Record

Earth last year shattered global annual heat records, flirted with the world’s agreed-upon warming threshold, and showed more signs of a feverish planet, the European climate agency said Tuesday.

The Canadian government’s “wartime effort” to speed up new home construction must incorporate net-zero or passive house building standards that “tackle both housing affordability and climate change in an integrated way,” Affordability Action Council members Cherise Burda and Brendan Haley write in an op ed published late last month in the Globe and Mail.

Ottawa’s Standardized Designs Must Deliver ‘Ultra-Efficient’, Resilient Homes, Analysts Say

The Canadian government’s “wartime effort” to speed up new home construction must incorporate net-zero or passive house building standards that “tackle both housing affordability and climate change in an integrated way,” Affordability Action Council members Cherise Burda and Brendan Haley write in an op ed published late last month in the Globe and Mail.

Energy cost savings, massive job creation, and energy security and sovereignty are among the motivations behind the overwhelming support for energy efficiency efforts in Indigenous communities, but the barriers to that work are often daunting, according to an exhaustive report released last month by Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE).

Indigenous Communities Detail Community Support, Major Obstacles for Energy Efficiency Projects

Energy cost savings, massive job creation, and energy security and sovereignty are among the motivations behind the overwhelming support for energy efficiency efforts in Indigenous communities, but the barriers to that work are often daunting, according to an exhaustive report released last month by Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE).

Fear of flood waters has pushed more than 3.2 million Americans to leave their neighbourhoods since 2000, with another 7.5 million expected to follow suit by 2053, a climate risk study has found.

High Flood Risk Creates New Internal Migration Trends in U.S., Study Finds

Fear of flood waters has pushed more than 3.2 million Americans to leave their neighbourhoods since 2000, with another 7.5 million expected to follow suit by 2053, a climate risk study has found.

The first three panelized deep energy retrofits of single-family homes in North America have finished, and the results are conclusive, Retrofit Canada says—panelized retrofits can transform old houses into net-zero-ready buildings.

Energiesprong Retrofits Produce 70-80% Efficiency Gain in Three Edmonton Homes

The first three panelized deep energy retrofits of single-family homes in North America have finished, and the results are conclusive, Retrofit Canada says—panelized retrofits can transform old houses into net-zero-ready buildings.

Typically weighing in at just one gram, the diminutive western chorus frog could prove a mighty impediment to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plans for Highway 413 if a federal impact assessment of the project holds sway.

Tiny Amphibian May Stall Ontario’s $8B Plan for Highway 413

Typically weighing in at just one gram, the diminutive western chorus frog could prove a mighty impediment to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plans for Highway 413 if a federal impact assessment of the project holds sway.

The federal Crown corporation building the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia has announced plans to begin filling the line in March or May, even as it warns that a pending regulatory decision could delay the construction project by up to 30 months.

Trans Mountain Aims to Fill Pipeline by May Despite Pending Regulatory Decision

The federal Crown corporation building the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia has announced plans to begin filling the line in March or May, even as it warns that a pending regulatory decision could delay the construction project by up to 30 months.

Near the end of 2023, the government published its second nuclear fantasy of the year. The December statement declares that Canada will work with other countries to “advance a global aspirational goal of tripling nuclear energy capacity from 2020 by 2050.”

O’Donnell and Ramana: ‘PR Fairy Dust’ Has Canada Tripling Nuclear Capacity by 2050

Near the end of 2023, the government published its second nuclear fantasy of the year. The December statement declares that Canada will work with other countries to “advance a global aspirational goal of tripling nuclear energy capacity from 2020 by 2050.”

A new study casts doubt on Canada’s claims of sustainable forest management and sparks concerns about the future of its boreal forests, just as industry eyes its potential as a resource for affordable housing development.

‘Shocking’ Study Finds Logging Devastates Canada’s Boreal Forests

A new study casts doubt on Canada’s claims of sustainable forest management and sparks concerns about the future of its boreal forests, just as industry eyes its potential as a resource for affordable housing development.

Turbines at Prince Edward Island’s Hermanville wind farm may be at “high risk of imminent failure,” after two 56-metre blades snapped off one of the structures during high winds last month.

PEI Wind Farm Needs Major Repairs after Two Turbine Blades Snap Off

Turbines at Prince Edward Island’s Hermanville wind farm may be at “high risk of imminent failure,” after two 56-metre blades snapped off one of the structures during high winds last month.

After spending most of last year doling out big bucks for massive new electric vehicle battery plants, Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne says Canada is reaching the limits of its abundant renewable energy capacity, and making more electricity is going to be key to keeping the wins coming.

Canada Needs More Clean Power to Deliver on Green Industrial Strategy, Champagne Warns

After spending most of last year doling out big bucks for massive new electric vehicle battery plants, Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne says Canada is reaching the limits of its abundant renewable energy capacity, and making more electricity is going to be key to keeping the wins coming.

June 20, 2023: Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released in mid-June by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

Steep Fall for Oil and Gas, Tough Times for Oil Sands as Canada Energy Regulator Mapped Net-Zero Future

June 20, 2023: Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released in mid-June by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

December 18, 2023: The Alberta and Saskatchewan governments are isolating their provinces and their populations from a shift off fossil fuels that was already under way before this year’s UN climate negotiations, and will be accelerated by the final COP28 declaration, says Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Alberta, Sask. Governments Isolate Themselves as Off-Fossil Transition Begins: Guilbeault

December 18, 2023: The Alberta and Saskatchewan governments are isolating their provinces and their populations from a shift off fossil fuels that was already under way before this year’s UN climate negotiations, and will be accelerated by the final COP28 declaration, says Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

July 4, 2023: After a decade of touting the Trans Mountain pipeline as the solution to their economic woes, Canadian oil producers expressed “growing disappointment with the highly-anticipated project” as they looked ahead to rising costs to ship their product, Bloomberg News reported, in an early July story that is continuing into the new year.

Oil Producers ‘Disappointed’ as Trans Mountain Pipeline Nears Completion

July 4, 2023: After a decade of touting the Trans Mountain pipeline as the solution to their economic woes, Canadian oil producers expressed “growing disappointment with the highly-anticipated project” as they looked ahead to rising costs to ship their product, Bloomberg News reported, in an early July story that is continuing into the new year.

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Fossil Companies Face $50B Lawsuit Over 2021 Heat Dome Deaths

June 25, 2023: A county government in Oregon is suing more than a dozen fossil fuel companies for the costs it incurred in a 2021 heat emergency that killed at least 69 of its residents, in a move that could help prepare the ground for similar legal action in Canada.

July 7, 2023: Weeks after Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) triumphantly unveiled the biggest battery storage procurement in Canadian history, persistent questions remain about how much of that storage capacity will be powered by high-emitting natural gas, The Energy Mix reported in a mid-summer exclusive.

Big Batteries Likely Powered by High-Emitting Gas Under Ontario Grid Plan

July 7, 2023: Weeks after Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) triumphantly unveiled the biggest battery storage procurement in Canadian history, persistent questions remain about how much of that storage capacity will be powered by high-emitting natural gas, The Energy Mix reported in a mid-summer exclusive.

May 7, 2023: Sweden's early shift from fossil-fueled heating to electric heat pumps suggests a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and regulation could help Canadians achieve the lowered costs and 95% drop in building heating emissions that Swedes have enjoyed since the 1990s.

95% LOWER EMISSIONS: Sweden’s Shift to Heat Pumps Holds Lessons for Canada

May 7, 2023: Sweden’s early shift from fossil-fueled heating to electric heat pumps suggests a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and regulation could help Canadians achieve the lowered costs and 95% drop in building heating emissions that Swedes have enjoyed since the 1990s.

October 26, 2023: The federal government sweetened its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

Ottawa Boosted Atlantic Heat Pump Incentive, Suspended Carbon Tax on Home Heating Oil

October 26, 2023: The federal government sweetened its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

August 3, 2023: Alberta put a booming renewable energy industry at risk and set a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said in early August, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

Alberta Slapped 7-Month Moratorium on Solar and Wind, Put Booming Industry at Risk

August 3, 2023: Alberta put a booming renewable energy industry at risk and set a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said in early August, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

May 29, 2023: Thick plumes of heavy smoke filled the Halifax sky in late May as an out-of-control wildfire in a suburban community quickly spread, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents.

Out-of-Control Wildfire Burned Homes, Forced Evacuations Outside Halifax

May 29, 2023: Thick plumes of heavy smoke filled the Halifax sky in late May as an out-of-control wildfire in a suburban community quickly spread, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents.

February 22, 2023: Edmonton and Toronto's bid to become “15-minute cities” faced pushback from fringe groups—putting them alongside Oxford, England, in a battle against climate denial, COVID-19 misinformation, and hard-right extremism.

Fringe Conspiracy Theories Target 15-Minute City Push in Edmonton, Toronto

February 22, 2023: Edmonton and Toronto’s bid to become “15-minute cities” faced pushback from fringe groups—putting them alongside Oxford, England, in a battle against climate denial, COVID-19 misinformation, and hard-right extremism.

April 30, 2023: A mobile app is bringing transit on demand to a regional county municipality in west Quebec that has spent years looking for better, more convenient mobility to and from the Ottawa-Gatineau area nearby.

‘Too Good to be True’: Mobile App Brings On-Demand Transit to Quebec Communities

April 30, 2023: A mobile app is bringing transit on demand to a regional county municipality in west Quebec that has spent years looking for better, more convenient mobility to and from the Ottawa-Gatineau area nearby.

The Alberta and Saskatchewan governments are isolating their provinces and their populations from a shift off fossil fuels that was already under way before this year’s UN climate negotiations, and will be accelerated by the final COP28 declaration, says Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Alberta, Sask. Governments Isolate Themselves as Off-Fossil Transition Begins: Guilbeault

The Alberta and Saskatchewan governments are isolating their provinces and their populations from a shift off fossil fuels that was already under way before this year’s UN climate negotiations, and will be accelerated by the final COP28 declaration, says Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Following many months of grassroots effort, a group of Ontario seniors determined to elicit greater transparency from Premier Doug Ford’s government have successfully pulled five long-delayed provincial documents on climate change adaptation into public domain.

Ontario Seniors Wrest Critical Climate Adaption Files from Ford Government

Following many months of grassroots effort, a group of Ontario seniors determined to elicit greater transparency from Premier Doug Ford’s government have successfully pulled five long-delayed provincial documents on climate change adaptation into public domain.

After slogging its way through a controversial plan to get new gas-fired power plants online, Ontario is stepping back into renewable energy procurement with calls for 5,000 megawatts of new non-emitting wind, solar, hydropower, or bioenergy capacity over the next decade, the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced this week.

Ontario Plans Procurements for 5,000 MW of Renewables

After slogging its way through a controversial plan to get new gas-fired power plants online, Ontario is stepping back into renewable energy procurement with calls for 5,000 megawatts of new non-emitting wind, solar, hydropower, or bioenergy capacity over the next decade, the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced this week.

Alberta’s moratorium last summer on new renewable energy projects was just supposed to be a pause, a breather for an overburdened regulator and concerned public to catch up with an industry growing beyond expectations.

Crucial ‘Stumble’ on Renewables Moratorium Could Cost Alberta ‘Forever’

Alberta’s moratorium last summer on new renewable energy projects was just supposed to be a pause, a breather for an overburdened regulator and concerned public to catch up with an industry growing beyond expectations.

As Alberta’s seven-month renewables moratorium nears its expiration in February, experts are hoping the agriculture and energy sectors can come together for agrivoltaics—with effective provincial regulation navigating competing land use priorities.

Agrivoltaics Can Win Alberta’s Land Use Competition, Experts Suggest

As Alberta’s seven-month renewables moratorium nears its expiration in February, experts are hoping the agriculture and energy sectors can come together for agrivoltaics—with effective provincial regulation navigating competing land use priorities.

Doctors in Canada are using billboard campaigns and a newly-published toolkit to warn policy-makers and the public about the health hazards of burning fossil fuels, as well as the deceptive tactics Big Oil uses to dodge these issues and delay change.

Doctors’ Billboards in Ottawa Condemn Fossil Industry for Causing ‘Health Emergency’

Doctors in Canada are using billboard campaigns and a newly-published toolkit to warn policy-makers and the public about the health hazards of burning fossil fuels, as well as the deceptive tactics Big Oil uses to dodge these issues and delay change.

