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Economic analysis finds clean energy future is cheaper than gas: Pembina Institute

Solar, wind, battery storage, energy efficiency and demand flexibility are reliable replacement for coal

CALGARY — Paired with battery storage and energy efficiency, electricity from solar and wind is now capable of generating electricity with the same reliability and lower cost than gas plants, even in Alberta where natural gas is relatively inexpensive. Read more about Economic analysis finds clean energy future is cheaper than gas: Pembina Institute

Habitat Actions Urgent for Alberta’s Newly Listed Threatened and Endangered Fish

On August 21, Alberta’s ‘provincial fish’ – the Bull Trout – plus Alberta’s only native rainbow trout – the Athabasca Rainbow Trout – each received long overdue listing under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA): Bull Trout are now listed as Threatened with extinction, Athabasca Rainbow Trout listed as Endangered. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and Canadian fish expert Dr. John R. Post are calling on both the provincial and federal governments to quickly undertake recovery actions and protect the habitats of these iconic species. Read more about Habitat Actions Urgent for Alberta’s Newly Listed Threatened and Endangered Fish

Pembina Institute recognized for convening businesses and communities around climate action

Pembina Institute receives top awards from Canada’s Clean50

TORONTO — Two flagship projects launched by the Pembina Institute were honoured today as recipients of the 2020 Canada’s Clean50 Top Project award. The Business Coalition for a Clean Economy and the Alberta Narratives Project are among 20 projects receiving the award.  Read more about Pembina Institute recognized for convening businesses and communities around climate action

Caribou: Alberta-Canada Draft Agreement

The governments of Alberta and Canada recently released a draft agreement on timelines and actions to develop woodland caribou recovery plans. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) supports much of the agreement but remains very concerned that interim habitat protection is needed for Alberta and Canada to follow through. Read more about Caribou: Alberta-Canada Draft Agreement

Panel recommends approval of Teck’s Frontier Oil Sands Mine project, just 30-km south of Wood Buffalo National Park

EDMONTON – A Joint Review Panel recommends approval of Teck’s Frontier Oil Sands Mine project, despite acknowledgments of a long list of adverse environmental impacts, including high risks to wildlife that use the area 

In the same month that the UN warns Canada of swift action required to stop the degradation of Wood Buffalo National Park, a massive 290 sq-km open-pit oil sands mine project has been recommended for approval, which would place it just 30-km south of the Park’s borders. The project would be the largest of its kind in Alberta. The provincial-federal Joint Review Panel found the project to be in the public’s interest, despite the findings that it,

[…] is likely to result in significant adverse environmental effects to wetlands, old-growth forests, wetland- and old-growth-reliant species at risk, the Ronald Lake bison herd, and biodiversity.” And “likely to result in significant adverse effects to the asserted rights, use of lands and resources, and culture of indigenous groups who use the project area. The proposed mitigation measures have not been proven to be effective or to fully mitigate project effects on the environment or on indigenous rights, use of lands and resources, and culture.” Read more about Panel recommends approval of Teck’s Frontier Oil Sands Mine project, just 30-km south of Wood Buffalo National Park

Fortress Ski Hill Should Not Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Fortress Mountain ski hill is proposing to remove 50 million liters per year of water flowing into Kananaskis’ Galatea Creek and truck it to a Calgary water bottling facility. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) strongly opposes this water use and calls on Fortress ski hill to withdraw its proposal. Read more about Fortress Ski Hill Should Not Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Pending approval of new oilsands mine cause for concern

Pembina Institute and Ecojustice react to Joint Review Panel recommendation to approve new oilsands mine

CALGARY – Environmental law group Ecojustice and the Pembina Institute are concerned about the potential climate impacts of the Teck Resources’ Frontier oilsands open pit mine, following the release of a Joint Review Panel report today that recommends its approval.

Despite finding that the mine would have significant adverse impacts on the environment – including the irreversible loss of 14,000 hectares of wetlands – the Panel concluded that those impacts are justified and that the project is in the public interest. Moreover, despite previous legal precedent, the Panel failed to recognize the adverse climate impacts or explain why the emissions impacts of this project are not significant. Read more about Pending approval of new oilsands mine cause for concern

Capacity markets are not the electricity markets you are looking for

Pembina Institute reacts to the cancellation of the Alberta capacity market

CALGARY— Binnu Jeyakumar, Director of Clean Energy at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Government of Alberta announcement of the cancellation of the capacity market: Read more about Capacity markets are not the electricity markets you are looking for

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