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  • Animation: How Wind Turbines Work

    Animation: How Wind Turbines Work

    The windmill, which converts wind into rotational energy to mill grain or pump water, has been around since antiquity. It’s even been claimed that Ancient Babylonians planned to harness wind as early as almost 4,000 years ago, as part of a ...

  • Is Energy Efficiency the correct path to a lower carbon economy?

    Is Energy Efficiency the correct path to a lower carbon economy?

    European researchers have identified a new “fuel” that by 2030 will be more important than oil. It’s called energy efficiency − the drive to get more bang from each buck spent on power. If the European Union member ...

  • How 5 Global Brands Use Renewable Energy

    How 5 Global Brands Use Renewable Energy

    According to the Renewable Energy Policy Network, about 22.1% of the world’s energy needs are satisfied by renewable energy. Hydro power accounts for most of this (16.4%) and the remainder (5.7%) comes from solar, wind, biomass, and other ...

    Jeff Desjardins

  • Where does Canada Rank on Coal Phase Out Actions?

    Where does Canada Rank on Coal Phase Out Actions?

    The first ever assessment on progress towards ending reliance on coal power across the G7 ranks the U.S.A as leading a clear move away from coal evident across all G7 members with one exception. Japan is ranked last in seventh place, standing in ...

  • Fossil-Fuel Divestment: Where Should the Money Flow?

    Fossil-Fuel Divestment: Where Should the Money Flow?

    In January 2014, a group of 17 foundations preceded the Fund, committing to divest $1.7 billion, which has grown to over 100 foundations and over $5 billion in pledges over the past 18 months. In early June 2015, the Norwegian government committed ...

    Titiaan Palazzi;Curtis Probst;Jenna Nicholas

  • The Canadian Energy Strategy: Big Ideas But Light on the Details

    The Canadian Energy Strategy: Big Ideas But Light on the Details

    Two weeks ago in St. John’s, the provincial and territorial Premiers struck a historic deal on a national Canadian energy strategy. While it’s a critical first step in establishing common ground across provinces, much needs to be done to ...

    Jonathan Arnold

  • World must weigh the true cost of coal to be serious about climate – OECD

    World must weigh the true cost of coal to be serious about climate – OECD

    Governments should rethink the role of coal in energy supply as the scale of new investments being made in unabated coal-fired electricity generation poses the most urgent threat to our climate, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today. ...

  • Solar fuels: how planes and cars could be powered by the sun

    Solar fuels: how planes and cars could be powered by the sun

    Solar energy is the world’s most plentiful and ubiquitous energy source, and researchers around the world are pursuing ways to convert sunlight into a useful form. Most people are aware of solar photovoltaics that generate electricity and ...

    Jonathan Scheffe

  • The Great Transition – Closing Coal Plants

    The Great Transition – Closing Coal Plants

    We may wake up one morning in the not-too-distant future and realize that the world has reached a tipping point on coal. So concludes the Earth Policy Institute in Chapter 3 of its upcoming report entitled The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil ...

  • Natural gas, renewables to grow by 2040 – will nuclear follow?

    Natural gas, renewables to grow by 2040 – will nuclear follow?

    Renewable energy sources provided 13 percent of electricity in the United States in 2013. That percentage will be closer to 18 by 2040, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015), which ...

    Jaclyn Brandt

  • Climbing the Solar Energy Ladder – New approach for energy-starved rural poor

    Climbing the Solar Energy Ladder – New approach for energy-starved rural poor

    Access to electricity is crucial for sustainable economic development. Yet 1.3 billion people around the world live without basic access to electricity. Many of these people rely on unhealthy polluting kerosene lamps for nighttime lighting. Those ...

    Laurie Guevara-Stone

  • Canada’s Other Energy Boom – Energy infrastructure is on the move.

    Canada’s Other Energy Boom – Energy infrastructure is on the move.

    When it comes to energy infrastructure, Canada is on the move. Of course, that may seem like nothing new, given Canada’s lengthy energy history, particularly in the oil and gas industries. In this latest chapter, however, electricity is ...

    Brian Abeld

  • Clean-Energy Innovation Essential to meeting Climate Goals – IEA Report

    Clean-Energy Innovation Essential to meeting Climate Goals – IEA Report

    A concerted push for clean-energy innovation is the only way the world can meet its climate goals, the International Energy Agency says as it released its flagship energy technology report. The report, Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 (ETP ...

  • Canada as an Energy Superpower- A Concept Revisited

    Canada as an Energy Superpower- A Concept Revisited

    There have been many references over the past decade calling Canada an “energy superpower”. Apart from the political debate the term has engendered, many see the label more as a marketing ploy than as a statement of reality. There is no ...

    Ken White

  • Up in Smoke – How the climate and our health suffer from flaring

    Up in Smoke – How the climate and our health suffer from flaring

    It’s like burning banknotes. Latest statistics from the World Bank (WB) indicate that the amount of gas flared each year is enough energy to supply electricity to several small countries or many millions of households. The flaring of 140 ...

    Kieran Cooke

  • Business-as-unusual outlook for oil in the medium term

    Business-as-unusual outlook for oil in the medium term

    There is a curious twist to the many messages emerging from the International Energy Agency (IEA) annual Medium-Term Oil Market Report (MTOMR) released today. On the one hand, says the Agency, it will be business as usual for oil in the medium ...

  • Solar:The Next Shale?

    Solar:The Next Shale?

    That is a key question asked in a February 2nd Press Release from Wood Mackenzie, a world leader in commercial intelligence for the energy, metals and mining industries. Just as shale extraction technologies took oil and gas markets by storm, ...

  • Clean energy study questions cost-effectiveness of Site C project

    Clean energy study questions cost-effectiveness of Site C project

    The Independent Power Producers Association of BC (Clean Energy BC) has released a report it commissioned from an independent British strategic advisory professional services firm that suggests smaller clean-energy plants might be a viable option to ...

  • The Energy Revolution is Here

    The Energy Revolution is Here

    We live in an exciting time. Yes, glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, and in my new home in the Western United States, earlier snowmelts, longer summers, and hotter temperatures have made wildfires 400 percent more frequent. And yet, there ...

    Jules Kortenhorst

  • The Emerging Power of Microgrids

    The Emerging Power of Microgrids

    Over many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across ...

    Justin Gerdes