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Is the LNG Industry Gaslighting the Path to Net-Zero?

As Canada grapples with the oil and gas industry’s methane emissions, dreams of LNG-fuelled prosperity rest on a shaky foundation of questionable assumptions, Shawn McCarthy writes for Corporate Knights.

The town council in Halton Hills, Ontario has voted 9-2 to turn down a proposal to build a new 265-MW gas plant on the site of the existing Halton Hills Generating Station.

Halton Hills Rejects Ontario Gas Plant Proposal

The town council in Halton Hills, Ontario has voted 9-2 to turn down a proposal to build a new 265-MW gas plant on the site of the existing Halton Hills Generating Station.

Canada could scale up its behind-the-meter solar market 20- to 40-fold and end up with rooftop or onsite panels on one-third of the country’s homes by mid-century, concludes a first-ever national market assessment commissioned by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA).

Canadian Rooftop Solar Could Grow 20- to 40-Fold by 2050, CanREA Study Finds

Canada could scale up its behind-the-meter solar market 20- to 40-fold and end up with rooftop or onsite panels on one-third of the country’s homes by mid-century, concludes a first-ever national market assessment commissioned by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA).

Canada is on track to meet its interim emissions reduction goals for 2026 and getting closer to hitting its 2030 target, according to a federal modelling report released last week, while the COP28 climate summit in Dubai was in full swing.

Canada On Track to Meet 2026 Emissions Target, Federal Report Concludes

Canada is on track to meet its interim emissions reduction goals for 2026 and getting closer to hitting its 2030 target, according to a federal modelling report released last week, while the COP28 climate summit in Dubai was in full swing.

As delegates work to solidify the framework for the Loss and Damage Fund at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai, proponents of locally-led climate action are stressing the pivotal role that cities play in addressing climate-wrought losses within their marginalized communities.

Cities at the Forefront of Loss and Damage Need Real Funding

As delegates work to solidify the framework for the Loss and Damage Fund at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai, proponents of locally-led climate action are stressing the pivotal role that cities play in addressing climate-wrought losses within their marginalized communities.

In the United States, electric vehicle charging infrastructure has a reliability problem—and it’s holding back the effort to phase out carbon-spewing gas-powered vehicles.

Reliable EV Charger Infrastructure Depends on Data

In the United States, electric vehicle charging infrastructure has a reliability problem—and it’s holding back the effort to phase out carbon-spewing gas-powered vehicles.

The warmest autumn on record in northern Canada is giving way to abnormal and dangerous winter heat and drought—along with much uncertainty—as El Niño continues to make its presence felt, five months into its onset.

El Niño Brings ‘Weird’ Warm Fall to Parts of Northern Canada

The warmest autumn on record in northern Canada is giving way to abnormal and dangerous winter heat and drought—along with much uncertainty—as El Niño continues to make its presence felt, five months into its onset.

Start-up enthusiasm and serious government support are accelerating the uptake of two- and three-wheeled electric vehicles in Africa and Asia—a transformation that is making its mark on global demand for fossil fuels.

Electric 2- and 3-Wheelers Drive Down Fossil Fuel Demand

Start-up enthusiasm and serious government support are accelerating the uptake of two- and three-wheeled electric vehicles in Africa and Asia—a transformation that is making its mark on global demand for fossil fuels.

With the world now committed to a transition off fossil fuels, Alberta needs an open public inquiry into how the province ensures oilsands producers can pay to clean up after themselves, says a report released Wednesday by a group of university researchers.

Alberta Communities Will Pick Up the Tab if Oilsands Cleanup Fund Falls Short, Academics Warn

With the world now committed to a transition off fossil fuels, Alberta needs an open public inquiry into how the province ensures oilsands producers can pay to clean up after themselves, says a report released Wednesday by a group of university researchers.

Canada's oil and gas industry will have to cut emissions by more than one-third within seven years or buy offset credits under a new federal policy.

Fossils Must Cut Emissions 35% by 2030 as Ottawa Unveils New Cap-and-Trade Rule

Canada’s oil and gas industry will have to cut emissions by more than one-third within seven years or buy offset credits under a new federal policy.

Transit Cape Breton is set to buy the first six of 44 electric buses that will help it hit its net-zero by 2030 target, thanks to C$54 million invested jointly by the federal and provincial governments and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

$54M Buys Cape Breton Its First Set of e-Buses

Transit Cape Breton is set to buy the first six of 44 electric buses that will help it hit its net-zero by 2030 target, thanks to C$54 million invested jointly by the federal and provincial governments and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

A late November rule change by California’s utility regulator undermines the benefits of investing in rooftop solar+storage, dealing yet another blow to a renewables industry reeling from previous changes, industry spokespeople say.

California Regulator Whittles Away Benefits of Rooftop Solar

A late November rule change by California’s utility regulator undermines the benefits of investing in rooftop solar+storage, dealing yet another blow to a renewables industry reeling from previous changes, industry spokespeople say.

A Swiss canton has installed vertical solar panels on a roadside retaining wall, contributing to its target of generating 40% of its electricity from renewables by 2035.

‘Delightfully Creative’ Roadside Panels Feed Power to Local Grid

A Swiss canton has installed vertical solar panels on a roadside retaining wall, contributing to its target of generating 40% of its electricity from renewables by 2035.

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UNEP Sees Cooling Emissions Falling 96% by 2050

With 63 countries signing on to a new Global Cooling Pledge in the first week of the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is charting a course for as much as a 96% reduction in cooling emissions by 2050.

Caribbean Nations Have the Solutions, Need the Financing at COP28

Caribbean Nations Have the Solutions, Need the Financing at COP28

Jamaica was on hurricane watch in the days leading up to the United Nations COP28 climate summit. An unusual tropical storm swinging in from the west was heading for the Caribbean, a region often in the eye of the changing climate, with intensifying storms, record flooding, devastating drought, and crumbling coastlines. In the face of […]

An international delegation of mayors is conveying an “inescapable truth” to national leaders attending the COP climate summit this week and next—that “the era of fossil fuels is coming to an end.”

International Mayors’ Delegation Urges Fossil Fuel Phaseout

An international delegation of mayors is conveying an “inescapable truth” to national leaders attending the COP climate summit this week and next—that “the era of fossil fuels is coming to an end.”

Without a rapid phaseout of fossil fuels, one in 12 hospitals worldwide run the risk of total or partial shutdown from extreme weather events by 2100, with North American facilities facing the greatest risk increase of 430% above 2020 levels, a new physical climate risk analysis finds.

One in 12 Hospitals Risk Shutdown by 2100 Due to Climate Hazards, Analysis Shows

Without a rapid phaseout of fossil fuels, one in 12 hospitals worldwide run the risk of total or partial shutdown from extreme weather events by 2100, with North American facilities facing the greatest risk increase of 430% above 2020 levels, a new physical climate risk analysis finds.

Cities around the world are dialling for dollars—$65 billion, to be exact—to meet surging interest in climate-related infrastructure projects, concludes a think tank report released early in the COP28 climate summit in Dubai.

Climate Infrastructure Surge Has Cities Seeking $65B in New Investment

Cities around the world are dialling for dollars—$65 billion, to be exact—to meet surging interest in climate-related infrastructure projects, concludes a think tank report released early in the COP28 climate summit in Dubai.

Cities and regions are tackling the challenge of climate mitigation, but competing priorities, limited resource, and other factors mean the most effective emissions reduction strategies are rarely chosen, finds a study published in Nature’s Communications Earth & Environment journal.

Cities Often Don’t Choose the Best Emission-Cutting Strategies, Study Finds.

Cities and regions are tackling the challenge of climate mitigation, but competing priorities, limited resource, and other factors mean the most effective emissions reduction strategies are rarely chosen, finds a study published in Nature’s Communications Earth & Environment journal.

Canada’s annual climate emissions inventory won’t count smoke from a record year of wildfires, but it will list forests as carbon sinks—despite concerns that global heating has made them drier, more flammable, and increasingly, a source of emissions.

Climate Analyst Urges Balanced Reporting of Canada’s Wildfire Emissions

Canada’s annual climate emissions inventory won’t count smoke from a record year of wildfires, but it will list forests as carbon sinks—despite concerns that global heating has made them drier, more flammable, and increasingly, a source of emissions.

The science is clear—the 1.5°C target is only achievable if we stop burning fossil fuels. The political reality is also clear—we’re only going to do so if we stop drilling and mining them out of the ground in the first place. Finally, the practical reality is clear—we’re only going to stop this extraction if we do so in a manner that is very widely accepted as fair.

Fossil Fuel Phaseout Must Only Be Done Fairly: Athanasiou

The science is clear—the 1.5°C target is only achievable if we stop burning fossil fuels. The political reality is also clear—we’re only going to do so if we stop drilling and mining them out of the ground in the first place. Finally, the practical reality is clear—we’re only going to stop this extraction if we do so in a manner that is very widely accepted as fair.

Alberta took home a coveted Fossil of the Day award, Quebec became co-president of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, and the Saskatchewan government faced a blistering hometown parody of its $764,000 COP28 pavilion as the first week of make-or-break climate negotiations in Dubai drew to a close.

ALBERTA FIRST! Province Wins Fossil of the Day Award at UN Climate Conference

Alberta took home a coveted Fossil of the Day award, Quebec became co-president of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, and the Saskatchewan government faced a blistering hometown parody of its $764,000 COP28 pavilion as the first week of make-or-break climate negotiations in Dubai drew to a close.

With five “disastrous” tipping points in the natural world at risk of being crossed right now, governments must urgently act to avoid “catastrophic damage,” say researchers who identified 26 such points of no return in a world racing towards exceeding the 1.5°C warming limit.

World Races Toward ‘Disastrous’ Climate Tipping Points, as Positive Change Also Accelerates

With five “disastrous” tipping points in the natural world at risk of being crossed right now, governments must urgently act to avoid “catastrophic damage,” say researchers who identified 26 such points of no return in a world racing towards exceeding the 1.5°C warming limit.

A coalition of environmental and community groups is applauding a decision by the Nova Scotia and federal governments to deny a C$1.5-million bid to relaunch oil and gas exploration in the waters off the province.

‘Really Wise Decision’ as Ottawa, Nova Scotia Turn Down Offshore Oil Proposal

A coalition of environmental and community groups is applauding a decision by the Nova Scotia and federal governments to deny a C$1.5-million bid to relaunch oil and gas exploration in the waters off the province.

Canada became the first country to promise a 75% reduction in oil and gas industry methane emissions during the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier today.

Canada to Mandate 75% Cut in Fossil Industry Methane by 2030

Canada became the first country to promise a 75% reduction in oil and gas industry methane emissions during the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier today.

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Low Funding, Fewer Deep Retrofits Limit Gains from Canada Greener Homes Program

A survey of building retrofits under the Canada Greener Homes program says funding limits are holding homeowners back from more extensive energy efficiency improvements, just as national polling shows an overwhelming majority of Canadians looking for relief on their home heating bills.

Canadian climate hawks unveiled a stylish, new “emissions cap” and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith drew some serious attention over the weekend as watchdog groups began shining a harsh light on fossil industry influence at this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Fossil Lobbyists Join Canada’s COP Delegation as Climate Hawks Unveil Their Own Emissions ‘Cap’

Canadian climate hawks unveiled a stylish, new “emissions cap” and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith drew some serious attention over the weekend as watchdog groups began shining a harsh light on fossil industry influence at this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

More than 100 countries signed a global clean energy pledge, COP28 organizers touted an ambitious but voluntary methane reduction promise by oil and gas companies, and fossil fuel phaseout language faced steady opposition on the third day of United Nations climate talks in Dubai.

Renewables Pledge, Voluntary Methane Controls Lead Major Announcements at COP28

More than 100 countries signed a global clean energy pledge, COP28 organizers touted an ambitious but voluntary methane reduction promise by oil and gas companies, and fossil fuel phaseout language faced steady opposition on the third day of United Nations climate talks in Dubai.

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s wielding of her province’s Sovereignty Act to fight the 2035 net-zero provisions in federal Clean Electricity Regulations is “a bunch of political theatre,” a legal expert says, while clean energy advocates express concern that the “unnecessary” move could thwart clean energy investment in the province.

