Sustainable energy

We have just  2 days to produce a flood of comments opposing a madcap scheme to install tidal turbines in Blackney Pass at the entrance to Johnstone Strait. 

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This site is one of the most important components of designated Critical Habitat for the threatened Northern Resident orca community.  It is also an area of increasing importance to recovering humpback whales.

Posted on August 17, 2012

by Guy Dauncey

Wind turbines are spinning on the hills of southern Alberta, and on a hill outside Whitehorse, in the Yukon. They are spinning in downtown Toronto, and along the shores of the St Lawrence, in Quebec. But there are no wind turbines spinning in British Columbia — yet. 

The production of electricity from the wind is making rapid progress around the world. By the end of 2003, wind turbines had 39,000 megawatts (MW)

Posted on August 14, 2012

While governments diddle around with new nuclear power and the climate crisis threatens to go over the top, you can install alternative energy yourself at home or in your business, probably for less cost than buying a hybrid car. And of course, for the householder as well as the power corporation, the “negawatt” of power saved through energy

Posted on July 20, 2012

by Carol Gray

Quadra Island, at the north end of Georgia Strait between Vancouver Island and the BC mainland, is about to make a name for itself in the field of renewable ocean energy. Campbell River-based Canoe Pass Tidal Energy Corp. has part­nered with Focus Environmental and Calgary-based New Energy Corp. to develop a demonstration tidal-current energy project in Canoe Pass, which runs between Quadra and Maud is­lands near Seymour Narrows.

Posted on July 16, 2012

Combining social goals and earth restoration components into a Plan B budget yields an additional annual expenditure of $190 billion, roughly one third of the current U.S. military budget or one sixth of the global military budget. In a sense this is the new defense budget, the one that addresses the most serious threats to our security.

by Lester R. Brown

Chapter 13: The Great Mobilization

Posted on July 16, 2012

by David Simms

Over the decade that my family and I spent living with a wind­mill to supply all of our electricity, we became acutely aware of exactly how much energy we used. Our appliances gobbled too much power, and many were the times we wished for the magical solutions in household technology that are now available off-the-shelf. In a sense, I now view our experience as a laboratory experiment, the findings of which could be applied to electricity use in the conventional, urban home.

Posted on July 14, 2012
by Arthur Caldicott 

British Columbia is awash in ocean energy. A handful of companies stand on its shores eager to try out a quirky assortment of untested machines which they hope will exploit that energy for electricity gen­eration. 

At present, the BC government’s only ocean energy policy is no policy. Staking of ocean rights has already be­gun. First Nations and communities have little

Posted on July 11, 2012

by Paula Steele 

It started with a question: How do you encourage 6,000 homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient? The City of Colwood had just completed its Community Energy and Emissions Plan, which identified that energy retrofits to existing homes would help the community reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, as well as creating local jobs and

Posted on July 07, 2012

by Stephanie Orford

Thanks to renewed interest in ocean energy in Canada, entrepreneurs are starting to harness the waves and tides off the coast of BC to generate electricity, and kick-start a new energy sector in the process. 

“There is a renewed interest in Canada ... in extracting energy from waves and tidal currents,” said Andrew Cornett, who leads ocean energy research for the Canadian Hydraulics Centre at the National Research Council. 

Posted on July 04, 2012

by Stephanie Orford

People all over the world have been using geother­mal energy for thousands of years, so why isn’t BC?

“All the countries on the Pacific Rim have developed geothermal, ex­cept Canada,” said Dr. Mory Ghom­shei, adjunct professor of Energy Re­sources and Systems at

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