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2011

'Sunbelievable' Solar Paint Could Power Home Appliances, Scientists Say

Huffington Post - Green homeowners may soon be able to say goodbye to unwieldy solar panels thanks to a new paint that generates electricity by harnessing energy from "power-producing nanoparticles, researchers have announced.

Posted: January 13, 2012
Bipole III Comments Deadline Announced

Manitoba Wildlands - Comments on Manitoba Hydro's Bipole III Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are due by March 16, 2012. Following the public comments period, an updated EIS maybe filed. The Clean Environment Commission will then hold hearings during 2012.

Posted: December 23, 2011
Solar power much cheaper to produce than most analysts realize, study finds

Queens Univerity - The public is being kept in the dark about the viability of solar photovoltaic energy, according to a study conducted at Queen’s University.

Posted: December 23, 2011
German village generates 321 percent more renewable energy than it needs, earns millions selling it back to national power grid

Natural News - German village, Wildpoldsried, generates 321 percent more renewable energy than it uses, and it now sells the excess back to the national power grid for roughly $5.7 million in additional revenue every single year.

Posted: December 23, 2011
Congress and Keystone XL: A National Disgrace

Huffington Post - The Congress is ending the year much as it began -- playing politics with our nation's future and putting American families at risk to score partisan points.

Posted: December 23, 2011
Keeyask Environmental Reviews Begin

Manitoba Wildlands - The federal and provincial environmental effects assessments and licensing process for the next Manitoba next dam have begun. The Keeyask Generation Project, a 695-megawatt dam, would be located on the Nelson River near Gillam, Manitoba.

Posted: December 16, 2011
BC Is Fracking Up, Says Study

Manitoba Wildlands - A study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the Wilderness Committee concludes British Columbia (BC) needs to pull back a ballooning shale gas industry.

Posted: December 16, 2011
Keystone XL and Jobs: Just More Pipe Dreams

Huffington Post - This week the GOP leadership, once again, has sided with Big Oil against the will of the American people. They are trying to circumvent President Obama's decision to further investigate the impacts of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Posted: December 16, 2011
Bipole III Licensing Hearings Announced

Manitoba Wildlands - Manitoba announced Clean Environment Commission (CEC) hearings will be held on the proposed Bipole III transmission line project December 2, 2011.

Posted: December 9, 2011
Latin America Report: Ready for Explosive Growth

SOURCE - As the costs associated with renewable forms of energy continue to drop and the prices of fossil fuels remain volatile, more Latin American nations are turning to wind and solar, as well as geothermal and biofuels, as solutions to achieve energy security.

Posted: December 9, 2011
Where Is The Bipole III Environment Statement?

Manitoba Wildlands - Bipole III is a transmission system and corridor Manitoba Hydro will run from a new converter station near the proposed Conawapa Generation Station (dam) site east of Gillam in northern Manitoba to a new converter station east of Winnipeg in southern Manitoba.

Posted: November 26, 2011
TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline Delayed

Manitoba Wildlands - The United States (US) State Department said November 10, 2011 it would delay its decision until 2013 on the Keystone XL pipeline. The State Department previously promised a decision by the end of 2012.

Posted: November 26, 2011
Court Challenge to Stop Arctic Drilling

Manitoba Wildlands - The Obama administration has lifted a moratorium on offshore drilling in the Arctic and elsewhere, and Royal Dutch Shell has received preliminary permits to drill exploratory wells off the coast of Alaska. Shell wants to drill up to three exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea and two in the Beaufort Sea in 2012.

Posted: November 26, 2011
Nebraska Forces Obama's Hand on Pipeline

Manitoba Wildlands - Opposition continues to grow against the $7 billion TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring crude bitumen from Alberta's massive oil sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries in United States (US).

Posted: November 26, 2011
Leading Global Brands Sign Up for New WindMade Label

Renewable Energy World - Announcing their commitment at a New York City event to become certified under the new WindMade™ consumer label, several major companies have procured or pledged to procure at least 25 percent of their electricity consumption from wind energy.

Posted: November 26, 2011
Wind Could Become Brazil's Second Power Generation Source in 2015

Renewable Energy World - It's one of those stories everyone's talking about, at least in Brazil's wind energy space. And it should come as no surprise. Under its newly launched energy expansion plan, the government intends to boost installed wind power generation capacity to 11.5 GW by 2020 from a mere 1.5 GW now.

Posted: November 26, 2011
Solar Manufacturers Expect Tough Times for 2012

Renewable Energy World - Hopes that demand for solar energy equipment in Germany would rise significantly were dashed and led to disappointing third-quarter earnings, reported several Chinese manufacturers on Tuesday.

Posted: November 26, 2011
Running a Campus on Wind Energy

Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Wind energy now supplies 100 percent of the electricity used at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, making HWS the first small liberal arts college in New York to be powered solely by wind.

Posted: November 26, 2011
Diavik mine to build wind turbines

CBC News - Diavik Diamond Mine plans to harness wind energy and cut diesel consumption at its site by building a windfarm.

Posted: November 4, 2011
French Solar PV Installations Now Rival Those in California

Renewable Energy World - France, on a per capita basis, has installed more than twice the solar PV as the United States through mid year. The United States remains a major world market for solar PV though it continues to fall further behind Germany and Italy.

Posted: November 4, 2011
Cape Wind Project Has FAA Determination Revoked

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Posted: November 4, 2011
In-Pipe Hydropower Deal For Portland

Earth Techling - The next frontier for water turbines may be the "streams" that flow beneath our city streets, as per the recently signed deal between Portland, Ore., and Lucid Energy to develop a hydropower system within the city's water mains.

Posted: November 4, 2011
Canadians Demand Canada Go Beyond Coal

Manitoba Wildlands - Over 5,000 letters demanding stricter greenhouse gas regulations for coal power in Canada were submitted during the federal coal regulations public consultation period.

Posted: October 28, 2011
New Smart Thermometer Programs Itself to Control Energy Use

e360 Yale - The inventor of the iPod has developed a smart thermometer that can program itself based on your behavior patterns, knows when you're not home, and optimizes temperatures to minimize energy use.

Posted: October 28, 2011
U.S. May Miss Year-End Goal for Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Inside Climate News - The State Department may miss a year-end target to approve TransCanada Corp's Canada-to-Texas Keystone oil sands pipeline, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, risking a further delay to the most important new crude oil conduit in decades.

Posted: October 28, 2011
Canada has vast geothermal potential

Montreal Gazette - A "massive" store of clean, renewable energy is sitting at Canadians' feet, according to a federal report on geothermal energy.

Posted: October 28, 2011
Further Energy Efficiency Incentives

Manitoba Hydro - Manitoba Hydro announced three initiatives to make it even easier and more affordable for customers to make energy efficient home renovations.

Posted: October 21, 2011
A Top 100 Employer

Manitoba Hydro - Manitoba Hydro has been named a Top 100 Employer in the 2012 Canada's Top Employers competition

Posted: October 21, 2011
Solar panels under power lines could be a major electricity source

Grist - Transmission right-of-way corridors, vast swaths of vegetation-free landscape to protect high-voltage power lines, could provide enough space for over 600,000 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV).

Posted: October 21, 2011
Solar Pull-String Flashlight Is Super Handy

Earth Techling - It’s a common scenario: You need a flashlight, and when you go to your closet, or wherever you keep flashlights, you find that the batteries have died. Now you’re pawing around in the dark for batteries. But what if you didn’t have to go through any of this? This solar and pull-string LED flashlight looks to eliminate the need for batteries, and falls to another form of renewable energy if solar fails.

Posted: October 21, 2011
Vestas Rolls Out Two New Canadian Wind Projects for 2012

Clean Technica - Hot off the heels of a recent report that Canada will have a record year in wind energy installation, 2012 is already looking good thanks to two new wind projects slated next year, despite recent concerns plaguing the industry in one of Canada’s provinces.

Posted: October 21, 2011
Ontario's solar industry seeks its place in the sun

The Globe and Mail - Worried its startups would be obliterated if the governing Liberals lost the Ontario election, the solar sector presented a rosy and united front during the 29-day campaign, trumpeting the environmental and economic benefits of green energy in an ad blitz.

Posted: October 21, 2011
Private Power by the Numbers: Hugely Overpriced IPP's Mean Soaring Hydro Bills

The Common Sense Canadian - Dave Cobb is president and CEO of BC Hydro. In August, he confirmed what Hydro watchers have been saying for some time: that provincial energy policy is forcing Hydro to buy electricity it doesn’t need at prices higher than it needs to pay.

Posted: October 21, 2011
Global Wind Power: The Chart

Sightline Daily - A "motion chart" that tracks global wind power installations, from 1997 through 2010. The vertical axis of the chart represents per capita wind power installed in various countries, and the horizontal represents total wind power.

Posted: October 21, 2011
Quick Win: Aviation Biofuels Offers Breakout for Clean Energy

Renewable Energy World - In Copenhagen this week, a coalition of companies and associations involved in aviation biofuels made a strong case for the sector not only as a quick win for biofuels, but as a quick win for clean energy as a whole.

Posted: October 21, 2011
TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline Scandal Spreads

Manitoba Wildlands - The US State Department review of the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline has been called into question because the company who provided the Keystone XL environmental impact assessment (EIA) has financial connections with TransCanada Pipelines.

Posted: October 14, 2011
Auditor General and EU Identify Oil Sands Problems

Manitoba Wildlands - Canada's Office of the Auditor General released a report identifying the federal government's failure to account for the cumulative impacts of Alberta oil sands development.

Posted: October 14, 2011
SMU Geothermal Map Updated, National Geothermal Data System Underway

Renewable Energy World - Southern Methodist University Geothermal Lab has recently completed research updating the U.S. portion of the 2004 Geothermal Map of North America.

Posted: October 14, 2011
Solar For Schools, With No Upfront Costs

Earth Techling - The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and Acton Public Schools in Acton, Mass., are starting off the school year with some bright ideas in action. The school systems said they began the semester with three solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays totaling almost 300 kilowatts of solar capacity - enough to power 35 average Massachusetts homes - with no upfront costs.

