Genessee Two, Alberta, Canada. Credit: Capital Power

Good News, Bad News — Last Coal-Fired Generating Station In Alberta Closed

In 2015, Alberta premier Rachel Notley of the New Democratic Party announced plans to completely phase out coal power by 2030 as part of its broader climate policies. Critics questioned whether it could be done. “The industry was up in arms that it wasn’t possible,” Blake Shaffer an assistant professor … [continued]

Nova Scotia’s 1st Grid-Scale Battery Energy Storage Facilities

Canadian Solar Inc. (the “Company” or “Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ) today announced that e-STORAGE, which is part of the Company’s majority-owned subsidiary CSI Solar Co., Ltd. (“CSI Solar”), has secured a contract from Nova Scotia Power to develop flagship energy storage projects across three locations in Nova Scotia, Canada: Bridgewater, Waverley, and White Rock. The projects, totaling 150 MW … [continued]

Slide from Indian utilities seminar on carbon pricing by Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist, TFIE Strategy

Carbon Pricing — India Utility Seminar Transcript & Slides

Under the auspices of the India Smart Grid Forum, the think tank founded as an umbrella organization over India’s 28 state utilities to provide thought leadership, share leading practices, and bring international insights to India, I’m delivering bi-weekly webinars framed by the Short List of Climate Actions That Will Work. With the … [continued]

Image: Aqua Superapower

Aqua SuperPower & BlueGrid Drive 1st Transatlantic Vessel-to-Grid Project for Marine Electrification

The £1.8m CanUK vessel-to-grid (V2G) project is making waves by uniting UK and Canadian experts to create the first transatlantic V2G project for electric vessels. V2G’s bi-directional charging technology lets electric vessel batteries both receive and supply energy, cutting carbon emissions, slashing e-vessel costs, boosting grid flexibility, and speeding up … [continued]

Midjourney generated image of a figleaf dripping black oil

Canada Follows Europe, China, & USA With Anti-Greenwashing Provisions, Oil & Gas Industry Freaks Out

You might be surprised to know that the oil, gas, and coal industries make claims that aren’t completely aligned with reality, and indeed often make claims that have no discernible relationship to it. I know, I know, it’s a shocking revelation. That’s why Canadian firms in the sector are leading … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated landscape-orientation abstract image of a large learning model spitting out a cloud of green answers

No, AI Queries & Images Aren’t Carbon Bombs, So Stop Hyperventilating

Regular readers will either appreciate or hate that for roughly 20 months I’ve been decorating my articles and presentations with images generated by artificial intelligence algorithms. I’m not going to address the full range of reasons, but will just do some basic math on the electricity use to get a … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated anoramic image of a concrete truck pouring US paper money into a construction site's foundation

Decarbonizing Cement & Concrete Is Noble, But Why Will Developers Pay For It?

During what has become concrete month, I’ve explored the full range of actual and purported solutions to the climate problem that is the cement, steel, and concrete used in construction. The industry’s emissions are high, with every ton of reinforced concrete having a carbon debt of 0.3-0.4 tons of carbon … [continued]

ChapGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of an electric truck covered in circuitry charging at a truck stop

Dirt Cheap Batteries Enable Megawatt-Scale Charging Without Big Grid Upgrades Right Away

Battery prices have continued to plummet, frankly faster than even battery optimists such as myself dreamed of. We’re seeing commercial, scaled, price points that we didn’t expect to see until 2030 or later. That has big implications for electric trucking. In 2022, a kilowatthour of battery capacity cost US$159. In … [continued]

Conceptual rendering of Asahi Kasei’s Port Colborne facility (Graphic:Asahi Kasei)

Asahi Kasei Announces Port Colborne as Location of Future Lithium-ion Battery Separator Plant

Asahi Kasei announced today that it will construct its previously announced integrated lithium-ion battery (LIB) separator plant in Port Colborne, which is in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada. The new manufacturing facility will operate as Asahi Kasei Battery Separator Canada and is expected to create highly skilled, good paying … [continued]