Canada Energy

Saskatchewan Solar Co-Operative Brings Power To The People

David Dodge | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

On the roof of the Two Twenty building in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan are 90 solar modules comprising a 27.5 kilowatt solar system, the very first project built by the newly-formed SES Solar Co-operative. The co-op is an offshoot of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) that works on conservation, sustainability and yes, energy issues.

This P.E.I. City Uses Smart Grid To Get Record Wind Integration

David Dodge | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

In 2015, the city of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, achieved the highest level of wind power integration in North America. While the province of P.E.I. is already a leader with 26 per cent of its electricity coming from wind power, the City of Summerside Electric Utility has ratcheted that up to an astonishing 46 per cent by adding a smart grid with energy storage.

How To Stay Healthy Over The Summer

Jane Dummer | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

We wait all year for long summer days filled with BBQs, pool parties, cottage weekends and food festivals. But these endless social events can have you overindulging in food and drink more than any other time of year. So how can you stay healthy over the summer? We asked our experts for their advice.

Liberals Should Shutter Nuclear Plant Well Past Its Prime

Mike Schreiner | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Pickering is already 15 years past its best before date. It's the fourth oldest nuclear station in North America and the seventh oldest nuclear station in the world. Given its age, it is not surprising that Pickering is one of the most unreliable and poorest performing nuclear plants in North America.

Bob Chelmick's Solar-Powered Cabin In The Woods

David Dodge | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada
David Dodge

Chelmick's getaway required the hard work of clearing brush and laying a foundation. The original cabin was 600 square feet and solar-powered, complete with battery storage. Why solar? Chelmick recalls seeing brown streaks across the sky near Lake Wabamun.

Iron And Earth: Oilsands Workers Call For Training In Renewable Energy

David Dodge | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Lliam Hildebrand is first and foremost a boilermaker. On his last oilsands project in northern Alberta, a colleague said to him over lunch, "Man, oil prices are still dropping. They're going to go below $30 soon, and if we don't start diversifying our jobs into renewables, our union is screwed."

How To Get Your Mojo Back

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada
Shelagh Meagher

Do you ever feel like you've run out of fuel for something you're trying to do in your life, even though you were super gung-ho when you set out? Over...

Bulletproof Tea: The Ultimate Energy Booster

Sheena Brady | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada
Sheena Brady

The Inspiration It all started in Silicon Valley where executives and athletes began adding butter and coconut oil to their coffee beverages to sus...

Cap-And-Trade Keeps Poor Ontarians Trapped In Energy Poverty

Megan Hooft | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Impact
 Megan Hooft

Details of the Ontario government's Climate Action Plan are out and the reviews are mixed. While the business sector will no doubt grumble about the cap-and-trade system in place to keep the province's climate program on track, it seems that the big losers will inevitably be people living in poverty.

PEI Rocks Wind Power

David Dodge | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

When PEI's government crafted a plan to wean their grid off costly and carbon-intensive diesel, they turned to wind power, one renewable resource that the island has plenty of. A map of the wind potential of PEI glows red showing high potential for much of the island. As we write this 34 per cent of PEI's electricity is coming from the wind.

The Wind Energy Institute Makes A Big Investment

David Dodge | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

There are some who say PEI is tapped out on it's renewable energy, but after speaking to the energy minister, the CEO of the PEI Energy Corporation, Summerside's utility manager and Scott Harper of the institute it seems pretty clear PEI is determined to do more.

Why Canada Needs Both Windmills And Pipelines

Katrina Marsh | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Katrina Marsh

There are many uses for fossil fuels, including oil, where the alternatives are nowhere near as advanced as wind turbines, solar panels or electric cars. Stopping pipelines in Canada does not speed up the development of alternatives to oil. It doesn't slow growing oil demand in emerging economies, where most of the growth in energy demand will come from in the future.

How Calgary Is Looking Ahead And Embracing Clean Energy

David Dodge | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Alberta's carbon tax is expected to have a relatively minor impact on middle to lower income folks, but what about a major city that buys $60 million worth of power every year? That's going to cut into some budgets! It turns out there's one municipality that's positioned very well for a carbon tax but its name might surprise you.