Posted: October 14, 2011
Manitoba Hydro proposes 'drastic' cost cuts

CBC News - Manitoba Hydro is planning to carry out serious cost-cutting measures that could delay the implementation of several capital projects, according to an internal memo obtained by CBC News.

Posted: October 14, 2011
2011 a Record Year for New Wind Energy Installations in Canada

CanWEA - Wind energy in Canada is now on track to enjoy a record year in 2011 with approximately 1,338 MW of new installed wind energy capacity projected to come on line – compared to 690 MW installed in 2010.

Posted: October 14, 2011
Decline of species at dams and weirs more severe than previously believed

Conservation Maven - Species diversity in the dammed area upstream of weirs shows a significant decline: the diversity of fish species is one-quarter lower on average, and species diversity among invertebrates is up to 50 percent lower.

Posted: October 14, 2011
Canada's Hydropower Boom

HydroWorld.com - The October issue of Hydro Review magazine will examine the boom in hydropower construction across Canada, including the controversial Lower Churchill Project, a 3,074-MW project planned in Labrador.

Posted: October 14, 2011
Canada has vast geothermal potential

Montreal Gazette - A "massive" store of clean, renewable energy is sitting at Canadians' feet, according to a federal report on geothermal energy.

Posted: October 14, 2011
Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear

Monther Nature Network - A surprising aerodynamic innovation in wind turbine design called the 'wind lens' could triple the output of a typical wind turbine, making it less costly than nuclear power.

Posted: October 14, 2011
Ontario's Power Trip: Green industries and ENGO's mount campaigns to reelect McGuinty Liberals

Financial Post - The concern that "green" jobs will be lost if the Liberals lose their right to govern Ontario on October 6 appears to be a real direct concern among a number environmental NGOs and various "charities."

Posted: October 1, 2011
New electric car 2x more fuel efficient than Nissan Leaf

Smart Planet - If there's one thing teenagers tend to have very little of, it's gas money. With that in mind, Germany-based Opel has developed the One Euro, an all electric vehicle that can travel 100 kilometres for the cost of, you guessed it, one euro.

Posted: October 1, 2011
Rhode Island Rapidly Implementing Feed-in Tariffs for Distributed Generation

Renewable Energy World - In a move that took North American renewable energy advocates by surprise, tiny Rhode Island has passed a law implementing a limited feed-in tariff and set it on a fast track to implementation.

Posted: October 1, 2011
Landmark US Fuel Standards for Trucks to Save $50B

Reuters - U.S. President Barack Obama formally announced fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty commercial vehicles today -- the third set of strict regulations put in place by the administration to cover cars, light-duty trucks and now the workhorses for commercial hauling.

Posted: October 1, 2011
Forget Tar Sands: Canada's Geothermal Resources >1 Million Times Electricity Consumption

Clean Technica - Canada's sitting on "massive" geothermal resources, according to news reports, more than 1 million times its current electricity consumption.

Posted: October 1, 2011
Canada sitting on 'massive' store of geothermal energy: Report

Canada.com - A "massive" store of clean, renewable energy is sitting at Canadians' feet, according to a federal report on geothermal energy.

Posted: October 1, 2011
3 Best-Selling Hybrids: Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Sonata Hybrid

Earth Techling - For a few years now, hybrid sales have been stalled at 2 to 3 percent of the U.S. market. But for the first seven months of this year, the total is at the low end of the scale: Hybrids represented 2.06 percent of sales from January through August, and just 1.98 percent of sales in August alone.

Posted: October 1, 2011
Chevron Confirms Gulf Of Mexico Oil Leak

PlanetArk - A leak from a shallow water crude oil pipeline in the Main Pass Area of the Gulf of Mexico has led Chevron to shut down its offshore Louisiana Main Pass pipeline network, the company said on Tuesday.

Posted: October 1, 2011
Auto Industry Pins Hopes on Fleets to Charge America's Electric Car Market

Inside Climate News - The auto industry hopes to rev up the public's acceptance of electric cars with the rollout of the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. But ultimately, the speed at which America embraces the gas-free vehicles rests with large fleet operators.

Posted: October 1, 2011
Samsung, Pattern Buy Ontario Wind Project

PlanetArk - South Korea's Samsung and Pattern Energy Group have acquired a wind power project in Ontario for an undisclosed price.

Posted: October 1, 2011
Maxim Coal Plant Loop Hole To Be Closed?

Manitoba Wildlands - Canada's Environment Minister Peter Kent has set up public review of coal regulations, to take effect in 2015. At the same time Maxim Coal in Alberta is proposing a new coal plant that would pump out three million tonnes of pollution per year.

Posted: September 10, 2011
Washington Pipeline Arrests Numerous

Manitoba Wildlands - Bill McKibben of 350.org asked people to come to Washington DC to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. The location, in front of the White House, meant everyone was ready to be arrested.

Posted: September 10, 2011
PUB order contradicts Hydro's rosy picture

Winnipeg Free Press - The order issued on July 29 by the Manitoba Public Utilities Board contains a host of contradictions of the rosy picture of the utility painted by Manitoba Hydro CEO Bob Brennan and by Gregg Selinger and Rosann Wowchuk, consecutive ministers responsible for Manitoba Hydro.

Posted: September 10, 2011
Google Discloses Carbon Footprint, Renewable Energy Goals

Renewable Energy World - Google has been playing an interesting role in renewable energy development, and not only because it has invested more than $780 million in renewable energy generation and tech development.

Posted: September 10, 2011
Germany sets renewables record

Grist - Germany set another record with renewable energy. A new report by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) highlights, in the first half of 2011, renewables accounted for fully 20.8 percent of power production, as Der Spiegel reports.

Posted: September 10, 2011
U.S. Gives Pipeline Initial Green Light - Protest Continues

Manitoba Wildlands - The U.S. State Department says TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline poses no major risks to the environment and will not spur further oil sands production in Alberta, moving the project one step further to a final decision.

Posted: August 27, 2011
U.S. green groups write Obama to oppose oil pipeline

Reuters - Ten U.S. environmental groups came out in support of hundreds of protesters arrested at the White House since Saturday for opposing a proposed $7 billion pipeline that would greatly expand imports of crude extracted from Canadian oil sands.

Posted: August 27, 2011
New Jersey issues one-year moratorium on fracking

Reuters - New Jersey on Thursday issued a one-year ban on hydraulic fracturing, citing the need for more study of the technology used to produce oil and gas from shale formations.

Posted: August 27, 2011
U.N. Secretary-General: Renewables Can End Energy Poverty

Renewable Energy World - United Nation's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made renewable energy and its ability to lift the poorest nations to new levels of prosperity a central theme during his visit to Colorado on Wednesday.

Posted: August 27, 2011
Building a Community Wind Project: A Landowner's Perspective

Renewable Energy World - We've had a long-term interest in wind energy. We attended our very first American Wind Energy conference in 1982, and since then it has been our dream to be involved in wind energy.

Posted: August 27, 2011
Search for New Manitoba Hydro CEO Well Underway

Manitoba Hydro - Following yesterday's announcement of Robert B. Brennan's retirement, the Board of Directors of Manitoba Hydro confirmed today that the search for a new CEO is well underway.

Posted: August 20, 2011
President and CEO Bob Brennan to Retire

Manitoba Hydro - The Board of Directors of Manitoba Hydro is announcing today that Robert B. Brennan, President and Chief Executive Officer, has indicated he will retire after nearly 47 years of service at the Crown Corporation.

Posted: August 20, 2011
Coal Plants Put Climate Commitments at Risk

Manitoba Wildlands - Having walked away from the Kyoto Protocol, Canada's government will not achieve its Copenhagen commitment either, unless more serious action begins, according to new reports by Environment Canada and the National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy (NTREE).

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Construction of Northern Pass hydropower transmission project delayed

HydroWorld - Construction plans have been delayed for the Northern Pass power transmission project that would bring hydroelectric power from Canada to New England, wire services reported.

Posted: August 20, 2011
European Wind Power Output Will Triple by 2020

Earth Techling - A big gust of new electricity is blowing across Europe. The continent - including the United Kingdom - will go from getting 5.5 percent of its electricity from the wind in 2010 to 15.7 percent by 2020, according to a European Wind Energy Association forecast.

Posted: August 20, 2011
Nissan wants you to power your house with your electric car

Grist - What if you could buy power at night, when it's cheap, and run your house off it by day, when it's expensive (and, in Japan at least, in short supply)? Nissan wants to give customers who buy its Nissan Leaf just this ability, by selling them special chargers for their electric cars that can be reversed to feed power back into a home.

Posted: August 6, 2011
Detroit goes green? Carmakers must average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025

The Christian Science Monitor - Automakers must improve their mileage every year, up to a fleet-wide average of 54.5 mpg in 14 years. Green groups praise the new regulations, while opponents call them job-killers.

Posted: August 6, 2011
Chevrolet harnesses sun to power Volts, dealerships

Penn Energy - Chevrolet is harnessing the power of the sun to install solar-powered electric charging stations for its Volts at dealerships in North America. The Green Zone initiative will generate electricity equivalent to 12 full vehicle charges per day and excess electricity created will help supplement the dealership's power needs.

Posted: August 6, 2011
Fuel efficiency to double for U.S. vehicles by 2025

CBC News - The U.S. government has a deal with 13 automakers to increase fuel efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon (4.3 L/100 km) for cars and light-duty trucks by 2025, President Barack Obama announced Friday.

Posted: August 6, 2011
The Scourge of 'Peak Oil'

Common Dreams - Tom Whipple, an energy scholar, was a CIA analyst for 30 years - and believes we are likely at, or very near, a point in history when the maximum production capacity for oil is reached, a phenomenon often referred to as "peak oil".

Posted: August 6, 2011
Fracking Operations Cause Thousands of Earthquakes in Arkansas

Truth Out - Geologists say fracking wastewater disposal wells in central Arkansas caused an outbreak of thousands of minor earthquakes.

