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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

Filming The Route To A New Tomorrow

April 5th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

In 2012 French journalist Cyril Dion read a study stating that unless we take action now, humankind could disappear between 2040 and 2100. He shared his concerns with a friend, actress/filmaker Melanie Lauren. This ultimately led to their global trek, filming the route towards Tomorrow

An Accurate Portrayal Of Justin Trudeau’s Character

March 28th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Unlike the previous administration, which "never bothered to pretend they were anything other than grimly determined power-seekers," the Trudeau people are using their perceived idealism as "a newer, slicker, con." Coyne may be right, but I suspect this is not an accurate portrayal of Justin Trudeau's character

Trump Rolls Out More Of His Coal Program Today

March 28th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

America's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees the development of approximately 570 million acres where there are coal deposits. Less than 1% of that is currently under development. That is about to change. President Donald Trump rolls out more of his coal program today

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."

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