The Shadow Of Chernobyl Looms Large 30 Years Later

Shawn-Patrick Stensil | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Living
Shawn-Patrick Stensil

Thirty years on from the world's worst nuclear accident, millions of people are still living with radioactive fallout from Chernobyl. In contaminated areas, radiation touches every aspect of people's lives: it's in the food they eat, the milk they drink, and in the schools, parks and playgrounds their children play in. The human toll of reactor accidents is why nuclear power may never gain widespread acceptance, no matter how much the industry tries to reassure us that risks are low.

The Importance Of Taking Time For You

Dina Pestonji | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

A few months ago, a lovely little birdie (aka my smart, insightful sister) told me something that I took to heart. She said "You don't want to be the reason you fail." If I work so hard and burnout, I will not be able to build a successful company.

Does National Unity Have To Be A Casualty Of Canada's Energy Debate?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

In a recent panel discussion, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna assured Albertans that the Liberal government would not risk damaging "national unity" by acting quickly on climate change. For some, her comment begs the question: when exactly will the Liberals be ready to start acting on their emissions reductions targets?

6 Simple Habits For Boosting Your Energy Levels

Kathy Smart | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Smart

Anyone can have more energy; they just need to know what to do to cultivate it. It isn't a special pill or a magic powder. It is found in some really basic things that I have discovered that consistently keep my energy level high, regardless of what I have going on in my life.

Here's How Exercise Haters Can Fall In Love With Fitness

Alicia Jones | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Jones

No matter how beneficial fitness can be, the pain, the time consuming effort and the negative sensations have ironically created a very unhealthy relationship between you and this very healthy activity. Truthfully it's not your fault. There are some very legitimate reasons you may have grown to hate fitness, but there is hope.

3 Ways To Productively Channel Spring's Energy

Renate Reimann | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Living
Renate Reimann

Have you been feeling listless or restless lately? Why not fully embrace nature's push to reinvent itself? You too can plug into the dynamism of the moment to get stronger, healthier and more productive.

Investing In Energy Efficiency Can Jump-Start Alberta's Economy

David Dodge | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

If Alberta invested $34 per capita, the average of other provinces, Alberta would generate $510 million in energy savings and 3,000 jobs while reducing emissions and making Alberta more competitive.

The Sustainable Benefits Of Building A Carbon Neutral Laneway Home

David Dodge | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

A carbon neutral home and net-zero home are similar in that both produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year. The difference is a net-zero home produces its own energy right on the home, whereas a carbon neutral home can produce its energy elsewhere in the community.

Can This Radically Sustainable Home Survive A Cold, Canadian Winter?

David Dodge | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

An earthship is an off-grid home that produces its own energy, captures its own water, treats its own wastewater, grows its own food and passively collects the sun's energy for heat. That's the idea, anyways. But ever since the Kinney Earthship was built in the summer of 2014, Duncan Kinney has received many emails about one particular subject: how does it hold up so far north?

Dispelling 7 Solar Energy Myths

David Dodge | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

The myths we are concerned about, the ones of dubious value, are crazy stories that are passed off as facts when talking about solar energy. To get to the bottom of these solar myths we talked to Gordon Howell, a solar expert with Howell-Mayhew Engineering.

Hearing The Voices Of Citizens In Alberta

Donna Kennedy-Glans | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Alberta
Donna Kennedy-Glans

When it comes to climate change and energy choices, many people think they know what it is that Albertans think and what Albertans want. I wasn't so sure that we had actually heard from the citizens of Alberta, and a group of others agreed. This past September, we launched a short-term initiative called ViewpointsAB to find out.

Addressing Common Wind Energy Myths

David Dodge | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

With the advent of new technology comes a cavalcade of fears and concerns surrounding that same technology. Wind turbines have been blamed for all sorts of health problems, ranging from sleep deprivation to cancer and yes, even death. One person, Dr. Nina Pierpont, even went so far as to coin a term for these diverse effects, "Wind Turbine Syndrome." But is there any truth to the hysteria? Let's find out.