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2012

IKEA Vows All Solar and Wind Power

Manitoba Wildlands - IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, is investing 1.5 billion euros ($1.95 billion) from 2009 to 2015 in solar and wind power.

Posted: November 23, 2012
CEC Bipole III Hearings Adjourned Until March 2013

Manitoba Wildlands - During week seven of the Clean Environment Commission CEC) hearings regarding the Bipole III DC transmission system, proposed by Manitoba Hydro, the CEC chair announced an upcoming adjournment until March 2013.

Posted: November 16, 2012
Environment Hearings & Economic Review for Dams Announced

Manitoba Wildlands - The Manitoba government made two announcements about Hydro projects November 12, 2012.

Posted: November 16, 2012
BP Settlement and Criminal Charges

Manitoba Wildlands - British Petroleum (BP) owner of the Deepwater Horizon exploration drill rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico in April of 2010, has reached agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Posted: November 16, 2012
Bipole III Hearings To Be Adjourned?

Manitoba Wildlands - It appears an adjournment may be in order for the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) hearings underway on the proposed 1400 km Bipole III DC Transmission project.

Posted: November 9, 2012
Bipole III Hearings Resume in Winnipeg October 29

Manitoba Wildlands - The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) has completed its three week Bipole III hearings tour in northern, western and southern Manitoba. Four weeks of hearings, until November 27, are now scheduled in downtown Winnipeg.

Posted: November 9, 2012
CEC Bipole III Hearings Continue Travels

Manitoba Wildlands - Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) hearings on the proposed Manitoba Hydro Bipole III transmission project continued to travel around northern Manitoba.

Posted: October 19, 2012
National Energy Board Supports Whistleblower

Manitoba Wildlands - Evan Voskes, a former engineer with TransCanada Pipeline repeatedly raised concerns over substandard practices on the TransCanada Pipeline. When internal channels failed to address his concerns, he went to Canada's National Energy Board (NEB).

Posted: October 19, 2012
BiPole III Hearings Start in Winnipeg, Now on Tour

Manitoba Wildlands - The first week of BiPole III environmental review hearings ended Friday October 5, 2012. The Clean Environment Commission (CEC) conducts the review hearings, and now goes on tour around Manitoba for three weeks. Winnipeg hearings resume October 29, 2012.

Posted: October 5, 2012
Quebec, Canada To Close Nuclear Plant

Manitoba Wildlands - Quebec's newly elected Parti Quebecois (PQ) government intends to keep its election promise to close Gentilly-2, Quebec's only nuclear power plant, located in Bécancour, Que., across the St. Lawrence River from Trois-Rivières.

Posted: September 15, 2012
Tankers too Risky for B.C. Coast: Independent Report

Manitoba Wildlands - The Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal to ship oil sands bitumen ('dilbit') from a Kitimat terminal along the B.C. coast carries an unacceptable risk of a significant spill. Three professional engineers arrived at this conclusion in their independent report.

Posted: September 15, 2012
Canada Weakens Coal Rule

Manitoba Wildlands - Final coal emission regulations were released September 5, 2012 by the Canadian government. The final regulations indicate coal-fired power plants will be allowed to operate up to 420 tonnes of greenhouse gases per gigawatt hour of electricity generation.

Posted: September 15, 2012
BP Courts Gulf Dark Waters

Manitoba Wildlands - New court papers filed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) charge British Petroleum (BP) with 'gross negligence and willful misconduct ' in their handling of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Posted: September 15, 2012
Keeyask EIS Available, Review Period Short

Manitoba Wildlands - The environmental impact statement (EIS) for Manitoba Hydro's 695 mega watt Keeyask generation station on the Nelson River in north eastern Manitoba is now in public registries.

Posted: September 15, 2012
Bi Pole III Proceedings Stumbling Along

Manitoba Wildlands - Updates about the proceeding are being posted on Manitoba Wildlands so that interested and affected communities and organizations can follow the proceedings.

Posted: September 15, 2012
Enbridge Spills Again: Regulators Close System, Minister Questions Pipeline

Manitoba Wildlands - Another spill has occurred on a pipeline operated by Canadian Company Enbridge Inc. Approximately 200,000 litres (1,200 barrels) of bitumen spilled from a pipeline in rural Wisconsin July 27, 2012.

Posted: August 3, 2012
Canada 2nd Last on Energy Efficiency

Manitoba Wildlands - Canada placed second from last out of 12 countries on a recent American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) energy efficient score card.

