C3 Views – JANUARY 2009, ISSUE 26

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MICROGENERATION: SMALL POWER WITH A BIG IMPACT
Alberta has reached a crossroads as aging power lines, record-breaking usage, land-use conflicts and environmental concerns force citizens, industry and governments to take a hard look at how to keep the electrons flowing most effectively.
Read the full story: http://www.climatechangecentral.com/publications/c3-views/january-2009/micro-generation-small-power-a-big-impact
REGULATORS REMOVE BUREAUCRATIC BARRIERS TO MICRO-GENERATION
New provincial and municipal micro-generation policies are making it easier for Albertans to generate their own electricity, cut energy costs and do it in an environmentally friendly way.
Read the full story: http://www.climatechangecentral.com/publications/c3-views/january-2009/regulators-remove-bureaucratic-barriers-micro-generation
GIRDING FOR EXPANDING ALBERTA’S ELECTRICITY GRID
Alberta’s electrical transmission system has been stretched close to the breaking point. How can renewable energy and micro-generation projects resolve a looming electricity shortfall?
Read the full story: http://www.climatechangecentral.com/publications/c3-views/january-2009/girding-expanding-alberta%E2%80%99s-electricity-grid
SMART METERS COULD HELP REDUCE ELECTRICITY
Smart meters can provide instant information on electricity consumption to both users and transmission and distribution companies.
Read the full story: http://www.climatechangecentral.com/publications/c3-views/january-2009/smart-meters-could-help-reduce-electricity-use
ALBERTA TAKES SMALL STEPS TOWARD MICRO-GENERATION
Small-scale renewable energy projects can provide heat and electricity to Albertans who want to reduce their carbon footprints and take responsibility for their own energy production.
Read the full story: http://www.climatechangecentral.com/publications/c3-views/january-2009/alberta-takes-small-steps-toward-micro-generation
SOLAR SHOWCASE PROJECT A SUCCESS – REGULATIONS STREAMLINED
Twenty Alberta municipalities installed solar photovoltaic systems on everything from village schools to town halls to city buildings.
Read the full story: http://www.climatechangecentral.com/publications/c3-views/january-2009/solar-showcase-project-a-success-regulations-streamlined
THREE NEW HOMES IN ALBERTA PRODUCE MORE ENERGY THAN THEY CONSUME
Imagine a home that saves you more than $2,500 a year in energy bills and emits not a single kilogram of climate change-causing greenhouse gases. Sound too good to be true? It’s not as farfetched as it sounds.
Read the full story: http://www.climatechangecentral.com/publications/c3-views/january-2009/net-zero-homes-equal-big-gains
CALGARY HOME FEATURES THE POTENTIAL FOR DISTRIBUTED GENERATION
Gary Holden believes he has the first true cogeneration house in Canada and perhaps North America.
Read the full story: http://www.climatechangecentral.com/publications/c3-views/january-2009/-future-distributed-generation-alberta
GRANDE PRAIRIE MICRO-WIND PILOT TO RESHAPE LOCAL BY-LAWS
As Alberta’s appetite for wind energy increases, urban centres are contending with more requests for micro-wind turbines.
Read the full story: http://www.climatechangecentral.com/publications/c3-views/january-2009/grande-prairie-micro-wind-pilot-reshape-local-laws
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