Posted: August 6, 2011
Newmarket solar plant will employ 400

The Star - Ontario’s Green Energy Act was a big factor in SunEdison’s decision to open a manufacturing plant in Newmarket that will have 400 employees turning out solar panels by year end, says company executive Mark Mendenhall.

Posted: August 6, 2011
In Baltimore, Zipcar users take fewer car trips

Grist - Baltimore is an old, industrial city with old, car-focused transportation infrastructure. But add a little Zipcar in, and Baltimore residents suddenly get a lot more gung ho about walking, biking, and taking the bus.

Posted: August 6, 2011
Proposed Energy Plan Could Warm Planet 6 Degrees

Manitoba Wildlands - Canada's federal, provincial and territorial energy ministers gathered at an oil industry sponsored meeting where they adopted a national energy strategy that uses the "Current Policies" scenario published by the International Energy Agency.

Posted: July 23, 2011
REN21 Publishes Global Status Report on Renewables for 2011

IISD Reporting Services - The Renewable Energy Global Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has released the 2011 edition of its flagship publication, the "Renewables 2011 Global Status Report," which indicates that despite continuing economic recessions, reductions in support mechanisms and low natural gas prices, renewables continue to perform well.

Posted: July 23, 2011
Potential Keystone Pipeline Leaks Underestimated, Study Finds

Huffington Post - A study released Monday suggests that the worst-case spill scenarios contemplated by TransCanada are grossly underestimated -- and that hundreds of rivers, streams and aquifers are vulnerable to toxic oil contamination.

Posted: July 23, 2011
It's Time to Redefine Canada's Energy Future

Renewable Energy World - On the global stage, Canada is increasingly seen as a laggard when it comes to making the sustainable changes required to move our country (and the global system as a whole) toward a desirable and healthy future.

Posted: July 23, 2011
BP Spill: Alaska Pipeline Ruptures, Methanol And 'Produced Fluids' Leak (UPDATE)

Huffington Post - A pipeline at a BP oil field in Alaska burst over the weekend, spilling between 2,100 and 4,200 gallons of an oily water and methanol mixture in Alaska's North Slope.

Posted: July 23, 2011
Green energy could make every day a Clean Air Day

David Suzuki Foundation - Ontario doctors, nurses and leading health charities have teamed up to support renewable power and the speedy phase-out of coal-fired electricity. It's a project that's unique in this country.

Posted: July 23, 2011
'Countries are building dams at an amazing pace right now'

KVAL.com - A new tool to help policy makers better assess the costs and benefits of building dams – the first tool of its kind – could change the way nations decide to develop hydro-electric power.

Posted: July 23, 2011
Protest Filed to Save California Watersheds From Dangerous Fracking

Common Dreams - The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and Los Padres ForestWatch filed a formal protest today to stop the Bureau of Land Management from leasing out 2,600 acres of environmentally sensitive land in Monterey and Fresno counties for oil and gas development.

Posted: July 23, 2011
New Paper Lays Out Smart Policies for Renewable Energy Growth

World Resources Institute - A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that 77 percent of the world’s energy could come from renewable sources by 2050, as long as governments adopt the right policies.

Posted: July 23, 2011
Wind Power Without the Blades: Big Pics

Discovery News - Noise from wind turbine blades, inadvertent bat and bird kills and even the way wind turbines look have made installing them anything but a breeze. New York design firm Atelier DNA has an alternative concept that ditches blades in favor of stalks.

Posted: July 23, 2011
White House Tar Sands Decision Under Pressure

Manitoba Wildlands - TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, if approved, will move 900,000 barrels per day of crude oil from oil sands in northern Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico, travelling through two provinces and six states before reaching refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.A.

Posted: July 16, 2011
New Sustainable Hydropower Protocol

Manitoba Wildlands - The International Hydropower Association (IHA) held its biannual World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower in Iguaçu, Brazil June 15-17, 2011.

Posted: July 16, 2011
Canada Sues Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Wildlands - Manitoba Hydro could be on the hook for more than $20 million if the Canadian federal government can prove that Manitoba Hydro, a crown owned utility, failed to refund funds from a project to bring electricity to remote communities in the northeast region of Manitoba.

Posted: July 16, 2011
Passive house mini-boom in NYC heralds furnace-free future

Grist - New York City and the rest of the tri-state area are getting their first wave of "passive houses," a type of construction in which a building is so well-insulated that it doesn't require heating in the winter.

Posted: July 16, 2011
Green Jobs Can Bring Home Bigger Paychecks, Brookings Report Finds

Huffington Post - Unemployment remains high. Fossil fuels are under increased scrutiny. Governments are looking to cut costs.

Posted: July 16, 2011
Seaweed Offers Kelping Hand for Biofuels

GreenBiz - Scientists say that developing biofuels from seaweed could provide not only an alternative low-carbon energy source, but also go some way to solving the problems of food and fuel crops competing for agricultural land.

Posted: July 16, 2011
Innu approve Lower Churchill hydro project deal in Canada

HydroWorld - An aboriginal group has voted in favor of an agreement to approve the multi-billion dollar Lower Churchill hydropower project in Labrador, Canada, news agencies reported.

Posted: July 16, 2011
Montreal follows California city's move to electric vehicles

Telegraph Journal - As Montreal steps toward the advent of electric cars on its streets, the City by the Bay is motoring along.

Posted: July 16, 2011
Renewable Energy Production Surpasses Nuclear in U.S.

Forbes - In the first quarter of 2011, renewable energy production in the United States surpassed nuclear production in overall quantity and percentage. Also, the percentage of natural gas is growing slowly, while coal is declining.

Posted: July 16, 2011
Lake Winnipeg Regulation Hearings Announced

Manitoba Wildlands - The Clean Environment Commission (CEC) will hold public hearings about regulation of Lake Winnipeg, according to a government of Manitoba press release issued July 5, 2011.

Posted: July 16, 2011
When it comes to health, wind power blows away the alternative

David Suzuki Foundation - It's never easy to find energy technologies that will satisfy everyone, but with the world facing ever-growing negative consequences of burning fossil fuels, we must weigh our options.

Posted: July 9, 2011
Seaweed Offers Kelping Hand for Biofuels

GreenBiz - Scientists say that developing biofuels from seaweed could provide not only an alternative low-carbon energy source, but also go some way to solving the problems of food and fuel crops competing for agricultural land.

Posted: July 9, 2011
Panel: Alberta should create arm's length commission to monitor oilsands impact

The Canadian Press - Alberta should create an arm's-length commission to monitor the environmental impact of oilsands development, an independent panel told the provincial government in a report released Tuesday.

Posted: July 9, 2011
Zeroing In on Zero: Google's Foray into Utility-land

Renewable Energy World - Cutting-edge search giant Google doesn't greenwash when it comes to sustainability. The company has invested billions of dollars in clean energy developments through renewable energy and transmission projects all across the country.

Posted: July 9, 2011
50 Percent Biofuels Now Allowed in Jet Fuel

Renewable Energy World - Friday's much-anticipated release of revised international aviation fuel standards officially allows commercial airlines to a blend conventional jet fuel with up to 50 percent biofuels.

Posted: July 9, 2011
$4.5 Billion in Loans To Support Three First Solar Projects

Renewable Energy World - Plans for three separate large-scale solar projects in California have received a significant boost with conditional loan guarantees totaling about $4.5 billion.

Posted: July 9, 2011
Doctor a reluctant expert on wind turbines and health

The Windsor Star - As one of the first medical officers of health in Canada to examine the health effects of wind turbines, Dr. David Colby found himself thrust reluctantly into the role of sought-after expert.

Posted: July 9, 2011
Solar Could Save Money, Power Half of New York City's Peak Demand

Renewable Energy World - The City University of New York (CUNY) released a solar map of New York City last week, allowing building owners in the city to determine the amount of solar power their roof could host.

Posted: July 9, 2011
Solar Energy Comes To UK Business Park

Earth Techling - According to a recent statement, it would seem a business park located in Wallingford, Oxfordshire is now producing the equivalent of 25% of its electrical needs from a new solar array.

Posted: July 9, 2011
Biofuels land grab in Kenya's Tana Delta fuels talk of war

guardian.co.uk - Villagers vow to resist as wildlife vanishes and they are driven from their land to make way for water-thirsty crops.

Posted: July 9, 2011
Clean Energy 79% Of The Game In New Zealand

Earth Techling - New Zealand is now generating 79% of its electricity from renewables. Also, New Zealand is claiming its electricity related emissions are the lowest they've been in 10 years.

Posted: July 1, 2011
Solar Energy Projects Go Big In Australia

Earth Techling - Australia is known for many things — poisonous creatures, unkind terrain — but soon it will become known as a solar energy leader with the completion of two of the largest solar projects of their kind in the world.

Posted: July 1, 2011
Energy giant Shell UK fined £1.25M

Edie - Energy giant Shell UK has been hit with a total of £1.24million in fines and costs over an explosion and fire at a Norfolk gas terminal in 2008.

Posted: July 1, 2011
EU Sets Tough Targets for Utilities to Cut Energy Consumption

GreenBiz - Energy companies will be forced to offset sales with energy-efficiency measures and public buildings face green makeovers as part of new EU plans to cut energy consumption by 20 percent.

Posted: July 1, 2011
Maximizing Jobs From Clean Energy: Ontario's 'Buy Local' Policy

New Rules Project - Ontario's bold renewable energy program contains excellent examples of policy that marries economic and environmental goals. Unique among programs that set a guaranteed price for electricity from renewable energy projects, Ontario's program also boasts a domestic content requirement.

Posted: July 1, 2011
High Speed Rail In France Zips Along

Earth Techling - Almost 190 miles of new high speed rail track will possibly be installed between Tours and Bordeaux, France under the direction of the Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) railway, the Vinci construction company, the Caisse des Dépots investment firm, and AXA, a global fiance and insurance conglomerate.

