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Mother Earth News: Glossary Of Renewable Energy Terms
Mother Earth News offers an alphabetical glossary of terms used in the renewable energy industry.

NRCan: Overview Of Renewable Energy Technologies
Natural Resources Canada provides overviews of renewable energy technologies including bioenergy, earth energy, hydroelectric, solar, and wind.

NREL: Basics Of Renewable Energy
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides an overview of solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen, geothermal, ocean, and hydropower systems.

Scientific American: World's 10 Largest Renewable Energy Projects
Scientific American slide show describes 10 renewable energy power plants that are providing electricity generated from renewable sources on a massive scale.

US DOE: Home Renewable Energy Installations Solar, Wind, Hydropower
US Department of Energy provides guidance on figuring out if solar, wind or other small renewable energy system is right for your home.

Wikipedia: Overview Of Renewable Energy
Wikipedia site provides information on renewable energy sources and types, criticisms, issues, references, and links to more information.
Education & Training

BCSEA: Listing Of Canadian Sustainable Energy University Programs
BC Sustainable Energy Association provides listing of university programs, both graduate and undergraduate, with a focus on sustainable energy, or research interests in sustainable energy.

Clean Energy Institute: Online Courses & Certification
Canadian Clean Energy Institute of Green Power Environmental Knowledge Systems (GPEKS) delivers renewable energy facilitated courses that lead to a certificate. Most of these courses are delivered in an e-learning (distance learning) format for Project Feasibility Analysis On Line courses. The facilitated courses are typically only offered once a year. See their calendar to make sure you register for your course in time.

ESC: Recharging Our Workforce: Strategic Framework For Industry Action
Electricity Sector Council report Recharging Our Workforce: A Strategic Framework for Industry Action diagnosed the capacity and capability of the electricity and renewable energy industry's internal training function. It provides a training capacity strategic framework for industry action. (PDF)

FEMP: Online Courses On Renewable Energy Technology Applications
US Federal Energy Management Program offers free online courses on Renewable Energy Technology Applications.

IREC ISPQ: Interstate Renewable Energy Council - Credentialing Body
Interstate Renewable Energy Council uses the ISPQ international framework to assess content, quality, and resources across a range of renewable energy, energy efficiency and weatherization training programs. This process leads to defined workplace knowledge and skills, and ensures the legitimacy of what is being taught and by whom. An IREC ISPQ credential sends a strong signal that a rigorous standard has been met.

NREL: US Renewable Energy Education Programs
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory offers K-12 science programs, support for teachers, college, and post-graduate programs.

RETScreen: Clean Energy Project Analysis Course Manual
Canadian RETScreen International Clean Energy Project Analysis Course has been created for use by educational centres and training organisations around the globe, as well as for use by professionals and students in self-study distance learning format. Each training module can be presented as a separate seminar or workshop, or as a section of a college or university course. Combined, they can be presented as a two-week long intensive course or as a one-semester long course. In addition to the presentation slides, instructors voice and notes available, the training material includes a collection of case studies and an engineering textbook.
Industry Information

Atlas Of Canada: Online Map Of Clean Energy Resources & Projects
Natural Resources Canada provides an online map of clean energy resources and projects.

BC Gov: New BC Clean Energy Act
British Columbia new Clean Energy Act sets the foundation for electricity self-sufficiency, job creation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, powered by investments in clean, renewable energy across the province.

BCBC: Expanding Role of Renewables in Global Electricity Market
Business Council of BC report, The Expanding Role of Renewables in the Global Electricity Market, examines the current global and national state of renewables in electricity markets and highlights BC's advantage, and opportunities, stemming from our 98% renewable electricity grid.

BCBC: Global Electric Renewables
Business Council of BC says transitioning to a less carbon-intensive global energy system is necessary if the world is to have any prospect of addressing climate change. The process is underway, and although renewables still make up a relatively small percentage of total global energy production and consumption, their contribution is growing at a brisk pace.

Bloomberg: Coal & Gas To Stay Cheap, But Renewables Still Win Race On Cost
Bloomberg says low prices for coal and gas are likely to persist, but will fail to prevent a fundamental transformation of the world electricity system over coming decades towards renewable sources such as wind and solar, and towards balancing options such as batteries.

