SNAPSHOT: Renewables and Efficiency Jobs Surge While Fossil Employment Sags

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At the level of raw numbers, job creation in 2018 was one of the simplest, most straightforward pieces of the climate change puzzle: while renewable energy and energy efficiency delivered more than 10 million jobs around the world and promised many more in the near future, oil and gas producers were trying to actively trim their work force, while a crashing coal industry continued to lay off workers by the hundred.

In May, the International Renewable Energy Agency reported that renewables had created 10.3 million jobs worldwide as far back as 2016 and was on track to employ as many as 28 million people by 2050. An early September report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate was even more optimistic, projecting that “bold action” on climate could deliver more than 65 million low-carbon jobs and at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits by 2030.

Environmental Entrepreneurs identified the cities that had become “America’s top 50 clean energy job engines,” with more than half of the national total of nearly 3.2 million jobs. “Each day, more than three million Americans wake up and get to work building our clean energy economy,” E2 reported. “These workers install solar panels atop our homes and commercial buildings, manufacture wind turbines, and reduce wasted energy by making our homes, schools, and offices more energy efficient. And they now work in every zip code in the country.” Renewables employment was booming in the United States in spite of trade action against the country’s solar industry and assorted uncertainties at the state level, and New York’s new energy efficiency target included training for 19,500 workers.

Canadian fossil lobbyists continued to tout their industry’s commitment to job creation despite continuing efforts to “de-man” the industry, and U.S. fossils tried to court Hispanic and African-American communities by promising employment in a re-emerging offshore drilling industry. Labour-saving efficiencies wiped out thousands of fossil jobs in Alberta, although Canada’s railways went on a bit of a hiring spree as oil-by-rail shipments set new records. A moment of relatively high oil prices produced optimism but not euphoria in the Canadian oilpatch, as analysts conceded that even a full fossil recovery would not bring a huge spike in employment. Suncor introduced driverless trucks and cut 400 tar sands/oil sands jobs, and Parkland Institute political economist Ian Hussey cited declining jobs and tax revenue as evidence that the tar sands/oil sands era is over.

Globe and Mail columnist and self-described climate hawk Denise Balkissoon said a commitment to a just job transition would help bridge the divide over the intensely controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. I’m glad the oil sands are a sunset industry: they’re an absolute environmental nightmare,” she wrote. “That doesn’t mean those who work there are bad people, but that everyone in Canada needs to help them move on.”

The Dogwood Initiative shone a light on the coastal jobs in British Columbia that would be put at risk by Trans Mountain. Colorado ski operators and their employees stood to lose billions due to warmer, drier winters; the Trump administration’s attack on tailpipe emission standards was set to undercut the competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry; and questions about the future of work in a warming world were being met with deafening silence.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives issued a just transition report calling for a stronger social safety net for workers affected by the post-carbon transition. Ottawa unveiled its 2030 transition plan for coal workers and communities and appointed Hassan Yussuff of the Canadian Labour Congress and Lois Corbett of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick to co-chair its 11-member Just Transition Task Force. In early November, the task force called for a longer time span for retraining grants for coal workers. “It’s easy to say, ‘You’re going to phase out an industry, this is government policy,’” Yussuff said. “The next thing is, what will take its place? Because you can’t just shut down a coal generation facility.”

A study for Efficiency Canada calculated that the pan-Canadian climate plan will generate 118,000 energy efficiency jobs through 2030, Alberta introduced a new training course for solar and wind farm technicians, and a technicians’ course in Texas had students “climbing wind turbines to the middle class.” Coal miners and their work ethic were finding a home in the green economy.

In the United States, meanwhile, government data showed a purported coal industry recovery evaporating. The looming closure of the Navajo coal-fired generating station in Arizona imperiled 800 jobs, a West Virginia coal mine closure cost another 400, and eight coal executives took away US$10.2 million in salary and bonuses when the Westmoreland Coal Company went bankrupt. Oakland cancelled a coal export lease, Kentucky’s coal industry continued to decline despite Trump’s overblown promises to the contrary, Korean banks refused to finance the massive Adani coal mine in Australia, and the global coal industry was on track to shed 100,000 jobs this decade.


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Big City Mayors Cheer as Trudeau Offers Permanent Federal Transit Funding

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Ex-Exxon Engineer Personifies ‘Generational Schism’ Facing Millennial Oil and Gas Workers

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Enviros Warn California Blackout Prevention Plan Could Drive Up Gas Consumption

London Hedge Funds Bet on US$100 Carbon Price

Alberta Looks to Lithium in Oil Deposits to Stock Electric Vehicle Batteries

Students at France’s Elite Universities Want Climate at Heart of Curriculum

Students Demand Faster Action After UVic Moves $80 Million to Low-Carbon Investment Fund

Integrating Clean Energy Options Could Create ‘Paradigm Shift’, U.S. Researchers Find

China Designates Tidal Flat for 300-MW Solar Project

Shale Producer Chesapeake Lays Off 15% of Work Force After Emerging from Bankruptcy

Microsoft Claims 6% Emissions Cut in One Year

Australia Would Need 74% Emissions Cut by 2030 to Align with 1.5°C

Canada Can Thrive on Road to Net-Zero if Governments Make Good Decisions Now

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Line 5 Pipeline Battle Produces Overheated Claims on Job vs. Environment

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Nova Scotia Unveils $5.5 Million in Solar Panel Rebates

U.S. Institute Campaigns for 30 Million Solar Homes

North Carolina Solar Rebate is Over-Subscribed in 161 Seconds

U.S. Utility Boosts Gas Plant Demand by Overstating Future Energy Demand

Fiji Sets 2036 Target for 100% RE

South Australia Looks for More Options to Add Rooftop Solar

Boeing Claims 100% Biofuel Planes will be Ready by 2030

Sri Lanka Utility Uses ‘Creative Accounting’ to Justify Continuing Coal Reliance

EXCLUSIVE: UNESCO Partnership Helps Global Gas Exporters ‘Boost Legitimacy’, Undercuts UN Climate Goals, Analysts Say

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French Court Orders More State Action on Climate Change

In what campaigners are calling a landmark ruling, a French court has judged the country to be failing in its commitments to fight the climate crisis—and has ordered it to do better.

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Tech Sector Helps Diversify Alberta Job Market, But Gains May Not Last

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Ottawa Instructs Infrastructure Bank to Invest $1 Billion in Indigenous Projects

EU Transition Fund Won’t Support Gas Projects

Despite ‘Tons and Tons of Space’, Canada Lags on Rooftop Solar

Federal, Provincial Governments Fund Heating Efficiency in Manitoba

Women in Climate Technology Group Launches in U.S.

