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Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added

The Guardian / Adam Vaughan / 25 October 2016

china-reGreen energy accounted for more than half of net electricity generation capacity added around the world last year for the first time, leading energy experts have found.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said the milestone was evidence of a rapid transformation in energy taking place, and predicted capacity from renewable sources will grow faster than oil, gas, coal or nuclear power in the next five years.


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.


Kingston Community Energy Plan

City of Kingston

KingstonCommunityEnergyPlanUnderstanding how, where and when energy is used in Kingston will help the community identify opportunities for energy-use programs focused on energy conservation, fuel switching, renewable energy generation or other smart energy-related efforts. The plan will help:

  1. Enhance local economic development: our community spends more than $600 million on energy each year – most of that is spent outside our community. A community energy plan will identify ways to retain some of that spending locally. Retaining just 1 per cent of the Kingston community’s annual energy budget could generate almost $6 million in local economic wealth.
  2. Reduce our carbon footprint: Kingston emits approximately 1.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. In 2014, council endorsed the Kingston Climate Action Plan, adopting a community reduction target of 30 per cent by 2030. The community energy plan will help meet that target.
  3. Advance council’s priorities: Engaging the community to create a smart economy and plan a livable city to identifying opportunities for intensification, public transportation while supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Kingston Plan.
  4. Alignment with Provincial Energy Strategies: By undertaking a Community Energy Plan the City of Kingston is aligning itself with Provincial and federal energy policy and programs.


Decentralising Canada’s energy system

OurPower / Madison Van West / 02 September 2015

Lakeland-SolarIn 1973, E.F. Schumacher coined the term “small is beautiful,” and in light of today’s climate crisis, this is truer than ever.

The good news is, when it comes to our energy needs, we already have the knowledge and technology to build small (and beautiful) through decentralised energy (DE) systems – i.e., electricity and thermal power that is generated close to the customer. But as we transition to a cleaner, smarter decentralised energy infrastructure, there are challenges that we must overcome, from conveying the benefits to decision makers to demonstrating the cost savings to end users. Quite simply, we’ve had it so good for so long and most people just aren’t aware that there is a better way to generate power.

That’s where Decentralised Energy Canada (DEC) comes in. As a national technology accelerator, DEC is pioneering change for Canadians. Its mission is to accelerate DE technology commercialisation and to derisk industry growth. I spoke with Anouk Kendall, President of DEC, to find out more.


Oxford County commits to 100% renewable energy by 2050

Oxford County / Media Release / 24 June 2015

Oxford-LogoA motion put forward by County Councillor Trevor Birtch (City of Woodstock) and passed unanimously by County Council will see Oxford County rely on 100% renewable energy by 2050. Oxford County is the first municipal government in Ontario to commit to a 100% renewable energy target.

The motion means Oxford County’s municipalities will continue to pursue federal and provincial support for renewable energy projects, such as Woodstock’s White Lanes microGrid project, while at the same time establishing policies and opportunities that attract investment from the private sector, like the Oxford Gardens solar thermal facility, the Quality Inn’s Tesla electric vehicle charging stations, and the Greenholm Farms biogas project. The County will also pursue further study on making the energy transition with continued support from York University’s Sustainable Energy Initiative, led by Dr. Jose Etcheverry.


Our renewable future

Post Carbon Institute / Richard Heinberg / 23 April 2015

Can we keep growing the economy and avoid diminishing returns by switching energy sources? The transition to renewable solar and wind technology is both necessary and inevitable. But can it solve all our problems?

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