Alberta’s Sovereignty Act a ‘Bunch of Political Theatre’, Legal Experts Say

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s wielding of her province’s Sovereignty Act to fight the 2035 net-zero provisions in federal Clean Electricity Regulations is “a bunch of political theatre,” a legal expert says, while clean energy advocates express concern that the “unnecessary” move could thwart clean energy investment in the province.

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is on a path to net-zero emissions after launching a 4.86-megawatt solar farm that will power 1,200 homes and prevent 4,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Alberta Métis Solar Farm Delivers 4.86 MW, Builds ‘Sovereignty and Self-Sufficiency’

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is on a path to net-zero emissions after launching a 4.86-megawatt solar farm that will power 1,200 homes and prevent 4,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Tech giant Amazon is investing in its first Canadian wind farm.

Amazon Invests in 495-MW Alberta Wind Farm

Tech giant Amazon is investing in its first Canadian wind farm.

Poor planning, funding shortages, and plans to build new critical mineral mines are imperilling Yukon’s plan to reduce emissions 45% by 2030, even as the territory’s climate leadership council maps out a pathway to success.

Yukon Falls Short on Renewables after Climate Council Maps Decarbonization Path

Poor planning, funding shortages, and plans to build new critical mineral mines are imperilling Yukon’s plan to reduce emissions 45% by 2030, even as the territory’s climate leadership council maps out a pathway to success.

As Toronto celebrates a big win for transit funding and British Columbia pushes ahead towards greenlighting density near transit, the City of Ottawa is being urged to up its transit game, while Edmonton struggles with its electric bus fleet.

Toronto Lands Transit Funding as Ottawa Council ‘Ties Hands’ with Budget Deficits

As Toronto celebrates a big win for transit funding and British Columbia pushes ahead towards greenlighting density near transit, the City of Ottawa is being urged to up its transit game, while Edmonton struggles with its electric bus fleet.

Crews have installed what's billed as North America’s first wireless-charging public roadway for electric vehicles beneath a street just west of downtown Detroit.

North America’s First Wireless-Charging Roadway to ‘Unlock EV Adoption’

Crews have installed what’s billed as North America’s first wireless-charging public roadway for electric vehicles beneath a street just west of downtown Detroit.

When Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle five years ago, it left boats, cars, and trucks piled up to the windows of Bonny Paulson's home in the tiny coastal community of Mexico Beach, Florida, even though the house rests on pillars 14 feet above the ground. But Paulson's home, with a rounded shape that looks something like a ship, shrugged off Category 5 winds that might otherwise have collapsed it.

Storm-Resistant Housing Gains Foothold in U.S. Hurricane Zones

When Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle five years ago, it left boats, cars, and trucks piled up to the windows of Bonny Paulson’s home in the tiny coastal community of Mexico Beach, Florida, even though the house rests on pillars 14 feet above the ground. But Paulson’s home, with a rounded shape that looks something like a ship, shrugged off Category 5 winds that might otherwise have collapsed it.

Northwest Territories communities along the Mackenzie River are facing massive supply chain problems as climate change steadily dries up one of the country’s mightiest waterways.

Dried Up ‘River Highway’ Spells Trouble for Mackenzie Valley Communities

Northwest Territories communities along the Mackenzie River are facing massive supply chain problems as climate change steadily dries up one of the country’s mightiest waterways.

As the climate crisis depletes already scarce water resources in West Africa and Southeast Asia, predatory investors, and an insatiable demand for hydroelectric power are becoming glaring threats, endangering lives, livelihoods, and the ecosystems that sustain local communities.

Water Profits, Shortages Imperil Communities Near Two Mighty Rivers

As the climate crisis depletes already scarce water resources in West Africa and Southeast Asia, predatory investors, and an insatiable demand for hydroelectric power are becoming glaring threats, endangering lives, livelihoods, and the ecosystems that sustain local communities.

The District of Squamish in British Columbia has voted 5-2 to support the Sue Big Oil campaign, a class action lawsuit seeking to hold fossil companies accountable for their fair share of local climate damages.

Squamish Council Supports Lawsuit Against Big Oil

The District of Squamish in British Columbia has voted 5-2 to support the Sue Big Oil campaign, a class action lawsuit seeking to hold fossil companies accountable for their fair share of local climate damages.

The window is closing on the federal government to deliver on its promise to introduce a strong carbon emissions cap for the oil and gas sector, Canada’s most polluting sector.

Canada Needs a Big Climate Win, Tied to Affordability

The window is closing on the federal government to deliver on its promise to introduce a strong carbon emissions cap for the oil and gas sector, Canada’s most polluting sector.

Emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from Alberta's fossil industry are underestimated by nearly 50%, according to a new study from one of Canada's premier climate labs.

Alberta Fossils Undercount Methane by 50% as Ottawa Touts New Rules

Emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from Alberta’s fossil industry are underestimated by nearly 50%, according to a new study from one of Canada’s premier climate labs.

A spill of surface runoff from a containment pond at Suncor Energy's Fort Hills oilsands site may have spanned more than a year, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced, far more and for far longer than the company originally revealed.

Suncor Reports Another Spill After AER Declines to Rethink Fort Hill Expansion

A spill of surface runoff from a containment pond at Suncor Energy’s Fort Hills oilsands site may have spanned more than a year, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced, far more and for far longer than the company originally revealed.

There’s a 70% chance that 2024 will be the “crucial inflection point” when global climate pollution begins to fall—as long as clean technology growth trends continue and countries follow through on their pledges to cut methane emissions, a new report this week concludes.

70% Chance of Emissions Reduction in 2024 Marks ‘Crucial Inflection Point’, Analysts Say

There’s a 70% chance that 2024 will be the “crucial inflection point” when global climate pollution begins to fall—as long as clean technology growth trends continue and countries follow through on their pledges to cut methane emissions, a new report this week concludes.

The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will have to reduce its climate pollution by an ambitious 9% per year to meet its 2030 climate targets, after the latest annual inventory of the region’s emissions showed an 8% increase in 2022—alongside a stunning 56% rise from gas-fired electricity over two years.

GTHA Emissions Rise 8%, Gas Plant Pollution Up 56% in Two Years, Despite Clean, Affordable Alternatives

The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will have to reduce its climate pollution by an ambitious 9% per year to meet its 2030 climate targets, after the latest annual inventory of the region’s emissions showed an 8% increase in 2022—alongside a stunning 56% rise from gas-fired electricity over two years.

The “grossly exaggerated if not outright false” messaging in the Alberta government’s C$8-million “Tell the Feds” ad campaign is just “a thinly disguised attempt to enlist ordinary Canadians in Alberta’s unyielding service to the fossil fuel industry,” University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski writes in an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail.

UCalgary Law Prof Scorches Alberta’s ‘Freeze in the Dark’ Ad Campaign

The “grossly exaggerated if not outright false” messaging in the Alberta government’s C$8-million “Tell the Feds” ad campaign is just “a thinly disguised attempt to enlist ordinary Canadians in Alberta’s unyielding service to the fossil fuel industry,” University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski writes in an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail.

An upcoming legislative proposal to define New Hampshire’s Seabrook nuclear station as clean energy risks undermining solar and wind in a state that is already falling behind other jurisdictions in renewable energy development, local climate and energy advocates are warning.

New Hampshire Nuclear Subsidy Could Eclipse Renewables, Clean Energy Advocates Warn

An upcoming legislative proposal to define New Hampshire’s Seabrook nuclear station as clean energy risks undermining solar and wind in a state that is already falling behind other jurisdictions in renewable energy development, local climate and energy advocates are warning.

In response to Canada's concurrent affordable housing and climate crises, policy experts and community leaders are uniting in a newly-established council to develop

Connect Climate Action to Affordable Housing, New Council Urges

In response to Canada’s concurrent affordable housing and climate crises, policy experts and community leaders are uniting in a newly-established council to develop “all-in” solutions that give Canadians better access to basic necessities.

While the Canadian and some provincial governments pitch incentives for private developers in a bid to ease the country’s affordable housing crisis, Quebec is devoting $1.8 billion in federal and provincial dollars to public housing, co-ops, and non-profits.

Quebec Stands Its Ground, Leads Other Provinces with $1.8B for Non-Market Housing

While the Canadian and some provincial governments pitch incentives for private developers in a bid to ease the country’s affordable housing crisis, Quebec is devoting $1.8 billion in federal and provincial dollars to public housing, co-ops, and non-profits.

The imminent arrival of congestion pricing has one of North America's highest-traffic cities gearing itself for a “revolution” in transportation, with one expert calling it the most important experiment the U.S. highway system has seen in decades.

New York City Prepares for Congestion Pricing ‘Revolution’

The imminent arrival of congestion pricing has one of North America’s highest-traffic cities gearing itself for a “revolution” in transportation, with one expert calling it the most important experiment the U.S. highway system has seen in decades.

As the City of Ottawa awaits a provincial greenlight to build two high rises looming over its iconic Central Experimental Farm (CEF), the facility’s crop scientists are voicing concerns that the towers will cast a shadow over sensitive food research crucial to an overheating world.

Ottawa’s Intensification Push Could Overshadow Critical Crop Research

As the City of Ottawa awaits a provincial greenlight to build two high rises looming over its iconic Central Experimental Farm (CEF), the facility’s crop scientists are voicing concerns that the towers will cast a shadow over sensitive food research crucial to an overheating world.

Residents of Lāhainā, Hawai’i, may have to wait years for an official report on the raging wildfire that destroyed their legendary town and claimed at least 100 lives in August. But early scrutiny of Maui police footage, internal documents, and resident videos reveals a concerning lapse in emergency response protocols.

Devastating Maui Wildfire Raises Questions for Emergency Response

Residents of Lāhainā, Hawai’i, may have to wait years for an official report on the raging wildfire that destroyed their legendary town and claimed at least 100 lives in August. But early scrutiny of Maui police footage, internal documents, and resident videos reveals a concerning lapse in emergency response protocols.

High-moisture fruit crops like bananas may become a firefighter’s strongest ally, at least in places that share the Mediterranean climate of California, as new research shows that planting buffers of high-moisture banana crops in wildland-urban interfaces can significantly slow the advance of wildfires.

‘Edible Fire Buffers’ Could Become a Wildland Firefighter’s Best Friend, Study Suggests

High-moisture fruit crops like bananas may become a firefighter’s strongest ally, at least in places that share the Mediterranean climate of California, as new research shows that planting buffers of high-moisture banana crops in wildland-urban interfaces can significantly slow the advance of wildfires.

Nurses and other health practitioners in Ontario are dismissing their pension plan’s climate investment strategy as

Ontario Health Workers Push Pension Fund to Divest Fossil Fuels by 2025

Nurses and other health practitioners in Ontario are dismissing their pension plan’s climate investment strategy as “greenwashing nonsense” and urging the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) to defend public health by dumping its C$1.6 billion in fossil fuel holdings.

One of the lead authors behind the latest National Climate Assessment for the United States has come away from the project with an unexpected reaction: hope.

‘We Can Do This’: U.S. Climate Assessment Is Dire, But Scientists Show the Way to Safety

One of the lead authors behind the latest National Climate Assessment for the United States has come away from the project with an unexpected reaction: hope.

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is asking for more time and flexibility to implement the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations (CER), in a submission that analysts say downplays the province’s renewable energy potential but is still a model for the way other jurisdictions could respond to the new rules.

Ontario Asks for More Time, Flexibility on Clean Electricity Regs

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is asking for more time and flexibility to implement the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations (CER), in a submission that analysts say downplays the province’s renewable energy potential but is still a model for the way other jurisdictions could respond to the new rules.

Several companies and researchers are moving closer to realizing V2X or “vehicle-to-everything” systems—technology that turns the batteries powering a growing EV fleet into essential energy storage for grids.

V2X: Electric Vehicle Batteries Can Replace Costly, Stand-Alone Energy Storage

Several companies and researchers are moving closer to realizing V2X or “vehicle-to-everything” systems—technology that turns the batteries powering a growing EV fleet into essential energy storage for grids.

Utilities in the United States could save more than $100 billion per year in the effort to decarbonize the country’s power supply if their customers invest in efficient, grid-responsive buildings, concludes a report released earlier this year by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Brattle Group consultancy.

Decarbonized Grid Hinges on Energy-Efficient Buildings

Utilities in the United States could save more than $100 billion per year in the effort to decarbonize the country’s power supply if their customers invest in efficient, grid-responsive buildings, concludes a report released earlier this year by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Brattle Group consultancy.

