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NB Power plans to eliminate coal from its energy mix by 2030 by identifying a new, cleaner energy source to keep the Belledune Generating Station operational for decades to come. “Climate change is the biggest challenge facing humankind,” said Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet. “Coal-fired power plants are…

December 13, 2017 @ 9:07am

The British Columbia government will complete construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam, saying that to do otherwise would put British Columbians on the hook for an immediate and unavoidable $4-billion bill—with nothing in return­—resulting in rate hikes or reduced funds for schools, hospitals and important infrastructure. “Megaproject mismanagement by…

December 11, 2017 @ 2:57pm

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced that it will be proceeding with a public inquiry into the Muskrat Falls Project. Premier Dwight Ball announced the appointment of Justice Richard D. LeBlanc as the sole Commissioner of Inquiry, in accordance with Part I of the Public Inquiries Act, 2006.…

November 28, 2017 @ 10:00pm

As part of the provincial cabinet’s deliberations on the Site C hydroelectric project, Don Wright, deputy minister to Premier John Horgan, has invited an expert advisory panel to provide its views on Site C and the BC Utilities Commission’s final report. Expert views are sought from various perspectives – BC…

November 27, 2017 @ 8:00am

The City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the development of a new hydropower generation station at the location of the Saskatoon Weir. Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark and STC Tribal Chief Mark Arcand signed the agreement at TCU Place during the First…

November 16, 2017 @ 8:31am

Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Michelle Mungall has issued the following statement on the final report of the Site C review that was released by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC): “Our government initiated the BCUC review of Site C to assist us in making the best decision…

November 02, 2017 @ 5:50am

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and Alterra Power Corp. have announced that they have entered into an arrangement agreement pursuant to which Innergex will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Alterra for an aggregate consideration of $1.1 billion, including the assumption of Alterra’s debt. “This transaction is…

October 31, 2017 @ 10:25am

TransCanada Corporation has announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Ontario solar portfolio comprised of eight facilities with a total generating capacity of 76 megawatts to Axium Infinity Solar LP, a subsidiary of Axium Infrastructure Canada II Limited Partnership, for approximately $540 million. The transaction is…

October 27, 2017 @ 6:40am

The Government of Manitoba has released the Clean Environment Commission report on the proposed Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project. “We appreciate the careful review the Clean Environment Commission has undertaken on this important project and thank all those who participated,” said Rochelle Squires, minister of sustainable development. “We will be considering the…

October 11, 2017 @ 8:56am

Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) have announced their 100 megawatt (MW) Belle River Wind power facility, based in Lakeshore, Ont., has completed construction and is fully operational. Belle River Wind is expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 35,000 Ontario homes…

October 10, 2017 @ 6:17am

BC Hydro has filed an information response to the British Columbia Utilities Commission in regards to the ongoing inquiry to determine the future of the Site C Clean Energy Project. The letter, sent by BC Hydro president and CEO Chris O’Riley, includes a note that the cost of the project…

October 06, 2017 @ 12:31pm

The Alberta Government's plan to add 5,000 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity by 2030 will deliver economic opportunities, in addition to environmental benefits, according to a new report by The Delphi Group for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), which was produced with funding support from the Alberta government.…

September 27, 2017 @ 8:52am

Pattern Energy Group Inc. has announced the opening of its 179 megawatt (MW) Meikle Wind power project located in British Columbia, approximately 33 km north of Tumbler Ridge. “This project has been critical to the community for the past three years when other industries were leaving Tumbler Ridge,” said Don…

September 27, 2017 @ 6:45am

BluEarth Renewables LP (BluEarth) has announced it has completed the acquisition of four operating renewable energy facilities from Veresen Inc., including three run-of-river hydro facilities in British Columbia and one wind facility in Ontario. These facilities have a weighted average contract life of 22 years and represent 85 megawatts (MW).…

September 21, 2017 @ 9:34am

The technology and innovation behind energy storage (ES) is evolving quickly, and there are growing opportunities in the public and private sector. As discussed at this year’s Energy Storage Canada conference in Toronto, there are growing opportunities for the technology both at home and abroad, as the quality and capacity…

September 21, 2017 @ 8:03am

Alberta moves one step closer to its target of 30 per cent renewable energy by 2030 as round one of the Renewable Electricity Program enters the request for proposals stage. The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has invited national and international companies to participate in the final stage of the…

September 18, 2017 @ 6:44am

The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) has announced that work has begun to create a detailed resource map of ground thermal conductivity at depths up to 200 meters (650 ft.) in one of Canada’s most densely populated areas. The project team at Quebec’s Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is…

September 13, 2017 @ 6:20am

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has announced a number of changes to the provincial cabinet following the departure from cabinet of five ministers. Five ministers will remain in cabinet but change portfolios: Deputy Premier Don Morgan becomes Minister of Justice and Attorney General, while retaining responsibility for Labour and the Workers’…

August 31, 2017 @ 6:45am

A new report by Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), shows that energy conservation continues to be a wise investment in Ontario's future. Every Joule Counts, Volume Two of the ECO’s Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, provides a comprehensive public review of energy use and conservation in the province.…

