Summer 2015

On the home front

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] [mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]I[/mk_dropcaps]T’S OFTEN SAID that communities have a leading role to play in efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s hard enough to develop strategies at the national level, and harder still to create and enforce them internationally. But much can—and is—being achieved at …

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What goes up…

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″][mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]C[/mk_dropcaps] onfused by news coverage around the collapse of oil prices?  You’re not alone. Oil markets are complicated, even at the best of times.  Here, Energy Exchange takes on three basic questions to cut through the noise. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ThinkstockPhotos-538260027.jpg” image_width=”800″ image_height=”320″ crop=”true” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” desc=”DORANJCLARK / THINKSTOCK; GRAPHIC: …

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Power players

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] [mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]E[/mk_dropcaps]NERGY: WE’RE PRODUCING more of it — and using more of it — all the time. That much is evident in the data presented here. But there are more nuanced stories to tease out from the numbers, stories that offer insights into how energy production and consumption reflect broader …

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Is Canada an ‘energy superpower?’

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] [mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]I[/mk_dropcaps]N 2006, AT THE OUTSET of the federal Conservatives’ first term in power, Prime Minister Stephen Harper famously proclaimed Canada, “an energy superpower.” At the time, most analysts dismissed the idea given that the country only had one client for its energy exports: the United States. Now, nine years …

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Keep the momentum

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] [mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]F[/mk_dropcaps]IRST NATIONS in British Columbia have embraced renewable electricity, working with industry and government for more than 15 years to develop wind and solar farms, run-of-river hydro installations and biomass operations. These projects reflect traditional values of respect for land and water, and they have been successful. Today, 125 …

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Powering the North

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] [mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]T[/mk_dropcaps]HE QULLIQ IS A CENTREPIECE in traditional Inuit culture. A crescent-shaped stone lamp, fuelled by oil from the fat of whales, seals or even caribou, it sustains a small band of flame that provides light and heat inside an igloo or tent through long and dark Arctic winters. A …

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It Begins with an Idea

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_custom_box border_width=”1″ bg_color=”#f1f1f1″ bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”true” padding_vertical=”30″ padding_horizental=”20″ margin_bottom=”10″ min_height=”100″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Picture9.jpg” image_width=”200″ image_height=”200″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″ link=”/dont-let-their-size-fool-you/”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”false” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] Don’t let their size fool you For Abigail Adebusuyi and the Pollutants-to-Products group, microalgae could become a major force in combatting carbon emissions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/mk_custom_box][mk_custom_box border_width=”1″ bg_color=”#f1f1f1″ bg_position=”left top” …

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Finding the game changers

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] [mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]R[/mk_dropcaps]EDUCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL impact of energy production is a broad-based goal. Some of the benefits are obvious: lower greenhouse gas emissions, lighter impacts on the land and greater conservation of water. But there are others that may not be so readily apparent. Many point to the positive role improved …

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Building business, building communities

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] [mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]A[/mk_dropcaps] SERVICE DESERT. That’s what some call areas where big service providers have moved out, or aren’t able to make an investment in a community. Many First Nations communities qualify as these service-challenged areas, especially where affordable energy is concerned. As a result, members pay exorbitant amounts of money to …

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Chilly? There’s an app for that

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] [mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]E[/mk_dropcaps]NERGY DOESN’T OFTEN ARISE in conversations about health, but the relationship is closer than it might first appear. After all, energy is a basic element of secure shelter, one of the foundations in promoting good health. The economic activity generated by energy industries, meanwhile, is a key source of …

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