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Coverage of energy policy since April 13, 2023.

Window to meet global climate goals ‘rapidly closing,' UN report warns

"...While the calls for transformation change to climate policies are notable — the report uses a version of the words “urgent” and “transform” at least once on each of its 45 pages — climate experts say the overall message is nothing new. “It's discouraging how many reports keep saying the same thing with increasing desperation,” said Kathryn Harrison, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia who studies climate and energy policy. “It's urgent because we're off track..."

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The Mineral-Rich Want to Get Richer

"...In the coming decades, billions of tons of minerals such as lithium, nickel, and cobalt are going to be needed to power the clean energy technologies of the future. Eager to cash in on this bonanza, mineral-rich nations are unveiling policies to boost their own industries—while hoping to avoid the traps that have historically ensnared other resource powerhouses.  ..."

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LNG’s future unclear as conference kicks off in Vancouver

"...On Tuesday, it was announced in a press release that Johnston will also be the lead advising researcher for the First Nations Climate Initiative, a B. C. -based forum composed of Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla, Nisga’a and Haisla First Nations created to fight against poverty and climate change..."

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Feds to amend Atlantic Accords to spur production of offshore wind energy

"...Wilkinson said the global offshore wind market is forecast to attract a trillion dollars in investment by 2040 and there is an enormous potential for growth on Canada's East Coast. "(Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia) have substantial comparative advantages rooted in the synergies with existing offshore energy supply chains, ocean research expertise, a highly skilled and experienced workforce and, of course, the great quality of the wind resource that exists," he said. What people are reading How climate change is fuelling fires in Eastern Canada By Cloe Logan | News | May 30th 2023 The federal government signed a deal with Germany last summer to create a clean energy corridor, aiming to send hydrogen to Europe beginning in 2025..."

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Stewart Muir: Banning natural gas is an environmental misstep cloaked with good intentions

"...Electrification is a worthy pursuit, but aiming to entirely eliminate the gas system is not just myopic, but could sow seeds of economic burden and exacerbate energy poverty. Electrification and low-carbon renewable gases could harmoniously collaborate to provide a just and cost-effective solution to climate change, while reinforcing Vancouver's advocacy for net zero goals..."

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Don Martin: The challenges for Smith and lessons for Poilievre from the Alberta election

"...Trudeau’s environmental roadblocks to Alberta’s energy policy, liquified natural gas exports and the agriculture sector are serious economic impediments while talk of replacing the RCMP and Canada Pension Plan with made-in-Alberta alternatives are mostly western alienation fluff..."

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Alberta election campaign continues after minor drama at Danielle Smith announcement

"...UCP candidates RJ Sigurdson, Devin Dreeshen and Chantelle de Jonge are scheduled to make an announcement on energy policy in Okotoks this morning..."

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Alberta election fact check: Will it cost $87B to decarbonize the grid? Globalnews.ca

"...Citing work by her U of C colleague Blake Shaffer, Hastings-Simon noted recent rises in electricity costs are not the result in rising input costs, but in a change in the bidding behaviour due to a legal concentration of market power. “Also in many cases, building out those renewables will actually weaken the market power that some of the players within the market have because you're bringing in new generator types. And so that can actually go in the other direction again and lead to a lower cost through that kind of bidding behavior..."

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Yukon Party calls for utilities board to review impacts of renting diesel generators on power bills

"...Yukon Party MLAs have spent much of their time during question period this spring pressing the government about renting diesel generators for the foreseeable future while touching on a suite of other energy-related projects from the Atlin hydro power project (which the minister said April 19 faces an $80-million funding gap) to demand side management (DSM) programs, battery storage and Moon Lake pump storage expansion..."

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Is Smith's 'climate plan' intended as a sop to Calgary voters? It isn't good for much else

"...The first was explained very succinctly by Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, in a commentary titled, “Clean energy is moving faster than you think,” published a day before the Alberta plan was announced. “…[W]e can thank an array of clean energy developments, such as solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles and heat pumps, and the policies and investments that are supercharging their growth,” he wrote. “It’s well-known in energy and climate circles that these technologies are expanding quickly, but I think many people still don’t realize just how quickly..."

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Nova Scotia utility slapped with $10M fine over missed renewable energy goal — but province has part to play in energy tra

"...“We’re imposing the maximum fine under the Renewable Electricity Regulations — that’s $10 million — to show that we mean it when we say we’re holding Nova Scotia Power to account,” she said in a statement. NSP told Canada’s National Observer it still intends to achieve an 80 per cent renewable grid by 2030. What people are reading Pierre Poilievre wins a battle in his war against the truth By Max Fawcett | Opinion, Politics | April 18th 2023 “We know greening the grid and making cleaner energy is a priority for everyone in Nova Scotia… We respectfully disagree with the penalty and intend to appeal the decision of the provincial government to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board,” said the company..."

