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

Ontario Offers $9.5M for Grid Innovation

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

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

Rotating Brownouts in Alberta Highlight Need for More Flexible Grid

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

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

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

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

The levels of crucial heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere reached historic highs last year, growing at near-record fast paces, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Earth ‘Between a Rock and a Charred Place’ as 57 Companies Emit Majority of CO2

The levels of crucial heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere reached historic highs last year, growing at near-record fast paces, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Companies will be allowed to buy carbon offsets to cover their downstream emissions under new rules adopted this week by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), the international body that aims to drive “ambitious corporate climate action” by setting voluntary targets for emission reduction plans.

Critics, Staff Scorch Science-Based Targets Initiative for Allowing Carbon Offsets for Scope 3 Emissions

Companies will be allowed to buy carbon offsets to cover their downstream emissions under new rules adopted this week by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), the international body that aims to drive “ambitious corporate climate action” by setting voluntary targets for emission reduction plans.

It’s time for investors and shareholders to step away from fossil fuels—not for moral reasons, but because they’re a risky business bet, writes billionaire investor Tom Steyer, founder and co-executive chair of Galvanize Climate Solutions, in an opinion piece for CNN.

Investors, Shareholders Should Step Away from ‘Risky’ Fossil Investment, Steyer Advises

It’s time for investors and shareholders to step away from fossil fuels—not for moral reasons, but because they’re a risky business bet, writes billionaire investor Tom Steyer, founder and co-executive chair of Galvanize Climate Solutions, in an opinion piece for CNN.

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

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

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

Three Canadian senators, MPs from four of the five parties in the House of Commons, and a handful of national and international dignitaries joined forces last week in a video to celebrate the second anniversary of the Climate-Aligned Finance Act (CAFA) and urge Parliament to pass it now.

3 Senators, 6 MPs Urge Faster Action on Climate-Aligned Finance Act

Three Canadian senators, MPs from four of the five parties in the House of Commons, and a handful of national and international dignitaries joined forces last week in a video to celebrate the second anniversary of the Climate-Aligned Finance Act (CAFA) and urge Parliament to pass it now.

China has outpaced the United States and Europe in a global “race to the top” to transition off fossil fuels, but there is still time for others to close the gap, says a team of U.S. analysts.

China Leads ‘Race to the Top’ as Cleantech Shift Gains Strength

China has outpaced the United States and Europe in a global “race to the top” to transition off fossil fuels, but there is still time for others to close the gap, says a team of U.S. analysts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada’s grand plan to sell “green” hydrogen to Germany are beginning to flounder, hydrogen experts from the two countries argue in a recent Globe and Mail op ed.

Green Hydrogen Hopes Flounder as 2025 Shipping Date Looms

Canada’s grand plan to sell “green” hydrogen to Germany are beginning to flounder, hydrogen experts from the two countries argue in a recent Globe and Mail op ed.

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

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

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

A new study out of Stanford University that tested combinations of hydropower, batteries, and green hydrogen as storage options for global grid stability pinpoints conventional hydropower as the lowest-cost pathway for Canada.

Canada’s ‘Immense’ Hydropower Offers Sufficient Grid Backup, U.S. Researcher Suggests

A new study out of Stanford University that tested combinations of hydropower, batteries, and green hydrogen as storage options for global grid stability pinpoints conventional hydropower as the lowest-cost pathway for Canada.

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

Persistent Drought Could Disrupt Fracking Operations in Western Canada

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

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

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

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

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

Canada Won’t Subsidize New LNG Projects, Wilkinson Declares

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

Food prices and overall inflation will rise as temperatures climb with climate change, a new study by an environmental scientist and the European Central Bank found.

Climate Shocks, Higher Temperatures Drive Food Inflation, New Study Finds

Food prices and overall inflation will rise as temperatures climb with climate change, a new study by an environmental scientist and the European Central Bank found.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Germany Starts Planning to Decommission Its Gas Grid

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

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

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

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

A survey by KPMG in Canada says business leaders want the federal government to fast-track all outstanding

Speed Up Clean Energy Tax Credits, 90% of Small and Medium Businesses Urge Ottawa

A survey by KPMG in Canada says business leaders want the federal government to fast-track all outstanding “green” or “clean” economy business investment tax credits.

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

Pathways Alliance Files Regulatory Application for $16.5B CCS Hub

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

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

Grids Need Independent Regulators as Canada Shifts Away from Fossil Fuels

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

The Icelandic government intends to scale up a successful circular economy built around its geothermal resources and export its model to other countries looking to tap into their underground renewable energy sources.

Iceland’s No-Waste Geothermal Model Ready For Export

The Icelandic government intends to scale up a successful circular economy built around its geothermal resources and export its model to other countries looking to tap into their underground renewable energy sources.

China may already have peaked its coal burning, even as it builds more coal-fired power plants, but will still need a record drop in its carbon dioxide emissions to meet its 2025 climate targets, two separate analysts concluded last month.

China Coal-Burning May Have Peaked, But Emissions Reductions Are Far Off Course

China may already have peaked its coal burning, even as it builds more coal-fired power plants, but will still need a record drop in its carbon dioxide emissions to meet its 2025 climate targets, two separate analysts concluded last month.

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

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

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

The Canadian Sustainability Standards Board (CSSB) is taking fierce criticism for a new climate risk reporting rule that gives businesses extra time to fully disclose their climate pollution and contains no requirement for them to reduce it.

‘No Justification’ for Delaying Full Corporate Climate Disclosure, Experts Tell Standards Board

The Canadian Sustainability Standards Board (CSSB) is taking fierce criticism for a new climate risk reporting rule that gives businesses extra time to fully disclose their climate pollution and contains no requirement for them to reduce it.

The world’s methane emissions remained stalled near record levels in 2023, and Canada tied for sixth on the list of top 10 emitters, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported this week in the latest edition of its annual Global Methane Tracker.

Canada in Top 10 Emitters as Methane Pollution Holds Near Record Levels in 2023

The world’s methane emissions remained stalled near record levels in 2023, and Canada tied for sixth on the list of top 10 emitters, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported this week in the latest edition of its annual Global Methane Tracker.

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

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

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

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

Enbridge CEO Unfazed as Ontario Communities Chart Course Off Gas

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

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

Ontario Electricity Rebate Needlessly Serves Wealthy Households, Advocates Say

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

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

First Nation Sues Alberta Regulator Over Tailings Leaks

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

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

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

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

ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods' comments during an interview—where he depicted the oil and gas major as a well-meaning company whose hands are tied to address a consumer-driven climate crisis—have drawn criticism from climate advocates who accuse him of “gaslighting” the public.

Exxon CEO ‘Gaslights’ Consumers by Shifting Blame for Climate Crisis

ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods’ comments during an interview—where he depicted the oil and gas major as a well-meaning company whose hands are tied to address a consumer-driven climate crisis—have drawn criticism from climate advocates who accuse him of “gaslighting” the public.

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support a windfall profit tax on oil and gas companies, three national environmental groups reported this week, citing a new Léger survey.

62% of Canadians Support Windfall Profits Tax on Fossil Fuels, Groups Say

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support a windfall profit tax on oil and gas companies, three national environmental groups reported this week, citing a new Léger survey.

The Environmental Defense Fund’s recently-launched MethaneSAT aims to address crucial information gaps on methane leaks from oil and gas companies—with the data made freely available for public scrutiny.

‘Game Changing’ Satellite Tracks Methane Emissions from Oil And Gas

The Environmental Defense Fund’s recently-launched MethaneSAT aims to address crucial information gaps on methane leaks from oil and gas companies—with the data made freely available for public scrutiny.

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

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

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

German economy and climate action minister Robert Habeck has delivered a blunt critique of United States climate policy and per capita emissions, urging that it’s time to “solve the f***ing problems.”

‘Solve the F***ing Problems,’ German Economy Minister Urges, in Blunt Critique of U.S. Emissions

German economy and climate action minister Robert Habeck has delivered a blunt critique of United States climate policy and per capita emissions, urging that it’s time to “solve the f***ing problems.”

