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2010

Energy board's approval of Mackenzie pipeline met with both joy and outrage

iPolitics - The National Energy Board's approval of the long-delayed Mackenzie natural gas pipeline has been heralded as both an economic boon to the people of the North and as an environmental blow to the region.

Posted: December 20, 2010
Manitoba signs energy deal with Mitsubishi

CBC News - Manitoba has forged an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan to explore renewable energy development opportunities, which could pave the way for electric vehicles to be manufactured in the province.

Posted: December 20, 2010
Solar firm making return to its Canadian roots

SOURCE - Shawn Qu runs one of the ten largest solar panel makers in the world, Kitchener, Ont.-based Canadian Solar Inc., with annual revenue of about $1.2-billion (U.S.).

Posted: December 20, 2010
Government pushes solar power in six western states

Scientific American - The Obama administration proposed special energy zones on public lands in six western states deemed good locations to build utility-scale facilities to produce electricity from solar power.

Posted: December 20, 2010
Winner Announced: Design an Infographic About Energy

GOOD - Jamie Granger's tracing of who uses oil and how it gets around the world helped really make clear our global fossil fuel usage.

Posted: December 20, 2010
Polar Bears International Applauds Arrival of Nissan LEAF

PluginCars.com - Using the endangered polar bear as the mascot for an electric car marketing campaign strikes a powerful emotional chord, but it has its risks.

Posted: December 20, 2010
UK Names Nine Electric Cars Eligible For Subsidy

Planet Ark - The British government revealed the first nine electric vehicles that will be eligible for their purchasers to receive subsidies of up to 5,000 pounds ($7,935) under a plan to promote low-carbon transport.

Posted: December 20, 2010
Oil Tanker Ban Passes Parliament

Manitoba Wildlands - Bill C-502, An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (prohibition against oil tankers in Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound), passed third-reading in Canada's House of Commons.

Posted: December 13, 2010
NEB Should Reject Mackenzie Gas Project

Manitoba Wildlands - Individuals and Environmental Groups are urging the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) to reject the Mackenzie Gas Project.

Posted: December 13, 2010
Cisco Maintains Greenpeace Cool IT Lead

Earth Techling - Greenpeace is out this week with an update to the Cool IT Leaderboard, a periodic assessment of how tech companies are faring at putting forth clean-energy innovation, mitigating their own carbon footprint and advocating for significant policy shifts on climate change.

Posted: December 13, 2010
It Begins For The Nissan Leaf Tomorrow

Earth Techling - "Electricity is the new fuel for cars, and the Nissan Leaf has the potential to transform the automotive industry and the way people drive," said Carlos Tavares, Chairman, Nissan Americas.

Posted: December 13, 2010
Clean Power Worth $2.3 Trillion By 2020

Earth Techling - China and India are already well positioned to reap a big portion of a potential $2.3 trillion surge in private investment in clean-energy projects in the G-20 nations.

Posted: December 13, 2010
61 First Nations unite against proposed pipeline between Alberta and B.C.

iPolitics - A group of 61 British Columbia First Nations vowed Thursday to stop oil from Alberta’s controversial oil sands from going through the province to reach the international market place.

Posted: December 6, 2010
Companies Boycott Alberta Oil

Alberta Primetime - Three more companies are announcing they will try to avoid using fuel derived from Alberta's oil sands; U.S. cosmetics giant Avon, U.K.-based LUSH Cosmetics and Canadian-owned Concord Transportation.

Posted: December 6, 2010
Power From on High

The New York Times - First, Germany added the equivalent of nearly 1 percent of its electricity supply with solar energy between January and August. The first 1 percent took 10 years to achieve; the next 1 percent just 8 months.

Posted: December 6, 2010
Global Solar Energy May Reach 980 Gigawatts by 2020

Bloomberg Businessweek - Global solar energy capacity may reach 980 gigawatts by 2020 as governments worldwide seek to reduce fossil fuel consumption and cut emissions of greenhouse gases, a group of renewable energy associations said.

Posted: December 6, 2010
Italian town of Tocco transformed by wind turbines

BBC News - An Italian town has been able to offer local residents cheap public services and subsidised amenities because of the success of the local wind turbines.

Posted: December 6, 2010
For the World's Rural Poor, Solar Innovations Offer Hope

The Wall Street Journal - Innovations in solar energy have the potential to bring electricity to much of the rural poor in developing countries.

Posted: December 6, 2010
Canadian diplomats sought help from U.S. oil companies

Montreal Gazette - Canadian diplomats in Washington have quietly asked such oil-industry players as Exxon Mobil and BP to help "kill" U.S. global-warming policies in order to ensure that "the oil keeps a-flowing" from Alberta into the U.S. marketplace.

Posted: November 29, 2010
Opportunity knocks for Canada on clean energy file

The Vancouver Sun - People around the world are working on innovative ways to reduce pollution, combat climate change, increase energy security, and strengthen economies with clean energy technologies. At the same time, the fossil fuel industry, are stepping up efforts to slam the brakes on this progress.

Posted: November 29, 2010
$1.7 Billion and Rising: Taxpayers' Gas Bill for Oil Sands

The Tyee - Alberta's oil sands extractors' use of natural gas, is more than half paid for by Canadian taxpayers -- a vast yet little-known subsidy that insiders say encourages profligate consumption of a finite energy source.

Posted: November 29, 2010
Burning coal helps OPG raise profits

Toronto Star - Higher electricity prices helped Ontario Power Generation boost its earnings by $74 million to $333 million in the three months ended Sept. 30. But the higher profit came at an environmental cost.

Posted: November 29, 2010
Which Has a Bigger Footprint, a Coal Plant or a Solar Farm?

Mother Jones - One of the most commonly accepted bits of conventional wisdom about energy is the notion that fossil fuels like coal are "concentrated" and renewable sources are "diffuse."

Posted: November 29, 2010
More Efficient Solar Cells For Temperate Climates

Energy Matters - Glyndwr University in Wales will take the lead in a £4.4 million (AUD$7.15 million) study into improving the efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells in temperate climates, with a view to boosting uptake of solar energy in the UK.

Posted: November 29, 2010
For the World's Rural Poor, Solar Innovations Offer Hope

The Wall Street Journal - Solar power is starting to make inroads in locations where extending the electric grid may not make economic sense. Various solar applications are becoming more affordable thanks to such technological innovations as photovoltaic panels.

Posted: November 29, 2010
Firms Eyeing Gold In China's Smart-Grid Rollout

Planet Ark - As China aims to spend billions of dollars to criss-cross the country with new long-distance power infrastructure, investments in new technologies that combine electricity and telecommunications are drawing key interest from corporates.

Posted: November 29, 2010
In Coal Country, A Win for Clean Energy

Yes! Magazine - Clean energy activists are elated over a big victory in the heart of coal country, where a Kentucky power cooperative has agreed to cancel plans to build a new coal-fired power plant.

Posted: November 29, 2010
U.S. Government To Speed Up Offshore Wind Energy Development

Planet Ark - The Obama administration unveiled plans to begin issuing new offshore wind energy leases as soon as next year under an accelerated approval process.

Posted: November 29, 2010
Tories quietly reviewing support for renewable energy technologies

Vancouver Sun - The Harper government is quietly reviewing its support for renewable energy technologies, something industry insiders hope will see the Conservatives finally live up to their branding of Canada as a "clean-energy superpower."

Posted: November 23, 2010
Californians Keep Climate Change Law

Manitoba Wildlands - In the United States mid-term election on November 2, 2010 California voters defeated Proposition 23, and most members of Congress who helped pass California's clean energy and climate legislation in 2009 kept their seats.

Posted: November 22, 2010
Review finds room for improvement at Hydro

Brandon Sun - Yet another review of Manitoba Hydro's drought and financial risk found room for improvement and a smattering of truth in hundreds of dire allegations made last fall by a whistleblower.

Posted: November 22, 2010
Ingersoll moves ahead with plans to partner on a solar energy farm

LF Press - The Town of Ingersoll is gambling it can get a slice of the alternative energy generation pie as it moves on plans to build a $32.5-million solar farm.

Posted: November 22, 2010
Grasses Have Potential as Alternate Ethanol Crop, Illinois Study Finds

Justmeans - Large grasses, such as switchgrass and miscanthus, could provide biomass with the added benefits of better nitrogen fixation and carbon capture, higher ethanol volumes per acre and lower water requirements than corn.

Posted: November 22, 2010
Chevrolet Invests in Clean Energy Projects Across America

PR Newswire - Chevrolet announced that it will invest $40 million in various clean energy projects throughout America with a goal to reduce 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted: November 22, 2010
Toyota Lays Out Big Green-Car Push With Hybrids, EVs

Planet Ark - Toyota Motor Corp unveiled big plans for staying in front in clean-car technology as rivals race to play catch-up, saying it would launch 11 new hybrids and a rechargeable Prius that may cost as little as $36,000.

Posted: November 22, 2010
G20 Promise: End Subsidies to Oil and Gas Companies

Manitoba Wildlands - The G20 meeting in South Korea 18 leading Canadian organizations called on Prime Minister Harper and Minister Flaherty to follow through on their G20 promise to end tax breaks to fossil fuel companies.

Posted: November 15, 2010
Reports Show Subsidies to Canadian Fossil Fuel Industry

Manitoba Wildlands - Two recent reports outline the subsidies provided by Canada's federal and provincial governments towards fossil fuel production.

Posted: November 15, 2010
New Solar Panel Assembly Plant To Be Built In Hamilton

Ontario Government - An Ontario company is forming a joint venture with a Chinese partner that will create up to 300 jobs at a solar panel assembly plant in Hamilton.

Posted: November 15, 2010
Green energy grows in Ontario

Financial Post - a group of former auto workers in Windsor, Ont., rolled up their sleeves to revive an old auto machining production plant as a showroom and warehouse for the solar-power and solar water-heating systems.

Posted: November 15, 2010
The solar future for Lima's taxis

Planet Ark - A Peruvian engineer has created a solar powered rickshaw that he hopes can one day replace his country's dirty and noisy taxis. Manoush Zomorodi reports.

Posted: November 15, 2010
IEA's World Energy Outlook 2010 Sends Strong Message

Renewable Energy World - The report indicates that policy is on the right track but stronger policy is needed – especially the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies – if agreements set forth in Copenhagen are to be achieved.

Posted: November 15, 2010
EU Reports Biggest Ever Fall In Car Emissions In 2009

Planet Ark - Average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars sold in the European Union dropped by 5 percent last year, the biggest annual fall ever recorded, European climate chief Connie Hedegaard said.

Posted: November 15, 2010
Biofuel worse for climate than fossil fuel: study

Scientific American - European plans to promote biofuels will drive farmers to convert 69,000 square km of wild land into fields and plantations, depriving the poor of food and accelerating climate change.

Posted: November 15, 2010
Clinton Rebuked for Oil Sands Pipeline Comments

Manitoba Wildlands - Eleven influential U.S. senators sent a letter dated October 29, 2010 to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rebuking her for stating support for a controversial pipeline before her own agency has completed a legally mandated environmental impact analysis.

Posted: November 8, 2010
New hydro line's cost may double

Winnipeg Free Press - The cost of building Manitoba Hydro's new transmission line from the north could escalate from an estimated $2.247 billion to almost double that amount, Hydro CEO Bob Brennan.

Posted: November 8, 2010
Political action: Climate scientists campaign vs. global-warming skeptics

Cleveland.com - Faced with increasing political attacks, hundreds of climate scientists are joining a broad campaign to push back against congressional conservatives who have threatened prominent researchers.

Posted: November 8, 2010
Feed-in Tariffs Spurring Community Power

Renewable Energy World - In North America, Ontario has made a concerted effort to guarantee that a portion of the new renewable generating capacity to be built will be owned by its own citizens.

