About Roy L Hales

Roy L Hales is the editor of the ECOreport (www.theecoreport.com), a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of North America and writes for both CleanTechnica and Planetsave on Important Media. He is a research junkie who has written over a thousand articles since he was first published in 1982. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.



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Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About North America’s Energy Future

March 24th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Alberta's oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline "a great day for jobs and energy independence" in the United States. Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its current pipeline capacity and adding more pipelines is "not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius."


Scoot’s New Mobility Operating System

March 12th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Compared to the 10 million miles that the city's vehicles travel every day, Scoot's penetration into the San Francisco market is still relatively small. The 800 vehicles in its shared light electric vehicle (LEV) fleet have covered 2 million miles since 2012. Scoot CEO Michael Keating admitted in an email sent my way that, even combining their statistics with those of Zipcar, Bay Area Bikeshare, and Uber, you would probably not reach 5% of the total volume. But the market is growing fast


What Do Fossil Fuel Companies Get For Their Campaign Investments?

March 12th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Fossil fuel companies pumped more than $5.1 million into British Columbia's elections between 2008 and 2015. 92% of that money was given to the BC Liberal party, which was in office throughout that period. The remainder went to the leading opposition party, the New Democratic Party (NDP). A new report from the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Mapping The Political Influence, examines the funds and lobbying data to get answers. The ever-running question is, what do fossil fuel companies get for their campaign investments


Morningstar Reaffirms PACE

February 27th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

The report makes it very clear that PACE is not a mortgage, and it needs to be considered with different metrics. Though major PACE programs collect FICO scores, their key consideration is the lien-to-value ratio. This is because "PACE lending is tied to the asset and not to the creditworthiness of the property owner."


How Commercial PACE Came To Michigan

January 15th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

The state’s PACE programs didn’t really get started until 2016. Tommy Deavenport, Chief Operating Officer of Petros PACE Finance, explained how commercial PACE came to Michigan


Will Trump Miss Out On A Trillion Dollar Deal?

December 20th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

The incoming President boasts about his ability to recognize and make deals. But does Donald Trump recognize the value of initiatives like fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, appliance standards, and the Clean Power Plan? Will Trump miss out on a trillion dollar deal


Bringing Solar To Mexicans Without Electricity

December 20th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

"Vitaluz is working to bring solar power to the 2.2 million people in the country with no access to electricity. Currently, these families must resort to using alternatives that are harmful to their health and the environment such as candles, kerosene lamps or diesel generators. The most ironic and unjust part is that these alternatives are also the most expensive and inefficient lighting and electricity methods that exist."


Local Communities Can Prevail Over Multi-National Corporations

December 20th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

Anti-wind activist Kevon Martis just sent out an update about SB 438, the bill requiring Michigan to obtain 15% of its electricity from renewable sources. Martis' initial response was discouragement. Then someone drew his attention to a clause in the final draft of that legislation that allows townships and counties to retain control over zoning for wind energy.


Michigan Calls For 15% Renewable Electricity By 2021

December 19th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

Opponents of Senate Bill 438 (SB 438) believed it puts corporate interests above the needs of residents. Proponents describe it as a small step towards lowering electricity costs, creating jobs and improving public health. Thanks to the Governor's direct intervention, the legislators found a compromise


Reducing Pipeline Methane Emissions 83%

December 14th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

With the help of new technology developed by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Google and Colorado State University, PSE&G is reducing pipeline methane emissions by 83% in the area surveyed area, while replacing about 1/3 less mileage to do so


Renewables Produce 56% Of Denmark’s Domestic Electricity

December 13th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

The numbers fluctuate. At 10:19 AM Pacific Time, on December 13, wind turbines fed 434 megawatts (MW) into the grid. There have been days when they produced 140% of the nation's need. Then there is solar energy and biomass. According to the Danish Energy Agency, combined, renewables produce 56% of Denmark's domestic electricity consumption


Fastned Raised EUR 2.5 Million In 4 Days

December 6th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

Last year, the Dutch fast charging station company needed three weeks to raise EUR 3 million selling share certificates on Nx'change. Now, Fastned raised EUR 2.5 million in four days


Europe’s 1st Urban Fast Charging Station — In The Hague, Holland

December 2nd, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

Billions of euros are being invested into Europe's EV market. Most of the industry's best known vehicles are available. The race to build the infrastructure, which can help make them the vehicle of choice, lags behind. Ford, Volkswagen Group, BMW Group, and Daimler are entering into the race with joint plans to develop 400 sites by 2020. However, Fastned has already built 55 stations throughout the Netherlands and, on December 1, announced the opening of Europe's 1st "Urban Fast Charging Station" in The Hague, Holland, the Netherlands


What Happened To Germany’s Energy Transformation?

November 29th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

As of October 30, only 0.79 GW of new capacity has been added this year. Germany's critics are once again hailing the imminent demise of this nation's renewable revolution. What happened to Germany's energy transformation


The DOE’s New PACE Guidelines

November 24th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

After months of review, the DOE's new PACE Guidelines have finally been released. The USA's largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) providers do not anticipate any complications with the DOE's new guidelines. Both Renovate America and Ygrene believe they are already in line with most of what the government is suggesting


North America’s Largest EV Charging Program — Pros & Cons

November 24th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

On February 9, 2015, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) brought forward a proposal to install more than 25,000 EV charging stations within its territory. Readily embraced by environmentalists, the project faced opposition from ratepayers (questioning the value of this investment) and other EV charging service providers (who did not relish direct competition from a utility)



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