Getting from here to there, is 100 per cent renewable energy the only answer to our climate goals?

Can we meet all our energy needs with renewable sources by mid-century? The answer is most assuredly yes; anything is possible with unlimited resources. But the key question is always at what cost? Some research suggests a 100 per cent renewable future is achievable at reasonable cost. In a high-profile 2015 study, researchers led by

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Indigenous support for energy projects tells the other side of the story

This week, indigenous leaders from both sides of the Canada – U.S. border gathered in Calgary to sign a declaration of opposition against the Keystone XL pipeline. Indigenous support for many energy projects Our job at the Canada West Foundation is to be as objective as possible, to rely on the best evidence available. And

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New infrastructure bank could finance western electricity grid

When the federal budget passes, it will create a new Crown corporation – the Canadian Infrastructure Bank. While the merits of this new institution are still up for debate, it could be just the thing to turn the concept of a western electricity grid for hydroelectricity into reality. The bank will focus its investments on

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Embracing nuclear for Canada’s energy future |
Part three: The future of nuclear energy is promising

THIRD IN A SERIES ON EMBRACING NUCLEAR FOR CANADA’S ENERGY FUTURE Globally we are trying to reduce GHG emissions. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, we are desperately trying to clean our electricity grids. Yet, despite the fact that uranium deposits are abundant in Saskatchewan, no one is talking about nuclear power as a solution. In this blog

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Latest salvo in softwood war must galvanize Canada on market diversification

It’s official. This week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced it will impose countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber entering the U.S. – an average of 20 per cent. In June, it will conclude a second investigation initiated by the U.S. lumber lobby, and is expected to slap additional anti-dumping duties of 20 to 30 per

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Cleaning Up Our Electric Grid: Go it alone or work together?

Canada’s provincial and territorial governments are in the mood to work together. Earlier this month, they finalized the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) in a positive step toward liberalizing trade within Canada. The agreement seeks to create equal opportunity for Canadians by breaking down barriers to trade, investment and labour mobility within the country. Unlike

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