Canada’s five biggest banks undermined their own net-zero commitments in 2022 while maintaining higher exposure to the fossil fuel industry than their U.S. and European counterparts, a new report concludes.

‘No Leaders’ Among Canadian Banks as Fossil Fuel Investments Thrive

Canada’s five biggest banks undermined their own net-zero commitments in 2022 while maintaining higher exposure to the fossil fuel industry than their U.S. and European counterparts, a new report concludes.

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

Quebec Gas Utility Énergir Plots Tortuous Path to Net-Zero

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

A price war for electric vehicle batteries is in the offing, with the world’s biggest battery manufacturer poised to cut the cost of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cells by half by the middle of this year.

Battery Price War Poised to Drive Down Electric Vehicle Costs

A price war for electric vehicle batteries is in the offing, with the world’s biggest battery manufacturer poised to cut the cost of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cells by half by the middle of this year.

Contrary to concerns that a shift to renewable energy will harm the economy, renewables have actually been boosting prosperity for at least a decade—even with the deck stacked in favour of fossil fuels, writes Deborah de Lange, associate professor of global management studies at Toronto Metropolitan University, in a post for The Conversation.

Renewable Energy Has Boosted the Economy for at Least a Decade

Contrary to concerns that a shift to renewable energy will harm the economy, renewables have actually been boosting prosperity for at least a decade—even with the deck stacked in favour of fossil fuels, writes Deborah de Lange, associate professor of global management studies at Toronto Metropolitan University, in a post for The Conversation.

Would-be Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers are in for a surprise if they think the pause in new export approvals in the United States will open up a bigger global market for Canadian gas, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) concludes in an analysis released Monday.

Biden’s LNG Pause Won’t Create Demand for Canadian Exports: IEEFA

Would-be Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers are in for a surprise if they think the pause in new export approvals in the United States will open up a bigger global market for Canadian gas, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) concludes in an analysis released Monday.

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

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

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

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

Rate Hikes Emerge As Rare Downside of District Energy Systems

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

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

‘Unprecedented’ Bill to Overrule Ontario Gas Regulator Alarms Experts

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

Carbon dioxide emissions from global energy production increased 1.1% last year, to 37.4 billion tonnes, but would have been considerably worse if not for expanded use of solar, wind, and electric vehicles, the International Energy Agency concluded in its annual CO2 emissions inventory published last week.

Energy-Related CO2 Rises 1.1% in 2023 as Drought Pushes Countries Back to Coal

Carbon dioxide emissions from global energy production increased 1.1% last year, to 37.4 billion tonnes, but would have been considerably worse if not for expanded use of solar, wind, and electric vehicles, the International Energy Agency concluded in its annual CO2 emissions inventory published last week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As the United States government rolls out billions of dollars in subsidies to produce hydrogen fuel for use in vehicles, factories, and power plants, a growing body of evidence is undercutting its clean credentials.

Hydrogen’s Clean Credentials In Doubt as U.S. Subsidies Roll Out

As the United States government rolls out billions of dollars in subsidies to produce hydrogen fuel for use in vehicles, factories, and power plants, a growing body of evidence is undercutting its clean credentials.

As Ford pivots from making trucks and SUVs to “the next big thing”, a small, affordable electric vehicle that competes with Chinese-made models, Apple has abandoned its own EV project, citing lagging consumer interest.

Ford Embraces Affordable EVs as Apple Drops Development

As Ford pivots from making trucks and SUVs to “the next big thing”, a small, affordable electric vehicle that competes with Chinese-made models, Apple has abandoned its own EV project, citing lagging consumer interest.

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

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

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

Facing allegations that its branding mantras like

Lululemon Consults With PR Titan Amid Greenwashing Allegations

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

The push for hydrogen could increase near-term global warming by half compared to directly burning fossil fuels for the same purpose unless its proponents fully account for climate pollution at every stage of production and in the fuel itself, concludes a new paper this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

‘Blue’ Hydrogen Could Produce 50% More Warming than Burning Fossil Fuels

The push for hydrogen could increase near-term global warming by half compared to directly burning fossil fuels for the same purpose unless its proponents fully account for climate pollution at every stage of production and in the fuel itself, concludes a new paper this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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.

U.S. corporate giants like Kodak and General Electric looked invincible, until their markets transformed and suddenly they weren’t. ExxonMobil may be next, writes Climate & Capital Media Publisher Peter McKillop.

Exxon Lacks ‘Viable Alternatives’, CEO Admits, as Investors Pivot to Renewables

U.S. corporate giants like Kodak and General Electric looked invincible, until their markets transformed and suddenly they weren’t. ExxonMobil may be next, writes Climate & Capital Media Publisher Peter McKillop.

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.

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.

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 Canadian oil sands industry’s plans for a C$16.5-billion carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) megaproject in Alberta would likely be “scuppered” without continuing financial support from taxpayers, analysts at the Wood Mackenzie energy consultancy conclude in a report issued last week.

Alberta CCS Project Could Be ‘Scuppered’ without Permanent Subsidies, Industry Analysts Warn

The Canadian oil sands industry’s plans for a C$16.5-billion carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) megaproject in Alberta would likely be “scuppered” without continuing financial support from taxpayers, analysts at the Wood Mackenzie energy consultancy conclude in a report issued last week.

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 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.

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Countries Need $2T Per Year to Triple Global Renewables by 2030

It will cost US$2 trillion per year to triple global renewable energy capacity by 2030, as countries pledged to do at last year’s United Nations climate summit in Dubai, the Berlin-based Climate Analytics think tank concludes in a report issued Tuesday morning.

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.

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

Canadian Regulator’s Net-Zero Plans Rife with ‘Optimistic Assumptions,’ Analysis Finds

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) carries up to 2.7 times the global warming impact of burning coal, according to a draft science paper released on the heels of U.S. President Joe Biden’s landmark decision to apply a climate test to a massive, new LNG export terminal in Louisiana.

LNG Carries 2.7x the Climate Impact of Coal, Howarth Warns, as U.S. Pauses Approvals

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) carries up to 2.7 times the global warming impact of burning coal, according to a draft science paper released on the heels of U.S. President Joe Biden’s landmark decision to apply a climate test to a massive, new LNG export terminal in Louisiana.

European leaders are responding to a wave of farmer protests sweeping across the continent by rolling back climate and environmental policies instead of blocking competition from cheaper markets.

EU Falters on Climate Action Amid Farmer Protests

European leaders are responding to a wave of farmer protests sweeping across the continent by rolling back climate and environmental policies instead of blocking competition from cheaper markets.

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.

The U.S. oil and gas industry is investing heavily to return Donald Trump to the White House in presidential elections this fall, according to analysis conducted by OpenSecrets, a Washington, DC-based charity devoted to transparency in government.

Donations Point to Trump as U.S. Fossil Companies’ Choice for President

The U.S. oil and gas industry is investing heavily to return Donald Trump to the White House in presidential elections this fall, according to analysis conducted by OpenSecrets, a Washington, DC-based charity devoted to transparency in government.

Canada has moved to the top of the list in an annual ranking of countries’ preparedness to build out their supply chains for lithium-ion battery manufacturing.

Canada Tops Global Ranking of Lithium-Ion Supply Chains

Canada has moved to the top of the list in an annual ranking of countries’ preparedness to build out their supply chains for lithium-ion battery manufacturing.

The European Union’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels dropped last year to levels last seen in the early 1960s, with cleaner electricity delivering more than half of the 8% reduction the EU achieved in a single year, concludes a report released late last month by the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).

Power Sector Pulls EU’s Fossil Emissions to 60-Year Low, Faster Reductions Still Needed

The European Union’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels dropped last year to levels last seen in the early 1960s, with cleaner electricity delivering more than half of the 8% reduction the EU achieved in a single year, concludes a report released late last month by the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).

