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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.

What is Alberta Really Doing With Its Carbon Tax Money?

Since 2009, $380 million has been collected with $212 million of it being invested so far. Of the money that's been spent $98 million has been invested in renewables, $38.7 million in energy efficiency with the rest going to greening fossil fuel production and carbon capture and storage. That's 64 per cent of the money invested so far going into renewables and energy efficiency.
02/03/2014 12:07 EST
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Electric Bikes: Not Cars, Not Bikes, Just Right

Not to oversell it, but the electric bike might be the single best urban transportation option out there. An electric bike is almost Goldilocksian in how it fits into the urban fabric. You get to power up that big hill, get some fresh air and dodge traffic all at the same time.
01/20/2014 05:07 EST

The Latest and Greatest in the Energy Storage Space

When people think of energy storage, they think of batteries. We've had them in their modern incarnation for more than 200 years and there are examples in the archaeological record of things that could be batteries that are more than 2000 years old.
01/07/2014 08:13 EST

Green Energy Futures Top Five Stories of 2013

We spent 2013 crisscrossing the country finding inspiring stories of Canadians engaged with green energy solutions in their homes, businesses and communities: we met everyone from Kent Rathwell, the i...
12/27/2013 03:05 EST
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Green Energy Gift Guide 2013

Whether you want to spread the good word when it comes to green energy or you're buying a gift for a total green energy nerd you've come to the right place. These gift ideas work for the person who geeks out about the latest solar modules or loves driving their SUV in the suburbs.
12/09/2013 06:27 EST
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Earth Tubes: Energy Saving Cost-Cutters of the Future

An earth tube, also called an earth to air heat exchanger, is a set of plastic or concrete pipes that are buried underground and draw air into a building. The air flows through the earth tube and it is warmed or cooled by the ground's constant temperature of about six degrees. The longer the earth tube the more energy transfer you get.
11/25/2013 05:39 EST
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Join the Cheap Solar Revolution

Soon, it won't make sense to not have solar on your house, on your office or on any spare building that faces South. It's simple math. The cost of electricity is going up while the cost of solar is going down. Way down. Thirty-five years ago a watt of solar photovoltaic power cost $75. Now it costs $0.75.
11/12/2013 05:47 EST
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Tired of Paying Crazy Gas Prices? On Sun Country Highway, You Don't Have To

The business model is to really empower a nation and see where that goes. We're putting in charging stations at smaller communities and businesses to allow people who want to look at another alternative whether it's fully electric or electric extended range to be able to drive and to be able to go places and become more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
11/01/2013 05:31 EDT
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Get Rich and Save the World

But it's not enough to have an amazing idea or technology, you have to be able to develop a business. And that's a far different skill than creating cool new cleantech solutions in the research lab. That's where Rand and MaRS come in. Rand has a checklist for what's he looking for when cleantech companies come to him, looking for an investment to scale up.
08/27/2013 12:12 EDT
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How Can We Store Renewable Energy?

Entrepreneurs, inventors and researchers all over the world are beavering away, trying to find an answer to a multi-billion dollar question: How do you cheaply and reliably store energy for the grid? In Canada we've got many entrepreneurs working on figuring out energy storage.
08/06/2013 05:15 EDT
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What Is Bullfrog Power All About, Anyway?

A question we've run into from time to time is a simple one -- is Bullfrog Power for real? Their grassroots ubiquity in the renewable energy movement meant that people were familiar with the brand, but maybe not as familiar with their business model.
07/15/2013 05:14 EDT
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Building a Better Wood Stove: What a Rocket Can Do

The rocket mass heater will challenge your traditional pre-conception of a wood-burning stove. The wood is fed in vertically and the fire is contained. It's a hyper-efficient wood-burning stove that burns the biomass internally and at higher temperatures than a typical stove.
07/02/2013 05:07 EDT
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Biomass: There's Money in That Wood Waste

District heating is a simple idea. Produce the heat in a large centralized plant and then pipe it to nearby customers, but it still hasn't cracked into the mainstream in Canada yet. The heating provided by the biomass project can cover half of the heating load on the coldest prairie winter day of the year and the vast majority of the heating loads the rest of the year.
06/24/2013 05:31 EDT
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How Distributed Generation is Revolutionizing Energy in Canada

The transmission grid remains the inflexible behemoth it was 50 years ago. The central idea of distributed generation -- where nimble, low-cost generators generate electricity where you need it -- is the equivalent of going from mainframe computer that takes up half a building to an iPad.
06/17/2013 05:34 EDT
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Electric Cars: The Fast and the Chargeable

Tesla, the pioneering electric vehicle manufacturer made the news recently and it wasn't about their cars or their flamboyant founder, Elon Musk. No, Tesla made the news because it paid off $465 million in government loans nine years early. Tesla is also estimating that it will sell 21,000 units of its Model S, its family sedan, in 2013.
06/10/2013 05:24 EDT
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What's Next for Hybrids and Electric Cars?

The 100-mile-per-gallon car has arrived but it's still a niche item. Change on a grand scale will only come when we get beyond the early adopters and that will happen when either the price of technology comes way down or the price of gas goes way up.
06/03/2013 05:22 EDT
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Car Sharing Is Changing How We Consume

Car2Go has 275,000 members around the world. World there are 1.7 million car sharing members in 27 countries. Car sharing is the most outwardly popular expression of a simple idea that's changing how we consume. It's called collaborative consumption.
05/28/2013 05:19 EDT