Posted: November 8, 2010
Biofuels Fallacy: Why Burning Plants Instead of Fossil Fuels Won't Save the Climate

AlterNet - The quest to replace black fuels with green fuels is just another resource and land grab by big corporations. While there is no doubt that we need to kick our fossil fuel addiction, how we move to cleaner and greener ways of living is still under debate.

Posted: November 8, 2010
New Building--Plumbing Codes for Manitoba

Manitoba Wildlands - Amendments to Manitoba building and plumbing codes take effect December 1, 2010. The changes are the result of Manitoba Fire Commissioner consultations with homebuilders, contractors and technical experts.

Posted: November 1, 2010
Manitoba Launches Year-Round Commuter Challenge

Manitoba Wildlands - Manitobans demonstrated an outstanding commitment to environmentally friendly transportation, finishing at the top of the 2010 national Commuter Challenge. Manitoba's program is being expanded to operate year-round in the province.

Posted: November 1, 2010
Canada Has Duty to Regulate Oil Sands

Manitoba Wildlands - The Canadian federal government has a constitutional responsibility to not only protect Canada's water, but to protect wildlife, meet its climate commitments and ensure appropriate consultation with aboriginal groups.

Posted: November 1, 2010
Oil Pipeline, Tankers Opposed

Manitoba Wildlands - During October, 2010 The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) voted to oppose a controversial pipeline proposal and the presence of oil tankers on the province's North Coast.

Posted: November 1, 2010
Wind energy contributes new all-time high to Ontario power supply

CanWEA - Wind energy hit a new all-time record high for hourly electricity output in Ontario on Tuesday, October 26, producing 1,056 MW of power that evening according to the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

Posted: November 1, 2010
Another record year for solar cells

Straight Goods - In September 2010, a newly-expanded 80-megawatt park in Ontario, Canada became the largest operational PV power plant in the world.

Posted: November 1, 2010
Vestas cuts jobs as share value falls

Edie - The world's largest wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has reported losses and plans to close a number of its Scandinavian factories.

Posted: November 1, 2010
MIT develops solar-powered, portable desalination system

Great News Network - Researchers from MIT's Field and Space Robotics Laboratory (FSRL) have designed a portable, solar-powered desalination system that is cost-effective and easy to assemble to bring drinkable water in disaster zones and remote regions around the globe.

Posted: November 1, 2010
UNEP Releases Papers on Bioenergy Sustainability

IISD Reporting Services - The UN Environment Programme has published a series of four Issue Papers on bioenergy sustainability, aiming to inform decision makers on debates and emerging issues in this policy area, as well as options for improving the sustainability of the production and consumption of bioenergy.

Posted: November 1, 2010
Hydro Whistle Blower: Reports Made Public

Manitoba Wildlands - On September 27, 2010, following Manitoba Public Utility Board (PUB) Order 95/10 numerous reports with PUB approved redactions were released as part of the PUB's 2010-11 and 2011-12 General Rate Application (GRA) hearings.

Posted: October 25, 2010
Future of solar energy continues to brighten

Canada.com - Sunlight is a potentially limitless source of environmentally friendly electrical energy. Trouble is, most of its applications are more costly than mainstream alternatives like coal or natural gas.

Posted: October 25, 2010
Oil giant settles in hazardous waste case

Edie - Oil giant ExxonMobil has agreed to settle a case brought by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) involving more than 1billion gallons of illegally stored hazardous waste.

Posted: October 25, 2010
U.S. Solar Power Expected to Double in 2010

GreenBiz - The U.S. solar electric industry, including both photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations, could achieve a milestone by installing a gigawatt of new capacity in 2010.

Posted: October 25, 2010
ILSR Launches Energy Self-Reliant States

Common Dreams - Building on the highly acclaimed 2009 report of the same name, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance launches Energy Self-Reliant States, a new website to provide expert analysis and policy solutions for a decentralized renewable energy future.

Posted: October 25, 2010
Sierra Club Calls on Hillary Clinton to Weigh Risks of Toxic Pipeline to Farms, Water, Air

Common Dreams - The Sierra Club is mobilizing thousands of citizens to contact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and urge her to fully evaluate the risks of a proposed pipeline that would carry the world’s dirtiest oil from Canada into the United States.

Posted: October 25, 2010
U.S. to unveil first efficiency standards for heavy trucks

Detroit News - The Obama administration will unveil the first fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that will cover the 2014-18 model years and will be finalized by July 30.

Posted: October 25, 2010
US Federal Agencies Say Automakers Could Hit 60 Miles Per Gallon by 2025

Union of Concerned Scientists - The Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency released an analysis showing the potential range for new fuel efficiency and carbon pollution standards for passenger vehicles through model year 2025.

Posted: October 25, 2010
Canada not ready for shale gas boom

Globe and Mail - Canada's fledgling shale gas industry faces a growing clamour for tighter regulations and greater protection of local water sources amid fears that aggressive drilling techniques carry a heavy environmental cost.

Posted: October 18, 2010
Who knew? World's largest solar PV plant is now in Ontario

Clean Break - First Solar announced that it has completed the final phases of its Sarnia solar power plant and that the facility now ranks as the largest solar PV plant in the world.

Posted: October 18, 2010
Wind turbines wrong colour for wildlife

BBC Earth News - A study has revealed that a wind turbine's colour affects how many insects it attracts, shedding more light on why the turbines occasionally kill bats and birds.

Posted: October 18, 2010
Wind power to provide a fifth of world's electricity by 2030

Global Wind Energy Council - Wind could meet 12% of global power demand by 2020, and up to 22% by 2030, according to a study published today by the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International.

Posted: October 18, 2010
U.S. solar production to hit 10GW by 2015

Great News Network - The solar industry is wrapping up its most successful year ever. Solar is now the fastest growing energy industry in the U.S., employing nearly 100,000 Americans and generating billions of dollars of economic growth for our economy.

Posted: October 18, 2010
The rise of British sea power

Guardian.co.uk - Investment in offshore renewable technologies is making the prospect of the UK becoming a net exporter of energy a real possibility.

Posted: October 18, 2010
Student Research Team Creates the Most Efficient Solar Energy Cells Yet

JustMeans - A group of students at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland have made some progress on a project they believe could result in the creation of the most efficient solar energy cells yet.

Posted: October 18, 2010
Germany's Green Economy Strategy

World Resources Institute - Germany has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2020 and by 80-85 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. The country’s motivations for this steep reduction are both economic and environmental.

Posted: October 18, 2010
Offshore Wind Can Deliver Cleaner, More Affordable Energy and More Jobs Than Offshore Oil

JustMeans - A comprehensive analysis shows that focusing investments on clean energy like offshore wind would be cost effective, more beneficial to job creation, and better for the environment and ocean in a variety of ways than offshore oil and gas exploration and development.

Posted: October 18, 2010
Ford examine algae benefits as a sustainable biofuel

JustMeans - Car manufacturer Ford is currently working on a new biofuel that will examine algae's suitability as a greener fuel source. Ford scientists are currently testing the suitability of renewable energy sources, such as algae.

Posted: October 18, 2010
New National Energy Strategy for Canada

Manitoba Wildlands - The David Suzuki Foundation, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Trottier Family Foundation have formally launched a partnership called the Trottier Energy Futures Project.

Posted: October 13, 2010
Radioactive Waste Shipment a Dangerous Precedent

Manitoba Wildlands - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) held public hearings in Ottawa to consider Bruce Power Inc's request to ship 16 radioactive generators across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

Posted: October 13, 2010
Ottawa Panel to Review Oilsands

Manitoba Wildlands - Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, has announced the appointment of a six-person advisory panel to look into the water monitoring in the Athabasca River around Alberta's oilsands.

Posted: October 13, 2010
Successful Biofuel Trial at the Tolko Plant in The Pas

Manitoba Hydro - Manitoba Hydro announced the successful trial of its Pyrolysis Oil Demonstration Project at Tolko Industries in The Pas, Manitoba. The project is a collaboration between Manitoba Hydro, Tolko Industries, and Ensyn Technologies.

Posted: October 13, 2010
Solar Panels Built with Wind Energy. Now You're Talking...

TreeHugger - From solar panels creating e-waste to ttoxic by-products created by the solar industry, it's clear that even though power generated from the sun beats coal any day of the week, there's no such thing as consequence-free energy.

Posted: October 13, 2010
Government leases sea tract for wind farm

International Business Times - the U.S. Department of the Interior signed an agreement with Cape Wind Associates, LLC to lease the company 25 square miles on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts.

Posted: October 13, 2010
Bicycles Replacing Cars - The Future Of E-Mobility

Energy Daily - Despite numerous pilot projects using electric cars, high expectations are being curbed because of high purchase costs, short ranges and a lack of infrastructure for charging stations.

Posted: October 13, 2010
The Challenge of an Italian-made Electric Car

Corriere Della Sera - The electric car has managed to forge an unprecedented alliance. Italy’s car industry, components manufacturers, universities and research centres are set to work as a system to meet the challenge of sustainable mobility.

Posted: October 13, 2010
E-Car Scheme to Tackle City's Permanent Congestion

Spiegel Online - The French capital is notorious for its traffic jams. Now the mayor of Paris has come up with a bold new plan to rid his city of tens of thousands of cars.

Posted: October 13, 2010
New Energy Future Reports

Environment Minnesota - America is the largest consumer of energy in the world, and the majority of this energy comes from dirty and dangerous sources like coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power.

Posted: October 13, 2010
Oilsands Need More Regulation: Cameron

Manitoba Wildlands - Alberta should put a moratorium on approving new tailings ponds until the science evolves to better handle the waste from oilsands mining, Avatar director James Cameron suggested.

Posted: October 4, 2010
Solar Or Wind Power? Why Not Both?

Discovery News - Solar and wind power have long been two of the main contenders in the race to find the next big renewable energy resource. Rather than choosing between the two, scientists at Washington State University have instead combined them.

Posted: October 4, 2010
Solar cells thinner than wavelengths of light hold huge power potential

Stanford University - Ultra-thin solar cells can absorb sunlight more efficiently than the thicker, more expensive-to-make silicon cells used today, because light behaves differently at scales around a nanometer (a billionth of a meter).

Posted: October 4, 2010
Solar energy brings power to rural Africa

CNN - In rural communities of Africa -- where more than 95 percent of homes have no access to electricity -- solar energy has the power to transform lives.

Posted: October 4, 2010
Renewables Continue Remarkable Growth

Renewable Energy World - Renewables had another banner year in 2009, with policy, investment and market development activity across a spread of nations - as recorded in the REN21 Renewables 2010 Global Status Report.

Posted: October 4, 2010
Oilsands Leaving Albertans with Hefty Tab

Manitoba Wildlands - Albertans could end up paying for costly oilsands cleanup, according to a report, Toxic Liability: How Albertans could end up paying for oilsands mine reclamation.

Posted: September 27, 2010
Coalition Calls for St. Lawrence Oil and Gas Moratorium

Manitoba Wildlands - The coalition Save our Seas and Shores is calling for an immediate moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Posted: September 27, 2010
Farmers fear land expropriation for Hydro line

CBC News - Manitoba Hydro says it may have no choice but to expropriate some rural land to make way for it's Bipole III transmission line.

Posted: September 27, 2010
£900m wind farm off Kent is world's biggest

Mirror.co.uk - Seven miles out to sea, this is the start of "a third industrial revolution" to turn the tide on climate change. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne hailed the opening of the world's biggest offshore wind farm as just a beginning.

Posted: September 27, 2010
Oil company to build longest floating vessel ever

NewScientist - Oil giant Shell wants to exploit the Prelude gas field 475 kilometres north-east of Broome, Western Australia, by building a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) plant.

Posted: September 27, 2010
North American municipalities take climate change actions through innovative energy projects

Commission for Environmental Cooperation - Significant progress on energy efficiency, economic savings and decisive actions against climate change are revealed through the experiences and lessons of thirteen municipalities across North America.