Empire State Building Now Powered by Wind

Poland Plans to Sideline Coal, Embrace Renewables

WoodMac Foresees Green Hydrogen Costs Falling Fast

60% of North American Fleets Can Save Money by Electrifying

Decarbonizing Cities Means Harmonizing Buildings, Mobility, Infrastructure

Anglo-Russian Firm Pledges Net-Zero Aluminium, Energy by 2050

Wyoming Citizens Divided on Economic Shift from Fossil to Renewables

As the low-carbon transition takes hold, fossil-producing Wyoming is at a crossroads. The windy state is grasping at the potential to invest big in renewable power—but old habits die hard, and uncertainty about wind’s ability to deliver has many citizens fearing change.

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Young Cartographer Unearths Massive Climate Action Potential in Catholic Church Land Holdings

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Indigenous Ownership of B.C. Small Hydro Project Boosts Community Health, Well-Being

Black Property Owners at Risk as U.S. Pipeliners Assert Eminent Domain

B.C. Offers 20% Power Subsidy for ‘Clean’ Biofuel, Hydrogen Industries

Vancouver Transit Agency Buys 15 New Electric Buses

Amazon HQ2 Turns to Halifax Start-Up for Lower-Carbon Concrete

Work from Home Pushes Bay Street Firms to Cut Office Footprint

Los Angeles Builds Partnerships, Engages Students with UN Sustainable Development Goals

Iberdola, Danone Build Europe’s Biggest Solar Project in Spain

Serbia Hires Norwegian, Belgian Developers for 800 MW of Wind by 2026

Aging Dams Could Put Large Populations at Risk by 2050

Biggest Snowfall in 50 Years Adds to Misery in Poor Madrid Neighbourhood

Norwegian Firm Aims to Make Green Hydrogen Cost-Competitive by 2025

Fossils Plan Biggest Geothermal Investments in Three Decades

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Finnish City of Oulu Shows How Winter Cycling Can Rule

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Solar Will Deliver World’s Cheapest Electricity by 2030, WoodMac Predicts

2020 Sees UK Renewables Overtake Fossils for First Time

445-MW Coal Plant in Tampa to Close in 2023, 18 Years Early

Regulatory Rubber Stamp Sets Nova Scotia Behind on Climate, Coal

Toronto Firm Delivers Renewable Power for Off-Grid Electronic Devices

Toronto Heat Pump Project Shows 36% Saving on Electric Heat

Analyst Suggests Path to Clean Up Ontario’s Hydro ‘Mess’

NYC Takes Top Marks for Carbon-Free Transportation

U.S. Announces $123.6 Billion for Manufacturing Innovation

Sámi Herders Go to Court Against Norwegian Wind Farm

UAE Claims World’s First Solar Aluminium

Deutsche Bank Sees Climate Regs as Threat to German Automakers

Mining Giant BHP Admits Losses up to $1.25B on Australian Coal Mine

Australia’s Morrison Predicts Decades of Coal Wealth Ahead

Overbuilding, Pricey Coal and LNG Imports Drive Up Power Costs for Bangaldeshis

Shell Adds New Subsidiary to Boost EV Charging Capacity

Denver Sets 2030 Net-Zero Target for New Homes, Buildings

Abu Dhabi Funds Solar Project for 50,000 in Somaliland

Danish Vertical Farm Gets Power from Wind, Produces 1,000 Tons of Food Per Year

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Job Prospects Evaporate, Student Interest Sags as Fossils Scramble for New Talent

A new generation of young professionals is coming back with an eloquent response to the idea that a declining fossil industry is a “slap in the face” to people who’ve set their sights on careers in fields like geology or petroleum engineering.

Major Canadian Solar Firm Denies Reports of Forced Labour

A Canadian solar company is claiming that no Uyghurs are employed at its 30-MW solar farm in China’s Xinjiang region, nor are any members of the persecuted Muslim community being forced into labour anywhere along its solar supply chain. But human rights observers say that last assertion doesn’t stand up to the evidence.

South Australia Hits 100% Solar with Lowest Prices in Country

Cenovus to Lay Off 2,150 as Spending Plan Emphasizes Debt Reduction

Feds Keep Lights Burning in Ottawa Buildings Despite Work from Home

U.S. Fossils Seek Farm Belt Allies to Fight Biden EV Plan

U.S. EV Charging Company Angles for $2.6 Billion in Public Offering

NREL Looks to Solar for Industrial Process Heat

Cambodia Lines Up Investors for $400M Large Hydro Project

Study Finds Only Small Carbon Reduction in Eliminating U.S. Dairy Herds

Climate Has African Cotton Farmers Relying More on Dangerous Pesticides

LNG in Vietnam Faces Regulatory, Market Obstacles

Tesla Battery Shipments Up 83% Last Year, Exceed 3 GWh

Three Floating Solar Plants to Deliver 265 MW in Greece

Can a City Truly Be 100% Renewable?

Sweeping Biden Executive Orders Halt Fossil Leases, Boost Renewables, Stress Environmental Justice and Scientific Integrity

With a set of three sweeping executive orders Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden launched an abrupt shift from four years of climate denial and inaction. The orders included measures to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, increase its reliance on renewable energy, accelerate government renewables procurement and research, restore scientific integrity, and begin addressing the searing inequities and environmental justice issues that had been allowed to fester under his predecessor’s watch.

‘Net Negative’ Claims from Alberta Fossils Underscore Flaws with Carbon Capture

Two Alberta-based fossil companies are reporting that they’ve reached “net-negative” carbon emissions, thanks to carbon capture technology. But while the news sounds promising for CCS—which experts increasingly believe will be necessary to keep average global warming below 2°C—there are still concerns about how emissions reductions are calculated, and how CCS may reduce the incentive to actually reduce emissions.

North Sea Fossil Work Force Faces Looming Job Cuts

PEI Farms, Fishing Operations Adapt to Climate’s ‘New Normal’

Construction Set to Start on Montana’s Biggest Wind Farm

170 Jobs Lost as SunPower Shuts Oregon Assembly Plant

Wisconsin Sees Booming Interest in Home Solar

Community Foundations Drive Sustainability in Republican-Red Sarasota County

UN Commission Sets Standards for ‘People-First’ Infrastructure

Illustrated Guide Promotes UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda

Vulcan County, Alberta Sets Sights on 500-MW Wind Farm

The rural county in Alberta that brought Canada its biggest solar farm to date is at it again, with word this week that it is seeking regulatory approval for a 500-megawatt wind farm.

BP Slashes Fossil Exploration Team from 700 to 100 as Shift to Renewables Takes Hold

Colossal fossil BP has cut its oil and gas exploration team from more than 700 geologists, engineers, and scientists to fewer than 100, as new CEO Bernard Looney begins reorganizing the company’s operations in response to the climate crisis.

