Author: Jude Hislop

Indigenous partnerships required to bid in Alberta’s 2nd round of renewable energy power

Albertans will see new jobs, more private-sector investment and increased green power generation as the next phase of the Renewable Electricity Program focuses on partnerships with Indigenous communities, according to an Alberta government press release. The highly competitive opening round of the program attracted about $1 billion of private-sector investment in green power generation in Alberta. The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is preparing to open the second and third series of competitions, which will add approximately 700 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power nearly 300,000 homes. The second round of competition will see companies partner with...

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Saskatchewan commits to 50% renewable energy by 2030, mainly driven by wind

Alberta has target for its electricity sector to hit 30% renewable energy by 2030 Two years ago, SaskPower announced it would reduce emissions by 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, and said it will achieve this by doubling the percentage of renewable electricity from 25 per cent of overall capacity to as much as 50 per cent, according to a Saskatchewan Government press release. “Developing cleaner electricity generation options is essential to power Saskatchewan’s future, and I’m excited to see that future continuing to take shape,” said Tim Eckel, SaskPower’s vice president of asset management, planning and sustainability. “In...

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Future US electricity generation mix depends on natural gas prices, but plenty of new solar ahead

Renewable increases, most of the new generation capacity is powered by solar The mix of fuels used to generate electricity in the United States has changed in response to differences in the relative costs of electricity-generating technologies and, for those technologies that consume fuel, the cost of fuel, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Several cases in EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) show how projected generation and capacity could continue to be affected by fuel price patterns, particularly for the price of natural gas. In a sensitivity case with low natural gas prices, natural gas ultimately provides more than...

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Buildings an unlocked source of energy savings – IEA

Global average building energy use per person has remained  constant since 1990 By IEA energy analyst A growing number of countries have put in place policies to improve building energy performance, but average energy consumption per person in the global buildings sector still remains practically unchanged since 1990, according to the International Energy Agency. Assertive action is needed now across all countries to improve global average energy use per capita by at least 10 per cent by 2025 using energy-efficient and low-carbon building technologies. Global building-related CO2 emissions have continued to rise by nearly 1 per cent per year since...

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Western Canada’s hydrogen fuel cell sector gets Federal funding boost

Funding will enhance global profile of Western Canadian clean technology companies, companies attract new investment Companies in Western Canada’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry will benefit from additional support to raise their global profile, generate industry growth and create jobs across Western Canada, according to a Government of Canada press release. The grant of over $670,000 will support the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) at Ionomr, an organization member located at VentureLabs in Vancouver. “As governments and business leaders recognize the important role sustainable fuels will play in a clean energy future and aim to adopt zero-emission...

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