Building Energy: US NESEA Show For Renewables & Green Building
US Northeast Sustainable Energy Association presents BuildingEnergy Boston, a conference and trade show for professionals and practitioners in the fields of high-performance building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It brings more than 1,500 industry leaders and emerging professionals together to learn from and share ideas with each other.

CanSIA: Canadian Listing Of Upcoming Solar Events
Canadian Solar Industries Association lists local, national, and global events focused on solar, renewable energy, green building, and environmental topics.

CCRE: Vision for Renewable Electricity in Canada
Canadian Council on Renewable Energy report Canada's Advantage: A Vision for Renewable Electricity in Canada provides three key recommendations to harness the environmental and economic benefits of renewable electricity. (PDF)

CEBC: 2014 BC Community Renewable Energy Snapshot
Community Energy Association of BC online report Community-Based Renewable Energy in BC provides a snapshot of community-based renewable energy projects in BC at the end of 2013. (PDF)

Clean Energy BC: Annual Conference On Clean Energy
Clean Energy BC hosts it's 17th annual conference, Generate 2019. Experience a refreshing lineup of clean energy expertise in dynamic plenary sessions, exhibitions, workshops and networking opportunities. This signature event is a forum for discussion and engagement between our diverse community of Independent Power Producers, First Nations and government representatives, utilities, consultants, contractors and suppliers.

Cleantech: Annual Cleantech Forum
Cleantech Networks annual Cleantech Forum, the annual gathering of the global clean technology innovation community, now in its 15th year, returns to San Francisco over January 13-25th, 2017. It offers a comprehensive, multi-day development program along with exclusive opportunities to network, socialize, and get deals done.

Climate Examiner: Debate Over Feasibility of 100% Renewables Heating Up
Climate Examiner says the debate over the feasibility of 100% renewable energy systems is heating up, with a number of papers, reports and surveys emerging in the last few weeks with divergent takes on the matter.

Climate Examiner: Wind Turbine Factory Closure Prompts Questions About Energy Planning
Climate Examiner says the social, economic and potential environmental fall-out from a wind turbine factory closure has Ontario engineers calling for more depoliticised clean energy system planning.

CMHC: Renewable Energy Potential In Residential Sector
CMHC study provides technical assessment of the potential of renewable energy systems, specifically roof-mounted solar photovoltaic, micro-wind turbine, renewable energy-based heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, and domestic hot water, in low-rise housing. The project demonstrates that generation of renewable energy in the residential sector can lower consumer costs and meet part of the overall energy demand. But it concludes that without significant reduction of the overall energy consumption, these technologies alone cannot meet energy needs in the residential sector. (PDF)

Energy Probe: Renewable Energy News & Reports
Energy Probe is a Canadian consumer and environmental research team, active in the fight against nuclear power, and dedicated to resource conservation, economic efficiency, and effective utility regulation.

Fraser Institute: Ontario Green Energy Act Causing Energy Prices To Soar
Fraser Institute report shows Ontario's Green Energy Act is causing energy prices to soar, and the plan is now 10 times costlier than an alternative that would have yielded the same environmental benefits. (PDF)

Fraser Institute: Sensible Strategy For Renewable Electrical Energy In North America
Fraser Institute report A Sensible Strategy for Renewable Electrical Energy analyzes the economics of technologies used to generate electricity, associated technical issues, and, using Ontario's feed-in-tariff program as a case study, some of the broader effects that renewable energy policies might have on the North American economy.

GBA: Debating Our All-Renewable Energy Future
Green Building Advisor says in general, getting to a clean energy system, even if it's 80% renewable, is a well agreed-upon goal and one that can be achieved; it's that last 20%, and how to get there, that forms the main point of contention.

GBA: Renewable Energy Could Emerge on Top After Pandemic
Green Building Advisor says short-term prospects for wind and solar look rocky, but in the long term renewables could emerge stronger than ever.

Globe Foundation: Report Says BC Could Be Energy Self Sufficient By 2025
Endless Energy Project report from the GLOBE Foundation examines the feasibility of moving BC towards a sustainable energy future. It says British Columbia could be energy self-sufficient by 2025 from renewable sources alone, and over that same period, greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced to well below year 2000 levels. (PDF)

Green Biz: 10 Sustainable Energy Trends That Shook Up Business In 2013
Green Biz describes the 10 major sustainable energy trends in business from the past year.