In a turning point for Michigan, a state long associated with industry and fossil fuels, the state legislature passed a package of bills that aims to cut carbon emissions, requiring 100% of its electricity to come from clean sources by 2040.

Michigan Aims for 100% Clean Grid by 2040

In a turning point for Michigan, a state long associated with industry and fossil fuels, the state legislature passed a package of bills that aims to cut carbon emissions, requiring 100% of its electricity to come from clean sources by 2040.

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46M Health Professionals Urge Fossil Phaseout as Lancet Countdown Warns of Dire Impacts

With the world currently on track for 2.7°C of average global warming by 2100, aggressive reductions in climate pollution are an imperative to avoid “catastrophic” harms to human health, says the latest in a series of reports from eminent medical journal The Lancet.

The falling cost of renewable electricity and the price volatility of fossil fuels are two of the main factors prompting eight rural energy cooperatives in Colorado to step away from longstanding business relationships with their wholesale electricity providers.

8 Rural Power Co-ops Ditch Suppliers, Shift to Renewables

The falling cost of renewable electricity and the price volatility of fossil fuels are two of the main factors prompting eight rural energy cooperatives in Colorado to step away from longstanding business relationships with their wholesale electricity providers.

Utilities in the United States tend to frame rooftop and community solar as too pricey for consumers, but an expert witness recently acknowledged to Arizona regulators that utilities oppose rooftop solar because it cuts into their profits.

‘Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud’: Expert Accepts Profits Drive Utility Aversion to Rooftop Solar

Utilities in the United States tend to frame rooftop and community solar as too pricey for consumers, but an expert witness recently acknowledged to Arizona regulators that utilities oppose rooftop solar because it cuts into their profits.

A non-profit clean technology accelerator and innovation hub in Brooklyn is claiming an 88% success rate for the climate solution start-ups it supports, with an approach that stresses stepwise business development rather than a search for the next technological “unicorn”—and weeds out greenwash at an early stage.

NYC’s Non-Profit Cleantech Lab Boasts 88% Success Rate

A non-profit clean technology accelerator and innovation hub in Brooklyn is claiming an 88% success rate for the climate solution start-ups it supports, with an approach that stresses stepwise business development rather than a search for the next technological “unicorn”—and weeds out greenwash at an early stage.

Aggressive policy at all levels of government can help Canada avoid 100 megatonnes of carbon emissions per year while building the 5.8 million new units that will be needed to solve the housing crisis, concludes an analysis released this week by the Task Force for Housing & Climate.

Strong Policy Can Slash Emissions as Canada Tackles Housing Affordability

Aggressive policy at all levels of government can help Canada avoid 100 megatonnes of carbon emissions per year while building the 5.8 million new units that will be needed to solve the housing crisis, concludes an analysis released this week by the Task Force for Housing & Climate.

Canada has all the technological tools it needs to decarbonize its building sector, but daunting challenges remain at the system level, said a panel of experts at a recent climate conference held in Ottawa.

Boost Building Efficiency to Meet Climate Goals, Experts Urge Canada

Canada has all the technological tools it needs to decarbonize its building sector, but daunting challenges remain at the system level, said a panel of experts at a recent climate conference held in Ottawa.

Canada’s first community-wide smart grid system is in the spotlight after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the C$34-million facility’s official launch in Sault Ste. Marie last Friday.

Trudeau Applauds Canada’s First City-Wide Smart Grid

Canada’s first community-wide smart grid system is in the spotlight after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the C$34-million facility’s official launch in Sault Ste. Marie last Friday.

One of Quebec's youngest mayors announced last week she will be stepping down, suffering the effects of burnout from handling last summer’s historic wildfire season in her northern community.

Chapais, Quebec Mayor Resigns After Leading Town Through Wildfire Crisis

One of Quebec’s youngest mayors announced last week she will be stepping down, suffering the effects of burnout from handling last summer’s historic wildfire season in her northern community.

A plan is now in place to create the kind of detailed flood plain maps that some of Nova Scotia's emergency managers said they lacked when torrential flooding hit their communities in July.

New NS Flood Plain Maps May Miss Storm Severity that Killed 4 Last Summer

A plan is now in place to create the kind of detailed flood plain maps that some of Nova Scotia’s emergency managers said they lacked when torrential flooding hit their communities in July.

A trio of writers in Halifax is accusing Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s government of misinformation over its “freezing in the dark” propaganda campaign, just as two energy analysts declare one of Smith’s favourite fossil fuels, natural gas, a “dying commodity”.

NS Writers Scorch Alberta Govt ‘Snake Oil’ While Analysts Cite Gas as ‘Dying Commodity’

A trio of writers in Halifax is accusing Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s government of misinformation over its “freezing in the dark” propaganda campaign, just as two energy analysts declare one of Smith’s favourite fossil fuels, natural gas, a “dying commodity”.

Regional impacts of the low-carbon transition, as well as the overall pace of change and the scope of Ottawa’s investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerged as key discussion points at a meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month.

Senators Probe Pace of Energy Transition as Official Defends Controls on Fossil Emissions

Regional impacts of the low-carbon transition, as well as the overall pace of change and the scope of Ottawa’s investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerged as key discussion points at a meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month.

The federal government has failed to properly communicate the affordability and job benefits of its emissions reduction plans, but carbon pricing is still a key piece of the puzzle as Ottawa moves from broad strategy to the nitty gritty of implementation, two key cabinet ministers said yesterday, during a moderated discussion at the Canadian Climate Institute annual conference in Ottawa.

Ottawa Must Tell a Better Story on Climate Plan, Address ‘Nitty Gritty’ of Implementation, Ministers Say

The federal government has failed to properly communicate the affordability and job benefits of its emissions reduction plans, but carbon pricing is still a key piece of the puzzle as Ottawa moves from broad strategy to the nitty gritty of implementation, two key cabinet ministers said yesterday, during a moderated discussion at the Canadian Climate Institute annual conference in Ottawa.

Ontario is teeming with potential as a renewables market, while Southern Alberta will shine as a solar “hotbed,” says a solar project expert from PCL Solar, which in 2023 secured C$1.4 billion worth of new contracts across Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Solar Developer Names Ontario, Alberta as Top Renewables Hotspots

Ontario is teeming with potential as a renewables market, while Southern Alberta will shine as a solar “hotbed,” says a solar project expert from PCL Solar, which in 2023 secured C$1.4 billion worth of new contracts across Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Even as other countries look to Norway for inspiration on boosting electric vehicle adoption, its cities are looking to mass transit and walkable communities—not cars—for the stable climate and greater equity that the energy transition promises.

Norwegian Cities Favour Transit, Walking Despite Generous National EV Subsidies

Even as other countries look to Norway for inspiration on boosting electric vehicle adoption, its cities are looking to mass transit and walkable communities—not cars—for the stable climate and greater equity that the energy transition promises.

Maine voters have rejected a campaign to buy out the region’s two main corporate utilities, with implications for climate buy-in and utility ownership across the United States.

Maine Voters Vote ‘No’ to Replacing Investor-Owned Utilities with Non-Profit

Maine voters have rejected a campaign to buy out the region’s two main corporate utilities, with implications for climate buy-in and utility ownership across the United States.

As climate variability revises peak demand for heating and cooling in an electrified future, grid operators must plan ahead to guarantee reliability, say the authors of a new paper published in the journal Nature.

U.S. Study Shows Climate Impacts on Heating and Cooling Demand

As climate variability revises peak demand for heating and cooling in an electrified future, grid operators must plan ahead to guarantee reliability, say the authors of a new paper published in the journal Nature.

Claims that the booming private sector climate data services industry is over-claiming its accuracy and failing to deliver equitable, reliable ,or transparent datasets were addressed by experts in a panel discussion on Monday.

Private Data Providers May ‘Over-Claim’ Ability to Predict Local Climate Impacts

Claims that the booming private sector climate data services industry is over-claiming its accuracy and failing to deliver equitable, reliable ,or transparent datasets were addressed by experts in a panel discussion on Monday.

Hoping to increase mobility for residents while eliminating transit emissions and slashing energy costs, a transit company in rural Quebec is switching its entire fleet to electric buses.

Rural Quebec Community to Electrify its Entire Bus Fleet

Hoping to increase mobility for residents while eliminating transit emissions and slashing energy costs, a transit company in rural Quebec is switching its entire fleet to electric buses.

Alberta communities ought to be beneficiaries of a nearly C$300-million renewable energy windfall the provincial government has received, with the funds used to expand the industry and help low-income people pay power bills, says the province’s NDP Opposition.

Let Communities, Ratepayers Gain from $282M Renewables Windfall, Alberta NDP Says

Alberta communities ought to be beneficiaries of a nearly C$300-million renewable energy windfall the provincial government has received, with the funds used to expand the industry and help low-income people pay power bills, says the province’s NDP Opposition.

A non-partisan business group that advocates for clean energy estimates that 403,000 jobs will be created by the 210 major energy projects announced since the Inflation Reduction Act took effect in the United States in mid-2022.

U.S. Gains 400,000 Clean Energy Jobs Since 2022, E2 Estimates

A non-partisan business group that advocates for clean energy estimates that 403,000 jobs will be created by the 210 major energy projects announced since the Inflation Reduction Act took effect in the United States in mid-2022.

A new resource helps cash-strapped municipalities build a business case for climate adaptation spending by appraising the greater cost of “doing nothing,” providing a practical budgeting tool for Canadian communities that increasingly face losses from climate-driven disasters.

‘Cost of Doing Nothing’ Toolbox Helps Cities Justify Climate Investments

A new resource helps cash-strapped municipalities build a business case for climate adaptation spending by appraising the greater cost of “doing nothing,” providing a practical budgeting tool for Canadian communities that increasingly face losses from climate-driven disasters.

Gasoline-powered garden equipment is “pound for pound” more polluting than conventional cars and trucks, emitting “shocking” levels of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and particulate pollutants, a new report reveals.

Lawn Equipment Spews ‘Shocking’ Amount of Pollution, Report Finds

Gasoline-powered garden equipment is “pound for pound” more polluting than conventional cars and trucks, emitting “shocking” levels of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and particulate pollutants, a new report reveals.

This October was the hottest on record globally, 1.7°C (3.1°F) warmer than the pre-industrial average for the month—and the fifth straight month with such a mark in what will now almost certainly be the warmest year ever recorded.

‘Shocking’ October Temperatures Obliterate Past Records, Help Make 2023 the Hottest Year On Record

This October was the hottest on record globally, 1.7°C (3.1°F) warmer than the pre-industrial average for the month—and the fifth straight month with such a mark in what will now almost certainly be the warmest year ever recorded.

The world’s 20 biggest fossil fuel-producing countries are set to extract more than enough oil, gas, and coal in 2030 to defeat any hope of holding global warming to a relatively safe 1.5°C, and Canada is projecting the fourth-largest increase in oil production, according to a new analysis released this morning.

Global Fossil Production Set to Blow Through 1.5°C Climate Limit, New Report Warns

The world’s 20 biggest fossil fuel-producing countries are set to extract more than enough oil, gas, and coal in 2030 to defeat any hope of holding global warming to a relatively safe 1.5°C, and Canada is projecting the fourth-largest increase in oil production, according to a new analysis released this morning.

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Blame Fossil Profits, Not Carbon Tax, for ‘Skyrocketing’ Prices: McKenna

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s political adversaries frame a tax exemption for home heating oil as evidence that his climate policies clash with affordability, blame is diverted away from the fossil fuel companies who are the real culprits behind escalating prices, says Canada’s former environment and climate minister, Catherine McKenna.

The Alberta Energy Regulator is reconsidering its approval of Suncor Energy’s plan to extract a billion barrels of oil from wetlands that serve as a First Nations gathering place, a carbon sink, and wildlife habitat, after conservation experts said the project comes across as “a big experiment.”

Regulator Pauses Suncor Plan to Extract 1B Barrels from Alberta Wetland

The Alberta Energy Regulator is reconsidering its approval of Suncor Energy’s plan to extract a billion barrels of oil from wetlands that serve as a First Nations gathering place, a carbon sink, and wildlife habitat, after conservation experts said the project comes across as “a big experiment.”

With the federal government laying plans for a new loan guarantee program to help Indigenous groups invest in major natural resource projects, the discussion appears to have sidestepped clean energy options that already account for more than 600 projects in communities across the country.

