Poll: British Columbians want climate and clean energy at the centre of B.C.’s recovery plan

Poll: British Columbians want climate and clean energy at the centre of B.C.’s recovery plan

As the government surveys British Columbians to help shape its recovery plan, new polling from Stratcom and Clean Energy Canada offers insight into how many would like to see things unfold.

Calls for oil-well decommissioning to become ‘skills bridge’ to energy transition

Calls for oil-well decommissioning to become ‘skills bridge’ to energy transition

Fast-tracked North Sea decommissioning projects should be used as a “skills bridge” to get hundreds of oil workers over the current job-cuts crisis and into green energy roles, a new report said.

MacGregor’s youngest son at heart of a secondary demerger of family businesses

MacGregor’s youngest son at heart of a secondary demerger of family businesses

Last year Inverness-based Global Energy Group (GEG) split in two, with about 40% of its business becoming subsidiaries of a new investment company, Envoy and Partners, owned by two of his sons and a Japanese investor.

Big utilities split over delays to key reform that backs battery storage

Big utilities split over delays to key reform that backs battery storage

A major split has emerged among Australia’s big energy utilities over the proposed delay to the introduction of the 5-minute settlement period on electricity markets – a reform deemed critical to encourage battery storage and demand management, lower costs and hasten the clean energy transition.

Tesla starts canceling Solar Roof orders after years of taking deposits

Tesla starts canceling Solar Roof orders after years of taking deposits

Tesla has started reaching out to some Solar Roof reservation holders to let them know that they are canceling their orders because they don’t cover their area.

Why it’s time to get moving on decarbonising Australia’s transport

Why it’s time to get moving on decarbonising Australia’s transport

Between the 2016 projections and the 2019 projections, electricity emissions have become far more optimistic, because the ‘renewable energy target’ has done most of the heavy lifting in injecting momentum into the replacement of fossil fuels with zero carbon sources:In transport, there has been almost no change at all:What’s needed – badly – is a plan to create the RET-effect wthin the transport sector.

Twin reports offer B.C. government timely advice to inform a resilient recovery

Twin reports offer B.C. government timely advice to inform a resilient recovery

Last week, Premier Horgan acknowledged this, saying he aims to put CleanBC, the province’s climate action plan, at the centre of economic recovery efforts.“The reports from the Emerging Economy Task Force and Innovation Commissioner are well-timed to support this planning, as both provide recommendations for how B.C. can leverage existing assets.

UK electricity plant nears full switch away from coal

UK electricity plant nears full switch away from coal

But the company's method of capturing CO2 continues to raise concerns even as biomass has become Britain's second largest renewable energy behind wind power, with only a handful of coal-run plants remaining in the UK.

Energy of the future: Photosynthetic hydrogen from bacteria

Energy of the future: Photosynthetic hydrogen from bacteria

In their current study, the Kiel researchers describe how this mechanism could be used potentially for biotechnological applications in future: they were able to couple a specific enzyme of the living cyanobacteria, a so-called hydrogenase, with the photosynthesis in such a way that the bacterium produces solar hydrogen for long periods of time, and does not consume it.

Mixed messages on “clean hydrogen” leave door open for fossil fuels

Mixed messages on “clean hydrogen” leave door open for fossil fuels

The use of fossil fuels to produce hydrogen, combined with carbon capture and storage, will almost certainly require dedicated government support, and given the Morrison government’s track record of backing gas and coal projects, suspicions are high about a potential backdoor for channelling funds into the sector.

Australia’s biggest “solar garden” seeks investors in NSW Riverina region

Australia’s biggest “solar garden” seeks investors in NSW Riverina region

Haystacks, which has secured backing from the NSW government’s Regional Community Energy Fund, is expected to have around 300 ‘virtual plots,’ or to be able to power roughly 300 homes.

How Tesla’s long range electric cars have transformed the grid

How Tesla’s long range electric cars have transformed the grid

It shows that while long range battery electric vehicles are not necessarily charged for longer periods of time, because they have a greater draw on the grid, they present new challenges for utility providers.

Americans have Texas-sized carbon footprints—here’s why

Americans have Texas-sized carbon footprints—here’s why

Even US ZIP codes with considerably higher average population densities than European nations have higher household carbon footprints.And because home cooling runs on cleaner energy than heating in California, the net effect of climate change has reduced the average footprint a bit.).

System strength issues take toll on renewable plants in Queensland, NSW and Victoria

System strength issues take toll on renewable plants in Queensland, NSW and Victoria

Constraints imposed on large scale renewable energy plants are taking an increasing toll on wind and solar farms in three states, with nearly affected facilities in north Queensland suffering cut-backs around one quarter of the time.

It’s time Canada caught the electric bus

It’s time Canada caught the electric bus

It’s a missed opportunity both to cut carbon pollution and support our electric bus companies (like Quebec’s Lion Electric and Vancouver’s GreenPower) by creating a stronger market for them at home.