August 11, 2017 @ 12:37pm

ACCIONA Energy has named Rafael Esteban as CEO of ACCIONA Energy USA Global LLC. In this role, Esteban will be responsible for the growth of ACCIONA’s renewable energy portfolio in the U.S. and Canada markets, and the operation of 966 MW of wind and solar energy projects in the two…

August 01, 2017 @ 7:13am

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) commended Boralex, Gaz Métro and Hydro-Québec for their submission of a proposal in response to a call for tenders issued by Massachusetts utilities in an effort to supply the state with an additional 9.45 TWh of clean energy by 2022. The proposal outlines a…

July 28, 2017 @ 6:54am

Premier John Horgan has officially announced his new cabinet. The new cabinet is made up of 20 ministers and two ministers of state. In addition, six MLAs have been named as parliamentary secretaries. Premier Horgan’s cabinet is the first in B.C. history to achieve gender parity, with 10 women named…

July 20, 2017 @ 8:26am

The Government of Quebec has released a report that studied the issues related to the installation of wind turbines in the protected dune-du-Nord habitat in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine by the Régie intermunicipale de l'énergie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine. The commission determined that, while there is unanimity that the archipelago must free itself from its…

July 18, 2017 @ 7:04am

The competitive process for the next 200 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale wind capacity is moving forward, with the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the competition. Eight of the 23 independent power producers who entered the Request for Qualification (RFQ) phase have qualified to move on to the RFP phase…

July 07, 2017 @ 6:07am

A pole-mounted energy storage system located in Toronto's North York neighbourhood is showing positive results in the early stages of a pilot program. Put into service in August 2016, the energy storage system is mounted to the top of an existing hydro pole. The system stores energy during off-peak hours…

July 06, 2017 @ 8:15am

Today, Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. today released its 2016 Annual Report, which highlights that the utility invested over $100 million in replacement and expanded infrastructure. Board Chair, Jim Durrell, C.M., and President and Chief Executive Officer, Bryce Conrad, presented the company's 2016 results today before Ottawa City Council. "The essence…

June 28, 2017 @ 12:13pm

NB Power and TransAlta, a subsidiary of TransAlta Renewables Inc., have agreed to add 17.25 MW of wind-generating capacity at its existing Kent Hills site. The existing wind farm accounts for 150 MW of capacity and consists of two separate projects. This planned project is known as Kent Hills 3.…

June 21, 2017 @ 7:14am

BLOOM has announced that grant funding has been approved to support the completion of seven clean technology demonstration projects. The projects are diverse and represent key sectors of Ontario’s economy. The funding for the projects is being provided by the Government of Ontario. The demonstrations are collaborative projects involving both…

June 14, 2017 @ 7:59am

A request by the New Democratic Party to halt construction of the Site C clean energy project has been denied by BC Hydro. As report in The Globe and Mail, the NDP had made the request to delay elements of the construction until a full independent review could be conducted.…

June 09, 2017 @ 8:24am

The City of Edmonton is launching a voluntary Large Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure program (LBERD) aimed at transforming Edmonton's large buildings. This is the first municipally-led program of its kind in Canada. It will provide building owners with valuable information about their building energy performance and help them take…

June 06, 2017 @ 6:27am

Ontario’s municipal water and wastewater systems use unnecessarily large amounts of energy. Thankfully, there is a huge opportunity to reduce the energy and greenhouse gas footprint of delivering these services to residents. That was the message delivered by Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), at the release of her…

May 30, 2017 @ 11:51am

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) – CanmetENERGY – Ottawa and QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on the advancement of smart energy solutions across Canada. The collaboration is intended to facilitate joint research and technical support for micro-grids, community…

May 17, 2017 @ 6:02am

Nova Scotia Power continues to make progress in reducing carbon and increasing renewable energy, with 28 per cent of the electricity used by Nova Scotians in 2016 coming from renewable resources. The amount topped the previous high mark of 26.6 per cent, set in 2015. “We’re working to build a…

May 02, 2017 @ 6:32am

Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) has announced the appointment of five new senior associates. These senior associates are part of QUEST’s network of leaders from across Canada committed to advancing Smart Energy Communities. The five new appointees are: Bruce Cameron, principal consultant and founder of Envigour Policy Consulting…

April 28, 2017 @ 7:03am

NB Power has begun environmental and geotechnical studies and site testing to explore the potential for generating more clean energy with a new 100-megawatt generating station in Grand Falls beside the existing station. “We are pleased that NB Power is exploring all potential clean energy options,” said premier Brian Gallant.…

April 24, 2017 @ 7:30am

Voith Hydro Canada and Stuart Olson Industrial Constructors Inc. are ready to begin the mechanical portion of the installation process at the Riel Converter Station, which is under construction in southern Manitoba. Essential equipment assemblies are currently making their way to the site so that the four Synchronous Condenser units…

