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

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

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

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

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

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

The Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act, Bill C-50, finally passed the House of Commons late Monday, after a 12-hour voting marathon triggered by more than 100 amendments put forward by the Conservative opposition.

BREAKING: House of Commons Adopts Sustainable Jobs Act

The Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act, Bill C-50, finally passed the House of Commons late Monday, after a 12-hour voting marathon triggered by more than 100 amendments put forward by the Conservative opposition.

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

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

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

Ontario has 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.

In the newest wrinkle in Li-Cycle’s recent ups and downs, the Toronto-based company has laid off 17% of its work force, including three senior executives, following a construction pause at its new facility in Rochester, New York.

Canadian Battery Recycler Li-Cycle Sheds 17% of Staff

In the newest wrinkle in Li-Cycle’s recent ups and downs, the Toronto-based company has laid off 17% of its work force, including three senior executives, following a construction pause at its new facility in Rochester, New York.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Rural, Northern Communities Detail Pitfalls in Transition to Electric Vehicles

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

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

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

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

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

Ohio Approves America’s Biggest Agrivoltaics Project Despite Local Pushback

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

New Designs Make Heat Pumps Available to Apartment Dwellers

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

As 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.

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

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

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

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.

The fourth phase of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm has dropped plans to produce green hydrogen after confirming a connection to the UK power grid.

World’s Biggest Wind Farm Drops Plans for Green Hydrogen

The fourth phase of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm has dropped plans to produce green hydrogen after confirming a connection to the UK power grid.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rate Hikes Emerge As Rare Downside of District Energy Systems

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

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.

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.

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

New Zoning Rules Shift Cities Away from Minimum Parking Requirements

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

A dozen environment groups and labour organizations are pleading with the Liberal government to end a political stalemate over its forthcoming sustainable jobs bill.

Pick Up the Pace on Sustainable Jobs Act, Groups Urge Ottawa

A dozen environment groups and labour organizations are pleading with the Liberal government to end a political stalemate over its forthcoming sustainable jobs bill.

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.

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

Solar Module Recycler to Supply Glass for New Panels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK Steel Closures Show Risky Path to Decarbonizing Heavy Industry

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

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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.

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

UPDATE: Federal Budget to Include Revamped Greener Homes Grant

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

The heavy industry sector is diverse, hard to decarbonize, and expected to be a key driver of a net-zero economy, writes Ross Linden-Fraser of the Canadian Climate Institute.

Explainer: Each Heavy Industry Has Its Own Path to Cutting Emissions

The heavy industry sector is diverse, hard to decarbonize, and expected to be a key driver of a net-zero economy, writes Ross Linden-Fraser of the Canadian Climate Institute.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

A C$1.8-billion budget gap is dragging down the City of Toronto’s plan to bring community-wide climate pollution to net-zero by 2040.

Big Budget Gap Has Toronto Falling Short on 2040 Climate Targets

A C$1.8-billion budget gap is dragging down the City of Toronto’s plan to bring community-wide climate pollution to net-zero by 2040.

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

‘Massive Fallout’ Feared as Ottawa Winds Down Greener Homes Grant Program

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

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.

Behind-the-meter solar could meet up to 3.7% of Canada’s electricity demand, save money for power utilities, reduce home energy use, and create more than 80,000 jobs in 2050, but only with better financing and supportive policies, concludes a first-ever national market assessment produced last year.

Behind-the-Meter Solar Could Create 80,000 Jobs by 2050

Behind-the-meter solar could meet up to 3.7% of Canada’s electricity demand, save money for power utilities, reduce home energy use, and create more than 80,000 jobs in 2050, but only with better financing and supportive policies, concludes a first-ever national market assessment produced last year.

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

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

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

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.

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

SaskPower Announces 100-MW Solar Plant Near Estevan

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

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.

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

Northvolt Faces Court Action, Sabotage at Quebec Battery Plant

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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UNEP Sees Cooling Emissions Falling 96% by 2050

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

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.”

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.

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

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

Energy poverty makes the everyday challenges faced by refugees and displaced people—like earning a living, studying, or staying healthy—even tougher. Putting clean, affordable power in the hands of these communities is an enormous and urgent challenge.

Refugees Deliver Grassroot Solutions to Energy Poverty

Energy poverty makes the everyday challenges faced by refugees and displaced people—like earning a living, studying, or staying healthy—even tougher. Putting clean, affordable power in the hands of these communities is an enormous and urgent challenge.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

New York City Prepares for Congestion Pricing ‘Revolution’

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Trudeau Applauds Canada’s First City-Wide Smart Grid

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

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.

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.

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

Rural Quebec Community to Electrify its Entire Bus Fleet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parliament Buildings Ottawa Centre Block

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

U.S. Auto Strike Ends with EV Worker Gains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘War on Climate Change’ Powers Halifax Battery Research Hub

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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

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

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

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.

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

Atlantic Canada Fares Poorly in Grid Reliability Analysis

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

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

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

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

The news last month that U.S. President Joe Biden is launching an American Climate Corps is bringing new momentum to a similar effort in Canada, with one crucial difference—the British Columbia-based Climate Emergency Unit is calling for a national Youth Climate Corps where no young person who wants a good, green job will be turned away.

Youth Fill Out Mock Application Letters for Youth Climate Corps

The news last month that U.S. President Joe Biden is launching an American Climate Corps is bringing new momentum to a similar effort in Canada, with one crucial difference—the British Columbia-based Climate Emergency Unit is calling for a national Youth Climate Corps where no young person who wants a good, green job will be turned away.

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Home Energy Efficiency Gets Funding Boost in Three Canadian Cities

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

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

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

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

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

Locals Demand Environmental Review for Northvolt Battery Gigafactory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Co-Operatives Can Help Energize Canada

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Californians Fight for New Community Solar Plan

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

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

Rural Carshares Ensure EV Push Leaves No One Behind

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

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.

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

Ontario Waits 8 Months to Release Dire Climate Impact Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.

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

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

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

A 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.

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

Tourism Lags on Emission Cuts as Climate Woes Besiege Destinations

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

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.

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

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

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

Housing is redefined as a climate concern in a recent executive order by Colorado Governor Jared Polis that aims to limit urban sprawl, promote mass transit, and protect air, water, and green spaces while making affordable, efficient homes more readily available.

Colorado Governor Aligns Housing with State Climate Goals

Housing is redefined as a climate concern in a recent executive order by Colorado Governor Jared Polis that aims to limit urban sprawl, promote mass transit, and protect air, water, and green spaces while making affordable, efficient homes more readily available.

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.

Newfoundland and Labrador has invited four companies to seek permits to develop wind-hydrogen facilities on Crown land, a move that marks another big milestone since the province lifted a 15-year wind development ban this spring—and supports its ambitions to export green fuel globally.

Newfoundland and Labrador Offers Permits for 4 Wind-Hydrogen Projects

Newfoundland and Labrador has invited four companies to seek permits to develop wind-hydrogen facilities on Crown land, a move that marks another big milestone since the province lifted a 15-year wind development ban this spring—and supports its ambitions to export green fuel globally.

