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About Roy L Hales

Roy L Hales is the President of Cortes Community Radio , CKTZ 89.5 FM, where he has hosted a half hour program since 2014, and editor of the Cortes Currents (formerly the ECOreport), a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of British Columbia. He writes for both writes for both Clean Technica and PlanetSave on Important Media. He is a research junkie who has written over 2,000 articles since he was first published in 1982. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.



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EV Tipping Point in Norway

August 18th, 2019 | by Roy L Hales

Prior to the introduction of supportive government policies, most battery electric vehicles (BEV) were in Oslo, Norway. In March 2014, one percent of the vehicles on the roads were electric, while 21% of new vehicle sales were plug-in vehicles. Five years later, in March 2019, 58.4% of new vehicle purchases were fully electric


BC Transit Goes Electric

August 16th, 2019 | by Roy L Hales

The first 10 heavy duty battery electric buses (BEBs) will be deployed in Victoria sometime in 2020/2021. Over the course of the next seven years, BC Transit will gradually increase the proportion of eBuses in its fleet until all new purchases are electric


Why Washington Is Violating Its Clean Car Legislation

June 1st, 2018 | by Roy L Hales

Matthew Metz is the co-executive director of Coltura and the lead author of the white paper "Recharge Recommended," which explains why Washington is violating its clean car legislation and how this can be remedied


Kinder Morgan Sold The Pipeline

May 31st, 2018 | by Roy L Hales

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims that buying the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline is acting in the national interest. Ben Parfait put his feeling about the $4.5 billion purchase to music: "Broken hands on broken ploughs, Broken treaties, broken vows, Broken pipes, broken tools/ People bending broken rules.” Economist Robyn Allan estimates Canadian taxpayers will spend $20 billion before the controversial pipeline expansion is finished; if it is finished. Is anyone surprised to hear that Kinder Morgan sold the pipeline


Why California Needs AB 1745

March 20th, 2018 | by Roy L Hales

The state legislature is considering a law that would require all new passenger vehicles sold in California after Jan. 1, 2040 to produce zero emissions


BC Approves The Site C Dam

December 14th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

The BC Utilities Commission recently concluded that “increasingly viable alternative energy sources such as wind, geothermal and industrial curtailment could provide similar benefits to [BC Hydro] ratepayers as the Site C project, with an equal or lower Unit Energy Cost.” Nevertheless, today Premier John Horgan announced BC approves the Site C Dam


The World Of Sustainable Competitiveness

November 15th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

What are the most important factors that make a nation thrive? What is more important: the welfare of a people or corporate interest? Will Donald Trump's fossil-fueled America First policies plunge the world's leading economy into mediocrity? Which nations are best poised to lead the world into a more sustainable future


Renewables Provided 44.1% Of Germany’s Electricity In October

November 13th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Germany added 2.3 gigawatts of new onshore wind capacity in the first half of 2017. Though it failed to meet the target last year, the Renewable Energy Act set an annual target of installing 2.5 gigawatts (GW) of new solar capacity. Add in a warm autumn and the winter storms Xavier and Herwart, and it is easy to see how renewables provided 44.1% of Germany's electricity in October


California Providing Increased Protection For PACE Customers

October 9th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Close to 150,000 Californian homeowners have made energy and efficiency improvements through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. For the most part they are success stories, but there are isolated reports of problems with "independent solar, plumbing and roofing contractors who pitch the loans and sign up consumers through online software."


Residential Solar Installation Costs In California

October 9th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Though there is considerable push back from Big Oil, the California legislation's goal of 50% renewable electricity by 2030 seems attainable. What are residential solar installation costs in America's battleground state


Reconditioning Wind Farms Can Extend Their Lives

October 6th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Around 40% of Germany's wind turbines will soon be 15-years old.  The French, Italian, Spanish, and British fleets are also aging. More than 86 gigawatts of Europe's wind capacity is scheduled to be decommissioned by 2030. A new report from New Energy Update describes an alternate solution, which is reconditioning wind farms


What Is Causing The West Coast’s Epidemic Of Fires?

September 5th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

As British Columbia reels from the worst fire season in its recorded history, it is easy to look upon this as a local problem. but much of Oregon is wrapped in smoke, there are reports of ash falling like snow in some Washington cities and two days ago a state of emergency was declared in Los Angeles.


Viewing Victoria’s Passive Houses

August 31st, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

The Bernhardts built the first certified passive house in the Victoria region. Rob went on to become the CEO of Passive House Canada. I recently interviewed him again, during a quick peek at Victoria’s passive houses


First Black Start On Germany’s Grid

August 15th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

This experiment took place in the North German city of Schwerin. The WEMAG battery power station, developed by the Berlin-based storage pioneer Younicos, successfully restored a previously disconnected power grid.


Pedestrians & Cyclists Add To Vancouver’s Downtown Businesses

June 26th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their revenue streams. A new report shows the transition taking place in British Columbia, where pedestrians & cyclists contribute to Vancouver's downtown businesses. 


Canada Is Now 1.7 Degrees Warmer Than In 1948

June 26th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Average global temperatures keep rising. While 2016 is the warmest year on record, the previous record was set in 2015 and, before that, 2014. A new joint report from Health Canada and the Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC) puts this into perspective



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