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Solar plus farming, called Agrivoltaics is helping farmers generate new sources of income, keep the family farm viable and keep farming in the solar farm. We meet up with farmer, former oil and gas guy and current renewable energy developer Claude Mindorf at the Joffre Solar Farm in Alberta to talk about agrivoltaics. It turns out Canada could prod…
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Alberta phased out its coal-fired electricity in record time representing the largest single action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. The trouble is a lot of the coal was replaced by natural gas which produces 60% of the emissions of coal. Can the fossil fuel-infatuated province also capitalize on its amazing renewable energy resources …
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Alberta's last coal-fired power plant stopped burning coal on June 16, 2024 at 10:57 pm. The coal phase-out was originally proposed for 2061, but in 2015 a new target was set for 2030. On June 16 the last lump of coal was burned to produce electricity six years ahead of schedule. The phase-out represents the largest reduction in greenhouse gas emis…
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This is huge! EAVOR believes they've cracked the geothermal nut. Using closed-loop technology they have pioneered a new kind of Geothermal that can be built almost anywhere without uncertainty. We look at EAVOR's pilot project in Alberta and their full-scale geothermal plant in Germany that will provide electricity for 8,000 homes and district heat…
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EAVOR has pioneered a new kind of geothermal that can provide heat and power almost anywhere on the planet. This could be the missing link in the energy revolution that could not only help electricity get to net-zero. It also helps solve the even bigger challenge of how to heat buildings with zero emissions.We talk to Jeanine Vany of EAVOR, a compa…
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Here's what Green Infill looks like!Built to the super energy efficient Passive House standard this 16-unit townhouse style infill project replaced two underutilized single-family homes in Edmonton, Alberta. The homes require just 10% of the heating energy of a regular home, and have no natural gas or bills.We take a tour of this amazing project wi…
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This project checks all the boxes. T5M Connect replaced two single-family homes with 16 new units of desperately needed housing and the kicker is it was built to the passive house standard in the mostly northerly city in North America.GreenEnergyFutures.ca CKUA.com Podcast저자 David Dodge
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Part 2 - Gregor Robertson, Vancouver's longest-serving mayor set out to create the greenest city in the world. Now he's the Global Ambassador of the Global Covenant of Mayors helping 13,000 other cities take action on climate change.GreenEnergyFutures.ca CKUA.com PodcastFull story GreenEnergyFutures.ca…
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When Gregor Robertson came up with his campaign slogan of creating the greenest city in the world who knew it would be his most popular focus? He went to become Vancouver's longest-serving Mayor, and although they may not have reached the coveted top spot, they got pretty close. They created a very green building code, increased non-car transportat…
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PART 2 - Summerside PEI had no electricity generation capacity a decade ago and then did some amazing things. First (in part 1) they added wind power, a smart grid and energy storing furnaces. Then they added AI-powered solar microgrids and a solar and battery farm right in the City. The little City with no generation capacity has achieved 62% loca…
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PART 1 - Summerside like the province of PEI had no energy production except expensive backup diesel generators just a decade or so ago. Something had to change. So in an amazing transformation, they set up their own utility, built a wind farm in the city, installed a smart grid and thermal energy storing appliances and got to 42-46% renewable ener…
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This sounds counterintuitive, but a new study has found Electric Vehicles (EVs) are driving the price of electricity down and increasing net profits for utilities. Thanks to time-of-use pricing EV owners are shifting their charging habits to non-peak times thus making much more efficient use of existing grid resources. GreenEnergyFutures.ca CKUA.co…
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Mitchell Beer started The Energy Mix, a media service dedicated to covering climate change 10 years ago long before the conventional media took it seriously. We talk to Beer about climate change, journalism, and his media service which has published 30,000 stories on climate change and climate solutons. GreenEnergyFutures.ca CKUA.com Podcast…
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EVs produce fewer lifecycle emissions than ICE vehicles in countries with dirty grids or clean grids. A study looked at emissions in five countries including China, the US, UK, Germany and Japan and found EVs produce much lower emissions throughout the life of the vehicle.GreenEnergyFutures.ca CKUA.com Podcast…
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In part 2 of our series on Alberta's new renewable energy rules we learn that 57 projects worth $14 billion are potentially at risk. We talk to Jason Wang of the Pembina Institute which just prepared a map overlay showing the potential impact of new restrictions. We also talk to Vittoria Bellissimo of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association about…
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At first glance, new rules for renewable energy development in Alberta seemed ready to block renewable energy from most of the province. Two weeks on some clarifications have been announced. We talk to Vittoria Bellissimo with the Canadian Renewable Energy Association about restrictions on agricultural land, near so-called "pristine viewscapes" and…
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Ciel & Terre is making a splash with floating solar having installed more than 300 projects around the world. It costs just a little more than mounted solar but its helping utilities, companies and municipalities generate renewable energy where there is no land or roof space. We talk to Chris Bartle of Ciel & Terre US about this growing industry. G…