6,000 Home Batteries to Help Power Hawai’i’s Green Grid

UVic Divestment Plan Falls Short on Carbon Cuts, Reconciliation

IEEFA Warns Investors Off Two New Virginia Gas Plants

Iowa Utility Under Pressure to Shut Down Coal Plants

Minnesota Ratepayers to Save $160M from Wind Farm Repowering Project

EU Boosts Solar Output by 7 TWh in Third Quarter of 2020

Developers in Japan Shift Toward Green Buildings

Air Pollution Causes Nearly 30% of Miscarriages in South Asia

Climate Change Will Add ‘Profoundly’ to Child Malnourishment

Cyprus Touts Gas Pipeline as Part of 2050 Carbon-Neutral Goal

Better Charger Data Could Assuage EV Anxiety

EU Funds Farmers to Reduce Methane Belches from Livestock

Ocean Restoration Could Deliver 100,000 UK Jobs, £50-Billion Economic Boost

Time to Move On from Keystone, Ambassador Says, as Biden, Trudeau Talk Climate Cooperation

With U.S. President Joe Biden making climate action a top priority for his new administration, and an analyst warning that the Keystone XL pipeline cancellation will stifle Alberta’s fossil industry for years, Canada’s U.S. ambassador is saying that it’s time to move on and focus on other opportunities in the bilateral relationship.

Keystone Decision Triggers Calls for More Pipeline Cancellations [Sign-ons]

After President Joe Biden kept his promise to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, with a Day One executive order rescinding the presidential permit for the project, Indigenous campaigners and climate organizations were quick to respond with pressure on the United States and Canada to turn the decision into a trend.

Youth Activists Demand Voice in Climate Policy

Youth climate organizations like Fridays for Future have proven themselves to be non-partisan, passionately intersectional, and naturally animated by a dauntless “get-it-done” spirit. With such extraordinary power and capability in their hands, younger people must have a seat at the table on climate policy, two youth activists say.

EVs Surge Toward Mass Adoption as Sticker Price Falls, More Models Enter Market

Two new analyses show electric vehicles approaching a “tipping point” for mass adoption, with global sales rising 43% last year, battery costs plunging, and the number of models available in the United States expected to triple over the next three years.

Irving Refinery Cites Falling Demand after Laying Off 60 in St. John

U.S. Homebuilders Lobby to Block Climate-Safe Construction Codes

Turkey Places Itself Among Top Four Countries for Geothermal

Equinor May Sell Off Failed Fracking Operations in Montana, North Dakota

Inner Mongolia, China’s Biggest Coal Province, Defies National Goals

UAE Touts Blue Hydrogen as Pathway to Emission Cuts

Cameras On During Online Meetings Can Add to Carbon Footprint

Seven Big Producers Team Up to Deliver 25 GW of Green Hydrogen by 2026

Canadian E-Bus Maker, Battery Recycler Announce Successful Pilot Project

Vestas Cuts 220 Wind Manufacturing Jobs in Denmark, UK

‘Humiliated’ Kenney Demands Trade Sanctions, Could Sell Pipeline for Scrap as TC Shuts Down Keystone Construction

A “humiliated” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney demanded trade sanctions against the United States, TC Energy cut 1,000 construction jobs, Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal falsely claimed 10,000 to 11,000 jobs lost, and the Keystone XL pipeline was at risk of being sold off for scrap after President Joe Biden signed a Day One executive order cancelling the presidential permit for the intensely controversial fossil megaproject.

Canadian Carbon Price Proponent Pushes Back on False Narratives

Those peddling the notion that Canada’s federal government is holding back some portion of the federal carbon tax from its citizens are pushing a false narrative, writes Toronto-based Clean Prosperity, in an analysis that lays out the plain truth: nine out of every ten dollars is returned via taxpayer rebates, with the remainder going to support local emissions reduction projects.

After Early Momentum, Cascadia Region Loses Focus on Climate Action

Political infighting, misinformation campaigns, and serial communication failures have dashed any hopes that the Cascadia region would take the lead in the climate fight and significantly reduce its emissions by the end of last year. Now, angry young people are asking the courts to force their leaders to do a better job, and fast.

Fitch Sees Asian Solar, Wind Exceeding 1,500 GW by 2029

Hydrogen Train Deal Brings Investor Attention to B.C-Based Ballard

Analysts Tout Intertie Between Site C in B.C., Electricity Demand in Alberta

‘Charging Deserts’ for EVs Create Racial Divide in Chicago

$28-Million Rural Recovery Grant in Utah Boosts Fossils Instead

New Mexico Regulators Cite 100% Clean Power Law in Blocking Utility Gas Project

New Renewables Investment Follows South Korea’s Net-Zero Promise

Political Uncertainty Drives Fossils, Renewable Developers Out of Mexico

Indigenous Agroforesters Revive Palm Forests in Brazil

Colossal Fossil Total Buys French Biogas Company

$38-Million Investment to Help Nigerian Firm Bring Solar to West Africa

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Emerge as Affordable Backup for Solar Microgrids

Fossils Create Less than 1% of Canadian Jobs, Making 20-Year Phaseout ‘Very Feasible’, Study Concludes

The Canadian economy has added 42 new jobs for each one it has lost in fossil fuels since 2014, and a 20-year industry phaseout would only reduce fossil employment by about 8,500 positions per year—as many as the country usually creates every 10 days—concludes economist Jim Stanford in an analysis published this week by Environmental Defence.

Biden Brings a Policy ‘Sea Change’, Podesta Tells GreenPAC Webinar

An aggressive program of executive actions and green investments, a White House staffed with “climate champions”, and a concerted effort to rebuild the U.S. government’s scientific capacity and morale will all begin to take shape today with the inauguration of President Joe Biden, former White House counsellor John Podesta said Tuesday afternoon, during a webinar hosted by Toronto-based GreenPAC.

Campaign Promises, Cabinet and Senate Leadership Put Climate at Centre of Biden Agenda

When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in later today as the 46th president and 49th vice-president of the United States, they’ll take office with a raft of campaign promises and a team cabinet nominees and committee chairs that hold the potential to deliver fast, decisive action on the climate crisis.

TC Energy Touts ‘Zero-Emissions’ Plan, Kenney Threatens Court Action as Keystone Cancellation Looms

Calgary-based pipeliner TC Energy touted a “zero-emissions” approach to its fossil fuel transportation business, the federal and Alberta government vowed to continue the fight, and Premier Jason Kenney admitted his province stands to lose a billion-dollar gamble as the reality sank in that U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline after he’s sworn in later today.