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.

An electric ridesharing start-up that plans monthly subscriptions for Canadian apartment and condominium dwellers has received a million-dollar investment from three of the country’s six Low-Carbon Communities Canada (LC3) centres.

‘Mobility as an Amenity’ Service for Apartments, Condos Nabs $1M in Community Investment

An electric ridesharing start-up that plans monthly subscriptions for Canadian apartment and condominium dwellers has received a million-dollar investment from three of the country’s six Low-Carbon Communities Canada (LC3) centres.

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.

Alberta’s seven-month moratorium on renewable energy development could affect up to 118 projects worth C$33 billion, putting a damper on 24,000 jobs and $263 million in revenue to 27 local municipalities, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute reported Thursday.

Alberta Renewables Moratorium Hits 118 Projects Worth $33B, Affects 24,000 Jobs

Alberta’s seven-month moratorium on renewable energy development could affect up to 118 projects worth C$33 billion, putting a damper on 24,000 jobs and $263 million in revenue to 27 local municipalities, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute reported Thursday.

“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.

With electricity grids increasingly at risk in the more frequent, severe storms and heatwaves brought on by climate change, and Hawaiian Electric the latest utility accused of being too slow to shut down power lines ahead of a devastating wildfire, electric vehicles and microgrids are emerging as go-to options to deliver the energy households need in an emergency.

EV Batteries, Microgrids Supply Neighbourhood Power When Utility Systems Fail

With electricity grids increasingly at risk in the more frequent, severe storms and heatwaves brought on by climate change, and Hawaiian Electric the latest utility accused of being too slow to shut down power lines ahead of a devastating wildfire, electric vehicles and microgrids are emerging as go-to options to deliver the energy households need in an emergency.

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

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.

The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is surging faster than policy-makers imagined and energy transition advocates dreamed, several news reports say, with China, the United States, and the European Union leading the way.

‘Turbocharged’ Renewables Transition ‘Moving Faster than People Think’

The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is surging faster than policy-makers imagined and energy transition advocates dreamed, several news reports say, with China, the United States, and the European Union leading the way.

In northern Alberta, a former rig worker finds newfound pride in embracing renewables, spurred by uncertain oil industry prospects and supported by retraining opportunities.

Rigs to Renewables: One Oil Worker’s Career Transition

In northern Alberta, a former rig worker finds newfound pride in embracing renewables, spurred by uncertain oil industry prospects and supported by retraining opportunities.

Two new reports show that widely-used economic models underestimate the impacts of climate change, with ripple effects for policy decisions and influential climate research, including studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Mainstream Economists Underplay Climate Risks

Two new reports show that widely-used economic models underestimate the impacts of climate change, with ripple effects for policy decisions and influential climate research, including studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

In pursuit of ambitious emission reduction targets, cities across Canada and the United States are offering residents and businesses low-interest loans to cover the upfront costs of energy efficiency upgrades like heat pumps, solar panels, and insulation.

Low-Interest PACE Loans Make Home Energy Retrofits a ‘No Brainer’

In pursuit of ambitious emission reduction targets, cities across Canada and the United States are offering residents and businesses low-interest loans to cover the upfront costs of energy efficiency upgrades like heat pumps, solar panels, and insulation.

Curbside charging is taking root in New York City, where nearly half of residents depend on street parking, a reality that limits their ability to charge electric vehicles at home.

NYC Pilot Puts EV Chargers Where Many Residents Park—On the Streets

Curbside charging is taking root in New York City, where nearly half of residents depend on street parking, a reality that limits their ability to charge electric vehicles at home.

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Looming Peak in Global Gas Demand Could Mean ‘Triple Win’ for Climate

With global gas demand nearing its peak, experts are pointing to the potential for a “triple win” in climate, economy, and energy security—as long as policy-makers around the world seize the moment to cut their consumption by 110 billion cubic metres per year until 2030.

Though the solar industry is moving to distance itself from human rights abuses in China’s Uyghur region, experts are warning that supply chains still include products from the area, as companies become increasingly opaque about their sourcing.

Solar Firms Less Transparent about Panels from China’s Uyghur Region

Though the solar industry is moving to distance itself from human rights abuses in China’s Uyghur region, experts are warning that supply chains still include products from the area, as companies become increasingly opaque about their sourcing.

Proponents of Passive House, a globally recognized standard for energy-efficient building design, say multi-family Passive House projects in the United States have hit cost parity with conventionally designed buildings, but systemic inertia is holding back widespread adoption.

Building Sector ‘Inertia’ Impedes Multi-Family Passive House Projects

Proponents of Passive House, a globally recognized standard for energy-efficient building design, say multi-family Passive House projects in the United States have hit cost parity with conventionally designed buildings, but systemic inertia is holding back widespread adoption.

When a growing population and a surge in electric vehicle uptake signalled potential strain on the grid of a small town in Aotearoa (New Zealand), the regional utility embarked on an experiment with a smart grid software product to hold off costly hardware updates—with promising results.

Distributed Energy Helps Grids Balance EV Charging

When a growing population and a surge in electric vehicle uptake signalled potential strain on the grid of a small town in Aotearoa (New Zealand), the regional utility embarked on an experiment with a smart grid software product to hold off costly hardware updates—with promising results.

Alberta is putting a booming renewable energy industry at risk and setting a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said today, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

Alberta Slaps 7-Month Moratorium on Solar and Wind, Puts Booming Industry at Risk

Alberta is putting a booming renewable energy industry at risk and setting a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said today, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

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Big Foreign Shareholders Control Climate Policy in Canada’s Biggest Fossil Companies: Study

A small subset of predominantly foreign, corporate owners hold substantial control over Canada’s oil and gas industry, and are unlikely to push for carbon cuts unless mandated to do so, a new study concludes.

Germany has its sights set on producing vast amounts of renewable energy, and that activity is already creating more jobs than there are people to fill them, writes Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva. Canada is looking to add 419,000 jobs by 2050.

Germany’s Green Jobs Transition Holds Lessons for Canada

Germany has its sights set on producing vast amounts of renewable energy, and that activity is already creating more jobs than there are people to fill them, writes Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva. Canada is looking to add 419,000 jobs by 2050.

Across North America and beyond, the nuclear industry is touting small modular reactors as a climate solution. But they’re likely to be just as prone to delays and cost overruns as their behemoth predecessors, Berlin-based energy and climate journalist Paul Hockenos writes for Undark.

‘Hail Mary’ on Small Modular Reactors Unlikely to Succeed

Across North America and beyond, the nuclear industry is touting small modular reactors as a climate solution. But they’re likely to be just as prone to delays and cost overruns as their behemoth predecessors, Berlin-based energy and climate journalist Paul Hockenos writes for Undark.

Doughnut economics, an emerging theory that hit upon a sustainability sweet spot—where all peoples’ needs are met without hurting the planet—is gaining acceptance in the first Canadian city to embrace it, despite initial challenges and opposition.

Doughnut Economics Takes Hold in Nanaimo, B.C.