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Alberta lifted it's six-month moratorium on renewable energy projects but some critics say new rules amount to a defacto moratorium. This is ironic since Alberta had a booming industry with up to $33 billion in projects under development at the time of the moratorium. We talk to renewable energy expert Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon of the University of C…
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Part 2 in Green Energy Futures' series on RenuWell, the idea of transforming abandoned oil wells into small solar farms. In this episode, we talk to Trevor Helwig of St. Mary River Irrigation District, the owner of the two RenuWell solar pilot projects. Irrigation and solar are a good match since they both work hardest when the sun shines. GreenEne…
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Of the 466,000 oil and gas wells in Alberta on third are active and 170,000 are suspended or abandoned. What to do? Keith Hirsche was a farm kid from Taber, Alberta and his company RenuWell wrapped up two pilot projects to transform a couple of long-abandoned well sites into small solar farms which are now owned by St. Mary's Irrigation District. W…
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The town of Raymond, Alberta was told solar wouldn't work on their buildings in their town in southern Alberta.This didn't sit right with them, so they hired new consultants, installed solar everywhere and became the first community in Canada to achieve net-zero electricity. We talk to Greg Robinson of the Town of Raymond about how they did it.Gree…
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Record wildfires, crazy amounts of smoke and poor air quality, droughts, and floods - municipalities are experiencing the impacts of climate change in a big way. Cutting emissions is very important to prevent even worse impacts, but what is a small town or municipality to do to adapt to and avoid some of the bigger impacts of climate change? The Mu…
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Many small towns and municipalities want to do energy efficiency projects or install solar and save money, but most have neither the money, expertise or the capacity to figure it all out. The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre in Alberta knows this so they created a program that has helped small towns and municipalities hire 26 energy managers …
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This week we head off to three small towns: Pincher Creek, Raymond and Leduc Alberta to learn about what they are doing to take climate action. We find them embracing energy efficiency, solar, electric vehicles and climate adaptation actions and it's all thanks to support from a little-known organization called the Municipal Climate Change Action C…
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You may not have heard of the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC), but you may have seen their work.They have helped more than 150 communities in Alberta complete 878 climate actions including energy efficiency, installing EV chargers, solar, and electric vehicles and even climate risk assessments and resiliency plans for towns.We talk t…
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How energy storage can be used to get the grid to net-zero using mostly existing infrastructure. For folks who want to preserve the old centralized grid, the sky is falling. However according to James Bererton an expert in low-carbon energy we can get fossil fuel-based grids like Alberta's most of the way to net-zero using current infrastructure, e…
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Decentralised Energy Canada is 20 years old. We talk to innovator and founder Anouk Kendall about how her organization went from being an advocate for decentralized energy such as solar that didn't exist then to today when its members represent billions in revenue and are busy building the resilient and affordable decentralized electricity grid of …
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Heat pumps are the future of heating and cooling. We found them heating and cooling in net-zero homes, in water heaters and clothes dryers and now there are models rated to -35C. The reasons are quite simple: they are incredibly energy efficient, and since they run on electricity it's pretty easy to run them and produce few or no emissions.GreenEne…
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The Bow Valley Green Energy Cooperative in Canmore, Alberta has just wrapped up its fourth solar project in just a few years. This is blazing fast progress for green energy cooperatives in Canada that must navigate a network of challenging provincial electrical systems.We talk to Jeff Roberts about the coops success getting started in the shadow of…
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FULL INTERVIEW - We sit down with Richard Allen, the chair of United Hydrogen, a conglomerate of 37 hydrogen companies working together to bring to market hydrogen solutions on the road the net-zero. We talk about the role, advantages and challenges of using hydrogen to reduce emissions in transport, buildings and industry. GreenEnergyFutures.ca CK…
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United Hydrogen is a conglomerate of 37 hydrogen companies based in Australia that has set it's sights on finding the solutions to help the world get to net-zero. Oh, they also are keen to take advantage of the hydrogen market, expected to reach $201 billion by 2025. We talk to United Hydrogen chair Richard Allen about solutions, challenges and the…
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The Red Deer Renewable Energy Fairs were a hit in Red Deer, Alberta until COVID deep-sixed the popular event. But the event is back reincarnated as the Energy Innovation Fair. We talk to organizers Rene Michalak of ReThink Red Deer and Chelsah Thomas of Sol Invictus Energy Services about the line-up for the free event being held on Saturday, Octobe…
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Norquest College is like many educational institutions. Budgets are tight, and capacity is often lacking, but by being smart about building new buildings, combining efforts with renovations to old buildings and by measuring energy use Norquest College is finding innovative ways to save big bucks on energy costs. We take a tour with the facilities m…