By counting on big, land-based carbon dioxide removal projects rather than curbing emissions now, governments, companies, and even the world’s leading climate science body risk missing climate goals and intensifying biodiversity loss, warns a new report in the journal Science.

Overdependence on Carbon Removal Triggers Sustainability Risks, Say Researchers

By counting on big, land-based carbon dioxide removal projects rather than curbing emissions now, governments, companies, and even the world’s leading climate science body risk missing climate goals and intensifying biodiversity loss, warns a new report in the journal Science.

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.

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.

As early as 1954, carmakers and oil companies funded research into atmospheric carbon levels—work that eventually led to the famous Keeling Curve tracking human-made climate change, according to an investigative report by DeSmog.

Fossil Interests Funded, Knew About Climate Research in 1954, Investigation Reveals

As early as 1954, carmakers and oil companies funded research into atmospheric carbon levels—work that eventually led to the famous Keeling Curve tracking human-made climate change, according to an investigative report by DeSmog.

Battery adoption is rising and cannot be held back, says the energy transition think tank RMI, in a new post that illustrates how that momentum will cut global fossil fuel demand by half.

‘Domino Effect’ for Batteries to Cut Fossil Fuel Demand by Half

Battery adoption is rising and cannot be held back, says the energy transition think tank RMI, in a new post that illustrates how that momentum will cut global fossil fuel demand by half.

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.

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has approved the use of smaller pipe in a section of Trans Mountain Corporation’s pipeline to Canada’s West Coast, reversing its earlier refusal on safety grounds after the company warned that completion would be delayed by two years if its request was denied.

UPDATE: Trans Mountain Delays Pipeline Opening from First to Second Quarter

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has approved the use of smaller pipe in a section of Trans Mountain Corporation’s pipeline to Canada’s West Coast, reversing its earlier refusal on safety grounds after the company warned that completion would be delayed by two years if its request was denied.

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.

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.

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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.

The pension fund that manages retirement savings for more than 21 million Canadians allowed US$100 million of those funds to be invested in industries now under the microscope after the Biden White House announced it would apply a climate test to liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, a research and advocacy group says.

Canada Pension Plan Pours $100M into Fracking, LNG, as Biden Puts Industry Under Microscope

The pension fund that manages retirement savings for more than 21 million Canadians allowed US$100 million of those funds to be invested in industries now under the microscope after the Biden White House announced it would apply a climate test to liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, a research and advocacy group says.

Private equity investors are facing the transition out of fossil fuels with “eyes wide shut” and exposed to severe financial risk as peak demand for oil, gas, and coal gets closer, concludes a 48-page analyst note released last week by UK-based Carbon Tracker.

‘Eyes Wide Shut’: Private Investors Face Severe Risk as Oil and Gas Nears Peak Production

Private equity investors are facing the transition out of fossil fuels with “eyes wide shut” and exposed to severe financial risk as peak demand for oil, gas, and coal gets closer, concludes a 48-page analyst note released last week by UK-based Carbon Tracker.

Oil giant ExxonMobil has resorted to legal action against two activist investors, seeking to prevent their proposal on accelerated climate action from being put to vote at the company’s next annual meeting.

Exxon Sues to Block Climate Proposal From Shareholder Vote

Oil giant ExxonMobil has resorted to legal action against two activist investors, seeking to prevent their proposal on accelerated climate action from being put to vote at the company’s next annual meeting.

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.

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.

Alberta's oilsands are releasing potentially hazardous compounds into the atmosphere at rates dozens of times higher than official estimates, newly published research suggests.

Oilsands Release Up to 63x More Pollution than Industry Reports, New Study Finds

Alberta’s oilsands are releasing potentially hazardous compounds into the atmosphere at rates dozens of times higher than official estimates, newly published research suggests.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

After a hard year for offshore wind, Pattern Energy recently closed financing for its SunZia Transmission and SunZia Wind developments in New Mexico, which together form the biggest clean energy infrastructure project in United States history.

Pattern Energy Closes $11B Financing for Biggest-Ever U.S. Green Infrastructure Project

After a hard year for offshore wind, Pattern Energy recently closed financing for its SunZia Transmission and SunZia Wind developments in New Mexico, which together form the biggest clean energy infrastructure project in United States history.

Canada’s transition to clean electricity is under intense scrutiny, and the centrepiece of the debate is the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations published in August, 2023.

‘Pragmatic Changes’ Can Help Clean Electricity Regulations Succeed

Canada’s transition to clean electricity is under intense scrutiny, and the centrepiece of the debate is the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations published in August, 2023.

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.

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 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.

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Oil Companies Delay Emission Cuts Pending Results of Next Federal Election

With the 2025 federal election threatening to topple Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, some oil and gas companies are delaying emissions reductions until they know the fate of the sector’s emissions cap.

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.”

UK Conservative Party whip Chris Skidmore, the former energy minister who signed the country’s 2050 net-zero, has resigned his House of Commons seat after the government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak took steps to issue a new round of oil and gas leases in the North Sea.

Leading UK Conservative Quits Politics Over North Sea Oil and Gas Leases

UK Conservative Party whip Chris Skidmore, the former energy minister who signed the country’s 2050 net-zero, has resigned his House of Commons seat after the government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak took steps to issue a new round of oil and gas leases in the North Sea.

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 13, 2023: A flawed but still transformative COP28 declaration signalled a transition out of fossil fuels and the dawn of renewable energy as United Nations climate negotiations concluded in Dubai, United Arab Emirates around noon local time December 13.

Transition Out of Fossil Fuels, Dawn of Renewables at COP28 Conclusion in Dubai

December 13, 2023: A flawed but still transformative COP28 declaration signalled a transition out of fossil fuels and the dawn of renewable energy as United Nations climate negotiations concluded in Dubai, United Arab Emirates around noon local time December 13.

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.

October 24, 2023: A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney accused the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report in October warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

‘This Blows My Mind’, Critic Said, after CCS Centre Admitted It Won’t Meet 2035 Deadline

October 24, 2023: A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney accused the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report in October warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

March 14, 2023: The cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion mushroomed to C$30.9 billion in mid-March, prompting a surprised fossil energy analyst to admit that taxpayers will have to pick up a very large tab as a result.

$30.9B Price Tag Makes Trans Mountain Pipeline a ‘Catastrophic Boondoggle’

March 14, 2023: The cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion mushroomed to C$30.9 billion in mid-March, prompting a surprised fossil energy analyst to admit that taxpayers will have to pick up a very large tab as a result.

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.

November 10, 2023: Falling prices of critical minerals will lead to a 40% drop in the cost of batteries for electric vehicles by 2025, with big implications for the pace of global EV adoption, Goldman Sachs Research reported in November.

EV Battery Prices to Fall 40% by 2025, Goldman Sachs Predicts

November 10, 2023: Falling prices of critical minerals will lead to a 40% drop in the cost of batteries for electric vehicles by 2025, with big implications for the pace of global EV adoption, Goldman Sachs Research reported in November.

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.

November 10, 2023: The abrupt failure of the leading small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) project in the United States shone a light on public subsidies that might keep similar technology under development in Canada, even if it’s prone to the same cost overruns that scuttled NuScale Power Corporation’s Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) in Utah.

Failed U.S. Nuclear Project Raised Cost Concerns for Canadian SMR Development

November 10, 2023: The abrupt failure of the leading small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) project in the United States shone a light on public subsidies that might keep similar technology under development in Canada, even if it’s prone to the same cost overruns that scuttled NuScale Power Corporation’s Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) in Utah.

June 27, 2023: The Royal Bank of Canada faced international criticism for its continuing investments in coal mining and power generation, enabled by an October, 2020 policy that contains “two giant loopholes” for investments that many other financial institutions are turning away from.

RBC Scorched for ‘Giant Loopholes’ in Coal Investment Policy

June 27, 2023: The Royal Bank of Canada faced international criticism for its continuing investments in coal mining and power generation, enabled by an October, 2020 policy that contains “two giant loopholes” for investments that many other financial institutions are turning away from.