April 24, 2017 @ 6:40am

Yesterday, Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) announced that nominations are now open for their 2017 Smart Energy Communities Awards, which will be presented November 7, 2017 at QUEST’s 11th Annual Conference and Tradeshow, QUEST2017 — Smart Energy Communities on the Hill in Ottawa. The Smart Energy Communities Awards…

April 21, 2017 @ 7:05am

The University of British Columbia’s Program on Water Governance has released a new report that suggests that continuing with the Site C hydroelectric project will cost ratepayers approximately $1.5 billion more than if alternative energy projects had been developed. The Program stated that the purpose of the new report is…

April 20, 2017 @ 10:19am

Canada’s efforts to better understand the potential for in-stream tidal technology to contribute to clean energy goals continue to move forward. The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) has entered a phase of environmental effects monitoring with a demonstration turbine on site; FORCE’s first interim monitoring report is now…

April 13, 2017 @ 6:06am

A committee of City of Saskatoon councillors believe that the city should prepare a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, as the agreement would start a feasibility study for a jointly-owned hydropower station at the weir. The Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities & Corporate Services approved the…

March 15, 2017 @ 7:17am

The Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership (KHLP) and Manitoba Hydro have announced a new control budget of $8.7 billion and revised in-service date of August 2021 for the Keeyask Generating Station, currently under construction on the Nelson River in northern Manitoba. This represents an increase from the previously approved control budget…

March 14, 2017 @ 6:55am

Pattern Energy Group LP has announced the completion of CAD $263 million construction-to-term financing for its 147 megawatt (MW) Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind project, which is now entering full-stage construction. Financing was provided by The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Bayerische Landesbank, and fully…

March 07, 2017 @ 7:05am

The 184-MW Meikle Wind Energy Project, located between Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd in British Columbia, has reached substantial completion. According to an article from Clean Technology Business Review, the new wind facility, developed by Pattern Energy, now represents the largest of its kind in B.C. The $456 million project, #88…

March 06, 2017 @ 8:17am

A 400-metre long tension crack has appeared on a slope near a road construction site as part of the Site C Clean Energy Project. According to a BC Hydro information bulletin regarding the appearance of the crack: “Tension cracks are not unexpected in this area; however, this particular crack requires…

February 27, 2017 @ 8:29am

Union safety specialists will monitor the La Romaine worksite in the wake of four deaths on the job site since the project began. According to an article from CBC News, this is the first time Hydro-Québec has allowed permissions for the specialists to monitor the job site, which is in…

February 15, 2017 @ 7:28am

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has approved the proposed Fort McMurray West Transmission Project. In its 353-page decision, AUC approved the 500-kilometre transmission project that will improve the power supply to northeastern Alberta. The project includes a 500-kV AC single-circuit transmission line from the Thickwoods Hills area west of Fort…

February 14, 2017 @ 9:13am

Work on SaskPower’s newest addition to its generation fleet, Chinook Power Station, has begun. Site work started in January on the 350 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant near Swift Current. “We know that the people of Saskatchewan deserve and expect reliable power, and demand for that power continues to…

February 06, 2017 @ 1:14pm

Nova Scotia Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding the installation of a five-story tidal turbine in Minas Passage, an inlet of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. According to a CBC News article, the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association is challenging the project’s approval based on a lack…

February 02, 2017 @ 7:48am

BC Hydro is introducing "seed", a proposed concept to upgrade downtown Vancouver’s electricity infrastructure while funding new community amenities like new schools, daycare spaces and park upgrades. Demand for electricity in downtown Vancouver is expected to grow by over 75 per cent in the next 30 years due to population…

January 24, 2017 @ 2:45pm

A legal challenge filed by two B.C. First Nations regarding the Site C hydroelectric project has been unanimously denied by the Federal Court of Appeal. According to an article in The Globe and Mail, the challenge from the West Moberly First Nation and the Prophet River First Nation called for…

January 24, 2017 @ 10:32am

The National Energy Board (NEB) has approved the Lake Erie Connector Project (project), an international power line that will be buried under Lake Erie and transfer electricity between Ontario and Pennsylvania. In making its decision that this project is in the public interest, the NEB imposed 42 conditions on ITC…

January 20, 2017 @ 9:25am

SgurrEnergy, a Scottish company with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, has acted as technical advisor for the investment in Hywind floating offshore wind farm. Located off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, it is the world’s first multi-turbine floating offshore wind farm. This project is an important milestone…

January 19, 2017 @ 7:17am

There is more than $186 billion invested in the biggest infrastructure projects currently under development in Canada, according to information released today in the annual Top100 Projects report. The Top100 Projects report, produced each year since 2006 by industry magazine ReNew Canada, researches and analyses several hundred projects each year…

January 11, 2017 @ 7:55am

Bruce Power has signed a multi-year master tooling agreement with ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. for the supply of automated tooling systems and related services for Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program. The agreement will bring major long-term economic benefits to the province as Bruce Power advances its multi-year investment program. This…

December 21, 2016 @ 8:59am

NB Power is recommending a project to maintain the Mactaquac Generating Station to its intended lifespan of approximately 2068. This recommendation follows a fact-based decision process involving NB Power’s board of directors, balancing environmental, social, technical and cost considerations. It also follows extensive and ongoing consultation with First Nations. In…