Posted: September 27, 2010
Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec See Energy Efficiency A+

Manitoba Wildlands - The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) released its report card which evaluates the federal, provincial, and territorial governments on energy efficiency performance August 19, 2010.

Posted: September 20, 2010
Hydro Reservoir GHG Guidelines Released

Manitoba Wildlands - The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has published the first edition of the Greenhouse Gases Measurement Guidelines for Freshwater Reservoirs.

Posted: September 20, 2010
Nova Scotia Set for New COMFIT Renewable Energy Program

Greentech Media - As part of the new Renewable Energy program set forth by the Nova Scotia government on April 23rd, 2010, the province has implemented strong clean energy initiatives.

Posted: September 20, 2010
Taking Solar to the Next Level

Renewable Energy World - A design "charrette" sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Institute brought industry experts together to discuss how to bring down the installed costs of PV. The group focused on reducing BOS costs.

Posted: September 20, 2010
Enbridge suffers another pipeline breach

The Globe and Mail - An embattled Canadian pipeline company has shut down another major crude transportation link after a leak sent oil bubbling to the surface in a small Illinois town.

Posted: September 13, 2010
Making coal phase-out easier

Chatham-Kent Daily Post - New wind farms in Chatham-Kent-Essex are helping Ontario phase out coal production while adding renewable hydro to the grid, says MPP Pat Hoy.

Posted: September 13, 2010
Merkel's Masterplan for a German Energy Revolution

Spigel Online - Giant windparks, insulated buildings, electric cars and a European supergrid: the German government unveiled an ambitious but vague blueprint to launch a new era of green energy for Europe's largest economy.

Posted: September 13, 2010
Last major U.S. factory making incandescent light bulbs closes

Mother Nature Network - Incandescent light bulbs may soon look more at home in the Smithsonian than our light fixtures. Major companies have dedicated the last few years to switching over to eco-friendly compact florescent bulbs.

Posted: September 13, 2010
Alex Salmond unveils plan to turn Scotland into 'world's first hydro-economy'

The Guardian - The state-owned utility Scottish Water is to be given new powers to build windfarms, hydro schemes and "green" power stations in partnership and competition with established energy companies.

Posted: September 13, 2010
Europe's Largest Onshore Wind Farm to Expand to 539 Megawatts

Treehugger - ScottishPower Renewables is planning to add 75 turbines to the existing 140, increasing the capacity of the wind farm from the current 322 megawatts to 539 megawatts.

Posted: September 13, 2010
France to Have 3,000 MW of Offshore Wind by 2015

Reuters - According to Agence France Presse (AFP), the French government will launch next month a tender for contracts of 10 billion euros ($12.6 billion) to build 3,000 MW of offshore wind capacity.

Posted: September 13, 2010
Interior Chief Salazar Voices Doubt On Arctic Drilling

PlanetArk - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he cannot predict whether Royal Dutch Shell, which has invested $3.5 billion in an offshore Arctic oil-development program, will be allowed to drill the five wells it plans next year.

Posted: September 13, 2010
Paris Metro Body Heat To Help Warm Building

PlanetArk - The warmth generated by human bodies in the Parisian metro will help heat a public housing project in the city center, the capital's largest owner of social housing said Friday.

Posted: September 13, 2010
Greenpeace, Facebook Convo on Coal, Renewable Energy, and Power

Planetsave - Greenpeace has had a campaign going on both on Facebook and off telling Facebook to "Unfriend Coal." In other words, Greenpeace and 500,000 supporters (so far) are urging Facebook to stop using energy from dirty coal plants.

Posted: September 13, 2010
TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Nebraska Problems

Manitoba Wildlands - Nebraska Sierra Club and Bold Nebraska are calling on Nebraska elected officials to stand up for Nebraska landowners against threats by TransCanada pipeline company.

Posted: September 7, 2010
Lack of local workers on Wuskwatim Dam project riles Manitoba union

Journal of Commerce - A carpenter's union in Manitoba is upset that workers from outside the province are being given preference on the $1.3-billion Wuskwatim Dam project.

Posted: September 7, 2010
Province of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg Team Up to Study Unique, Low-speed Electric Vehicles

Manitoba Government - A new partnership between the Province of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg will explore the benefits of low-speed, electric utility vehicles in a controlled, safe manner.

Posted: September 7, 2010
Geothermal: Getting energy from the Earth

Grist - The heat in the upper six miles of the Earth's crust contains 50,000 times as much energy as found in all the world's oil and gas reserves combined.

Posted: September 7, 2010
Solar power: Brighter long-term investment outlook

The Econmic - With utilities adopting standards to increase the amount of solargenerated electricity in coming years, the US could bolster its presence in the global solar-power market.

Posted: September 7, 2010
Driving the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

The New York Times - The Prius coasted to a stop, out of gas. I was miles from a gas station. Now what? But I was in a different sort of Prius - a modified plug-in version, which Toyota is testing prior to an expected version for mass production in 2012.

Posted: September 7, 2010
Plan Seeks 100 Pct Renewable Energy in Australia in Ten Years

Reuters - The tipping point for climate change, after which many of its most destructive effects will become irreversible, strongly suggests that atmospheric CO2 must be reduced from its current level of 390 ppm to well below 350 ppm.

Posted: September 7, 2010
The Difference Engine: Flat battery

The Economist - The whole point of paying an extra $5,000 or so for a hybrid car was supposed to be that it would deliver more miles to the gallon. Try telling that to those who bought Honda Civic hybrids between 2006 and 2008.

Posted: September 7, 2010
New Law Requires Illinois Utilities To Buy More Solar Power

Renewable Energy World - In a move that will help spur the rapid adoption of solar energy in the state, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law that will require utilities to procure .5% of the energy they sell from solar power sources.

Posted: September 7, 2010
GM's $5M Jumpstart for Bright Automotive

GreenBiz.com - General Motors and Bright Automotive have forged a new strategic relationship just two months after GM launched its venture capital branch to fund advanced transportation projects.

Posted: September 7, 2010
IHA Publishes GHG Guidelines for Reservoirs

International Hydropower Association - The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has published the first edition of the GHG Measurement Guidelines for Freshwater Reservoirs, a landmark publication and the current standard on measuring Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from reservoirs.

Posted: August 30, 2010
Five Steps to Cut Ontario's Oil Use

Manitoba Wildlands - In 20 years, Ontario drivers could be using 25 per cent less fuel than today, saving the province money and reducing environmental damage, according to an August 2010 Pembina Institute report.

Posted: August 30, 2010
Hamilton: Nova Scotia joins Canada's green energy club

Toronto Star - Nova Scotia has been quietly cleaning up its act after decades of clinging to coal. It tabled its own green economy act a year before Ontario, but it garnered little recognition across the rest of Canada.

Posted: August 30, 2010
UK'S first geothermal power plant given green light

Edie - A brownfield site is set to be transformed into the UK's first geothermal power plant after getting planning permission.

Posted: August 30, 2010
Renewables could make Ireland truly green says expert

Edie - World-leading renewable energy resources can rescue Ireland from its economic and energy challenges, a leading energy expert claims.

Posted: August 30, 2010
Enviro studies fail to stop harmful dams in Brazil

International Rivers - Andre Villas-Boas, head of the independent SocioEnvironmental Institute (ISA), resigned to the fact that the legal actions and protests have failed to block the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in Brazil's Amazon jungle region.

Posted: August 30, 2010
Ford advances EV battery testing with wireless monitoring systems

CNET Reviews - Ford, a company known for big trucks and muscle cars, has ambitious plans for several upcoming zero-emission vehicle fleet launches--including the Transit Connect Electric, in North America in late 2010.

Posted: August 30, 2010
In Crackdown on Energy Use, China to Shut 2,000 Factories

New York Times - Earlier this summer, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China promised to use an “iron hand” to improve his country’s energy efficiency, and a growing number of businesses are now discovering that it feels like a fist.

Posted: August 30, 2010
Building a Better Battery: New Tech Could Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Digital Trends - 24M, a startup from the cofounder of A123 Systems, just tucked $16 million in financing under its belt to pursue cost-cutting new battery technologies.

Posted: August 30, 2010
Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes

Inhabitat - Although net-zero projects have been creating a lot of buzz lately in the field of green building, the Sonnenschiff solar city in Freiburg, Germany is very much net positive.

Posted: August 30, 2010
Hydro looks to cut costs to curb financial losses

CTV News - A leaked internal document has shown that Manitoba Hydro is facing a financial loss from its first quarter and is looking to cut costs. The exact figure for the losses isn't expected to be known for a few weeks.

Posted: August 23, 2010
Manitoba Hydro Selects Preferred Route

Manitoba Wildlands - Manitoba Hydro released details of its preferred route for the controversial Bipole III high-voltage direct current transmission line on the west side of Manitoba July 29, 2010.

Posted: August 23, 2010
McLeod Lake first nation returns $100,000 in Site C consultation money to BC Hydro

The Vancouver Sun - BC Hydro's attempts to engage first nations in meaningful consultation over the controversial multi-billion-dollar Site C dam project on the Peace River is in trouble.

Posted: August 23, 2010
Bridging the Gulf

The Pembina Institute - Highlights the connection between the choices made by commuters in Ontario, and the negative impacts of oil extraction in North America in light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted: August 23, 2010
Turning the grid into an info highway

National Post - In the near future, utilities and consumers across Canada will access a Web portal to share information about everything to do with energy -- from the state of system loads to power outages to billing.

Posted: August 23, 2010
Guelph gets new solar panel plant

Toronto Star - A new plant to manufacture solar energy panels, which turn sunlight into electricity, will open in Guelph early next year.

Posted: August 23, 2010
Ontario Government Gives Green Light to Solar Power Projects

Environmental Defence - The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure announced changes to the Ontario micro Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program, the program guaranteeing the price paid to renewable energy generators.

Posted: August 23, 2010
Brampton company goes solar

Brampton Guardian - Compact Mould Ltd has flipped the switch on a new 10-kilowatt (kW) solar generator that will produce the equivalent of one home's annual electricity consumption.

Posted: August 23, 2010
Fossil fuel subsidies are 12 times support for renewables, study shows

Renewable Energy Focus - Global subsidies for fossil fuels dwarf support given to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power and biofuels, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Posted: August 23, 2010
Portugal Gives Itself a Clean-Energy Makeover

The New York Times - Lisbon's trendy bars, Porto's factories and the Algarve's glamorous resorts are powered substantially by clean energy. Nearly 45 percent of the electricity in Portugal's grid will come from renewable sources this year.

Posted: August 23, 2010
Ontario Power Authority Finalizes Price for New Ground-mounted Solar Category

Newswire - The Ontario Power Authority today announced that following a 30-day consultation period, it has finalized the price for the new microFIT ground-mounted solar price category at 64.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

Posted: August 16, 2010
C-K among communities being considered for wind tower and blade manufacturing facility

The Chatham Daily News - Chatham-Kent is on a list of communities being considered for a possible manufacturing facility, according to a Samsung official.

Posted: August 16, 2010
MicroFIT, major issue for Liberals

Toronto Sun - The McGuinty government's credibility is on the line as the public awaits a final decision on the proposed rate cuts to the province’s solar MicroFIT program.

Posted: August 16, 2010
Canadian Solar Inc. Announcing the Selection of Guelph to Host its Solar Module Manufacturing Facility in Ontario, Canada

PR Newswire - Canadian Solar Inc. is announcing the location and the next steps to establishing a new solar module manufacturing facility in Ontario.

Posted: August 16, 2010
Wind turbine factory to create 300 jobs

Toronto Star - Siemens Canada will set up a factory employing up to 300 people in Ontario to build blades for wind turbines. The plant’s location hasn’t been set, but it’s likely to be somewhere between Hamilton and Windsor.

