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2009

Ice on fire: The next fossil fuel

New Scientist - Back in 1970, Russian engineers began pumping natural gas from beneath the permafrost and piping it east across the tundra to the Norilsk metal smelter, the biggest industrial enterprise in the Arctic.

Posted: December 30, 2009
Gurdwara to show Canada the green signal ahead

South Asian Focus - Even as world leaders in Copenhagen are struggling to take positive decisions, the local Sikh community is setting an example and taking the lead to go climate friendly.

Posted: December 30, 2009
Canadian Solar Plans 500-Job Plant In Ontario

Planet Ark - Canadian Solar Inc said on Thursday it plans to build a C$24 million ($22.9 million) plant to manufacture solar panels in the province of Ontario, taking advantage of rich incentives for renewable power projects.

Posted: December 30, 2009
Boy's dream to build windmill transforms lives in Malawi

Toronto Star - This close to the equator, night descends quickly in November. By 6 p.m., the sky bursts with stars. All is dark outside the village of Wimbe, save for a compound of houses where outdoor fluorescent lights twinkle.

Posted: December 30, 2009
Ontario's 8 MW of Power to the People

Wind-Works.org - Ontario's new feed-in tariff program got off to an attention-grabbing start when the Ontario Power Authority announced it had awarded 700 contracts for renewable energy to homeowners under its microFIT program.

Posted: December 30, 2009
Solar panel costs 'set to fall'

BBC News - The cost of installing and owning solar panels will fall even faster than expected according to new research. Tests show that 90% of existing solar panels last for 30 years, instead of the predicted 20 years.

Posted: December 21, 2009
EPA Notifies Ethanol Industry Group on Status of E15 Waiver Request

Renewable Energy World - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week said that it expects to make a final determination in mid-2010 regarding whether to increase the allowable ethanol content in fuel.

Posted: December 21, 2009
ICLEI USA Unveils Comprehensive Toolkit for Greening Cities

ClimateBiz - ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA launches a comprehensive resource today to guide cities and countries, step by step, through the process of greening their communities.

Posted: December 21, 2009
Can we go 100% renewable?

BBC News - The Copenhagen climate change talks will discuss how to capture the energy from such "renewable" sources. The UK plans to get 15% of all its energy that way within just 10 years.

Posted: December 21, 2009
Landmark as offshore wind farm is officially opened

BBC News - Wales' largest wind farm - the Rhyl Flats off the coast of north Wales - has been opened officially by Welsh Secretary Peter Hain in Llandudno. It is expected to be fully operational by the end of the month.

Posted: December 21, 2009
Turbines are erected at the Greensburg Wind Farm

The NativeEnergy Voice - Just about a month after the ground breaking ceremony in Greensburg, Kansas, turbines are being erected in the field where the Greensburg Wind Farm is located.

Posted: December 14, 2009
Property owners off the hook after wind firm's failure

Toronto Star - Dozens of property owners in Prince Edward County who agreed to lease out their land to wind developer SkyPower Corp. are now unwitting participants in a complex bankruptcy proceeding.

Posted: December 14, 2009
RES Canada & Enbridge To Build 99 MW Talbot Wind Energy Project

Renewable Energy World - Enbridge Inc. and Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) have entered into an agreement to develop a 99-megawatt (MW) wind energy project near Chatham, Ontario.

Posted: December 14, 2009
DuPont Apollo Opens Thin-film Production Plant

Renewable Energy World - DuPont Apollo has opened its silicon based thin-film solar photovoltaic module manufacturing facility in China. Full-scale commercial production at the facility is targeted for the first quarter 2010.

Posted: December 14, 2009
Suniva Powers India's First 1-MW Solar Project

Renewable Energy World - Suniva Inc. announced the completion of its collaborative project with Titan Energy Systems Ltd. to create India's first large-scale project in Jamuria, West Bengal.

Posted: December 14, 2009
Green Energy Rush Could Crash Bulgaria Power Grid

Planet Ark - A rush to cash in on incentives to develop renewable energy projects in Bulgaria could end up in so much new supply it could cause blackouts on the national grid, the operator told Reuters on Tuesday.

Posted: December 7, 2009
Italy's Solar Power Capacity Rises To 700 MW: GSE

Planet Ark - Italy's total capacity of the photovoltaic (PV) installations that turn sunlight into power has risen to 700.7 megawatts from 650 MW a month ago, the state-run energy management agency GSE said on Thursday.