December 20, 2016 @ 11:15am

The governments of Canada and Quebec have provided more than $30 million for the construction of the biomethanation facilities for the Société d'économie mixte de l'est de la couronne sud (SEMECS). The SEMECS project will facilitate the treatment of organic waste generated by residents of the regional county municipalities (MRCs)…

December 20, 2016 @ 7:27am

The U.S. State Department has approved two cross-border transmission projects that will see Canadian producers provide renewable energy to customers in the U.S. According to an article from Engineering News-Record, the department has approved the US$1.2 billion New England Clean Power Link, which will transmit power from Quebec to Vermont.…

December 14, 2016 @ 8:18am

Rockstad, a subsidiary of Carillion Canada, has been selected by Manitoba Hydro as the preferred provider for the next phase of its $4.6 billion Bipole lll high-voltage transmission line project. The project involves clearing rights of way, the installation of access roads, foundations and anchors, the assembly of towers, and…

December 07, 2016 @ 7:32am

The Alberta government will set clear timelines for developing renewable electricity like wind and solar, and a competitive bidding process structured to limit costs. The Renewable Electricity Program will add 5,000 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity by 2030 using a competitive process, administered by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).…

November 08, 2016 @ 8:07am

A petition by two B.C. First Nations to halt construction of the Site C dam in northeastern B.C. has been rejected by the province’s top court. According to a CBC news article, the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations argued that they were not properly consulted on the permitting…

November 02, 2016 @ 6:41am

A dozen renewable energy companies, industry associations and think-tanks are urging the Alberta government to solidify its commitment to having renewables supply at least 30 per cent of the province’s electricity by 2030. Today, they released an open letter calling on Premier Rachel Notley, Minister of Energy Margaret McCuaig-Boyd and…

October 24, 2016 @ 11:30am

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has required Nalcor to remove more forest cover at the Muskrat Falls reservoir as an additional mitigation to further address concerns surrounding methylmercury. "We have heard the call for further mitigation measures to address concerns around methylmercury and this is why removing additional forest…

October 21, 2016 @ 7:10am

Windstream Energy is still looking to complete its proposed $5.2 billion offshore wind farm project near Kingston, despite a provincial moratorium that continues to stall its construction. According to a report in the Toronto Star, the provincial government placed the moratorium on building offshore wind farms in order to research…

October 21, 2016 @ 6:43am

An open source guide, the Community Energy Implementation Framework, designed to help communities move Community Energy Plans from a vision to implementation, was released in beta at QUEST2016 — Smart Energy Communities for Jobs, Infrastructure and Climate Action by the Community Energy Association, QUEST — Quality Urban Energy Systems of…

October 18, 2016 @ 8:25am

Pattern Energy Group Inc. announced it has completed the acquisition of a 90 MW interest in the 179 MW Armow Wind power facility in Kincardine, Ont. from Pattern Energy Group LP. Pattern Energy acquired the interest in Armow Wind for a total cash consideration of approximately US$133 million, representing a…

October 18, 2016 @ 6:27am

Canada is a world leader in renewable power and generates almost two-thirds of its electricity from renewable sources according to a new report released by the National Energy Board (NEB). Hydro is the dominant source of electricity in Canada accounting for 55 per cent of total installed capacity and 58…

October 17, 2016 @ 7:30am

The Alberta government is aiming to support the province’s first solar farm to help meet its green power needs. A Request for Information (RFI) to provide advice on the potential cost and best approach for procuring solar power for half of government operations has been posted. This will explore the…

October 07, 2016 @ 6:31am

QUEST announced the finalists for the 2016 Smart Energy Communities Awards which will be presented at QUEST’s 10th Annual Conference and Tradeshow – Smart Energy Communities for Jobs, Infrastructure and Climate Change taking place October 17-19 at the Westin in Calgary. The Smart Energy Communities Awards are presented annually by…

October 03, 2016 @ 10:11am

SaskPower has awarded a contract to Burns & McDonnell for comprehensive engineer/procure/construct (EPC) services for the new Chinook Power Station, a 350 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power facility to be located in Southwestern Saskatchewan. SaskPower is a provincial Crown Corporation and Saskatchewan's leading energy supplier. The company issued a formal…

September 29, 2016 @ 6:16am

Beothuk Energy has announced a partnership with one of the world's leading offshore wind investors, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners ("CIP"), to develop, own and operate wind farms in Atlantic Canada. "Beothuk is thrilled to be in business with one of the world's leaders in renewable energy financing," said Kirby Mercer, CEO…

September 28, 2016 @ 10:17am

Ontario will immediately suspend the second round of its Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II) process and the Energy-from-Waste Standard Offer Program, halting procurement of over 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar, wind, hydroelectric, bioenergy and energy from waste projects. This decision is expected to save up to $3.8 billion in electricity…

September 27, 2016 @ 8:56am

BC Hydro has announced the four proponent teams that have been shortlisted for the generating station and spillways civil works contract for the Site C Clean Energy Project. The scope of the contract includes the construction of the civil works associated with the powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes. The…