Be Wary of Plans for Direct CO2 Removal, Greenpeace Warns Investors

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‘Smart Cities’ Hype Enters the Global South, after North American Projects Fall Short

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Massachusetts Governor Vetoes 2050 Net-Zero Law

Transition Off Carbon Could Disrupt 10 Million UK Jobs

Muskrat Falls Hydro Megaproject Gets $844M in Federal Debt Deferrals

Delay of Calgary’s Green Line LRT Could Cost Tens of Millions: Nenshi

Prince George Petrochemical Plan Gets New Lease on Life

Concrete Producer Lafarge Claims 30-70% Carbon Reduction

Cyclones Force India to Shut Down Wind Turbines, Curtail Power Production

Solar+Hydro Storage Brings Hawaiian Island to 80% RE

GM Canada Announces $1-Billion Electric Van Investment in Ingersoll, Ontario

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New Ministerial Mandate Letters Lay Out Federal Agenda on Climate, Green Recovery

While the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is still necessarily taking up most of the oxygen on Parliament Hill, climate action and a green recovery figure fairly prominently in a new batch of ministerial mandate letters released last Thursday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

McCarthy: 2021 Could Be ‘Pivotal Year’ for Climate Action

With climate action and ambition accelerating toward the end of last year, in Canada and internationally, and COVID-19 vaccine distribution under way, 2021 could be a pivotal year in the fight to get the climate crisis under control, writes Shawn McCarthy, senior counsel at the Sussex Strategy Group, in a post last week for Policy Options.

U.S. Expects 15.4 GW of New Grid-Scale Solar in 2021

Suncor Worker Dies After Dozer Falls Through Ice on Inactive Tailings Pond

Renewable Microgrid is Port of San Diego’s ‘Crown Jewel’

California Could Need 55 GW of Storage by 2045

Louisiana Sees Offshore Oil and Gas Hub Shifting to Wind

Pumped Storage Helps Stabilize UK Grid

Uzbekistan Sets Course for Up to 800 MW New Solar

Bangladesh Brings 50-MW Solar Plant Online

Orlando Utility’s ‘Net-Zero’ Plan Allows Continuing Fossil Fuel Use

Rising Seas Make Miami Beach Affordable Housing Crisis Worse

Five-Year Contract with Sichuan Supplier is Tesla’s Latest Lithium Supply Deal

Photo Essay Captures Iceland’s Drive to Net-Zero

New Offshore Drilling Permits Could Put Canada’s Climate Targets Out of Reach, Endangered Right Whales at Risk

The federal government is putting its own climate targets out of reach, triggering higher carbon dioxide and methane emissions, putting endangered North Atlantic right whales at further risk, and undercutting the new impact assessment process it adopted less than two years ago, according to environmental groups reacting to the approval of three new fossil exploration projects off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador earlier this week.

Carbon emissions from a coal plant in Germany

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In a global first, a study just published in the journal Environmental Research Letters concludes that reliance on fossil-fuelled power plants in a warming world could drive up global electricity demand by as much as 27,000 megawatts.

Higher ‘Value of Carbon’ Guidance Could Boost Aggressive Climate Policy

New “value of carbon” guidance from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation could spur stronger climate action in all sectors, while encouraging land use reform and carbon sequestration. At US$125 per metric tonne, the new estimate blasts past the New York Public Service Commission’s 2020 rate of $43.

More Investment, More Renewable Options Needed to Hit Rapid Decarbonization Goals

Renewable energy investment is falling short of what’s needed to meet rapid decarbonization goals, and national implementation strategies often work to the disadvantage of small and medium-sized renewable energy producers, according to a think tank study released late last year.

South Asia Could See 63 Million Climate Migrants by 2050

Husky-Cenovus Merger Speeds ‘Hollowing Out’ of Calgary Downtown

Restoring Energy Efficiency Rules a Top Priority for Biden Administration

Nike, H&M Among 29 Brands Pressing Vietnam for More Renewables

Vancouver Weighs Fairness of Congestion Pricing

Feds Fund 100 Edmonton Building Retrofits Over Two Years

Plan for Gulf Coast LNG Terminal Runs Ahead of Schedule

Spain Issues New-Style Tender for 3 GW Solar, Wind

E-Bikes Drive Carbon-Free Future for East Africa

African Cities Provide Customer Base for Minigrids

Animal Products Priced Far Too Low to Reflect Climate Impacts

LNG Prices Hit Six-Year High

GE’s New 13-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Sets Off ‘Industry Arms Race’

Norway Boosts Carbon Tax to $237 Per Tonne by 2030

Norway will more than triple its national carbon tax by 2030, from kr 590 to kr 2,000 (US$70 to $237) per tonne of carbon dioxide, under a plan released last Friday by Environment Minister Sveinung Rotevatn.

Africa Needs ‘Decarbonization Shock’ to Prevent Decade of New Fossil Fuel Investments

It will take a “decarbonization shock” to jolt utilities and governments in Africa into a quick transition to renewable energy this decade that avoids investments in fossil fuel projects that will lock the continent into a future of high-carbon development, warns a report this week in the journal Nature Energy.

COVID Recovery Funds, Green Jobs Could Help Developing Countries Drive Down Emissions

COVID-19 recovery funds and green job investment could be a cornerstone for efforts by more than 20 developing nations to come up with new, improved national climate plans, according to a Seoul, South Korea-based organization that is working on Green New Deal-type plans with nearly a dozen different countries.

One-Third of Green Funds Invest in Fossil Stocks

Abu Dhabi Confirms Funding for 2-GW Al Dhafra Solar Plant, World’s Biggest

Greece Approves 2.8 GW of New Renewables

Desert-to-Power Plan to Deliver Solar for Sahel

Forest Carbon Offsets on the Agenda as France’s One Planet Summit Confronts Biodiversity Loss

Global leaders are in the midst of a high-stakes virtual summit today, aimed at rebooting international diplomacy on climate change and species extinction ahead of a United Nations biodiversity conference scheduled for October.

Vancity Sets 2040 Net-Zero Target for Entire Lending Portfolio

The Vancouver City Savings Credit Union is promising to bring its entire mortgage and loan portfolio to net-zero by 2040, 10 years ahead of the target set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as part of a five-part plan aimed at building climate action into the financial co-op’s business strategy.

Haley: $170/Tonne Carbon Price Still Needs Green Industrial Policy to Set Direction

While Canada’s pledge to achieve a carbon price of C$170 by 2030 gives the country “a credible shot” at hitting its 2030 climate targets, the invisible hand of the marketplace won’t deliver a just transition to a lower-carbon economy without a green industrial policy to chart the course, Broadbent Institute policy fellow Brendan Haley argues in a recent blog post.

Climate-Related Hunger, Drought, Conflict to Cost Kenya $62 Billion

Canada Pushes Back on ‘Unwarranted’ U.S. Solar Tariffs

Lion Electric Offers Amazon a 15.8% Share

Land Institute Urges Net-Zero Action on Toronto Rental Housing

Minto Hosts Hackathon to Find Energy, Circular Economy Solutions

Systemic Racism Limits Minority Businesses’ Access to Energy Efficiency Dollars

U.S. Farmers Face ‘Abandonment Issues’ with Obsolete Oil Wells

Turkish Manufacturer Opens EV Parts Plant in Georgia

Momentum from 2020 Drives Hopes for a Year of Climate Action

After a horrid year of pandemic lockdowns and searing inequalities that nevertheless produced surprising progress for climate action and carbon reduction commitments, several news outlets are looking ahead to 2021 with something that sounds an awful lot like optimism.