Green Power Global: Corporate Renewable Energy Conferences
Green Power Global provides targeted business-to-business events that facilitate networking, sales and innovation between governments, banks, investors, power producers and consultants.

GreenBiz: A Trip Down the Soft Energy Path
Green Biz says Amory Lovins 1976 Foreign Affairs article Energy Strategy: The Road Not Taken, reframed the energy problem and added an alternative vision of US energy strategy. The hard path was more of the same; the soft path combined energy efficiency with a shift to renewable supply. Forty years later, a review of its initial reception and continued influence shows what lessons have and havenít been learned.

Greenpeace Canada: Sustainable Canada Energy Outlook
Greenpeace report Energy [R]evolution shows how Canada can cut global warming pollution to levels needed to prevent the worst effects of global warming while also meeting the energy needs of a growing world and phasing out nuclear power. The report outlines how Canada can use available technology to cut the greenhouse gas emissions from its energy sector 34 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050. (PDF)

IEA: International Energy Statistics For Renewable Energy
International Energy Agency provides a searchable database of country and region statistics on renewable energy.

IEA: Tracking Clean Energy Progress
International Energy Agency report Tracking Clean Energy Progress, tracks progress in the development and deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies in the power generation, industry, buildings, and transport sectors. It finds that while some progress has been made, most clean energy technologies are not on track to make their required contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and thereby provide a more secure energy system. (PDF) Free Registration Required

IMT: Optimizing Renewable Energy with Energy Efficiency
Institute for Market Transformation says to decarbonize quickly and affordably, renewable energy needs to be paired with energy efficiency and demand management at the level of both individual building and the larger energy grid.

IRENA: Age Of Renewable Power, New Guide To Future Of Energy
International Renewable Energy Agency report The Age of Renewable Power, New Guide to the Future of Energy identifies 20 measures that can be taken to support national roadmaps to integrate variable renewables. It also highlights lessons learned by countries already pursuing a power system transformation. (PDF)

KPMG: Cleantech Report Card For British Columbia
KPMG Cleantech Report Card for British Columbia is intended to act as a benchmark for the size and growth of the industry, and to provide valuable insights for evaluating and monitoring the growth and development of the industry in British Columbia. (PDF)

MK: Renewables Cost Less & Are as Reliable as Fossil Fuel Generation
Microgrid Knowledge says new reports by Energy Innovation Policy and Technology and the Rocky Mountain Institute lay out the argument that renewables can cost less than fossil fuel generation, and are as reliable, especially when they are coupled with a suite of distributed energy resources, such as virtual power plants and demand response.

PICS: Scaling Up Renewable Electricity In BC
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions report Scaling-up Renewable Electricity in BC: Tackling the Institutional and Political Challenges, discusses how BC could rapidly scale-up renewable electricity generation while ensuring that this development occurs without unacceptable impacts to the province's environment and society. (PDF)

Pike Research: Consumer Support For Clean Energy Has Declined Significantly Since 2009
Pike Research survey finds that consumer support for clean energy concepts, ranging from renewable energy to alternative fuel vehicles to smart grid technologies, has declined significantly since 2009.

POWERGEN International Exhibition & Summit
POWERGEN International exhibition and summit serves as a business and networking hub for electricity generators, utilities and solution-providers engaged in any or all of the multiple cross-sections of power generation. The exhibit hall provides an interactive experience that can be personalized to connect attendees with the latest technology and innovations in the conventional and renewable electricity generation markets from around the world. The summit and knowledge hubs deliver transformative content including disruption caused by the emergence of renewable and decentralized power, niche technologies and the latest in policy and economic trends.

REN21: Renewables 2017 Global Status Report
Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) online Renewables 2017 Global Status Report provides an integrated perspective on the global renewable energy situation. It gives testimony of the undeterred growth of electricity, heat, and fuel production capacities from renewable energy sources, including solar PV, wind power, solar hot water/heating, biofuels, hydropower, and geothermal. (PDF)

Renewable Energy Jobs: Resource Site For Global Renewable Energy Jobs
Renewable Energy Jobs is a job site for the global renewable energy industry, serving both job seekers and recruiters.

REW: 2011 Winners Of Excellence In Renewable Energy Awards
Renewable Energy News describes 2011 winners of the Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards for Project of the Year.

REW: 2012 Winners Of Excellence In Renewable Energy Awards
Winners of the Excellence in 2012 Renewable Energy Awards for Project of the Year Award represent facilities that signified excellence in five technologies: Solar, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal and Hydro.