Doughnut economics, an emerging theory that hit upon a sustainability sweet spot—where all peoples’ needs are met without hurting the planet—is gaining acceptance in the first Canadian city to embrace it, despite initial challenges and opposition.

A longstanding “Indigenous Uber” service in Fresno Country, California has made the transition to electric vehicles, giving the area’s farmworkers and other low-income residents access to affordable, low-emissions transport.

Rural Electric Shuttle Program Builds on ‘Indigenous Uber’ Tradition

A longstanding “Indigenous Uber” service in Fresno Country, California has made the transition to electric vehicles, giving the area’s farmworkers and other low-income residents access to affordable, low-emissions transport.

Trans Mountain Corporation’s attempt to minimize costs for its pipeline customers could force the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) to choose between undermining its own core mandate as a regulator or increasing the cost of shipping oil sands crude out of Alberta by about $11 per barrel, a new analysis concludes.

Trans Mountain Pricing Could Break the Bank—or Break the Canada Energy Regulator

Trans Mountain Corporation’s attempt to minimize costs for its pipeline customers could force the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) to choose between undermining its own core mandate as a regulator or increasing the cost of shipping oil sands crude out of Alberta by about $11 per barrel, a new analysis concludes.

A heatwave in the Gaza Strip with temperatures reaching 38°C has worsened power outages and sparked calls for protests from residents who lack electricity for cooling.

Gaza Strip Faces Scorching Heat Amid Severe Power Shortages

A heatwave in the Gaza Strip with temperatures reaching 38°C has worsened power outages and sparked calls for protests from residents who lack electricity for cooling.

Explosive renewable energy growth means the fossil fuel era is over in the global electricity sector, but the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) still projects that overall fuel demand will rise by 2.2% in 2024, with oil consumption climbing by 2.25 million barrels per day.

OPEC Forecasts Rising Demand Despite Predicted Fossil Fuel Peak

Explosive renewable energy growth means the fossil fuel era is over in the global electricity sector, but the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) still projects that overall fuel demand will rise by 2.2% in 2024, with oil consumption climbing by 2.25 million barrels per day.

A new analysis has concluded that Canada’s oil sands will have to cut production by up to 1.3 million barrels per day to meet the federal government’s 2030 emission targets, just as the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports a surge in clean energy investment and a faster-than-expected rise in key low-carbon technologies.

Oil Sands Must Cut Production to Hit 2030 Emissions Target, Analysts Say

A new analysis has concluded that Canada’s oil sands will have to cut production by up to 1.3 million barrels per day to meet the federal government’s 2030 emission targets, just as the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports a surge in clean energy investment and a faster-than-expected rise in key low-carbon technologies.

Governments and institutions are struggling to keep up with climate change, even as millions of people across the globe suffer record-setting heat waves and wildfires and global average temperatures reach their highest levels in 120,000 years.

Extreme Heat, Wildfires Ravage Communities as Official Climate Response Falters

Governments and institutions are struggling to keep up with climate change, even as millions of people across the globe suffer record-setting heat waves and wildfires and global average temperatures reach their highest levels in 120,000 years.

After four years of rising destruction in Brazil's Amazon, deforestation dropped by 33.6% during the first six months of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's administration, according to government satellite data released earlier this month.

Amazon Deforestation Drops 34% in Lula’s First Six Months

After four years of rising destruction in Brazil’s Amazon, deforestation dropped by 33.6% during the first six months of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s administration, according to government satellite data released earlier this month.

Nine new solar projects, most of them in Indigenous communities, will add 163 megawatts of generating capacity and 48 MW of battery storage to Alberta’s electricity supply following a C$160-million grant announced last week by federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Ottawa Funds 9 Alberta Solar Projects Totalling 163 MW

Nine new solar projects, most of them in Indigenous communities, will add 163 megawatts of generating capacity and 48 MW of battery storage to Alberta’s electricity supply following a C$160-million grant announced last week by federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

A member-owned co-op in New Hampshire has become one of the first U.S. utilities to tap into the potentially transformative power of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, using the storage capacity in electric vehicles and other home batteries to even out the highs and lows of local electricity demand.

Co-op Uses Vehicle-to-Grid System to Put Money in Consumers’ Pockets

A member-owned co-op in New Hampshire has become one of the first U.S. utilities to tap into the potentially transformative power of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, using the storage capacity in electric vehicles and other home batteries to even out the highs and lows of local electricity demand.

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Climate Advisors Pitch Alternatives to B.C.’s Free AC Plan

The heat pump versus air conditioners debate is running hot in British Columbia this summer, with climate experts critiquing Premier David Eby’s plan to spend C$10 million on 8,000 free air conditioners for the province’s most vulnerable populations.

British Columbia's Lower Mainland has taken the lead in enacting bylaws that mandate electric vehicle charging infrastructure in multi-unit residential complexes, but other Canadian provinces and territories are poised to catch up—except for Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nunavut.

B.C. Lower Mainland Leads, Others Follow on EV-Ready Multi-Unit Buildings

British Columbia’s Lower Mainland has taken the lead in enacting bylaws that mandate electric vehicle charging infrastructure in multi-unit residential complexes, but other Canadian provinces and territories are poised to catch up—except for Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nunavut.

A commercial real estate company in the United States is calling for a “formidable undertaking” to triple the country’s energy retrofit rate to meet an ambitious net-zero emissions target.

Pick Up the Pace on Commercial Building Retrofits, U.S. Study Urges

A commercial real estate company in the United States is calling for a “formidable undertaking” to triple the country’s energy retrofit rate to meet an ambitious net-zero emissions target.

Vertical farming may be gaining traction in Canada and the United States, but its heavy reliance on electricity is impeding the sector’s growth beyond salad greens and limiting its potential to tackle broader problems in the food system.

Power-Hungry Vertical Farms Can’t Solve Food Security: Grunwald

Vertical farming may be gaining traction in Canada and the United States, but its heavy reliance on electricity is impeding the sector’s growth beyond salad greens and limiting its potential to tackle broader problems in the food system.

With 2023 already shattering records for Canada’s worst wildfire season ever, a new poll shows more than two-thirds of Canadians agreeing that the blazes are at least partly caused by climate change.

68% Link Wildfires to Climate Change as 2023 Sets Canadian Record

With 2023 already shattering records for Canada’s worst wildfire season ever, a new poll shows more than two-thirds of Canadians agreeing that the blazes are at least partly caused by climate change.

After a decade of touting the Trans Mountain pipeline as the solution to their economic woes, Canadian oil producers are expressing “growing disappointment with the highly-anticipated project” as they look ahead to rising costs to ship their product, Bloomberg News reported last week.

Oil Producers ‘Disappointed’ as Trans Mountain Pipeline Nears Completion

After a decade of touting the Trans Mountain pipeline as the solution to their economic woes, Canadian oil producers are expressing “growing disappointment with the highly-anticipated project” as they look ahead to rising costs to ship their product, Bloomberg News reported last week.

