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Electricity Restructuring: Securing Clean Power

Securing Clean Power is part of the Conference Board of Canada’s Electricity Restructuring series. In this paper, Down ask whether liberalized electricity markets inevitably lead to poorer environmental performance. To answer this question, they examine the impact of electricity restructuring on the environment, as well as the implications of restructuring for environmental policy in the United States, Great Britain and Canada.

Pelletized Biofuels - An Opportunity for Manitoba: Clean Green Heat from Grass Biofuel Pellets

This report argues that volatile energy markets, concerns over energy security, and international agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have created unique opportunities for biofuel development.

Sustainability and Energy Security: The Squeeze on Natural Gas

This briefing, written by Hoover, examines the factors that give rise to increases in natural gas prices. In particular, the authors look at how U.S. air quality standards have heightened the demand for cleaner-burning natural gas at a pace greater than for other primary energy sources. At the same time, Hoover et. al. point out that other concerns, including the environment, are restricting the ability of energy providers to satisfy that demand in the short term.

Why Energy Efficiency?

This publication explores how Canadian business can benefit from energy efficiency, particularly in view of rising energy costs. The authors argue that energy efficiency has assumed a new importance today, and that businesses would be wise to embrace it. They highlight some businesses that are making effective use of energy efficiency strategies. The authors also examine barriers which prevent energy efficiency from receiving the attention it deserves in the business world. The authors expand on the idea of energy efficiency as a cost-saving measure; they point out that it increases energy security, while benefiting climate change and air quality. They conclude by suggesting opportunities for action for both business and government.