Air Water Land - Energy Evolution —November 6, 2006
A senior research associate at an Ontario-based agricultural industry think-tank and research centre says the construction of new ethanol plants in the U.S. represents a “huge issue” for Canadian farmers, with the prospect of hundreds of new plants driving up commodity prices and making it difficult for livestock producers in Canada to survive.
Dennis McKnight must have been thinking about famed media, communications and culture researcher Marshall McLuhan when he decided his message about the need for Canadian business leaders and others to scour the world to learn how to innovate had outgrown television.
The public is being asked to comment on two sets of draft regulations regarding setting up a wholesale market for electricity competition in Nova Scotia, including a discussion paper regarding additional opportunities for renewable energy developments as part of the process.
When Casey Gaetz looks at Vancouver’s skyline he sees dozens of cranes, building hundreds of new pricey condominiums, but he doesn’t see any new office towers under construction -- which means business is good for the company he is a partner in.
Clifford Maynes is fighting to get the federal government to resurrect a program that encouraged thousands of homeowners a year to retrofit their houses to make them more energy efficient -- and he’s also fighting for the life of the organization he heads.
Last May, after the rug was pulled from under its largest program by the federal Conservatives, a program responsible for 50% of its revenue and which had been by far its largest initiative, Green Communities Canada had to fight for its life.
For a Vancouver-based architectural firm that specializes in environmentally sustainable building design and redesign of theatres and other cultural centres, there’s something a little theatrical about the work it does.
Time is of the essence — get on with it — was the message pulled from the Ontario Power Authority’s consultation process incorporating conservation and demand management (CDM) into the Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP) for the province.
Reaction was strong and immediate last week from Canadian environmentalists and from strong pro-Kyoto Protocol advocates like the federal New Democrats to the release of a British report saying global warming will devastate the world economy on a scale of the world wars and the Great Depression.
It will be very difficult for anyone to successfully sue companies for the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) they may be responsible for, says a Toronto law firm that specializes in environmental law.
While the federal Conservatives have killed the Climate Fund Agency, an entity established last fall with $1 billion in funding to buy domestic and some foreign greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction credits, some of the world’s largest financial institutions see the trading of credits as a growth opportunity.
Provincially-owned utility Hydro-Québec and a U.S. partner are retreating from a bold, costly attempt to successfully market a lightweight, long-lasting battery intended to be a breakthrough in electric car and telecommunications technology.
If recent forecasts hold true, the cost of fuels used for power generation in North America and Canada in particular are not expected to cause electricity prices to rise substantially this winter.
Growth in coalbed methane (CBM) development in Western Canada is expected to more than offset a slight decrease in total annual average deliverability of conventional natural gas to 2008, says a new National Energy Board (NEB) report.
The National Energy Board (NEB) expects annual average deliverability of conventional natural gas to decline slightly to 16.4 bcf per day in 2008 from 16.8 bcf a day in 2005.
Significant increases in sales to the commercial and residential sectors more than offset a decline for residential natural gas use for August compared to 2005, Statistics Canada reports.
Construction should begin in the first quarter of 2007 on the Terasen Pipelines (Trans Mountain) Inc. TMX-Anchor Loop project through Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park.
A requirement that TransCanada Corporation or crude oil shippers assume the risk of increased costs for natural gas suppliers could put the proposed Keystone pipeline at risk, according to testimony at a National Energy Board (NEB) hearing.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government is encouraged by the interest and progress being done on the possibility of adding refining capacity in the province.