Posted: June 25, 2011
Green jobs are real: U.S. solar employs more people than steel

Grist - With roughly 93,500 direct and indirect jobs, the American solar industry now employs about 20,000 more workers than the U.S. steel production sector. The American steel industry has historically been a symbol of the country's industrial might and economic prosperity. But today, the solar industry has the potential to overtake that image as we build a new, clean-energy economy.

Posted: June 25, 2011
Half UK homes without adequate insulation

Edie - The latest figures released by the Department for Environment and Climate Change (DECC) reveal the average UK household could save around £100 a year on energy bills.

Posted: June 25, 2011
Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals

Common Dreams - Over the past year, five states have begun requiring energy companies to disclose some of the chemicals they pump into the ground to extract oil and gas using the process of hydraulic fracturing.

Posted: June 25, 2011
Analysis: Gas Is Killing Green Energy In Price War

Planet Ark - A widening shale gas revolution is killing the economics of renewable energy, even as falling costs allow wind and solar to overtake fossil fuels in niche areas, say energy executives and analysts.

Posted: June 25, 2011
Canada Tries to Hide Alberta Tar Sands Carbon Emissions

Manitoba Wildlands - The Canadian government admitted that it deliberately left out data indicating greenhouse gases from the tar sands in the 2009 National Inventory Report.

Posted: June 18, 2011
Senate Vote Marks Start Of End For Ethanol Subsidies

Planet Ark - The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to eliminate billions of dollars in support for the U.S. ethanol industry, sending a strong message that the era of big taxpayer support for biofuels is ending.

Posted: June 18, 2011
Wind Power Industry Not Thrilled With BPA

Earth Techling - Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is currently the center of complaint from a coalition of leading Pacific Northwest clean energy companies. BPA is part of the U.S. Department of Energy and provides up to 35 percent of the energy in the Pacific Northwest region.

Posted: June 18, 2011
Father/Son Team Traveling from NYC to Portland in 1,000 MPG Vehicle

Planet Green - Nash Hoover and his dad, an inventor and journalist named Pierce Hoover, began a journey on June 1 across the USA. All 4,000 or so miles of it. And they're using an amazing hybrid vehicle that is expected to make the trip on only a light bulb's worth of energy per day.

Posted: June 18, 2011
Natural Gas to Create Catastrophic Rise in Temperature

1 Minute to Save the World - Reported by Eco-Business online, natural gas is not the “panacea” to solve climate change that fossil fuel industry lobbyists have been claiming, according to new research from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Posted: June 18, 2011
The top five coolest ways to integrate renewable energy into the grid

Grist - Intermittent renewables at high penetrations will bring new challenges for the grid. But how big will they be? And is it true that wind and solar will necessarily need storage or natural gas back-up at high levels?

Posted: June 18, 2011
Oil industry outlines cleanup strategy for Arctic spill

The Globe and Mail - As the oil and gas industry works to convince Canada’s energy regulator that it can safely drill in the Arctic’s deep waters, it is proposing some creative – and controversial – methods to clean up spills in sea ice: using fires set from helicopters to burn oil and even the propeller blades of icebreakers to disperse it.

Posted: June 18, 2011
Switzerland Nuclear Power Phaseout Approved By Lawmakers

Huffington Post - Swiss lawmakers approved a proposal Wednesday to phase out the use of nuclear power, a move spurred by election-year politics and growing skepticism over the use of atomic energy.

Posted: June 18, 2011
"We Can Do It" Says German Environment Agency on Nuclear Phase Out

Renewable Energy World - The Conservative German government has issued a 14-page document outlining how Germany can close all its reactors by 2017 and keep the lights on.

Posted: June 18, 2011
Greengate orders 166 wind turbines

Calgary Herald - Greengate Power Corp. has placed an order worth about $500 million for 166 Vestas wind turbines for its planned Blackspring Ridge 1 wind farm near Lethbridge.

Posted: June 18, 2011
Green Computers Created By Computer Code

Earth Techling - Researchers at the University of Washington claim to have created a system they call EnerJ that can reduce energy consumption in computers by 50%, according to results from test simulations.

Posted: June 11, 2011
Belo Monte hydro project construction set to begin in Amazon

HydroWorld - Brazil's Norte Energia consortium will kick off construction works at the 11,200-MW Belo Monte hydropower project in Brazil's Amazon this month, a spokesperson for the group told wire services.

Posted: June 11, 2011
Tidal energy comes to heart of London

Edie.net - Thousands of central London homes could benefit from the energy potential of the Thames if a new trial is successful.

Posted: June 11, 2011
Underwater Bipole Still Alive, Says Ryan

Manitoba Wildlands - A report commissioned by Manitoba Hydro has determined that if a fourth bipole is constructed, an underground and/or underwater cable may be viable option.

Posted: June 4, 2011
Tories Take-on Tariff - Ontario Green Energy Act Could Be Threatened

Manitoba Wildlands - Ontario Progressive Conservatives, Leader Tim Hudak, promised that if they were elected in the Ontario October 2011 Provincial Election they would end the feed-in-tariff subsidy for renewable energy.

Posted: June 4, 2011
GE Sees Solar Cheaper Than Fossil Power in Five Years

Bloomberg - Solar power may be cheaper than electricity generated by fossil fuels and nuclear reactors within three to five years because of innovations, said Mark M. Little, the global research director for General Electric Co. (GE)

Posted: June 4, 2011
Oil traders illegally inflated oil prices in 2008, commodity watchdog says

Grist - In 2008, two commodities traders conspired to drive up the price of oil, says the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Two traders bought up two-thirds—4.6 million barrels—of the crude oil available in Cushing, Okla., the delivery hub that sets prices for American oil.

Posted: June 4, 2011
Americans want fuel-efficient cars—can Detroit keep up?

Grist - With gas prices just below the $4 per gallon mark and possibly climbing to $5 per gallon later this summer, Americans are demanding more fuel-efficient automobiles. But U.S. automakers are having trouble keeping up with that demand.

Posted: June 4, 2011
How to get to a fully renewable power system

Grist - There are many nerdy discussions of that question on the interwebs, but lemme try to talk about it in reasonably non-nerdy language.

Posted: June 4, 2011
Germany commits to end nuclear power

edie.net - Germany will phase out all of its nuclear power and replace it with renewables in just over a decade, the county's chancellor announced.

Posted: June 4, 2011
Hydro Exports = "Manitoba's Oil"

Manitoba Wildlands - "We like to think of it as Manitoba's oil, but more sustainable and certainly greener as well," said Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.

Posted: May 28, 2011
Export Deal Requires Keeyask Dam

Manitoba Wildlands - Manitoba announced two export power deals with Minnesota and Wisconsin on May 25, 2011.

Posted: May 28, 2011
Bipole III Debate Continues

Manitoba Wildlands - Immediately following announcement of a $4-billion power export deal, Manitoba's opposition Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen tabled a leaked internal Manitoba Hydro report from 2005.

Posted: May 28, 2011
Manitoba Hydro Sign Electric Vehicle Partnership with Nissan Canada

Manitoba Government - The Province of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro are entering an agreement with Nissan Canada to work together on initiatives that will help advance the use of plug-in electric vehicles in the province.

Posted: May 28, 2011
Denmark's Road to a Low-Carbon, Energy-Efficient Economy

Revolt - In Denmark, we have decided that we do not want to be in that energy race. We want to insulate ourselves from future peaks in energy prices and disruptions in supply, and to invest our money in green, long-term, sustainable sources of energy.

Posted: May 28, 2011
Time to confront the anti-wind disinformation campaign

Sierra Club Canada - Sierra Club Canada released a report, "The Real Truth About Wind Energy," to factually confront the 'truth tour' of Wind Concerns Ontario.

Posted: May 28, 2011
GM Electric Motor Plant Solar Powered

Earth Techling - General Motors is opening a new $269.5 million electric motor manufacturing plant near Baltimore, which it says is a first for a major U.S. automaker. The plant will be powered, in part, by a solar power system under a twenty-year contract with Constellation Energy.

Posted: May 28, 2011
Solar Panels for All New Buildings in Japan?

Reuters - Prime Minister Naoto Kan recently announced that it would abandon its plan to build 14 new nuclear reactors in the face of this year's Fukushima tragedy.

Posted: May 28, 2011
Obama Administration Unveils New Fuel Economy Labels For Vehicles, Drops Grades

Huffington Post - The Obama administration on Wednesday announced new fuel economy labels for vehicles, including new ratings for plug-in hybrids and electric cars, but nixed a plan to assign vehicles "A" through "D" grades based on efficiency.

Posted: May 28, 2011
Tidal energy comes to heart of London

edie.net - Thousands of central London homes could benefit from the energy potential of the Thames if a new trial is successful.

Posted: May 28, 2011
No Gas Fracking Way!

Manitoba Wildlands - New scientific studies are placing natural gas extraction via "fracking" - a method to create fractures that extend from a borehole into rock formations - under fire.

Posted: May 23, 2011
Sungevity, Lowe's Cut Deal To Bring Solar To The Masses

Huffington Post - The California-based solar leasing firm Sungevity announced a deal on Monday with home improvement giant Lowe's that could make obtaining a personalized estimate for installing solar panels a push-button affair at Lowe's outlets.

Posted: May 23, 2011
Energy Efficiency In Europe Takes Off

Earth Techling - The Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator survey wants to know: what’s driving the increased focus on energy efficiency in buildings in Europe?

Posted: May 23, 2011
Wind Farms In Pacific Northwest May Shut Down Due To Power Surplus

Huffington Post - The manager of most of the electricity in the Pacific Northwest is running such a surplus of power from hydroelectric dams that it put wind farms on notice Friday that they may be shut down as early as this weekend.

Posted: May 23, 2011
New Group Purchasing Model Slashes Cost of Solar Power

World Resources Institute - As the solar market in the United States surpasses $6 billion, a new report demonstrates how governments and businesses can save money by joining together to buy solar power.

Posted: May 23, 2011
Worst Alberta Oil Spill Since '75

Manitoba Wildlands - 28,000 barrels of oil spilled from a 45-year-old pipeline located in the Peace River region of Alberta. Regulators did not report the spill until after the May 2nd, 2011 Canadian election.

