Renewable Energy Policy
ENMAX solar power – a different definition of affordable
By Andrew on May 10, 2012
Today, I received a nice offer in my mailbox from utility company ENMAX. These offers often make me angry because I find that they prey on people’s lack of information regarding electricity units and pricing. Today was no exception.
Posted in climate change, energy, Renewable Energy Policy | 43 Responses
Can green energy in Ontario avoid the same fate as Commodore?
By Andrew on June 29, 2011
In this column in today’s Toronto Star, James Biggar of Leadnow.ca calls on Ontario to, “embrace the green future,” and to avoid becoming the, “Commodore 64 of the world economy, sitting on the trash heap of history.” I agree, but perhaps not for the reasons you expect.
Posted in Canadian Politics, Renewable Energy Policy | 7 Responses
David Roberts and Stephen Gordon are saying almost the same thing about green jobs
By Andrew on June 29, 2011
Over the last couple of days, my Twitter feed has been swamped with discussion about green jobs. Yesterday, Worthwhile Canadian Initiative blogger and Laval Professor Stephen Gordon (@stephenfgordon) posted a piece on the Globe and Mail’s Economy Lab arguing that presenting, “the employment opportunities generated by a set of proposals…as an additional benefit of the […]
Posted in Canadian Climate Policy, Renewable Energy Policy | Leave a response
In defense of feed-in tariffs…just not this one.
By Andrew on May 29, 2011
With the release of Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s platform today, it’s clear where much of the focus of the campaign to be Ontario’s next Premier will be – on Ontarians’ electricity bills. Hudak announced no fewer than six major policy changes to Ontario’s electricity system: An end to Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program; An […]
Posted in Renewable Energy Policy | 17 Responses
on retrofit subsidies, tax credits, and other expensive policies
By Andrew on March 28, 2011
It’s easy for people to have a knee-jerk reaction and support policies like the ecoEnergy Retrofit Initiative or US Production Tax Credits for Wind Energy. After all, we want people to have more efficient houses, and we want more renewable energy, don’t we? Well, yes, we probably do. Environmentalists and fiscal hawks should agree that […]
Posted in Canadian Climate Policy, Renewable Energy Policy | 11 Responses
What can green energy advocates learn from the oilsands?
By Andrew on February 24, 2011
I think that if you asked most oilsands opponents to categorize their objections to the industry, their responses could be classified under one of three headings. First, they might cite the lack of appropriate planning, monitoring, and mitigation of local environmental impacts (see the RSC report executive summary here). Second, they might cite a failure […]
Posted in oilsands, Renewable Energy Policy | Tagged feed-in tariff, green energy, green jobs, ontario, renewables | 6 Responses