Scientists, doctors, and advocates in British Columbia continue to urge the province to better protect low-income people from extreme heat, after the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) found that being poor more than doubled the odds of dying during the province’s 2021 heat dome.

Poverty Doubled the Odds of Dying in B.C. Heat Dome, Provincial Study Shows

Scientists, doctors, and advocates in British Columbia continue to urge the province to better protect low-income people from extreme heat, after the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) found that being poor more than doubled the odds of dying during the province’s 2021 heat dome.

Expectations are running high that veteran politician, community activist, and changemaker Olivia Chow will get Toronto on track to meet its climate and energy transition targets after winning the mayoralty of Canada’s largest city.

MAYOR CHOW: Toronto Election Result Raises Hopes for Faster Climate Action

Expectations are running high that veteran politician, community activist, and changemaker Olivia Chow will get Toronto on track to meet its climate and energy transition targets after winning the mayoralty of Canada’s largest city.

The Canadian government must take the lead in protecting Canadians from an inevitable “terminal decline” of the global oil and gas sector, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in a detailed analysis released yesterday.

‘Terminal Decline’ of Oil Means Ottawa Must Lead Transition, Protect Canadians: IISD

The Canadian government must take the lead in protecting Canadians from an inevitable “terminal decline” of the global oil and gas sector, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in a detailed analysis released yesterday.

Just as an unprecedented heat wave led some Texans to experience 51°C highs, Governor Greg Abbott signed off on a bill that nullifies rules mandating water breaks for construction workers.

Texas Abolishes Water Breaks for Outdoor Workers Amid Scorching Heat

Just as an unprecedented heat wave led some Texans to experience 51°C highs, Governor Greg Abbott signed off on a bill that nullifies rules mandating water breaks for construction workers.

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

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.

A national energy retrofit conference in Montreal earlier this month captured the momentum of a sector that is beginning to scale up, but still scrambling to hit the volume and speed that will deliver on Canada’s commitments for emission reductions and net-zero buildings.

Energy Retrofit Conference Shows Scramble to Scale Up

A national energy retrofit conference in Montreal earlier this month captured the momentum of a sector that is beginning to scale up, but still scrambling to hit the volume and speed that will deliver on Canada’s commitments for emission reductions and net-zero buildings.

In an opinion piece last week for the Globe and Mail, Mayor Jyoti Gondek takes on a question that may be controversial for locals and surprising for outsiders: Is Calgary still on oil town?

Gondek Declares Calgary an Oil Town as it Diversifies into Renewables, Cleantech

In an opinion piece last week for the Globe and Mail, Mayor Jyoti Gondek takes on a question that may be controversial for locals and surprising for outsiders: Is Calgary still on oil town?

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 Tuesday by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

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

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 Tuesday by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

Canada’s new legislation to align job creation with its climate goals while ensuring a fair transition for workers in emissions-intensive industries has elicited cautious optimism from Indigenous, labour, and environmental groups who agreed that even with “clear gaps”, it was a commendable first step.

Sustainable Jobs Act Meets Cautious Optimism from Community, Opposition from Alberta

Canada’s new legislation to align job creation with its climate goals while ensuring a fair transition for workers in emissions-intensive industries has elicited cautious optimism from Indigenous, labour, and environmental groups who agreed that even with “clear gaps”, it was a commendable first step.

While technology innovation drives the global electrification of road transport, with battery prices plummeting and electric vehicle sales seeing double-digit growth, policy still plays a crucial part in steering the world towards carbon-neutral mobility.

EVs Keep Getting Better, Need Strong Policy for Last Mile

While technology innovation drives the global electrification of road transport, with battery prices plummeting and electric vehicle sales seeing double-digit growth, policy still plays a crucial part in steering the world towards carbon-neutral mobility.

The federal government is inviting proposals for local projects to cluster together and complete at least 100 deep energy retrofits in low-rise community housing, based on the Energiesprong model first pioneered in The Netherlands.

NRCan Issues Tender Call for Mass, Deep Retrofit Demos

The federal government is inviting proposals for local projects to cluster together and complete at least 100 deep energy retrofits in low-rise community housing, based on the Energiesprong model first pioneered in The Netherlands.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is dismissing a report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) that concludes the Volkswagen battery gigafactory in St. Thomas, Ontario will have only a “marginal” economic impact.

Freeland Dismisses PBO Finding of ‘Marginal’ Economic Gain from VW Gigafactory

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is dismissing a report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) that concludes the Volkswagen battery gigafactory in St. Thomas, Ontario will have only a “marginal” economic impact.

Shifting U.S. auto sales to emissions-free vehicles would prevent 89,300 premature deaths and produce 2.2 million fewer asthma attacks by 2050, while reducing health care costs by US$978 billion and recovering 10.7 million days of lost work over a span of decades, the American Lung Association concludes in a recent analysis.

Shift to EVs Would Save U.S. 89,300 Lives, Cut Health Costs by $978B

Shifting U.S. auto sales to emissions-free vehicles would prevent 89,300 premature deaths and produce 2.2 million fewer asthma attacks by 2050, while reducing health care costs by US$978 billion and recovering 10.7 million days of lost work over a span of decades, the American Lung Association concludes in a recent analysis.

Six years after Hurricane María underscored Puerto Rico’s urgent need for a resilient power supply, a small town in the island’s mountainous interior will switch on its first community-owned solar microgrid, weeks ahead of peak storm season.

Community Movement Brings Puerto Rico its First Locally-Owned Microgrid

Six years after Hurricane María underscored Puerto Rico’s urgent need for a resilient power supply, a small town in the island’s mountainous interior will switch on its first community-owned solar microgrid, weeks ahead of peak storm season.

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Firefighters ‘Sick’ of Work Conditions as 47,000 Square Kilometres Burn Across Canada

As climate change and outmoded forestry practices bring Canada its worst wildfire season of the century, exhausted and underpaid firefighters warn they may stand down if their working conditions do not improve.

New federal regulations to replace the most highly polluting fuels with cleaner alternatives are facing resistance, with some provinces calling the policies a “second carbon tax” that will burden low-income residents.

New Clean Fuel Rules Face Pushback from Some Provinces

New federal regulations to replace the most highly polluting fuels with cleaner alternatives are facing resistance, with some provinces calling the policies a “second carbon tax” that will burden low-income residents.

A more serious commitment to energy efficiency could bring down global greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one-third by 2030 and get countries back on track to meet United Nations goal of ensuring energy access for all in this decade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported last week.

Energy Efficiency Boost Could Cut Emissions Nearly 1/3 by 2030: IEA

A more serious commitment to energy efficiency could bring down global greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one-third by 2030 and get countries back on track to meet United Nations goal of ensuring energy access for all in this decade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported last week.

Extending and improving charging infrastructure and alleviating concerns about range and price will be critical to get rural and remote communities switched on to electric vehicles.

Range Anxiety, Access to Charging, Price Perceptions Slow EV Uptake in Rural Canada

Extending and improving charging infrastructure and alleviating concerns about range and price will be critical to get rural and remote communities switched on to electric vehicles.

