Energy

Call for Delegates: Water Management Working Group (Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands)

Initiative: 
Water Management Working Group, Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands
Position: 
ENGO Sector Members (4)
Application Deadline: 
16 Dec 2015

The Water Management Working Group (WMWG) is a team of knowledgeable water professionals, representing various disciplines and perspectives, that advises the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Energy Regulator on implementing the water management direction outlined in the Lower Athabasca Region Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF). Read more about Call for Delegates: Water Management Working Group (Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands)

Phasing out coal is a win for all Albertans

Alberta plan protects health and saves money

CALGARY — Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta Director at the Pembina Institute, adds his comments to the growing support for Alberta’s coal phase-out plan.

“The decision to phase out coal by 2030 makes it clear the government of Alberta is intent on improving Albertans' air quality and tackling one of our highest-emitting fuel sources. Given the international attention on coal as an unnecessary source of pollution, the government of Alberta's decision to phase out coal stands it in good stead to bring a better message and approach to Paris.

“The province's approach will mean significant savings for our health care system. Coal plants are a major source of air contaminants, including mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matter. This pollution contributes to over 4,000 asthma episodes, over 700 emergency visits for respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and around 80 hospital admissions, with chronic exposures resulting in nearly 100 premature deaths every year in Alberta. The cost to the health care system is close to $300-million dollars annually.

 “Alberta is now a leader in the transition away from coal and can proudly stake its territory among the world’s most proactive jurisdictions.”

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Report: Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta

The Pembina Institute has published their report "Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta":

British economist Lord Nicolas Stern has noted that “climate change presents a unique challenge for economics: it is the greatest example of market failure we have ever seen.” Putting an effective price on carbon pollution is one of the best ways to correct this failure while capitalizing on the flexibility and efficiencies afforded by the market. An increasing number of industry players, environmental organizations and economic institutions are also recognizing this fact.

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SESA Seminar: Solar Systems—The Home Owner Experience

Nov 27 2015 - 2:00am to 3:30am

Solar electric, solar heating, solar hot air or solar hot water systems are going in all over Alberta. Some of them are 20 or more years old. Come hear from the homeowners that are utilizing these technologies every day. Solar system owners will share their motivations, details of finances, neighbor’s reactions, both anticipated and unanticipated results and highlights of the process.

Come to Solar Drinks before the event to eat and network!

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Location

CN Theatre (Room 5-142)
MacEwan University City Centre Campus (105th Street Building)
Edmonton , AB

SESA Seminar: Solar Systems—The Home Owner Experience

Nov 26 2015 - 2:00am to 3:30am

Free SESA Seminar in Calgary, Open to the Public.

Solar electric, solar heating, solar hot air or solar hot water systems are going in all over Alberta. Some of them are 20 or more years old. Come hear from the homeowners that are utilizing these technologies every day. Solar system owners will share their motivations, details of finances, neighbor’s reactions, both anticipated and unanticipated results and highlights of the process. Read more about SESA Seminar: Solar Systems—The Home Owner Experience

Location

Room NR112, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
1301 16 Avenue NW
Calgary , AB

Hardisty Rail Terminal Project — Public Comments Invited

Initiative: 
Hardisty Rail Terminal Project
Deadline: 
30 Nov 2015

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Hardisty Rail Terminal Project, located southeast of Hardisty, Alberta.

To assist in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public.

Written comments must be submitted by November 30, 2015 to:

Hardisty Rail Terminal Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
9700 Jasper Avenue, Suite 1145
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4C3
Telephone: 780-495-2037
Fax: 780-495-2876
Email: [email protected]

To view a summary of the project description or for more information, visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80113). Read more about Hardisty Rail Terminal Project — Public Comments Invited

For health’s sake, it’s time to phase-out coal-fired electricity generation

Health, clean energy and environment groups come together to call for an end to Alberta’s dirty coal problem

CALGARY — World leaders will converge on Paris next month for climate change talks. Alberta is developing a strategy to demonstrate its intention to contribute to the global imperative of tackling climate change. Phasing out coal for producing electricity promises to be a hallmark of this strategy.

The time has come to bring greater attention to the public health benefits that would be realized by accelerating the phase out of coal-fired electricity. Read more about For health’s sake, it’s time to phase-out coal-fired electricity generation

Pembina reacts to Keystone XL rejection

EDMONTON — Simon Dyer, Alberta director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to U.S. President Barack Obama's rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline:

“Today's decision by President Obama reiterates that climate change is a key consideration for all energy infrastructure projects going forward. In his statement, the president noted that his decision is motivated in part by a desire to 'lead by example' on the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

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Alberta Energy Regulator seeks input from Albertans on regulatory excellence in Alberta

Initiative: 
Regulatory Excellence Initiative

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is asking Albertans to weigh in on how a world-class report on regulatory excellence can be applied here in Alberta. The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) has completed its final report Listening, Learning, and Leading: A Framework for Regulatory Excellence. This framework is the capstone piece of PPR’s work on the initiative.

“This has been our goal all along: to show leadership and invest in a model that could be shared with regulators throughout the world and that can be adapted to meet the needs and expectations of Albertans,” said Jim Ellis, president and CEO. Read more about Alberta Energy Regulator seeks input from Albertans on regulatory excellence in Alberta

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