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Coverage of energy supply since May 30, 2023.

Maple Ridge, B.C. to be home of new $1.05-billion lithium-ion battery plant Globalnews.ca

"...The federal government is putting up $204. 5 million through the Net Zero Accelerator Initiative, which is aimed at supporting companies that can help Canada reach its greenhouse gas emission targets. The plant will anchor E-One Moli's North American operations and create a B..."

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hydrogen storage

"...“It is gratifying that the HYBRIT collaboration has had yet another positive result that we can present. The research gives us the security and confidence to continue developing a fossil-free value chain together with Vattenfall and LKAB. The hydrogen storage and fossil-free energy supply are of course important parts of the whole,” says Tomas Hirsch, Director and Head of Energy and ETS at SSAB..."

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The end of the ‘golden age of natural gas’ is nigh: IEA

"...An abundance of natural gas will flood onto the global market in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG), starting in 2025, with Canada being among the countries contributing to a sudden “surge,” and with Russia being the biggest loser, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA)..."

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FortisBC gas users will see a drop in natural gas prices in October

"...Joe Mazza, vice-president of energy supply at Fortis, says the decrease will provide customers with some financial relief as they head into the colder fall and winter months.  ..."

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Canadian banks face squeeze between climate expectations, market pressures

"...But while banks recognize that Canadians are living through a wildfire season like no other, activists say they aren’t delivering where they’re most needed: on efforts against the climate change trends making the infernos worse..."

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Canadian banks face pressure to support wildfire victims, climate change Globalnews.ca

"...Asked directly whether they were adjusting climate plans in light of the record-breaking wildfires and global heat this year, Canada's biggest banks largely stuck to their established messages that they are committed to climate action and helping clients transition. RBC, which was ranked as the top fossil fuel funder globally last year by the Banking on Climate Chaos report, did not outline any policy changes, but did say it was working to expand its capabilities to support client transitions, and seeking to grow its leadership team focused on climate. “We firmly believe there is a need for more concerted action at a faster pace to address climate change,” said Jennifer Livingstone, vice-president of enterprise climate strategy at the bank, in a statement..."

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Q&A: What does the UK’s new biomass strategy mean for net-zero?

"...Biomass – defined within the strategy as any material of biological origin – contributed 8. 6% of the UK’s energy supply in 2022. It is currently used predominantly for electricity generation, biofuel in vehicles and domestic heating..."

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Quebec power utility mulls reopening of Gentilly-2 nuclear reactor

"...But Pierre-Olivier Pineau, professor of energy sector management at the HEC Montréal business school, doubts reviving nuclear power would be profitable in Quebec. In 2012, the provincial government under then-premier Pauline Marois accepted Hydro-Québec's recommendation to close Gentilly-2, in part because of the high cost of refurbishing the plant. What people are reading Canada’s war of the energy worlds is about to go nuclear By Max Fawcett | Opinion, Politics | August 9th 2023 "More than 10 years later, costs can only go up because we've started dismantling the plant," Pineau explained in an interview..."

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Opinion: A golden opportunity: Investing in Canada's liquefied natural gas export industry

"...Canada’s stringent regulations and industry practices ensure that natural gas production and LNG projects operate with high environmental standards. We prioritize rigorous methane management, energy efficiency, and emissions reduction throughout the LNG value chain, from extraction to liquefaction and transportation. Canadian natural gas producers are committed to demonstrating that they can grow production while lowering emissions..."

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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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From Beehive Ban to Hog Fuel Future: Regional Histories of the Energy Crisis

"...Despite BC’s relatively secure energy supply with large hydroelectric dams, vast deposits of natural gas, and good relations with oil-rich Alberta, in the late 1970s, the province embarked on several initiatives to promote the use of hog fuel: a mix of wood wastes left over from sawmills, combining sawdust, bark, and chips. In 1977 the BC Energy Commission established a committee to co-ordinate between the forest industry and the provincial and federal governments. Jointly funded by these parties, a program was undertaken to examine the feasibility of three modes of hog fuel energy: direct wood waste combustion to produce process heat for sawmill dry kilns; the use of wood wastes at large sawmills as fuel for co-generation of electricity and process heat; and gasification of wood waste to produce a fuel gas: methanol..."

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Jobs in energy supply

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Climate Change Specialist - Municipality of North Cowichan (Duncan, BC)

"...Ability to use tact, discretion, persuasion, diplomacy, respect and courtesy to gain the cooperation and commitment of others; facilitate groups; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships and rapport with departments, officials, the media, representatives of other groups, agencies, entities or businesses, and diverse members of the public.  ..."