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Cities See Abundant Benefits from Urban Farms, Food Forests

Urban farms and food forests can provide communities with bountiful food, carbon storage, and local cooling while boosting equity and sustainability—but they face competition for land from real estate projects that generate more immediate financial returns.

A research team has devised a new greenhouse gas monitoring system to counter what it sees as the “flawed” performance of existing methods.

Free Carbon Data Tool Supports Local Action to Cut Emissions

A research team has devised a new greenhouse gas monitoring system to counter what it sees as the “flawed” performance of existing methods.

A new job training and upskilling program will open up a pathway to the clean energy economy for some of the 80% of Canadian fossil fuel workers who’ve said they want to move into net-zero jobs, Edmonton-based Iron & Earth announced today.

Iron & Earth Lands $16M to Help Fossil Fuel Workers Enter Net-Zero Jobs

A new job training and upskilling program will open up a pathway to the clean energy economy for some of the 80% of Canadian fossil fuel workers who’ve said they want to move into net-zero jobs, Edmonton-based Iron & Earth announced today.

Environmentalists have scored big wins for the planet by saying ‘no’ to greedy corporations and myopic governments, but the time has come to embrace the right kinds of development with “a resounding yes,” says veteran climate activist Bill McKibben, offering guidelines for discerning which battles to fight—and when to yield.

‘Hinge Moment’ for Humanity Demands ‘YIMBY’ Mentality: McKibben

Environmentalists have scored big wins for the planet by saying ‘no’ to greedy corporations and myopic governments, but the time has come to embrace the right kinds of development with “a resounding yes,” says veteran climate activist Bill McKibben, offering guidelines for discerning which battles to fight—and when to yield.

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Renewables ‘Set to Soar’ with 440 GW of New Installations in 2023: IEA

Renewable energy is “set to soar” to a record 440 gigawatts of new capacity this year, an eye-popping 107-GW increase over last year, with solar accounting for two-thirds of the total, the International Energy Agency reports in its annual Renewable Energy Market Update released June 1.

Remote work is here to stay, forcing cities to get a handle on a post-pandemic trend that promises freedom from daily commutes and related climate pollution and a boon to affordable housing, but is so far leading to vacant office buildings and desolate downtowns.

Shift to Remote Work Cuts Commutes, Frees Downtown Space for Affordable Housing

Remote work is here to stay, forcing cities to get a handle on a post-pandemic trend that promises freedom from daily commutes and related climate pollution and a boon to affordable housing, but is so far leading to vacant office buildings and desolate downtowns.

There’s growing speculation that the decision to “postpone” work on the giant Bay du Nord oil and gas project off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast is actually a cancellation moving in slow motion.

Is Equinor’s Bay du Nord ‘Delay’ a Cancellation in Slow Motion?

There’s growing speculation that the decision to “postpone” work on the giant Bay du Nord oil and gas project off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast is actually a cancellation moving in slow motion.

Despite continuing growth in fossil fuel spending and record investment in coal, clean energy sources are becoming ever more dominant in a world that is expected to spend US$2.8 trillion on all forms of energy this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported last week.

Analyst Sees Oil and Gas Running Short of Cash as IEA Releases Energy Investment Update

Despite continuing growth in fossil fuel spending and record investment in coal, clean energy sources are becoming ever more dominant in a world that is expected to spend US$2.8 trillion on all forms of energy this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported last week.

With a coordinated, nation-wide net-zero strategy, Canada would see clean energy jobs grow 7% each year, adding 700,000 jobs to the sector by 2050 and creating a “pan-Canadian opportunity” for workers across provinces and industries.

Clean Energy to Add 700,000 New Jobs by 2050, with Alberta in the Lead

With a coordinated, nation-wide net-zero strategy, Canada would see clean energy jobs grow 7% each year, adding 700,000 jobs to the sector by 2050 and creating a “pan-Canadian opportunity” for workers across provinces and industries.

With rising global temperatures expected to halve the land suitable for coffee production, a new report calls on governments to help small coffee farmers build resilience.

Climate Change to Cut Coffee Growing Lands by Over 50%

With rising global temperatures expected to halve the land suitable for coffee production, a new report calls on governments to help small coffee farmers build resilience.

A recent survey shows that climate change weighs heavily on workers under the age of 40, with 40% indicating they have already changed or plan to change jobs due to employers' environmental impacts or policies.

Climate Concerns Drive Job Choices for 40% of Workers Under 40

A recent survey shows that climate change weighs heavily on workers under the age of 40, with 40% indicating they have already changed or plan to change jobs due to employers’ environmental impacts or policies.

Vermont’s climate policy has “nudged” a local gas utility into the heat pump business.

Vermont Gas Utility Pivots to Heat Pumps

Vermont’s climate policy has “nudged” a local gas utility into the heat pump business.

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) may be on the verge of a breakthrough as it nears the end of a high-stakes, 18-month effort to map a net-zero pathway for the country’s energy sector.

NET-ZERO BREAKTHROUGH? Hopeful Signs as Regulator Finalizes Energy Futures Report

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) may be on the verge of a breakthrough as it nears the end of a high-stakes, 18-month effort to map a net-zero pathway for the country’s energy sector.

More than a quarter of a billion people are facing acute hunger amid conflict and mass displacement, as human-caused climate change, government-sanctioned oil prices, and hedge fund speculation contribute to global food insecurity.

Climate and War, Pandemic and Profiteering Add Up to Global Food Crisis

More than a quarter of a billion people are facing acute hunger amid conflict and mass displacement, as human-caused climate change, government-sanctioned oil prices, and hedge fund speculation contribute to global food insecurity.

With the majority of the world’s population living in urban areas, and cities accounting for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, local governments will play a central role in allocating the $6 to $9 trillion per year that must be invested in the global sustainability transition this decade, concludes the latest Sustainable Cities Index published by Corporate Knights.

GETTING IT DONE: Greenest Cities Shift Gears from Plans to Implementation

With the majority of the world’s population living in urban areas, and cities accounting for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, local governments will play a central role in allocating the $6 to $9 trillion per year that must be invested in the global sustainability transition this decade, concludes the latest Sustainable Cities Index published by Corporate Knights.

A new offshore power transmission corridor could eventually connect wind turbines off the Nova Scotia coast and in the Gulf of Maine to power grids and green hydrogen facilities in the Maritimes and New England, under a preliminary scenario published last week by a seven-member business coalition.

Massive New Grid Corridor Could Connect Offshore Wind to Nova Scotia, New England

A new offshore power transmission corridor could eventually connect wind turbines off the Nova Scotia coast and in the Gulf of Maine to power grids and green hydrogen facilities in the Maritimes and New England, under a preliminary scenario published last week by a seven-member business coalition.

It has been an intense few weeks for Teck Resources, as Canada’s largest diversified mining company faces an existential fork in the road. With a takeover lurking in the wings, the company must now figure out how to transition out of its 20-million-tonnes-a-year coal business.