January 23, 2023: Denmark’s biggest bank declared an end to fossil fuel financing, after concluding that 99.9% of its carbon footprint came from financed emissions.

Danske Bank Quits New Fossil Fuel Financing

January 23, 2023: Denmark’s biggest bank declared an end to fossil fuel financing, after concluding that 99.9% of its carbon footprint came from financed emissions.

The company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is warning the project's completion could be delayed by two years if the Canada Energy Regulator does not allow a previously rejected request for a pipeline variance.

Trans Mountain Warns Regulator of ‘Catastrophic’ Two-Year Delay

The company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is warning the project’s completion could be delayed by two years if the Canada Energy Regulator does not allow a previously rejected request for a pipeline variance.

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.

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.

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.

As this year’s COP28 summit wound down in Dubai with a first-ever reference to the transition off fossil fuels in the final declaration, delegates and advocates were already turning their gaze back to the tension that always underlies international climate negotiations: Money.

Financial Reform Stands Out as Key Ingredient for Climate Transition

As this year’s COP28 summit wound down in Dubai with a first-ever reference to the transition off fossil fuels in the final declaration, delegates and advocates were already turning their gaze back to the tension that always underlies international climate negotiations: Money.

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.

World Energy GH2 faces a delay in selling product from its Newfoundland and Labrador wind-hydrogen project until European buyers develop the new infrastructure they'll need for the fuel, the company has announced.

Delays Spark Concern, Skepticism about Canada’s Green Hydrogen Future

World Energy GH2 faces a delay in selling product from its Newfoundland and Labrador wind-hydrogen project until European buyers develop the new infrastructure they’ll need for the fuel, the company has announced.

The biggest industrial push in generations in the United States is jump-starting the country’s renewable energy markets, but also setting up a new form of international competition as countries from Europe to Asia introduce policies of their own to keep pace.

U.S. Renewables Investment Sparks Competition from Europe to East Asia

The biggest industrial push in generations in the United States is jump-starting the country’s renewable energy markets, but also setting up a new form of international competition as countries from Europe to Asia introduce policies of their own to keep pace.

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.

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.

A flawed but still transformative COP28 declaration signalled a transition out of fossil fuels and the dawn of renewable energy as United Nations climate negotiations concluded in Dubai, United Arab Emirates around noon local time today.

BREAKING: Transition Out of Fossil Fuels, Dawn of Renewables as COP28 Concludes in Dubai

A flawed but still transformative COP28 declaration signalled a transition out of fossil fuels and the dawn of renewable energy as United Nations climate negotiations concluded in Dubai, United Arab Emirates around noon local time today.

UN climate negotiations seemed certain to go into overtime Tuesday morning after the COP28 secretariat published a draft decision text that left out any clear timeline for phasing out fossil fuels and was dismissed as “unacceptable”, “incoherent”, “grossly insufficient”, and a “slap in the face” by angry, frustrated, and increasingly sleep-deprived delegates.

COP28 BETRAYAL: ‘We Will Not Sign Our Own Death Warrant’, Delegate Says, After Al Jaber Circulates ‘Unacceptable’ Declaration

UN climate negotiations seemed certain to go into overtime Tuesday morning after the COP28 secretariat published a draft decision text that left out any clear timeline for phasing out fossil fuels and was dismissed as “unacceptable”, “incoherent”, “grossly insufficient”, and a “slap in the face” by angry, frustrated, and increasingly sleep-deprived delegates.

A representative of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) flamed out on basic science during the United Nations climate summit in Dubai, after Canadian climate campaigner Emily Lowan confronted him outside a Sunday afternoon event the global oil cartel had organized for COP28 youth delegates.

Out of the Fireside, Into the Fire as OPEC Rep Burned by Climate Science

A representative of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) flamed out on basic science during the United Nations climate summit in Dubai, after Canadian climate campaigner Emily Lowan confronted him outside a Sunday afternoon event the global oil cartel had organized for COP28 youth delegates.

After surviving a House of Commons filibuster by the Opposition Conservatives, Canada’s green transition jobs bill has made its way back to the House of Commons for another vote.

Sustainable Jobs Bill Inches Along Its Legislative Journey

After surviving a House of Commons filibuster by the Opposition Conservatives, Canada’s green transition jobs bill has made its way back to the House of Commons for another vote.

Recent media reports suggesting that the majority of Canadian women “support the production and growth of Canadian oil and gas” to make life more affordable do not reflect the results of a wealth of opinion research over the last two years.

Surveys Show Women Connecting the Dots on Climate Policy, Affordable Energy

Recent media reports suggesting that the majority of Canadian women “support the production and growth of Canadian oil and gas” to make life more affordable do not reflect the results of a wealth of opinion research over the last two years.

Canadian politicians are being accused of placing partisan interests ahead of the needs of hundreds of thousands of farmers awaiting the passage of Bill C-234, which aims to exempt fuels used in certain agricultural activities from the federal government’s signature carbon pricing policy.

Canadian Farmers Await Fate of Bill C-234 Amid Carbon Tax Strife

Canadian politicians are being accused of placing partisan interests ahead of the needs of hundreds of thousands of farmers awaiting the passage of Bill C-234, which aims to exempt fuels used in certain agricultural activities from the federal government’s signature carbon pricing policy.

COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber was pushing for a reference to fossil fuels in the final conference declaration, and an Arabic tradition of dialogue had government ministers “getting real about what matters”, as United Nations climate negotiations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) entered their second-last day.

Negotiators ‘Getting Real About What Matters’ as COP28 Enters Final 48 Hours

COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber was pushing for a reference to fossil fuels in the final conference declaration, and an Arabic tradition of dialogue had government ministers “getting real about what matters”, as United Nations climate negotiations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) entered their second-last day.

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.

The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act's tax credit transferability provision played a pivotal role in securing funding for a solar+storage project in California, demonstrating its effectiveness in supporting clean energy projects.

Tax Credit Transfers a ‘Major Step Forward’ in U.S. Energy Transition

The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act’s tax credit transferability provision played a pivotal role in securing funding for a solar+storage project in California, demonstrating its effectiveness in supporting clean energy projects.

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.

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.”

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.

After a first-day blur of rare, quick action and agreement, negotiators at the COP28 climate summit finished up their first week Wednesday in a more familiar place for them: the murky middle where momentum and roadblocks intertwine.

Negotiations Hit ‘Murky Middle’ as COP28 Ends Week One

After a first-day blur of rare, quick action and agreement, negotiators at the COP28 climate summit finished up their first week Wednesday in a more familiar place for them: the murky middle where momentum and roadblocks intertwine.

With at least 2,456 fossil lobbyists attending the COP28 climate summit and negotiations bogging down on a key part of the Paris Agreement process, a flurry of reports today showed climate pollution still rising, industry pitching “carbon bomb” solutions that could trigger another 86 billion tonnes of emissions, and five alarming climate tipping points within reach.

Emissions Still Rising, ‘Carbon Bombs’ Risk Another 86B Tonnes, as COP28 Talks Flooded by Fossil Lobbyists

With at least 2,456 fossil lobbyists attending the COP28 climate summit and negotiations bogging down on a key part of the Paris Agreement process, a flurry of reports today showed climate pollution still rising, industry pitching “carbon bomb” solutions that could trigger another 86 billion tonnes of emissions, and five alarming climate tipping points within reach.

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.

The year’s top insights from climate science draw a familiar but urgent conclusion: that every pathway to holding global warming to the 1.5°C target in the 2015 Paris agreement depends on phasing out fossil fuels.

Fossil Phaseout Urgent, 1.5°C Overshoot Inevitable, Scientists Tell COP28 Negotiators

The year’s top insights from climate science draw a familiar but urgent conclusion: that every pathway to holding global warming to the 1.5°C target in the 2015 Paris agreement depends on phasing out fossil fuels.

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.

The Canada Energy Regulator has approved preliminary interim tolls that would see oil companies pay nearly twice as much to ship crude on the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline as what was estimated in 2017.

