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Ontario Making it Easier to Charge Electric Vehicles

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Ontario is making it easier to use electric vehicles to get to and from work by assisting employers, commercial building owners and managers to install charging stations at their workplaces. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

The province will support employers and commercial building owners that wish to offer electric vehicle charging for their employees or tenants by helping with the cost of installing charging stations. This program supports Ontario’s ongoing work in communities across the province to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations and make it easier for people to use electric vehicles.

The Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program will provide 80 per cent of the capital costs to install level 2 chargers, up to $7,500 per charging space.

Read the full news release: Ontario Making it Easier to Charge Electric Vehicles

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January 17, 2018 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Green Ontario Fund Offering Rebates for Energy-Efficient Renovations

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Ontario families can now access rebates to complete low-carbon, energy-efficient renovations to their homes through a new program from the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

New GreenON Rebates will cover:

  • Up to $7,200 off new insulation and a $100 rebate for air sealing
  • Up to $20,000 to install ENERGY STAR certified ground source heat pumps (home geothermal) or up to $4,500 to repair existing heat pump systems
  • Up to $5,800 off air source heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified or meet program requirements
  • Up to $5,000 for replacement windows that meet program requirements

Read the full media release:  Green Ontario Fund Offering Rebates for Energy-Efficient Renovations

December 18, 2017 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas exploration

The World Bank will end its financial support for oil and gas exploration within the next two years in response to the growing threat posed by climate change.

In a statement that delighted campaigners opposed to fossil fuels, the Bank used a conference in Paris to announce that it “will no longer finance upstream oil and gas” after 2019.

The Bank ceased lending for coal-fired power stations in 2010 but has been under pressure from lobby groups also to halt the $1bn (£750m) a year it has been lending for oil and gas in developing countries.

The Bank said it saw the need to change the way it was operating in a “rapidly changing world”, adding that it was on course to have 28% of its lending going to climate action by 2020. At present, 1-2% of the Bank’s $280bn portfolio is accounted for by oil and gas projects.

Read World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas exploration by Larry Elliot at The Guardian.

December 13, 2017 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

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Once a high-tech novelty, electric cars are becoming increasingly common. In fact, several models from mainstream brands have now been sold for years. But many consumers have limited exposure to electric vehicles (commonly known as EVs) and may have many questions about whether an electric car might fit into their lives.

This guide is a basic primer that can help you determine whether going electric is the right move.

Read Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions at Consumer Reports.

November 20, 2017 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Supersizing electric vehicles: Loblaws trucks going green

Loblaw Companies Ltd., which owns widely-known brands including President’s Choice, Joe Fresh and Asian grocery chain T&T, announced a commitment to completely electrify its fleet of trucks as part of its goal to cut carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

Transportation is the second-largest carbon pollution source in Canada, just behind oil and gas. Heavy-duty trucking is the fastest growing slice of Canada’s transportation emissions, accounting for 10.5 percent of the national total. Analysts at the Pembina Institute point out that, by contrast, Canada’s vast electricity sector is only slightly larger at 11 per cent.

Read Supersizing electric vehicles: Loblaws trucks going green by Jenny Euchi and Chris Hatch at the National Observer.

November 6, 2017 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

Canadians’ fossil fuel use will peak in 2019: NEB

The National Energy Board expects fossil fuel use to peak in the next two years, then decline as a mix of carbon pricing policies and climate-friendly technologies push Canadians to make different choices.

“Every time in the last 10 years that we’ve done a forecast, the projection for fossil fuel use keeps falling. Eventually you get to the point where it actually peaks out,” the energy regulator’s chief economist, Shelley Milutinovic, said Thursday.

Peak fossil fuel use by 2019 was a key projection in the the energy regulator’s market assessment, released Thursday.

Though electric vehicles currently make up less than one per cent of all new vehicle purchases in Canada (0.6 per cent in 2016), the NEB also expects those sales to bump up slightly, to three per cent in 2020 and 16 per cent by 2040, if absolutely nothing changes. Some provinces already have incentives for going electric and next year Quebec has mandated that a percentage of vehicles sold must be electric.

Read Canadians’ fossil fuel use will peak in 2019: NEB by Trish Audette-Longo at The National Observer.

October 30, 2017 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesota

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Last year, when Minnesota passed a groundbreaking law on best practices for providing pollinator habitat at solar power sites, they also (unexpectedly) helped launch something called Solar Honey, in which solar companies and commercial beekeepers work together in a mutually beneficial arrangement.

On May 31, 2016, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed the Pollinator Friendly Solar Act into law, a first of its kind legislation that lays out voluntary standards for managing native habitat—think prairie grass and wild flowers—for pollinators, songbirds, and other beneficial critters. Solar developers and local governments can use these guidelines, which give recommendations on things like what seed mixes to use, the best options for laying out the plants, and how to maintain the site, in order to help provide these beneficial creatures with the a comfortable home. In return, they get bragging rights, so long as they can prove they’re following state regulations. They also have to make their site’s vegetation plan available to the public, among other requirements. The idea is catching fire among solar providers through Minnesota.

Read Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesota by Lorraine Chow at Modern Farmer.

September 20, 2017 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

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