Mining Giant Teck Needs to Figure Out Its Shift Out of Coal

It has been an intense few weeks for Teck Resources, as Canada’s largest diversified mining company faces an existential fork in the road. With a takeover lurking in the wings, the company must now figure out how to transition out of its 20-million-tonnes-a-year coal business.

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

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.

With public demand for electric vehicles rising fast and an EV price war picking up steam, all signs suggest a tipping point for a technology shift that has long been expected to undercut demand for fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and offer car owners a more affordable, convenient ride.

Climate Becomes Industrial Policy, Cities Jump Onboard as EV Popularity Surges

With public demand for electric vehicles rising fast and an EV price war picking up steam, all signs suggest a tipping point for a technology shift that has long been expected to undercut demand for fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and offer car owners a more affordable, convenient ride.

Exhaust-free electric school buses have not only improved school attendance in the United States but will also serve as a crucial emergency power source in Atlantic Canada, making them an essential tool for preserving child welfare, public health, and community resilience.

Electric School Buses Boost School Attendance, Deliver Emergency Power

Exhaust-free electric school buses have not only improved school attendance in the United States but will also serve as a crucial emergency power source in Atlantic Canada, making them an essential tool for preserving child welfare, public health, and community resilience.

Tech giant Google is joining forces with one of North America’s largest clean energy companies to build a 500-megawatt solar portfolio in 80 community- sized chunks, with 10% of the resulting revenue flowing to at least 25,000 “high-energy-burden” households.

Google Plans 500-MW ‘Synthetic’ Community Solar Project

Tech giant Google is joining forces with one of North America’s largest clean energy companies to build a 500-megawatt solar portfolio in 80 community- sized chunks, with 10% of the resulting revenue flowing to at least 25,000 “high-energy-burden” households.

Germany called Tuesday for governments around the world to work on setting an ambitious target for renewable energy that would “ring in the end of the fossil fuel age” and help prevent dangerous global warming.

Ring in the End of Fossil Fuels, Germany Urges Global Climate Meeting

Germany called Tuesday for governments around the world to work on setting an ambitious target for renewable energy that would “ring in the end of the fossil fuel age” and help prevent dangerous global warming.

The economic cost of greenhouse gas emissions is nearly five times higher than previously thought, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said last month.

Ottawa Calculates Social Cost of Carbon at $261/Tonne

The economic cost of greenhouse gas emissions is nearly five times higher than previously thought, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said last month.

Vancouver topped the charts in four categories of a citizen-led climate and sustainability contest that assessed 57 Canadian cities on a range of indicators like public transit, urban green space, air quality, and walkability.

Vancouver Tops Municipal Climate Contest, Steals Montreal’s Public Transit Crown

Vancouver topped the charts in four categories of a citizen-led climate and sustainability contest that assessed 57 Canadian cities on a range of indicators like public transit, urban green space, air quality, and walkability.

A new energy management system for large buildings is holding out the prospect of easier, more efficient electric vehicle charging for apartment and condo dwellers, just as the need for charging spots becomes more immediate—and, in some buildings, more controversial.

New Software Helps Condos, Apartment Buildings Install More EV Chargers

A new energy management system for large buildings is holding out the prospect of easier, more efficient electric vehicle charging for apartment and condo dwellers, just as the need for charging spots becomes more immediate—and, in some buildings, more controversial.

The largest community solar effort in United States history—expected to generate 1.2 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power 140,000 homes and businesses—was made possible by incentives from the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, the Biden administration says.

Harris Unveils ‘Largest Community Solar Project in U.S. History’

The largest community solar effort in United States history—expected to generate 1.2 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power 140,000 homes and businesses—was made possible by incentives from the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, the Biden administration says.

The Biden administration is proposing stiff new tailpipe emission limits that could eliminate 17 billion barrels of U.S. oil demand over three decades by requiring up to two-thirds of new vehicles sold to be electric by 2032.

New U.S. Auto Emissions Rule Pushes EVs, Cuts 17 Billion Barrels of Oil Demand

The Biden administration is proposing stiff new tailpipe emission limits that could eliminate 17 billion barrels of U.S. oil demand over three decades by requiring up to two-thirds of new vehicles sold to be electric by 2032.

If Canada wanted to meet its climate goals and lead the transition to a clean economy, the federal budget needed to ramp up investment this year, not in 2030, writes Corporate Knights CEO Toby Heaps.

Freeland’s 12-Year Investment Promises Won’t Cut Emissions Today

If Canada wanted to meet its climate goals and lead the transition to a clean economy, the federal budget needed to ramp up investment this year, not in 2030, writes Corporate Knights CEO Toby Heaps.

“C” is for carbon credit greenwash could be the summary headline for a series of recent investigative reports from Climate Home News that reveal alarming evidence of the carbon credit market's susceptibility to manipulation, deception, and profiteering.

Investigative Reports Find Carbon Credit Market Rife with Greenwash

“C” is for carbon credit greenwash could be the summary headline for a series of recent investigative reports from Climate Home News that reveal alarming evidence of the carbon credit market’s susceptibility to manipulation, deception, and profiteering.

China may be coaxed into delaying an emissions rule that was set to leave auto dealerships with a glut of worthless, non-compliant gasoline cars, but an electric vehicle expert says the crisis is a sign that the global auto industry must accelerate EV production.

Unsold Gasoline Cars Plunge in Value as Swiss Banker Predicts Global Auto ‘Glut’, Price War

China may be coaxed into delaying an emissions rule that was set to leave auto dealerships with a glut of worthless, non-compliant gasoline cars, but an electric vehicle expert says the crisis is a sign that the global auto industry must accelerate EV production.

An array of new tax credits for clean energy development and a pledge to secure Canada’s place in a global green economy are at the centre of this year’s federal budget, released Tuesday afternoon by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, with an estimated $80 billion in multi-year funding for mostly clean energy technologies.

BREAKING: Federal Budget Pours Tens of Billions Into Clean Economy

An array of new tax credits for clean energy development and a pledge to secure Canada’s place in a global green economy are at the centre of this year’s federal budget, released Tuesday afternoon by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, with an estimated $80 billion in multi-year funding for mostly clean energy technologies.

British Columbia’s new energy framework is being hailed as a positive step towards capping oil and gas emissions in the province, but one critic is calling it a “political smokescreen,” coming hours after the approval of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

B.C.’s New Energy Framework a ‘Smokescreen,’ Critic Warns

British Columbia’s new energy framework is being hailed as a positive step towards capping oil and gas emissions in the province, but one critic is calling it a “political smokescreen,” coming hours after the approval of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

Canada and the United States will work together to develop critical mineral supply chains, coordinate efforts on net-zero grid development and electric vehicle charging networks, advance long-duration energy storage, measure and monitor methane and carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, and promote trade in products like green steel and aluminium in the wake of U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to Ottawa March 23-24.

Biden’s Ottawa Visit Highlights EVs, Clean Grid, Critical Minerals

Canada and the United States will work together to develop critical mineral supply chains, coordinate efforts on net-zero grid development and electric vehicle charging networks, advance long-duration energy storage, measure and monitor methane and carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, and promote trade in products like green steel and aluminium in the wake of U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to Ottawa March 23-24.

