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PRESS RELEASE: Canada’s natural gas utilities target for renewable natural gas content

Ottawa – May 25, 2016 – The natural gas delivered to Canadian homes, transportation markets, businesses, and industry will soon include more renewable energy in it thanks to a new national renewable natural gas (RNG) target announced today by the Canadian Gas Association. Canada’s natural gas utilities have set a target of 5 per cent …

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Real Reconciliation: Advancing Indigenous – Business Clean Energy Relationships

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] By Steven Pacifico & Chris Henderson THE Truth and Reconciliation Commission made a loud and clear call for a new era of people-centered and respect-based relationships between Indigenous Communities and Canada.  The Commission and its recommendations was a watershed moment for our country. Can Canadian society “walk the talk” and embrace Real Reconciliation; especially in …

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Ontario Announces $100 Million Investment for Home Energy Audits and Retrofits

Ontario is taking action on its new Climate Change Strategy by investing $100 million in a program that will help about 37,000 homeowners conduct energy audits to identify and implement energy saving retrofits, from replacing water heaters to upgrading insulation. Ontario’s Deputy Premier Deb Matthews sees this move as an important investment in climate action: …

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National Energy Board Launches Interactive Pipeline Incident Map

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Canada’s national pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), recently launched an interactive pipeline incident map to improve Canadians’ access to information about incidents in their area. The map shows 692 spills, fires, injuries and other occurrences that have taken place over the past eight years. Although a big step toward greater transparency, gaps in …

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Vancouver’s Switch to Low-Carbon District Energy Systems

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To help meet its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Vancouver is encouraging the development of new low-carbon district energy systems, such as those that run on waste heat or biofuel. At present, the utility rates associated with low-carbon systems are reportedly 10 per cent higher than those for Vancouver’s existing natural gas-fired plants. Although …

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Big ideas need bold vision

Earlier this year, in a barn-burner of a speech in Ottawa, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney cleverly employed a quote by U.S. football coach, Barry Switzer: “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.” This was intended as a sharp rebuke to Canada, which Mulroney fears …

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