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Report: Accelerating Renewable Energy Co-operatives in Canada

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

Accelerating Renewable Energy Co-operatives in Canada ReportIn light of the growing urgency for, and national commitment to a de-carbonised economy combined with the need for local economic drivers and community resiliency, community energy offers a win-win-win solution.

Community energy (CE), which broadly refers to community ownership of and participation in renewable energy projects, is considered an economically positive and (increasingly) a socially necessary approach to the low carbon economy. CE projects are developed under various ownership models (or legal structures) such as: renewable energy co‑ops; by Aboriginal communities and corporations; through local investment funds; not-for-profit organizations; and the MUSH sector (Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals). What is common to CE is the retention of project control and benefit (especially financial) at the community level.

On assignment to Co‑operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), TREC Renewable Energy Co‑op and the People, Power, Planet Partnership, undertook an assessment of the status of renewable energy co‑ops across Canada. While the reporting on status is specific to the co‑op model, the comments made in this report about development challenges and recommended solutions applies broadly to other forms of community energy models.

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From country club to renewable energy hub

takepart / Anna Hess / 20 July 2015

solar-japan-golf-courses-MAIN2Japanese electronics giant Kyocera recently announced plans to repurpose an abandoned Kyoto golf course as a 23-megawatt solar power plant. The plant will supply enough energy to power more than 8,000 local households.

Kyocera is also involved in a project to build a 92-megawatt solar plant on abandoned Kagoshima land originally designated for a golf course more than 30 years ago.

Japan serves as the perfect pioneer for this land-recycling innovation, as it’s inundated with golf courses left over from a 1980s real estate boom, and the country has proved to be a renewable energy spearhead.

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Community Energy Retreat in South Frontenac

SWITCH / 26 May 2015

On June 19th the Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-operative will be holding the 5th Annual Community Energy Retreat at Wintergreen Studios, along with long-term partners, Sustainable Eastern Ontario and the Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario.

This year’s retreat will feature case studies and examples of how community funds were leveraged for a variety of unique projects. As in previous years, the event will include a mixture of presentations, roundtable discussions and themed group discussions, and delicious food featuring local produce. There will be opportunities to network with like-minded colleagues throughout the day.

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Investing in local renewable energy

Transition Brockville

David Hahn - WintergreenAs college and university students around the world pressure their institutions to divest from fossil fuels, many of us are wondering how we can actively support alternative energy through our own investments.

Electricity production systems are changing around the world and community ownership is playing a significant role in this evolution. Germany, for example, has over 800 renewable energy co-ops. Scores of co-operatives are now operating across N. America as well.

Exploring this movement and its local context, David Hahn, President of Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-operative of Frontenac County will be giving our next presentation. Hahn will explain how Wintergreen was formed and its collaboration with SolarShare Co-op, which offers Solar Bonds as investments to its members.

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How idealism, expressed in concrete steps, can help

New York Times / Robert J Shiller / 27 March 2015

Copenhagen cyclistsWhen the problem is an externality, it is, for the most part, futile to ask people to volunteer to fix it — by taking actions like car-pooling or riding a bike to work to cut back on emissions or, in the case of governments, by enacting laws and regulations.

Yes, some individuals with a strong moral compass will take action, and some nations will do so occasionally, but most people and countries will not do so consistently. That’s what the theory says, anyway.

But in a new book, Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet (Princeton 2015), Gernot Wagner of the Environmental Defense Fund and Martin L. Weitzman, a Harvard economist, question that assumption. In a proposal that they call the Copenhagen Theory of Change, they say that we should be asking people to volunteer to save our climate by taking many small, individual actions.

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Community solar energy poised to catch on across US

ABC News / Steve Karnowski / 07 March 2015

community solar“This is really the year that community solar becomes mainstream,” said David Amster-Olszewski, CEO of Denver-based solar garden developer SunShare LLC, which runs two operations in Colorado and is developing more with Xcel Energy Inc., including in Minnesota.

Rooftop solar panels are becoming more popular among homeowners as the cost comes down, but that market is limited to only about one-fourth of U.S. residences, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, an arm of the U.S. Department of Energy. Community solar opens the door to many more, including renters, customers with shaded roofs and those who can’t afford solar panels.

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Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

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