‘Baked-In’ Warming Will Push Temperature Rise Past 2°C, Adding Urgency to Net-Zero Push

Alongside the extreme weather events of 2020, new research that shows today’s atmospheric CO2 levels pushing average global warming beyond 2.0°C makes it that much more important to push a rapid decarbonization agenda, scientists say.

Democrats’ Senate Majority Means Green Policy Shift, Wider Rollback of Trump Deregulation

With Democrats poised to form a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate, following landmark run-off election wins this week by Senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia, the first two months of the Biden-Harris administration may be marked by a concerted push to roll back some of the worst deregulatory excesses of the Donald Trump years.

Suncor Writes Off $425 Million in White Rose Oilfield Off Newfoundland

CALGARY — The new operator of the White Rose offshore oilfield says no final decision has been made about its future despite a move by partner Suncor Energy Inc. to take a C$425-million impairment charge, or downgrade, on the value of its stake, The Canadian Press reports.

Eleventh-Hour Brexit Deal Could Bring UK into EU Carbon Market

IEA Predicts 2.6% Growth in Coal Demand Next Year

Fossil Worker Retraining Program Looks to Expand

Pandemic Brings Demand Dip for Higher-End Tesla Models

Rockefeller Aims for Sustainable Energy for a Billion People by 2030

Pandemic Drags Down Green Energy Projects in Developing Countries

With Plenty of Wind, Water, Scotland Has No Need for Nuclear, MP Says

Wilkinson Tips North American Ban on Gasoline Vehicles as Biden Inauguration Approaches

A North America-wide ban on new gasoline-powered vehicle sales may be on the agenda as the Canadian government begins building ties with the incoming Biden-Harris administration in the United States.

December Sees Three Dead, One Injured on Fossil Projects in Alberta, B.C., Minnesota

December was a hazardous month to work in the fossil industry, with workers killed or injured on projects in Alberta, British Columbia, and Minnesota.

$38-Million Subsidy Could Drive 10 More Years of Oil Drilling Off Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Newfoundland and Labrador is giving C$38 million to the Hibernia offshore oil project in a bid to protect 148 jobs over 18 months.

Battery Packs Hit ‘Historic Milestone’ with Record-Low Price Below $100/kWh

Lithium-ion battery pack prices dipped below the milestone of US$100 per kilowatt-hour in 2020, and the average price of batteries plummeted 89% in a decade to land at $137/kWh, according to a year-end survey released in mid-December by Bloomberg NEF, formerly Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Federal Clean Fuel Standard Aims for 21-Megatonne Emissions Cut by 2030

Environment and Climate Change Canada has published draft rules for a new Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) that it says would focus primarily on fossil refineries, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from liquid fuels by nearly 21 million tonnes by 2030, and drive up the cost of a litre of gasoline by up to 11¢.

Opinion: Federal Nuclear Plan Confuses Science Fiction with Real Energy Technologies

Canada’s action plan for small modular nuclear reactors is nothing more than science fiction, writes analyst Burgess Langshaw-Power: idle dreams of an indefinite group of technologies which may be ready in a decade. In the meantime, renewable energy continues to leap ahead, mostly without any federal support.

New Congressional Funding, Tax Credit Extensions Create ‘Enabling Conditions for Decarbonization’

From solar and wind tax credits, to reductions in climate-busting hydrofluorocarbons, to financial support for battery storage, microgrids, combined heat and power, and carbon capture, the US$900-billion pandemic relief package adopted by the U.S. Congress late last month is being hailed as the most substantial federal investment and one of the biggest victories for climate action in a decade.

India Proposes Looser Deadline for Coal Emission Controls

Google Tests Data Centre Batteries for Grid Backup

Home Heat Pumps Need Up-Front Financing to Tap Long-Term Savings

Climate-Denying Ex-Exxon Boss Ends 33-Year Stint on JPMorgan Board

EU Transport Plan Risks ‘Biofuels Fiasco’

World’s Biggest Green Group Deals in ‘Meaningless Carbon Offsets’

Amazon Uses Pinkerton Cops to Spy on Warehouse Workers, Enviros

Central Asia Looks to Renewables as Best Shot at Economic Recovery

Wisconsin Utility Touts Hydropower as the ‘Original Renewable’

Ottawa Releases Flurry of New Announcements on Tree Planting, Hydrogen, Clean Fuels, SMRs

The Trudeau government is continuing its flurry of year-end policy moves on climate change and energy, with announcements earlier this week on hydrogen strategy and tree planting and more news expected today on a narrowed Clean Fuel Standard and small modular nuclear reactors.

‘Damn It Feels Good to Win’: Historic Diversity, Serious Climate Expertise as Biden Cabinet Takes Shape

As U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet and senior White House appointments take shape, a picture is emerging of an administration that will be keenly focused on climate action and environmental justice—not only in the key portfolios traditionally responsible for environment and natural resources, but in important related areas from treasury to health, from transportation to trade.

In Conversation: World Energy Outlook’s Role is to Reflect Current Policy Plans, Push Decision-Makers to Do More, IEA’s Wanner Says

Brent Wanner is Power Sector Modelling Lead with the team that produces the annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) for the International Energy Agency. In this feature interview, he talks about the path to 1.5°C, the breakaway growth potential in renewable energy, and why the WEO’s purpose is to model the climate implications of current government policies and plans as a way to nudge policy-makers toward more ambitious climate action.

New East End Montreal LRT Will Be 25 to 70% Faster than Driving

Montreal’s light rail network has announced a C$10-billion expansion into the city’s perpetually underserved east end, meaning that residents will be just a minutes-long trip away from downtown once the 23 new stations and 32 kilometres of track go into service in 2029.

U.S. Solar Sees Record Expansion in 2020

Neither the COVID-19 pandemic nor policy uncertainty held U.S. utility-scale solar back in 2020, with a record year on track to see more than 19 gigawatts of new capacity installed—enough to power 3.6 million homes.

Trump Oil and Gas Auction in California Nets Only $46,000

U of T’s 750-Bed Student Residence in Scarborough Uses Passive House Design

WoodGreen Community Housing Retrofit Wins International Energy Efficiency Certification

Minnesota Utility to Replace 1,151-MW Coal Plant with Wind

Solar Could Bring Down Energy Use in Tallest High Rises

Big Green Hydrogen Developers Aim to Boost Production 50-Fold in Six Years

Amazon Takes Lead in Corporate Clean Energy with 3.4-GW Buy

China Can Use Development Finance to Drive Green Recovery

Southern California Utility Orders 590 MW of Grid-Scale Batteries

Federal Climate Plan Garners Positive Response, Creates ‘Put-Up-Or-Shut-Up Moment’ for Alberta Fossils

A new federal climate strategy with a C$170-per-tonne carbon price at its core is receiving a largely positive response in initial media coverage, with news outlets and pundits crediting the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with developing a program that might work—and telling provincial premiers to get with the program.

