Opinion: In Alberta, solar energy is at a tipping point

Friday’s announcement of low-cost solar is a clear signal to Albertans how the world is changing. The sun has risen on solar in Alberta. This shift towards solar is not an outlier; it’s becoming the norm.

In 2017, the paradigm for wind energy in Alberta shifted with the announcement that the Alberta Electric System Operator procured wind energy for about 3.7 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is less than any residential fixed price retail electricity contract available in the province today.

The paradigm also shifted for solar energy in Alberta on Friday and the opportunity for this growing industry cannot be underestimated. Global investment in solar energy in 2018 was about $125 billion and investment in all renewables topped $300 billion.

These government-backed procurements have caught the attention of investors around the globe and attracted some of the world’s largest power players to the Alberta market. Investor sentiment in Alberta renewables has never been stronger as financiers are clamouring to enter the Alberta renewable market. It’s not just investors who are eager to back renewables, corporations of all kinds now appreciate the opportunity to buy renewable power in Alberta.

Last year alone, corporations in the U.S. contracted for approximately 6.5 GW of renewable energy. That number represents nearly half the capacity of Alberta’s power plants. Around the globe, hundreds of companies have set, and many have reached, goals of becoming 100 per cent renewable-powered.

Not even two weeks ago, Budweiser used their most expensive air time, a Super Bowl commercial, to share that their production facilities have transitioned to wind energy. Tech giants such as Apple and Google have also made similar commitments. Closer to home, we continue to see major players in Alberta’s oil and gas sector further diversifying their portfolios to include renewable projects — I’d know, Greengate developed and sold what is currently Alberta’s largest operating wind farm to Enbridge.

While the marketing benefits are clear, corporations are buying renewables for more than the headline. The justification for buying renewables is three-fold:

Renewable purchases help companies retain employees, differentiate their product, and generate press;
In markets like Alberta, they help reduce environmental compliance costs;
They provide a hedge against rising fuel costs (something a lot of Alberta producers would appreciate right now) as renewable operating costs are extremely low and the fuel is free.

No corporation is buying renewables to help them sleep at night, it’s a decision that helps the bottom line.

Outside of wind, sun, oil and …read more

Source:: Calgaryherald.com


How to Watch Daytona 500 Online Without Cable

While Thursday’s duels may have handed out official points, the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series doesn’t really get underway until the 61st running of the famed Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon.

“The Great American Race” is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET and will televised on Fox. But if you don’t have cable, you can still watch the race live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:


Fox (live in most markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 75-plus total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans.

You can start a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Daytona 500 on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the race on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you don’t record it.

Hulu With Live TV

In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including Fox (live in most markets).

You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Daytona 500 on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.

If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).

Sling TV

Fox (live in select markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package.

You can start a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a …read more

Source:: Heavy.com


Opinion: Lessons from a father who lost his son in the drug war

It all started with a nose operation on a teenager in a hospital, an operation where cocaine was applied to the inside of the nostrils to limit bleeding and reduce pain.

It ended with a frantic call from my wife to my office phone: “Ralph, come home! Sean is dead!” An overdose laced with fentanyl!

In between were 30 years. Thirty years of living on his own and in our basement,
of living on the street, of rehabilitation clinics and halfway houses.

A dozen or so sporadic years of “clean” and AA meetings, and writing a book, Through The Eyes of an Addict.

Years with responsible jobs and promotions, working where he felt he was “giving back.”

Years of falling off the wagon, years of destroying himself and distressing his family, years of his mother’s tears, years of so much wasted potential.

And finally, a funeral where a very surprising near 200 he had touched turned out to say goodbye. So who was Sean?

He was strong, loving, funny, loyal and gifted in many ways. He tried so hard to, as he put it, “give back” by working in a variety of social agencies that try to help alleviate the scourge of drugs. He may have done much better had he stayed as far away from the “life” as it was possible to get.

Sure, Sean was flawed. He had a predilection to addiction. He was addicted to adrenalin, just as he was addicted to nicotine and street drugs. Did he have an underlying mental problem? We will never know. We tried to get him to look into the cause when he was young but failed.

But this is not about Sean. This is the distillation of 30 years of closely observing the drug culture. Thirty years of trying to find answers. Thirty years of observing what works and what does not and why it doesn’t. Thirty years of trying to determine what would work.

I believe that people develop an addiction to drugs for a great variety of reasons from simple peer pressure to mental conditions. A doctor’s reasonable prescription in and of itself should not result in addiction that can’t be readily shed. The patient must first be predisposed to addiction. Drug addiction — and the horrific waste of our people and resources — is not the problem. Drug addiction is the result of the problem. The problem is the proliferation and distribution of illicit drugs. The secondary problem …read more

Source:: Calgaryherald.com