With more than 40% of the world’s population already exposed to the worst effects of global heating and “every region in the world” facing increased climate hazards by 2040, scientists warn that better, faster adaptation—and a lot more funding for it—is critical for a liveable future on Earth, especially for the most vulnerable.

Swift Action, Inclusive Resilience Vital in Face of Overlapping Climate Hazards

With more than 40% of the world’s population already exposed to the worst effects of global heating and “every region in the world” facing increased climate hazards by 2040, scientists warn that better, faster adaptation—and a lot more funding for it—is critical for a liveable future on Earth, especially for the most vulnerable.

Drastically reducing fossil fuel consumption while scaling up renewable energy and energy efficiency is the quickest but also the most affordable path to the rapid, deep emission reductions that can get the climate emergency under control, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in its synthesis report released Monday.

Shift from Fossils to Renewables is Quickest, Cheapest Path to Cut Emissions, IPCC Report Shows

Drastically reducing fossil fuel consumption while scaling up renewable energy and energy efficiency is the quickest but also the most affordable path to the rapid, deep emission reductions that can get the climate emergency under control, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in its synthesis report released Monday.

With Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland set to deliver a federal budget next week that’s meant to “invest aggressively” in clean technology, Monday’s synthesis report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) includes some strong guidance on which technologies should qualify for government support—and which ones shouldn’t.

IPCC Report Charts a Course for Ottawa’s ‘Clean Technology’ Budget

With Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland set to deliver a federal budget next week that’s meant to “invest aggressively” in clean technology, Monday’s synthesis report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) includes some strong guidance on which technologies should qualify for government support—and which ones shouldn’t.

Bailing on an election promise to never again allow drilling on federal lands, United States President Joe Biden has approved a US$8-billion plan to extract 600 million barrels of oil from an ecologically sensitive region in Alaska.

Biden Approves $8B Oil Extraction Plan in Ecologically Sensitive Alaska

Bailing on an election promise to never again allow drilling on federal lands, United States President Joe Biden has approved a US$8-billion plan to extract 600 million barrels of oil from an ecologically sensitive region in Alaska.

More than 1,550 community solar, battery storage, and hydrogen firms in the United States were rushing to regroup after last week’s collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), which had issued them billions of dollars in operating loans.

U.S. Solar Developers Scramble after Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

More than 1,550 community solar, battery storage, and hydrogen firms in the United States were rushing to regroup after last week’s collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), which had issued them billions of dollars in operating loans.

A Honolulu company is helping low-income families in Hawaii reduce energy costs while contributing to a more sustainable grid—by linking household water heaters to create a virtual power plant, effectively repurposing the ubiquitous appliances into grid batteries.

Hawaii Firm Turns Home Water Heaters into Grid Batteries

A Honolulu company is helping low-income families in Hawaii reduce energy costs while contributing to a more sustainable grid—by linking household water heaters to create a virtual power plant, effectively repurposing the ubiquitous appliances into grid batteries.

How is it possible that a year of new solar and wind installations can already deliver more than twice the total peak power capacity it took Canada a century to build? In this book excerpt, author and investigative journalist Paul McKay says it’s partly because renewable production costs per unit are going down as scales and sales go up.

Book Excerpt: ‘Hope Beckons’ as Solar and Wind Scale Up

How is it possible that a year of new solar and wind installations can already deliver more than twice the total peak power capacity it took Canada a century to build? In this book excerpt, author and investigative journalist Paul McKay says it’s partly because renewable production costs per unit are going down as scales and sales go up.

Job opportunities in renewable energy are pulling U.S. workers from the fossil fuel sector, but some worry that the available labour force will still fall short of the Biden administration’s clean energy goals.

Workers Move to Renewables as U.S. Fossil Sector Sheds Jobs

Job opportunities in renewable energy are pulling U.S. workers from the fossil fuel sector, but some worry that the available labour force will still fall short of the Biden administration’s clean energy goals.

Toronto-based battery recycler Li-Cycle has landed a conditional US$375-million loan from the United States Department of Energy, based on its plans to build a new plant in a suburb of Rochester, New York.

Toronto Battery Recycler Lands $375M U.S. Loan for ‘Circular Economy’ Strategy

Toronto-based battery recycler Li-Cycle has landed a conditional US$375-million loan from the United States Department of Energy, based on its plans to build a new plant in a suburb of Rochester, New York.

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Ontario Considers New Large-Scale Nuclear Plants Despite Cheaper, Renewable Options

Ontario is exploring the possibility of building new, large-scale nuclear plants in order to meet increasing demand for electricity and phase out natural gas generation.

It took Munich Re almost 50 years since, but the world’s largest reinsurance company is taking steps to detach itself not just from coal, oil, and gas. The company announced in October that it will no longer insure new oil and gas projects as of April, 2023.

Mounting Losses, Legal Risk Prompt Insurers to Abandon Fossil Fuels

It took Munich Re almost 50 years since, but the world’s largest reinsurance company is taking steps to detach itself not just from coal, oil, and gas. The company announced in October that it will no longer insure new oil and gas projects as of April, 2023.

The public pension plan that manages the retirement savings of 715,000 British Columbians has bought into a natural gas transmission network that is touting a risky scheme to use hydrogen for home heating, despite persistent concerns about the cost, safety, and climate impact of the plan.

B.C. Public Pension Plan Pours Retirement Savings into UK Home Hydrogen Scheme

The public pension plan that manages the retirement savings of 715,000 British Columbians has bought into a natural gas transmission network that is touting a risky scheme to use hydrogen for home heating, despite persistent concerns about the cost, safety, and climate impact of the plan.

A tiny Danish island has completed its journey to becoming the world’s first “renewable energy island,” with its roughly 4,000 residents reducing their emissions to near zero through collective ownership of wind turbines, solar panels, and biomass heating plants.

Local Buy-In Brings Denmark’s ‘Renewable Energy Island’ Close to 100% Fossil-Free

A tiny Danish island has completed its journey to becoming the world’s first “renewable energy island,” with its roughly 4,000 residents reducing their emissions to near zero through collective ownership of wind turbines, solar panels, and biomass heating plants.

A clever series of presentation slides at a conference in Ottawa last week placed small communities at the centre of the energy transition and spotlighted Prince Edward Island as Canada’s next source of breakaway climate leadership.

Aggressive Net-Zero Plan Puts PEI at ‘Centre of Energy Transition Universe’

A clever series of presentation slides at a conference in Ottawa last week placed small communities at the centre of the energy transition and spotlighted Prince Edward Island as Canada’s next source of breakaway climate leadership.

Wind and solar farms with battery backup are both cheaper to build than natural gas power plants in Ontario and Alberta, and the price of the renewable options is expected to fall another 40% by 2035, concludes a report released last week by Clean Energy Canada (CEC).