Posted: August 3, 2012
Environment Statement for Keeyask Dam Filed

Manitoba Wildlands - The Keeyask Hydro Power Limited Partnership (between Manitoba Hydro and four Manitoba First Nations) filed the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to seek a Manitoba Environment Act license for the proposed Keeyask Hydroelectric Dam July 6, 2012.

Posted: July 20, 2012
Shell Arctic Drilling Adrift in Stormy Seas

Manitoba Wildlands - The Arctic is know for extreme weather conditions, freezing temperatures and violent storms on the Arctic Ocean are legendary. It remains to be seen if oil giant Shell is up to the reality of Arctic Ocean operations. On July 14, 2012 the Royal Dutch Shell exploration ship Discoverer's anchor failed in stiff winds and ran aground.

Posted: July 20, 2012
BC Premier Questions Pipeline, Albertans Call for Inquiry

Manitoba Wildlands - The United States (US) National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a scathing report July 10, 2012 finds that Alberta-based Enbridge had poorly maintained a section of pipeline that ultimately spilled 20,000 barrels (nearly 3.2 million litres) of diluted bitumen from Alberta's oilsands into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan July 25, 2010.

Posted: July 13, 2012
Peat Mine Expansion Comments Due July 24, 2012

Manitoba Wildlands - Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship Environmental Assessments and Licensing Branch (EALB) have received another application for an Environment Act license to expand a peat-mining operation in Manitoba.

Posted: July 13, 2012
3 More Oil Spills Raise Safety Concerns

Manitoba Wildlands - Three Alberta pipeline spills in less than a month are raising safety concerns about pipelines.

Posted: June 8, 2012
Germany Solar Covers Almost 50% of Country

Manitoba Wildlands - On Saturday May 26, 2012, Germany used its solar power sources to produce 22 gigawatts of electricity, setting a new world record. It would take 20 nuclear power plants running at full power to produce as much electricity.

Posted: June 1, 2012
Manitoba Moves Forward With Electric Vehicle Advisory Committee Recommendations

Government of Manitoba - Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak today publicly received the report and recommendations of Manitoba’s Electric Vehicle Advisory Committee (EVAC).

Posted: June 1, 2012
Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Inhabitat - Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the country’s weekend power demand. After the Fukushima disaster, Japan opted to shut down all of its nuclear power stations and Germany followed suit after considerable public pressure.

Posted: June 1, 2012
Enbridge Restarted Ruptured Oil Pipeline —Twice— During 2010 Michigan Oil Spill

Inside Climate News - A ruptured pipeline near Michigan's Kalamazoo River leaked oil for more than 17 hours, even as 16 high-priority alarms sounded in the operator's control room in Canada. Control room workers restarted the pipeline twice during that period—and were preparing for a third restart—when they learned from an outside party about the massive spill in 2010.

Posted: June 1, 2012
Enbridge ad campaign intensifies pipeline battle

The Globe and Mail - The battle for the hearts and minds of British Columbians over a proposed oil pipeline has ramped up after Enbridge Inc. launched a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign – and Greenpeace Canada responded by unfurling a giant, eye-catching banner on Lions Gate Bridge.

Posted: June 1, 2012
Germany Sets New Solar Power Record, Institute Says

Planet Ark - German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

Posted: June 1, 2012
Site C Dam: Who Will Pay?

Sierra Club BC - The proposed Site C dam will flood more than 100 kilometres of valley bottoms, wash away huge tracts of prime agricultural land, destroy family farms and choke off North America’s longest wildlife corridor at its narrowest point.

Posted: May 25, 2012
Solar power most-installed energy source in Europe

TckTckTck - Solar power became the most-installed energy source in Europe last year for the first time as subsidies drove investment to records, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association said.

Posted: May 25, 2012
Yinka Dene Freedom Train Challenges Enbridge

Manitoba Wildlands - The Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA) Freedom Train to stop Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline is in Winnipeg May 3rd to May 6th on its way to Enbridge's AGM on May 9th.

Posted: May 4, 2012
Treaty Two Nations Caution on Bipole III

Manitoba Wildlands - Treaty Two First Nations have written Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger to caution against the use of their territory for Manitoba Hydro's proposed Bipole III project, reminding the Premier of his constitutionally mandated duty to consult with First Nations.

Posted: May 4, 2012
Biofuel Bust: No Plant for Portage la Prairie

Manitoba Wildlands - Shell Canada has cancelled plans for a cellulose ethanol plant in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Plans at an Ottawa based Iogen Energy Corporation cellulose ethanol demonstration plant, with Shell Canada as partner, have also been scaled back.

