Author: Dan Woynillowicz

An accomplished analyst and advocate, Dan has significant knowledge and experience in the field of energy and environmental policy, and has authored numerous studies and articles on clean energy and climate change policy. Since 2001, Dan has lobbied for policy change, testified before regulatory and legislative bodies, and commented on energy issues for a wide range of media outlets. He holds degrees in environmental science and management, and conducted graduate research as a Social Science and Humanities Research Council scholar.

Dan Woynillowicz's Recent Articles:

Share: After kicking the can down the road multiple times before making a decision, today U.S. President Donald Trump followed through on his campaign promise to remove the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Trump’s indifference—or outright skepticism—about climate change is unequivocally negative for the environment. But that would remain true whether or not…

Share: In the days following the election that will put Donald Trump in the White House, media coverage about the prospects for America’s clean energy sector read like an obituary. After all, President-elect Trump had promised to resurrect the moribund American coal industry—putting an end to the “war on coal”—and he had little good to…

Share: EDMONTON — The Government of Alberta announced today its plans to facilitate the transition away from coal-fired power. Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following comments in response: QUOTES “Earlier this week the federal government announced that traditional coal-fired power plants would be phased out across Canada by 2030. That leaves provinces with…

Share: OTTAWA — The Government of Canada announced today that it will accelerate investments in clean electricity by phasing out traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030, increasing the country’s supply of non-emitting electricity from 80 to 90 per cent over the same period. Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in…

Share: Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following comments on the release of Canada’s long-term low-carbon strategy. QUOTES “It’s great to see Canada among the world’s leaders in creating a plan for deep cuts to carbon pollution. This long-term strategy helps fill a big gap in Canada’s approach to climate change,…

Share: If you work in clean energy, chances are your inbox and Twitter feed have been overwhelmed with stories about the implications of a Trump presidency for the renewable energy sector. If you were watching markets, no doubt you took note of falling stock prices for clean energy companies. The prospects seem grim. And that…

Share: EDMONTON — The Government of Alberta announced today that it will introduce a Renewable Electricity Act and initiate a competitive bidding process in 2017 to deliver 400 megawatts (MW) of renewable power, en route to 5,000 MW of renewable power by 2030. QUOTES “By legislating Alberta’s target of generating 30 per cent of electricity…

Share: What happens when the world’s largest economy decides it wants to be a leader in tackling climate change? We’re about to find out. For years, the only headlines about China and climate change were about the fast-developing country’s intransigence at international climate change negotiations, or the rate at which it was building carbon-spewing coal-fired…

Share: Setting a firm clean electricity target opens Alberta up for billions in investment and thousands of new jobs EDMONTON — The Government of Alberta announced today a firm target to generate 30 per cent of the province’s electricity from renewable sources such as wind, hydro and solar by 2030. This coincides with the government’s commitment…

Share: Not long ago, renewable energy was considered a boutique industry—an opportunity for investors to “green” their portfolios and the world’s wealthy to feel better about their energy-intensive habits. How times have changed. “Investors are better positioned than ever before to address climate risks and seize the economic opportunities presented by clean energy.” A recently…

Share: When dairy farmer John Bocock decided to install solar panels on his family’s farm northwest of Edmonton instead of leasing a bigger transformer, his reasons were practical. First, it was a smart economic investment. Bocock could generate the power he needed and sell back the extra. Second, it was about long-term security. “We know that…

Share: EDMONTON—Today the Alberta government introduced Bill 20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act. The new legislation will achieve the following: Set in law Alberta’s carbon levy and rebate Ensure revenue from the carbon levy is invested into actions that address climate change Establish Energy Efficiency Alberta as a provincial agency. QUOTES “With today’s announcement, the…

Share: Today Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator announced that it has offered 16 Large Renewable Procurement contracts to successful proponents. The 16 contracts offered represent over 450 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy capacity, enough to power 100,000 Canadian homes. The contracts include: 5 wind contracts totalling 299.5 MW, 7 solar contracts totalling 139.885 MW, and…

Share: “If we want to prevent the worst effects of climate change before it’s too late, the time to act is now. Not later. Not someday. Right here, right now.” So said the President of the United States in presenting his rationale for rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline. Let that sink in for a minute….

Share: In the first part of this series, we explored how Canada could benefit from changing its tack on energy and climate. Specifically, we recommended that Ottawa show up as a constructive participant in global climate talks and support provincial leadership on clean energy and carbon pricing; we also encouraged Ottawa to make better use…

Parliament buildings in Ottawa

Share: With the longest election campaign in more than a century now behind us, our newly elected federal government has a clear mandate to get moving on a climate change and clean energy agenda. Prime minister-designate Trudeau’s Liberals campaigned on a platform that recognizes environmental protection and economic prosperity must go hand-in-hand, and sees clean…

Share: It’s Day 74 and we’re on the home stretch of the longest federal campaign since Sir John A. MacDonald took on Edward Blake in 1872. A lengthy writ can make it challenging to wade through the sea of commitments, so let’s look at where each of the four major parties stand on advancing clean energy and…

Share: You wouldn’t know it from the media coverage, but the biggest energy story coming out of last week’s visit to Canada by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had nothing to do with oil and gas prospects, or uranium. Those of us tracking clean energy trends haven’t paid India much attention in recent years. Let’s face it,…

It took a critical mass of innovation, commercial viability and political will to make Alberta’s oil sands the focus of Ottawa’s energy policy. The same factors are converging now to make clean energy the next energy industry Cinderella story. Canadians have said they want cleaner energy, and they’ve said they’ll pay for it, which should make the political argument clear. The rest is about vision.

Share: Our Tracking the Energy Revolution 2014 — Canada report is attracting a fair bit of attention this week, and one of the comparisons we used has caused quite a stir. As we note in the report, in 2012 there were 23,700 direct clean-energy sector jobs and 22,340 direct oilsands jobs—an interesting comparison given how…

Nations seeking an edge in the booming global clean energy market send their top people to the Clean Energy Ministerial—the only regular international meeting of energy ministers dedicated to clean energy. Unfortunately, it appears Canada didn’t get this memo.

You wouldn’t know it from the lacklustre media response, but Monday’s signing of the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, by the elected leaders of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California, is a big deal. Here’s why.

A Canadian energy and climate strategy, led by the Council of the Federation, offers a promising venue and process for leveraging new opportunities in the growing global market for low carbon goods and services.

Ask a Canadian what’s going on over in China these days, there’s a good chance they’ll cite the country’s off-the-charts smog. Yet, this has led China to implement a wide range of policies supporting a transition to clean energy.

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