Posted: May 14, 2011
Hydro vows to build transmission line despite first nations objections

Vancouver Sun - B.C Hydro said Monday that it does not require the approval of dissident first nations to begin construction of its 344-kilometre Northwestern Transmission Line.

Posted: May 14, 2011
Swiss solar plane lands in Brussels after first international flight

Washington Post - A solar-powered plane landed in Brussels on Friday evening after a 12-hour flight from Switzerland, the futuristic aircraft's first international sortie.

Posted: May 14, 2011
Fuel Cell Forklifts Tested In Europe

Earth Techling - Scandinavian firm SINTEF is planning to test thirty fortliks in Norway that are powered by miniature fuel cells that run on hydrogen.

Posted: May 14, 2011
Red tape stalling green home energy

Ottawa Citizen - Leasing programs that allow homeowners to lease out their rooftops for solar panels have been halted due to contract technicalities.

Posted: May 14, 2011
How Community Ownership Can Save Wind Power

Renewable Energy World - Community ownership may provide the solution for increasing resistance to wind power in the United States.

Posted: May 14, 2011
MA Proposes GHG Restrictions on Biomass Power

Renewable Energy World - The Massachusetts governor's office last week said the biomass electricity industry must meet strict emissions standards if wood-fired power plants expect to earn renewable energy credits (RECs).

Posted: May 14, 2011
Solar Chair Produces Energy While You Chill

Earth Techling - Soft rock is all the rage these days on the MIT campus-SOFT Rockers, that is, a functional art installation by the institute's school of architecture students, led by professor Sheila Kennedy.

Posted: May 14, 2011
Renewable Energy Can Power the World, Says Landmark IPCC Study

Common Dreams - Renewable energy could account for almost 80% of the world's energy supply within four decades - but only if governments pursue the policies needed to promote green power.

Posted: May 14, 2011
Challenges for Biofuels: Not Just Technical Hurdles To Overcome

Renewable Energy World - In addition to the technological challenges of sustainably and economically producing biofuels at scale, there are important social, economic and environmental challenges that must also be addressed.

Posted: May 14, 2011
Ontario's 'Buy Local' Energy Program Growing Rapidly

Renewable Energy World - Forecasts for 2011 indicate that Ontario could become North America's largest solar market, installing 455 MW, more than twice what California installed in 2009.

Posted: May 7, 2011
Administration Lays the Groundwork for Hydropower Boom

Renewable Energy World - The US Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the US Army Corps of Engineers are quietly laying the groundwork for a renewable energy boom that you might not expect.

Posted: May 7, 2011
Alberta pipeline leak largest since 1975

The Globe and Mail - About 28,000 barrels poured out of the Plains Midstream Canada Rainbow pipeline 100 kilometres northeast of Peace River. The spill raises new questions about the health of Alberta's aging pipeline system.

Posted: May 7, 2011
Connie Hedegaard seeks renewable energy targets for 2030

guardian.co.uk - The EU's climate chief is seeking to extend the bloc's renewable energy targets, in a move apparently designed to protect the green energy sector from an intensifying attack by the gas industry.

Posted: May 7, 2011
New Amarok Electric Motorcycle Turns Heads

Earth Techling - A company in Canada has unveiled a new all-electric bike that has caught the attention of Wired, and is set to race in this year's TTXGP series.

Posted: May 7, 2011
Dairy dynamos: Lochmead cows produce power

Register Guard - The 750 cows at Lochmead Farms, north of Junction City, are producing more than just milk. Their manure is now being used to create electricity.

Posted: May 7, 2011
Selinger Government Partners With Industry, Red River College to Develop Electric Vehicles

Manitoba Government - Premier Greg Selinger announced the province will invest $1 million for the development of an all-electric transit bus and charging system, and $100,000 for the creation of an electric-vehicle learning and demonstration centre at Red River College.

Posted: April 30, 2011
For solar, 'Ontario is the California of Canada'

The Globe and Mail - With car makers and other traditional manufacturing on the decline, renewable-energy companies - with strong provincial support - are taking up some of the slack.

Posted: April 30, 2011
Can Solar PV Systems Boost Home Value?

Earth Techling - According to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, adding solar power to your home can raise its market value.

Posted: April 30, 2011
Ottawa group's goal is 1,000 solar rooftops

Ottawa Citizen - That's the dream the members of a network called - you guessed it - 1,000 Solar Rooftops are shooting for, as they stage the capital's first Solar Power Fair on Saturday at Ottawa City Hall.

Posted: April 30, 2011
Hamilton: Wind turbines don't have to kill bats

Toronto Star - Bat deaths from turbines are well-documented, and represent one of several issues the wind industry must address head-on sooner rather than later.

Posted: April 30, 2011
Smart Grid Technology Coming To Ontario

Ontario Government - The Ontario government is investing in a fund to develop a smart grid, which among other things will allow consumers to control appliances and lights in their homes from anywhere at anytime.

Posted: April 30, 2011
New report outlines solutions to improve oilsands management

Pembina Institute - The Alberta government could protect the environment and achieve responsible oilsands development by adopting key policy changes, recommended by the Pembina Institute in a report released today.

Posted: April 30, 2011
Fossil fuel firms use 'biased' study in massive gas lobbying push

guardian.co.uk - Senior executives in the fossil fuel industry have launched an all-out assault on renewable energy, lobbying governments and business groups to reject wind and solar power in favour of gas, in a move that could choke the fledgling green energy industry.

Posted: April 30, 2011
Natural gas from fracking could be 'dirtier' than coal, Cornell professors find

Cornell University - Extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale could do more to aggravate global warming than mining coal, according to a Cornell study published in the May issue of Climatic Change Letters (105:5).

Posted: April 23, 2011
California Supreme Court Tosses Solar Project Lawsuits

Renewable Energy World - The California State Supreme Court has tossed out two lawsuits challenging the state's approval of the Calico Solar project, which drew the ire of Sierra Club over its proposal to use public land that is home to wildlife such as big horn sheep and golden eagles.

Posted: April 23, 2011
Renewable energy generation exceeds nuclear power

Kyodo News - Global power generation by renewable energy sources outpaced that by nuclear energy for the first time in 2010, a recent report published by a U.S. think tank showed.

Posted: April 23, 2011
Nation's Largest Solar Rooftop Installed

Earth Techling - We've talked before about how New Jersey is becoming the land of rooftop solar installations. Now Avidan Management, a industrial and commercial real estate firm, has installed the nation's largest solar powered rooftop system at a distribution facility in Edison, New Jersey.

Posted: April 23, 2011
Sunrises on Rooftops

Renewable Energy World - In the Doney Park area of Flagstaff, Arizona Public Service (APS) is transforming rooftops into what in essence will be an interconnected renewable power plant.

Posted: April 23, 2011
Texas to install world's largest wind energy storage system

Grist - They like to do things big in Texas, so it's no surprise that the Lone Star state will launch the world's largest wind battery storage project.

Posted: April 23, 2011
Google Continues Clean Energy Spending Spree

Forbes - Right on the heels of announcing a $168 million investment in the Ivanpah solar tower facility, Google announced that it is investing $100 million more in Shepherds Flat Wind Farm, a wind farm located outside of Arlington, Oregon.

Posted: April 23, 2011
Wind Becomes Spain's Biggest Energy Source

Renewable Energy World - Spain saw wind power become its main source of electricity generation last month, underscoring the country's progress in becoming one of Europe's greenest nations.

Posted: April 23, 2011
Gulf of Mexico One Year Later - BP Legacy

Manitoba Wildlands - The Center for Biological Diversity estimates approximately 6,000 sea turtles, 26,000 dolphins and whales, 82,000 birds, and countless fish and invertebrates may have been harmed by the disaster.

Posted: April 16, 2011
TransCanada Keystone KL Pipeline - US EIS Released

Manitoba Wildlands - The US State department is under pressure to delay any approval of the TransCanada pipeline from Alberta to Texas. Citizens across several US states are objecting to 'eminent' domain' disruption of their lands for the pipeline.

Posted: April 16, 2011
Costco To Sell Home Solar Panel Kits

Huffington Post - Costco members will soon be able to add solar power systems for clean energy solutions at home alongside power tools and pancake mix on their shopping lists.

Posted: April 16, 2011
300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds

Center for Ecoliteracy - The Post Carbon Institute (PCI) condenses the story of our dependence on the remnants of ancient sunlight to five minutes in "300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds."

Posted: April 16, 2011
Clothing As Your New Cell Phone Power

Earth Techling - Imagine taking all the energy you put out each day-just by moving around-and storing it in a battery so you could use it later. That’s one of the potential applications that researches have in mind at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in New Zealand.

Posted: April 16, 2011
Installing Solar Projects on Brownfields

Renewable Energy World - Lura Matthews of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, talks about the immense potential for developing solar PV and other renewable energy projects on contaminated lands.

Posted: April 16, 2011
Nissan Leaf Named Greenest of Green Cars for 2011

GreenBiz - Its gas mileage of nearly 100 miles per gallon and parts made from recycled materials, including home appliances and plastic bottles, landed the 2011 Nissan Leaf at the top of Kelley Blue Book's Top 10 Green Cars for 2011 list.

Posted: April 16, 2011
Wind Farms Often Don't Produce as Much Energy as Advertised: Report

Fast Company - A new study from the John Muir Trust examines five common assertions of the wind industry--and then debunks them all, using stats from the U.K..

Posted: April 16, 2011
Taseko Tries Fish Lake Again: Credit Suisse at Risk

Manitoba Wildlands - A revised application for the rejected Prosperity Mine still calls for the destruction of one of the two fish-bearing mountain lakes originally scheduled for eradication.

Posted: April 9, 2011
Keystone XL Pipeline Controversy Continues

Manitoba Wildlands - A New York Times editorial, published April 2nd, 2011, urging US secretary of State Hillary Clinton not to permit the Keystone XL pipeline has reinvigorated the debate surrounding the pipeline.