Ottawa Mulls Loan Guarantees for Indigenous Resource Projects, Sidesteps Clean Energy Options

With the federal government laying plans for a new loan guarantee program to help Indigenous groups invest in major natural resource projects, the discussion appears to have sidestepped clean energy options that already account for more than 600 projects in communities across the country.

Hydro-Québec is getting credit for opening a conversation about the province’s energy future, but not for presenting the most affordable path to net-zero emissions, as experts dig into the details of the 2035 action plan the provincial utility released last week.

Mixed Reviews for Quebec Net-Zero Plan as Experts Cite Demand Reduction Challenges

Hydro-Québec is getting credit for opening a conversation about the province’s energy future, but not for presenting the most affordable path to net-zero emissions, as experts dig into the details of the 2035 action plan the provincial utility released last week.

Hydro-Québec will invest C$155 to $185 billion by 2035 and install 8,000 to 9,000 megawatts of new grid capacity, including 3,800 to 4,200 MW of new hydroelectric generation, under a new action plan released Thursday that pledges a decarbonized grid and a reliable, affordable power supply.

Up to $185B in Investment, 8 to 9 GW of New Capacity as Hydro-Québec Unveils 2035 Plan

Hydro-Québec will invest C$155 to $185 billion by 2035 and install 8,000 to 9,000 megawatts of new grid capacity, including 3,800 to 4,200 MW of new hydroelectric generation, under a new action plan released Thursday that pledges a decarbonized grid and a reliable, affordable power supply.

Saskatchewan’s natural gas utility could face hefty fines for not remitting the carbon tax to the federal government, and its executives may also face jail for failing to do so, federal legislation says.

Sask. Gas Utility Could Face Fines, Jail Time in Carbon Tax Dispute

Saskatchewan’s natural gas utility could face hefty fines for not remitting the carbon tax to the federal government, and its executives may also face jail for failing to do so, federal legislation says.

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

Lac-Mégantic Microgrid to Become Model for Local Communities

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

The efficiency gains of electrification can reduce energy demand by up to 40%, says data scientist and science communicator Hannah Ritchie, citing a journal paper that examines the shift from heat-producing fossil fuels to work-producing renewables.

Efficiency of Electrification Will Slash Energy Demand, Data Scientist Says

The efficiency gains of electrification can reduce energy demand by up to 40%, says data scientist and science communicator Hannah Ritchie, citing a journal paper that examines the shift from heat-producing fossil fuels to work-producing renewables.

Canadians have “notable knowledge gaps” about the cost and performance of electric vehicles, which may be holding them back from making that first EV purchase, concludes a survey commissioned by Electric Mobility Canada (EMC).

‘Notable Knowledge Gaps’ Have Canadians Overlooking EV Benefits: Survey

Canadians have “notable knowledge gaps” about the cost and performance of electric vehicles, which may be holding them back from making that first EV purchase, concludes a survey commissioned by Electric Mobility Canada (EMC).

A non-profit in Winooski, Vermont is recommending community-based approaches to customer engagement to connect energy efficiency programs with low-income and racialized households, after discovering that increased competition among service providers makes it harder for poorer households to get the clean energy advice they need.

Utilities Need Deep Engagement, Trusted Point of Contact to Deliver Energy Efficiency to Underserved Communities

A non-profit in Winooski, Vermont is recommending community-based approaches to customer engagement to connect energy efficiency programs with low-income and racialized households, after discovering that increased competition among service providers makes it harder for poorer households to get the clean energy advice they need.

From cities like Ottawa and Calgary to a multi-agency initiative in the United States, the work-from-home trend combined with a deep affordable housing crisis has policy-makers looking at how to convert empty office space into apartments.

Converting Offices to Affordable Housing Could Boost Transit, Cut Emissions

From cities like Ottawa and Calgary to a multi-agency initiative in the United States, the work-from-home trend combined with a deep affordable housing crisis has policy-makers looking at how to convert empty office space into apartments.

City councillors in Kingston, Ontario, have voted in favour of “blanket municipal support” for new electricity projects, with an amendment to withhold that the support from any projects that use fossil fuels.

Kingston Excludes Gas from ‘Blanket Support’ for New Electricity Projects

City councillors in Kingston, Ontario, have voted in favour of “blanket municipal support” for new electricity projects, with an amendment to withhold that the support from any projects that use fossil fuels.

As the United States injects hundreds of billions of dollars into clean energy through its signature climate law, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, criticism is growing louder about where, how, and whether new development should be allowed.

First-of-its-Kind Course Trains MIT Students as Clean Energy Project Mediators

As the United States injects hundreds of billions of dollars into clean energy through its signature climate law, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, criticism is growing louder about where, how, and whether new development should be allowed.

The C$2.9-million retrofit of a community centre in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by 34%, save $356,000 in annual operating costs, and embody the centre's dedication to all-round well-being.

Pictou, NS Community Centre Expects $350K Annual Saving from Building Retrofit

The C$2.9-million retrofit of a community centre in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by 34%, save $356,000 in annual operating costs, and embody the centre’s dedication to all-round well-being.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has asked the company vying to build one of the country's first large-scale green hydrogen plants to provide more information about the project's impacts on the environment.

Nfld. Wants Closer Look at Local Impacts Before Approving Green Hydrogen Project

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has asked the company vying to build one of the country’s first large-scale green hydrogen plants to provide more information about the project’s impacts on the environment.

New York City e-bike couriers still have to dodge traffic, but to reduce the risk of lithium battery fires endangering their lives, city councillors have mandated that all e-mobility devices sold in the city must have drive systems certified to the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard.

NYC Regulates e-Bikes After Deadly Battery Fires

New York City e-bike couriers still have to dodge traffic, but to reduce the risk of lithium battery fires endangering their lives, city councillors have mandated that all e-mobility devices sold in the city must have drive systems certified to the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard.

After a temporary but still dramatic climbdown on its signature carbon pricing policy, the Trudeau government is taking heat from multiple directions, with carbon pricing opponents demanding further concessions but other voices calling on Ottawa to double down on energy efficiency as the surest route to lower heating bills for the households in greatest need of relief.

Federal Carbon Price Draws Fire as Calls Build for Low-Income Energy Efficiency Plan

After a temporary but still dramatic climbdown on its signature carbon pricing policy, the Trudeau government is taking heat from multiple directions, with carbon pricing opponents demanding further concessions but other voices calling on Ottawa to double down on energy efficiency as the surest route to lower heating bills for the households in greatest need of relief.

With cities around the world scrambling to cope with record heat, and households facing higher power bills to run air conditioning, access to cooling is emerging as a crucial issue in climate change resilience. And passive cooling methods that bring down indoor temperatures without mechanical systems are having a moment.

Passive Cooling Delivers Cheaper Indoor Comfort, Cuts AC Use as Temperatures Rise

With cities around the world scrambling to cope with record heat, and households facing higher power bills to run air conditioning, access to cooling is emerging as a crucial issue in climate change resilience. And passive cooling methods that bring down indoor temperatures without mechanical systems are having a moment.

The United Auto Workers strike in the United States is expected to end after the union struck a tentative deal with General Motors on Monday—following previous agreements with Ford and Stellantis—that could shape the future of electric vehicle production.

U.S. Auto Strike Ends with EV Worker Gains

The United Auto Workers strike in the United States is expected to end after the union struck a tentative deal with General Motors on Monday—following previous agreements with Ford and Stellantis—that could shape the future of electric vehicle production.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is considering allowing oil and gas companies to reduce their environmental liabilities on old well sites before the cleanup is certified complete.

Alberta Regulator May Let Fossils Reduce Liability Before Old Oil Wells Are Cleaned Up

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is considering allowing oil and gas companies to reduce their environmental liabilities on old well sites before the cleanup is certified complete.

The federal government is sweetening its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

Ottawa Boosts Atlantic Heat Pump Incentive, Suspends Carbon Tax on Home Heating Oil

The federal government is sweetening its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

The decision by Toronto-based battery recycler Li-Cycle to delay its new hub facility in Rochester, New York, is raising flags within the wider cleantech industry.

Li-Cycle Hits Pause on Rochester Battery Recycling Hub, ‘Rattling’ Cleantech Analysts

The decision by Toronto-based battery recycler Li-Cycle to delay its new hub facility in Rochester, New York, is raising flags within the wider cleantech industry.

hey call themselves the “Dahn lab” graduates, and they're powering an unlikely, Halifax-based research hub for batteries designed to replace fossil fuels.

‘War on Climate Change’ Powers Halifax Battery Research Hub

hey call themselves the “Dahn lab” graduates, and they’re powering an unlikely, Halifax-based research hub for batteries designed to replace fossil fuels.

Focused pilot programs and supportive policies will enable Ontario to transition its fleet of more than 20,000 school buses from diesel to electric power for big environmental gains, healthier and happier school children, and substantial economic development.

‘Iconic Yellow School Bus’ Can Shield Child Health, Cut Emissions with Shift to Electric

Focused pilot programs and supportive policies will enable Ontario to transition its fleet of more than 20,000 school buses from diesel to electric power for big environmental gains, healthier and happier school children, and substantial economic development.

Maine residents are set to vote in November on whether the state should replace two investor-owned utilities with a new non-profit power company—with wide-reaching implications for consumer electricity bills and Maine’s climate fight.

Maine’s Climate Progress at Stake in Contentious Utility Takeover Vote

Maine residents are set to vote in November on whether the state should replace two investor-owned utilities with a new non-profit power company—with wide-reaching implications for consumer electricity bills and Maine’s climate fight.

Insulation, air sealing, heat pump water heaters, HVAC duct work, and upgraded heating and cooling appliances will be available to North Carolina households on a pay-as-you-go basis under a new “tariffed on-bill” energy efficiency program introduced by Duke Energy, believed to be the first of its kind for an investor-owned utility in the United States.

Monthly Payments Take Up-Front Costs Out of Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

Insulation, air sealing, heat pump water heaters, HVAC duct work, and upgraded heating and cooling appliances will be available to North Carolina households on a pay-as-you-go basis under a new “tariffed on-bill” energy efficiency program introduced by Duke Energy, believed to be the first of its kind for an investor-owned utility in the United States.

With water and wastewater systems accounting for at least 30% of public water consumption, and with about a quarter of all water in the built environment wasted, the role of water in the energy transition needs more attention.

District Energy Conserves Water, Cuts Emissions on Both Sides of the Great Lakes

With water and wastewater systems accounting for at least 30% of public water consumption, and with about a quarter of all water in the built environment wasted, the role of water in the energy transition needs more attention.

Montreal has introduced a ban on gas connections in smaller new buildings that will only eliminate 400 tonnes of climate pollution per year, but is meant to set the direction for bigger savings.

Montreal Gas Plan Delivers Small Savings, Aims for Bigger Momentum

Montreal has introduced a ban on gas connections in smaller new buildings that will only eliminate 400 tonnes of climate pollution per year, but is meant to set the direction for bigger savings.

A Vancouver organization with a 70-year history of delivering affordable housing for people who need it is renovating two decades-old seniors housing buildings to the Passive House energy efficiency standard, thanks in part to a C$10-million grant from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

Seniors Affordable Housing Retrofit Cuts Energy by 50%, Emissions by 93%

A Vancouver organization with a 70-year history of delivering affordable housing for people who need it is renovating two decades-old seniors housing buildings to the Passive House energy efficiency standard, thanks in part to a C$10-million grant from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

Nearly a hundred years after it was built for people seeking spiritual nourishment, a small church house near Quebec City is being transformed to help put actual food on the community table.

Old Quebec Church Reborn As Food Security Sanctuary

Nearly a hundred years after it was built for people seeking spiritual nourishment, a small church house near Quebec City is being transformed to help put actual food on the community table.

At least 30% of emissions produced by the cement industry could be eliminated right now with established technologies, but greening the sector completely calls for ambitious action on both the supply and the demand sides of the equation, say experts.

‘Big, Ambitious Action’ Needed to Decarbonize Cement

At least 30% of emissions produced by the cement industry could be eliminated right now with established technologies, but greening the sector completely calls for ambitious action on both the supply and the demand sides of the equation, say experts.

A leading climate and energy analyst is out with a 21-part fact-checker to counter the most common myths about electric vehicles.

