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B.C. government carbon neutral for five years

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Originally published in Clean Capital.   B.C. government carbon neutral for five years By Jenny Tan January 28, 2016   British Columbia’s public sector has been carbon neutral for five years, according to a report released by the province. The B.C. Ministry of Environment says the province achieved neutrality by measuring all of its public […]

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Benefits of state renewable energy standards outweigh costs, study finds

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Originally published in Clean Capital. Benefits of state renewable energy standards outweigh costs, study finds By Jenny Tan January 14, 2016   A new U.S. Department of Energy report finds the benefits of renewable portfolio standards greatly exceed their costs. Renewable portfolio standards (RPS) require a certain percentage of electricity to be produced from renewable […]

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Using underwater balloons to store energy

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Originally published in Clean Capital. Using underwater balloons to store energy By Jenny Tan November 26, 2015 In the depths of Lake Ontario, giant underwater balloons are set to store some of Toronto’s excess energy. Toronto-based Hydrostor activated what it claims is the world’s first underwater compressed air energy storage system last week. The system […]

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Payday lenders popping up in BC

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Payday lenders are a problem. This Walrus article made me blink. I’ve always imagined predatory lending to be a more-or-less foreign issue with only minor Canadian implications. Not so much. Here’s a geographical look of the extent of payday lenders in BC, divided by opening date. We’ve seen a steady increase of payday loan retailers over the […]