California, Ontario and Québec to link carbon markets

California, Ontario and Québec have signed an agreement to link their carbon markets. The deal officially links joins individual cap-and-trade programmes, creating “an expanded and dynamic carbon market, which will drive down greenhouse gas emissions”, according to California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Ontario will formally enter the Québec-California carbon market on 1st January 2018, […]

New wind farm to help Quebec hit target

Plans to build a 200MW wind farm in Quebec have been unveiled. The project is expected to help the Canadian province reach its goal of installing 4GW of wind power under its 2006/15 plan. The new wind farm is a partnership between the Government of Quebec, Hydro-Quebec and the Innu Nation. Jean-Frédérick Legendre, Canadian Wind […]

Quebec storm puts 150,000 in the dark

A severe winter storm left around 150,000 homes in Quebec without power over the weekend, it was reported. Electricity company Hydro-Québec told CBC News the main reason for the outages on Sunday afternoon was because of fallen branches hitting power lines. Around 95% of homes were restored with power overnight, the power company said, with 8,500 still in the dark yesterday morning. Extreme cold […]

EDF completes 24.6MW wind farm in Quebec

A subsidiary of EDF’s renewable arm has completed the construction of a 24.6MW community wind project in Quebec. The La Mitis wind farm consists of 11 turbines and is expected to contribute around C$61,500 (£34,000) to the community during a 20-year period. It is located in the unorganised territory Lac-à-la-Croix in the Lower St Lawrence […]

Thousands in Quebec still without power after violent storm

Nearly 17,000 households and businesses in the Canadian province of Quebec (pictured) are still without power as a result of a violent storm last Friday, according to reports. Energy firm Hydro-Quebec said it has restored service to close to 96% of its customers following severe thunderstorms that swept through southern Quebec – in east-central Canada […]

’60 feared dead or missing’ after oil-tanker train explosion

Around 60 people are now believed to be dead or missing after a freight train carrying crude oil exploded in Quebec, Canada. The unmanned Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) train derailed and blew up in the middle of the town of Lac-Megantic near the Maine border early Saturday morning. It was carrying 72 carloads […]

Canada oil train blast kills five

An oil train in Canada which derailed and exploded over the weekend has killed five people and left 40 missing, Canadian police have reported. Local residents were evacuated after a freight train reportedly lost control in the small town of Lac-Megantic near Quebec in eastern Canada. The subsequent blast destroyed a number of buildings. Towering […]

California launches carbon market

American state California launched its carbon market last week, becoming the world’s second biggest market with more than 60million carbon permits. The cap and trade scheme is designed to help the ‘Golden State’ (pictured) cut greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) kicked off proceedings with an auction […]