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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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


The Changing Climate Makes Sea Levels Rise

June 2nd, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Sea levels are already rising. One tends to think of this as a third world development but, between 1969 and 2010, Prince Edward Island lost 20 square kilometers. According to Dr. Adam Fenech, Director of the Climate Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island, close to a thousand PEI homes, 17 lighthouses (one of which is already half in the water) and a number of wind turbines could be lost by 2100.


Bicycles Once Again The Winners Of Vancouver’s Annual Rush Hour Challenge

May 25th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Bicycles have dominated Vancouver's "Rush Hour Challenge" ever since the event began in 2009. According to statistics from HUB Cycling, bikes came in first 73.3% of the time, while cars have been first 16% and transit 11% of the time. This year, bicycles once again triumphed in Vancouver's Annual Rush Hour Challenge


Wave Energy’s Potential For British Columbia

May 23rd, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Since 2001, there have been several inquiries into the plausibility of harnessing the wave energy off Vancouver Island. So far, projects were rejected because of the associated costs. A new report from the University of Victoria’s West Coast Wave Initiative (WCWI) outlined wave energy's potential for British Columbia


Vancouver Island’s Struggle For Sustainable Forestry

May 23rd, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

When Island Timberlands arrived in 2012, they found Cortes island residents waiting behind a blockade. The Vancouver Observer sent a young film maker to cover the story, but Daniel Pierce found more than just another clash between a logging company and local environmentalists.


GRID Alternatives 2017 SuperSolarthon

May 18th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

GRID Alternatives entered San Diego eight years ago, with a solar installation in El Cajon. Since then, the non-profit has put up a total of 824 systems throughout the county. This Saturday, they return to the same El Cajon neighbourhood for GRID Alternatives 2017 SuperSolarthon


Empower’s Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform

May 16th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

A newly launched unified solar and energy storage system targets the residential market. According to its press release, Empower's Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform streamlines "the deployment of residential solar and energy storage systems without compromise of performance or cost."


British Columbia’s LNG Dreams May Be Over

May 10th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Andrew Weaver, whose Green party holds the balance of power, told reporters, "British Columbians were sold a bill of goods on LNG. It wasn't going to happen then, it's not going to happen now. ... LNG is not happening, so let's move on to the new economy."


Making The Documentary “Fractured Land”

April 27th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

The award-winning British Columbian documentary “Fractured Land” follows the life of First Nations warrior and lawyer, Caleb Behn as he explores the impacts hydraulic fracturing is having on his community


London’s Transportation Sector Turning Electric

April 27th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

London's first 75 charging points should be operational by the end of the year. By 2020, there could be 300. The first steps towards London's transportation sector going electric have been taken


Will California Say “Yes” To Volkswagen’s $800 Million Settlement?

April 27th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

The California Air Resources Board's (CARB's) ruling on the proposed settlement from the dieselgate scandal will come very soon. The Volkswagen Group of America is proposing to invest $2 billion into the nation's zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure over the next 10 years. A significant portion of this investment is earmarked for California. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the deal. Will California accept Volkswagen's $800,000 million settlement


Germany’s 1st Fastned EV Fast Charging Stations Coming Soon

April 19th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Two months ago, the European Commission decided "Germany's scheme to roll out a network of user-friendly infrastructure for charging electric vehicles across the country is in line with EU state aid rules." Germany will invest €300 million (nearly $320), and two-thirds of this goes to its fast-charging network. The Dutch company Fastned will be one of the developers. Germany's first Fastned EV fast charging stations will soon be under construction



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