Renewables & Alternatives

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Albertans Thirst for Renewable and Clean Energy

78 per cent prefer subsidies for renewable energy

Edmonton — A recent poll showing that Albertans overwhelmingly prefer subsidies for renewable and clean energy sends a message to the Stelmach government that its upcoming budget should include plans to develop a green economy for Alberta.

The poll was commissioned by the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) and conducted by the polling firm Ipsos Reid shows that when asked to choose, Albertans overwhelmingly prefer subsidies for renewable and clean energy in the future compared to oil and gas. The poll shows that 78 per cent of Albertans prefer subsidies for renewable and clean energy options in the future while only 11 per cent prefer subsidies for oil and gas development.

"This poll shows that Albertans see the potential a green economy holds for Alberta, and they want the government to get involved and lead us there," said Gil McGowan, President of the Alberta Federation of Labour. "Albertans know that we can have a strong economy that doesn't sacrifice our environment." Read more about Albertans Thirst for Renewable and Clean Energy

Event

Solar PV Electricity… from Dreamer's Paradise to Everyday Electricity

Mar 16 2009 - 9:00pm to 10:00pm

From: Gordon Howell, Howell-Mayhew Engineering

"I would like to let you know of a presentation that I am giving on the economics of solar electricity on Monday in Calgary. Details below Read more about Solar PV Electricity… from Dreamer's Paradise to Everyday Electricity

Location

Science Building B, Room SB 142
University of Calgary
Calgary , AB
Event

Open House: Edmonton's Net Zero Energy homes

Mar 14 2009 - 5:00pm to 10:30pm

The interest in net zero energy houses continues to grow. The Riverdale NetZero energy house is open for tours and will soon be occupied by its new owners; the Mill Creek NZE house is now fully insulated; the Belgravia NZE house starts construction in May; the South Windsor Park NZE house is being designed. We are learning so much about the costs and performance of these revolutionary houses and are seeing more and more opportunities for optimisation and cost reduction. Read more about Open House: Edmonton's Net Zero Energy homes

Locations

Mill Creek NetZero House
9805 84 Avenue
Edmonton , AB
Riverdale NetZero House
9926 87 Street
Edmonton , AB
Event

Action Alert: Tell Alberta you want green electricity!

Feb 5 2009 (All day)

This week, Canada failed to join the International Renewable Energy Agency. Next, the federal budget effectively ended all major support for new renewable energy development in Canada. Wouldn't it be great if Alberta could turn from being the owners of the biggest global warming crime ever to leaders in sustainable green electricity?

This action alert contains two actions:

On Feb 4, the Energy Day of Action,

  1. Demand green electricity by phone or through your MLA.
  2. Tell your MLA you want no new approvals in the Tar Sands.
  3. demand legislation for a Feed-in-tariff system for small scale renewables producers.

Contact information for MLAs
Contact information for MPs Read more about Action Alert: Tell Alberta you want green electricity!

Event

Connecting to the Grid with Gordon Howell

Feb 11 2009 - 2:00am

Connecting to the Grid

Alberta’s New Micro-Generation Regulations for Renewable Electricity

Gordon Howell, P.Eng., Howell-Mayhew Engineering

On January 1, a new set of regulations went into effect to make it easier to connect your PV, microwind, or other alternate electricity micro-generator to the grid and to sell your excess electricity to the grid. Read more about Connecting to the Grid with Gordon Howell

Location

TELUS World of Science - Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
11211 142 Street
Edmonton , AB
Event

Greening the Grid: Public Discussion & Presentation

Jan 16 2009 - 2:00am

Come learn how Alberta can Green its Grid and what you can do to help.

Do we want to build a future with clean, efficient, sustainable electricity sources or do we want to continue using the old, wasteful, polluting systems that are increasingly obsolete? Read more about Greening the Grid: Public Discussion & Presentation

Location

ICT 122
University of Calgary
Calgary , AB
Event

SESCI Talk: Living Lightly with Solar Energy

Dec 10 2008 - 2:00am

25 years of comfort and low utility bills in Edmonton

By Garry and Cheryl Atchison

In 1983 Garry and Cheryl Atchison created an energy efficient/passive solar/partially earth-sheltered home in our climate - on a budget. Solar homes do not have to be big or expensive. Come hear the human practical side of living in a solar/energy efficient house in Edmonton. Their well thought out design has withstood the test of time.

How did they do it? What would they do differently? How is it to live in a solar house? Read more about SESCI Talk: Living Lightly with Solar Energy

Location

Telus World of Science - Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
11211 142 Street
Edmonton , AB
Event

SESCI Talk: Carbon Buster's Eco Village

Nov 19 2008 - 2:00am

Canada's First Zero Carbon Sustainable Community

Godo Stoyke and Shanthu Mano, two internationally renowned sustainability experts will be presenting their latest project planned for right here in Northern Alberta!

With the help of sustainable building & community experts from six countries, and specialists from provincial and municipal departments, Carbon Busters has developed a truly cutting-edge sustainable community design. Some of the features include:

  • 256 zero carbon buildings
  • Solar heating, solar hot water and solar electrical systems
  • Community utility grid-tied wind power
  • Early Childhood to Grade 12 sustainable school
  • Community food production infrastructure
  • Innovative systems for water conservation
  • Community green transportation system

Free presentation and discussion. Free refreshments at 6:30 pm. Childcare available. Read more about SESCI Talk: Carbon Buster's Eco Village

Location

TELUS World of Science - Star Theatre
11211 142 Street NW
Edmonton , AB
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Riverdale NetZero Energy House Tours

Edmonton’s first two net zero energy homes

Self-Guided Open Houses

Most Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm

9926 87 Street in the Riverdale neighbourhood (from Jasper Avenue, go south on 95 Street and follow the road next to the river valley for 1 km)

What is it 

  • two beautiful new houses that generate all their own heat and electricity for space heating, hot water, lighting and appliances over the year
  • one of 12 homes in CMHC’s world-class EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Initiative, www.cmhc.ca
  • EQuilibrium houses are helping Canada’s home building industry meet peoples’ concerns with environmental damage, energy security and utility costs.
Read more about Riverdale NetZero Energy House Tours>

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