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Alberta renewable auction sets Canadian record at 3.7 cent per kw/h average

Alberta renewable auction sets Canadian record at 3.7 cent per kw/h average

By 2030, program expected to attract at least $10 billion of investment Three companies have been chosen in the opening round of the Renewable Electricity Program, which will result in about $1 billion of private-sector investment in green power generation in Alberta.  The successful bids have set a record for the lowest renewable electricity pricing […]

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US utility solar power generation dominated by crystalline silicon panels

US utility solar power generation dominated by crystalline silicon panels

70% of U.S. utility-scale solar PV capacity used crystalline silicon modules rather than thin-film Most of the growing number of installations of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) operating capacity across the United States have been systems that make use of crystalline silicon panels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In 2016, 70 per cent of […]

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World Bank teams up with Canada to help developing countries transition from coal

World Bank teams up with Canada to help developing countries transition from coal

Starting in 2019, World Bank Group will stop financing upstream oil and gas exploration and production in developing countries The World Bank says it will work with Canada to help developing countries transition away from coal-fired power generation. In a separate announcement at the One Planet Summit, the global organization set up to promote economic development and […]

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Saskatchewan releases climate plan without carbon tax, critics say won’t meet federal standards

Saskatchewan releases climate plan without carbon tax, critics say won’t meet federal standards

Oil and gas, electricity sectors exempted from carbon pricing The Saskatchewan Government released a Climate Plan called Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy, which it says focuses on the principles of readiness and resilience, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change – without a carbon tax. “This plan […]

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‘Refined’ coal accounts for 20% of US coal-fired power generation so far in 2017

‘Refined’ coal accounts for 20% of US coal-fired power generation so far in 2017

Refined coal was encouraged through tax credits in American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 The U.S. power sector consumption of coal is increasingly shifting to refined coal, even as coal-fired electricity generation decreases, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Refined coal has been processed to remove certain pollutants from raw, or feedstock, coal. Electricity […]

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Pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change: 1st year update

Pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change: 1st year update

$1.4 billion in new federal financing for clean tech firms, $400 million for Sustainable Development Technology Canada The Pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change is a year old and the Canadian government says progress has been made toward meeting the country’s emissions reduction target while growing the economy. The plan includes pricing carbon […]

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BC to complete controversial Site C hydroelectric dam, price tag balloons to $10.7 billion

BC to complete controversial Site C hydroelectric dam, price tag balloons to $10.7 billion

Cancellation of Site C would have cost B.C. $4 billion dollars: $2.1 billion already spent, $1.8 billion for site remediation The Site C dam will be completed because cancelling it would have cost the  British Columbia government $4 billion with nothing to show for the money spent, Premier John Horgan announced Monday. The British Columbia government […]

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60% of Canadian business energy research and development spent on fossil fuels

60% of Canadian business energy research and development spent on fossil fuels

In-house R&D spending on to non-emitting and renewable energy declined from $644 million in 2014 to $492 million in 2015 Research and development spending on fossil fuels accounts for more than half of energy research and development by businesses, according to the latest data released by Statistics Canada. In 2015, $1.6 billion of in-house research and development (R&D) expenditures in Canada were directed to […]

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Buildings an unlocked source of energy savings – IEA

Buildings an unlocked source of energy savings – IEA

In many markets energy efficiency investments in buildings still often considered a risk By John Dulac, IEA Energy Analyst The past decade has seen major changes across the energy sector, from the emergence of solar PV or shale oil and gas to electric vehicles and high-efficiency lighting. But one sector has seen very little change. The […]

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US energy-related CO2 emissions fell in most states from 2005 to 2015

US energy-related CO2 emissions fell in most states from 2005 to 2015

 California is third-lowest emitter on a per capita basis Between 2005 and 2015, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions decreased in 43 states (including the District of Columbia) and increased in 8 states, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. On a per capita basis, energy-related CO2 emissions decreased in 49 states (including the District of Columbia) […]

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