Posted: April 9, 2011
Alberta conservation plan stuns oil patch

The Globe and Mail - The Alberta government has proposed new environmental rules that would revoke a number of oil sands leases – including those which already have active projects.

Posted: April 9, 2011
Submarine and Underground Cable Study Report Released

Manitoba Hydro - Manitoba Hydro has released publicly its expert Concepts Panel report. The study was commissioned following publications by Professor John Ryan on the use of submarine cables in Lake Winnipeg and innovative methods for transporting long submarine cables to the lake.

Posted: April 9, 2011
Solar Costs May Already Rival Coal, Spurring Boom in Panel Installations

Bloomberg - Solar panel installations may surge in the next two years as the cost of generating electricity from the sun rivals coal-fueled plants, industry executives and analysts said.

Posted: April 9, 2011
Shift fossil fuel subsidies to back clean tech

Reuters - Fossil fuel subsidies worth $312 billion should be realigned to ensure the growth of renewable energy and curb the world's reliance on carbon-intensive fuels, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report.

Posted: April 9, 2011
25,000 Home Insulation Rebates Awarded

Manitoba Hydro - Manitoba Hydro's Power Smart* Home Insulation Program has awarded its 25,000th rebate. Selkirk residents, Katrina Wiebe and Bryan Stobbe, upgraded insulation in their 1,000 sq.ft. attic from R10 to R50 and received a rebate of $725 from the Program.

Posted: April 9, 2011
Germany Abandons Nuclear Power

Planetsave - Germany will shut down all its nuclear power stations by 2020, according to the government's Secretary of State for the Environment and Nuclear Safety, Jürgen Becker.

Posted: April 9, 2011
Harper Endorses Churchill River Project

Manitoba Wildlands - Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a re-elected Conservative government will consider financial support for major clean energy infrastructure projects that have regional or national significance.

Posted: April 2, 2011
Clean Energy Success - Election 2011 Checklist

Manitoba Wildlands - The Pembina Institute has released a checklist for Canada's federal election - and for clean energy success.

Posted: April 2, 2011
Ex-premier slams province over 'peak oil'

CBC News - Former Manitoba NDP Premier Ed Schreyer is stepping back into the spotlight and warning about the threat of peak oil, and also to criticize Manitoba's government on the belief it's not doing enough to prepare for a coming energy crisis.

Posted: April 2, 2011
Electric shocker: Power prices set to rise sharply

Yahoo! News - The price of electricity, already triggering shock from consumers and businesses in many parts of Canada, will rise rapidly through the end of the decade, according to an analysis by CBC News.

Posted: April 2, 2011
Canada's new power strategy excludes megaprojects

CBC News - The words "power plant" tend to evoke images of imposing structures jutting out of the landscape — huge dams, nuclear reactors or coal plants that leave a large footprint on the environment they draw from. That image is about to change.

Posted: April 2, 2011
Clean energy investment hits record high

Financial Post - Global clean energy finance and investment saw a 30% leap in 2010, reaching a record $243-billion on the back of strong growth in China and Germany, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Posted: April 2, 2011
Manitoba left in dust of electric vehicle times

CBC News - Nissan Canada says it will delay its rollout of the much awaited fully-electric Leaf-branded car in Manitoba because it does not have an agreement with the province on plug-in charging stations.

Posted: April 2, 2011
Moving Forward with New Capital Projects and Bipole III

Manitoba Hydro - The Bipole III project consists of two new 2,000-megawatt high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations, a 1,384-kilometre transmission line connecting them and a series of alternating current (AC) 'collector' lines connecting to the existing northern converter stations.

Posted: April 2, 2011
Harper endorses Lower Churchill Project

Conservative Party - Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a re-elected Conservative Government will consider financial support for major clean energy infrastructure projects that have regional or national significance, right across Canada.

Posted: April 2, 2011
Obama Calls For Deep Cuts In U.S. Oil Imports

Planet Ark - President Barack Obama proposed to cut U.S. oil imports by a third over 10 years, a goal that eluded his predecessors and seen as extremely ambitious by analysts skeptical it can succeed.

Posted: April 2, 2011
Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation 27th Annual Report

Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation - Wind power in PEI is already providing 20% of their electricity and they have a goal of reaching 30% by 2016.

Posted: March 26, 2011
Electric Motorcycles Cruise The Open Road

Eaerth Techling - Most motorcycles tend to be gas guzzlers, however, so it isn't always the best for the environment. What about going electric instead?

Posted: March 26, 2011
Germany's solar panels produce more power than Japan's entire Fukushima complex

Grist - Total power output of Germany's installed solar PV panels hit 12.1 GW -- greater than the total power output (10 GW) of Japan's entire 6-reactor nuclear power plant.

Posted: March 26, 2011
Top 10 US cities with most green buildings

Energy Star - A closer look at these rankings highlights the exponential growth in 2010 compared to the prior two years.

Posted: March 26, 2011
Will Sustainable Biofuel Certification Scheme Put End to Food Versus Fuel Debate?

TreeHugger - With all the rightful questions raised about the genuine social and environmental sustainability of biofuels, rest assured that some people are attempting to clear a path forward.

Posted: March 26, 2011
Nearly 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Manitoba Wildlands - The Energy Report: 100% Renewable Energy by 2050 provides a detailed report to show how currently available technology can create a global renewable energy system by 2050.

Posted: March 19, 2011
Hydro Controversy in Nova Scotia

Manitoba Wildlands - Newfoundland's Crown-owned Nalcor Energy and Nova Scotia's Emera Inc. signed a $6.2 billion agreement on the Lower Churchill Hydro Project (LCHP) November 2010.

Posted: March 19, 2011
Canada's Largest Wind Farm Approved

Earth Techling - Greengate Power has received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission to construct and operate what will be the largest wind farm in Canada.

Posted: March 19, 2011
Reduce Coal Use While Exporting Coal Pollution?

Manitoba Wildlands - As developed countries close or limit construction of coal-fired power due to pollution and climate-warming emissions, a market for long-distance international coal exports has surged.

Posted: March 19, 2011
Wind Super Modelling

Renewable Energy World - Selecting the best geographic locations to build wind farms that will produce the maximum energy with the least intermittence in power generation is the perfect problem for a supercomputer to solve.

Posted: March 19, 2011
Wind power cheaper than nuclear, says EU climate chief

Guardian.co.uk - Generating energy from wind turbines at sea would be cheaper than building new atomic power plants, Europe's climate chief has said, in the latest challenge to the crisis-stricken nuclear industry.

Posted: March 19, 2011
Geothermal Power The Next Big Clean Energy?

Earth Techling - According to a recent study by Pike Research, geothermal energy is where it’s at. The study shows that geothermal power capacity could more than double over the next nine years.

Posted: March 19, 2011
Nova Scotia Joins Surge on Tidal Power

Renewable Energy World - Much of the focus on tidal power has been on the Eastern side of the Atlantic. Over on the Western side however, the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia looks set to give the old country a firm run for its money.

Posted: March 19, 2011
Europe's Policymakers Sign up for a New Offshore Transmission Grid

Renewable Enegy World - Just as the advent of steam trains required a network of railway lines, large amounts of renewable power generation – especially offshore wind – will require the build-out of new transmission lines.

Posted: March 19, 2011
2011 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards -- Projects of the Year

Renewable Energy World - The nominations have been reviewed; the editors votes are in and we are now pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards for Project of the Year.

Posted: March 19, 2011
Earth Hour Evolves Beyond the Hour

Manitoba Wildlands - March 26, 2011 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm marks the fifth annual Global Earth Hour when individuals, businesses, and governments around the world turn-off the lights and other powered devices to raise awareness about climate change and energy over-consumption.

Posted: March 12, 2011
Ombudsman Reviews Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Wildlands - The office of the Manitoba Ombudsman looked into five organizations in 2010, including Manitoba Hydro, as part of an ongoing review into how well public bodies respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Privacy and Protection Act (FIPPA) of Manitoba.

Posted: March 12, 2011
Internal report says climate policies on chopping block create jobs

Montreal Gazette - Federal clean-energy programs on the chopping block have slashed megatonnes of pollution and created thousands of jobs, according to an internal government report.

Posted: March 12, 2011
Hydro seeks 2.9 per cent rate increase

Winnipeg Free Press - Manitoba Hydro wants a 2.9 per cent rate increase effective April 1, before the public regulator has fully digested whether such a hike is warranted.

Posted: March 12, 2011
Wind and solar power are leaving nuclear in the dust

Greenpeace - Wind and solar energy are the new Niagara Falls, as they can do a similar job of replacing polluting power from coal or nuclear plants to power a prosperous Ontario in the twenty-first century.

Posted: March 12, 2011
US Solar Energy Industry Experiences Record-Breaking Growth in 2010

PR Newswire - The U.S. solar energy industry had a banner year in 2010 with the industry's total market value growing 67 percent from $3.6 billion in 2009 to $6.0 billion in 2010.

Posted: March 12, 2011
Ohio Said To Be Green Jobs Hot Spot

Earth Techling - According to a new report from from the Environmental Law and Policy Center, more than 7,500 people in the state are currently employed by the renewable energy manufacturering sector, focused largely on producing the gears, bearings and windmill blades used to harness wind power.

Posted: March 12, 2011
Environmentalists lobby for end to energy handouts

Canoe - Environmental groups are stepping up their campaign against subsidies to Canada's oil and gas industries, which they say are costing taxpayers more than a $1 billion a year while the companies make bumper profits.

Posted: March 12, 2011
Canadians Want End to Oil Subsidies

Manitoba Wildlands - A new poll shows that 7 out of 10 Canadians, including half of Albertans, want to see an end to the tax breaks that the federal government gives to the oil and gas sector in Canada each year.

Posted: March 5, 2011
Church Website Supports Hydro Answers

Manitoba Wildlands - A website created by the Interfaith Task Force on Northern Hydro Development and hosted by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) aims to support discussion about the hydro-electric system in Manitoba.