Interim Toll Allows Trans Mountain to Double Fee to Fossil Producers

The Canada Energy Regulator has approved preliminary interim tolls that would see oil companies pay nearly twice as much to ship crude on the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline as what was estimated in 2017.

By standing before the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and pledging our national pension fund’s continued support for the Alberta oil and gas industry, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) CEO John Graham predictably told Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and her Big Oil allies exactly what they wanted to hear.

Canada Pension Plan ‘Flunks the Test’ by Cheerleading Alberta Fossils: DeRochie

By standing before the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and pledging our national pension fund’s continued support for the Alberta oil and gas industry, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) CEO John Graham predictably told Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and her Big Oil allies exactly what they wanted to hear.

Don't trust the oil and gas industry to report its actual carbon pollution, said former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who added that the man leading the COP28 climate talks in Dubai this week and next runs one of the “dirtiest” oil companies out there.

Fossils ‘Much Better at Capturing Politicians’ than Emissions, Gore Says, as Pressure Mounts on COP28 President

Don’t trust the oil and gas industry to report its actual carbon pollution, said former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who added that the man leading the COP28 climate talks in Dubai this week and next runs one of the “dirtiest” oil companies out there.

There is “no science” connecting a fossil fuel phaseout to holding average global warming to 1.5°C, COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber declared two weeks ago, in a public video that circulated after a flurry of early announcements brought a sense of momentum to UN climate negotiations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

‘No Science’ Linking Fossil Phaseout to 1.5°C Target, Al Jaber Claims in ‘Ill-Tempered’ Video

There is “no science” connecting a fossil fuel phaseout to holding average global warming to 1.5°C, COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber declared two weeks ago, in a public video that circulated after a flurry of early announcements brought a sense of momentum to UN climate negotiations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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 Canadian government is stepping back from a pledge that taxpayer subsidies won’t support carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects that help fossil producers extract more oil from older, depleted wells.

Ottawa Pivots to Subsidize CCUS Projects that Use Captured CO2 to Extract More Oil

The Canadian government is stepping back from a pledge that taxpayer subsidies won’t support carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects that help fossil producers extract more oil from older, depleted wells.

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.

Even as studies show waste from solar and wind power generation pales in comparison to coal, some companies have started upcycling discarded material from the first generation of wind turbines now being retired.

Solar, Wind Produce Far Less Waste than Coal

Even as studies show waste from solar and wind power generation pales in comparison to coal, some companies have started upcycling discarded material from the first generation of wind turbines now being retired.

An early deal on loss and damage funding for countries on the front lines of the climate emergency drew some focus away from a conflict of interest scandal embroiling COP28 organizers as United Nations climate negotiations got under way this morning in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

$400M+ in Pledges Launch Loss and Damage Fund at COP28

An early deal on loss and damage funding for countries on the front lines of the climate emergency drew some focus away from a conflict of interest scandal embroiling COP28 organizers as United Nations climate negotiations got under way this morning in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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.

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.

Canada is one of nearly 30 countries that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may have tried to target for oil and gas trade deals when they met with COP28 President-Designate Sultan al Jaber in the lead-up to UN climate negotiations that open this week in Dubai, according to a news exposé published Monday morning.

UAE Briefing Targets Canada for LNG Deals During COP28 Climate Discussions

Canada is one of nearly 30 countries that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may have tried to target for oil and gas trade deals when they met with COP28 President-Designate Sultan al Jaber in the lead-up to UN climate negotiations that open this week in Dubai, according to a news exposé published Monday morning.

The Canadian government's allocation of C$7 billion to carbon contracts for difference in this fall’s fiscal update will promote a stable environment for companies looking to invest in a low-carbon future, policy experts say.

Canada Commits $7B to Carbon Contracts For Difference

The Canadian government’s allocation of C$7 billion to carbon contracts for difference in this fall’s fiscal update will promote a stable environment for companies looking to invest in a low-carbon future, policy experts say.

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.

Leading mining companies are looking to offload their coal assets amid the global push for decarbonization, while one industry group tries to rebrand itself green.

Coal Giants Teck, Glencore Plan Exit as Trade Group Pitches Ludicrous Clean Rebrand

Leading mining companies are looking to offload their coal assets amid the global push for decarbonization, while one industry group tries to rebrand itself green.

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.

Gas utilities in the United States are being accused of sowing decades of doubt about the harms of pollution from gas-burning stoves—often mirroring tactics that the tobacco industry used to delay or defeat regulation.

U.S. Gas Industry Used ‘Tobacco Tactics’ on Stove Health Research, Critics Say

Gas utilities in the United States are being accused of sowing decades of doubt about the harms of pollution from gas-burning stoves—often mirroring tactics that the tobacco industry used to delay or defeat regulation.

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Seismologists to Probe Earthquake Risks of Carbon Injection

A seismology researcher at the Geological Survey of Canada has received a C$1.5 million grant to determine how to mitigate the risks of earthquakes caused by the process of injecting liquified carbon dioxide for storage underground during carbon capture and storage (CCS).

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.

Portugal produced more than enough renewable power to serve all its customers for six straight days, from October 31 to November 6, Canary Media reports.

Portugal Runs All-Renewable Grid for 6 Days Straight

Portugal produced more than enough renewable power to serve all its customers for six straight days, from October 31 to November 6, Canary Media reports.

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.

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.

With the world’s carbon polluters continuing to break temperature and emissions records, the United Nations is urging delegates to the upcoming COP28 climate summit to commit to rapid emission reductions, as average global warming heads toward a catastrophic 2.5 to 2.9°C.

Climate Pollution Rising Toward 2.9°C Future, UN Warns—Like a Broken Record

With the world’s carbon polluters continuing to break temperature and emissions records, the United Nations is urging delegates to the upcoming COP28 climate summit to commit to rapid emission reductions, as average global warming heads toward a catastrophic 2.5 to 2.9°C.

With the world expected to accumulate US$2.3 quadrillion in damages by century’s end if climate change isn’t brought under control, Bloomberg opinion editor Mark Gongloff says investing a paltry $266 trillion through 2050 in climate-related projects should be an easy call.

$266 Trillion in Climate Spending Through 2050 a ‘No-Brainer’ Against Cost of Inaction

With the world expected to accumulate US$2.3 quadrillion in damages by century’s end if climate change isn’t brought under control, Bloomberg opinion editor Mark Gongloff says investing a paltry $266 trillion through 2050 in climate-related projects should be an easy call.

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.

Canada’s mandate for 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035 will have a big impact on automakers and consumers, a panel of experts recently agreed—but some divergent perspectives emerged on the merits and drawbacks of the mandate.

Strong Climate Policy Backs Canada’s ZEV Transition, Experts Say

Canada’s mandate for 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035 will have a big impact on automakers and consumers, a panel of experts recently agreed—but some divergent perspectives emerged on the merits and drawbacks of the mandate.

A wave of proposals to pool carbon dioxide from fossil fuel and other industrial activities and bury it beneath the oceans could pose a massive risk to seabeds and aquatic ecosystems, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) warns in a report issued last week.

‘Untested’ Seabed Carbon Storage Poses Huge Risk to Ocean Ecosystems

A wave of proposals to pool carbon dioxide from fossil fuel and other industrial activities and bury it beneath the oceans could pose a massive risk to seabeds and aquatic ecosystems, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) warns in a report issued last week.

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.

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.

As the COP28 climate summit approaches, unproven direct air capture (DAC) technology is getting undue political and public support, warns an expert group that is urging leaders to prioritize policies and solutions that eliminate the burning of fossil fuels.

Direct Air Capture is Fossil Industry’s ‘Latest Smokescreen’, Critics Warn

As the COP28 climate summit approaches, unproven direct air capture (DAC) technology is getting undue political and public support, warns an expert group that is urging leaders to prioritize policies and solutions that eliminate the burning of fossil fuels.

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.

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.

