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Episode 3 of the Clean Break Podcast

In this episode host Tyler Hamilton interviews Ron Dizy, managing director of the Advanced Energy Centre at the Mars Discovery District in Toronto. Discussion includes flywheel technology from Temporal Power, opportunities for Canadian cleantech companies in Chile and China, and how to reduce barriers that will help Canadian cleantech companies scale up.

Clean Break podcast Episode 2

In Episode 2 of the Clean Break podcast, host Tyler Hamilton reviews climate, energy and technology news of the past week and shares excerpts of an interview with Annette Verschuren, CEO of energy storage company NRStor.  

Here’s the buzz on Ecobee, the smart thermostat crowding out the Nest

This story of mine appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Corporate Knights magazine. Stuart Lombard had no obvious reason to leave his job as a venture capitalist in 2007. Times were good. As managing partner with J.L. Albright Venture...Show More Summary

Clean Break podcast Episode 1

In this episode, host Tyler Hamilton reviews climate and energy news of the past week and talks about plans that two Canadian companies have to make carbon-neutral gasoline out of captured CO2 and renewable hydrogen.  

Clean Break podcast – the pilot episode!

Hey all, experimenting here with a podcasting that I hope will become a regular feature on this site and available through iTunes. Would love any feedback you can offer.

Nanticoke, once North America’s largest coal plant, to host 40MW solar farm

2 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

Okay, it’s ridiculous to compare a 40-megawatt solar PV park to a coal-fired power plant that could crank out 4,000 megawatts at peak capacity, but the fact Ontario Power Generation (OPG) got a contract today to build such a solar project at the old Nanticoke Generating Station is, at the very least, symbolically significant. Show More Summary

Climate and Mental Health Series in the Toronto Star

2 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

Earlier this week — Sunday and Monday — the Toronto Star ran several stories of mine that draw a direct link between climate change and mental health. The first story, which to my pleasant surprise was run above the fold on A1 on Sunday,...Show More Summary

Search for energy unicorns? Sure, but not at the expense of today’s clean energy workhorses

2 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

Twitter essay on a snowy day… [View the story “A Twitter essay on Bill Gates energy unicorn search” on Storify]

CoPower puts the “green” in retail investing

2 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

This story was originally published in the Toronto Star. By Tyler Hamilton Investing directly in green energy projects just became a whole lot easier for Canadians looking to shift their savings away from fossil fuels. CoPower, a start-up...Show More Summary

China coal use falls for second year in a row: IEA boss

3 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

Here’s what Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, tweeted this morning: Looks like China’s coal use fell in 2015 as it did in 2014 after rising for decades. Profound implications for energy & climate ifShow More Summary

Air Canada backs project to build biofuels supply chain for airports

3 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

An earlier version was originally published in the Toronto Star. Canada’s aviation sector made history in 2012 after a number of test flights showed that renewable jet fuel could be blended with regular fuel without affecting airplane performance. Show More Summary

Canada’s clean electricity exports to triple under U.S. Clean Power Plan

3 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

Originally published in the Toronto Star tablet edition, Star Touch. By Tyler Hamilton As Canada’s petroleum sector struggles with the reality that sub-$30 (U.S.) oil could be here for some time, the country’s power sector is prepping for a dramatic increase in U.S. Show More Summary

After Paris, it’s time for Canada to finally join IRENA

4 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

IRENA is the International Renewable Energy Agency, a UN-affiliated organization established in 2009 to promote awareness and growth of renewable energy technologies on the global stage. It’s a kind of counter-balance to existing agencies that have long represented the fossil fuel and nuclear industries. Show More Summary

Solar is booming in Ontario, but you’d never know it from the data

4 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator released its annual “Electricity Data” report on Tuesday, and it breaks down the supply mix in 2015, 2014 and 2013. On the surface there hasn’t been a big shift over the past three years. Show More Summary

Something to Remember: Key Climate Milestones in 2015

4 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

Began with the warmest winter on record globally. Hottest year on record globally. Toronto had the hottest Christmas Eve on record for a Canadian city, with the thermometer reaching 15.4 degrees C. 2015 was last year we’ll see atmospheric CO2 concentrations below 400 parts per million, above which the global climate starts getting wacky. Show More Summary

Could proposed B.C. refinery be the future of liquid fuels?

4 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

A shorter version of this story appeared originally in the Toronto Star. By Tyler Hamilton As oil giants headquartered in Calgary face the reality that the best days for their industry could be behind them, the towns of Chetwynd and Dawson Creek in northwestern British Columbia hold out hope that better times lie ahead. Show More Summary

Low crude prices aren’t the only reason big oil should worry

4 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

This story was originally published in the Toronto Star. By Tyler Hamilton When solar entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett bumped into Suncor Energy boss Steve Williams at the World Economic Forum in 2014, odds were high that tempers would flare. Show More Summary

The rise of Cli-Fi says something about our times

4 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

Four years ago, having just published a book of non-fiction, I was drawn to the idea of experimenting with fiction writing. Specifically, I wanted to write a dystopian novel that was a cross between Logan’s Run and Blade Runner. Climate...Show More Summary

A perfect marriage of geothermal and mining

4 months agoUtilities / Energy : Clean Break

Geothermal developers often struggle to make their projects economically viable, while mining companies are finding it increasingly difficult to get social license for new projects. Given these two market challenges, the U.S. Department...Show More Summary

Clean Break has re-emerged and moved to the Corporate Knights website….

As many of you know, I stopped posting on this particular blog site for a couple of years. I simply got too busy, and most most of my writing is now done at Corporate Knights, where I am currently editor-in-chief. But the spirit of Clean Break lives on at the Corporate Knights site, where you […]

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