Posted: March 5, 2011
Arctic Victory Over Shell Drilling

Manitoba Wildlands - Royal Dutch Shell announced February 3, 2011 it is postponing plans to drill off the Alaskan coast by the National Wildlife Refuge. Shell's plans to drill for oil have been opposed by conservationists and Native communities along the Alaska coast.

Posted: March 5, 2011
Ontario wins court ruling on wind turbines

Toronto Star - A Superior Court of Justice panel has rejected an application from anti-wind activists. They had sought to strike down regulations governing how close turbines can be erected to dwellings.

Posted: March 5, 2011
Court upholds current regulations for wind turbine setbacks Ontario

CanWEA - The wind energy industry in Ontario is pleased with Ontario Divisional Court decision to uphold the current regulations for wind turbine setbacks.

Posted: March 5, 2011
China's dam-building will cause more problems than it solves

guardian.co.uk - Under pressure to cut emissions, China risks irreversibly destroying its great rivers and biodiversity hotspots

Posted: March 5, 2011
Europe's Policymakers Sign up for a New Offshore Transmission Grid

Renewable Energy World - Just as the advent of steam trains required a network of railway lines, large amounts of renewable power generation – especially offshore wind – will require the build-out of new transmission lines.

Posted: March 5, 2011
Wind and Solar To Answer the Call for Mobiles

Renewable Energy World - Wind and solar could soon be challenging the overwhelming dominance of diesel generators in powering mobile telecommunications cell stations in the developing world.

Posted: March 5, 2011
Ontario Puts Moratorium On Offshore Wind Projects

Planet Ark - The Canadian province of Ontario said on Friday it will not approve any offshore wind projects and will not accept new applications until there is further scientific research on the industry.

Posted: March 5, 2011
Chevron to Pay $9.5 Billion

Manitoba Wildlands - An Ecuador court awarded $9.5 billion, against US oil giant Chevron - believed to be the highest amount of damages ever in an environmental lawsuit.

Posted: February 28, 2011
Ontario approves 40 new clean power projects

Reuters - The Canadian province of Ontario, said it has approved 40 new large-scale renewable power projects that will create 7,000 jobs and attract C$3 billion ($3.06 billion) in private sector investment.

Posted: February 28, 2011
Transphorm Looks To Save Lost AC/DC Energy

Earth Techling - There's AC and there's DC. And in the process of converting electricity from one form to the other a significant energy is lost. Maybe as much as 10 percent.

Posted: February 28, 2011
As oil prices soar, Ontario responds with $3-billion green plan

The Globe and Mail - The McGuinty government’s latest renewable-energy announcement is about much more than awarding $3-billion worth of contracts to a couple of dozen wind and solar companies.

Posted: February 28, 2011
Large Wind Farm Opens In Minnesota

Earth Techling - A substantial wind farm in southern Minnesota has begun commercial operations this month. The Bent Tree Wind Farm has the capacity to generate 201 megawatts of power producing at full capacity.

Posted: February 28, 2011
EPA Rules Green Job Creator, Not Killer

Earth Techling - A study asserts that if the EPA follows through on Clean Air Act rules as expected in 2011, investments in pollution controls and new generating capacity would create 1.46 million jobs.

Posted: February 28, 2011
Increase in natural gas production could slow interest in Minn. wind power

Minnesota Public Radio - Minnesota is the nation's fourth largest producer of wind energy, but a potential game-changing development in natural gas production could erode interest in wind power.

Posted: February 28, 2011
EU to tackle Canadian tar sands in new law -sources

Reuters - Europe's trade and climate chiefs are preparing to take a stand against imports of oil from Canada's polluting tar sands, despite fears the move might wreck a multi-billion dollar trade deal.

Posted: February 28, 2011
Electricity prices to rise again as OPG seeks 6.2 per cent hike

Toronto Star - The Ontario Energy Board agreed Tuesday to let utilities raise rates to recover $18 million they paid in fines and legal costs after charging consumers excessive interest on late payments.

Posted: February 28, 2011
Bipole III Costs Soar

Manitoba Wildlands - A leaked Manitoba Hydro document shows the costs of Bipole III, which is to bring hydro power from Manitoba's North, could soars to $4.1 billion; 86% higher than the previous 2007 estimate of $2.2 billion.

Posted: February 21, 2011
Plastic to oil fantastic

Our World 2.0 - A Japanese company called Blest created a small, very safe and easy to use machine that can convert several types of plastic back into oil.

Posted: February 21, 2011
Geothermal Numbers fall in Manitoba

The Daily Graphic - Geothermal energy systems are still new to the province, but already Manitoba Hydro statistics show that installation numbers for the technology fell last year.

Posted: February 21, 2011
Solar soars past wind in Europe: Is this a new trend?

PV Tech - New wind power capacity installed in the EU last year reached 9.3GW, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Posted: February 21, 2011
Iceland May Tap Liquid Magma as New Geothermal Energy Source

Inhabitat - Scientists in Iceland have been studying and utilizing the power of geothermal wells for years. In 2009 one study ran into magma halfway into their dig which became a blessing in disguise.

Posted: February 21, 2011
NWT Protected Area Opened To Mining

Manitoba Wildlands - Interim protection was renewed for Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area but without the critical subsurface protection provisions that prevent mining claims from encroaching on the area.

Posted: February 14, 2011
Obama Urged to Squash Canadian Pipeline

Manitoba Wildlands - 86 environmental organizations are urging the Obama administration to not approve TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Alberta's tar sands to refineries in Texas.

Posted: February 14, 2011
Solar PV Becoming Cheaper than Gas in California?

Renewable Energy World - SCE asked for approval of 20 solar PV projects worth 250 MW – all of which are expected to generate a total of 567 GWh of electricity for less than the price of natural gas.

Posted: February 14, 2011
400 Solar Power Users Are Paid For Electricity In Tennessee

Huffington Post - More than 400 property owners who use solar power to generate electricity at their homes or businesses are getting paid for it with the help of the Tennessee Valley Authority and local power distributors.

Posted: February 14, 2011
Salazar, Chu Announce Major Offshore Wind Initiatives

Energy.gov - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced major steps forward in support of offshore wind energy in the United States.

Posted: February 14, 2011
Europe launches trillion-euro energy revamp

Physorg.com - European leaders launched a trillion-euro bid to slash dependency on Middle East oil and Russian gas, clearing the way to place nuclear power at the centre of 21st century needs.

Posted: February 14, 2011
Coal Exports to Asia Have Green Groups on Edge

Bloomberg Businessweek - Coal producers in the U.S. are gearing up to ship more of the fuel to China—which could boost their sales by hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Posted: February 14, 2011
Ontario FIT Policy--More Jobs per Buck Says Report

Wind-Works - The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ISLR), a progressive Midwestern think tank, says that Ontario is getting more jobs for its renewable energy investments than comparable Midwestern states.

Posted: February 14, 2011
How to get to 100 percent renewables globally by 2050

Grist - At Ecofys, we've been working for 25 years on our mission: "a sustainable energy supply for everyone." Two years ago, we figured it was about time to bring all our experts together to find out whether that really makes sense.

Posted: February 14, 2011
Vanadium Supercharges Sustainability

Justmeans - Vanadium-enhanced batteries can store vast amounts of energy produced during peak hours and allocate it during non-peak hours, creating electrical storage on a scale large enough to power entire grids.

Posted: February 14, 2011
Controversy Over Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Report

The Global Realm - TransCanada says their proposed pipeline could free the U.S. of Middle Eastern oil imports. Opponents say DOE’s report shows the pipeline is not needed.

Posted: February 7, 2011
Sask.'s potash taxation and royalty structure shaping up to be major election issue

Leader-Post - One potash fight may have ended with the failed takeover attempt of Potash Corp of Saskatchewan last fall but another scrap over the pink mineral — this time between provincial politicians — is brewing.

Posted: February 7, 2011
Manitoba's oil industry heats up

CBC News - Manitoba is the poor cousin among the Prairie provinces when it comes to oil, but its small industry is growing rapidly, thanks to high world prices, relatively easy-to-access reserves and government incentives.

Posted: February 7, 2011
Solar panels will turn rooftops into power plants

Ottawa Citizen - A Toronto company with roots in Germany will oversee the installation of the first major solar installation in urban Ottawa under the province's feed-in tariff program.

Posted: February 7, 2011
Wind power could meet half the world’s power needs

ESI-Africa - A newly released academic study claims that the installation of 3.8 million 5MW wind turbines could generate half the world’s power needs by 2030.

Posted: February 7, 2011
Planet could save trillions by shifting to renewable energy: WWF

Canada.com - The planet can save more than $5.5 trillion per year by 2050 by charting a path toward consuming 100 per cent renewable energy, says a new report to be released on Thursday.

Posted: February 7, 2011
France Goes Big for Offshore Wind

Earth Techling - French President Nicolas Sarkozy recently announced the country will be investing more than €10 billion (over $13.5 billion USD) on sea-based wind farms off the coast of northern France.

Posted: February 7, 2011
British scientists 'invent artificial petrol' that could cost just 90p per GALLON (and there's no carbon)

Daily Mail - Hydrogen-based fuel produces no greenhouse gases so could help nations slash their carbon footprint. It is due to be available at the pumps in three to five years

Posted: February 7, 2011
State of the Union: Obama calls for 80 percent clean energy by 2035

HydroWorld.com - In an unprecedented move, U.S. President Barack Obama put clean energy front and center on the agenda of the American government - calling for an 80 percent clean energy target by 2035.

Posted: February 7, 2011
FITs Drive Nearly 2,000 MW of Solar PV Development in Italy

Renewable Energy World - Italy officially reported that 1,850 MW of new solar photovoltaics (PV) systems were installed in 2010, substantially exceeding industry estimates.

Posted: February 7, 2011
Whistleblower fallout cost Hydro $4.3 million

Winnipeg Free Press - Manitoba Hydro has paid out $4.3 million to deal with the fallout of a whistleblower's report that alleged the Crown corporation would go bankrupt or suffer blackouts because of its export-sales practices.

Posted: January 31, 2011
The Clean Energy Petition - Make Clean Energy a Priority for this Budget!