REW: Community Renewable Energy Trends
Renewable Energy World newsletter article explains that when done right, investment in community renewables can be highly profitable for investors.

REW: Global Report Says Renewables Growing Fast
Renewable Energy World summarizes the Renewables Global Status report from Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century that provides a great snapshot of where and how renewables are being developed around the world. It provides an upbeat picture for renewables, despite the murky outlook for the global economy.

REW: Overview Of Green Power In Canadian Provinces 2007 & 2008
Renewable Energy World newsletter article summarizes how Canadian provinces are ramping up renewable energy and energy-efficiency developments, led by a number of progressive companies and schools, and some select government actions.

REW: Renewable Energy Can Curb Global Warming By 2030
Renewable Energy World newsletter article summarizes American Solar Energy Society report, Tackling Climate Change in the U.S.: Potential Carbon Emissions Reductions from Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by 2030. The report illustrates how concentrating solar power, photovoltaics, wind power, biomass, biofuels, and geothermal power, combined with energy efficiency measures, can displace approximately 1.2 billion tons of carbon emissions annually by the year 2030 -- the magnitude of reduction that scientists believe is necessary to prevent the most dangerous consequences of climate change.

REW: Renewable Energy Loses Its Glitter In 2011
Renewable Energy World magazine says global consulting firm Deloitte reports the tide has turned for renewable energy with many projects stalled or killed by issues ranging from the global economy, the state of government finances, difficulties in funding, and regulatory uncertainty.

REW: Top 5 Developments Enabling Shift To 100 Percent Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy World says a report shows these five developments are supporting the trend toward higher penetrations of renewable energy: resilient grid; rise in net zero buildings and smart connected devices; Energy storage availability and affordability; Proliferation of utility-scale renewables; Cost-effective status of distributed solar across geographies.

REW: Top Clean Energy Trends Of 2015
Renewable Energy World describes their top clean energy trends of 2015.

SEPA: 24-7 Renewable Energy Is Easier Said Than Done
Smart Electric Power Alliance says to truly achieve 100 percent renewables at all times, corporations and cities now announcing these types of goals will have to couple their solar and wind purchases with adequate amounts of storage and other distributed energy resources to keep the electrons flowing even when the sun isnít shining and wind isnít blowing.

Solar Industry: Renewable Energy Industry News
Solar Industry a North American magazine provides renewable energy news and press releases for both the power industry and the thermal industry.

US DOE: Challenges & Advances in Renewable Energy Integration
US Department of Energy data book sheds some light on common questions about how grid operators handle the uncertainty of variable renewable energy sources.

USCA: US On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Survey
2009 On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Survey conducted by the US Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service says the number of solar panels, wind turbines and methane digesters on America's farms and ranches has increased significantly over the past decade and there are now 8,569 operations producing their own renewable energy.

Utility Dive: 7 Green Energy Challenges That Are Holding Back Development
Utility Dice says while there has indeed been much development in clean energy technology and expansion of its productive capacity, it is important to recognize the challenges that impede international goals for simultaneously reducing carbon emissions and meeting energy demand.

Utility Dive: Is 100% Renewables Best Goal to Cut Power Sector Emissions?
Utility Dive says a new literature review says keeping some nuclear and carbon capture storage on the system could be more cost-effective in cutting power sector emissions.

WWF: How To Get To 100 Percent Renewables Globally By 2050
The Energy Report by WWF is a provocative vision of a world run entirely on renewable energy by 2050. The first part seeks to generate a discussion around the comprehensively researched scenario that is presented in the 2nd part, conducted by project partner consultancy Ecofys. (PDF)
Industry Sectors

ASES: American Solar Energy Society
American Solar Energy Society is a US national membership organization promoting the development and use of solar and other renewable energy resources through advocacy, education, research and collaboration among professionals, policy-makers and the public.

BC Tech Association: BC Technology Industry Association
BC Tech Association is a not-for-profit, industry-funded organization representing the broader technology community across the province. As the voice of the technology industry, BC TECH is committed to the ongoing growth, sustainability and prosperity of the BC economy and the innovation that drives it. They facilitate partnerships, policies and programs to develop a positive business environment where technology companies will grow and prosper.

