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This week in Clean Energy Review, New York magazine calls it for the good guys, Los Angeles paints a Tesla in LAPD black-and-white, and investors send Premier Notley a $4.6 trillion memo.

The Long-Awaited Green Revolution has Finally Arrived

“Those who have consigned the world to its doom should reconsider.” So begins The Sunniest Climate-Change Story You’ve Ever Read, a 5,300-word opus in the current edition of New York magazine. The piece is a well-crafted, deeply researched, and breezily written treatise on the landmark climate and clean energy tone shift that we have documented in reports like Tracking the Energy Revolution — Global. “The world is suddenly responding to the climate emergency with ...astonishing speed,” writes Jonathan Chait. “The game is not over. And the good guys are starting to win.” A must-read.


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Next week’s Clean Energy Review will come from Dan Woynillowicz, Clean Energy Canada's policy director. Adjust your email filters to allow messages from dan@cleanenergycanada.org, and see below for more details.

2. LAPD Acquires “Insane Mode” Tesla And BMW i3 In EV Fleet Push

Los Angeles will lease 160 EVs in a move that will give it the largest city-owned electric fleet in America. The city aims to ensure 80 percent of its new fleet purchases be EVs by 2025. The LAPD has acquired a BMW i3 and a Tesla Model S P85D for, you know, "testing."

3. Low Carbon Cities Pay Healthy Dividends, Report Finds

New research from the New Climate Economy concludes that investing in public and low emission transport, green buildings, and waste management could yield USD$17 trillion worth of savings by 2050—and wipe out enough carbon pollution to equal the current output of India.

4. Days of Denial Are Over in Alberta

"There is a great appetite for action on climate change in our province, and the days of denial are over," Alberta environment minister Shannon Phillips told delegates at an Edmonton climate summit hosted by the Pembina Institute. Phillips stopped short of actually sharing any details.

5. Not So Good To the Last Drop

What if we burned every last lump, drop, and belch of fossil fuels on Earth? Some scientists ran the numbers, and Elizabeth Kolbert conveyed their grim findings. Note: We’re pretty bullish on the prospects for clean energy growth, which can help keep much of this carbon in the ground.

6. Pension Fund Managers as the Next Activists?

A new report suggests that Canadian pension plan managers may end up lobbying governments for strong climate policy—serving as ”effective public-policy advocates for climate change regulation”—in order to fulfil their fiduciary responsibilities.

7. Enerkem Begins Producing Biofuel in Edmonton

Edmonton-based company Enerkem raised $152.6 million and began commercial production of biomethanol—a liquid renewable fuel made from non-recyclable municipal waste. (For a look inside a similar operation in Quebec, check out our recent Refinery of Tomorrow photo essay.)

8. Premiers and New England Counterparts Set Regional Carbon Target

At a recent meeting, the governors of six New England states and the premiers of five eastern provinces adopted a regional target of cutting carbon pollution by 35 to 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. 

9. Investors Assure Alberta Premier Notley She’s On the Right Track

A group of 120 Canadian, American and European institutional investors with combined assets of $4.6 trillion delivered a letter to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, supporting the province’s commitment to update and strengthen its climate policy. NEI Investments organized the effort.

10. Snowsports Brands and Athletes Send Appeal to Save the Pow

A pair of snowsport and ski-resort industry associations joined with climate advocacy group Protect Our Winters to express support for a strong global deal in Paris. Hundreds of the nation’s leading winter sports brands, resorts, athletes and associations signed on to a letter to President Obama.

Important Announcement: Woynillowicz Taking the Reins


As James Glave is leaving the Clean Energy Canada team to start his own communications firm, this will be the last edition of Clean Energy Review to carry his name. Effective with next week's edition, this digest will come your way courtesy Dan Woynillowicz, our policy director. And fear not, loyal readers, James will still be helping out in the background.

Sunrise photo by iStock. Tesla photo via the Telsa Motors Instagram feed. Did you miss last week’s Clean Energy Review? Catch up here.

Clean Energy Review is sponsored in part by Genus Capital Management, a leading provider of fossil-fuel-free investments. 
Coming Attractions

FRONT BURNER: Tomorrow the Pembina Institute, Bullfrog Power, and NWT Public Works and Services kicks off the Renewables in Remote Microgrids conference, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

September 24Climate, COP21, and Paris: Behind Closed Doors, hosted by Carbon Talks at the SFU Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, British Columbia.

October 1Business of Climate Change, hosted by MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Ontario.

October 1The Economics and Politics of Carbon Pricing in Australia, hosted by Carbon Talks at the SFU Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, British Columbia.

October 1Climate Change and Renewable Energy Policy in the EU and Canada Workshop, hosted by The Centre for European Studies EU Centre of Excellence and the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.

October 1Blue Dot Economics: Rethinking Economics for a Healthy Environment, hosted by the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and David Suzuki Foundation, Vancouver, British Columbia. Featuring Clean Energy Canada’s Merran Smith.

October 1Green Building Festival, hosted by Sustainable Buildings Canada, Toronto, Ontario.

October 1-2Low Carbon By Design, hosted by the North American Passive House Network, Vancouver, British Columbia.

October 3Green Energy Doors Open ‘15, hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association in communities across the province.

October 5-7CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition, hosted by the Canadian Wind Energy Association in Toronto, Ontario.

October 7-9Solar West Annual Regional Conference, hosted by CanSIA in Calgary, Alberta.

September 16: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Geothermal, hosted by the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association in Calgary, Alberta.

October 14Reality Check: Climate Change, the Resource Economy, and the Road to Paris - An Evening With Tim Flannery, hosted by the SFU Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, British Columbia.

October 18-20Renewable Energy Markets 2015, hosted by the Center for Resource Solutions in Washington, DC.

October 18-20Power of Water Canada Conference and Trade Show, hosted by the Ontario Waterpower Association in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

October 202015 Bright Business Conference – Energy Efficiency: Leading by Example, hosted by Efficiency Nova Scotia in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

October 26-28QUEST 2015: Getting Smart About Energy in Our Communities, hosted by Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, Toronto, Ontario.

November 1-4Generate 2015: Think Bigger, hosted by Clean Energy BC in Vancouver, British Columbia.

November 4-5Canada in an Emerging World Industry, hosted by Marine Renewables Canada, in Montreal, Quebec.

November 5Green Economy: Ontario, hosted by Sustainable Prosperity, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, Sustainability CoLab, The Natural Step Canada, and The Ivey Foundation in Toronto, Ontario.

November 8: The Great Climate Race in Vancouver, British Columbia.

November 10-11International Dialogue on 100% Renewable Energy in Kassel, Germany, hosted by the World Future Council and Renewable Cities, a project of the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue.

November 12-13Symposium 2015, hosted by the Canadian Climate Forum in Ottawa, Ontario.

December 4Pathway to Paris in Paris, France, featuring Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva, alongside musical acts Thom York, Patti Smith, Flea, and Dhani Harrison.

December 7-8Solar Canada, hosted by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), Toronto, Ontario.

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