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David Dodge

Producer/Host, Green Energy Futures.ca

David is the host and producer of GreenEnergyFutures.ca, a multi media project that tells the stories of Canadians engaged with green energy solutions in their homes, businesses and communities.
David is the former communications director of the Pembina Institute, he produced the EcoFile radio series for CKUA, was editor of Borealis magazine, the Alberta executive director of CPAWS and the production manager of Lone Pine Publishing. In his spare time David has coached soccer and basketball and has served as the president of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues.
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Wind Turbines Kill Too Many Bats -- Let's Change That

Being something of a naturalist some of my most memorable trips have involved seeing birds such as the endangered resplendent quetzal in Costa Rica or the beautiful rose-coloured grosbeak in Alberta. So we wanted to find the facts behind the claims you often hear about just how bad wind farms are for birds and wildlife in general.This took us down a rabbit hole of research and browser tabs that landed us in the workshop of John Bowman.
03/27/2015 05:26 EDT
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Welcome to Canada's First Net-Zero Commercial Building

The gap from net-zero house to net-zero commercial building has now been bridged. This 30,000 square foot building cost $10.5 million dollars. It's three months ahead of schedule and five per cent under budget. It's bright and roomy with beautiful exposed wood beams, feature stairs and a three storey living wall in the foyer.
03/23/2015 01:34 EDT

What One Small Prairie Town Did to Reverse its Population Decline

About 10 years ago the town of Craik, Saskatchewan was facing a problem common to so many rural centres on the prairie. The town was slowly dying. People were moving away to bigger cities and other provinces and each census confirmed it. That's when the people of Craik hatched a plan.
02/23/2015 05:46 EST
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The State of Electric Vehicles in Canada

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is a pretty unlikely place to find one of the rarest electric vehicles, or EVs, in Canada. But Kent Rathwell, the owner of one of only three Toyota RAV4 EV's north of the American border, is a pretty extraordinary dude.
02/16/2015 11:28 EST
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Why Wood Waste to Energy Is a No-Brainer

Wood is certainly not a new fuel. We've been using it since the invention of fire to keep warm, but can it be a big part of our electricity mix in our modern age? Biomass provides green baseload power -- an important consideration for grid operators who want to integrate more renewable energy by balancing the intermittent nature of solar and wind.
02/09/2015 06:01 EST
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Winter Cycling 101: What You Need to Know

Keith Hallgren of RBF Cycles is a longtime four-season cyclist. He builds and fixes bikes, teaches courses on winter cycling and, full disclosure, he also built the winter bike of Green Energy Futures editor Duncan Kinney. According to Hallgren there are three keys to being a successful winter cyclist.
02/02/2015 05:17 EST
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The Wind Energy Project That's a Sign of Things to Come

This may seem surprising to us in Canada, but California has a lot of extra wind and solar power being produced at times when it is not needed, so storing that energy and saving it for peak periods of the day helps avoid the need for new power plants.
01/26/2015 05:24 EST

Energiewende: Addressing the Myths of Germany's Energy Transition

But the best part about Germany's energy transition, the part that affects you and me here in North America, is how much the costs have been driven down for renewable energy. It was German demand that spurred a massive worldwide build out of solar PV manufacturing capacity. Now wind and solar are competing, and winning, on price against conventional fuels.
01/20/2015 05:27 EST
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Big Biomass 101: When Burning Wood for Energy Makes Sense

The great boreal forest straddles the country and provinces from Nova Scotia to British Columbia have ample forestry resources. In a place like Canada biomass to energy can make a lot of sense. So we headed to the largest, closest biomass operation we could find -- the Alberta Pacific Forest Industries (ALPAC) pulp mill.
01/12/2015 05:08 EST
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How We Made Our Own Solar Air Heater for Under $100

Solar air heating might be the easiest to understand and the most accessible solar technology we've covered yet. It's so simple we built our own solar air heater out of found materials, pop cans and about $80 worth of materials from a local hardware store.
12/01/2014 05:33 EST

How Wind and Solar Lower Your Electricity Bill in Alberta

Solar energy in Alberta is still a tiny fraction of the total electricity mix, only five megawatts, but it's growing. Higher prices for solar electricity would certainly accelerate the process and get more clean solar energy on the grid more quickly, also helping Alberta with one of the biggest challenges it faces - reducing emissions in our fossil-fuel economy.
12/01/2014 01:57 EST

Welcome to Canada's 1st Concentrated Solar Thermal Plant

And while this is the farthest north that a concentrated solar thermal project has ever been built solar makes sense in Medicine Hat. As Clugston reminds us, Medicine Hat is the sunniest city in Canada and they get more direct annual sunlight than Miami, Florida.
11/19/2014 02:10 EST
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The Future Looks Bright for the Solar Industry

We have done stories on the rise of solar before but these were based on growth in installations in Germany, Bloomberg predictions and the amazing reductions in the pricing of solar. This is something else entirely -- the cold, hard, impersonal hand of the market is now making the case for the rise of solar.  
11/10/2014 05:35 EST
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Echohaven: An Environmentally Friendly, Energy Efficient Suburb

To borrow a popular internet meme, what if I told you we could build suburbs that preserved the natural landscape, had super energy efficient homes, built a sense of community and had no vinyl siding. Well we can, and the neighborhood of Echohaven, in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge in Calgary is doing precisely that. The homes of Echohaven must be super energy efficient, collect rainwater and are located in an oasis of nature. Echohaven has turned the modern process of building a neighbourhood on its ear
11/04/2014 05:08 EST