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Bridging the divide

More power lines between Alberta and British Columbia would save the provinces money and help the environment.

It would seem to promise an energy marriage made in heaven – matching up Alberta’s world-class wind resources and British Columbia’s bountiful hydroelectric capacity.

As Alberta moves to retire coal-fired power, the province will have to replace it with new sources. The current plan calls for a mix of natural gas and renewable generation to fill the void, with renewables to meet two-thirds of the capacity lost due to coal-plant retirements.

However, several studies suggest Alberta would benefit from greater electricity trade with BC Hydro, which could provide hydroelectric power to its neighbour when needed and offer a market for wind-generated electricity when supply in Alberta exceeds off-peak demand.

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Lines in the sands

By Shawn McCarthy
Students around the world are pushing universities to take a symbolic stand by divesting from fossil fuels.

Hampshire College has a long history of putting its money behind its progressive principles, serving in the vanguard of various divestment movements. A 1,400-student liberal arts college in the western Massachusetts town of Amherst, Hampshire was the first college to divest from apartheid South Africa in 1977. Trustees voted in 2009 to divest from an investment fund that was red flagged during to social responsibility screening. (Ed. Note: The college says the move was not motivated by concerns certain corporations’ support for Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, as reported in the Fall 2013 edition of Corporate Knights.)

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