Posted: August 16, 2010
No ray of sunshine for solar power investors

Toronto Star - Unhappy would-be investors in solar generating schemes continued to vent their anger Thursday at provincial officials who want to slash the price they’ll pay for solar-generated power.

Posted: August 9, 2010
50 Congressmen Warn Against Pipeline

Manitoba Wildlands - In a June 2010 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 50 members of the United States House of Representatives urge the Obama administration to fully analyze the impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline before permitting it's construction.

Posted: August 9, 2010
Tar Sands Database Released

Manitoba Wildlands - A new database for Alberta tar sands was released July 30, 2010. It compiles more than 6,600 reports of spills, leaks and other environmental problems.

Posted: August 9, 2010
China To Invest $15 Billion Over 10 years For Green Autos: Paper

Planet Ark - The Chinese government will invest more than 100 billion yuan ($14.8 billion) to subsidize its fledgling environmentally friendly car industry over the next 10 years.

Posted: August 9, 2010
Oregon Wind Farm Neighbors Offered $5000 Not to Complain About Noise

Treehugger - Some residents near the Shepherd's Flat wind farm in Oregon have been offered $5000 to not complain about the whooshing noise from the planned 338 wind turbines.

Posted: August 9, 2010
Nuclear Energy Loses Cost Advantage

New York Times - Solar photovoltaic systems have long been painted as a clean way to generate electricity, but expensive compared with other alternatives to oil, like nuclear power. No longer.

Posted: August 9, 2010
The 2010 Global Thought Leader Survey on Sustainability

The Pembina Institute - This special edition of eNews presents key findings from the 2010 Global Thought Leader Survey on Sustainability, conducted by McAllister Opinion Research on behalf of the Pembina Institute.

Posted: August 3, 2010
Governments Of Canada And Yukon And The First Nation Of Na-cho Nyak Dun Harness Geothermal Energy

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources - The First Nation of Na-cho Nyäk Dun Government House in Mayo, Yukon will benefit from a new geothermal heating system based on an investment from the Government of Canada

Posted: August 3, 2010
$1.2 Billion Secured for What Will Be the Largest US Wind Farm

Inhabitat - Terra-Gen Power just secured a whopping 1.2 billion dollars in financing to up the ante on United States wind farms; adding 570 megawatts of capacity to their Alta Wind Energy Center in Kern County, California.

Posted: August 3, 2010
Premier Visits St. Joe Windfarm

PortageOnline - Premier Greg Selinger was in southern Manitoba yesterday touring the St. Joseph wind farm project. He visited four different sites, all at different stages of development, where turbines will be erected.

Posted: July 26, 2010
Offshore Wind Energy In The Great Lakes Set To Be Worth At Least $1 Billion In The Next 5 Years

Renewable Energy World - In less than five years, NYPA hopes to generate between 120 and 500 megawatts of power by installing up to 166, 420-foot-tall wind turbines off the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie or both.

Posted: July 26, 2010
D.O.E. says U.S. Midwest to East ethanol pipeline makes sense

EcoSeed - Building a dedicated pipeline that will deliver ethanol across the United States is feasible according to the Department of Energy, but questions linger on whether there would be significant demand pending supportive policies.

Posted: July 26, 2010
Honda to sell plug-in hybrid and electric cars in 2012

Reuters - Honda Motor Co plans to launch a plug-in hybrid and battery electric model in 2012 as part of its strategy to push to the front of a race by global automakers to develop more fuel-efficient cars.

Posted: July 26, 2010
SolarWorld Grants 100 kW to Rebuild Haiti

Renewable Energy World - The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) today announced that SolarWorld has awarded SELF an in-kind grant of solar panels totaling 100 kilowatts to support the solar electrification of five health clinics for Partners In Health (PIH) in Haiti.

Posted: July 26, 2010
Kenyan Women Light Up Villages with Solar Power

Renewable Energy World - Blessed with year-round sunshine, Kenya is quickly waking up to the realization that it can successfully tap into one of the vast natural resources on the planet - the sun.

Posted: July 26, 2010
13 Best Energy Ideas

YES! Magazine - Energy policies and technologies that can get us on the path toward a sustainable future (plus a few that won't).

Posted: July 26, 2010
Clean coal dream a costly nightmare

Chicago Tribune - Dozens of communities in Illinois instead are facing more expensive utility bills after bankrolling a new coal-fired power plant that will be one of the nation's largest sources of climate-change pollution.

Posted: July 26, 2010
Toyota plug-in car to be tested in Man.

CBC News - Manitobans will be among the first in the world to actively test Toyota's new Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Posted: July 19, 2010
Lack of Qualified Solar Installers Could Derail Ontario's Green Economy

Renewable Energy World - Jobs such as weatherization, solar panel installation, and wind technology require a level of expertise that too many communities are content to ignore.

Posted: July 19, 2010
Britain opens tender for wave and tidal projects in Scotland

EcoSeed - The Crown Estate, the property portfolio of the British Crown, said it has invited four companies to submit offers to build wave and tidal projects in the strategic Pentland Firth and Orkney waters, north of Scotland.

Posted: July 19, 2010
Britain’s churches can raise $ 51 million through solar power

EcoSeed - Churches and other religious buildings in Britain can earn £34 million ($51 million) annually through solar panel installations, a study by British Gas’s Green Streets program reveals.

Posted: July 19, 2010
Kenyan Women Light Up Villages with Solar Power

Renewable Energy World - Let there be light. And thanks to the efforts of rural women in one of the most remote corners of the Kenyan republic, lights turn on as night falls at the end of a sunny day.

Posted: July 19, 2010
German FIT Reduction Deal Reached

Renewable Energy World - The mediation committee assigned to reach an agreement on cutting the rate of the German feed-in tariff has decided to make the cuts in two phases.

Posted: July 19, 2010
State RPS' Lead to 250% Market Growth by 2025

Renewable Energy World - State renewable portfolio standards (RPS) will be the most critical driver determining the pace of U.S. renewables growth going forward.

Posted: July 19, 2010
San Diego utility charges ahead with electric-car plan

Grist - With the first mass-market electric cars set to hit California roads later this year, the state's utilities have been working to ensure that early adopters don't overload neighborhood transformers and trigger local blackouts.

Posted: July 19, 2010
Germany Could Kick Fossil Fuel Habit By 2050: Study

Planet Ark - Germany could derive all of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2050 and become the world's first major industrial nation to kick the fossil fuel habit, the Federal Environment Agency says.

Posted: July 19, 2010
Innovation Powers Growth of Small Wind on Urban Rooftops

World Changing - New technologies, feed-in tariffs, and tax credits are helping propel the small wind industry. Once found mostly in rural areas, small wind installations are now starting to pop up on urban rooftops.

Posted: July 19, 2010
Manitoba Hydro Shuts Down Jenpeg

Manitoba Wildlands - The Jenpeg hydro generating station in northern Manitoba has been shut down after cracks were discovered in the shaft of an underwater turbine.

Posted: July 12, 2010
San Diego utility charges ahead with electric-car plan

Grist - With the first mass-market electric cars set to hit California roads later this year, the state's utilities have been working to ensure that early adopters don't overload neighborhood transformers and trigger local blackouts.

Posted: July 12, 2010
Paris looks for power from turbines beneath the Seine

The Guardian - The river Seine, the historical "sacred river" running through Paris, inspired Monet, Matisse and even the British painter Turner, who sat on its banks to capture the scenery.

Posted: July 12, 2010
Utilities try to get smarter about selling smart grid

CNet News - For years, the smart grid has been touted by policymakers, tech companies, and utilities as a way to make the grid more reliable, efficient, and cleaner.

Posted: July 12, 2010
$1-billion deal in wind

LF Press - A $1.1-billion wind farm development slated for Southwestern Ontario would be the largest of its type in the province and cement the region’s reputation as a wind energy centre.

Posted: July 7, 2010
First Electric Highway in US to be I-5 from Canada to Oregon

Inhabitat - Washington state is about to turn a section of Interstate-5 — all the way from Canada to Oregon — into the nation’s first electric highway. Thanks to a $1.32 million federal grant, they’ll be able to install 10 Level-3 electric charging stations along the route.

Posted: July 7, 2010
New Emission Rules for Canadian Coal Plants

Manitoba Wildlands - Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced Canada will phase out older coal-fired power plants to cut greenhouse gas emissions as the country moves toward natural-gas fired plants as a new power standard.

Posted: July 7, 2010
Manitobans ignored in Hydro project: union

CBC News - Manitoba carpenters say the majority of construction jobs at the $1.3-billion Wuskwatim Dam project are going to workers from outside the province.

Posted: July 7, 2010
BIXI: Bike Sharing Across Three Continents

WorldChanging - Montreal's innovative approach to bike sharing – just keeps expanding. The system began in Montreal in 2009. Plans to bring it to Toronto, Ottawa, New York, Chicago, London were reported last Fall.

Posted: July 7, 2010
Solar energy offers a vast supply of power, but harnessing it is a challenge

The Washington Post - We have a solar-based economy, whether or not we realize it. Ninety-four percent of the world's energy comes from the sun, even energy that doesn't at first glance seem solar.

Posted: July 7, 2010
A New Generation of Natural Gas Drilling Is Endangering Communities From the Rockies to New York

AlterNet - Theater and film director Josh Fox's documentary Gasland explores the new generation of natural gas drilling, which for a decade has been blasting its way east across the country, tapping shale formations from the Rockies to Pennsylvania, and is now expanding in New York.

Posted: July 7, 2010
Natural Gas and Sustainable Energy Initiative

Worldwatch Institute - The Worldwatch Institute has launched an initiative designed to explore and communicate the potential of natural gas, renewable energy, and energy efficiency to work together to build a low-carbon economy.

Posted: July 7, 2010
Fossil fuel subsidies are a sticky problem

The Globe and Mail - The world's addiction to oil and other fossil fuels is enabled by the subsidies many governments provide to make them so cheap. While the G20 can bring light to the problem, it is likely the wrong place to solve it.

Posted: July 7, 2010
Ethanol Boom Sharply Cuts US Corn Surplus: USDA

Planet Ark - The resurgent U.S. ethanol industry will use an additional 250 million bushels of corn through the next 15 months, dramatically reducing the corn surplus despite record crops.

Posted: July 7, 2010
Groups Urge Provinces to Get Off Oil!

Manitoba Wildlands - Just before the annual Quebec and Ontario cabinet meeting, thirty environment, urban planning and health groups urged Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Quebec Premier Jean Charest to adopt new laws and policies to transition away from oil.

Posted: June 28, 2010
Few Pipeline Recommendations Approved

Manitoba Wildlands - Canada's federal government and the Northwest Territories (NWT) government have accepted only 10 of the 115 recommendations made by the federal environmental panel regarding the proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline.

Posted: June 28, 2010
Calls for Offshore Oil Drilling Halt & Study

Manitoba Wildlands - In the wake of the April 2010 catastrophic BP oil spill in The Gulf of Mexico, and in the mist of Canadian Parliamentary hearings on offshore artic drilling Sierra Club Canada (SCC) is calling for a moratorium on offshore drilling.

Posted: June 28, 2010
Big Hydro Falls Behind

Huffington Post - In 2002, new installations of wind power worldwide exceeded the capacity of new big hydro for the first time ever. Wind power engineers installed more megawatts than their big hydro competitors three times over the following six years.

Posted: June 28, 2010
Heat + New Gizmo = Power

onearth - The concept is simple: a device made of a semiconducting material is sandwiched between two strong conductors. When one side gets hot, electrons begin to flow toward the cooler side. The semiconductor channels them into a wire, creating a flow of electricity that can be directed back into the original gadget, engine, or other heat-generating device, acting as an additional power source.

Posted: June 28, 2010
Wind called crucial to replacing coal in Ontario

LF Press - Despite pockets of resistance across Ontario, wind is here to stay, and growing, said Robert Hornung, president of Canwea. Wind generates about 12,000 megawatts of power now, another 500 is coming online this year with 1,500 in the near future.

