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Cheap Power At What Cost?

Jun 10 2013 - 1:30pm

A Panel Discussion on the Health Impacts of Alberta's Heavy Reliance on Coal-Fired Power Plants

  • doors open 7pm, panel begins at 7:30pm
  • Coffee, tea & snacks provided
  • Free admission but donations gratefully accepted.

For further details or to RSVP: [email protected] or 403-282-4608 Read more about Cheap Power At What Cost?

Location

Knox United Church (Basement Theatre)
506 4 Street SW
Calgary , AB

Public Education Meeting — From Coal to Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Ontario

Feb 11 2013 - 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Speakers: Lois Corbett & Dr. Tim Weis 

  • 2-3pm: Public Education Meeting (Room 210)
  • 3-4pm: Discussion (Room 402) - limited to 20 participants, first-come, first-served 

On January 10, Ontario announced that by the end of this year, it will become the first jurisdiction in North America to shut down its coal fleet. This marks the conclusion of a successful transition in just over a decade – ahead of schedule – from relying on coal for 25 per cent of Ontario’s electricity supply to ending entirely its use of coal, while committing to cleaner electricity.

  • What were the factors that led the Ontario government to phase out coal?
  • What conditions facilitated the development of the Green Energy and Economy Act as a platform for the development of the renewable energy industry in Ontario?
  • What are the lessons learned from the Ontario experience, and how can these best practices be translated into the Alberta context?

Lois Corbett and Dr. Tim Weis will address these questions and provide an inspiring and instructive overview of the Ontario story, and how we in Alberta can benefit. Read more about Public Education Meeting — From Coal to Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Ontario

Location

Room 210, EEEL (Energy, Environment, Experiential Learning) Building
University of Calgary (campus maps at http://www.ucalgary.ca/map/)
Calgary , AB

Bill 8: Government Listens with Selective Hearing

The recent announcement that the Government of Alberta will introduce Bill 8 (Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2012) to effectively overturn amendments made through Bill 50 (Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009) is underwhelming to say the least.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) applauds the bill that would require all future transmission infrastructure projects go through a full needs-assessment process by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), but we are acutely disappointed that Bill 8 does not address the significant projects approved under Bill 50. Read more about Bill 8: Government Listens with Selective Hearing

Pembina reacts to federal climate change regulations for coal-fired power

Sep 5 2012 - 6:00am

TORONTO — P.J. Partington, technical and policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the federal government’s finalized climate change regulations for the coal-fired power sector: Read more about Pembina reacts to federal climate change regulations for coal-fired power

New report examines impacts of coal-fired power in Canada

Pembina Institute study outlines pollution from coal-fired power in run up to Environment Canada’s pending coal regulations

EDMONTON — Canada’s “cheap” coal power carries considerable hidden costs in terms of harmful pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, says a new report released by the Pembina Institute.

Coal use is concentrated in a few provinces in Canada, but pollution from coal-fired electricity generation is a problem of national concern. Recent proposals to weaken impending federal coal regulations could, if accepted, further compromise efforts to reduce Canada’s most polluting, most carbon-intensive electricity source. Read more about New report examines impacts of coal-fired power in Canada

Pembina reacts to announcement that Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed

CALGARY, AB — Chris Severson-Baker, spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to TransAlta’s announcement that the Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed: Read more about Pembina reacts to announcement that Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed

Thousands of Canadians demand for Canada to go beyond coal

OTTAWA - Over 5,000 letters demanding stricter greenhouse gas regulations for coal power in Canada were submitted during the public consultation period on federal coal regulations. Climate Action Network Canada believes that if incorporated into the proposed regulations, measures proposed in member submissions could insure that these regulations have a meaningful impact on Canada’s path towards a safer, more sustainable future. Read more about Thousands of Canadians demand for Canada to go beyond coal

Alberta court denies Maxim coal plant challenge

Contentious expansion project to go-ahead

CALGARY — An Alberta court has rejected Ecojustice's challenge, launched on behalf of the Pembina Institute, of the Alberta Utilities Commission's (AUC) approval of a controversial coal-fired power plant expansion.

In June, the AUC endorsed an expansion of Maxim Power Corp.'s Milner plant in Grande Cache, Alta., a move that could allow the company to avoid new federal greenhouse gas regulations that effectively require a 50 per cent cut in emissions. Read more about Alberta court denies Maxim coal plant challenge

Alberta court to decide if it will hear Maxim coal plant challenge

CALGARY — Tomorrow, an Alberta court will hear an Ecojustice application to appeal Maxim Power Corp.’s controversial Milner coal plant expansion.

The groups seek to overturn the Alberta Utilities Commission’s (AUC) hasty approval of the Milner project, which allows Maxim to avoid incoming federal greenhouse gas regulations.

Ecojustice, on behalf the Pembina Institute, will appear before the Court of Appeal of Alberta tomorrow. The hearing will determine if the appeal can proceed or not. Read more about Alberta court to decide if it will hear Maxim coal plant challenge

Pembina reacts to new federal regulations for coal-fired electricity

Edmonton, AB — Tim Weis, Director of Renewable Energy and Efficiency, made the following statement in response to today's announcement by Environment Minister Peter Kent regarding federal regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired electricity:  Read more about Pembina reacts to new federal regulations for coal-fired electricity

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