David Dodge
David is the host and producer of GreenEnergyFutures.ca, a multi media project that tells the stories of Canadians engaged with green energy solutions in their homes, businesses and communities.
David is the former communications director of the Pembina Institute, he produced the EcoFile radio series for CKUA, was editor of Borealis magazine, the Alberta executive director of CPAWS and the production manager of Lone Pine Publishing. In his spare time David has coached soccer and basketball and has served as the president of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues.

Entries by David Dodge

What One Small Prairie Town Did to Reverse its Population Decline

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 5:46 PM

About 10 years ago the town of Craik, Saskatchewan was facing a problem common to so many rural centres on the prairie. The town was slowly dying. People were moving away to bigger cities and other provinces and each census confirmed it.

That's when the people of Craik hatched a...

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The State of Electric Vehicles in Canada

(7) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 11:28 AM

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is a pretty unlikely place to find one of the rarest electric vehicles, or EVs, in Canada. But Kent Rathwell, the owner of one of only three Toyota RAV4 EV's north of the American border, is a pretty extraordinary dude.


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Why Wood Waste to Energy Is a No-Brainer

(6) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 6:01 PM

When I picture a sawmill I picture Astar jumping through the live wires, spinning gears and whirring saw blades of Planet Danger. But the modern sawmill is a marvel of modern technology, mostly devoid of humans and full of machinery that debarks logs,...

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Winter Cycling 101: What You Need to Know

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 5:17 PM

What would it take to get you out of your car and on to your bike for your work commute in the winter?

We've learned that good bike infrastructure can certainly help alleviate congestion in cities like Vancouver and that electric bikes are a sexy new option for...

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The Wind Energy Project That's a Sign of Things to Come

(5) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 5:24 PM

A California-based utility recently put a 100-megawatt peaker plant up for bid. This is the type of plant that can ramp up quickly to meet demand and they're almost always natural gas fired projects. This time however the winner was a...

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Energiewende: Addressing the Myths of Germany's Energy Transition

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 5:27 PM

By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney

Energiewende -- pronounced phonetically as "en-er-gee-ven-da," is the German word for the energy transition that's been happening in Germany for the past 25 years. This developed, industrialized country with a large export economy is successfully and aggressively transitioning away from fossil and nuclear to...

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Big Biomass 101: When Burning Wood for Energy Makes Sense

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 5:08 PM

By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney

The great boreal forest straddles the country and provinces from Nova Scotia to British Columbia have ample forestry resources. In a place like Canada biomass to energy can make a lot of sense. So we headed to the largest, closest biomass operation we could...

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The Best Green Energy Futures Stories of 2014

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 6:14 PM

By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney

We had another amazing year at Green Energy Futures.

With end of year lists dominated by things like gadgets and movies and music we reflect on our favourite Green Energy Futures stories of 2014.

1. Best example of a fossil fuelled city diversifying

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Green Energy Futures Green Gift Guide 2014

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 12:46 PM

The holiday season is here and here are our ideas for the green energy nerd on your Christmas list.

Last time we featured some doozies, some that even made their way into their own episodes like the Nest programmable thermostat, the electric bike and the home...

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How We Made Our Own Solar Air Heater for Under $100

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Solar energy is a popular subject on Green Energy Futures. We've done stories on solar co-ops, passive solar design, solar stocks, concentrated solar thermal and domestic solar hot water. And just when you think you've exhausted the well of solar stories we find another gem -- solar air heating.


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How Wind and Solar Lower Your Electricity Bill in Alberta

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Have you ever heard the one about how renewables are too expensive and that they always need subsidies? Well, both wind and solar now compete with fossil fuel electricity generation purely on price, without subsidies.

But wind and solar aren't just competitive and affordable options for generating electricity,...

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Welcome to Canada's 1st Concentrated Solar Thermal Plant

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 2:09 PM

By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney

More than three years ago Ted Clugston was showing me around the small southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat for our pilot episode. He pointed to a hillside and said he eventually hoped to see a showcase...

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The Future Looks Bright for the Solar Industry

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Greg Schnell is my brother-in-law as well as a technical stock analyst. He spends his time poring over stock charts deciphering meaning from their erratic meanderings.

On one of my many trips to Calgary for Green Energy Futures we were solving the problems of the world over a bottle of...

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Echohaven: An Environmentally Friendly, Energy Efficient Suburb

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:06 PM

To borrow a popular internet meme, what if I told you we could build suburbs that preserved the natural landscape, had super energy efficient homes, built a sense of community and had no vinyl siding.

Well we can, and the neighborhood of Echohaven, in the northwest community of...

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How To Make Your Smart Meter Even Smarter

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 8:05 PM

Smart meters are unabashedly good. This might seem like an uncontroversial statement but start poking around some of the kookier parts of the internet and you'll quickly learn that smart meters are apparently responsible for everything from cancer to spying on you every minute of every day.

A smart...

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Turning 500 Tonnes of Cow Poop a Day into Renewable Energy

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 9:37 AM


Alberta is known for its beef -- or more specifically its beef marketing. If you haven't seen the original "I heart Alberta beef" bumper sticker you've definitely seen an homage.

But Alberta beef started for a reason, Alberta's grain farmers needed a way to diversify and add value...

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Is Alberta Canada's Next Big Solar Market?

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:17 PM

On a bright fall day in early October in a packed ballroom in a downtown Calgary hotel Alberta's new energy minister, Frank Oberle, made his first speech as minister to Alberta's small solar industry.

Solar energy only makes up 0.03 per cent or 5 megawatts of Alberta's 14,000 megawatts of...

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How We Built Our Own Earthship

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:00 PM

This article was written by Green Energy Futures editor and production manager, Duncan Kinney.

When you tell people you're building an Earthship there are two stock responses. First there are the believers. These are the people who've watched Garbage Warrior, twice. They want to talk design and permits and...

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Why You Should Go For a Net-Zero Home

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 6:20 PM

A large home builder pledges to go all-net zero by 2015

American poet, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau once wrote "What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"

A net-zero home reimagines the house not as a burden on...

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This Net Zero Home Will Blow Your Mind

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:56 PM

It's a beautiful, livable, functional net-zero experiment -- welcome to the home of architect Shafraaz Kaba.

"As an architect, we are always testing new ideas. We are creating little experiments for ourselves to prove that something is possible, or to prove different materials work well together. We even just want...

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