Posted: June 28, 2010
Utilities try to get smarter about selling smart grid

Green Tech - For years, the smart grid has been touted by policymakers, tech companies, and utilities as a way to make the grid more reliable, efficient, and cleaner. But for the most part, surveys show that consumers are still struggling to understand how a digital grid and two-way smart meters matter to them.

Posted: June 28, 2010
Mont. dam to overflow to help ancient fish spawn

Associated Press - The latest effort to save North America's largest freshwater fish from extinction begins this week when water is spilled over Montana's Libby Dam to encourage the ancient fish to spawn for the first time in more than three decades.

Posted: June 28, 2010
New Report: 472 Million People Worldwide Negatively Affected by Dams

TreeHugger - In the first ever global analysis of how dams impact food security and livelihoods, The Nature Conservancy and partners found that at least 472 million people have experienced the downside of dams.

Posted: June 28, 2010
Hydroelectric Revolution: A River Runs Through It

Forbes - When the EPAs were finally handed out, one green technology captured over half of the sixteen contracts awarded. The overwhelming winner? Not solar and wind, but a relatively obscure type of hydroelectric power that is quickly becoming all the rage: run of river.

Posted: June 28, 2010
The Forks Takes Big Step Toward Target Zero

Government of Manitoba - The first day of summer will also mark the official turning on of the full $4.8 million geothermal system at The Forks. This is one of Manitoba's, and possibly Canada's, largest and most innovative geothermal systems.

Posted: June 23, 2010
Louisiana Expert to Ontario: Get Off Oil!

CNW - An expert and former oil worker from the U.S. Gulf is visiting Toronto today with a message for the Ontario Government: use the occasion of the tragic BP oil spill to chart a pathway off oil.

Posted: June 23, 2010
Green machine: Cars could run on sunlight and CO2

New Scientist - Greenhouse-gas-pumping cars are, let's face it, never going to be green. But innovative sunlight-powered fuel production techniques could inch motor vehicles towards carbon neutrality.

Posted: June 23, 2010
Sailing ships could harvest fuel from the oceans

350 Resources - A fleet of sailing ships could harvest energy from the wind blowing over the vast tracts of ocean too far from the shore for wind turbines, a scheme unveiled last month claims.

Posted: June 23, 2010
Lloyd's: ditch oil, invest in renewable energy

New Scientist - Continued reliance on oil is risky and expensive for business, say the authors of a new report from Lloyd's global risk assessment department, 360 Risk Insight, and UK think tank Chatham House.

Posted: June 23, 2010
Our oil addiction has always been messy

David Suzuki Foundation - The explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequent uncontrolled release of millions of litres of oil a day is a monumental disaster. But why are we surprised?

Posted: June 14, 2010
British Columbia cannot ignore First Nations concerns over Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal

Amnesty International - Amnesty International is urging the province of British Columbia to ensure that the proposed pipeline project does not proceed without the free, prior and informed consent of the affected First Nations.

Posted: June 14, 2010
OPG and Moose Cree start new hydro development

Toronto Star - Ontario Power Generation and the Moose Cree First Nation have kicked off construction on Northern Ontario’s biggest hydro project in 40 years.

Posted: June 14, 2010
New Data Shows Energy Subsidies Vastly Higher than Estimated

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development - World spending on energy subsidies topped US$557,000 million in 2008, according to a brief released on 9 June by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Posted: June 14, 2010
Swiss solar innovator wins Millennium Technology prize

BBC News - The inventor of a low-cost solar cell that could be used to build electricity generating windows has been awarded this year's Millennium Technology Prize.

Posted: June 14, 2010
Renewables Can Create 8.5 Million Jobs: Greenpeace

Common Dreams - Climate pressure group Greenpeace said on Monday that switching to renewable energy sources could create 8.5 million jobs by 2030 if governments turn their backs on "dirty and dangerous" fossil fuels.

Posted: June 14, 2010
Ethiopia dam blot on China's record

South China Morning Post - The Gibe 3 Dam in Ethiopia is the target of international lobbyists opposed to what they say is the devastating environmental consequences it will have.

Posted: June 14, 2010
Ireland ahead of targets for renewable energy

edie - Ireland is already getting more than 15% of its energy from renewable sources, a considerably higher percentage than that currently achieved by the UK.

Posted: June 14, 2010
Record Growth in Photovoltaic Capacity and Momentum Builds for Concentrating Solar Power

Worldwatch Institute - An estimated 7,300 megawatts (MW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) power capacity was installed in 2009—20 percent more than was added in 2008.

Posted: June 14, 2010
Biomass Sweden's primary energy source

Carbon Positive - Biomass energy has now surpassed oil to become Sweden’s number one source for energy generation. Biomass now generates 32 per cent of all energy in Sweden, causing increased competition for pulpwood.

Posted: June 14, 2010
Xcel Energy, Manitoba Hydro extend agreement

Water Power Magazine - US utility Xcel Energy will continue to purchase power from Canada's Manitoba Hydro up to 2025 following the signing of new power purchase and exchange agreements.

Posted: June 7, 2010
Tahltan Nation Signs Landmark Agreement with AltaGas

Trading Markets - the Tahltan Nation announced it has signed a landmark impact benefit agreement (IBA) with Coast Mountain Hydro LP, a subsidiary of AltaGas Income Trust (AltaGas) for the Forrest Kerr run-of-river hydroelectric project.

Posted: June 7, 2010
Google-funded hot rock 'water' drill could reduce cost of geothermal energy

The Guardian - A novel drill that is inspired by a jet engine and uses super-heated water to carve through rock could help make clean energy from underground rocks more economically viable, according to its backers at Google.

Posted: June 7, 2010
Wind farm announced for Lake Erie, could produce 1,000 megawatts by 2020

Engadget - GE and Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation announced a long-term partnership beginning with the development of the first fresh water offshore wind farm in the US and involving a broad range of other initiatives.

Posted: June 7, 2010
Offshore green energy could make UK net exporter by 2050

The Guardian - UK's first major offshore wind farm, North Hoyle. Wind, wave and tidal power together could make the UK a net exporter of energy by 2050, says a new report.

Posted: June 7, 2010
Hundreds Gather In Northern B.C. Against Enbridge Oil Tanker Plan

Indigenous Peoples - Two days after Enbridge filed its application for the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline, over 500 northern B.C. residents gathered to oppose the controversial plan, which would bring oil supertankers to the B.C. Coast.

Posted: May 31, 2010
Manitoba Hydro, Xcel Energy extend power sale deal

Reuters - Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy (XEL.N) and Manitoba Hydro have extended by 10 years a C$3 billion ($2.9 billion) deal for Xcel to buy power from the Canadian utility.

Posted: May 31, 2010
Joint Statement regarding BC Clean Energy Act Released

Indigenous Peoples - First Nations from throughout British Columbia gathered last week to discuss a variety of matters related to closer collaboration. One of the time sensitive topics of discussion was the proposed BC Clean Energy Act.

Posted: May 31, 2010
More delays plague N.B. nuclear plant; work to take 'months' longer

Winnipeg Free Press - The head of Canada's flagship nuclear company says the refurbishment of a New Brunswick reactor will take "months" longer than planned.

Posted: May 31, 2010
Coal's Toxic Sludge

Rolling Stone - Big coal has spent millions of dollars over the past year touting the virtues of what the industry calls "clean coal," but it's no secret that coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel.

Posted: May 31, 2010
Potential of solar power dramatically underestimated

The Pembina Institute - In just over ten years' time, it could be cheaper to put a solar panel on your roof than to buy electricity from the grid.

Posted: May 26, 2010
Geothermal could meet Canada's power needs

Toronto Star - Canada could technically meet all its electricity needs and dramatically lower greenhouse-gas emissions if it moved aggressively to develop enhanced geothermal power projects.

Posted: May 26, 2010
Canadian Legislators Grill BP Over Arctic Drilling

Planet Ark - Exasperated Canadian legislators grilled the head of BP Plc Canadian unit on Thursday, concerned about the risks of the company's plans to drill in Arctic waters after the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Posted: May 26, 2010
Australia Parliament Debates Amended Green Power Laws

Planet Ark - Laws to overhaul Australia's renewable energy scheme were introduced into parliament in a move that should reassure industry and underpin billions of dollars in investments.

Posted: May 26, 2010
Venezuelan Gas Rig Sinks In Caribbean, No Leaks

Planet Ark - A Venezuelan natural gas exploration rig sank in the Caribbean sea, but all 95 workers were evacuated safely and there was no leakage, the government said.

Posted: May 26, 2010
New Facebook Page for Energy Manitoba

Energy Manitoba - Energy Manitoba's Facebook Page provides information from our website, and additional links and photos covering all types of energy production and related issues in Manitoba, Canada, and beyond.

Posted: May 18, 2010
BIXI: Bike Sharing Across Three Continents

World Changing - Bixi – Montreal's innovative approach to bike sharing – just keeps expanding. The system began in Montreal in 2009. Plans to bring it to Toronto, Ottawa, New York, Chicago, London were reported last Fall.

Posted: May 18, 2010
Ontario Announces Launch Of Aboriginal Energy Partnership Program

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources - The Ontario Power Authority has announced the launch of the Aboriginal Energy Partnerships Program, designed to develop hydropower assets and boost the supply of clean energy.

Posted: May 18, 2010
SunEdison Announces 3 Megawatt Solar Installation Project in Ontario

Renewable Energy World - SunEdison has recently announced an agreement with Ontario's the Remington Group to develop 14 rooftop photovoltaic (PV) projects that will produce up to 3 megawatts of capacity.

Posted: May 18, 2010
Ontario's Solar Industry to Rival US Nuclear Energy Output?

Renewable Energy World - According to two recent studies by Queen's University, solar power production in SE Ontario could potentially yield as much energy as all US nuclear reactors combined.

Posted: May 18, 2010
TD Canada Trust Green Mortgages now feature rebates for solar panels

TD Canada Trust - TD Canada Trust is expanding its Green Mortgage rebate to include solar panels on homes, so customers will receive 1% off posted interest rate and 1% of the amount of the mortgage for CSA-approved solar panels.

Posted: May 18, 2010
First Solar Top Module Supplier, Ships 1-GW in 2009

Renewable Energy World - Thin-film solar module manufacturer, First Solar topped the rankings list for PV module suppliers in 2009, becoming the industry's largest supplier.

Posted: May 18, 2010
Google Invests $38.8M In Two North Dakota Wind Farms

Yahoo! News - Google has invested $38.8 million in two North Dakota wind farms, the company's first direct investment in a utility-scale renewable energy project.

Posted: May 18, 2010
Colorado Seeks a Renewable Energy Peak

National Geographic - The United States gets only 4 percent of its electricity from wind, solar and biomass, but Colorado thinks it can do better. A lot better. This spring, Democratic Governor Bill Ritter signed into law a program for Colorado to get 30 percent of its power from renewable energy by 2020.

Posted: May 18, 2010
Germany approves solar power incentive cuts

Planet Ark - Germany's Bundestag lower house of parliament approved on Thursday controversial cuts for solar power incentives to take effect from July.

Posted: May 18, 2010
New State-by-State Wind Power Data Helps Build a Green Grid

The Green Economy Post - New wind resource maps and wind potential tables for the lower 48 states were recently released by AWS Truewind in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Posted: May 18, 2010
Innu aim to block $6.5 billion dam

The Gazette - Fed up with their treatment at the hands of Hydro-Québec over development of native land in the north, the Innu of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam are once again trying to stop work on a $6.5-billion hydroelectric project.

Posted: May 10, 2010
2010 Renewable Electricity Plan

Nova Scotia Government - Nova Scotia's Renewable Electricity Plan sets out a detailed program to move Nova Scotia away from carbon-based electricity towards greener, more local sources.

