New data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) indicates 2016 was a record-breaking year for renewables. IRENA says there were 161 GW of renewable energy added in 2016 to bring the overall global total to 2,006 GW. By the end of last year Canada had a total capacity approaching 100,000 MW.
First Nations communities plan to parlay recent funding announcements from the federal government in clean energy into even more opportunities. The Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Network hopes to take the $715 million allocated to clean energy for Indigenous communities from Budget 2017 to support greater activity.
A group of nine independent electricity system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission operators (RTOs) in North America, serving two-thirds of consumers in the United States and more than half in Canada, has laid out what it thinks the North American grid needs, and it includes effectively adding more renewables.
Natural Resources Canada is investing $800,000 in a G4 Insights Inc. project that aims to convert forestry waste into renewable natural gas (RNG) that can be distributed through existing natural gas pipelines in Canada.
According to data from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the US solar market installed more than 14.7 GW of PV in 2016, nearly doubling the capacity installed in 2015. The utility PV segment was the primary driver, installing more in 2016 than the entire market in 2015.