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Cyber Security Specialist - Energy Supply, Compliance, & Mandatory Reliability Standards

"...British Columbia Utilities Commission (Vancouver BC): As the Cyber Security Specialist at the BCUC, you will be responsible for reviewing all reported cybersecurity information and incidents submitted by BCUC-regulated entities, and will ensure that..."

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Safety Analyst - Energy Supply, Compliance, & Mandatory Reliability Standards

"...If you have extensive experience and knowledge as it pertains to safety policies and practices in the utility industry, then apply for our vacancy today! This role will provide you..."

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Regulatory Analyst - Energy Supply, Compliance & Mandatory Reliability Standards

"...As a Regulatory Analyst at the BCUC, you will partake in professional analysis and will employ regulatory and policy expertise to..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention energy supply.


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about energy supply.

Can AI Help Solve the Climate Crisis? | Sims Witherspoon | TED

"...Using wind power as her case study, she explains how powerful neural networks can help us better predict Earth's changing ecosystems and accelerate the breakthrough science needed to create a carbon-free energy supply..."

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Is Germany's nuclear exit a mistake?

"...The country had to fire up old coal plants to secure energy supply in the past year, while other countries continued to build more nuclear power plants..."

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The future of energy in Europe | DW Documentary

"...In France, Denmark and Ukraine, civil initiatives are taking energy supplies into their own hands and investing in the joint production of their own solar energy..."

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The Future of Energy | Ep 5 | Fatih Birol: Safeguarding Energy Security

"...Our world has never witnessed an energy crisis of this depth or this complexity..."

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Academic Research

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

The Promise and Reality of Sustainable Fuels

"...The exploration and production of more diverse energy sources like natural gas, nuclear power, and biofuels help to sustain a diverse and secure energy supply..."

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Insights from Poland on the long-run effect of energy productivity on environmental degradation: a Fourier ARDL-based approach

"...Among the options available to Polish policymakers are (i) liberalizing domestic energy markets to offer an opportunity for electricity consumers to switch companies and (ii) continuing to pursue a policy of decarbonizing energy supply by investing heavily in renewable energy, nuclear power, e-mobility, and energy productivity..."

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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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Analysis of natural disasters and energy efficiency in China

"...Therefore, in order to fill the gap in the literature in this field, this paper collects panel data of energy consumption efficiency stages and natural disaster treatment stages from 2013 to 2017 for 30 provinces in China (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as well as Tibet Autonomous Region) and uses the two-stage undesirable dynamic DDF model as a framework to study the relationship between economic, environmental pollution and natural disasters for the sample data and to analyze the phase-by-phase evaluation of energy and natural disaster efficiency and make corresponding policy recommendations..."

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Nigeria's energy review: Focusing on solar energy potential and penetration

"...This report systematically reviews the literature on the country's energy crisis and renewable energy potential, leading to an overview of solar energy potential and penetration..."

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A Case Study of Optimization of a Solar Power Plant Sizing and Placement in Madhya Pradesh, India Using Multi-Objective Genetic

"...Increase of greenhouse gases and pollution of environment due to use of conventional sources of energy has made the world aware of the need to increase the use of renewable energy sources like solar power, wind power and hydropower..."

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Advanced Energy Management System (A-EMS) Design of a Grid-Integrated Hybrid System

"...Therefore, this article presents the design of an advanced energy management system (A-EMS) of an HRES which performs the energy management task while taking into account pollution, costs, consumer preferences, consumer satisfaction, degradation factor, grid energy supply, and energy requirement of consumers, with varied clean energy sources..."

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Algal Biofuel Production from Municipal Waste Waters

"...Researchers all over the world are trying their best to convert the biowaste into bioenergy and one such approach is treatment of wastewater by microalgae in order to produce biofuels..."

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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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Determination and prioritization of criteria to design urban energy resilience conceptual model (part 2)

"...This study?s comprehensive resilience model and index enable organizations to manage the energy supply, reduce energy consumption, and mitigate the various effects of climate change effectively..."

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Green Transformation and the Concept of Energy Efficiency in the Housing Sector

"...Based on the econometric analysis, the necessity of development and implementation of the concept of energy efficiency in the housing sector is proved..."

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Can Banks Sustain the Growth in Renewable Energy Supply? An International Evidence

"...Confronted with rapidly deteriorating climate change resulting from the use of fossil fuels, the transition to renewable energy has now become imminent..."

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