Posted: December 7, 2009
Tidal Turbine Deployed on East Coast

openhydro - The provincial power utility in Nova Scotia and its Irish partner report a successful deployment of the first commercial scale in-stream tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy.

Posted: December 7, 2009
CANARIE announces funding for wind and solar-powered internet network

CANARIE - CANARIE, is pleased to announce $2.4 million in funding for four ground-breaking Green IT projects aimed at reducing ICT's carbon footprint and measuring the impact of ICT and cyberinfrastructure.

Posted: December 7, 2009
Renewable energy costs drop in '09, solar halved

Reuters - Solar energy costs will drop by half in 2009 while other low-carbon technology costs will see their pre-subsidy costs drop by 10-20 percent, renewable energy analysts say.

Posted: December 7, 2009
California restricts energy-guzzling TV sets

SFGate - State regulators Wednesday approved limits on how much energy televisions can consume, citing the increased use of power-guzzling flat-panel sets.

Posted: November 30, 2009
Canadian Solar Sees Doubling Shipments In 2010

Planet Ark - Canadian Solar Inc's third-quarter profit rose sharply on strong demand, comfortably beating estimates, and the company said it expects to more than double shipments in 2010.

Posted: November 30, 2009
Solar power technology takes its next step

BBC News - A new generation of portable solar chargers can plug straight into a laptop and provide up to a quarter of its power needs while in use.

Posted: November 30, 2009
High hopes for wind die down

National Wind Watch - Manitoba's green-energy projects are sucking wind compared to other provinces and companies that develop and service wind farms are starting to take their business elsewhere.

Posted: November 30, 2009
The Dam That Shook the Earth

Huffington Post - Scientists agree that dams can trigger earthquakes. A new research paper presents evidence that the devastating earthquake in China's Sichuan Province in May 2008 was triggered by the Zipingpu Dam.

Posted: November 30, 2009
Smart Grid Riding On the Information Superhighway

Environmental News Network - If Internet companies and some utilities have their way, the smart grid will rely on the existing infrastructure of the information superhighway in order to function.

Posted: November 23, 2009
E.U. to Mandate 'Nearly Zero' Power Use by Buildings

The New York Times - European legislators and countries struck a deal last night to introduce tough new energy-efficiency regulations for all electricity-using appliances and buildings within the next decade.

Posted: November 23, 2009
A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables

Scientific American - Wind, water and solar technologies can provide 100 percent of the world's energy, eliminating all fossil fuels.

Posted: November 23, 2009
Clean Energy and Climate Policy for U.S. Growth and Job Creation

ClimateBiz - This study finds that a robust climate bill could boost the U.S. economy by about $111 billion by 2020 and create as many as 1.9 million jobs.

Posted: November 23, 2009
GHG Emmissions Expected to Drop by 800 Tonnes in First Year

Manitoba Government - As of Dec. 30, Manitoba will have the highest energy-efficiency standards in Canada for replacement furnaces and boilers used in homes and small businesses.

Posted: November 23, 2009
Seabed electricity generator test

BBC News ENGLAND - Cardiff-based Tidal Energy Ltd has planning permission for onshore works and is now seeking consent to place its DeltaStream device on the seabed.

Low-carbon energy sources need $10.5trn investment, warns IEA

The Independent ENGLAND - The world's energy systems will need an extra $10.5 trillion (£6.3trn) in investment between now and 2030 to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and avoid "irreparable damage to the planet".

Climate deal to prevent doubling of energy bills

Reuters - A climate change deal is needed not just to ward off global warming, but to ensure a shift from increasingly costly fossil fuels that could lead to a doubling of energy bills, the IEA's chief economist said.

Hydro employees intimidated: whistleblower

CBC News - A Manitoba Hydro whistleblower said that employees are being threatened to stay quiet about allegations of mismanagement and she fears an investigation is being swept under the rug.

Spain's wind turbines supply half of the national power grid

TimesOnline - Spain was celebrating its commitment to renewable energy yesterday after wind turbines dotted across the country produced more than half of all its electricity for the first time.

US Tribes Pass Hydro Resolutions

Manitoba Wildlands - The National Congress of American Indians and Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council passed resolutions calling on the US Congress to recognize and address the environmental impacts of Manitoba Hydro.