Posted: May 10, 2010
Wind Power Growth Continues to Break Records Despite Recession

Worldwatch Institute - Despite a widespread economic recession, new wind power capacity grew more than 31 percent in cumulative installations, the highest rate in the last eight years.

Posted: May 10, 2010
New Act Powers B.C. Forward with Clean Energy and Jobs

B.C. Media Room - British Columbia's new Clean Energy Act sets the foundation for a new future of electricity self-sufficiency, job creation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted: May 10, 2010
The Innu Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam go to court for their Aboriginal rights

NationTalk - The Uashaunnuat (Innu Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam) filed a motion for an interlocutory injunction against the hydroelectric project, La Romaine.

Posted: May 10, 2010
New Biodiesel Research

Manitoba Hydro - Manitoba Hydro, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada's National Renewable Diesel Demonstration Initiative (NRDDI), is supporting a $340,000 project that will demonstrate the use of biodiesel blends

Posted: May 10, 2010
Pew Center Launches Energy Efficiency Report

Commodities Now - Leading firms that give greater attention to energy efficiency report billions of dollars in savings and millions of tons of avoided greenhouse gas emissions, according to the new report.

Posted: May 10, 2010
Annual hydropower generation is running out of steam

Money Life - Huge expansions are planned in the hydropower sector to meet India's soaring energy demand. However, energy studies project these investments in increasing capacity have led to diminishing returns over the past 11 years.

Posted: May 10, 2010
Xcel Energy to Begin Reviewing Wind-Power Project Solicitations

Environmental News Network - Xcel Energy is reviewing bids for 17 new wind-power projects to get a head start on the renewable-energy mandate passed by Colorado voters.

Posted: May 10, 2010
EU 'not on track' to meet energy-saving targets

Parliament - The draft findings of a new report claim that the EU is unlikely to meet its energy-saving targets by the end of the decade. The final report by the European climate foundation will not be published until next month.

Posted: May 10, 2010
Aboriginal Communities Get New Tools To Develop Clean Power Projects

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources - First Nations and Métis in Ontario will soon be able to apply to a new program to support participation in the province's growing renewable energy sector.

Posted: May 3, 2010
IEA Publishes Review of Canada's Energy Policy

Climate-L.org - The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews that breaks down its investigation into energy framework policies, sectoral policies and energy technologies.

Posted: May 3, 2010
Offshore wind farm near Cape Cod, first in U.S., gets federal approval

The Washington Post - Ending a nearly decade-long political battle over installing wind turbines in the waters just off Cape Cod, the federal government approved the first offshore wind farm in the United States.

Posted: May 3, 2010
What Does the Nation's Largest Rooftop Solar Installation Look Like?

GreenBiz.com - Back in July, FedEx Ground, a unit of FedEx that ships small packages, announced it was building what it hailed as the nation’s largest rooftop solar installation at its Woodbridge, N.J. distribution hub.

Posted: May 3, 2010
Solar industry divided over EU toxic substances law

World Business Council for Sustainable Development - Solar panel manufacturers are fighting to be excluded from EU legislation restricting the use of dangerous chemicals in electronic products.

Posted: May 3, 2010
Pembina Reacts to Nova Scotia Renewable Energy Plan

The Pembina Institute - "The plan put forward today outlines important steps to show how Canada's province that is most dependent on coal power can take major strides to reduce that dependence..."

Posted: April 26, 2010
Growing wind energy market presents "significant opportunity" for Canadian manufacturers

CanWEA - The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) released a joint report that outlines the "significant opportunity" that North America's growing wind energy market represents for Canadian manufacturers.

Posted: April 26, 2010
Solar Power In Ontario Could Produce Almost As Much Power As All U.S. Nuclear Reactors

Product Design & Development - Solar power in southeastern Ontario has the potential to produce almost the same amount of power as all the nuclear reactors in the United States, according to two studies.

Posted: April 26, 2010
First Nation Power Smart Program Announced

Manitoba Hydro - Manitoba Hydro has announced a new First Nation Power Smart Program through which First Nation communities can improve energy efficiency and home comfort while reducing energy consumption.

Posted: April 26, 2010
Nurses, Doctors Release New Coal Death Statistics

Ontario Clean Air Alliance - Doctors and nurses made the first public disclosure of projected deaths from Ontario coal plants for the years 2010 to 2014. They told reporters pollution from the plants will kill about 1,000 people during that period.

Posted: April 26, 2010
Electricity bills in Ontario set to rise $300 a year by the end of 2011

The Globe and Mail - Ontario is about to rival Prince Edward Island as the province with the highest electricity prices in Canada, and rates will, for the first time, exceed the average cost of keeping the lights on in the United States.

Posted: April 26, 2010
KPMG Report on Risk Management

Manitoba Hydro - The Audit Committee of the Board of Manitoba Hydro has received the comprehensive report on Manitoba Hydro's risk management practices that it commissioned from KPMG.

Posted: April 26, 2010
US Oil Rig Explosion Injures Workers

Common Dreams - At least 11 people are missing and seven injured after an explosion and fire at an oil drilling platform. The explosion happened 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana while 126 workers were aboard.

Posted: April 26, 2010
Project Profile: Solar Impulse Aircraft

Renewable Energy World - In early April 2010, the Solar Impulse airplane, known as HB-SIA made its first full test flight. Solar Impulse includes 12,000 130-micron monocrystalline silicon PV cells built into its wing.

Posted: April 26, 2010
Creative financing fuels California solar boom

Grist - A new lease option allows customers to lease a solar array for a monthly fee, rather than purchasing a system outright. The popularity of lease options is another indication that creative financing is as key to getting people to go solar.

Posted: April 26, 2010
Wind Works Power Snags 80 MW In Ontario Contracts

Planet Ark - Wind Works Power Corp has been awarded seven contracts in Ontario to produce a total of 80 megawatts of electricity for the Canadian province's power grid.

Posted: April 19, 2010
Greens Launch NAFTA Action On Canada Oil Sands

Planet Ark - Environmental groups launched a complaint against Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement Wednesday, saying the country has failed to enforce anti-pollution rules governing its vast oil sands.

Posted: April 19, 2010
Honda Unveils All-Electric Scooter, China In Sights

Planet Ark - Honda Motor Co unveiled on Tuesday an all-electric scooter that will mark its first attempt at mass-marketing zero-emission motorbikes, with an eye to eventually taking on rivals in the massive Chinese market.

Posted: April 19, 2010
Ascent Solar Shares Jump On Samsonite Deal

Planet Ark - Ascent Solar Technologies Inc said its modules will be integrated into luggage maker Samsonite Corp's new line of solar consumer products, sending the photovoltaic module maker's shares up as much as 10 percent.

Posted: April 19, 2010
World Bank Releases Toolkit on Energy Efficient Lighting

Climate-L.org - The World Bank Group and its Energy Sector Management Assitance Progamme (ESMAP) have produced a toolkit for efficient lighting programmes.

Posted: April 19, 2010
Solar Power's Dirty Secrets

GreenBiz.com - Producing and shipping small-scale wind turbines for urban areas generates more CO2 than they save. Production of polysilicon for solar panels leaves a trail of toxic waste in China.

Posted: April 19, 2010
Wind Power Soared Past 150,000 Megawatts in 2009

YubaNet - Even in the face of a worldwide economic downturn, the global wind industry posted another record year in 2009 as cumulative installed wind power capacity grew to 158,000 megawatts.

Posted: April 19, 2010
Solar-powered boat Türanor raises hopes of a sun-fuelled future

The Guardian - The giant PlanetSolar catamaran, Türanor, claims to be the first to attempt to circumnavigate the globe simply by harnessing the power of the sun.

Posted: April 19, 2010
DOT, EPA Set Aggressive National Standards for Fuel Economy

United States Environmental Protection Agency - The first-ever national greenhouse gas emissions standards have been set and will significantly increase the fuel economy of all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the United States.

Posted: April 19, 2010
Electric Cars Give Power Back To Grid

Planet Ark - Since 1997 the V2G program has been promoting the idea that electric or hybrid vehicles, if widely adopted, could give back to the grid during the many hours when they are not being driven.

Posted: April 19, 2010
Ont. unveils $8B in renewable energy projects

CBC News - In the province's latest green energy push, Ontario will award $8-billion to dozens of companies in its renewable energy efforts. The entire project will create 20,000 new jobs across the province.

Posted: April 12, 2010
Ontario electricity bills to rise under $8-billion plan for green energy

The Canadian Press - Consumers will face higher electricity bills as part of an unprecedented $8-billion plan announced Thursday to create more renewable energy in Ontario.

Posted: April 12, 2010
Summerside wind farm paying dividends

CBC News - A new wind farm in Summerside, P.E.I., is already generating enough energy to supply about 25 per cent of the city's power needs, says the director of municipal services.

Posted: April 12, 2010
N.S. biomass energy project planned

CBC News - Nova Scotia Power and NewPage Port Hawkesbury are planning a $200-million biomass project that could produce three per cent of the province's electricity.

Posted: April 12, 2010
German solar company announces Windsor plant

CBC News - A German manufacturer of solar-panel mounting systems is expanding into Canada will set up shop in Windsor, Ont.

Posted: April 12, 2010
Quebec balked at NB Power sale costs

CBC News - The proposed deal to sell NB Power's generation assets to Hydro-Québec fell apart over Quebec's concerns about unanticipated costs, according to the two provincial premiers.

Posted: April 12, 2010
GE To Invest $453 Mln In European Offshore Wind

Planet Ark - General Electric Co. will invest 340 million euros ($453 million) in offshore wind technology in Europe until 2020.

Posted: April 12, 2010
Oregon town uses geothermal energy to stay warm

The Seattle Times - A combination of hot rocks and water like those that created Yellowstone's geysers have been tapped by the city to keep the sidewalks toasty since the early 1990s.

Posted: April 12, 2010
Investors globally call for greater transparency on climate change exposure from oil and gas companies

Ceres - Institutional investors released new climate disclosure guidelines for the oil and gas sector and called on companies to strengthen their reporting on the risks and opportunities from climate change and evolving regulation.

Posted: April 12, 2010
Could Algae be the New Corn?

The Green Economy Post - Studies show that corn based ethanol may nearly double greenhouse gas emissions instead of reducing them. Does Algae pose the same risks as corn?

Posted: April 12, 2010
Sky's the limit in this biz

LF Press - As winter melts into spring, Southwestern Ontario is quickly powering up to become Canada's biggest solar energy hotbed.

Posted: April 5, 2010
EPA To Do A New Study On Natural Gas 'Fracking'

The Huffington Post - The EPA said that it will study potential human health and water quality threats from an oil and natural gas drilling technique that injects massive amounts of water, sand and chemicals underground.

Posted: April 5, 2010
Michigan Attracts Cutting-edge Dow Chemical BIPV Plant

Justmeans - The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.) announced last month plans for a full-scale production facility near its headquarters, dependent on obtaining local, state and federal funding.

Posted: April 5, 2010
Scotland Policy: Going Blue with Wave and Tidal Renewable Energy

Justmeans - The Crown Estate, the official property management organization of the United Kingdom, has leased Scottish offshore lands so energy production companies may begin their work.

Posted: April 5, 2010
The Next Wave

International Rivers - An emerging non-dam based hydro industry holds the promise of economically viable technologies that do not deplete resources or warm the planet, and do not wipe out species, ecosystems and cultures.

Posted: April 5, 2010
Premier Announce Preliminary Vermont-Hydro-Quebec Agreement

FOX Business - Vermont's two largest utilities today signed a memorandum of understanding with provincial utility Hydro-Quebec that sets the stage for a new power supply contract for Vermont customers.

Posted: March 29, 2010
Ontario Feed-in Tariff Programs

Manitoba Wildlands - The Ontario feed-in tariff (FIT) program through the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) provides a straightforward way to contract for renewable energy generation.

