ENERGY TRANSITION & CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS: Sept 12, 2020

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Batteries, hydrogen and fuel cells will be at the core of this transition, and research and innovation will play a key role in making the use of these technologies feasible across Europe.

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Alberta community’s concerns about wind farm echo familiar challenges of Canada’s energy transition

Paintearth County residents raise similar objections to wind turbines as Ontario residents did a decade ago

Chris Blumhagen was working on his organic farm in central Alberta when Capital Power called to sell him on the idea of putting a wind turbine on his land.

Blumhagen says the representative from the company pushed hard, telling him his neighbours were already on board with a plan to build 74 turbines in the 100 square kilometre area and that if he didn’t sign on, he would miss out.

So Blumhagen signed in exchange for $10 and a promise of more to come once the turbines started spinning, only to later learn that many of his neighbours hadn’t done the same.

“They essentially tricked me,” he said.

That was 2015. Since then, Blumhagen and his neighbours have banded together to oppose the project, alleging dishonest tactics by the company in promoting the project to residents and risks to their health, land and livelihoods if it goes forward.

Edmonton-based Capital Power, which operates coal, natural gas and wind power facilities in Alberta, and Alberta’s utilities commission say all the residents’ concerns have been addressed.

This is the view from the rural front lines of Canada’s energy transition — a move away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy that a majority of Albertans say they support but that few in the country’s cities will have to deal with head-on.

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Little has changed in the global energy supply since the 1970s

  • New statistics from the IEA show that our energy supply mix has not changed as much as the global effort at decarbonization might suggest.
  • Natural gas and nuclear energy have grown in importance.
  • Renewables continue to have a very low share in the global energy supply.
  • 2020 could be the turning point for our climate.

Concorde made its first non-stop transatlantic flight, the Watergate scandal was raging, the US withdrew from Viet Nam, and an oil crisis set petrol prices soaring.

The year was 1973. You might think that a lot has changed since then.

But when it comes to the energy supply, things look surprisingly similar. New statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA) show little has changed with our energy supply mix in 47 years – especially when it comes to the reliance on fossil fuels.

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NEWS AND VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY & TRANSITION

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