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Edmonton wants to plant 2 million trees as part of its climate change strategy - so how are they doing? We take a walk in Edmonton's extensive forest canopy to find out. Turns out they're on track and it could transform Edmonton. Changing for Climate SeriesGreenEnergyFutures.ca저자 David Dodge
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There are 162 community leagues in Edmonton. Sarah Delano is with Parkdale Cromdale and she says they are taking action for climate change in many small ways from growing and foraging for local food, creating local art and putting solar on their community league hall. We take a walk with Sarah to learn more. Changing for ClimateGreenEnergyFutures.c…
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We talk a lot about making electricity net-zero, but as Greg Caldwell explains 80% of the energy we use is in a gaseous form. Greg works for ATCO on hydrogen and he believes hydrogen can play a big role in decarbonizing our economy. We explore how hydrogen is made, what it can do and the role it can play. Changing for Climate SeriesGreenEnergyFutur…
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The Métis Nation of Alberta is investing heavily in solar and energy efficiency to save money and reduce emissions. The Nation has installed solar on 35 of its facilities in Alberta and is now building a 5-megawatt solar project at the Métis Crossing Culture Center near Smoky Lake, Alberta. We talk to their climate change guy and the woman in charg…
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In Part 2 of our Climate Ready Home series we talk to sustainability teacher Kenton Zerbin about some of the things we can do around our homes and yards to adapt to the increasingly severe impacts of climate change. We cover yard landscaping and some of the things you can do to reduce emissions and adapt your home to a changing climate.Changing for…
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How making your home Climate Ready can save you money, reduce emissions and get you on a pathway to a solar-powered, net-zero energy home. Stephanie Ripley gives a tour of a model energy efficiency home display which identifies four steps involving 1. Energy Audit, 2. Insulation, 3. Electric Heating and Cooling, 4. Generate your own renewable energ…
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Lewis Lix loved the oil industry but he grew weary of the boom and bust cycles and being away from his family all the time. After one false start and a great deal of discussion with his family, he eventually enrolled in the 2-year NAIT Alternative Energy Program in Edmonton, Alberta. This is the story of his long and winding journey and where he wo…
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Just a few short years ago Heather discovered the wonders of solar. She help install solar on her church, then her home and now she works promoting solar in Alberta. Solar is booming in Alberta and more than 3,800 Edmonton homes and businesses have installed solar and it's growing faster every year.GreenEnergyFutures/ca CKUA.com Podcast…
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In part 2 Howaida talks about what it's like living with two EVs in the family. She talks about the cost to operate and what it's like driving an EV in Canada's -30 C winters. Howaida discusses why her family decided to go all-electric and how she mixes using her EV with public transit and cycling in her day-to-day life.Changing for Climate SeriesG…
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Howaida's family dipped their toes into the world of EVs when they replaced their Smart Car with a short-range EV. But the big decision came when the time came to replace their second family vehicle. This is the story of their family journey going all-electric. This is part 1.Changing for Climate SeriesGreenEnergyFutures.ca CKUA.com Podcast…
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Darren and Darcy Crichton started their DIY home retrofit on their 1969 bungalow 20 years ago. At first, they simply wanted to cut drafts by adding insulation. But with careful research, they did the right renovations in the right order and today they live in a solar-powered, net-zero home. This is their story.Changing for Climate SeriesGreenEnergy…
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In part II of our E-Bike Revolution series, we find out why e-bikes are revolutionizing the idea of the bicycle as a mode of transportation. Turns out e-bikers go further and faster than regular cyclists but is the e-bike a fitness cop-out? What we learned might surprise you!GreenEnergyFutures.ca CKUA.com Podcast…
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Seattle Architect Michael Eliason believes we can build affordable, family-friendly multifamily housing that doesn't suck and helps with the housing and climate crises. The answer he says is Point Access Blocks, single staircase buildings that have more windows, more bedrooms, better greenspace and access to well design neighbourhoods. GreenEnergyF…
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Jim Sandercock was coerced into bicycle commuting by a colleague who moved into the neighbourhood and said "Hey why don't we cycle to work?"Here's the thing - He loves it! After doing tons of research Jim bought an electric bike and became the poster boy for the E-Bike Revolution. In PART 1 of our two-part series on the E-Bike Revolution, we follow…
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They were told it couldn't be done affordably. Then Salvation Army Architect Michael Jones and her team reissued an RFP for a net-zero-ready 175-unit supportive housing complex and were very surprised with what happened next—an inspiring story with lessons for all mid-sized buildings.GreenEnergyFutures.ca CKUA.com PodcastAlso see our video: https:/…
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Microhabitat is all about urban farming and they're bringing 30-pot container gardens to the nature deserts of the big cities. From office towers and apartments to parks, the idea is to produce local food in the most unlikely places. And people seem to love it! Since its humble beginnings in 2016, Microhabitat is installing 200 projects in 8 North …
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