BCSEA: BC Sustainable Energy Association
BC Sustainable Energy Association, a industry non-profit society of citizens, professionals and practitioners who promote the understanding, development and adoption of sustainable energy, energy efficiency and conservation in British Columbia.

CCRE: Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity
Canadian Hydropower Association, the Canadian Solar Industries Association, the Canadian Wind Energy Association and Marine Renewables Canada have announced the establishment of the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity in the hopes of bringing their different sectors together under one banner.

CEA: BC Community Energy Association
Community Energy Association, supported by the Province of BC and the Union of BC Municipalities, provides information ad resources for local government leaders addressing energy sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction.

CERC: UBC Clean Energy Research Centre
University of British Columbia Clean Energy Research Centre provides state-of-the-art research facilities for investigation of clean energy problems and development of environmentally-friendly solutions.

CUE: Ryerson Centre For Urban Energy
Ryerson University in Toronto has opened the Centre for Urban Energy that focuses on research innovation (applied research in collaboration with industry), business innovation (entrepreneurship) and student innovation (experiential learning), all within the energy sector. Its goal is to help new energy companies turn their ideas into commercial products, services and/or technologies.

FSEC: Renewable Energy Research
Florida Solar Energy Center conducts research in building science, photovoltaics, solar thermal, hydrogen and alternative fuels, fuel cells and other advanced energy technologies.

Green Heat Partnership: Canadian HVAC Advocacy Group
Canadian GreenHeat Partnership promotes four renewable energy technologies that can be applied to space heating and cooling in residential and commercial buildings, including earth energy systems (ground-coupled heat pumps), solar thermal water heaters, solar thermal air heaters, and advanced biomass combusters.

NRCan: 2014 Energy Innovation Roundtables Report
Natural Resources Canada provides report summarizing their Energy Innovation Roundtables which took place between fall 2013 and summer 2014. These roundtables brought together more than 100 senior executives from industry, academia, associations, utilities, governments, non-governmental organizations and the financial community to solicit views on barriers and opportunities to advance Canadian energy innovation. The roundtables were intended to identify opportunities to strengthen collaboration and better align efforts among key players to maximize the impacts of existing investments, and support Canada's energy innovation and competitiveness domestically and globally. (PDF)

NRCan: Renewable Energy Division
Natural Resources Canada Renewable Energy Division promotes development of a sustainable renewable energy industry and investments in renewable energy systems for heating and cooling, and provides quality information on renewable energy technologies.

REEEP: Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership
Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership goal is to accelerate the global market for sustainable energy by acting as an international and regional enabler, multiplier and catalyst to change and develop sustainable energy systems.

TREC: Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative
Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative develops co-operatively owned renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and educates Toronto citizens about renewable energy, energy efficiency and the community power model.

VREC: Vancouver Renewable Energy Coop
Vancouver Renewable Energy Coop is a registered cooperative assisting homeowners, coops and organizations to install affordable renewable energy systems, and assisting people who want to install solar electrical and thermal systems with information, installation help, and group pricing negotiation.
Information Sources

Alternative Energy Blogs: Bioeconomy Bioenergy Geothermal & Wind Blogs
Alternative Energy Blogs site from Gerry McKiernan supplies 4 blogs with each blog being created to profile key publications relating to their respective scopes.

ASES: Resource Site On Renewable Energy
American Solar Energy Society offers links to a wide range of information and resources on renewable energy.

BuildItSolar: Solar Energy Projects For Do It Yourselfers
Build It Solar will help people with Do It Yourself skills build solar projects that save money and reduce pollution. It is a hands-on site with detailed plans for solar projects including solar space heating, water heating, passive solar home design, solar pool heating, solar cooking, photovoltiacs, wind generators, and others.

Canada Gov: Clean Growth Hub
Government of Canada online Clean Growth Hub is a whole-of-government focal point for clean technology focused on supporting companies and projects, coordinating programs and tracking results.

CanmetENERGY: Canadian Leader In Clean Energy Research
Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY is the Canadian leader in clean energy research and technology development. With over 450 scientists, engineers and technicians and more than 100 years of experience, they are Canada's knowledge centre for scientific expertise on clean energy technologies. CanmetENERGY supports Natural Resources Canada's priorities to promote the sustainable and economic development of our natural resources, while improving the quality of life of Canadians.

CanmetENERGY: Online Publications On Renewable Energy
CanmetENERGY provides online guides and publications on renewable energy including wind energy, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic energy, small hydropower, marine and smart grid. Click on Renewables to bring up the list of available publications.