Posted: May 4, 2012
Grid-scale Energy Storage: Lux Predicts $113.5 Billion in Global Demand by 2017

Renewable Energy World - Lux Research predicts that annual global demand for grid-scale energy storage will reach an astounding 185.4 gigawatt-hours (GWh) by 2017 and represent a $113.5 billion incremental revenue opportunity for an industry that currently generates sales of $50 to $60 billion a year.

Posted: April 13, 2012
Los Angeles Set To Launch a Feed-in Tariff Program

Renewable Energy World - A feed-in tariff may never become a federal mandate, but it's enjoying a wider support among some local — particularly municipal — utilities these days.

Posted: April 13, 2012
North Sea Gas Leak: Experts Assess Climate Impact of Ongoing Accident

Inside Climate News - The French energy company Total estimates that its North Sea Elgin field gas well is leaking about 200,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day, enough, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, to supply more than 100 average homes with natural gas for an entire year. Total estimates that it may take six months to stop the leak.

Posted: April 13, 2012
Manufacturing Job Surge Seen for East Coast Offshore Wind

Inside Climate News - Maryland's steel mills, ship builders and metal parts makers may help the U.S. challenge Europe and China in the global offshore wind manufacturing market—if and when the state gives the greenlight to offshore wind projects.

Posted: April 13, 2012
Iceland Government suspends plans for three big dams following a successful salmon protection campaign.

The Salmon Atlas - The Icelandic Government has accepted NASF's objections to a new hydro-lectric generating scheme on Iceland's biggest river and suspended the plans to build three dams to power generation plants. NASF had urged the Government to adopt a precautionary approach to proposals by Landsvirkjun, Iceland‘s biggest power company, to harness power from the river Thjorsá.

Posted: April 13, 2012
Manitoba and the World Celebrate Earth Day

Manitoba Wildlands - World-wide people will be turning off the lights and non-essential electrical appliances on March 31, 2011 from 8:30pm-9:30 pm (local time) in celebration of Earth Hour.

Posted: March 30, 2012
Obama Approves Arctic and Atlantic Drilling

Manitoba Wildlands - The Obama administration approved further offshore oil development in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans March 28, 2012.

Posted: March 30, 2012
World's First 6-MW Wind Turbine Constructed Offshore

Nation of Change - The world’s first 6-MW offshore wind turbine went up in the North Sea this week. Wind company REpower and C- Power NV, a Belgian offshore development company, installed the wind turbine, the first of 48 for the Thornton Bank II wind farm.

Posted: March 30, 2012
Manitoba BiPole III Review Flawed

Manitoba Wildlands - Manitoba Wildlands filed review comments about Manitoba Hydro's environmental statement for the contentious BiPole III transmission project. The proposed corridor and transmission system will be a 500 kv high-voltage direct current system to move power from northern dams to a converter station south east of Winnipeg.

Posted: March 23, 2012
BC Hydro takes next step in John Hart renovation project

HydroWorld.com - BC Hydro has taken the next step toward a US$1.35 billion overhaul of its 126-MW John Hart Generating Station.

Posted: March 23, 2012
TGL tidal turbine technology exceeds 200-MW hours of grid supply

HydroWorld.com - Rolls-Royce subsidiary Tidal Generation Limited has surpassed the 200-MWh mark of electrical power generated and fed into Scotland's national grid with its 500-kW tidal turbine prototype.

Posted: March 23, 2012
World Water Forums Expose Large Dams as 'Unsustainable'

IPS News - Numerous non-governmental organisations used the World Water Forum (WWF) held in Marseille last week as an opportunity to remind the international community about the serious global impacts of large dams all over the world.

Posted: March 23, 2012
CEAA Releases Keeyask EIS Guidelines

Manitoba Wildlands - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has released draft environmental guidelines for the Keeyask Generation Project. The guidelines were drafted following a public review of the CEAA Keeyask Background Document. Manitoba Wildlands provide comments to CEAA on the Keeyask Background Document January 31, 2012.

Posted: March 9, 2012
EPA Puts Greenhouse Gas Rules for Oil Refineries on Backburner

Inside Climate News - Election-year politics, $4-a-gallon gasoline and an anti-regulatory fervor on Capitol Hill have aligned to thwart EPA's vow to issue final carbon emissions standards for oil refineries this year.

Posted: March 9, 2012
National Building Audit To Reset Crucial Energy Use Benchmarks

Inside Climate News - The recent explosion of efficiency efforts across the country has slashed energy use in U.S. buildings, but by how much, exactly?

Posted: March 9, 2012
Opposition to Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Growing

Manitoba Wildlands - On February 27th, Prince Rupert British Columbia became the latest community to officially oppose the Northern Gateway pipeline.

