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Microgrids: An idea whose time has come?

CBC News / Emily Chung / 24 January 2020

As the global population grows, so does the demand for electricity. But there are challenges, even now. More than a billion people around the world don’t have access to power grids. According to the Canada Energy Regulator, 200,000 people in Canada are not connected to the North American electrical grid and natural gas distribution pipeline systems.

We’re also seeing natural disasters and major weather events disrupt power supply, causing mass blackouts for days at a time. And when one part of the transmission system breaks down, it can paralyze the whole grid.

Enter the microgrid. A concept that’s been growing in popularity, it’s a power system that can operate independently or work in connection with bigger grids.

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“Use community power, grassroot investment to fuel recovery”

The Energy Mix / 13 August 2020

A group of seven renewable energy co-ops from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia is calling on the federal government to emphasize community power procurement, deep energy retrofits, and smart grid development in economic stimulus responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This stimulus would unlock untapped community capital for the fight against climate change, as a means to immediately create green jobs across the country and, most importantly, build a bipartisan support base for climate change action,” the co-ops write, in a June 24 letter to Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna, Environment and Climate Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, and Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault.

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Sustainable is Possible

TEDx Talks / 4 December 2013

Ma’ikwe Schaub Ludwig is the Executive Director of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, the pioneering sustainability educator who heads up Ecovillage Education US, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. She believes strongly that sustainability is possible, assuming we can learn to cooperate, share and assess what really makes us happy, rather than staying bought in to the material excess culture we’ve been raised in.

First Nations take pride in their sustainable energy projects

CBC News / Nicole Ireland / 05 November 2016

okikendawt-hydro-projectIndigenous communities are increasingly joining Canada’s growing clean energy economy as a way to generate revenue in a manner that is consistent with their cultural and environmental values, experts say.

​”Our people are willing and able,” says Kevin Hart, regional chief of Manitoba and the executive in charge of the alternative energy portfolio for the Assembly of First Nations.

“Through our teachings we’ve always been taught to be stewards of the land. And with that I honestly believe that First Nations people can be champions when it comes to clean and alternative energy moving forward.”

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Community energy: Power from the people

Mother Earth News / Greg Pahl / February/March 2015

windshareWouldn’t it be great if you could keep your energy dollars close to home, help create new local jobs and business opportunities, and provide greater energy security and price stability? That’s where community energy comes in. A growing number of people are discovering the many benefits of keeping their energy dollars circulating in their local economies.

Community energy reflects the idea that most of the power consumed in a locality should come from — and be owned and controlled by — the locality itself. Community energy initiatives based on local renewable resources are now emerging across the country. While these projects take a variety of forms, one common element is local ownership. Community energy encourages new ways of imagining our relationship with resources: Think local empowerment.

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Green power projects at risk

Brockville Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 04 October 2016

transcanada-solar-projectNew community-owned solar power projects slated for development in Leeds and Grenville are at risk of not getting off the ground due to a lack of community support, according to an energy co-op.

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) has been actively developing new projects in Leeds-Grenville, however, the company says renewable energy cooperatives must now prove new projects have community backing.

David Mazur-Goulet, a spokesperson for OREC, said meeting the 50-member threshold is necessary to apply for Feed-in Tariff (FIT) contracts with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) this fall.

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