Wind and Solar Cheaper than Gas Plants in Ontario and Alberta, Study Shows

Wind and solar farms with battery backup are both cheaper to build than natural gas power plants in Ontario and Alberta, and the price of the renewable options is expected to fall another 40% by 2035, concludes a report released last week by Clean Energy Canada (CEC).

Canada’s wind and solar capacity grew significantly in 2022, but not enough to hit the growth rate needed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, new data shows.

Canada’s Solid Renewables Growth Falls Short of Net-Zero Ambitions

Canada’s wind and solar capacity grew significantly in 2022, but not enough to hit the growth rate needed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, new data shows.

Oil and gas production will fall faster than previously expected, renewable energy will grow more rapidly, and global carbon dioxide emissions will drop as a result, according to a new analysis released yesterday by colossal fossil BP.

BP Predicts Faster Oil and Gas Decline as Clean Energy Spending Hits $1.1T in 2022

Oil and gas production will fall faster than previously expected, renewable energy will grow more rapidly, and global carbon dioxide emissions will drop as a result, according to a new analysis released yesterday by colossal fossil BP.

A new study says virtual power plants (VPPs) and their many benefits for electrical grids are at an “inflection point” as consumer demand and legislation propel a shift to greater electrification.

Virtual Power Plants Hit an ‘Inflection Point’

A new study says virtual power plants (VPPs) and their many benefits for electrical grids are at an “inflection point” as consumer demand and legislation propel a shift to greater electrification.

Alberta’s fraught politics around the upcoming federal just transition bill are intensifying, with provincial opposition leader Rachel Notley urging Ottawa to scrap the legislation and a fossil CEO claiming a just transition really means a boom in oilsands extraction.

Notley Scorches Federal Just Transition Bill as Fossil CEO Calls for Oilsands Boom

Alberta’s fraught politics around the upcoming federal just transition bill are intensifying, with provincial opposition leader Rachel Notley urging Ottawa to scrap the legislation and a fossil CEO claiming a just transition really means a boom in oilsands extraction.

In early January, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the federal government would soon be unveiling its highly anticipated legislation for a just transition, including a plan for helping workers and communities in the oil and gas sector shift into renewable energy industries like wind, solar, and energy efficiency.

Albertans Want a Just Transition, Despite Premier’s Grumbling

In early January, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the federal government would soon be unveiling its highly anticipated legislation for a just transition, including a plan for helping workers and communities in the oil and gas sector shift into renewable energy industries like wind, solar, and energy efficiency.

Long-duration storage batteries are beginning to emerge as an alternative to expensive, new transmission lines as power utilities shift to renewable energy, and a town in West Virginia is about to gain 750 jobs as a result.

IRON OXIDE: New Battery Brings Long-Duration Storage to Grids, 750 Jobs to West Virginia

Long-duration storage batteries are beginning to emerge as an alternative to expensive, new transmission lines as power utilities shift to renewable energy, and a town in West Virginia is about to gain 750 jobs as a result.

Two legal challenges against the Woodhouse Colliery coal mine in the North West England county Cumbria may determine the country’s future reputation as a climate leader, after a new analysis suggested the mine would release 17,500 tonnes of methane per year.

New UK Coal Mine Faces Two Legal Challenges

Two legal challenges against the Woodhouse Colliery coal mine in the North West England county Cumbria may determine the country’s future reputation as a climate leader, after a new analysis suggested the mine would release 17,500 tonnes of methane per year.

A first-ever systematic assessment of an oil and gas company's climate projections shows that Exxon scientists accurately predicted how fossil fuels would affect global temperatures, despite decades of PR activity meant to sow doubt and climate denial.

Exxon Had the Right Global Warming Numbers Through Decades of Denial: Study

A first-ever systematic assessment of an oil and gas company’s climate projections shows that Exxon scientists accurately predicted how fossil fuels would affect global temperatures, despite decades of PR activity meant to sow doubt and climate denial.

Innovators motivated by climate change have been shifting hydrogen technology toward low-emission solutions, boosting the potential for green hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in industries like long-haul transport, where few clean alternatives exist.

Hydrogen Patents Reveal Shift Toward Cleaner Technologies

Innovators motivated by climate change have been shifting hydrogen technology toward low-emission solutions, boosting the potential for green hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in industries like long-haul transport, where few clean alternatives exist.

The U.S. set out to widen more highways, even though traffic planners know it never reduces congestion. Parking lots were falling out of favour, major U.S. subway systems were falling apart, Toronto’s transit plan was falling far short, Toronto’s parking authority fell for the idea of an EV charging network, and urban transit advocates wanted a federal strategy for zero-emission transit, intercity coaches, and rail.

Traffic and Transit, U.S. Gas Bans, Rooftop Windmills, Radioactive Wastewater, and a March 23 Day of Action on Banking and Oil

The U.S. set out to widen more highways, even though traffic planners know it never reduces congestion. Parking lots were falling out of favour, major U.S. subway systems were falling apart, Toronto’s transit plan was falling far short, Toronto’s parking authority fell for the idea of an EV charging network, and urban transit advocates wanted a federal strategy for zero-emission transit, intercity coaches, and rail.

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says a new lithium mine in northern Quebec can go ahead with more than 270 conditions to protect wildlife and respect Indigenous use of the lands for traditional purposes.

Ottawa Approves N. Quebec Lithium Mine with 270 Conditions

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says a new lithium mine in northern Quebec can go ahead with more than 270 conditions to protect wildlife and respect Indigenous use of the lands for traditional purposes.

A group of former oil and gas executives and academics is calling for the industry to pay tens of trillions of dollars through 2050 to take full responsibility for every tonne of carbon it produces.

BREAKING: Fossils Should Pay Trillions to Store Carbon through 2050, Ex-Industry Execs Say

A group of former oil and gas executives and academics is calling for the industry to pay tens of trillions of dollars through 2050 to take full responsibility for every tonne of carbon it produces.

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Off-Grid Renewables Expand to Fill Energy Access Gaps

Off-grid energy from technologies like mini-grids, biofuels, and solar may often go unrecorded, but a new report attempting to fill statistical gaps finds that off-grid renewables capacity has continued to grow, despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A South Korean solar panel maker Qcells said Wednesday that it will invest more than US$2.5 billion to build factories in Georgia in what it says is the largest solar investment in American history.

Biggest Solar Investment in U.S. History to Bring 2,500 Jobs to Georgia

A South Korean solar panel maker Qcells said Wednesday that it will invest more than US$2.5 billion to build factories in Georgia in what it says is the largest solar investment in American history.

Suncor Energy and a subcontractor faced 28 charges for safety violations after a bulldozer crashed through thin ice on a frozen tailings pond in January, 2021, killing 25-year-old operator Patrick Poitras.

Suncor Safety Violations, the Language of Just Transition, and California Faces Devastating Rainstorms

Suncor Energy and a subcontractor faced 28 charges for safety violations after a bulldozer crashed through thin ice on a frozen tailings pond in January, 2021, killing 25-year-old operator Patrick Poitras. “Someone didn’t do their job and I lost my son because of that,” his dad told CBC. “My son gave his life for that job.”