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Poll: Two-thirds of Ontarians support cap-and-trade plan
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's plan for a "cap-and-trade" system to help cut greenhouse gas emissions has strong public backing, a new poll suggests.
About two-thirds of people in the province support the government's move, according to the survey conducted for the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) by research firm Gandalf Group. In April, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the province will implement a cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, and the scheme will be linked with similar systems in Quebec and California.
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Ombudsman urges corporate culture overhaul, ongoing oversight of Hydro One
Ombudsman André Marin recently called on Hydro One to overhaul its corporate culture to focus on customers and transparency, and urged the government to preserve independent oversight of the utility in the public interest. Reporting on the largest investigation in his office's history — comprising more than 10,500 complaints — the Ombudsman revealed a litany of egregious problems with billing and customer service arising from Hydro One's disastrous installation of a new customer information system in May 2013, which he estimates affected well over 100,000 customers.
GreenView: De-carbonizing Ontario's electricity sector
As Ontario's Climate Change Discussion Paper mentions, achieving targets and accelerating the transformation to a clean economy requires action in all key sectors. That's why Ontario needs to further de-carbonize its electricity sector.
Due largely to Ontario recently quitting coal, the province's electricity sector has already significantly reduced its greenhouse gas emissions. However, the electricity sector still accounted for 9 per cent of total provincial emissions in 2012.
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North American Energy Ministers establish new continental climate change and energy collaboration
The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources; Ernest J. Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy; and Pedro Joaquín-Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy, recently announced the creation of the North American Energy Ministers' Working Group on Climate Change and Energy.
The announcement took place during the third official meeting of North American energy leaders in Mérida, Mexico. With today's milestone, Canada, the United States and Mexico will prioritize collaboration in the following areas.
Vancouver's solar policies, NY powers street carts with solar, and the Tesla Powerwall promises big for Australia
Vancouver ranks lowest for solar energy policies, New York powers its street carts with solar energy, and thanks to the Tesla Powerwall, solar energy storage batteries are "set to transform the Australian electricity industry."
Vancouver wants to be known as the world’s greenest city but, according to the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, it is failing to encourage residents to turn to solar power.
A study of 17 Western Canadian cities and communities finds Vancouver — which has set lofty renewable-energy targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — has the worst ranking for solar energy policies, while Edmonton and Toronto score far better.
Call for expressions of interest: Shovel-Ready Projects
The CCEMC is now inviting EOIs for shovel-ready projects that can deliver significant and sustainable near-term greenhouse gas reductions in Alberta. Only projects that can reduce GHG emissions by greater than 50,000 tonnes CO2e annually and be fully implemented before 2020 will be considered. GHG reductions must be quantifiable, and verifiable.
The total funding available for projects supported through this call for proposals is up to $75 million Canadian Dollars (CAD), subject to the discretion of CCEMC and the availability of funds.
Infographic: U.S. energy use grew in 2014 due to an increase in natural gas, wind and solar energy consumption
Americans' energy use continued to grow slowly in 2014, fueled by increases in the use of natural gas, wind and solar, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Each year, the Laboratory releases charts that illustrate the nation's consumption and use of energy. Overall, Americans used 0.9 quadrillion (quads) British thermal units (BTUs) more in 2014 than the previous year, an increase of about 1 per cent.
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Renewable power can now flow all over Europe
Renewable Energy World
After almost two years of delays, Germany, France and their neighbors in central-western Europe connected their electricity markets on Wednesday under a system that lets prices dictate where power flows between countries.
Flow-based market coupling matches supply and demand across borders, sending electricity to where prices are highest. Average day-ahead rates are expected to rise in Germany, and decline in Belgium and the Netherlands, according to data compiled by Energy Brainpool GmbH, a Berlin-based consultant.
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Challenging issues remain at 'very complex' Fukushima site, says IAEA report
Japan has made good progress in improving its decommissioning strategy at Fukushima-Daiichi, but a range of challenging issues remain and the situation onsite remains "very complex," a report published by the International Atomic Energy Agency says.
The report, based on findings made during a February 2015 visit to Tokyo and the Fukushima-Daiichi site by a 15-member IAEA team, says those challenges include persistent underground water ingress to main buildings and the accumulation of contaminated water onsite; the long-term management of radioactive waste; and problems related to the removal of nuclear fuel, damaged fuel and fuel debris.
World Bank via AGLI uses $1 billion to support hydroelectric projects
The World Bank Group announced $1 billion to support the African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) through various programs to help the countries in the region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) improve their health and education services, expand cross-border trade and finance hydroelectric projects.
AGLI is intended for African nations that include Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda Uganda and the DRC and is aimed at supporting the peace agreement signed in February 2013 by 11 countries.
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