China’s carbon dioxide emissions are poised to decline next year, thanks to a surge of clean energy investments that have exceeded targets, concludes a new analysis this week published by Carbon Brief.

China’s Emissions Will Begin to Decline in 2024

China’s carbon dioxide emissions are poised to decline next year, thanks to a surge of clean energy investments that have exceeded targets, concludes a new analysis this week published by Carbon Brief.

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 badges said they were there to participate in negotiations to curb climate change. They stated affiliations like the government of Brazil, Indigenous organizations of the Amazon, the Climate Registry. But in reality, the livelihoods of these participants were more aligned with what’s keeping the problem going: fossil fuels.

Fossil Lobbyists Play Decisive Role in UN Climate Talks, News Analysis Shows

The badges said they were there to participate in negotiations to curb climate change. They stated affiliations like the government of Brazil, Indigenous organizations of the Amazon, the Climate Registry. But in reality, the livelihoods of these participants were more aligned with what’s keeping the problem going: fossil fuels.

Falling prices of critical minerals will lead to a 40% drop in the cost of batteries for electric vehicles by 2025, with big implications for the pace of global EV adoption, says Goldman Sachs Research.

EV Battery Prices to Fall 40% by 2025, Goldman Sachs Predicts

Falling prices of critical minerals will lead to a 40% drop in the cost of batteries for electric vehicles by 2025, with big implications for the pace of global EV adoption, says Goldman Sachs Research.

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.

The abrupt failure of the leading small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) project in the United States is shining a light on public subsidies that might keep similar technology under development in Canada, even if it’s prone to the same cost overruns that scuttled NuScale Power Corporation’s Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) in Utah.

Failed U.S. Nuclear Project Raises Cost Concerns for Canadian SMR Development

The abrupt failure of the leading small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) project in the United States is shining a light on public subsidies that might keep similar technology under development in Canada, even if it’s prone to the same cost overruns that scuttled NuScale Power Corporation’s Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) in Utah.

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.

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.

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.

The offshore wind industry in the U.S. is running into severe headwinds due to rising construction costs and supply chain issues, just as a new report digs into Eastern Canada’s potential to capitalize on the technology.

Report Spotlights ‘Game-Changing’ Offshore Wind Potential in Canada as U.S. Projects Flail

The offshore wind industry in the U.S. is running into severe headwinds due to rising construction costs and supply chain issues, just as a new report digs into Eastern Canada’s potential to capitalize on the technology.

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.

As capacity markets offer up more incentives for electricity generators to invest in meeting future demand, regulatory schemes in Europe offer valuable lessons for evolving energy landscapes worldwide.

Energy Analysts Offer Fixes for Six Capacity Market Flaws

As capacity markets offer up more incentives for electricity generators to invest in meeting future demand, regulatory schemes in Europe offer valuable lessons for evolving energy landscapes worldwide.

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.

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.

Amidst fanfare that carbon capture and storage can help sustain the fossil fuel industry while averting the climate crisis, Houston-based Occidental Petroleum’s quiet decision last year to sell off a flagship facility underscores the continuing challenges facing the technology.

Sale of Flagship Project Shows Continuing Challenges Facing CCS

Amidst fanfare that carbon capture and storage can help sustain the fossil fuel industry while averting the climate crisis, Houston-based Occidental Petroleum’s quiet decision last year to sell off a flagship facility underscores the continuing challenges facing the technology.

A provincial climate summit in Calgary last week dove deep into what it will take to decarbonize the Alberta grid by 2035, while shining a light on the provincial policy gaps that are standing in the way.

Climate Summit Spotlights Disconnects in Alberta Energy Policy

A provincial climate summit in Calgary last week dove deep into what it will take to decarbonize the Alberta grid by 2035, while shining a light on the provincial policy gaps that are standing in the way.

More than two-thirds of Canadians are unwilling to help cover the spiralling cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a new survey concludes.

Canadians Want Oil Companies to Pay for TMX, Survey Finds

More than two-thirds of Canadians are unwilling to help cover the spiralling cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a new survey concludes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney is accusing the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCUS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report last week warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCUS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

‘This Blows My Mind’, Critic Says, as CCS Centre Admits It Can’t Meet 2035 Deadline

A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney is accusing the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCUS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report last week warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCUS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

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).

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.

Countries from the global south take the most action to improve air quality in their climate plans, while some of the world’s biggest carbon-emitting economies lack that vision, concludes a recent assessment of air pollution measures in national climate commitments.

G20 Countries Lag on Building Air Quality into Climate Plans

Countries from the global south take the most action to improve air quality in their climate plans, while some of the world’s biggest carbon-emitting economies lack that vision, concludes a recent assessment of air pollution measures in national climate commitments.

Intense disagreements over who manages and receives the money are threatening to derail a landmark agreement at last year’s COP 27 climate summit in Egypt—the decision to set up a loss and damage fund to help the world’s most vulnerable countries respond to climate impacts more severe than anyone can adapt to.

Loss and Damage Fund at Risk as Clock Winds Down to COP 28

Intense disagreements over who manages and receives the money are threatening to derail a landmark agreement at last year’s COP 27 climate summit in Egypt—the decision to set up a loss and damage fund to help the world’s most vulnerable countries respond to climate impacts more severe than anyone can adapt to.

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.

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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 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.

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.

ExxonMobil’s acquisition of shale producer Pioneer Natural Resources for US$59.5 billion signals that the oil major expects fossil fuel production to remain profitable beyond the end of the decade, despite predictions that global oil demand will peak before 2030.

Exxon Emerges as Oil ‘Megamajor’ As Peak Demand Nears

ExxonMobil’s acquisition of shale producer Pioneer Natural Resources for US$59.5 billion signals that the oil major expects fossil fuel production to remain profitable beyond the end of the decade, despite predictions that global oil demand will peak before 2030.

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.

“Every economic decision will be impacted by energy prices and our climate,” European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde declared earlier this month.

Central Bankers Fear Energy, Inflation Shocks in Chaotic Climate Transition

“Every economic decision will be impacted by energy prices and our climate,” European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde declared earlier this month.

Mexico is running into snags with the old energy economy and the new, with fossil companies giving up on the country’s oil deposits while a Chinese mining giant raises flags about plans to nationalize lithium production.

Mexico Sees Oil Exploration Decline, Works to Nationalize Lithium Industry

Mexico is running into snags with the old energy economy and the new, with fossil companies giving up on the country’s oil deposits while a Chinese mining giant raises flags about plans to nationalize lithium production.

Beekeeping traditions trace back millennia in Syria, but the recent civil war, economic collapse, and new weather patterns have devastated beehives and the beekeepers who rely on them.

Syria’s Age-Old Beekeeping Tradition Ravaged by War, Pollution, Climate Change

Beekeeping traditions trace back millennia in Syria, but the recent civil war, economic collapse, and new weather patterns have devastated beehives and the beekeepers who rely on them.

A federal Member of Parliament is calling for a windfall profits tax on fossil fuel companies, just as an independent analysis predicts Canadian oil extraction hitting an all-time high over the next two years with the expected start-up of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

MP Urges Windfall Profit Tax as Oil Extraction Set to Hit New Record

A federal Member of Parliament is calling for a windfall profits tax on fossil fuel companies, just as an independent analysis predicts Canadian oil extraction hitting an all-time high over the next two years with the expected start-up of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The latest route change for the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline would threaten a sacred site—Pipsell, or Jacko Lake, near Kamloops, BC—and amount to a continuation of cultural genocide, a Secwepemc knowledge keeper says.

Trans Mountain Route Change Amounts to ‘Cultural Genocide’: Secwepemc Knowledge Keeper

The latest route change for the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline would threaten a sacred site—Pipsell, or Jacko Lake, near Kamloops, BC—and amount to a continuation of cultural genocide, a Secwepemc knowledge keeper says.

While governments lag in climate action, recent pro-climate court rulings highlight the promise of litigation against polluters and their allies—but experts warn that effective policy must follow legal victories to make a real difference.