With Fossil Plants Running Out of Time, U.S. Grid Decarbonization May Cost Less than Expected

With nearly three-quarters of the country’s fossil-fuelled power plants reaching the end of their operating life by 2035, it will probably cost the United States less than expected to decarbonize its grid over that time span, according to a new analysis published earlier this month in the journal Science.

Carbon Capture and Storage (Still) Falls Short of the Hype

A drastic increase in most countries’ carbon prices, to something above US$100 per tonne, will be the price of entry for anyone banking on carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a technological fix for the climate crisis while turning a profit for its providers, Greentech Media reports.

Federal Report Shows National Defence Dept as Biggest Carbon Polluter

Afghanistan Hospitals Turn to Solar as Lifeline

Tasmania Hits 100% RE

Australia, Japan Plot Undersea Storage for Carbon Emissions Waste

Quebec Offers Discounted Clean Power for Greenhouse Operators

Thai Investor Delays Decision on $10B Ohio Petrochemical Complex

Texas State Senator Proposes Study of 100% RE

Minnesota Ratepayers Get Refund to Reflect Falling Wind Costs

New Climate Ambitions May Drive Up Green Bond Activity in Asia

Japan Aims for Net-Zero by 2050, Fossils Below 50% of Power Supply by 2030

Study Puts Cost of 2018 California Wilfires at $145 Billion

Shipping Looks to Rotating Sails to Cut Fuel Use

Off-Grid Power Providers Await Role in Post-Pandemic Recovery

With $170/Tonne Carbon Price, $15B in New Spending, Canada’s 2030 Carbon Target Still Falls Far Short

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled an updated national climate plan Friday that includes a $170-per-tonne carbon price in 2030, C$15 billion in new climate spending, a more modest Clean Fuel Standard, and a slight increase in the country’s 2030 carbon reduction goal—just barely enough to keep the government’s promise to boost its ambition beyond the 30% target originally adopted by the Stephen Harper government in 2015.

Paris Agreement Pushes Low-Carbon Solutions to Mass-Market Appeal This Decade, Analysts Conclude

While global greenhouse gas emissions have risen from 53 to 55 billion tonnes per year since the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015, low-carbon solutions are poised for mass-market appeal in sectors representing 70% of emissions by 2030, creating more than 35 million net new jobs along the way, according to an analysis released last week by SYSTEMIQ.

California Faces Bumpy Road Using Microgrids to Confront Wildfires, Outages

Activist Investor Scorches Ovintiv for ‘Excessive’ Executive Pay

IEA Touts Solar as Solution for Africa as Electricity Access Declines

New Report Shows Path to 1.5°C with Less Consumption, Basic Income, and a ‘Good Life for All’

A 25% reduction in average living space in developed countries, less food waste and meat consumption, less road-based transport, better infrastructure, and “relocalization” of economies are key elements of a new 1.5°C scenario from two European think tanks that charts a course to stabilize the climate by mid-century, while balancing the economies of the Global North and South.

EU Considers 50% Toll Reduction for Zero-Emission Trucks

European Union transport ministers have agreed to a new tolling system that will give truckers a price break of at least 50% if they use emissions-free vehicles.

Virginia Utility Cancels $200-Million Gas Peaker Plant

Indonesia Considers Closing 3,400-MW Coal Plant

PEI Legislature Adopts Net Zero by 2040

OPG Draws Fire for Basing Carbon-Neutral Program on Unproven Technologies

Smart Prosperity Study Digs into Human, Economic Impacts of Climate Change

Pandemic Expected to Trigger Second Bankruptcies for Some U.S. Fossils

Pandemic, Price Crash Wipe Out 3,000 Fossil Jobs in Alaska

Hurricanes Drive Gulf of Mexico Oil Output to Lowest Level Since 2008

Ohio Start-Up Plans to Create Jobs by Reusing EV Battery Cells

Indonesia Nabs $600M Renewables Loan from Asian Development Bank

New Zealand Looks to Volcanoes for Geothermal Power

High-Voltage DC Line with Storage Would Link California with U.S. Midwest

European Analyst Sees Diesel Engine Entering its Sunset

Poland Could Cut Emissions 44-51% by 2030, Think Tank Says

Globe Editorial Board Calls for Deep Investment in Canadian Public Transit

With Canada’s government short on specifics for how the billions in “smart investments” promised in its recent Fall Economic Statement will be spent, the Globe and Mail is calling for deep investments in public transit as a timely and just use of the funds.

$875M Quebec Biofuel Project Will Process Non-Recyclable Waste, Prevent Methane Emissions

Quebec and federal officials announced an investment Tuesday in a biofuel production facility that will use non-recyclable residual materials, diverting those items from landfills while reducing greenhouse gases in the province.

Wildfires, Pandemic to Drive 3-5% Increase in Food Prices

The COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires, and changing food habits will drive up the cost of groceries by nearly C$700 for the average family next year, according to the latest edition of Canada’s Food Price Report produced by researchers at four Canadian universities.

Year of Extraordinary Crisis ‘Breaks the System’ as U.S. Wildfire Crews Burn Out

By mid-September, there was no one left to call. The U.S. West, with its thousands of federal, state, and local fire engines and crews, had been tapped out.

‘Checking the Box’ on Environmental Justice Produces $8-Billion Liability for Virginia Utility Giant

Callous disregard for community health has left a Virginia utility giant on the hook for a US$8-billion cancelled pipeline. And more of the same lies ahead for fossil interests as citizens, courts, and legislators increasingly say to no to projects that bode ill for people and climate.,s_Al_Basrah_Oil_Terminal_(ABOT).jpg

Analyst Cites Fossil Exports as the ‘Biggest Climate Scandal You’ve Never Heard Of’

The focus on domestic greenhouse gas reductions in the run-up to next year’s United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, COP 26, will leave out the “biggest climate scandal you’ve never heard of”, Australian political philosophy professor Jeremy Moss writes in a recent post for Climate & Capital Media.

Dozens Laid Off at Husky Work Site After Ottawa Pours Money into Newfoundland Offshore

German Utilities Bid for Government Support to Phase Out Coal

GM Speeds Up EV Investment in All-Out Push to Catch Tesla

Canadian Prof Organizes Anti-Environmental Racism Coalition

B.C. Boosts Rebate for EV Chargers

Policies, Business Models Make Rooftop Solar Less Available to Low-Income Americans

New Installations to Deliver 1,000 MWh of Battery Capacity in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas

Virginia Clean Economy Law Pushes Coal Utility Toward Renewables

Pandemic Drives Indonesia Focus on Energy Security, Renewables

German Study Finds Increased Potential for Onshore Wind

Developers See Bright Future for Small Hydro in Africa

Norway Plans to Ramp Up Oil Production in 2021

Dozens of Fossils Commit to Better Methane Reporting

Counting Trees is First Step to Ensure Access to Urban Canopy

Alberta Power Producer Announces 2023 Coal Phaseout as Province Pushes Rocky Mountain Mining Leases

Alberta took one step forward and one step back on the road to phasing out coal, with independent power producer Capital Power announcing it was speeding up its shift to coal-free electricity but the province opening up new mining leases across nearly 2,000 hectares on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Ottawa Announces $41.5 Million for Offshore Oil Jobs in Newfoundland

The federal government is directing C$41.5 million to Husky Energy to help the company keep 331 workers employed on its West White Rose offshore oil development through the end of next year—even though there’s no decision yet on whether the project will go ahead.