Europe 'can become climate-neutral before 2050 with 100% renewables': report

Europe 'can become climate-neutral before 2050 with 100% renewables': report

“SolarPower Europe and LUT University’s study comes at an important point in time, outlining the benefits of a 100% renewable energy pathway to achieve climate neutrality in a cost-effective way in Europe, even before 2050 and to make the European energy system less dependent and more resilient,” said Claude Turmes, Luxembourg’s energy minister.

Aligning oil and gas relief with environmental cleanup a smart approach

Aligning oil and gas relief with environmental cleanup a smart approach

It sends an important signal that the federal government doesn’t intend to back away from its climate plan, but rather is inclined to orient relief, and we hope, subsequent stimulus efforts, towards activities that are aligned with their climate commitments and will reduce pollution.“The first priority is helping and protecting workers who have lost their jobs.

Southern sector success setting a new standard

Southern sector success setting a new standard

Tony Quinn, test and validation director for the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland, believes the region has a new story to tell, one that harks back to its subsea engineering past and could see it become an onshore base for the world’s next mammoth wind farm.

Wind energy is now Iowa's largest source of electricity, report says

Wind energy is now Iowa's largest source of electricity, report says

Wind became the leading source of electricity in both Iowa and Kansas this year, making them the first states to reach that benchmark.Projects in Iowa added the second-most wind power capacity of any state in 2019, behind only Texas.

How Canada can “build back better”

How Canada can “build back better”

Both economically sustainable (which means diversifying our economy and growing our clean energy sector) and environmentally so (which means Canadians live in healthier communities with less air pollution and fewer climate catastrophes).As the Smart Prosperity Institute’s Stewart Elgie has suggested, we need to act short-term but think long-term.

This one weird solar trick to get five years of taxes back

This one weird solar trick to get five years of taxes back

And that means, you need learn about the recently signed CARES Act that granted U.S. taxpayers a 5-year net operating loss carryback.*.Now, there’s a new tax benefit in town that was signed into law as part of the U.S. stimulus CARES Act (page 73).

Shell Sets Net-Zero Target for 2050, Emphasizing Power and Renewables

Shell Sets Net-Zero Target for 2050, Emphasizing Power and Renewables

Shell on Thursday announced a net-zero emissions target for 2050, becoming just the second major European oil company after BP to set its sights on such a goal.Spain's Repsol was the first oil company to include Scope 3 emissions in a net-zero target.

Britain hits ‘significant milestone’ as renewables become main power source

Britain hits ‘significant milestone’ as renewables become main power source

In Q1 2020, renewables became Britain’s main power source for the first time ever, according to new analysis by EnAppSys. Renewables hit a new milestone, generating 35.4TWh between January and March, more than fossil fuels combined.

New Chinese-backed, green energy ‘village’ to create 2,500 jobs in Peterhead

New Chinese-backed, green energy ‘village’ to create 2,500 jobs in Peterhead

New company Newfield Energy aims to develop facilities on nearly 200 acres of land near the town’s power station.

Renewable energy cheaper than 60% of operating coal plants, report finds

Renewable energy cheaper than 60% of operating coal plants, report finds

The report, entitled ‘How to Waste Half a Trillion Dollars’ warns coal developers that they risk wasting more than $600 billion because it is already cheaper to generate electricity from new renewable sources than new coal plants in all major markets.

California: We Need 1GW of New Long-Duration Energy Storage by 2026

California: We Need 1GW of New Long-Duration Energy Storage by 2026

With the official call for 1 gigawatt of new long-duration capacity, California could become the first clear market for some of these emerging technologies, or perhaps the return of the oldest: pumped hydro storage.

For most Canadians, carbon pricing is a money-saver

For most Canadians, carbon pricing is a money-saver

OTTAWA — Sarah Petrevan, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement regarding the annual increase to the federal price on pollution: “Let’s be crystal clear: Canada’s price on pollution gives money back to Canadians in the form of a tax rebate.

Big batteries get ready to play main role in next stage of clean energy transition

Big batteries get ready to play main role in next stage of clean energy transition

Stand-alone big batteries may soon be playing a critical role in the next vital stage of Australia’s clean energy transition, becoming a viable alternative to traditional technologies for a range of much-needed upgrades to the key infrastructure that provides links between different state grids.

Taiwan-based company launches electric-only fleet of Tesla cars

Taiwan-based company launches electric-only fleet of Tesla cars

Air pollution has become the main concern in populous areas of Asia, so Zero-emission venture company (ZEV) came up with a great idea — offer uber-like service using the Tesla electric cars in Taiwan.

Coal phase-out can provide “cheap” way to reduce emissions, researchers say

Coal phase-out can provide “cheap” way to reduce emissions, researchers say

The researchers suggest that such a finding must be considered in global climate change negotiations, to prevent countries like Australia effectively becoming a “free-rider” in a global energy market; receiving the benefits of coal exports but carrying few of the costs.