Canada needs a "national approach to climate policy and carbon pricing." Think that this is the advice of some environmental group? Then think again; this is the urging of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) in a policy paper: Clean Growth 2.0: How Canada can be a Leader in Energy and Environmental Innovation. The paper highlights how Canada can build a more competitive economy and a more sustainable society while ensuring adequate public finances to fund Canadian's way of life. It calls for the federal government, in partnership with the provinces and territories, to develop a national energy framework, specifically to "develop clean energy solutions and position Canada for leadership internationally." And, contrary to current inaction, the CEOs urge Canada to take the lead in establishing a bilateral energy and climate accord with the United States to incorporate Canadian interests, and secure greater cross-border collaboration on energy, climate change policy, technology and trade. The CCCE stresses that a bilateral approach does not mean that nothing can be done until there is clarity on US action; rather, it argues that we must begin to prioritize areas for coordination and ensure that our policy is adaptable to the eventual US system. One thing is certain; during the interim, we cannot expect the Americans to adequately represent Canadian interests in our absence. Proffering five strategic recommendations, the CCCEs argue that a national … [Read more...] about Will Canada Take Action on Energy?
In electricity planning, everything is geared to peak demand. About 15% of the total generation capacity in Ontario is required because of peak demand for 50 out of the 8,760 hours a year. In other words: Billions of dollars of capital cost are spent in developing the capacity to prepare for and supply demand which occurs only 0.57% of the time. Read more: http://bit.ly/6uSkdw … [Read more...] about Ice Bear Keeps Utilities from Feeling the Heat
My latest column in the National Post exposes some of the risks Canada faces if we don't get serious about energy efficiency. Read it here: http://bit.ly/5VWgwo … [Read more...] about Canada tops ranks of the wasteful among G8 nations