Posted: March 2, 2012
Controversy Grows Over Fish Lake Mine

Manitoba Wildlands - The second attempt by Taseko Mines to obtain required environmental licenses for the "New Prosperity Mine", which once again threatens Fish Lake in British Columbia's interior, continues to attract public controversy.

Posted: March 2, 2012
Ontario Won't Alter Local Content In Green-Energy

Planet Ark - The Canadian province of Ontario's review of its pioneering green energy program will not alter controversial rules that require local content for all projects, the province's energy minister said.

Posted: March 2, 2012
800,000 Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline

Manitoba Wildlands - President Obama and the Senate, received the delivery of over 800,000 signed letters from Americans who oppose the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline.

Posted: February 17, 2012
Hydroelectric Emissions Drastically Underestimated

Manitoba Wildlands - Two Global Forest Watch Canada reports, released January 18, 2012, conclude that while hydro electricity releases less carbon than power generated by fossil fuels, emerging research suggests the difference isn't as great as previously thought.

Posted: February 10, 2012
Fracking Methane Bombshell

Manitoba Wildlands - A recent sampling of air pollution in Boulder Colorado discovered an unusual amount of methane that was linked to emissions from a nearby natural gas field.

Posted: February 10, 2012
Tear down barriers to energy conservation

Toronto Star - As a province that imports all of its natural gas and that sells much of its electricity below cost, increasing energy efficiency is a sure fire way to increase economic growth and provincial revenues.

Posted: February 10, 2012
First Nations Enbridge Opposition Finds Supporters

Manitoba Wildlands - More than two thousand residents from across Northern British Columbia (BC) joined forces in Prince Rupert February 4 to demonstrate against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

Posted: February 6, 2012
Minnesota Power Hydroelectricity Purchase from Canada Approved

Investor Calendar - A 15-year agreement that calls for Minnesota Power to buy carbon-free hydroelectricity from Manitoba Hydro beginning in 2020 was unanimously approved today by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Posted: February 6, 2012
Report says Northern Gateway pipeline will create 'price shock' across Canada

Calgary Herald - A new report says the Northern Gateway pipeline will boost crude oil prices $2 to $3 per barrel annually over the next 30 years, causing significant damage to consumers, businesses and the Canadian economy.

Posted: February 6, 2012
Introducing the world's most efficient solar panel

TckTckTck - North Carolina's Semprius Inc. and its German backer Siemens said they have developed the world's most efficient solar panel.

Posted: February 6, 2012
Obama Says No to Keystone XL Pipieline

Manitoba Wildlands - President Obama has stopped the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would have stretched 1700 miles from the Tar Sands in Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted: January 25, 2012
Scrapping fossil-fuel subsidies would get us halfway there on climate change

Washington Post - In 2010, the world spent $409 billion on fossil-fuel subsidies to artificially lower the price of coal, gas and oil. Eliminating those subsidies would curb fuel use and lead to half the emissions cuts necessary to avoid 2°C of warming.

Posted: January 25, 2012
Norway Pledges $300 Million/Year To Green World's Power

PlanetArk - Norway will spend NOK 1.8 billion ($300 million) a year to devise ways to help some of the world's poorest people get better access to energy and to develop a new market-based system to limit emissions from global energy production.

Posted: January 25, 2012
Japanese Breakthrough Makes Wind Power Cheaper Than Nuclear

Wake Up World - The International Clean Energy Analysis (ICEA) gateway estimates that the U.S. possesses 2.2 million km2 of high wind potential (Class 3-7 winds) - about 850,000 square miles of land that could yield high levels of wind energy.

Posted: January 25, 2012
Minister Calls Citizens and First Nations "Radicals"

Manitoba Wildlands - The Canadian joint review panel (JRP) hearings, on whether to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, which would deliver crude from Alberta's oilsands to Kitimat, British Columbia (B.C.), for shipment to Asia, began January 10, 2012.

Posted: January 13, 2012
German Solar Boom Strengthens Critics Of Subsidies

PlanetArk - New solar installations reached a fresh record of 7.5 gigawatts (GW) in Germany in 2011, playing into the hands of advocates for steeper cuts in tariff subsidies to reduce growth of solar power and the resulting higher costs for consumers.

Posted: January 13, 2012
Over Half of Germany's Renewable Energy Owned By Citizens & Farmers, Not Utility Companies

Treehugger - Over at Wind-Works, Paul Gipe points out another interesting facet of the German renewable energy saga: 51% of all renewable energy in Germany is owned by individual citizens or farms, totaling $100 billion worth of private investment in clean energy.

Posted: January 13, 2012