21 Myths: Explainer Counters ‘Relentless Hostile Reporting’ on EVs

A leading climate and energy analyst is out with a 21-part fact-checker to counter the most common myths about electric vehicles.

The phenomenal rise of clean energy technologies like solar, wind, electric vehicles, and heat pumps is reshaping the global energy system, but not fast enough to prevent a future of 2.4°C average global warming, the International Energy Agency concludes this morning in the 2023 edition of its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO).

‘Phenomenal’ Renewables Growth Still Allows Too Much Fossil Demand, 2.4°C Future: IEA

The phenomenal rise of clean energy technologies like solar, wind, electric vehicles, and heat pumps is reshaping the global energy system, but not fast enough to prevent a future of 2.4°C average global warming, the International Energy Agency concludes this morning in the 2023 edition of its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO).

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Get Serious About Cleantech Investment, Expert Urges Canada

While the United States rolls out hundreds of billions of dollars in clean energy funding through the Inflation Reduction Act, Canada’s initiatives are a mess, says climate and energy analyst Chris Bataille.

As public health experts compile thousands of papers with “damning evidence” linking fracking with health harms, fossil fuel groups are working to undermine the research by arguing that not all of it is peer-reviewed.

Evidence Mounts as Fossil Industry Disputes Fracking Health Impacts

As public health experts compile thousands of papers with “damning evidence” linking fracking with health harms, fossil fuel groups are working to undermine the research by arguing that not all of it is peer-reviewed.

A respected advisory group of scientists and doctors in the United States has compiled more than 80 recommendations to accelerate the “essential and possible” task of decarbonizing the entire country by 2050.

U.S. Can Hit Net-Zero by 2050, Science Academy Concludes

A respected advisory group of scientists and doctors in the United States has compiled more than 80 recommendations to accelerate the “essential and possible” task of decarbonizing the entire country by 2050.

With warmer oceans serving as fuel, Atlantic hurricanes are now more than twice as likely as before to rapidly intensify from wimpy minor hurricanes to powerful and catastrophic, a study said Thursday.

Climate Change Makes ‘Catastrophic’ Hurricanes Twice as Likely to Form

With warmer oceans serving as fuel, Atlantic hurricanes are now more than twice as likely as before to rapidly intensify from wimpy minor hurricanes to powerful and catastrophic, a study said Thursday.

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Double Grid Investment or Emit 58B Extra Tonnes of CO2, IEA Warns Utilities

The world’s electricity systems could dump an extra 58 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere between 2030 and 2050 unless countries double their grid renewal investments to more than US$600 billion per year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes in a special report issued this week.

Albertans need more facts and less fearmongering about the federal governments new Clean Electricity Regulations, and certainly not the “scary new marketing campaign” the provincial government has rolled out to oppose the new rules, two senior energy analysts write in an op ed for the Edmonton Journal.

Albertans Need ‘Facts, not Fearmongering’ on Ottawa’s New Clean Power Rules: Op Ed

Albertans need more facts and less fearmongering about the federal governments new Clean Electricity Regulations, and certainly not the “scary new marketing campaign” the provincial government has rolled out to oppose the new rules, two senior energy analysts write in an op ed for the Edmonton Journal.

Half of the world’s economies are already five years past a peak in fossil-fuelled power generation, with the majority of that output displaced by clean electricity, concludes a new analysis released this morning by London, UK-based energy think tank Ember.

Half the World is 5 Years Past Peak Fossil Power, Analysis Finds

Half of the world’s economies are already five years past a peak in fossil-fuelled power generation, with the majority of that output displaced by clean electricity, concludes a new analysis released this morning by London, UK-based energy think tank Ember.

New partnerships are taking shape between automakers, utilities, and other energy companies to tackle the power demand complexities of the shift towards electric vehicles.

Utilities, Automakers Team Up to Prepare for EV Growth

New partnerships are taking shape between automakers, utilities, and other energy companies to tackle the power demand complexities of the shift towards electric vehicles.

A San Francisco company is building elegant mobile microgrids that deliver renewable power anywhere it’s needed. And they double as art installations.

Mobile Microgrid Builder Makes Renewable Power Beautiful

A San Francisco company is building elegant mobile microgrids that deliver renewable power anywhere it’s needed. And they double as art installations.

Residents of many Canadian provinces enjoy reasonably reliable electricity service, finds the Globe and Mail in a new analysis—but reliability differs among provinces, with services in the country’s northern territories remaining largely unexamined.

Atlantic Canada Fares Poorly in Grid Reliability Analysis

Residents of many Canadian provinces enjoy reasonably reliable electricity service, finds the Globe and Mail in a new analysis—but reliability differs among provinces, with services in the country’s northern territories remaining largely unexamined.

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Microsoft Shifts Swedish Data Centre from Diesel to Batteries

TotalÉnergies subsidiary Saft has delivered four battery energy storage systems to replace diesel backup generators at a Microsoft data centre in Sweden.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund (GMF) will take a multi-solving approach to sustainability priorities in cities, while aiming to secure C$300 million in leveraged capital investments over the next three years to support its climate mitigation and adaptation solutions.

Green Municipal Fund Plots Course from ‘Project Support to Transformation’

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund (GMF) will take a multi-solving approach to sustainability priorities in cities, while aiming to secure C$300 million in leveraged capital investments over the next three years to support its climate mitigation and adaptation solutions.

Edmonton is joining a Canada-wide movement to revive downtown cores desolated by the rise of remote work, with forthcoming plans to help developers convert vacant office towers into apartments.

Edmonton Plans Incentives for Office-to-Apartment Conversions

Edmonton is joining a Canada-wide movement to revive downtown cores desolated by the rise of remote work, with forthcoming plans to help developers convert vacant office towers into apartments.

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is one of the keys to building sustainable communities where people can lead car-lite lifestyles, but treating it as a stand-alone mantra might also be a bit outdated, says Victoria city councillor Dave Thompson.

Look Beyond Transit-Oriented Development, Victoria Councillor Urges

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is one of the keys to building sustainable communities where people can lead car-lite lifestyles, but treating it as a stand-alone mantra might also be a bit outdated, says Victoria city councillor Dave Thompson.

As the shiny star of electric bikes continues to rise, some entrepreneurs are banking on car dealerships to boost their sales—as accessories for drivers.

Car Dealerships Eyed as New Frontier for e-Bike Sales

As the shiny star of electric bikes continues to rise, some entrepreneurs are banking on car dealerships to boost their sales—as accessories for drivers.

The toxic waste from photovoltaic solar modules that could accumulate through 2050 is a “drop in the ocean” compared to the cumulative volume of municipal waste, coal ash, and plastic waste, yet concern about those life cycle impacts is still slowing down solar adoption, a team of five authors warns in a commentary for the journal Nature Physics.

PV Waste a ‘Drop in the Ocean’ Compared to Toxic Coal Ash, Oily Sludge

The toxic waste from photovoltaic solar modules that could accumulate through 2050 is a “drop in the ocean” compared to the cumulative volume of municipal waste, coal ash, and plastic waste, yet concern about those life cycle impacts is still slowing down solar adoption, a team of five authors warns in a commentary for the journal Nature Physics.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has joined a new United Nations group to involve local and regional governments in the effort to breathe new life into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Montreal Mayor Joins UN Advisory Panel on Sustainable Development Goals

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has joined a new United Nations group to involve local and regional governments in the effort to breathe new life into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Suncor Energy CEO Rich Kruger sought to defend his company’s pivot away from renewable energy, touted his own 40-year career as a fossil industry executive, and largely avoided a Member of Parliament’s questions on oil and gas companies’ liability for climate impacts in an hour-long appearance yesterday before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

Suncor Boss Doubles Down on Oil’s Future, Ducks MP’s Questions on Fossil Liability

Suncor Energy CEO Rich Kruger sought to defend his company’s pivot away from renewable energy, touted his own 40-year career as a fossil industry executive, and largely avoided a Member of Parliament’s questions on oil and gas companies’ liability for climate impacts in an hour-long appearance yesterday before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

The Trudeau government is assigning a new cabinet working group on regulatory efficiency, chaired by Labour and Seniors Minister Seamus O’Regan, to look at possible changes to the country’s environmental assessment process in the wake of last Friday’s Supreme Court decision on the federal Impact Assessment Act.

Oil and Gas Cap to Proceed While Feds Respond to Supreme Court IAA Ruling

The Trudeau government is assigning a new cabinet working group on regulatory efficiency, chaired by Labour and Seniors Minister Seamus O’Regan, to look at possible changes to the country’s environmental assessment process in the wake of last Friday’s Supreme Court decision on the federal Impact Assessment Act.

Nova Scotia is opting for wind, solar, and battery storage over the proposed Atlantic Loop transmission megaproject as part of its plan to eliminate coal-fired electricity by 2030.

Nova Scotia Picks Wind, Solar, Storage Over Atlantic Loop

Nova Scotia is opting for wind, solar, and battery storage over the proposed Atlantic Loop transmission megaproject as part of its plan to eliminate coal-fired electricity by 2030.

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Vermont ‘Un-Utility’ Offers Storage Batteries for All After Record Storms

Vermont power utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is responding to a recent spate of severe storms by offering battery storage to every household it serves.

With infrastructure losses due to climate change as high as US$845 billion per year, and 60% of the physical assets the world will need by 2050 yet to be built, policy-makers and stakeholders must integrate urgently-needed resilience into their infrastructure planning, a new report concludes.

$845B in Annual Losses Shows Urgent Need for Resilient Infrastructure: Report

With infrastructure losses due to climate change as high as US$845 billion per year, and 60% of the physical assets the world will need by 2050 yet to be built, policy-makers and stakeholders must integrate urgently-needed resilience into their infrastructure planning, a new report concludes.

A recent infusion of energy retrofit funding is promising substantial benefits for Calgary, Edmonton, and Hamilton.

Home Energy Efficiency Gets Funding Boost in Three Canadian Cities

A recent infusion of energy retrofit funding is promising substantial benefits for Calgary, Edmonton, and Hamilton.

Urban development around the world is expanding into flood-prone areas, notably in countries facing “trade-offs between economic opportunities and disaster risk,” a new study concludes.

Alarming Urban Expansion Pushes into Flood-Prone Areas

Urban development around the world is expanding into flood-prone areas, notably in countries facing “trade-offs between economic opportunities and disaster risk,” a new study concludes.

Ontario’s biggest Passive House development opened in Windsor earlier this fall, a $39-million, 145-unit development meant to provide affordable living space to families, seniors, and others who need it.

Ontario’s Biggest Passive House Development Offers Affordable Units in Windsor

Ontario’s biggest Passive House development opened in Windsor earlier this fall, a $39-million, 145-unit development meant to provide affordable living space to families, seniors, and others who need it.

Delving into the history of America's car culture reveals its inception among an influential group of stakeholders—and suggests a possible future where transit, pedestrians, and cyclists take precedence over auto-centric climate solutions.

Study Challenges ‘Motonormativity’ of North American Car Culture

Delving into the history of America’s car culture reveals its inception among an influential group of stakeholders—and suggests a possible future where transit, pedestrians, and cyclists take precedence over auto-centric climate solutions.

Residents of Montreal’s South Shore are asking for a provincial environmental review before Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB goes ahead with a C$7-billion gigafactory investment.

Locals Demand Environmental Review for Northvolt Battery Gigafactory

Residents of Montreal’s South Shore are asking for a provincial environmental review before Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB goes ahead with a C$7-billion gigafactory investment.

The skills gap in the green economy will rise to seven million workers by 2030, risking a slowdown in the energy transition that could imperil a 1.5°C climate stabilization target, warn researchers at the Boston Consulting Group.

Global Green Worker Shortfall to Hit 7 Million by 2030, Study Warns

The skills gap in the green economy will rise to seven million workers by 2030, risking a slowdown in the energy transition that could imperil a 1.5°C climate stabilization target, warn researchers at the Boston Consulting Group.

As the more than 30,000 auto workers on strike in the United States showcase the need for a realistic, fair transition to electric vehicle manufacturing, populist politicians in the U.S. and beyond are seizing the moment to try to sideline that transition.

Politicians Fuel EV Backlash as U.S. Auto Workers Strike 

As the more than 30,000 auto workers on strike in the United States showcase the need for a realistic, fair transition to electric vehicle manufacturing, populist politicians in the U.S. and beyond are seizing the moment to try to sideline that transition.

