Headlines from the clean energy transition

Read the latest on the shift to clean energy here in Canada and around the world.

Ontario Empowers Local Governments on Wind, Solar

On Thursday, the Province of Ontario gave local governments new authority over utility-scale energy projects. Energy developers must now work directly with municipalities to identify appropriate...

Will Clean Energy Investment Put Canada Back in the Race?

Nexterra gasifier. Photo: Don Erhardt. Today's announcement that Ottawa will invest $82 million in a wide range of clean energy research and demonstration projects is welcome news. It's also not...

Can We Punch Above Our Weight on Clean Energy?

Wednesday marked the first day of the 2013 Clean Energy Ministerial in Delhi, India. For the next few days, energy ministers from around the world will confab to discuss how best to advance clean...

Will 40/40 Take the Heat off Edmonton?

The climate and energy challenge is frequently portrayed as a world of absolutes. We are either doomed, or salvation is just around the corner. We have either missed the narrow window to forestall...

Alliances will Bolster Energy and Climate Policy

The prospect of serious climate disruption and increased fossil fuel dependence is troubling, to say the least. But here in British Columbia, it is also spurring new alliances as diverse parties step...

What Should A Canadian Energy Strategy Accomplish?

Suncor Energy asked me to share my perspective on the energy strategy conversation, and the role of oil sands in a world facing climate change. The company published my responses on its OSQAR...

Time to Recharge B.C.'s Clean Vehicle Program?

Late last week, the government of British Columbia announced the location of the first of a series of 13 electric-vehicle fast-charging stations for communities around the province. This is good...

2012’s Six Most Overlooked Energy Stories

This past year, the story of energy in Canada was a story of Alberta oil — who owns it, who wants it, and how we’re going to get it to them. From Iqaluit to Charlottetown to Tofino, battles over...

Report: Renewables Produce More Bang for Our Buck

A new BlueGreen Canada report suggests that the money the federal government currently spends on oil subsidies could create between 18,000 and 20,000 jobs in clean technology. In comparison, that...

Hurricane Sandy and Our Rapidly Closing Window

Photo: Home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point, Queens, New York, by Brad Hamilton. Anyone who has seen the images last week of the havoc wrought by Hurricane Sandy is doubtless...

The Wonder Down Under: Tim Flannery in Conversation

Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers—one of the most influential books on global warming ever to see print. An internationally acclaimed...