- TransAlta is reporting that it has launched commercial operations at its $170 million Kent Hills Wind Farm in New Brunswick as of December 31st, 2008. The 96 MW wind farm is located 30 kilometres southwest of Moncton, New Brunswick.
- Wal-Mart Canada opened its 1st environmental demonstration store in Burlington, Ontario. The store uses a geothermal technology which is the first of its kind in a large-scale Canadian retail operation. Wal-Mart has indicated that it will start rolling out these types of stores which, according to Wal-Mart, are 30% more energy efficient than its traditional retail outlets. The environmental demonstration store also includes a number of other energy efficient features.
Better Place, a company based in California is seeking to extend its electric car charging and battery exchange stations across Canada, starting first in Ontario. Better Place has partnered with Bullfrog Power and Macquarie Captial Markets. Better Place is planning on starting out in the Greater Toronto Area and then plans to move other major cities in Ontario.
Six long term green energy project contracts have been awarded by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). According to the OPA these projects should create roughly 2,200 jobs, provide enough electricity for upwards of 120,000 homes and also produce cleaner energy for the province. The projects are also expected to create a combined 492.1 MW of renewable generation.