International

Pokémaster Marketing: Our Top 5

July 26, 2016

Gotta catch ’em all. A phrase you’ve probably heard far too often over the past week. And unless you live under a rock, you probably know that this is in reference to Pokémon Go, an augmented reality (AR) app/game that has taken the world by storm. In fact, it was the most downloaded app in Apple…

Community is the Answer

November 2, 2011

As we have mentioned many times before: community is the answer to successful renewable energy projects! In order for energy projects to succeed (or in some case survive) community needs to be involved and informed throughout the entire development process. This article is a great example of how strong community engagement equals project success. What…

Small Project, Big Support

August 15, 2011

A smaller scale renewable energy project in Kingston, Massachusetts, will soon begin construction thanks to a great deal of community effort and support. A 2-megawatt wind turbine will start off the project, followed by the solar installations. Jill Goldsmith, town administrator, says that the experience has been remarkable, and that it is all happening because…

Germany Nuclear Free by 2022

July 12, 2011

Over the past couple months we have seen many ambitious reneweable energy goals in various places including Germany. They are planning to shut down all nuclear power plants in the country by 2022. This makes Germany the largest developed nation to announce plans to phase out nuclear energy. While Germany had previously planed to shut…

Myth Busters

June 10, 2011

Environmental Defence and OSEA have teamed up to bust myths and fight back against the misinformation being spread by wind opposition around Ontario in a new article, Blowing Smoke: Correcting Anti-Wind Myths in Ontario. While this article is Ontario focused, its information is useful to educate everyone on the realities of wind energy. “There is…

Strong Engagement = Project Success

May 31, 2011

Pearl Street’s belief that strong engagement equals project success has been confirmed by a study conducted by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA): the acceptance of wind farms increases with community ownership! This study concluded that the social acceptance of wind power is high, and grows even higher when the community is directly involved with the…

Denmark Taking the RE Leap

May 30, 2011

While Denmark is already one of the most energy-efficient countries in Europe, they are taking the energy challenge one step further. Denmark is implementing “Energy Strategy 2050,” an initiative that will make them fully independent of fossil fuel by the year 2050. They plan to do this by slowly reducing their dependency on fossil fuel…

If Europe Can Do It…

May 13, 2011

REShare, a European initiative, has identified organizational models and best practices on how renewable energy projects can benefit by working with local communities. Their publication, Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms in Renewable Energy, outlines how community involvement is crucial to project development and their recommendations on how to reduce community resistance. REShare notes that “communication plays an essential…

Wind Opposition Around the World

May 2, 2011

Ontario has become a hot spot for wind energy opposition. A recent protest in Strathroy is just one example of the conflict wind projects are causing. More and more however, we are seeing that Ontario is definitely not alone. An article from Canberra, New South Wales, Australia, shows that there are many complaints being raised about the…

Inspiring Community Energy Initiative

April 21, 2011

Tidy Street in Brighton, UK is a great example of how it only takes a small group of people to make a big difference. Residents on Tidy Street are taking part in a conservation initiative by monitoring their daily energy use. These homes have been given electricity meters to help them identify which of their…