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Nitrogen fertilizer prices no longer at the ceiling, with new floor still to be determined in Europe

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"...Nitrogen prices for North American farmers are no longer at their 2022 highs, but they still have a long way to drop before returning to where they were a few years ago..."

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The importance of good energy policy for climate, competitiveness and affordability

Duration: 24:07

"...What lessons can Canada learn from high energy prices in Europe and rolling blackouts in China? Sound energy policy needs to consider affordability and competitiveness along with environmental ambition. ..."

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The Future of Ontario’s Energy Policy

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about energy policy.

Annual Energy Summit Day 2 — The Evolving Energy Paradigm

"...Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute ..."

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The solutions needed to address climate change already exist – Fear and Wonder podcast

"...One of the key findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Synthesis Report is that there are solutions available right now, across all sectors of the economy, that could at least halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030..."

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Federal Support for Alternative Protein for Economic Recovery and Climate Mitigation

"...These foods include meat and dairy products made from plants, fungi or mycoprotein, insects, algae, fermentation, and cultivated (“lab-grown” or “cell-based”) meat..."

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What If Buildings Created Energy Instead of Consuming It? | Ksenia Petrichenko | TED

"...The goal: to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, in the race to a zero-carbon world..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about energy policy relevant to the latest news.

Is the service industry really low-carbon? Energy, jobs and realistic country GHG emissions reductions

"...We examine greenhouse gas emissions in detail for Australia, Germany, Italy, the UK and USA and find similarities for the service industry..."

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Selection of energy matrix sources in Chile using a fuzzy logic decision approach

"...Ocean power is far superior to geothermal energy and comparable to wind power and for this reason it should be considered together with nuclear power for the future Chilean energy matrix..."

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Impacts of coal-fired power plants for energy generation on environment and future implications of energy policy for Turkey

"...Subsidies to the coal sector, along with exemptions from environmental regulations, combined with slower growth of energy production from renewable energy sources (RES), may lead to a path dependence on coal, while the rest of the world increases their energy production from RES..."

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Energy Climate Security and Energy Supply Systems of the Building Stock

"...It is noted that the current global warming caused by the ?enrichment? of the atmosphere with greenhouse gases is anthropogenic in nature and is largely due to the burning of fossil fuels..."

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Demonstration of the integrated rural energy planning framework for sustainable energy development in low-income countries: Case

"...With the vast rural population, the availability of locational renewable energy resources and limited finances in low-income (developing) countries, there is the need for an integrated and holistic energy planning framework to unlock their potential for achieving energy-based economic development..."

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Waste-to-energy for circular low-carbon society in Taiwan: a case study

"...In this work, the updated analysis of energy supply during the period of 2000?2021 in Taiwan was performed by using the national reports and/or official statistics, especially in the operational efficiencies of municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration plants..."

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The relationship between manufacturing growth and CO2 emissions: Does renewable energy consumption matter?

"...The results are as follows: (1) Manufacturing growth has led to a significant increase of CO2 emissions, but this promoting effect becomes weak as the share of renewable energy consumption expands; (2) With the growing impact of renewable energy consumption, nearly half of the sample countries and two-thirds of the subsectors have experienced the transformation of the nexus between manufacturing growth and emissions; and (3) Compared with coal, coke and crude, the growth of the manufacturing subsector that is mainly dependent on natural gas, electricity and heat, has produced lower emissions..."

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Energy and Climate Policy: Driving Factors Affecting the Future of LNG in Latvia

"...Fuel switch in favour of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency are going to contribute to shrinking demand, while fuel change in transport sector has the potential to contribute to growing demand of natural gas..."

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Natural Gas in the EU in the Twenty-First Century: A Special Emphasis on LNG

"...Although the EU?s natural gas consumption has decreased by three percent in 2020 due to the economic decline caused by the corona pandemic, the natural gas share in the EU?s energy consumption continues to grow as the EU implements its carbon?neutral energy policy and Germany is set to shut down its last nuclear power plants by the end of 2022..."

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Fostering Sustainable Development: Green Energy Policy in the European Union and the United States

"...This chapter examines the need for developed countries to reverse harmful environmental emissions by creating green energy-based policies that, in effect, reduce greenhouse gases and environmental pollution..."

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Introduction

"...First, the chapter presents the important role of the building sector in climate change mitigation on the global and EU level, and PEBs as enablers for a consumer-centred clean energy transition and contributor to climate neutrality..."

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