Canadian cities are enacting transformative policy shifts away from exclusionary zoning to embrace density and limit sprawl—by greenlighting affordable, multifamily housing and bridging amenity gaps in neighbourhoods with new shops, parks, and schools.

Canadian Cities Enact Bold Zoning Changes Amid Housing, Climate Crises

Canadian cities are enacting transformative policy shifts away from exclusionary zoning to embrace density and limit sprawl—by greenlighting affordable, multifamily housing and bridging amenity gaps in neighbourhoods with new shops, parks, and schools.

The epic flash flooding that hit New York City last week, reaching a level that was technically considered “mild”, was a moment where a changing climate collided with a simple but stubborn problem with local infrastructure—when too much rain falls in too short a time and a city’s storm sewer network gets overwhelmed, “it backs up”.

Flash Floods Hit New York as Climate Change Swamps Local Water Systems

The epic flash flooding that hit New York City last week, reaching a level that was technically considered “mild”, was a moment where a changing climate collided with a simple but stubborn problem with local infrastructure—when too much rain falls in too short a time and a city’s storm sewer network gets overwhelmed, “it backs up”.

The LEED certification process for buildings has long held a solid reputation for energy efficiency performance, but news that more than 800 LEED-certified buildings in the United States are at serious flooding risk has raised doubts about the rating system’s climate credentials.

Hundreds of U.S. LEED-Certified Buildings Left Vulnerable to Flooding, Analysis Finds

The LEED certification process for buildings has long held a solid reputation for energy efficiency performance, but news that more than 800 LEED-certified buildings in the United States are at serious flooding risk has raised doubts about the rating system’s climate credentials.

Community-led renewable energy co-ops can play an essential role in getting climate pollution under control by helping Canadians actively participate in the energy transition and benefit economically, concludes a new post for Policy Options.

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Co-Operatives Can Help Energize Canada

Community-led renewable energy co-ops can play an essential role in getting climate pollution under control by helping Canadians actively participate in the energy transition and benefit economically, concludes a new post for Policy Options.

Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California is retiring its diesel generators in favour of a solar microgrid with long-duration energy storage, in a bid to clean up its electricity supply while ensuring a reliable, uninterrupted flow of power.

California Children’s Hospital Replaces Diesel Plant with Solar+Storage Microgrid

Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California is retiring its diesel generators in favour of a solar microgrid with long-duration energy storage, in a bid to clean up its electricity supply while ensuring a reliable, uninterrupted flow of power.

A “small but mighty” private member’s bill mandating the greenest possible building materials for federal infrastructure in Canada has passed in the House of Commons with unanimous consent, following a strategic concession to get the steel and concrete industries onside.

‘Small But Mighty’ House Bill Mandates Low-Carbon Materials in Federal Buildings

A “small but mighty” private member’s bill mandating the greenest possible building materials for federal infrastructure in Canada has passed in the House of Commons with unanimous consent, following a strategic concession to get the steel and concrete industries onside.

The United States is trying out a revolving fund as a new way to help city and state governments pay for climate resilience and adaptation projects, but the program is running into some early bumps in the road.

U.S. Revolving Fund Could Help Cities, States Fund Climate Resilience Projects

The United States is trying out a revolving fund as a new way to help city and state governments pay for climate resilience and adaptation projects, but the program is running into some early bumps in the road.

York University, the City of Toronto, and the Yorkdale Shopping Centre have become the first three workplaces in Canada recognized for meeting a standard of excellence in commuter services—on par with the likes of Google and Harvard University.

Three Toronto Workplaces Win Commuter Excellence Awards

York University, the City of Toronto, and the Yorkdale Shopping Centre have become the first three workplaces in Canada recognized for meeting a standard of excellence in commuter services—on par with the likes of Google and Harvard University.

Documents filed by Imperial Oil show the company and Alberta's energy regulator knew the Kearl oil sands mine was seeping tailings into groundwater years before a pool of contaminated fluid was reported on the surface, alarming area First Nations and triggering three investigations, the Canadian Press reports.

REVEALED: Imperial Oil, Alberta Regulator Knew of Toxic Seepage at Kearl Mine for Years, Kept First Nation in the Dark

Documents filed by Imperial Oil show the company and Alberta’s energy regulator knew the Kearl oil sands mine was seeping tailings into groundwater years before a pool of contaminated fluid was reported on the surface, alarming area First Nations and triggering three investigations, the Canadian Press reports.

Rising emissions from the oil and gas sector and buildings are overwhelming Canada’s efforts to get its climate pollution under control, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes, in a preliminary analysis of the country’s 2022 emissions data published late last week.

Oil and Gas, Buildings Drive 2.1% Rise in Canada’s Climate Pollution

Rising emissions from the oil and gas sector and buildings are overwhelming Canada’s efforts to get its climate pollution under control, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes, in a preliminary analysis of the country’s 2022 emissions data published late last week.

Standard climate scenarios are underestimating the uptake of renewable energy technologies and overestimating the cost of the net-zero transition, according to a new paper in the journal Energy Research & Social Science.

Leading Climate Models Underestimate Clean Energy Progress, Overstate Cost, Study Finds

Standard climate scenarios are underestimating the uptake of renewable energy technologies and overestimating the cost of the net-zero transition, according to a new paper in the journal Energy Research & Social Science.

Swedish manufacturer Northvolt AB, a supplier of electric vehicle batteries to automakers Volkswagen and BMW, announced last week it will build a C$7-billion battery gigafactory near Montreal that it claims will represent the largest private investment in Quebec's history.

Quebec Lands $7B Battery Gigafactory Investment from Sweden’s Northvolt

Swedish manufacturer Northvolt AB, a supplier of electric vehicle batteries to automakers Volkswagen and BMW, announced last week it will build a C$7-billion battery gigafactory near Montreal that it claims will represent the largest private investment in Quebec’s history.

Poorly-conceived business proposals vying for a share of the US$500 billion in United States government funding for clean energy and infrastructure could lead to “disastrous” results, warns Anne Clawson, principal and founder at Cascade Strategies.

Clean Energy Funding Isn’t Just About Money, Policy Expert Warns

Poorly-conceived business proposals vying for a share of the US$500 billion in United States government funding for clean energy and infrastructure could lead to “disastrous” results, warns Anne Clawson, principal and founder at Cascade Strategies.

Business and community leaders are expressing shock and confusion after Mayor Ken Sim’s office abruptly announced that it is shutting down the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), a local institution that has helped diversify and green the city’s economy since it formed in 1995.

‘Huge Loss’ for Local Green Economy as Vancouver Shutters Its Economic Commission

Business and community leaders are expressing shock and confusion after Mayor Ken Sim’s office abruptly announced that it is shutting down the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), a local institution that has helped diversify and green the city’s economy since it formed in 1995.

Green space protection groups are gearing up for even bigger fights ahead after Premier Doug Ford’s stunning reversal and apology over plans to hand over 3,000 hectares of Ontario Greenbelt lands to a small group of politically connected developers.

Green Space Groups Gear for Bigger Fights After Ontario Reverses Greenbelt Land Grab

Green space protection groups are gearing up for even bigger fights ahead after Premier Doug Ford’s stunning reversal and apology over plans to hand over 3,000 hectares of Ontario Greenbelt lands to a small group of politically connected developers.

Rural communities in Canada are beginning to tap into electric vehicle rentals to fill a gap in local transportation options, with three townships in Renfrew County, Ontario leading the way with an upcoming pilot project.

EV Rentals to Improve Transportation Access for Ontario Townships

Rural communities in Canada are beginning to tap into electric vehicle rentals to fill a gap in local transportation options, with three townships in Renfrew County, Ontario leading the way with an upcoming pilot project.

As e-bikes and scooters take over Toronto’s bike lanes, the city urgently needs to define its micro-mobility strategy, writes columnist Andrew Phillips, explaining the public safety and social justice concerns that are at stake.

E-Bikes, Scooters Overwhelm Toronto Bike Lanes

As e-bikes and scooters take over Toronto’s bike lanes, the city urgently needs to define its micro-mobility strategy, writes columnist Andrew Phillips, explaining the public safety and social justice concerns that are at stake.

The ongoing affordability crisis has brought into sharp focus the need for fairness and justice when it comes to the economic and societal transformations required to achieve climate goals, writes Rachel Samson, vice president of research at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).

Put Lower-Income Households First in Line for Low-Carbon Technologies: Samson

The ongoing affordability crisis has brought into sharp focus the need for fairness and justice when it comes to the economic and societal transformations required to achieve climate goals, writes Rachel Samson, vice president of research at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).

Power lines, Mississauga, Canada

Two First Nations Groups Vie to Build Northern Ontario Power Line

Two First Nations coalitions have submitted bids to build and operate a transmission line proposed to meet growing electricity needs in northeast Ontario, with the province’s final decision expected by early 2024.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service will distribute a record US$1 billion in urban forest grants this year, supporting President Joe Biden’s pledge to halve the number of Americans without access to parks and nature by 2030.

U.S. Pours Record $1B into Urban Forest Grants

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service will distribute a record US$1 billion in urban forest grants this year, supporting President Joe Biden’s pledge to halve the number of Americans without access to parks and nature by 2030.

Fossil fuel demand falls 25% by 2030, fossil sector methane emissions drop by three-quarters, energy efficiency adoption doubles, global renewable energy capacity triples, and annual clean energy investment rises from US$1.8 trillion in 2023 to $4.5 trillion by the early 2030s in the latest net-zero roadmap published this morning by the International Energy Agency.

Fossil Fuels Fall 25% by 2030, Renewables ‘Keep the Path Open’ in IEA Net-Zero Update

Fossil fuel demand falls 25% by 2030, fossil sector methane emissions drop by three-quarters, energy efficiency adoption doubles, global renewable energy capacity triples, and annual clean energy investment rises from US$1.8 trillion in 2023 to $4.5 trillion by the early 2030s in the latest net-zero roadmap published this morning by the International Energy Agency.

Community action is the only possible antidote to a provincial energy plan in Ontario that sidelines renewable energy in favour of costly fossil fuels, Corporate Knights Research Director Ralph Torrie told a recent webinar.

Community-Driven Solutions Can Take Back Ontario’s Electricity Future: Torrie

Community action is the only possible antidote to a provincial energy plan in Ontario that sidelines renewable energy in favour of costly fossil fuels, Corporate Knights Research Director Ralph Torrie told a recent webinar.

Canada’s apex oil and gas lobby group may rue the day it made foreign-funded political meddling a public issue, writes political economist Gordon Laxer. For good reason, China’s election interference has sparked outrage in Canada. But China’s ability to sway a broad spectrum of Canadian voters is far weaker than the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ (CAPP) foreign-funded political interference.

‘Apex Oil and Gas Lobby’ Undercuts Canadian Sovereignty, Laxer Tells Foreign Influence Probe

Canada’s apex oil and gas lobby group may rue the day it made foreign-funded political meddling a public issue, writes political economist Gordon Laxer. For good reason, China’s election interference has sparked outrage in Canada. But China’s ability to sway a broad spectrum of Canadian voters is far weaker than the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ (CAPP) foreign-funded political interference.

Ontario is abandoning plans to build a 198-megawatt gas power plant in the city of Thorold to supply peak power to the provincial grid, after local councillors voted unanimously Tuesday evening to reject the project.

Thorold Gas Peaker Plant Won’t Be Built After Unanimous City Council Vote

Ontario is abandoning plans to build a 198-megawatt gas power plant in the city of Thorold to supply peak power to the provincial grid, after local councillors voted unanimously Tuesday evening to reject the project.

The United States could cut power system costs by $10 billion per year and cover 10 to 20% of its peak electricity demand by replacing “peaker” generating stations with virtual power plants, the U.S. Department of Energy concludes in a report issued last week.

Virtual Power Plants Could Cut Peak Demand 20%, Save U.S. Grid $10B Per Year

The United States could cut power system costs by $10 billion per year and cover 10 to 20% of its peak electricity demand by replacing “peaker” generating stations with virtual power plants, the U.S. Department of Energy concludes in a report issued last week.

Many Canadians are unsafe in their own homes, with indoor temperatures consistently exceeding the safe maximum of 26°C each summer, concludes a CBC News investigation that reveals the urgent need to cool a housing stock that wasn’t built for today’s warmer climate.