Record Losses from Climate Disasters Are ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ for Canada, Institute Warns

The billions of dollars Canadians are already paying out for weather-related climate disasters are just the tip of a much bigger iceberg that calls for proactive investment in climate adaptation and resilience, the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices (CICC) concludes in a report issued last week.

Energy Efficiency Improvements Stall Out as COVID-19 Roils National Economies

The International Energy Agency is blaming the COVID-19 pandemic for dragging annual improvements in energy efficiency down to their lowest pace since 2010, in a report that urges governments to pick up the pace on efforts to reduce global primary energy intensity.

Four Decades of Research Show Gas Stoves as ‘Overlooked’ Risk to Indoor Air, Child Health

As a physician and epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, T. Stephen Jones spent his career fighting major threats to public health in the United States and globally, from smallpox to HIV to viral hepatitis. But it wasn’t until Jones was well into retirement that he learned about a widespread yet widely overlooked health risk in his own home in Florence, Massachusetts, and in most U.S. households: pollution emitted by natural gas appliances.


Brazilian State Fossil Petrobras Expands Production, Writes Off Net-Zero as ‘Fad’

Brazilian state fossil Petrobras is writing off the drive to net-zero carbon as a “fad”, after undertaking to reduce its own emissions 25% by 2030.

Globe and Mail’s Radwanski Scorches $5,000 Home Retrofit Credits

Extreme Heat Can Affect Labour Productivity, Manufacturing Output

Seattle Firm Plans First Small Modular Reactor at Chalk River, Ontario

ConocoPhillips to Lay Off 500 at Houston Head Office

Appalachian Fracking Industry Shows Sea of Red Ink

OPEC+ Oil Pricing Coalition Shows Signs of Fraying

Projection Shows Central, Eastern Europe Renewables Hitting 34% by 2030

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BREAKING: UK Declares 68% Carbon Reduction Target for 2030 After Analyst Warns to Watch the Fine Print

The United Kingdom will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 68% from 1990 levels by 2030, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today, a plan he said would put the country on track for net-zero emissions by 2050 and represent the fastest rate of GHG reductions of any major economy.

Global Death Toll from Heat Emergencies, Air Pollution Shows Need for Climate Action, Health Professionals Say

Extreme heat killed 296,000 older adults world-wide in 2018, and heat-related deaths among seniors rose 58% in Canada and 50% internationally over a 20-year span, the 2020 edition of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change reported earlier this week.

Don’t Let Fossil-Derived Hydrogen Undermine New Federal Strategy, Climate Hawks Urge

The Canadian government has a chance to tap into renewably-produced hydrogen as a way to decarbonize key sectors of the economy, but not if it allows that potential to be “undermined by a focus on fossil fuel-derived hydrogen,” a list of 27 environmental organizations and other non-profits warned last week in a letter to Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan and three of his cabinet colleagues.

Opinion: For Ottawa, Delayed Climate Action Could Mean Relying on ‘Expensive, Unproven’ Carbon Capture Technologies

Last month, the federal government released its long awaited plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Bill C-12, if passed, commits Canada to “binding” targets every five years as of 2030 with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

European Court Greenlights Portuguese Youth Climate Lawsuit

In a landmark ruling, the European Court of Human Rights has greenlighted a climate lawsuit brought against 33 countries by six Portuguese children and young adults who say those nations must “do better and act correctly” in the fight against the climate crisis.

HSBC Sees China Solar Installations Exceeding 75 GW Per Year by 2025

Manitoba Spends Only 9% of Available Federal Funds on GHG Reductions

First ‘Merchant’ Solar Plant Opens in Central Alberta

Fossils Funded U.S. Politicians Who Pushed Anti-Protest Laws

Mountain Valley Pipeline Reports New Delays, Cost Overruns

European Wind, Solar Join Forces to Promote Green Hydrogen Over Blue

Solar Irrigation Replaces Diesel, Saves Egyptian Farmers $875M per Year

Rystad Cites Africa as Renewable Energy Hotspot

Goldman Sachs Sees Renewables Dominating Energy Investment in 2021

Shell-Owned Storage Company Unveils $9,500 Home Battery

BREAKING: Countries’ Fossil Extraction Plans Drive Emissions Far Past 1.5°C Limit

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a “potential turning point” in global fossil fuel production, countries will drive greenhouse gas emissions far beyond a 1.5°C limit on average warming if their published plans to increase coal, oil, and gas extraction come to pass, according to the 2020 Production Gap Report issued this morning by five major international agencies.

Home Retrofit Grants Won’t Deliver the Energy Savings the Climate Crisis Demands, Analysts Warn

Impatience is building among policy analysts behind the push for mass, deep energy retrofits as a cornerstone of Canada’s post-pandemic green recovery, after this week’s Fall Economic Statement from Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland came up with just a fraction of the funding and none of the design and structure that a comprehensive program would require.

Saskatoon Company Strikes ‘Gusher’ with Groundbreaking Geothermal Project

In a global first, a Saskatoon-based geothermal company has successfully drilled and fracked a 90-degree horizontal well, delivering enough heat to supply electricity to 3,000 homes. And it did so thanks to the expertise of over 100 oilfield technicians—a switch that is offering hope to many such workers facing unemployment as fossil fortunes tank.

Small Modular Reactors ‘Very Inappropriate for Remote Locations’, CELA Warns

It’s a potentially dangerous mistake to pitch small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) as a potential electricity source or remote Northern communities, according to one of the 30 local, regional, and national public interest organizations that have come out against federal financial support for the technology.

‘Generation 2050’ Manifesto Sets Agenda on Climate Crisis, Energy Poverty

In an urgent call to simultaneously address the climate crisis and energy poverty, 1,000 young energy industry professionals have released a Generation 2050 Manifesto that champions ingenuity, passion, and collaboration over attachment to entrenched and beleaguered status quos. 