Climate Fight Prevails in Court as Political Inertia Persists

While governments lag in climate action, recent pro-climate court rulings highlight the promise of litigation against polluters and their allies—but experts warn that effective policy must follow legal victories to make a real difference.

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Europe Launches World’s First Carbon Border Adjustment Rule

The European Union has begun rolling out its Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), a world first that will eventually translate into a levy on imports in emissions-intensive industries like electricity, steel, cement, aluminum, and fertilizer.

Ireland has turned down a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, citing its climate impact.

Ireland Refuses LNG Terminal Over Climate Impact

Ireland has turned down a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, citing its climate impact.

In the absence of a global policy for nitrous oxide—a greenhouse gas with nearly 300 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide—industries have been inconsistent in deploying, affordable and readily available technologies to reduce its emissions.

Emission Reductions Lag for Climate Super-Pollutant Nitrous Oxide

In the absence of a global policy for nitrous oxide—a greenhouse gas with nearly 300 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide—industries have been inconsistent in deploying, affordable and readily available technologies to reduce its emissions.

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.

Shell CEO Wael Sawan told attendees at an energy conference this week that shareholders will make the final call on the viability of low-carbon options—weeks after two employees wrote him an open letter expressing “deep concern” about his strategy and urged him not to scale back on renewables investments.

Shell CEO Doubles Down on Renewable Cuts Despite Internal Pushback

Shell CEO Wael Sawan told attendees at an energy conference this week that shareholders will make the final call on the viability of low-carbon options—weeks after two employees wrote him an open letter expressing “deep concern” about his strategy and urged him not to scale back on renewables investments.

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.

The Emirati president-designate of the upcoming United Nations COP 28 climate talks urged oil and gas companies Monday to be “central to the solution” to fighting climate change, a message delivered even as the industry boosts its production to enjoy rising global energy prices.

UAE Holds Major Oil and Gas Conference Before Hosting COP 28 Climate Summit

The Emirati president-designate of the upcoming United Nations COP 28 climate talks urged oil and gas companies Monday to be “central to the solution” to fighting climate change, a message delivered even as the industry boosts its production to enjoy rising global energy prices.

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.

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).

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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.

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.

After a day-long climate ambition summit last week hosted by UN Secretary General António Guterres, countries have entered the final two-month stretch before COP 28 climate negotiations open in Dubai, with key issues like phasing out fossil fuels, tripling renewable energy production, and delivering climate finance to developing countries still very much in play.

Momentum Builds Toward COP 28 as Countries Back Fossil Fuel Phaseout

After a day-long climate ambition summit last week hosted by UN Secretary General António Guterres, countries have entered the final two-month stretch before COP 28 climate negotiations open in Dubai, with key issues like phasing out fossil fuels, tripling renewable energy production, and delivering climate finance to developing countries still very much in play.

Adding long duration and multi-day energy storage to New York’s grid could cut system costs in 2040 by 29% and expand the grid’s energy storage capacity tenfold compared to relying solely on short-duration batteries, according to an analysis by battery storage provider Form Energy.

Multi-Day Storage Can Deliver Cheaper Grid Reliability, Battery Maker Says

Adding long duration and multi-day energy storage to New York’s grid could cut system costs in 2040 by 29% and expand the grid’s energy storage capacity tenfold compared to relying solely on short-duration batteries, according to an analysis by battery storage provider Form Energy.

Oil and gas companies shouldn’t bother showing up at global climate negotiations later this year unless they’re ready to help deliver on real emission reductions, former United Nations climate secretary Christiana Figueres told a climate journalism conference in New York this morning.

Don’t Attend COP 28 Unless You’re There to Help, Figueres Tells Oil and Gas

Oil and gas companies shouldn’t bother showing up at global climate negotiations later this year unless they’re ready to help deliver on real emission reductions, former United Nations climate secretary Christiana Figueres told a climate journalism conference in New York this morning.

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.

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.

PR giants like Edelman, McCann, Ogilvy, and Publicis Groupe are under the microscope during New York Climate Week after the Clean Creatives campaign launched its 2023 F-List, an inventory of 500 fossil fuel contracts with 294 advertising and public relations agencies in 2022 and 2023.

‘Turning Point’ for PR Industry as Clean Creatives Targets Fossil Industry Contracts

PR giants like Edelman, McCann, Ogilvy, and Publicis Groupe are under the microscope during New York Climate Week after the Clean Creatives campaign launched its 2023 F-List, an inventory of 500 fossil fuel contracts with 294 advertising and public relations agencies in 2022 and 2023.

Newly-disclosed internal documents from ExxonMobil's highest echelons reveal how executives persisted in privately undermining climate science, even as the company avowed it was moving to address its emissions.

‘Obituary-Changing’ Revelations Show Exxon’s Tillerson Undermining Climate Science

Newly-disclosed internal documents from ExxonMobil’s highest echelons reveal how executives persisted in privately undermining climate science, even as the company avowed it was moving to address its emissions.

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.

From Canada and the United States to southeast Asia, from Africa to Europe, tens of thousands of climate activists and concerned citizens held protests Friday through Sunday to call for an end to the burning of planet-warming fossil fuels as the globe suffers dramatic weather extremes and record-breaking heat.

Hundreds of Thousands March in Global Climate Strike

From Canada and the United States to southeast Asia, from Africa to Europe, tens of thousands of climate activists and concerned citizens held protests Friday through Sunday to call for an end to the burning of planet-warming fossil fuels as the globe suffers dramatic weather extremes and record-breaking heat.

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.

Scientists and advocates are alarmed that a global panel of experts has left the door open for research on geoengineering the planet’s climate—even as the panel called for a global moratorium on such efforts.

Solar Geoengineering Means ‘Game Over’ for Life on Earth, Critics Warn

Scientists and advocates are alarmed that a global panel of experts has left the door open for research on geoengineering the planet’s climate—even as the panel called for a global moratorium on such efforts.

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.

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 to be wary” of Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre’s anti-climate action stance, the Globe and Mail warns in a recent editorial, while a leading national climate analyst suggests Poilievre’s failure to embrace smart environmental policy can do a lot of harm—especially to his own electoral prospects.

Poilievre Could Dial Back Canada’s Climate Gains, Globe Editorial Warns

“Canadians need to be wary” of Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre’s anti-climate action stance, the Globe and Mail warns in a recent editorial, while a leading national climate analyst suggests Poilievre’s failure to embrace smart environmental policy can do a lot of harm—especially to his own electoral prospects.

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.

Group of 20 leaders agreed Saturday to triple renewable energy deployment and try to increase funding to address climate change-related disasters, but maintained the status quo on phasing out carbon spewing coal.

G20 Agrees to Triple Renewables, ‘Sidesteps’ Fossil Phaseout

Group of 20 leaders agreed Saturday to triple renewable energy deployment and try to increase funding to address climate change-related disasters, but maintained the status quo on phasing out carbon spewing coal.

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Don’t Rely on Exotic Carbon Removal Technologies to Delay Emission Cuts, Webinar Warns

Countries must make sure global climate pollution peaks as swiftly as possible and then steadily declines, rather than overshooting targets for global temperature rise and counting on exotic technologies to draw them back down, a trio of climate scientists concluded in a recent webinar.

A carbon tax might be more effective if governments applied it to shareholders, rather than consumers, UMass Amherst sustainability scientist Jared Starr writes for The Conversation.

What If Carbon Taxes Applied to Shareholders, Rather Than Consumers?

A carbon tax might be more effective if governments applied it to shareholders, rather than consumers, UMass Amherst sustainability scientist Jared Starr writes for The Conversation.

Carbon capture and storage may have an important role to play in hard-to-decarbonize sectors like iron and steel, but won’t pay off for oil and gas companies without continuing government subsidies, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in an analysis released this week.

CCS Can’t Compete with Renewables, Won’t Deliver by 2030, Report Finds

Carbon capture and storage may have an important role to play in hard-to-decarbonize sectors like iron and steel, but won’t pay off for oil and gas companies without continuing government subsidies, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in an analysis released this week.

