Keystone XL Protesters Gather at White House
Thousands of protesters encircled the White House today, calling for the President to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. After the President indicated he would be making a final decision on the construction of the massive pipeline-set to run from Alberta to Texas-last week, protests have escalated.
“The State Department’s in charge of analyzing this, because there’s a pipeline coming in from Canada,” said Obama to Omaha’s KETV. “They’ll be giving me a report over the next several months and, you know, my general attitude is, what is best for the American people? What’s best for our economy both short term and long term? But also, what’s best for the health of the American people?”
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Protests to TransCanada's plans in the US are not new and the fate of the situation is hard to tell. Thus, TransCanada’s Plan B is to set to use British Columbia as an alternate route to transport oil to Asian markets.
But, a majority of British Columbians are showing opposition to oil tankers along their coasts as well. The Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline just failed to win endorsement from Premier Christy Clark. Last week, natives in the Tsleil-Waututah Nation opposed the plan to expand the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Apparently, the promise of thousands of construction jobs isn’t winning the approval of most. It’s going to be a battle between the people and Big Oil, dependent on the President’s decision. In the meantime, protesters bring media attention to the environmental implications of building the Keystone XL pipeline as they gather today in a last stitch effort.
“You can’t occupy the White House, but you can surround it,” Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, an organization dedicated to minimizing climate change, said at a Nov. 4 news conference.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.