September 26, 2016 @ 11:40am

The Manitoba government has accepted the findings of a review conducted by the Manitoba Hydro-Electric board that assessed the financial situation of the corporation. The report also recommended the Bipole III transmission line project proceed, noting that rerouting the project is no longer considered a viable financial option, according to…

September 26, 2016 @ 7:10am

The giant tunnel that will house the new John Hart Generating Station has been completed. According to a CBC News report, it has taken 13 months to complete the excavation, with nearly 500 detonations needed to help efforts to remove the rock. The eight-metre wide tunnel is approximately 93 metres…

September 22, 2016 @ 7:15am

Environment Minister Scott Moe announced a wind energy project near Chaplin, approximately 85 km west of Moose Jaw, will not be approved to proceed in its proposed location. This decision was made after completing an environmental assessment process that included feedback from environmental non-government organizations (NGOs) and the public. The…

September 20, 2016 @ 6:36am

Ameresco, Inc. announced that it has partnered with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) on a new energy savings project. The $3.9 million comprehensive energy efficiency and facility renewal project at NRC’s research facilities in Halifax, N.S. and in St. John’s, Nfld. are expected to save over $330,000 annually…

September 09, 2016 @ 10:07am

Denmark’s Dong Energy has received government approval for Hornsea Project Two, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, 55 kilometres off the U.K. coast in the North Sea. According to an article from The Guardian, the 300-turbine project, valued at $10 billion CDN, would span more than 480 sq. km off…

August 18, 2016 @ 12:59pm

A group of 11 Canadian associations and NGOs have joined together in a call for a national plan for creating energy efficient buildings. In a letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, the group calls for immediate action to create strong incentives to push the development of…

August 09, 2016 @ 6:31am

BC Hydro today signed the contract with InPower BC for the John Hart Generating  Station Replacement Project in Campbell River, British Columbia, which includes the construction of an innovative, underground powerhouse that will enhance public safety and improve the site’s environmental footprint. John Hart has provided clean, reliable power to…

February 28, 2014 @ 2:15pm

This week, the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (ENEV) released a unanimous report on Canada’s energy future. It outlines what the ENEV calls an "energy vision" for Canada that is based on a clear, and responsible path for Canadian energy development and a low-emissions economy.…

July 19, 2012 @ 8:30am

Genome Alberta and the Public Policy Forum recently released a joint policy paper titled Enhancing Energy Production and Environmental Outcomes through Genomics: The case for innovation, which outlines how the hydrocarbon energy sector in Canada can improve production, and environmental sustainability, through genomic research. In February, Genome Alberta and the Public Policy Forum held a day-long workshop…

June 05, 2012 @ 1:36pm

The government of Nova Scotia released a surprising new energy strategy this week, focused primarily on the tidal energy sector. The Province has set out what critics are calling a very ambitious goal of providing ten per cent (300 megawatts) of the its total energy supply from tidal energy technology…

May 16, 2012 @ 7:30am

A report published last week by The School of Public Policy argues the need for a national, arms-length, independent and well-funded Energy Information Organization. Professor Michal Moore, the report's author, argues that Canada is an energy superpower that lacks energy information. This organization would research and quantify energy issues, and provide high-quality, objective national,…

April 17, 2012 @ 10:10am

On April 14, the mayors of Greenstone, Nipigon, Hearst, and Thunder Bay, Ontario got together in a show of support for development related to the Ring of Fire. They support resource development in the North--but they want their communities to reap the economic benefits. A Ring of Fire Resolution supporting…

April 17, 2012 @ 9:33am

As part of a plan to reduce energy consumption, food waste, and improve recycling, Scarborough Town Centre (STC) in Ontario has  installed a  Bulb Eater and a Green Food Digester. [caption id="attachment_7308" align="alignleft" width="199" caption="Bulb Eater."][/caption] The CFL Premium Bulb Eater is a florescent light bulb disposal unit that crushes and processes…

April 02, 2012 @ 12:01pm

“The Ontario government needs to climate proof the province,” said Gord Miller, environmental commissioner of Ontario, at Queen’s Park this morning. “Higher temperatures, along with an increase in the frequency and severity of intense weather events such as ice storms, heavy rains, heat waves, droughts and wind storms, are all…

March 07, 2012 @ 12:00pm

GLOBE announced today that newly named Suncor Energy president Steve Williams will join the conference's opening plenary on innovation and its role in driving sustainability. Suncor, developer of the Athabasca oil sands, won the Fuel Change Award 2011 for its pioneering work in the development and commercialization of biofuels at the 8th Annual Canadian…

January 25, 2012 @ 12:47pm

According to the Conference Board of Canada’s annual analysis of 27 Canadian census metropolitan areas (CMAs), the west is a hub of economic growth. Global demand for resources out of Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, and Regina will lead to the strongest economic growth among Canadian cities in 2012. “In spite of…

