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According to UN estimates, there are 1.2 billion people without regular access to electricity grids. A Government of Canada (NRCAN, 2011) reports 251 remote communities that primarily rely on diesel, of which there are some 80 in British Columbia. Many of these communities are Indigenous. Diesel is expensive and has negative impacts on the environment and health.
2023 Reports and News Stories
- Kyra Vergara released a new CERG paper, Towards feasible clean energy projects on Indigenous
island communities: On decolonizing clean energy production in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia on June 2, 2023. You can find it on our home page.
- Andy Hira's new book, The Smoke and Mirrors Game of Global CSR Reporting, has been released. It includes the problematic aspects of ESG reporting that informs efforts at climate change disinvestment and supporting a green and just transition.
- Andy Hira gave a talk at UBC on March 27, 2023: Moving from fossil fuels to a green economy: a review of recent research work by the SFU Clean Energy Research Group
- Kyra Vergara, SFU Sociology student, gave a talk on Indigenous utility regulation on March 24, 2023 to the CERG group. It will be the subject of a forthcoming CERG working paper.
- Energi Talks - Episode 130: BC LNG: More evidence there is no business case for expansion (Podcast with Professor Andy Hira)
- Brief summary of CERG WORKING PAPER NO. 9: BC'S LNG PLAY: REASONABLE TRANSITION FUEL OR ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER?
- Complete CERG WORKING PAPER NO. 9 AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE.
2022 Reports and News Stories
- CERG WORKING PAPER NO. 8: IMPROVING THE PROMOTION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE DEPLOYMENT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: A COMPARATIVE CASE STUDY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND QUÉBEC IS AVAILABLE - VISIT OUR HOME PAGE.
- Special Issue: Reducing Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution in the Global South (September 2022)
- CERG Executive Director Andrew Wright presents new exhibit on preventing extinctions in small islands at Vancouver's Science World, running through April.
- CERG laments the passing of former founding member, Anitra Paris. A passionate and intelligent advocate for clean energy, Anitra was at a young age already an important contributor to climate change policy in BC....She will be sorely missed by her friends and colleagues.
- NYU PhD student Daniel Broid speaks to CERG Forum on February 25, 2022, on lessons from Vancouver's district energy systems.
2021 Reports and News Stories
- CERG Director Andy Hira quoted in Tyee story about Canadian parties' pledges on renewable energy, (September 13, 2021)
- The Canadian Science Policy Centre publishes Hira's op-ed about the failure of science communication in the climate change and covid crises, and how to develop new strategies (September 1, 2021).
- CERG members Andy Hira, Feyza Sahinyazan, and Prasanna Krishnan present community-level solutions for climate change to a Nepalese think tank, NIICE (August 31, 2021)
- Energi Media interview with Ester di Maio da Cunha (August 26, 2021)
- Energi Media video interview with Dr. Feyza Sahinyazan (August 2, 2021)
- CERG releases Working Paper No. 6: Establishing an Effective Investment Ecosystem in Vancouver's Cleantech Cluster, by Ester di Maio da Cunha (August 2021).
- CERG releases Working Paper No. 5: Evaluating the Regulation of Independent Power Producers in a Hydro-Based Electricity System: Lessons for BC from Quebec and Norway, by Luke Faulks (updated version July 15, 2021).
- National Observer editorial of paper (June 27, 2021)
- Energi Media interview with Luke Faulks (June 21, 2021)
- Geoenergy industry coverage of geothermal working paper (April 1, 2021)
- Energi Media video interview of geothermal working paper (March 27, 2021)
- Dr. Feyza Sahinyazan wins small SSHRC for the study of Indigenous power in Western Canada (March 10, 2021)
- A SHARED Future: Interview with Dr. Anil (Andy) Hira, Simon Fraser University on BC's Utilities Commission Report, Indigenous Utilities Regulation Inquiry
- CERG's monthly forum: CERG holds a research presentation from an expert that's open to the public. Contact Andy Hira (email@example.com) for details.
- Recommended News Portal for energy: www.energi.media