CEA: BC Community Renewable Energy Guides
Community Energy Association provides guides on renewable energy for communities.

Clean Energy Canada: Clean Energy Review
Clean Energy Review is a free newsletter that brings you clean energy news and analysis.

Clean Energy Canada: Government Resource Site On Clean Energy
Clean Energy Canada provides information and resources on Canada'ss involvement in the clean energy sector, both at home and abroad.

Dig The Heat: Canadian Resource Site On Geothermal & Renewable Energy
Dig The Heat is a Canadian online guide to renewable energy including geothermal heating and cooling systems, solar power, wind energy, biofuels, green investment and government incentives.

Earth Techling: Building DIY Solar & Wind Systems
Earth Techling online videos describe how to build various DIY solar and wind systems.

enerG: Alternative Sources Magazine
enerG is North America's leading publication about the alternative energy industry. From wind to solar to geothermal to biomass-and more-enerG covers the entire spectrum of alternative energy. With stories from across North America, enerG provides extensive coverage of what is probably the fastest growing industry in the world today.

Energypedia: Renewable Energy Project Resource Center
Energypedia online Renewable Energy Project Resource Center offers project-relevant renewable energy documents to the global energy community. It includes sample Terms of Reference, examples of Economic and Financial Analysis, sample Procurement Documents, Case Studies with analysis of success factors and lessons learned, and more.

Engineering 360: Online Videos On Alternative & Renewable Energy
Engineering 360 offers online videos on alternative & renewable energy from their recent World of Alternative & Renewable Energy trade show.

Engineering360: Alternative & Renewable Energy News
Engineering360 Alternative & Renewable Energy News e-newsletter focuses on biomass and geothermal, fuel cells, wind and hydro generation, solar power, and more.

Globe Series: Presentations on Energy & Technology from Globe Forum
Globe Series online videos from the Energy and Technology track at the GLOBE Forum 2018 cover technological, financial, political, social, and economic changes that will accelerate a clean energy future.

JRSE: Journal Of Renewable & Sustainable Energy
Journal Of Renewable & Sustainable Energy is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal covering all areas of renewable and sustainable energy-related fields that apply to the physical science and engineering communities.

NREL: Gallery Of Images, Photos & Videos Related To Renewable Energy
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory Image Gallery, is a collection of photographs, scientific images, and videos related to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

NREL: US Resource Site On Renewable Energy
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides information and resources including sections on biomass, biosciences, buildings efficiency, chemical & materials science, computational science, concentrating solar power, electricity integration, energy analysis, energy systems integration, geothermal energy, hydrogen & fuel cells, photovoltaics, technology deployment, transportation, water power and wind energy.

PES Wiki: Community Resource Site On Renewable Energy
PESWiki is a community-built site that focuses on alternative, clean, practical, renewable energy solutions.

Refocus: International Renewable Energy Magazine
Refocus an International magazine covers global renewable energy industry news, issues, programs, policies, products, and reports. Paid subscription required.

Renewables: Canadian Resource Site On Renewable Energy
Renewables.ca a Canadian resource site offers renewable energy news, polls, publications, FAQ, and links to more resources.

REW: Most-Read Renewable Energy Articles Of 2014
Renewable Energy World presents the news and analysis stories their readers liked the most throughout the past year.

REW: Webcasts On Renewable Energy Industry & Issues
Renewable Energy World newsletter offers webcasts of interviews with people in the renewable energy industry, and coverage of current issues and activities. They last 12 to 15 minutes and are directed to anyone interested in renewable energy.

SEI: International Renewable Energy Resources
Solar Energy International provides links to international sources on renewable energy information and resources.

SESCI: Solar Energy Society of Canada Inc.
Solar Energy Society of Canada Inc. is a membership organization that promotes the increased use of solar and other renewable energies in Canada through education, technical development, public policy, conferences, and more. SESCI supports energy conservation, industry, and all forms of renewable energy, such as active and passive solar, photovoltaic, micro hydro, biomass, wind and earth energy.

Sustainable Energy Blog: Global Community For Sustainable Energy Professionals
Sustainable Energy Blog from Leonardo Energy is a global online community that discusses sustainable energy, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, biodiesel, renewable energy and conservation, and promotes research, projects and products.