Posted: March 29, 2010
World Rivers Review: Focus on Renewable Energy - March 2010

International Rivers - An emerging non-dam based hydro industry holds the promise of economically viable technologies that do not deplete resources or warm the planet, and do not wipe out species, ecosystems and cultures.

Posted: March 29, 2010
Know your solar

Grist - Concerns about global warming, rising fossil fuel prices, and oil insecurity have prompted calls for a new energy economy, one that replaces fossil fuels with renewables.

Posted: March 29, 2010
EU to exceed 2020 green energy target: forecasts

Reuters - New forecasts suggest the European Union will exceed its target of getting 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources in 2020.

Posted: March 29, 2010
CLIMATE CHANGE: In Canada, No News is Bad News

Inter Press Service - Canada's climate researchers are being muzzled, their funding slashed, research stations closed, findings ignored and advice on the critical issue of the century.

Posted: March 22, 2010
Greening Ontario can afford to switch off coal power now

Toronto Star - Ontario now has a very comfortable surplus of coal-free electricity generation capacity. We can put our four remaining coal plants on standby reserve today without jeopardizing the reliability of our electricity system.

Posted: March 22, 2010
Governors' Wind Energy Coalition Urges National Renewable Energy Standard

Common Dreams - For the first time, a group of state governors is jointly requesting that Congress and the President adopt a national renewable energy standard - a minimum requirement for the use of renewable electricity.

Posted: March 22, 2010
Once a solar boom town, Spanish city goes bust

Mother Nature Network - This former mining town hosted a brief, 21st-century solar gold rush — and set an example for what not to do.

Posted: March 22, 2010
Texas breaks US wind energy record

businessGreen - Texas set a new record for US wind energy generation late last week when at 6:37am on Friday wind turbines provided 19 per cent of the electricity mix – the equivalent of 6,272MW - to its main grid.

Posted: March 22, 2010
Google PowerMeter API for device manufacturers launched

D;Technology Weblog - Google introduce "Google PowerMeter API" for developers interested in integrating with Google PowerMeter, to allow device manufacturers to build home energy monitoring devices that work with Google PowerMeter.

Posted: March 22, 2010
Sweden plans to build 2,000 wind turbines by 2020

BusinessWeek - Sweden is planning to build 2,000 new wind turbines in the next 10 years to expand its total power production by 25 terrawatt hours from alternative energy sources.

Posted: March 22, 2010
Community Wind Power Benefits: Local Communities Get a Piece of The Action

The Green Economy Post - The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported that the U.S. wind energy industry broke all previous records in 2008 by installing more than 8,500 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity.

Posted: March 22, 2010
California Net Metering Bill Signed by Governor Schwarzenegger

Renewable Energy World - Assembly Bill 510, which increased California's net metering cap passed with bipartisan support by votes of 27-5 in the Senate and 61-4 in the Assembly and was signed late last week by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Posted: March 22, 2010
Xcel Energy Launches Solar*Rewards in Minnesota

Renewable Energy World - Xcel Energy is now offering incentives to Minnesota electricity customers to install solar panels on top of their homes and businesses.

Posted: March 22, 2010
Celebrating 10 Women in Wind and Solar Energy

The Green Economy Post - At Green Economy Post, in honor of Women's History Month, we celebrate women who are making great strides in the green economy and renewable energy – areas which will continue to have a tremendously positive impact in all our futures.

Posted: March 15, 2010
B.C. fuels fight with Ontario over bioenergy

The Globe and Mail - British Columbia's quest to replace Ontario as the top destination for clean-energy investment dollars will now be headed up directly by Premier Gordon Campbell.

Posted: March 15, 2010
Man., Sask. governments go on power play

CBC News - Saskatchewan Energy Minister Bill Boyd said a preliminary deal has been signed that will eventually see new transmission lines and other infrastructure built, so that power can flow either way — depending on demand.

Posted: March 15, 2010
Southern chiefs group wants Hydro audit

CBC News - The Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) says the provincial utility is putting Manitoba's environment at risk by manipulating water levels to produce electricity.

Posted: March 15, 2010
Maersk steams slow to cut emissions

CarbonPositive - International shipping giant Maersk has lopped up to 30 per cent off fuel consumption and carbon emissions by halving the cruising speed of many on its container ships and bulk carriers over the past two years.

Posted: March 15, 2010
Solar thermal energy on the march

DW-World - The global market for solar thermal energy has skyrocketed, particularly in China. Despite the boom, what's considered the most important of all solar technologies still has a long way to reach its true potential.

Posted: March 15, 2010
Gains in Global Wind Capacity Reported

Green Inc. - The Global Wind Energy Council estimates that wind power capacity grew by 31 percent worldwide in 2009, with 37.5 additional gigawatts installed, bringing global wind power capacity to 157.9 gigawatts.

Posted: March 15, 2010
California Set To Raise Solar Net Metering Cap

Renewable Energy World - At the end of last week, the California State Assembly passed AB 510, a bill to raise the cap on net metering for solar photovoltaic systems.

Posted: March 15, 2010
Innovalight Awarded US Patent for Silicon Ink Solar Cells

Renewable Energy World - Innovalight Inc announced that the company has been awarded a key patent for the manufacturing of crystalline wafer solar cells with silicon ink.

Posted: March 15, 2010
AWEA Establishes Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard

Wind-Works.org - Finally, after decades of effort, the American Wind Energy Association has estblished performance and safety standards for small wind turbines.

Posted: March 15, 2010
Protesters deride proposed power plants

Toronto Sun - Vowing to stop the province's plan to build natural gas-fired power plants in Oakville and King Township, a throng of concerned citizens rallied at Queen's Park.

Posted: March 8, 2010
OPG to close Pickering nuclear plant in 10 years

CTV News - Ontario Power Generation announced Tuesday that it will spend $300 million to keep the Pickering nuclear station open for another decade before it's mothballed.

Posted: March 8, 2010
Dams Trigger Stronger Storms, Study Suggests

National Geographic - Scientists have long suspected that the world's dams can create their own weather, often bringing more rain. Water in reservoirs behind dams puts more moisture in the air, which falls as precipitation.

Posted: March 8, 2010
Photosynthesis: A New Source of Electrical Energy?

Science Daily - Scientists in France have transformed the chemical energy generated by photosynthesis into electrical energy by developing a novel biofuel cell.

Posted: March 8, 2010
NREL: Feed-in Tariffs Legal in US When Certain Conditions Met

Renewable Energy World - The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has issued a long-awaited legal analysis of how states could implement feed-in tariffs and still comply with federal law.

Posted: March 8, 2010
Global Wind Installations Boom, Up 31% in 2009

Renewable Energy World - The Global Wind Energy Council this week announced that the world's wind power capacity grew by 31% in 2009, adding 37.5 gigawatts (GW) to bring total installations up to 157.9 GW.

Posted: March 8, 2010
Norway plans the world's most powerful wind turbine

SOURCE - Norway plans to build the world's most powerful wind turbine, hoping the new technology will increase the profitability of costly offshore wind farms, partners behind the project said Friday.

Posted: March 8, 2010
Bill Gates' TED Speech 2010: 'We Need Energy Miracles'

The Huffington Post - Microsoft founder Bill Gates took on climate change during his TED speech Friday. He told those gathered at the conference that "What we're going to have to do at a global scale is create a new system..."

Posted: March 8, 2010
Incentives to Going 'Off Grid' Bring Power to the People

Common Dreams - The price of power has always been a political issue -- but now campaigners argue it could be the key to starting a green energy revolution.

Posted: March 8, 2010
Cheese maker comes of age with energy-smart dairy

The Globe and Mail - The windmill is the first clue. The eight solar panels on the roof are another. A visitor to Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. in Prince Edward County, Ont., quickly realizes this is no ordinary dairy.

Posted: March 1, 2010
Slow economy leaves Ontario ample power

Toronto Star - Electricity demand will barely grow this year, despite talk of an economic recovery, leaving Ontario with more than enough power to keep its homes and businesses humming over the next two summers.

Posted: March 1, 2010
Alberta least competitive energy hub: economist

CBC News - Alberta is the least competitive of any oil- and gas-producing jurisdiction in North America, a new report by prominent economist Jack Mintz concludes.

Posted: March 1, 2010
U.S. says wind could power 20 percent of eastern grid

Reuters - Wind energy could generate 20 percent of the electricity needed by households and businesses in the eastern half of the United States by 2024, but it would require up to $90 billion in investment.

Posted: March 1, 2010
Italy to cap new solar incentives at 8,000 MW

Reuters - Italy is set to limit incentives for its rapidly growing solar power generating capacity at 8,000 megawatts until 2020 under a plan to be unveiled by the government.

Posted: March 1, 2010
Question resurfaces: Why not bury power lines?

Mother Nature Network - With each major ice storm in Oklahoma, the question seems to resurface: Why not bury the power lines?

Posted: March 1, 2010
Algae oil: I'll drink to that!

Mother Nature Network - In the heart of Los Angeles, oil is being produced. Not the dirty, black variety you have to drill for, but the clean, green kind that can be manufactured ... anywhere.

Posted: March 1, 2010
US Continues Breaking Records, Installs 9922 MW of Wind in 2009

Renewable Energy World - The 9,922 MW installed last year expanded the nation’s wind plant fleet by 39% and brought total wind power generating capacity in the U.S. to over 35,000 MW.

Posted: March 1, 2010
French designer takes a turn at turbines

Earth News - Philippe Starck, the French designer of furniture and interiors, yesterday unveiled designs for two micro wind-power turbines.

Posted: March 1, 2010
Rosebud to host renewable energy conference

Rapid City Journal - An April renewable energy conference will introduce new technologies of renewable energy into Native American communities and homes.

Posted: March 1, 2010
Feed-In Frenzy

The Walrus - A small start-up has become the world's largest manufacturer of photovoltaic cells in less than eight years. A simple green tariff has transformed Germany. Why isn't Canada following suit?

Posted: February 22, 2010
RES Canada Completes Construction on Pilot Wind Project in Quebec

Renewable Energy World - Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) had completed construction of the Site Nordique Experimental en Eolien Corus (SNEEC).

Posted: February 22, 2010
BC Hydro To Purchase Stake in Waneta Dam Hydro Project

Renewable Energy World - The British Columbia Utilities Commission has given the green light for BC Hydro to purchase one third of Teck Resources Limited's Waneta Dam and generating facility.

Posted: February 22, 2010
Wind Power Grows 39% for the Year

The New York Times - Despite a crippling recession and tight credit markets, the American wind power industry grew at a blistering pace in 2009, adding 39 percent more capacity.

Posted: February 22, 2010
The Solar Industry Gains Ground

Fast Company - At a time of economic pain and planetary peril, a renewable global powerhouse takes shape. Just when we need it most.

Posted: February 22, 2010
Shell Faces Legal Fight Over Arctic Wells

Common Dreams - An alliance of conservation and Alaskan indigenous groups has filed a legal claim to prevent Shell drilling for oil this year in the Arctic Ocean's Chukchi Sea.

Posted: February 22, 2010
Negotiations Begin for Extending Nuclear Plant Lifespans

Spiegel Online - Members of the German government and leading utility providers are set to begin negotiations in Berlin on Thursday over a possible extension of the lifespans of the country's nuclear power plants.

Posted: February 22, 2010
Popular Protests Put Brakes on Renewable Energy

Spiegel Online - Most Germans are in favor of the expansion of renewable energy -- provided the plants aren't built in their neighborhood. All over the country, local groups are coming together to stop solar, wind and biogas projects.

Posted: February 22, 2010
World's communications network due an energy diet

New Scientist - The internet and other communications networks could use one-ten-thousandth of the energy that they do today if smarter data-coding techniques were used to move information around.

Posted: February 22, 2010
The open-source hydrogen car set to change the industry

Ecologist - Cars are evil, right? But what if they ran on hydrogen, did 300 miles per gallon, were leased rather than owned, and were produced under an open source business model...