January 11, 2012 @ 9:56am

LEED-certified existing buildings are outpacing their newly built counterparts, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). As of this month, square footage of LEED-certified existing buildings surpassed LEED-certified new construction in the United States by 15 million square feet on a cumulative basis. "The U.S. is home to more…

December 07, 2011 @ 3:35pm

A number of companies located around the Canadian side of Lake Ontario have formed an organisation to push the Ontario government to remove the moratorium on offshore wind energy development. Lake Ontario Offshore Network (LOON) is composed of manufacturers and suppliers, who have skill suited to the development of offshore…

November 14, 2011 @ 1:39pm

EllisDon and Cisco are building the next generation of buildings--this according to an announcement on October 4 that the two have completed the technology infrastructure for the PwC building in downtown Toronto. The new technology brings together all of the information technology systems in the building into one centralised system.…

October 05, 2011 @ 8:14am

While BOMA Toronto's conservation and demand management (CDM) program, which dealt with buildings over 25,000 square feet, expired at the end of 2010, new CDM programs for commercial customers are now being offered under the provincially mandated Local Distribution Company (LDC) energy conservation programs. Willis Energy Services has signed a…

September 07, 2011 @ 6:25am

[caption id="attachment_6314" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Photo from efinity.ca "][/caption] Belgian rail operator Infrabel and renewable energy developer Enfinity have joined forces to create a solar powered high speed rail tunnel. The three-kilometre high-speed rail tunnel from Paris to Amsterdam—which was originally built to avoid felling protected trees along the corridor—is now…

August 10, 2011 @ 7:30am

To help electric utilities and other decision-makers modernize electricity infrastructure, the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has released a guideline for the selection and use of smart grid standards. The guideline contains eight fundamental principles and fifteen elective criteria to make it easier for manufacturers and users of smart grid technologies to…

July 11, 2011 @ 1:47pm

This week, news outlets are reacting to documents showing that the federal government hired a special adviser on climate change and energy to lobby U.S. players over energy and environmental issues. Headlines highlight the $1 million spent on promoting carbon capture and storage (CCS). This is not the first time scientists…

June 20, 2011 @ 2:09pm

During a presentation at the CNAM conference this morning, Andrew Lemer said new technologies mean largescale networks may be a thing of the past. Energy is the obvious example, but Lemer says it’s the same trend for transportation. “People can travel by one mode and switch to another,” he says,…

May 10, 2011 @ 10:55am

Canada’s new government is certain to support the West’s energy interests, keeping its economy strong. According to the Spring 2011 edition of The Conference Board of Canada’s Metropolitan Outlook, a promising outlook for the Alberta energy sector will be a boon for the Calgary and Edmonton economies. Though the cost…

May 05, 2011 @ 6:44am

The Government of Saskatchewan has approved a $1.2-billion carbon capture project.  An aging generating unit at the Boundary Dam Power Station near Estevan will be turned into a carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration project—one of the first commercial-scale CCS facilities in the world. The federal government is contributing $240…

April 27, 2011 @ 11:21am

Canadians have come to expect affordable and reliable electricity. But Pierre Guimond, president and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) said in a release last week, “We must start investing now in the electricity infrastructure that will ensure Canada retains a strong economy in the twenty-first century, as we were…

April 11, 2011 @ 10:14am

[caption id="attachment_5666" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Manitoba Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines David Chomiak says this project showcases the province’s dedication to creating renewable energy and continuing to build Manitoba Hydro. "][/caption] The St. Joseph Wind project–the largest wind farm in Manitoba, and number 21 on our Top 100 list for…

April 05, 2011 @ 7:33am

Canadians don't know jack about energy. This according to a recent RBC poll testing 4,000 Canadians' knowledge about energy. National non-profit, Pollution Probe, has released what it's hoping will serve as an educational resource for Canadians. The Primer on Energy Systems in Canada is an overview of the resources, challenges and opportunities…

February 11, 2011 @ 8:27am

Today at the Toronto Forum for Global Cities, Ontario Premier Dalton McDuinty answered ReNew Canada's questions about recent announcements that the Ontario government will provide residents with a 10 per cent rebate on rising hydro bills. During his luncheon address, McGuinty made some awkward Harry Potter jokes in an attempt…

November 22, 2010 @ 2:01pm

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) took the opportunity to announce a record year for wind energy in Canada at the World Energy Congress (WEC) this week. "Building on the growth in 2010, we can also state with a high degree of certainty that 2011 will be a record year…

September 15, 2010 @ 5:59am

The Ontario government has approved a plan to exempt the peaker plant planned for York Region’s Holland Marsh area from the provisions of the Planning Act. On May 28, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing posted a proposed regulation on the Environmental Registry for public review and comment. The…

August 06, 2010 @ 6:42am

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick power companies are exploring the opportunity for a new 500-megawatt line that would more than double the electrical transmission capacity between the two provinces. Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, Nova Scotia Power CEO Rob Bennett, and NB Power CEO Gaetan…

August 03, 2010 @ 6:22am

Nine out of ten Ontarians support wind farms in their region. This according to a new Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). The survey found that the level of support remained high even when respondents were asked how they would feel about a wind project…

