Renewable Energy

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…

Why the Opposition?

October 28, 2011

This article has some great points about the opposition of wind energy. It explains how we often talk about what needs to be done to save the planet, yet when we are offered a viable solution, such as wind turbines, many are against it. Why does this happen?  Physical proximity. It has been shown time…

We Win! Or Did We…?

October 12, 2011

While John Laforet, President of Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO), has announced he will be stepping down from his position, he made it clear that the organization will continue to have a large impact on the wind energy sector. WCO has claimed victory in last week’s election, with Laforet stating “Our activism has blocked the approval…

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…

The Community Energy Initiative is a Cornerstone to Guelph’s Local Economy

July 21, 2011

Guest Blog by Karen Farbridge, City of Guelph Mayor After an 18 month consultation and stakeholder engagement process, the City of Guelph’s Community Energy Plan was unanimously endorsed by City Council in April 2007. The Plan was widely heralded as a ground breaking example of community-based and integrated planning. However, it wasn’t until almost two…

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…

Will a Lack of CE Cause Ontario to Fall Behind?

July 6, 2011

We previously posted a blog describing the new renewable energy goals that Saskatchewan is pursuing. Yet another province, Nova Scotia, is now jumping on board with an ambitious goal to generate 25% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015. They may be one step ahead of Ontario because they are making use of…

Scholarly Efforts Made by Local Schools

July 4, 2011

By the end of this summer Walden Public School in Lively, Ontario will be drawing energy from a 100-kilowatt rooftop solar system. After this solar system is installed on the roof of the school, along with the already installed wind turbine, this school will be producing 60% of their energy requirements with renewable energy sources.…

Spending the Morning with the Commish

June 27, 2011

Pearl Street was recently part of a morning event in Guelph with special guest, Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. The event was hosted by the Mayor’s Task Force for the Community Energy Initiative (CEI). Pearl Street is proud to be a part of the Task Force communications committee. The morning was an opportunity for the community of…

Wind & Ice

June 17, 2011

Four lucky cities in Saskatchewan have been chosen for a wind power demonstration project. The goal of this project is to determine potential environmental and economic benefits of using wind energy to power community ice rinks in the province. “More than 150 communities expressed interest in participating in this demonstration project,” said Rob Norris, Minister…