Posted: February 22, 2010
Invenergy Gets CAN $179M for 78-MW Ontario Wind Project

Renewable Energy World - Manulife Financial announced the completion of a CAN $179 million financing with Invenergy Wind North America for the construction and long term operation of a 78-megawatt wind farm in western Ontario.

Posted: February 16, 2010
Britain Launches Comprehensive System of Feed-in Rates

Renewable Energy World - In a truly groundbreaking move for the English-speaking world, Britain's Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has released a full suite of renewable energy tariffs that go into effect in April.

Posted: February 16, 2010
Ontario issues new approval process for renewable energy projects

CSA Standards - Ontario’s Green Energy Act (GEA), passed in 2009, is intended to create substantial employment in a green economy and reduce environmental impact in the province.

Posted: February 16, 2010
Toyota's ongoing troubles: It's not stopping...

The Economist - Announcing the latest recall of Toyota vehicles, Akio Toyoda, the company's chief executive, invoked the principle of genchi genbutsu, an integral part of the car company’s production system.

Posted: February 16, 2010
Sask., Man., to study inter-provincial energy sharing

CBC News - Saskatchewan and Manitoba say an electricity system that joins the provinces could strengthen their economic ties, just as the railroad helped to unify Canada.

Posted: February 16, 2010
Canada's installed wind capacity increased by 40% in 2009

CanWEA - Canada's wind energy industry enjoyed a record year with 950 MW of new wind energy capacity installed in eight provinces - placing Canada 9th globally in terms of new installed capacity for the year.

Posted: February 8, 2010
Lakes wind could power Ontario: report

The Globe and Mail - Wind turbines built offshore in the Great Lakes have the potential to generate a huge chunk of Ontario's power, even though not a single one is up and running yet – or even under construction.

Posted: February 8, 2010
Toyota leads one of largest fuel cell car demos in U.S.

EcoSeed - Toyota will deploy more than 100 of its latest vehicle model that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline in the United States, hoping to stimulate growth needed for vehicle support infrastructure.

Posted: February 8, 2010
Hydro scheme awarded major prize

BBC News - A UK scheme to generate power from mountain streams is one of three winners of a £1m prize for saving carbon emissions at the local level.

Posted: February 8, 2010
New Mexican Indian tribe hopes to profit from solar energy

Mother Nature Network - The Jemez Pueblo plan to build the first utility-scale solar plant on tribal land, with predicted revenue of $25 million over the next 25 years.

Posted: February 8, 2010
Ecuador's Oil To Remain Underground

Manitoba Wildlands - Ecuador has launched a new trust fund to protect Yasuni National Park ITT area (Ishpingo, Tiputini and Tambococha rivers) and keep 850 million tons of crude oil in the ground.

Posted: February 1, 2010
The big blow

The Economist - European offshore wind generation is expected to grow spectacularly over the next decade, with Britain and Germany contributing the lion's share of new capacity.

Posted: February 1, 2010
Car giants giving false hope of emission-free future

Times Online - Car companies are raising false hopes of emission-free motoring in order to continue profiting from large, fuel-hungry vehicles, according to a study.

Posted: February 1, 2010
Hydro scheme awarded major prize

BBC News - A UK scheme to generate power from mountain streams is one of three winners of a £1m prize for saving carbon emissions at the local level. The prize is awarded by the lottery-funded body Nesta.

Posted: February 1, 2010
Wisconsin First in Midwest to Introduce Feed-in Tariff Bill in 2010

Renewable Energy World - Powerful Wisconsin legislators were first out of the gate in a brewing race to be the first to pass feed-in tariff legislation in the Midwest.

Posted: February 1, 2010
Digital Tools Help Users Save Energy

The New York Times - Giving people the means to closely monitor and adjust their electricity use lowers their monthly bills and could significantly reduce the need to build new power plants, according to a yearlong government study.

Posted: February 1, 2010
Coal towns remain the heartbeat of China's economy

E & E News - Amid the glowing reports of new wind farms and investment in solar photovoltaics throughout China, it's easy to forget that cities like Datong are still the heart of this country.

Posted: February 1, 2010
Power firms agree Ofgem price controls

EDIE - All seven of Britain's electricity network distributors have accepted Ofgem's final proposals for 2010 to 2015 price controls.

Posted: February 1, 2010
Scots to get free energy saving schemes under new proposals

EDIE - Every home in Scotland should get free loft and cavity wall insulation as part of measures to make all homes low carbon, according to WWF Scotland.

Posted: February 1, 2010
The day offshore wind power came of age in the UK

The Independent - Think how enormous a 1,000 megawatt power station is, visible for miles around with its giant chimneys and cooling towers. Now think of 32 of them. Now think of 32 of them out at sea.

Posted: February 1, 2010
Opposition criticizes Hydro rate hike request

CBC News - Manitoba's Opposition Progressive Conservatives are calling for the Public Utilities Board to deny a rate hike request from Manitoba Hydro.

Posted: January 27, 2010
Canada To Study Biofuel's Environmental Impact

Planet Ark - The Canadian government has ordered a study of the environmental impact of making ethanol and biodiesel just as a government regulation mandating fuel blending is set to take effect.

Posted: January 27, 2010
Demand for electricity dropping

Northern News - Demand for electricity is dropping in Ontario because people are getting the message that conservation works -and not just because the bottom dropped out of the economy, the World Wildlife Fund says.

Posted: January 27, 2010
Wise up your energy usage with smart meters

Mother Nature Network - Digital devices help homeowners, businesses dial back usage during peak hours, when transmission lines are overloaded.

Posted: January 27, 2010
Top 10 Voices on Energy Priorities in 2009

Energy Priorities - We talked with people from every stratum of the cleantech world in 2009. Here are 10 voices we think are most worth revisiting as we enter the clean energy decade.

Posted: January 27, 2010
Yahoo Data Center Will Be Powered By Niagara Falls

Eco Geek - Yahoo unveiled plans to build one of the world's most efficient data centers which will be powered mainly by hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls, with 90 percent of that energy going towards powering the servers.

Posted: January 27, 2010
World's First Floating Wind Turbine Switches On

Eco Geek - The energy company Statoil has begun operation of the first full-size floating wind turbine. What is remarkable about this turbine is that is is floating in the water, rather than being rigidly attached to the ocean floor.

Posted: January 27, 2010
This Year in Geothermal Energy

Renewable Energy World - In 2009, six new geothermal plants came online in the United States and another 144 were under development, raising the prospects of 10 gigawatts (GW) of geothermal power in coming years.

Posted: January 27, 2010
PVs are Poised for Their Day in the Sun

GreenBiz - These days, solar power is getting nearly as much attention as wind received in recent years. Recent tests have shown that the panels can last much longer than 20 years.

Posted: January 27, 2010
Brazil warns EU on biofuel sustainability

EurActiv - EU rules for calculating indirect land-use changes caused by biofuel production would not be legitimate without an internationally-accepted methodology.

Posted: January 27, 2010
Wind Power in Ontario Generates a New Record in 2009

Independent Electricity System Operator - Wind generation in Ontario rose by more than 60 per cent over the previous year, Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) reported today in its analysis of 2009 data.

Posted: January 18, 2010
Quebec adopts California's vehicle emission standards

Mother Nature Network - The new rules will impose increasingly stringent limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks made between 2010 and 2016 that are sold in the province.

Posted: January 18, 2010
Clean Electricity for British Columbia

Manitoba Wildlands - Environmental organizations in British Columbia are pushing for new clean electricity standards. They have released Recommendations for Responsible Clean Electricity Development in British Columbia.

Posted: January 18, 2010
First nations dispute route for power transmission line

Vancouver Sun - Consultations among BC Hydro, British Columbia Transmission Corp. and first nations along a key 255-kilometre power line route are an outright failure and need to start all over again.

Posted: January 18, 2010
Energy stored underground could be used to heat homes

guardian.co.uk - Renewable technology that uses energy stored in the ground to heat buildings and provide hot water could be installed in hundreds of thousands of homes and offices by the end of the next decade.

Posted: January 18, 2010
Samsø cuts the cord

The Daily Climate - The lights always go on in Samsø, the houses remain warm and cozy against the dark Scandinavian winters, the wind almost always blows. But the real secret behind the island's energy independence? The people.

Posted: January 18, 2010
New Federal Numbers Confirm the End of Support for Renewable Power

Pembina Institute - Stephen Harper will be the only G-7 leader to arrive in Copenhagen without a major national program to support renewable power. Federal government support for renewables will end as of January 2010.

Posted: January 18, 2010
Enbridge & First Solar To Expand Sarnia PV Project to 80 MW

Renewable Energy World - Enbridge and First Solar will expand the Sarnia Solar Project from 20 megawatts (MW) of capacity to 80 MW, with a total system cost of approximately CAN $300 million for the expansion.

Posted: January 18, 2010
Can Wind Power Be Stored?

Scientific American - Wind farms typically generate most of their energy at night, when most electricity demand is lowest. So a lot of that "green" energy is wasted. How do you bottle that power?

Posted: January 18, 2010
Turning Seaweed into the Fuel of the Future

Scientific American - E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. alongside Seattle-based Bio Architecture Lab has secured $9 million from the Department of Energy to explore seaweed's potential as a feedstock for biobutanol, an advanced biofuel.

Posted: January 18, 2010
Day4 Signs 5.1-MW Solar Contract in Ontario

RenewableEnergyWorld.com - Day4 Energy has entered into a supply contract to provide a total of 5.1 megawatts (MW) of solar modules to Hybridyne Power Systems Canada Inc, which is 47.5% owned by of Atlantic Wind and Solar Inc.

Posted: January 11, 2010
Massive Wind Energy Project in Violation of Endangered Species Act

Chloregy - Federal district court Judge Roger Titus of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland has issued a comprehensive ruling that an industrial wind energy facility in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

Posted: January 11, 2010
Nine European Nations Plan Offshore Wind "Supergrid" in North Sea

Chloregy - Nine European nations have agreed to develop a wind energy "supergrid" in the North Sea, a project leaders say will link at least nine nations currently developing offshore wind power to the continent's electricity system.

Posted: January 11, 2010
Denmark Tops Table of Fighting Climate Change With Wind Power

Chloregy - In the run-up to the crucial climate change talks in Copenhagen, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has published a league table showing which EU countries are best.

Posted: January 11, 2010
CARE Electric: Hydropower Without Dams

BusinessWeek - Lifelong inventor Johann Hoffmann has devised a way to harness river power to generate electricity without building expensive, environmentally destructive dams.

Posted: January 11, 2010
Sanyo and Avacos Unveil First Canadian Bifacial Solar PV Installation

Solar Plaza - Sanyo Canada Inc. and Avacos Solar Energy have unveiled the first Canadian photovoltaic system combining Sanyo's HIT Double bifacial solar PV modules and DuROCK Tio-Coat reflective roof membrane.

Posted: January 4, 2010
Windows That Perform Better Than Walls

Green Building Advisor - The common perception that windows are "energy holes" is a bad rap. Since today's high-solar-gain triple-glazed windows gather more heat than they lose, good windows perform better than an insulated wall.

Posted: January 4, 2010
Green power to the people

Toronto Star - Green power entrepreneurialism in Ontario is bursting out of the gates. A program designed to get more solar panels on rooftops and wind turbines in the ground has surpassed all expectations since its Oct. 1 launch.

Posted: January 4, 2010
Experts conclude sound from wind turbines not harmful to human health

CanWEA - An international panel of experts has released a report based on a review of a large body of scientific literature on sound and health effects, and specifically with regard to sound produced by wind turbines.

Posted: January 4, 2010
Canada reaches milestone as wind energy now produced in every province

CanWEA - Canada has achieved a new milestone as wind-generated electricity is now being produced in every province with the recent opening of Bear Mountain Wind Park near Dawson Creek, B.C.

Posted: January 4, 2010