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Phasing out coal is a win for all Albertans

Alberta plan protects health and saves money

23 Nov 2015

CALGARY — Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta Director at the Pembina Institute, adds his comments to the growing support for Alberta’s coal phase-out plan.

“The decision to phase out coal by 2030 makes it clear the government of Alberta is intent on improving Albertans' air quality and tackling one of our highest-emitting fuel sources. Given the international attention on coal as an unnecessary source of pollution, the government of Alberta's decision to phase out coal stands it in good stead to bring a better message and approach to Paris.

“The province's approach will mean significant savings for our health care system. Coal plants are a major source of air contaminants, including mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matter. This pollution contributes to over 4,000 asthma episodes, over 700 emergency visits for respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and around 80 hospital admissions, with chronic exposures resulting in nearly 100 premature deaths every year in Alberta. The cost to the health care system is close to $300-million dollars annually.

 “Alberta is now a leader in the transition away from coal and can proudly stake its territory among the world’s most proactive jurisdictions.”

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Posted November 23, 2015 by AEN

Report: Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta

The Pembina Institute has published their report "Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta":

British economist Lord Nicolas Stern has noted that “climate change presents a unique challenge for economics: it is the greatest example of market failure we have ever seen.” Putting an effective price on carbon pollution is one of the best ways to correct this failure while capitalizing on the flexibility and efficiencies afforded by the market. An increasing number of industry players, environmental organizations and economic institutions are also recognizing this fact.

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

SESA Seminar: Solar Systems—The Home Owner Experience

Nov 26 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Solar electric, solar heating, solar hot air or solar hot water systems are going in all over Alberta. Some of them are 20 or more years old. Come hear from the homeowners that are utilizing these technologies every day. Solar system owners will share their motivations, details of finances, neighbor’s reactions, both anticipated and unanticipated results and highlights of the process.

Come to Solar Drinks before the event to eat and network!

 

Location

CN Theatre (Room 5-142)
MacEwan University City Centre Campus (105th Street Building)
Edmonton, AB

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

SESA Seminar: Solar Systems—The Home Owner Experience

Nov 25 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Free SESA Seminar in Calgary, Open to the Public.

Solar electric, solar heating, solar hot air or solar hot water systems are going in all over Alberta. Some of them are 20 or more years old. Come hear from the homeowners that are utilizing these technologies every day. Solar system owners will share their motivations, details of finances, neighbor’s reactions, both anticipated and unanticipated results and highlights of the process. Read more »

Location

Room NR112, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
1301 16 Avenue NW
Calgary, AB

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

Hardisty Rail Terminal Project — Public Comments Invited

Initiative: 
Hardisty Rail Terminal Project
Deadline: 
30 Nov 2015 (All day)

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Hardisty Rail Terminal Project, located southeast of Hardisty, Alberta.

To assist in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public.

Written comments must be submitted by November 30, 2015 to:

Hardisty Rail Terminal Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
9700 Jasper Avenue, Suite 1145
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4C3
Telephone: 780-495-2037
Fax: 780-495-2876
Email: CEAA [dot] Hardisty [dot] ACEE [at] ceaa-acee [dot] gc [dot] ca

To view a summary of the project description or for more information, visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80113). Read more »

Posted November 9, 2015 by AEN

For health’s sake, it’s time to phase-out coal-fired electricity generation

Health, clean energy and environment groups come together to call for an end to Alberta’s dirty coal problem

9 Nov 2015

CALGARY — World leaders will converge on Paris next month for climate change talks. Alberta is developing a strategy to demonstrate its intention to contribute to the global imperative of tackling climate change. Phasing out coal for producing electricity promises to be a hallmark of this strategy.

The time has come to bring greater attention to the public health benefits that would be realized by accelerating the phase out of coal-fired electricity. Read more »

Posted November 9, 2015 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Keystone XL rejection

6 Nov 2015

EDMONTON — Simon Dyer, Alberta director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to U.S. President Barack Obama's rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline:

“Today's decision by President Obama reiterates that climate change is a key consideration for all energy infrastructure projects going forward. In his statement, the president noted that his decision is motivated in part by a desire to 'lead by example' on the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

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Posted November 6, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands Stakeholder Interest Group

Initiative: 
Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands Stakeholder Interest Group
Position: 
ENGO Member and Alternate
Application Deadline: 
2 Nov 2015 (All day)

In 2012, the Government of Alberta introduced the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP), with the intent of this plan being to guide future resource management decisions, while considering social and economic impacts of development in northeastern Alberta. Under the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP), the Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF) was developed and released on March 13, 2015 to enhance the management of fluid tailings in this region. Read more »

Posted October 28, 2015 by AEN

Alberta Energy Regulator seeks input from Albertans on regulatory excellence in Alberta

Initiative: 
Regulatory Excellence Initiative

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is asking Albertans to weigh in on how a world-class report on regulatory excellence can be applied here in Alberta. The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) has completed its final report Listening, Learning, and Leading: A Framework for Regulatory Excellence. This framework is the capstone piece of PPR’s work on the initiative.

“This has been our goal all along: to show leadership and invest in a model that could be shared with regulators throughout the world and that can be adapted to meet the needs and expectations of Albertans,” said Jim Ellis, president and CEO. Read more »

Posted October 23, 2015 by AEN

Request for Feedback: Draft Directive on Reservoir Containment Requirements in the Shallow Thermal Area of the Athabasca Oil Sands Area

Initiative: 
Draft Directive on Reservoir Containment Requirements in the Shallow Thermal Area of the Athabasca Oil Sands Area
Deadline: 
31 Dec 2015 (All day)

From the AER website:

In Bulletin 2014-03: Regulatory Approach for Shallow Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Applications in the Wabiskaw-McMurray Deposit of the Athabasca Oil Sands Area, we announced that we were conducting a technical review of the factors that affect reservoir containment of steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) projects in a shallow thermal area. We also announced that we would consult with stakeholders to develop formal regulatory requirements. A draft directive has been developed and we are now seeking your feedback.

To provide feedback, complete the feedback form available on the draft directive’s webpage. Feedback or questions on the draft directive should be sent by e-mail to reservoir [dot] containment [at] aer [dot] ca. Feedback will be accepted until December 31, 2015. All feedback received will be reviewed and may be used in finalizing the directive. All of the comments provided through this consultation will form part of the public record, and any comment received may also be attributed to the specific individuals providing it. Personal information provided with comments will be collected, used, and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We may use the personal contact information you provide for follow-up communication related to your feedback.

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Posted October 16, 2015 by AEN

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