Ecology Ottawa - Sign the Green Budget Petition! Support clean energy at City Hall! The budget debate is underway. This is your chance to tell the City of Ottawa that you support clean energy.

Posted: January 31, 2011
WindMade Introduces Wind Energy Made Consumer Label For Products

Huffington Post - Ever wish you could know what kind of energy was used to make the products you buy? Well, now wind energy is getting its own product label.

Posted: January 31, 2011
Going "All The Way" With Renewable Energy?

National Geographic - Worldwide production of the rare earth mineral neodymium would have to quintuple to supply the millions of wind turbines needed to power a 100 percent renewable future, two researchers say.

Posted: January 31, 2011
Algeria plans rapid green energy ramp-up

Great News Network - Algeria is aiming to generate 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, energy minister Youcef Yousfi has announced.

Posted: January 31, 2011
Virtual Power Plants Set To Potentially Change Power Structure

Renewable Energy World - The traditional vertically-integrated power utility may be supplanted in the future by distributed generation and various renewables, meaning that the classic linear structure of power could be replaced.

Posted: January 31, 2011
Hydro PUB Hearings Underway

Manitoba Wildlands - Manitoba Public Utilities Board (PUB), the administrative tribunal that regulates public utilities, commenced Manitoba Hydro General Rate Application hearings for a two-year period (2010-12) on January 5, 2011.

Posted: January 25, 2011
Hearing Announced for LWR, No Word on CRD

Manitoba Wildlands - Manitoba Hydro applied to Manitoba Water Stewardship December 22, 2010 to replace the four decades old interim Lake Winnipeg Regulation (LWR) water power licence with a permanent licence issued under Manitoba's Water Power Act.

Posted: January 25, 2011
Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands

Manitoba Wildlands - Tipping Point, a special two-hour presentation of CBC-TV's The Nature of Things on air January 27 and February 5, 2011, takes viewers inside the David and Goliath struggle over Alberta oil sand development.

Posted: January 25, 2011
In 2011 End Tax Breaks to Dirty Fuels!

Manitoba Wildlands - Climate Action Network Canada is asking Canadians to kick start 2011 by calling, e-mailing, or meeting with their MP to find out one simple thing: do they support ending the giveaway of over a billion dollars a year to oil companies?

Posted: January 25, 2011
Bjork Protests Geothermal Energy Company Sale In Iceland

The Huffington Post - Singer Bjork joined fellow Icelanders in protesting the sale of a geothermal energy company this week. A deal was approved to sell Iceland's HS Orka to Magma Energy Corp, a Canadian-based geothermal firm.

Posted: January 25, 2011
Ontario Leaps to Second in North American Solar PV for 2010

Wind Works - The province of Ontario has leapt ahead of New Jersey to take second place in solar photovoltaic (PV) rankings for 2010. Ontario still trails California.

Posted: January 25, 2011
Bison Pipeline Begins Service Moving Natural Gas out of the Rockies

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce - TransCanada Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) (TransCanada) announced its Bison Pipeline became operational on Friday, January 14.

Posted: January 25, 2011
Geothermal energy: All the benefits of nuclear - but none of the problems

Guardian.co.uk - By mass, 99.9% of the Earth is hotter than 100C. That means that not far below our feet is the power to boil unlimited water and generate clean, renewable energy.

Posted: January 25, 2011
India Prepares to Become the King of Tidal Power in Asia

JustMeans - As a country with enormous potential for both wind power and solar energy, India has been steadily working towards building up the respective technologies to establish their renewable energy reputation.

Posted: January 25, 2011
Groups launch wind power product label "WindMade"

Reuters - Groups and companies including WWF and Danish wind turbine maker Vestas on Monday supported the launch of "WindMade" as a label for products made using wind power, aiming to attract green consumers.

Posted: January 25, 2011
A Reality Check on the Plug-In Revolution

BC Sustainable Energy Association - We need 100 million Plug-Ins on the world's roads by 2020, not one million.

Posted: January 17, 2011
Manitoba's Largest Wind Farm Powers Up

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce - The first group of turbines at the province’s largest wind farm was set in motion today by Premier Greg Selinger, sparking electricity production near St. Joseph.

Posted: January 17, 2011
Royal Society of Canada Oilsands Report

Manitoba Wildlands - "Today the scientists of the Royal Society of Canada confirmed that there are many serious gaps in the environmental assessment, regulation and monitoring of Canada's oilsands industry,"

Posted: January 17, 2011
Tar Sands Oil Some of World's Dirtiest: Report

The Tyee - A report by a major global research group representing the world's 10 largest car buying markets has concluded that Canada's bitumen is one of the world's dirtiest oils due to its poor quality, low gravity and the vast amount of natural gas needed to enrich it.

Posted: January 17, 2011
Empire State Building to meet electricity needs though wind power

BC Sustainable Energy Association - The Empire State Building, which has been undergoing a $20m energy saving retrofit, announced that it would meet all its electricity needs through wind power.

Posted: January 17, 2011
California Utility Nets 831 MWs Of Solar

EarthTechling - Southern California Edison announced deals with two solar power developers to buy 831 megawatts (MWs) of electricity, including 325 MWs from a single solar plant in Rosamond, Calif.

Posted: January 17, 2011
Voltaic Premieres An iPad Solar Case

EarthTechling - The Voltaic Spark Solar Case is targeted towards users of tablet devices like the Apple iPad,while the MilliAmp unit is described as bringing fast charging to phones on any budget.

Posted: January 17, 2011
Clean Energy Investment at Record Levels in 2010

OilPrice.com - Global investment in clean energy reached a record of $243 billion in 2010, a 30% increase on 2009 levels, according to research house Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Posted: January 17, 2011
Green building systems growing abroad

The Hook - Today's Tyee presents a Cole's Notes-style guide to green building certification systems in Canada. But there are even more systems operating in China, Japan and beyond.

Posted: January 17, 2011
The Art of Wind Energy

JustMeans - Advances in energy production and distribution can provide added convenience and comfort to our lives, but the assemblies can be eyesores upon the landscape. The wind turbine for example can appear garish upon a tranquil landscape.

Posted: January 17, 2011
What Virginians Could Suffer to Power 375,000 Homes with Coal

Change.org - What emits unprecedented amounts of mercury, produces polluting ozone, and could adversely affect the health of Virginia children and elderly folk?

Posted: January 10, 2011
Ford Unveils New All-Electric Focus

Huffington Post - The car of the future is here, at least according to Ford, which unveiled its first all-electric car today with glitzy events here in New York and in Las Vegas.

Posted: January 10, 2011
Salt Lake City Gets New Solar Map Tool

EarthTechling - Critigen, a global technology consulting firm, has developed solar maps of major cities across the US. Now it has turned its sights to sunny Salt Lake City, Utah, where residents now have access to detailed information on the potential sites for solar power.

Posted: January 10, 2011
Solar Powered Airplane Sets UAV Records

EarthTechling - The solar-powered Zephyr, the U.K.'s own high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned air vehicle (UAV) has broken not one, not two, but three worlds records, giving it the nickname, "the eternal plane."

Posted: January 10, 2011
Native American group sues to block California's big solar projects

Grist - Weeks after California and federal regulators approved the last of nine massive solar thermal power plants, a Native American group has sued to block construction of six of the projects.

Posted: January 10, 2011
U.S. Department of Energy makes $1.5B loan to massive solar plant

Mongabay.com - The U.S. Department of Energy has finalized a guarantee to provide a loan of $1.45 billion to Abengoa Solar Inc. which will fund the world's largest parabolic trough concentrating solar plant.

Posted: January 10, 2011
California City To Test Honda Fit EV

EarthTechling - If you happen to work for the California city of Torrance–or Stanford University or Google Inc.–you may be in luck, as each of these entities will soon receive one of these electric vehicles for testing in 2011.

Posted: January 10, 2011
Mackenzie Pipeline Approved

Manitoba Wildlands - The National Energy Board (NEB) gave the go-ahead for construction and operation of the Mackenzie Gas Project through Canada's North December 16, 2010.

Posted: January 4, 2011
Energy giants take aim at renewables

CTV - Several of Canada's largest energy and resource companies are quietly staking out positions in a sector that seems at odds with their usual extractive activities: the renewable power business.

Posted: January 4, 2011
Clean tech poised for breakthrough year

The Globe and Mail - Canada’s clean technology sector could be poised for a banner year in 2011, after a bumpy road in 2010 when many large companies did well while smaller ones languished.

Posted: January 4, 2011
Canada vows stricter look at oil sands pollution

Reuters - Canada says it will design a system to better monitor whether northern Alberta's huge oil sands projects are polluting waterways after an independent scientific panel found major flaws in the current monitoring system.

Posted: January 4, 2011
Untapped Potential

Renewable Energy World - Canada is already the world's second-largest hydropower producer behind China. But Canada is bent on producing more, driven by its vast potential for hydropower generation and demands for more clean energy in the U.S.

Posted: January 4, 2011
Energy Management Not a Priority for Many CFOs

GreenBiz.com - One notable finding in an online survey of purchase intentions of large companies is the lack priority some chief financial officers (CFO) assign to energy management.

Posted: January 4, 2011
Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Orders 258 Wind Turbines for Iowa Wind Farm

Treehugger - MidAmerican, a holding company that is 80% owned by Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway, will expand its wind power capacity in Iowa by almost 600 megawatts (!).

Posted: January 4, 2011
Prices, Incentives Drive Up Solar Demand

EarthTech - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said 188 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) systems were installed in the third quarter of 2010, bringing the total for the year to 530 MW.

Posted: January 4, 2011
BC Hydro Finalizing $210 Million Pact With First Nations

The Tyee - BC Hydro is finalizing a $210 million settlement with First Nations whose traditional territory has been traversed by power lines for decades without compensation.

Posted: January 4, 2011
Honda Plays A Slow Hand When it Comes to Electric Vehicles

Justmeans - Despite the promise of an excellent electric vehicle line that is soon to come, Honda is far behind many of the other manufacturers that have seen release in this year or are planning releases for the new year.

Posted: January 4, 2011