July 16, 2010 @ 6:12am

The Atlantic premiers have reaffirmed their commitment to the creation of a collaborative strategy for clean and renewable energy across the region. But they have yet to actually create said strategy. All four Atlantic provinces have been working together on a range of energy issues through the Council of Atlantic…

July 13, 2010 @ 6:56am

Construction has begun on the North Battleford Energy Centre in the Rural Municipality of North Battleford, Saskatchewan. When completed, the  Energy Centre will supply enough electricity to power the equivalent of 260,000 homes in Saskatchewan under a 20-year electricity supply contract with SaskPower. The facility will consist of a 170-megawatt…

June 15, 2010 @ 1:29pm

Interesting timing, Conference Board of Canada (CBC). Choosing to release a report that finds Canadian business have failed to seize new—or even maintain existing—opportunities to sell eco-technologies during one of Canada’s biggest eco-conference, GLOBE, will likely get the CBC some good coverage. According to the report, Global Climate-Friendly Trade: Canada’s…

March 25, 2010 @ 7:13am

It's pretty much business as usual in Ontario, as a new plan is unveiled that basically rounds up existing programs and Acts and gives them all an umbrella to sit under. In his speech from the throne this afternoon, Ontario's Lieutenant Governor, David Onley, said Ontario will see job creation…

March 08, 2010 @ 1:12pm

Leading up to today’s budget announcement, Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean delivered the throne speech yesterday, talking mostly about Canada’s competitiveness in the global marketplace, economic growth, and the continued creation of jobs. “Our Government’s top priority is to complete the second year of Canada’s Economic Action Plan and…

March 04, 2010 @ 9:08am

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is undertaking an extensive work plan in the coming months with regard to energy issues. In October 2009, the Canadian Chamber released Powering Up Canadian Prosperity: Realizing the Energy Sector’s Potential and Ensuring Continued Access to a Stable, Secure, Clean and Flexible Supply of Affordable…

March 03, 2010 @ 3:30pm

The City of Saint John, New Brunswick, is getting up to $9.8 million from the federal government towards a “green thermal utility.” Total project costs are estimated at $29.8 million and this funding in through the federal government’s $1 billion Green Infrastructure Fund, a component of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.…

March 01, 2010 @ 12:43pm

The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design is starting research in the emerging field of life cycle assessment (LCA)—a concept discussed often in our magazine. Dr. Getachew Assefa, who worked for years as a senior researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, has joined the U…

November 04, 2009 @ 8:06am

Thanks to the upcoming Olympics, Whistler, B.C., has scored Canada’s first authentic passivhaus. ReNew Canada’s editor, Mira Shenker, toured some of these houses in the Netherlands and found out first-hand how something as simple as orientation can add up to huge energy savings. The building envelope of the Austria-house for…

September 25, 2009 @ 12:22pm

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are partnering with EQuilibrium Communities to provide support, including funding (up to $550,000 per project) to private, public and non-profit developers that are developing what they consider to be “leading-edge sustainable development neighbourhood-scale projects” in Canada. They’ve issued a…

July 08, 2009 @ 8:44am

At last week's Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Whistler, many local leaders stood up during Q&A sessions to point out how badly cities need funding to fix aging and leaky water and sewer infrastructure. In Ontario alone, consumers are paying $700 million per year for water that never reaches…

June 10, 2009 @ 9:54am

A new lab to test and certify solar panels and equipment just opened in Vancouver. "This new facility will increase testing capacity for the rapidly growing photovoltaic market which recorded 110 per cent growth in 2008," says Randall W. Luecke, president, CSA International, the testing and certification organization that opened…

May 29, 2009 @ 8:14am

Our number one project on this year's Top 100 list, the Romaine Hydroelectric Complex is officially under construction. Québec Premier Jean Charest made the announcement yesterday accompanied by Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Claude Béchard, Minister of Native Affairs, Pierre Corbeil, the mayor of Havre-Saint-Pierre and prefect of the…

May 14, 2009 @ 7:48am

The province of British Columbia has released an Energy Plan Report on Progress to update the public on the work that's been done since the province's Energy Plan was released in 2007. Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom said in a release, "The Energy Plan Report on Progress…

April 16, 2009 @ 9:09am

The latest community to develop an innovative project with funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is Terrebonne, Quebec. The town will use a $350,000 GMF grant to develop a sustainable neighbourhood. The new development will be a mix of residential, businesses and light industry. All…

April 08, 2009 @ 5:10am

The Swedish Trade Council and the Embassy of Sweden, in co-operation with Canadian Urban Institute are inviting delegates to participate in a business mission to Sweden to learn firsthand how municipalities and companies have implemented state-of-the-art technology within the energy and waste to energy sector. The tour starts in Stockholm…

January 26, 2009 @ 9:42am

Innovative Steam Technologies, part of Aecon Group, has been awarded two contracts valued at over $20 million to supply its Once-Through Steam Generator units to Nova Scotia Power Incorporated and Holmen Paper's Peninsular Cogeneration in Spain. Under the terms of the first contract, IST will design and supply two OTSG…

