Taking advantage of Alberta’s world-class renewable energy resources

Dan Balaban of Greengate Power Corp. talks about the company’s footprint in Alberta and its big plans for expansion

Taking advantage of Alberta’s world-class renewable energy resourcesDan Balaban is president and CEO of Greengate Power Corp. What is Greengate Power and what does it do? Balaban: Greengate Power is a renewable energy company based in Calgary. We are a developer of utility-scale wind and solar energy projects, providing a low-cost and clean source of power for Albertans by taking advantage of…

Green energy industries are impractical, destined to fail

Yes, we need to build the renewable energy industry. But that means concentrating on nuclear and fusion energy systems

Green energy industries are impractical, destined to failSupposedly green or renewable energy has become a trillion-dollar-plus annual industry that has spawned tens of thousands of new businesses worldwide. The total climate-industrial complex is a $2-trillion-per-year business. Even major fossil fuel companies like Shell now have green energy divisions. These companies are virtually 100 per cent dependent on the politically-driven notion of dangerous…

New technology will make carbon tax obsolete

The free-market system, human ingenuity and investors and entrepreneurs seeking profits brought these ideas forth

New technology will make carbon tax obsoleteThe Canadian political scene has been riven and toxified by Ottawa’s plans to impose a tax on greenhouse gas emissions on all provinces lacking such a levy. The ostensible goal is to reduce the use of fossil fuels, and thus emit less carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4, the main component of natural gas and…

The positive power of open-market utilities

Former Enmax CEO Gary Holden talks about what New Zealand gets right and what Alberta gets wrong

The positive power of open-market utilitiesGary Holden is CEO at Pulse Energy Alliance LP in New Zealand and former CEO of Enmax in Calgary. What is Pulse Energy Alliance and what does it do? Holden: Pulse is a private, trust-owned company that competes in the national (New Zealand) energy market for electricity, gas and Internet services. We are thought of…

Petro-Canada launching electric vehicle charging stations

Construction on more than 50 stations in coast-to-coast fast-charging network to begin this spring

Petro-Canada launching electric vehicle charging stationsA network of electric vehicle fast-charging stations is being launched across the country by Petro-Canada, which is part of Calgary-based energy giant Suncor. The company announced on Wednesday that more than 50 of these stations will be located along the Trans-Canada Highway at Petro-Canada stations from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. It said construction is…

Manitoba’s solar program lacks the energy to sustain itself

There’s no apparent reason why there should be any subsidization of solar installations

Manitoba’s solar program lacks the energy to sustain itselfBy Brian Ransom Former chair Manitoba Hydro On Earth Day 2016, Manitoba Hydro announced its Solar Energy Program, offering incentives and financial support for customers to adopt solar power to generate their electricity and sell excess energy to the Crown corporation. Almost three years later, the program needs a major overhaul. The program was part…

Helping Alberta save energy, from home to business

Monica Curtis talks about the resounding success of Energy Efficiency Alberta’s programs

Helping Alberta save energy, from home to businessMonica Curtis is CEO of Energy Efficiency Alberta. What is Energy Efficiency Alberta and its mandate? Curtis: Energy Efficiency Alberta is working hard to become the province’s expert on saving energy through efficiency – the most cost-effective fuel source. We’re a relatively new provincial agency with a three-part mandate. The first part is about education:…

Alberta government announces $1.2B in renewable energy projects

The new developments are expected to create about 1,000 jobs and generate about 760 megawatts of affordable renewable electricity

Alberta government announces $1.2B in renewable energy projectsThe Alberta government says private companies are partnering with First Nations to invest around $1.2 billion in renewable energy projects in Alberta. The intent is to create new jobs and continue with record-setting low power prices for Albertans. The government has announced five new wind projects as part of Alberta's Renewable Electricity Program. It includes…

It’s time for economic and social paradigm shifts

For far too many people, life is losing its lustre. Here's a systemic remedy that will take us into a new era of prosperity

It’s time for economic and social paradigm shiftsDay by day, the storm signals are more evident. Let’s start with Peak America. It’s no longer the world’s top economy (China’s gross domestic product is $22 trillion compared to America’s $19 trillion), suffers under bitterly tribalized politics and is led by an oligarch with a growing list of symptoms of aged maladies. Are would-be…

Bullfrog Power installing solar systems on Calgary schools

The projects will help green Alberta's electricity grid by displacing approximately 850 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually

Bullfrog Power installing solar systems on Calgary schoolsAlberta-based Bullfrog Power, a leading green energy provider, has partnered with the Calgary Board of Education by adding five new 10-kilowatt solar systems on city schools. The schools are Sen. Patrick Burns School, Chinook Park School, Dr. E.W. Coffin School, Highwood School and Midnapore School. “Combined, the solar installations will generate 1,340 mWh of clean,…