US DOE EERE: Resource Site On Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy offers a wide range of consumer and industry information.
Issues & Performance

Climate Examiner: Alberta Renewables Delivers low Prices, But Backup Still Needed
Climate Examiner says Alberta renewable energy rock-bottom prices do not solve the problem that wind, like solar, is beholden to the caprices of Mother Nature and thus is not available whenever the electricity is needed. So, Albertan wind power will have to be coupled with backup or storage, most likely coming in the form of natural gas in the short term.

CNN: Let's Get Real About Alternative Energy Potential
CNN article by David MacKay, a professor of physics at University of Cambridge, says public discussion of energy options tends to be emotional, polarized, mistrustful and destructive, and focusing attention on the numbers may make it possible to develop honest and constructive conversations about energy.

CSA: Canadian Electrical Code 2012 Addresses Renewable Energy Applications
Canadian Standards Association describes how the new Canadian Electrical Code 2012 impacts the renewable energy sector. (PDF)

GBA: Hidden Health & Environmental Costs of Green Energy
Green Building Advisor says climate mitigation strategies can provide a rare opportunity to reduce not only carbon emissions but also a wide range of environmental problems. However, deployment of low-carbon technologies should avoid sensitive habitats in order to fully realize their environmental benefits without triggering unintended consequences.

GBA: Why We Still Need to Discuss Grid Defection
Green Building Advisor says that because grid defection is a relatively new topic for the industry, we must proceed with humility and openness to contrasting views. However itís important to clarify misconceptions regarding the research conducted to date on this topic and its consequences for the electricity ecosystem.

GreenBiz: Is Renewable Energy News At Risk Of Becoming Clickbait?
GreenBiz says making wind and solar seem like they're doing better than they really are could come back to bite them, and the climate.

IER: Germany's Electricity Market Out of Balance
Institute For Energy Research says although German developments in electricity markets are, by no means, unique in Europe, they do provide a cautionary tale of the negative consequences that short-sighted energy policies and over-subsidized resources have on electric systems.

INSPIRE: Database Of Renewable Energy Patents & Standards
International Renewable Energy Agency created the International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform, also known as INSPIRE. It helps users search through, locate and analyse 400 international standards and more than 2 million patents for renewable energy technology.

Pembina Institute: Policies For On-Site Renewable Energy Requirements For Buildings
Pembina Institute report On-Site Renewable Energy Requirements for Buildings outlines policies that require on-site renewable energy generation for homes and buildings. (PDF)

Quillette: Why Renewables Can't Save the Planet
Quillette says dealing with energy sources that are inherently unreliable, and require large amounts of land, comes at a high economic cost.

REW: Creating Realistic Expectations for Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy World article says there are a lot of high expectations about clean energy technologies and properly educating consumers, investors and journalists about what each technology can realistically offer will be one of the most important factors in moving renewables forward.

Springer: 100% Renewable Energy Sources Require Overcapacity
Springer says a report shows that to switch electricity supply from nuclear to wind and solar power is not so simple.

Stop These Things: Germany Can’t Control Runaway Cost of Green Energy Transition
Stop These Things says Germany has rocketing power prices and a grid on the brink of collapse. Electricity system management costs are spiraling, in large part due to the sharply increasing costs of compensating renewable generators when their output is curtailed in order to preserve system stability.

Tethys: Environmental Effects Of Renewable Energy From The Sea
Tethys is an online resource that gathers, organizes, and provides access to information on the environmental effects of marine and hydrokinetic and offshore wind development.

TSBC: New Electrical Installation Permit Fees for Renewable Energy Systems
Technical Safety BC says a new set of lowered fees for electricity production and storage systems, such as renewable energy systems and generators are coming on January 1, 2019.

BC Hydro: Process For Net Metering
BC Hydro has set up a process to make the interconnecting of small generating units (with a capacity rating of 50 kilowatts or less) to BC Hydro distribution system as practicable as possible.

CEA BC: Clean Energy For A Green Economy
Community Energy Association guide Clean Energy for a Green Economy provides an introduction to the wide range of clean energy strategies and green economy opportunities for rural communities in British Columbia. (PDF)

CEA: Guide To BC Local Governments & First Nations Green Energy Projects & Utilities
Community Energy Association developed two reports on Green Energy Projects and Utilities: An Investment and Governance Guide for BC Local Governments and First Nations. Volume 1 provides detailed guidance on financing and governance for green energy project and utilities, and Volume 2 includes 13 detailed case studies of green energy projects and utilities across BC. (PDF)

Cleantech: Global Capital For Clean Technology
Cleantech is a global organization bringing insight, opportunities and relationships to investors, entrepreneurs and service providers interested in clean technology. They do this through related information products, advisory and online services, and the Cleantech Forum series of events.