Indoor Heat Leaves Canadians Unsafe with ‘No Escape’, CBC Investigation Finds

Many Canadians are unsafe in their own homes, with indoor temperatures consistently exceeding the safe maximum of 26°C each summer, concludes a CBC News investigation that reveals the urgent need to cool a housing stock that wasn’t built for today’s warmer climate.

Arizona kept the lights on through a summer of crushing heat, thanks to widespread buy-in to smart thermostat programs that prompted customers to turn down their air conditioners when the grid was stressed.

Smart Thermostats Boost Grid Stability Amid Intense Heat

Arizona kept the lights on through a summer of crushing heat, thanks to widespread buy-in to smart thermostat programs that prompted customers to turn down their air conditioners when the grid was stressed.

Urban thinkers in the United States are beginning to look to mobile homes—what Canadians call manufactured housing—as a low-carbon response to a searing affordable housing.

Manufactured Housing Could Dent the Affordable Housing Crunch with Energy-Efficient Designs

Urban thinkers in the United States are beginning to look to mobile homes—what Canadians call manufactured housing—as a low-carbon response to a searing affordable housing.

Agrivoltaics produce renewable electricity while creating a beneficial micro-climate for farm crops. In a post for The Conversation, Joshua M. Pearce raises the question: What’s not to like?

Agrivoltaics a Win-Win for Farmers, Communities, Solar Developers, and Alberta’s UCP

Agrivoltaics produce renewable electricity while creating a beneficial micro-climate for farm crops. In a post for The Conversation, Joshua M. Pearce raises the question: What’s not to like?

It was “everyone against the utilities” in California earlier this month as the push to secure a new payment structure for community solar entered its final stretch, carrying the potential to make the state a sector leader while reducing energy poverty and climate emissions.

Californians Fight for New Community Solar Plan

It was “everyone against the utilities” in California earlier this month as the push to secure a new payment structure for community solar entered its final stretch, carrying the potential to make the state a sector leader while reducing energy poverty and climate emissions.

Electric vehicle carshares are gaining traction in low-income and rural communities across the United States as they aim to make sure that the shift to zero-emission vehicles does not leave social justice in the dust.

Rural Carshares Ensure EV Push Leaves No One Behind

Electric vehicle carshares are gaining traction in low-income and rural communities across the United States as they aim to make sure that the shift to zero-emission vehicles does not leave social justice in the dust.

Global oil and gas demand will start to fall before 2030, marking the “beginning of the end” of the fossil fuel era, the International Energy Agency (IEA) declared last week, in an op ed penned by Executive Director Fatih Birol.

‘Beginning of the End’ for Oil and Gas as IEA Predicts Pre-2030 Peak

Global oil and gas demand will start to fall before 2030, marking the “beginning of the end” of the fossil fuel era, the International Energy Agency (IEA) declared last week, in an op ed penned by Executive Director Fatih Birol.

Big Oil is facing one of its most significant legal challenges from the state of California: a major oil-producing region with a big economy, and the site of some groundbreaking legal battles.

California Suit Claims Decades of Public Deception by Big Oil Companies

Big Oil is facing one of its most significant legal challenges from the state of California: a major oil-producing region with a big economy, and the site of some groundbreaking legal battles.

Recent polling is offering up mixed results on Albertans’ support for national climate initiatives, with solid majorities supporting a national oil and gas emissions cap but backing their provincial government’s crusade against federal net-zero plans.

Alberta Polling Shows Mixed Results on Emissions Cap While National Survey Links Climate and Affordability Crises

Recent polling is offering up mixed results on Albertans’ support for national climate initiatives, with solid majorities supporting a national oil and gas emissions cap but backing their provincial government’s crusade against federal net-zero plans.

Veteran energy economist and climate modeller Mark Jaccard is returning to his former job as chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), a position he previously held from 1992 to 1997.

Jaccard Appointed Chair and CEO of BC Utilities Commission

Veteran energy economist and climate modeller Mark Jaccard is returning to his former job as chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), a position he previously held from 1992 to 1997.

Extreme heat and drought, heavy precipitation, and more frequent wildfires, are in store for Ontario, according to a first-ever climate risk assessment that reads like a five-alarm fire on the need for the province to get serious about climate adaptation.

Ontario Waits 8 Months to Release Dire Climate Impact Report

Extreme heat and drought, heavy precipitation, and more frequent wildfires, are in store for Ontario, according to a first-ever climate risk assessment that reads like a five-alarm fire on the need for the province to get serious about climate adaptation.

More than seven in 10 Canadians are worried about climate change and believe it is the reason for an increase in extreme weather, a new national poll suggests.

Climate Change Worries 72% of Canadians, But Affordability is Top Concern

More than seven in 10 Canadians are worried about climate change and believe it is the reason for an increase in extreme weather, a new national poll suggests.

At least five major property insurers in the United States are reducing coverage in response to extreme weather patterns, leaving many American homeowners exposed to natural disasters without essential protection.

‘No Place to Hide’ as U.S. Home Insurers Slash Climate Risk Coverage

At least five major property insurers in the United States are reducing coverage in response to extreme weather patterns, leaving many American homeowners exposed to natural disasters without essential protection.

Canadian homes and businesses must start generating their own power with solar panels and battery storage—essentially moving part of their power generation off the grid—to help the country hit a 2050 net-zero target, suggests an authority on energy efficiency solutions.

Net-Zero Depends on Household Power Production, Energy Exec Argues

Canadian homes and businesses must start generating their own power with solar panels and battery storage—essentially moving part of their power generation off the grid—to help the country hit a 2050 net-zero target, suggests an authority on energy efficiency solutions.

Canadians need not choose between tackling affordability and the climate crisis, says the Tamarack Institute, citing several municipal initiatives that are pursuing these intertwined goals at once.

Local Action on Transit, Housing Can Combine Climate and Equity Goals

Canadians need not choose between tackling affordability and the climate crisis, says the Tamarack Institute, citing several municipal initiatives that are pursuing these intertwined goals at once.

A year after pavements in a treeless north Los Angeles neighbourhood were coated with solar-reflective paint, air temperatures are up to 1.9°C lower, making the area’s increasingly hot summers a touch more bearable.

Solar-Reflective Pavement Cuts Air Temperature in LA Neighbourhood

A year after pavements in a treeless north Los Angeles neighbourhood were coated with solar-reflective paint, air temperatures are up to 1.9°C lower, making the area’s increasingly hot summers a touch more bearable.

A canary in the coal mine for the peril facing all of Earth’s glaciers, Banff National Park’s Peyto Glacier is melting faster every year, boding ill for its survival and for the communities that count on it for water.

Banff’s Peyto Glacier Melting Faster Than Expected, Scientists Say

A canary in the coal mine for the peril facing all of Earth’s glaciers, Banff National Park’s Peyto Glacier is melting faster every year, boding ill for its survival and for the communities that count on it for water.

The City of Ottawa public works department is drawing criticism for road safety ads that target pedestrians rather than drivers—particularly drivers behind the wheel of larger vehicles—with graphic images of the perils of jaywalking.

Road Safety Ads Draw Criticism for Targeting Pedestrians, Not Drivers

The City of Ottawa public works department is drawing criticism for road safety ads that target pedestrians rather than drivers—particularly drivers behind the wheel of larger vehicles—with graphic images of the perils of jaywalking.

Three climate groups filed a false advertising complaint this week against Enbridge Gas’ claim that natural gas is the cheapest form of home heating, just as the Calgary-based utility and pipeline company doubled down on gas with a C$9.4-billion buying spree in the United States.

False Advertising Complaint Challenges Enbridge’s Claim of ‘Cheap’ Natural Gas

Three climate groups filed a false advertising complaint this week against Enbridge Gas’ claim that natural gas is the cheapest form of home heating, just as the Calgary-based utility and pipeline company doubled down on gas with a C$9.4-billion buying spree in the United States.

Electric heat pumps out-perform fossil fuel and baseboard electric heating at winter temperatures as low as -10°C, and according to some data as low as -30°C, concludes a research commentary published this week in the journal Joule.

Heat Pumps Cut Costs, Decarbonize Buildings, Even on Coldest Days

Electric heat pumps out-perform fossil fuel and baseboard electric heating at winter temperatures as low as -10°C, and according to some data as low as -30°C, concludes a research commentary published this week in the journal Joule.

A devastating year of wildfires will double or triple Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2023, a Natural Resources Canada scientist says.

Wildfire ‘Tipping Point’ Set to Double or Triple Canada’s Climate Emissions

A devastating year of wildfires will double or triple Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2023, a Natural Resources Canada scientist says.

Canada's record-setting wildfire season is spurring Ottawa to consider how to tackle future fires, floods, or earthquakes, as officials warn that this year’s fires may continue into the winter.

Canada Mulls National Disaster Response as Wildfires Threaten to Burn Into the Winter

Canada’s record-setting wildfire season is spurring Ottawa to consider how to tackle future fires, floods, or earthquakes, as officials warn that this year’s fires may continue into the winter.

Some rural communities in Alberta are pushing back against the provincial government's seven-month pause on approvals of new renewable energy projects, as hundreds of letters from individuals, companies, municipalities, Indigenous communities and industry groups show a growing backlash to the measure.

‘I’ve Been Ghosted,’ Rural Mayor Says, as Alberta Towns Push Back on Renewables Moratorium

Some rural communities in Alberta are pushing back against the provincial government’s seven-month pause on approvals of new renewable energy projects, as hundreds of letters from individuals, companies, municipalities, Indigenous communities and industry groups show a growing backlash to the measure.

New documents outline a massive increase in public funding for the Canadian Energy Centre's campaign to change attitudes toward Alberta's oil and gas.

THEY’RE BACK: Alberta Energy ‘War Room’ Spends $22M on Pro-Fossil PR Campaign

New documents outline a massive increase in public funding for the Canadian Energy Centre’s campaign to change attitudes toward Alberta’s oil and gas.

Tourism is projected to make up nearly 12% of the global economy by 2033, but it is also poised to consume a troubling 40% of the world's remaining 1.5°C carbon budget by mid-century, highlighting what experts describe as “industry dishonesty” in efforts to reduce emissions in line with other sectors.

Tourism Lags on Emission Cuts as Climate Woes Besiege Destinations

Tourism is projected to make up nearly 12% of the global economy by 2033, but it is also poised to consume a troubling 40% of the world’s remaining 1.5°C carbon budget by mid-century, highlighting what experts describe as “industry dishonesty” in efforts to reduce emissions in line with other sectors.

Canada's current wildfire season is devastating evidence of the effects of climate change. But for some conspiracy theorists, the thousands of square kilometres of burnt ground isn't enough to convince them.

Fear, Falsehoods, Conspiracy Theories Ignite Over Canada’s Wildfire Season

Canada’s current wildfire season is devastating evidence of the effects of climate change. But for some conspiracy theorists, the thousands of square kilometres of burnt ground isn’t enough to convince them.

The City of Nanaimo, British Columbia is banning natural gas as the primary heating source in new homes beginning in July, 2024, six years ahead of the provincial target.

Nanaimo Bans Gas Heating in New Homes Beginning in 2024

The City of Nanaimo, British Columbia is banning natural gas as the primary heating source in new homes beginning in July, 2024, six years ahead of the provincial target.

Premier Doug Ford’s decision to “re-evaluate” his government’s controversial land swaps in the Ontario Greenbelt and force each of the development sites to “stand on their own merit” will do nothing to stop a multi-billion-dollar handout to politically connected developers, one of the plan’s leading opponents said yesterday.

Greenbelt Land Grab to Continue ‘Full Steam Ahead’ after Ford Announcement, Critic Warns

Premier Doug Ford’s decision to “re-evaluate” his government’s controversial land swaps in the Ontario Greenbelt and force each of the development sites to “stand on their own merit” will do nothing to stop a multi-billion-dollar handout to politically connected developers, one of the plan’s leading opponents said yesterday.

Embracing electric school buses could rejuvenate Ontario’s struggling small and medium-sized auto manufacturing enterprises, the Pembina Institute says, in a report that urges Premier Doug Ford’s government to go full-throttle with investments in this direction.

Electrifying School Buses Will Energize Ontario’s Auto Sector: Pembina

Embracing electric school buses could rejuvenate Ontario’s struggling small and medium-sized auto manufacturing enterprises, the Pembina Institute says, in a report that urges Premier Doug Ford’s government to go full-throttle with investments in this direction.