LNG Canada Site Reports More COVID-19 Cases

Canadian Mining Companies Push Toward Full Electrification

GM Fast-Tracks EV Hiring Near Former Michigan Auto Plant

Wisconsin Utility to Close 1,135-MW Coal Station in 2024

New Boston Mayoral Candidate Opens Campaign with Green New Deal Agenda

First Phase of China’s Carbon Trading Plan to Cover 2,267 Power Plants

Innovative Business Models Needed to Drive Southern Africa Solar

UK Telecom Company Vodafone Touts 2030 Target

Texas Steelmaker Signs Up for 15-Year Solar Buy

Toledo Joins Solar Co-op with 59 Other Communities

The Rise of SWB: Seba Says Solar, Wind, Batteries Can Deliver 100% RE by 2030, Make New Fossil Investment Irrational

An all-renewable electricity system is “both physically possible and economically affordable by 2030,” according to a new report from the RethinkX think tank, write co-founder Tony Seba and research fellow Adam Dorr in an early November post for Utility Dive.

Fossil Companies Tout Diversity, Downplay Racism at Worksites

As minority workers in Canada’s tar sands/oil sands speak up about systemic racism on the job, U.S. fossil companies are trying to present themselves as an ally to Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities—against considerable evidence to the contrary.

UN Research Confirms Effectiveness of Indigenous-Led Biodiversity Protection

The critical role of Indigenous-led conservation efforts in protecting biodiversity has been gaining recognition. But now that understanding is backed up by research from the United Nations, say two Indigenous leaders from Northern Canada.

Imperial Oil to Lay Off 200 Staff, 450 Contractors as Suncor Takes Over Management of Syncrude Tar Sands/Oil Sands Mine

Calgary-based Imperial Oil announced last week that it is laying off 200 staff, just a day after the ExxonMobil subsidiary agreed to hand over business management of the mammoth Syncrude Canada tar sands/oil sands mine and upgrader to project partner Suncor Energy.

2020 Delivers Devastating Slump for LNG Developers

Continuing low gas prices, the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and continuing uncertainty about a cluster of market factors have turned 2020 into a never-ending slump for liquefied natural gas (LNG) project developers, despite their earlier hopes for a breakout year.

Climate Groups Must Connect with Communities that Feel ‘Villainized’ by Just Transition

Coal country in Utah is at risk of being left behind as the United States accelerates its shift off fossil fuels, making it that much more important for just transition advocates to make a place for fossil communities rather than allowing them to feel “villainized”, writes Chris Barnard, policy director with the Appleton, Wisconsin-based American Conservation Coalition, in a post for The Independent.

B.C. Orphan Wells More Than Double in One Year, Regulator Reports

Arizona Utility Pitches $144M Transition Fund for Coal Communities

UK Fossil Union Urges Government to Protect Livelihoods with Industry ‘On the Brink’

Enbridge Touts Hydrogen Blend to Justify Gas Heating

AIMCo CEO Departs After $2.1-Billion Investment Loss

No Need for Driveway as Toronto Pilots On-Street EV Charging

Alaska Village Sees Biomass as Cheaper Heating Source

$41B Per Year Would Deliver Clean Energy for All by 2030

South Africa Aims for ‘Exponential Growth’ in Agri-Photovoltaics

Kuwait Hits Record 53.9°C

Coal India Plans $760M Solar Investment to Cut Operating Costs

Minnesota Tribe Plans Solar, Microgrid, Efficiency in Drive for Zero Emissions

New Energy Trading Plan Puts Power in Consumers’ Hands

McKinsey Touts Product Design to Tackle Supply Chain Carbon

As an Oil Un-Building Looms, Newfoundlanders Ask: What Next, and Who Pays?

With 5,200 direct jobs lost in the fossil sector since March, the government of Newfoundland is beginning to talk, tentatively, about reinventing itself as a green energy leader. Also on the horizon: finding answers to the murky question of who will pay to decommission the fossil infrastructure left behind.

Opinion: An Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable Electricity Future for Atlantic Canada is Renewable

Wind and solar are the cheapest forms of electricity on Earth, far cheaper than coal, nuclear, or natural gas. When paired with energy storage technologies and regional hydropower networks, they can deliver reliable power while reducing utility bills for ratepayers who most need the savings, say the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and the Ecology Action Centre.

Biden Win May Reduce Need for Europe’s Carbon Border Tax

New Industry Coalition Promotes Zero-Emission Vehicles in Canada

Vermont Aims for Fuel-Efficient Cars for Low-Income Households

Solar Lighting Improves Safety in Malawi Village

Romania Coal Miners Realize Industry’s Days Are Numbered

Ohio Regulator Fails to Protect Coal Miners’ Health

Mercedes Aims to Drop Cobalt from EV Batteries

Hydro Reservoirs Emerge as Prime Location for Floating Solar

Columnist Cites Solar as ‘Lifeline’ for Vulnerable Communities

No Future Need for Trans Mountain, Keystone XL Pipelines, Canada Energy Regulator Report Shows

There will be no need and no justification to complete the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion or the Keystone XL pipeline if Canada makes any effort at all to strengthen its climate policies, according to the more ambitious of two fossil demand scenarios in an analysis published yesterday by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

Kerry Named White House Climate ‘Czar’ as Analysis Shows U.S. Could Cut Emissions 38-54% by 2030

Paris Agreement architect John Kerry was appointed White House climate “czar”, a half-dozen other senior appointments signalled stability and continuity, and a few glass ceilings were shattered as U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announced nominees for senior administration positions Monday.

‘Window is Rapidly Closing’ for Canadian Fossils to Adapt to Falling Oil Demand

With nearly four decades of growth in global oil demand coming to an end, Canada’s fossil industry is going to have to pay closer attention to a combination of climate response and surging new technologies if it wants to stay competitive in a “quickly changing world”, Pembina Institute Senior Analyst Benjamin Israël writes in the second of a series of three blog posts.

With Fossils Crashing, Renewables Surging, Alberta and Saskatchewan Need a New Narrative

Across nearly a dozen pieces of news and analysis over the last week, a consistent theme is emerging: Canada’s fossil sector crash is accelerating, the renewable energy industries are beginning to surge, and oil-producing provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan need a whole new narrative if they’re going to catch up, keep up, and thrive in an emerging, low-carbon world.

Downtown Vancouver Congestion Pricing Proposal Draws Mixed Reviews

Two Vancouver policy experts are offering opposing views of the city’s proposed downtown driving congestion charge, with one saying the idea is rife with equity concerns, and the other countering that the proposal is fundamentally driven by a concern for equity itself.

Climate-Focused Green Banks Could Spur Sustainable Cities, Just Recovery

In an effort to help cities balance climate action with pandemic recovery, C40 Cities has released a guide to establishing local green banks as an equitable, resilient, and sustainable path to achieving both goals.

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Opens Canada’s Biggest Solar Farm

Clean, Green California Still Allows Oil Drilling Next to Schools

Harper-Era Environment Minister Peter Kent to Quit Politics

PEI Gets Federal Boost to Buy 12 Electric School Buses

Ontario Power Generation Expands EV Charging Network

California to Buy Mobile Microgrids to Counter Utility Shutoffs

Minnesota Coalition Flags Financial, Environmental Risks in New Gas Plant

Botswana Sets Funding Scheme for Rooftop Solar

German Automakers Get $2.3 Billion to Shift Technologies