GreenBiz: Business Guide To Green Power
GreenBiz describes 12 ways to invest in renewable energy.

NALGEP: Cultivating Green Energy on Brownfields
US National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals report Cultivating Green Energy on Brownfields, is a primer to aid local governments in investigating whether renewable energy development may be the right choice for brownfields in their communities. (PDF)

NRCan: Free Software For Buildings & Clean Energy Analysis
Natural Resources Canada offers a number of different free software programs for simulating building performance and renewable energy systems.

NREL: US Clean Energy Industry Growth Forum
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory presents The Industry Growth Forum, an event for clean energy startups to maximize their exposure to receptive venture capital, corporate investors, and strategic partners.

Renewables Ninja: Online Tool Calculates Renewables Output
Renewables Ninja online tool calculates renewable energy hourly power output from wind and solar PV power plants anywhere in the world.

RETScreen: Free LCC & Project Analysis Software
Natural Resources Canada offers the free RETScreen International Clean Energy Project Analysis Software decision support tool that can be used worldwide to evaluate the energy production and savings, life-cycle costs, emission reductions, financial viability and risk for various types of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies.
Product Supply

BC Gov: Innovative Clean Energy Fund To Finance Projects
BC Government developed the Innovative Clean Energy Fund to finance projects related to the production of clean or renewable energy, the transmission of energy from producers to consumers, and iimprovemt in ways energy is used in the communities of British Columbia and across all sectors of the provincial economy.

BCSEA: Listing Of BC Suppliers Of Sustainable Energy Products & Services
BC Sustainable Energy Association provides a listing, description, and contact information for BC companies supplying sustainable energy products & services.

Canada Gov: Search For Incentives & Rebates For Energy & Environment
Environment Canada allows you to search by province and program for grants, rebates, discounts, and other incentives to help you use less energy, switch to renewable energy and produce less waste at home and on the road.

CEA: New 2020 Funding Your BC Community Energy and Climate Change Initiatives
Community Energy Association guide Funding Your Community Energy and Community Energy Association has released the 2020 edition of Funding Your Community Energy and Climate Change Initiatives: A Funding Guide for BC Local Governments. It features more than 40 funding programs that support local government energy planning, energy efficiency measures, renewable energy projects and sustainable transportation initiatives.

EarthTechling: Renewable Energy Mandates Raise Electricity Prices
EarthTechling says economists at the University of Chicago recently published findings that show state-level renewable energy mandates raise utility prices by an extremely-high 17%. The findings are much higher than an oft-cited 2015 study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab that found RPS rates account for only about 2% of utility price increases.

GBA: Accounting for Renewable Electricity Savings
Green Building Advisor discusses whether saving energy generated by renewable sources as important as saving energy generated by fossil fuels.

Kent Group: Canadian Weekly Pump Price Comparisons
Kent Group Ltd. supplies these weekly pump prices that provide data from all major Canadian cities, if you are trying to decide which vehicle fuel is the most cost effective.

NRCan: Tax Savings for Industry for Using Clean Energy
NRCan says one of the ways the Canadian Government currently supports the transition to a cleaner economy is by providing an accelerated capital cost allowance for clean energy equipment, such as solar energy, by providing business income tax incentives.

Renewables: Purchasable Directory Of Canadian Renewable Energy Companies
Renewables.ca from Canadian Association for Renewable Energies supplies a directory, categorized by province, of renewable energy suppliers of green power, green fuel and green heat applications. $20 CDN 2005.

Source For Renewable Energy: Worldwide Renewable Energy Businesses
Source for Renewable Energy is an online business directory to worldwide renewable energy businesses and organizations, searchable by geographic location, product type, business type, name, or keywords.

Yale E360: Shifting US to 100 Percent Renewables Would Cost $4.5 Trillion
Yale E360 says converting the entire US power grid to 100 percent renewable energy in the next decade is technologically and logistically attainable, and would cost an estimated $4.5 trillion, according to a recent analysis.
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