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.

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Biden Cancels Trump-Era Oil Leases in Arctic Wildlife Refuge

In an aggressive move that angered Republicans, the Biden administration canceled the seven remaining oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, overturning sales held in the Trump administration’s waning days, and proposed stronger protections against development on vast swaths of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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.

Strong methane regulations are the cheapest, most effective way to reduce emissions in Canada's oil and gas industry and meet the expected targets in the federal government’s oil and gas emissions cap—all without hindering economic growth, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) reports.

Methane Controls Can Meet 1/3 of Canada’s Target for Oil and Gas Emission Cuts

Strong methane regulations are the cheapest, most effective way to reduce emissions in Canada’s oil and gas industry and meet the expected targets in the federal government’s oil and gas emissions cap—all without hindering economic growth, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) reports.

What if companies had to pay for the problems their carbon emissions cause? Their profits would plunge, according to new estimates, possibly wiping out trillions in financial gains.

Accounting for Climate Damage Would Wipe Out Trillions in Corporate Profits: U.S. Study

What if companies had to pay for the problems their carbon emissions cause? Their profits would plunge, according to new estimates, possibly wiping out trillions in financial gains.

The 27 countries that form the European Union are preparing to propose a global deal to phase out fossil fuels when this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP 28, convenes in the United Arab Emirates November 30.

EU to Pitch Fossil Phaseout at COP 28

The 27 countries that form the European Union are preparing to propose a global deal to phase out fossil fuels when this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP 28, convenes in the United Arab Emirates November 30.

Climate change is “relentlessly eating away” at Africa's economic progress and it's time to have a global conversation about a carbon tax on polluters, Kenya's president declared Tuesday as the first Africa Climate Summit got under way.

Climate ‘Eating Away’ at African Economies Triggers Call for Global Carbon Tax

Climate change is “relentlessly eating away” at Africa’s economic progress and it’s time to have a global conversation about a carbon tax on polluters, Kenya’s president declared Tuesday as the first Africa Climate Summit got under way.

Two different jurisdictions took solid steps toward a fossil fuel phaseout last week, with Colombia joining the international Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) and California joining the call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Colombia Joins Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, California Endorses Fossil Non-Proliferation Treaty

Two different jurisdictions took solid steps toward a fossil fuel phaseout last week, with Colombia joining the international Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) and California joining the call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Fifteen years after polar bears were listed as threatened, a new study says researchers have overcome a roadblock in the U.S. Endangered Species Act that prevented federal officials from considering climate change when evaluating impacts of projects such as oil and gas drilling.

New Attribution Research Could Protect Polar Bears from Oil and Gas Emissions

Fifteen years after polar bears were listed as threatened, a new study says researchers have overcome a roadblock in the U.S. Endangered Species Act that prevented federal officials from considering climate change when evaluating impacts of projects such as oil and gas drilling.

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Suncor Abandoning Climate Shows Need for Oil and Gas Emissions Cap: Guilbeault

Recent statements by the CEO of a major oilsands company further the case for federal regulations to cap greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said.

The Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project has run into another construction-related hurdle that could delay its completion.

New Route, Engineering Glitches Could ‘Significantly’ Raise Trans Mountain Costs

The Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project has run into another construction-related hurdle that could delay its completion.

Particulate pollution is worsening a crisis in antibiotic resistance that is already killing an estimated 1.3 million people per year, concludes a new study that spanned more than 100 countries and nearly two decades.

Rising Air Pollution Helps Deadly Bacteria Build Resistance to Antibiotics

Particulate pollution is worsening a crisis in antibiotic resistance that is already killing an estimated 1.3 million people per year, concludes a new study that spanned more than 100 countries and nearly two decades.

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Studies Link Fracking to Childhood Cancer, Asthma

Health professionals are calling for a ban on fracking in Pennsylvania after three “bombshell” studies—published despite resistance from fossil fuel interests—linked exposure to the oil and gas extraction process to childhood lymphoma, asthma, and low birth weight.

In a process that will take decades to complete, Japan has started releasing treated water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, raising concerns about introducing residual tritium into the environment.

Radioactive Tritium in the Ocean as Japan Releases ‘Treated’ Water from Fukushima

In a process that will take decades to complete, Japan has started releasing treated water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, raising concerns about introducing residual tritium into the environment.

It’s time for decision-makers in places like Ontario to get visionary and rethink our top-down grid from the bottom up, write Ottawa Climate Action Fund Executive Director Steve Winkelman and The Energy Mix Publisher Mitchell Beer, in a post for Corporate Knights.

Put Energy Efficiency, Renewables First in Grid Transformation, Analysts Urge Ontario

It’s time for decision-makers in places like Ontario to get visionary and rethink our top-down grid from the bottom up, write Ottawa Climate Action Fund Executive Director Steve Winkelman and The Energy Mix Publisher Mitchell Beer, in a post for Corporate Knights.

While recent data on renewable energy deployment point to a new era when “a trillion dollars of investment is the floor, not the ceiling,” those numbers only track a fraction of the accelerating effort to bring decarbonization technologies into the mainstream, BloombergNEF senior contributor Nat Bullard writes in a recent opinion piece.

Clean Energy Revenue Hits $2.56 Trillion in 2022: BloombergNEF

While recent data on renewable energy deployment point to a new era when “a trillion dollars of investment is the floor, not the ceiling,” those numbers only track a fraction of the accelerating effort to bring decarbonization technologies into the mainstream, BloombergNEF senior contributor Nat Bullard writes in a recent opinion piece.

“I’ve watched Ontario botch electricity planning for decades,” writes veteran energy modeller Ralph Torrie, research director at Corporate Knights. “We can’t afford more ill-conceived nuclear megaprojects that will be overtaken by a smarter, cheaper renewable energy system.”

Here We Go Again: Ontario’s Reckless Nuclear Gamble

“I’ve watched Ontario botch electricity planning for decades,” writes veteran energy modeller Ralph Torrie, research director at Corporate Knights. “We can’t afford more ill-conceived nuclear megaprojects that will be overtaken by a smarter, cheaper renewable energy system.”

Occidental Petroleum’s purchase of a Canadian direct air capture (DAC) company for US$1.1 billion will enable it to profit from tackling climate change while continuing to extract oil and gas for 60 or more years into the future, says CEO Vicki Hollub.

Occidental Seeks ‘60, 70, 80 Years’ of Oil Extraction with Carbon Engineering Buyout

Occidental Petroleum’s purchase of a Canadian direct air capture (DAC) company for US$1.1 billion will enable it to profit from tackling climate change while continuing to extract oil and gas for 60 or more years into the future, says CEO Vicki Hollub.

Amid revelations that the United Arab Emirates has not disclosed its methane emissions data for nearly 10 years leading up to its role as COP 28 host later this year, critics are further alleging that its state-owned oil company, whose CEO Sultan al Jaber will be serving as COP President, has set itself “incoherent” methane targets.

COP 28 Presidency Takes Heat for UAE’s Missing Methane Data

Amid revelations that the United Arab Emirates has not disclosed its methane emissions data for nearly 10 years leading up to its role as COP 28 host later this year, critics are further alleging that its state-owned oil company, whose CEO Sultan al Jaber will be serving as COP President, has set itself “incoherent” methane targets.

In a historic decision, Ecuadorians voted on Sunday against the oil drilling of a protected area in the Amazon that's home to two uncontacted tribes and serves as a biodiversity hotspot.

Ecuador Rejects Amazon Oil Drilling in Binding Referendum

In a historic decision, Ecuadorians voted on Sunday against the oil drilling of a protected area in the Amazon that’s home to two uncontacted tribes and serves as a biodiversity hotspot.

Ford Motor Co. and two South Korean companies have announced a new C$1.2-billion battery cathode factory in Bécancour, Quebec, supported by $644 million in loans from the federal and Quebec governments.

New Battery Cathode Plant in Bécancour, QC to Create 345 Jobs