January 20, 2009 @ 8:36am

Yesterday, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty delivered a fiscal update that he told media the week before would include no special measures to help keep Canada steady in what he called "turbulent" times. "It's called a fiscal update and that's what it is," said Flaherty, "just an update." On Thursday,…

November 28, 2008 @ 8:09am

The National Energy Board (NEB) has approved an application from Westcoast Energy Inc., carrying on business as Spectra Energy Transmission, (Westcoast) to construct the South Peace Pipeline Project. The proposed South Peace Pipeline Project is an approximately 92 kilometres extension of Westcoast's existing raw gas gathering system near Fort St.…

November 19, 2008 @ 12:20pm

On November 13, 2008, an estimated 50,000 participants and volunteers from corporations, organizations, and universities around the world will focus on a common global concern-transportation usability and its impact on our environment. World Usability Day 2008 will launch the Global Transport Challenge to help individuals measure their everyday travel usage;…

November 10, 2008 @ 1:43pm

Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE)is reporting its best quarter ever. The publicly traded construction and infrastructure development company reported third quarter revenues of $535 million, a 24 per cent increase from last year, as increases in the Infrastructure, Industrial and Concessions segments offset a small decline in the Buildings segment.…

October 30, 2008 @ 8:53am

Plutonic Power's application for an environmental assessment certificate for the 130-megawatt Upper Toba Valley run-of-river hydroelectric project has been accepted by the BC Environmental Assessment Office. The Upper Toba Valley run-of-river project is comprised of three generation facilities on Jimmie Creek, Dalgleish Creek and the Upper Toba River and will…

September 24, 2008 @ 7:27am

Minister of Energy and Infrastructure George Smitherman announced yesterday an initiative to conduct a scoped review of the enhancement and acceleration of Ontario's renewable energy potential, and the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) are feeling encouraged. Smitherman issued a directive to the Ontario Power…

September 19, 2008 @ 7:37am

Claymore Investments, Inc. is launching the Claymore Global Infrastructure ETF (CIF). The CIF has been designed to replicate the performance of the MFC Global Infrastructure Index, net of expenses. The MFC Global Infrastructure Index seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing in companies in the infrastructure sector based on…

August 28, 2008 @ 10:09am

Acorn Energy, Inc. today announced the completion of its acquisition of Coreworx Inc. (formerly Software Innovation Inc.) of Kitchener, Ontario, provider of the Coreworx suite, a software tool for capital project information management and collaboration. Coreworx is currently utilized to help manage the construction of capital projects, including offshore oil…

August 14, 2008 @ 7:55am

Today, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) released their National Energy Efficiency Report Card and analysis of the federal, provincial and territorial governments. "We're pleased that all jurisdictions received passing grades and remain optimistic that the federal government is beginning to move in the right direction," said Ken Elsey, CEEA…

August 12, 2008 @ 9:00am

[caption id="attachment_623" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This highly detailed map from Ventyx and Bolder Geographics is the only comprehensive map available showing renewable resources and development of renewable energy across Canada. Click on the map to view a more detailed version. (CNW Group/Ventyx)"][/caption] Ventyx, a software provider to the energy and utility…

July 31, 2008 @ 11:43am

The last remnants of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program is set to arrive in Port Hope's uranium refinery facilities very soon. More than 500 tonnes of yellowcake uranium were sold to Cameco Corporation by the Iraqui government in a deal that was reported to cost tens of millions of dollars. Cameco's…

July 07, 2008 @ 7:35am

Bruce Power will study the potential of bringing nuclear energy to Saskatchewan as part of a wider look at clean energy technologies. The Saskatchewan 2020 initiative, announced yesterday in Saskatoon by Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne, is intended to give provincial leaders detailed information and options as they…

June 18, 2008 @ 11:30am

Yesterday the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a Decision and Order granting Union Gas Limited leave to construct 4.5 kilometres of natural gas pipeline and ancillary facilities in the Town of Halton Hills and the Town of Milton, to supply natural gas to the Halton Hills Generating Station (Halton Hills…

June 17, 2008 @ 10:08am

[caption id="attachment_342" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Darlington Nuclear"][/caption] Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will operate a new two-unit plant at the Darlington site, and Bruce Power will maintain 6,300 MW through either Bruce B refurbishment or new build. Infrastructure Ontario's Nuclear Procurement Project Request for Proposals (RFP) entered Phase 2 yesterday with a…

June 17, 2008 @ 8:30am

A new program aimed at saving 150 Megawatts of electricity in Toronto — enough to power over 54,000 homes a year — was officially launched today with a presentation at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. The Building Owners and Managers Association of Toronto (BOMA), in partnership with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA),…

March 27, 2007 @ 8:31am

FCM Capacity Building Program Consultation Workshops, a series of workshops to explore capacity building needs, are scheduled for location across Canada. Municipal governments across the country are taking a leadership role on actions that support and exemplify sustainable community development. Champions are needed to provide the leadership that makes sustainable…

February 27, 2007 @ 9:01am