Spain reaches new wind record: 45.1% of total electricity demand

REVE - Wind energy in Spain reached a new record last night, providing at its peak 45.1% of Spainís total electricity demand Ė 2.1% greater than the previous record set in November last year.

N.S. wind project gets Spanish money

CBC News - The largest wind energy project developed by a Nova Scotia company is about to take off in Pictou and Antigonish counties, with the financial backing of a Spanish utility conglomerate.

Photovoltaic System Goes Stealthy

EcoSeed - A new type of three-dimensional photovoltaic system could mark the era for cooler and sleeker solar power generation that does away with bulky and unwieldy panels.

Greens Call Brazil Oil Finds A Tempting Trap

PlanetArk - Brazil's huge offshore oil find, though an economic treasure chest, threatens to undermine the renewable energy industry the country has worked so hard to build.

Big Stone II is Canceled!

Citizens Energy Task Force - The developers of Big Stone II coal-fired power plant in South Dakota officially cancelled the $1.6 billion project due to the poor economy and concerns about federal regulations of carbon emissions.

Repower America Amplifies Thousands of Voices for Action

RePower America - The Alliance for Climate Protection's Repower America campaign unveiled a new campaign designed to demonstrate broad national consensus for action on clean energy and climate.

ELPC Releases New Community Wind Financing Handbook!

ELPC - Environmental Law & Policy Center in Minnesota has published a guide on the latest information on financing community wind projects, ownership structures, roles of financial intermediaries, and more.

Read November 2, 2009 article, download Handbook (PDF)

Calls for Public Process to Review Manitoba Hydro's Projects

Marketwire - Norway House Cree Nation Chief Marcel Balfour and Council called on Manitoba to establish a "public, open and transparent process" to review the Lake Winnipeg Regulation and Churchill River Diversion Project.

Geothermal Energy Gets Big Boost from Government

Green Economy Post - U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $338 million in funding for exploration and development of new geothermal fields as well as research into advanced geothermal technologies.

Bipole III - Next Round of Site Selection

Manitoba Wildlands - Manitoba Hydro is currently seeking a route for Bipole III, a new 500kW high-voltage transmission direct current line from northern generating stations with delivery system to southern Manitoba.

Mending the Rift Between the Solar Community and Ontario

Renewable Energy World.com - After months of negotiating with the solar industry, the Ontario government decided to make a few last minute, surprising changes to the rules for utility-scale solar projects in Ontario.

SunEdison's 9.1MW plant maps the solar road for utilities

RenewableEnergyWorld.com - The opening of SunEdison's new 9.1MW solar PV power plant in Canada reflects a confluence of factors from financing and incentives to increased interest from utilities.

Hydropower Industry Braces For Glacier-Free Future

Reuters - From the Himalayas to the Andes, faster-melting glaciers spell short-term opportunities -- and long-term risks -- for hydroelectric power and the engineering and construction industries it drives.

Special Audit Ordered Into Manitoba Hydro

CBC News - A special audit of Manitoba Hydro has been ordered by the province because of recent allegations about the power company's risk-management strategies.

Turbine Developer Feels the Wind at His Back

The Globe and Mail - Critics say vertical-axis models will never generate enough electricity to be practical, but Jim Rowan is holding firm.

Energy-Efficient Denmark Makes You Green With Envy

The Globe and Mail - You don't need to spend much time in Copenhagen, Denmark to realize how serious the people take climate change. Its no coincidence that the next big climate conference will be here in December.

Dow Unveils Solar Shingles

GreenInc New York Times - Dow Chemical has unveiled a residential roof shingle in the form of a solar panel designed to be integrated into asphalt-tiled roofs.

Renewable Energy Map Released To Criticism By Enviro Groups

The Tyee, The Hook blog - An association of states and provinces in western North America released an extensive map of areas with potential for renewable energy development.

Manitoba Introduces 'Green' Trucking Program

Manitoba Government - A new program will help put Manitoba transportation companies on the path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Ontario Passes Green Energy Act

The Tyee, The Hook blog - Ontario passed its Green Energy Act, hailed by some as one of the most progressive in the country because it establishes a feed-in tariff for new renewable electricity generation.

Manitoba Extends Green Energy Tax Credit To Solar Thermal

Manitoba Government - Manitobans now have access to a provincewide program that will help reduce the cost of purchasing a solar energy system.