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Response: This Is Why Geothermal Should Be Our First Choice When It Comes To An Energy Transition

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I write in response to “CBC News Poll: Why the economic crisis could speed up transition to renewable energy” published recently:

(see: CBC News poll: Why the economic crisis could speed up transition to renewable energy)

Geothermal is the missing link in Earth’s energy mix. It’s the only scalable solution that is both clean and baseload. Without a clean baseload power source, the grid will struggle to replace all the legacy coal, gas and nuclear power, with just intermittent sources like wind and solar (even with better batteries than exist today).

Geothermal, however, can fill this gap. More importantly, we can do this not by importing windmills, solar panels and batteries from China, but by building on the same world-leading assets and expertise that sit idle in the oil service industry today. We can lead the world simply by using this expertise to convert our old abandoned well sites to geothermal use.

Even better, Eavor’s “made in Canada” solution (which is available to any Canadian developer), facilitates rapid scaling. In particular, Eavor’s technology eliminates or vastly reduces the need for exploration uncertainties, delays and costs. It also transforms geothermal from baseload to dispatchable. This allows Eavor to work much more synergistically with wind and solar where needed. Eavor’s technology, known as “Eavor-Loop™”, works by drilling a sealed well-bore loop which gently harvests geothermal heat over a large surface area simply through conduction. Without the need for a geothermal aquifer, this enables implementation almost anywhere in the world. In line with this, Eavor has assembled a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar prospect pipeline. These prospects are, however, all outside of Western Canada.

What will it take to enable Eavor, and other Canadian geothermal developers like Terrapin and DEEP, to bring this geothermal revolution home? The same thing that has nurtured successful and growing geothermal industries elsewhere – a combination of early grants and energy pricing that recognizes the advantages of green baseload power. Ideally these incentives would be modeled after the SDE+ system in the Netherlands, which is more efficient, but has the same net effect as a Feed-in-Tariff.

Our calculations are that, a geothermal “Moon Shot” for Western Canada with the above incentives, could easily attract $4 billion in foreign investment capital, to create 400 MW of clean, dispatchable power, all the while employing 5,500 oil service workers for 4 years. Larger plans could employ 25,000 for a decade or more. Such a plan would create a geothermal ecosystem in Canada that could lead the world and represent an entire new clean export industry. At Eavor, we believe that is a vision worth getting excited about. In short, the current situation doesn’t have to devolve into a fight between oil industry jobs or renewables. It doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. With geothermal solutions like Eavor the same investment dollar can protect oil service jobs and improve the environment all at the same time.

To learn more about Eavor visit Eavor

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Alberta eyes business eviction protection tied to COVID-19 economy lockdown

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EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says legislation is coming to address those businesses facing eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenney says details are coming next week, but adds the province is “looking closely” at a recent eviction ban imposed in British Columbia.

Earlier this week, the B.C. government announced it was imposing new rules on landlords who are eligible for federal rent relief but don’t apply for it and try to evict tenants for lack of payment.

Those landlords will not be allowed to evict such tenants through to the end of the month, when the federal rent relief program is set to end.

Kenney says he is hesitant to bring in a blanket ban, given that there may be legitimate reasons to evict a tenant, but says Alberta is taking action and commercial landlords need to “get with the program.”

Kenney also announced a new $200-million program to provide small- and medium-sized businesses with up to $5,000 each to help them reopen following government-imposed lockdowns to battle the pandemic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2020

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Torch passed at Hockey Canada, Davidson reflects on move to Own The Podium

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CALGARY — Melody Davidson says she’s received a few text messages telling her “I didn’t see this coming.”

After more than a quarter century as a coach, manager and mentor in women’s hockey domestically and internationally, Davidson is taking her skills to summer sport with Own The Podium.

Davidson was the chief architect of Canada’s back-to-back Olympic gold medals in women’s hockey in 2006 and 2010 as head coach and manager.

She shifted out of coaching, but continued to manage the national squad that claimed gold again in 2014, and silver in 2018.

OTP is bringing the 57-year-old from Oyen, Alta., on board as a summer-sport high-performance adviser.

“I just feel right now I’ve got more to give,” Davidson told The Canadian Press on Friday.

“This is a tremendous opportunity. Going to be a steep learning curve for sure. I feel like it will be great to re-energize me.”

Own The Podium provides technical expertise to national sport organizations.

OTP also makes funding recommendations directing $70 million annually in Sport Canada money to winter and summer Olympic and Paralympic sport based on medal potential.

Davidson has worked with Hockey Canada over 28 years, first as a volunteer and contract coach before becoming a full-time employee in 2005.

She’s involved in men’s hockey too as a consultant for the Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg Ice, and was previously an assistant coach in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Davidson stepped back from managing the national women’s program in 2018.

She continued as head scout while mentoring Gina Kingsbury, a woman she coached to a pair of Olympic gold medals and who took over for her director of national women’s teams.

Davidson felt ready to do something different. She wasn’t sure what that was. The COVID-19 pandemic that shut down hockey and travel in March gave her time to take stock.

OTP had openings on its summer-sport, high-performance staff this year. David Mirota left for the Canadian Olympic Committee and Jean-Philippe Lavoie headed to Wheelchair Rugby Canada.

OTP wanted team-sport expertise in its next hire.

Eight teams and five para-teams have qualified so far for the Tokyo Games postponed to 2021 because of the pandemic.

“It’s like the perfect storm,” Davidson said. “As I started to think about what could be next, post-Olympics Own The Podium usually has some movement. Maybe this is the time?

“They posted the high-performance adviser job with a sole focus on team sport. I’m thinking ‘is this ever going to happen again?'”

Davidson’s OTP portfolio will include men’s and women’s rugby and basketball, as well as men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball and rugby.

She’ll work with all team sports, however, according to OTP summer-sport director Mark Hahto.

“There are so few people in the sport system that can boast her level of excellence,” Hahto said. “I’ve always thought having a person like her on the summer staff would be a game-changer to be frank. Her innate knowledge of team sport is profound.”

Davidson’s last day with Hockey Canada is June 30. She’ll transition to OTP the following day. She’d like to stay involved in hockey and continue to serve on the International Ice Hockey Federation’s women’s committee if she can.

Davidson was the IIHF’s lead coaching mentor between 2010 and 2014 in a program to improve international women’s hockey.

“I don’t feel like I’m done with hockey,” Davidson said. “Maybe I am because this may take me down a totally different road.”

The move to OTP takes Davidson back to her roots in some ways. She was a recreation director before her hockey career.

“Multi-sport is where I came from. I was small town. I played sports. I coached all of them,” Davidson said.

“I’m pretty excited about the opportunity to get back into multi-sport and especially, hopefully, leave an impact on Canadian sport and not just hockey.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2020.

Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

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