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Local and Global Networks to Advance Community Renewable Energy

Canadas largest inter- disciplinary university Focus on Knowledge mobiliza;on

Sustainable Energy Ini;a;ve (SEI)


York University +Centennial College + Kortright Center = SEI

Training Future Renewable Energy (RE) Leaders

The Living City Campus

Training Future RE Leaders

Training Future RE Leaders

Training Future RE Leaders

Training Future RE Leaders

Practical Training on Sustainability

Markham Project: Training Future RE Leaders

Recent Awards related to teaching approach

Agenda 1. Challenges of Community Power 2. Practical Solutions 3. Important Next Steps 4. Questions and Answers

Challenges of Community Power Creating favourable conditions so renewable energy projects can be developed at the community level requires strong work and dedication
Example Feed-in Tariffs in Canada

Ontario Feed-in Tariffs for Renewable Energy


2003 Promise to Stop Coal Power 2006 First Renewable Energy Program (Standard Offer Program) 2009 Second Renewable Energy Programs (Green Energy Act, Feed-in Tariffs for Renewable Energy, Community Power Funds

Exhibition Place: Ontario Canada

Ontarios FIT

Photo Credits: Ecogenera2on Services + Stephanie Thorson

Ontarios FIT

Photo Credit: Kris Stevens Ontario Sustainable Energy Associa2on

Ontarios FIT

Project Partnership: The Home Depot, PowerStream, Carmanah, Eco Genera2on Services

Ontarios FIT

Photo Credit: Kris Stevens Ontario Sustainable Energy Associa2on

Ontarios FIT

Ontarios FIT

Photo Credit: SkyPower Hando Kang

Ontarios FIT
Photo Credit: Kris Stevens Ontario Sustainable Energy Associa2on

Challenges of Community Power


However, once essential conditions, such as FITs, are put in place opposition to RE projects can grow Anti-RE Groups/ lobbysts will object in the name of birds, noise, aesthetics and other issues

Challenges of Community Power As local opposition grows Pragmatic information initiatives are crucial, to ensure that false claims are eliminated, local knowhow grows and also to ensure that renewable energy proponents improve their projects

Examples of Practical Solutions

1. RETSCreen www.retscreen.net

York U/RETScreen Lab


www.retscreen.net

Examples of Practical Solutions

2. International Feed-in Tariff Cooperation

http://www.feed-in-cooperation.org

Examples of Practical Solutions

http://www.feed-in-cooperation.org

Examples of Practical Solutions

3. Forthcoming: International Renewable Energy Agency Learning Platform (IRELP)

http://www.irena.org

Partners

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Agenda

3. Important Next Steps 4. Questions and Answers

Important Next Steps We need to do more particularly at the local level Addressing myths of renewable energy

Important Next Steps We need to do more particularly at the local level Providing new training opportunities for journalists and communicators (JREF?)

Important Next Steps We need to do more particularly at the local level Incorporating Community Elements into all Renewable Energy Projects

Incorporating Community Elements into all Renewable Energy Projects Community ownership (e.g. through policy FITs/preferential finance/planning) Using renewable energy locally paradigm shifting: Danish model Encouraging all project developers to invest in the local community (treat community engagement as a cost of doing business that is account for it as costs such as maintenance). Investing resources e.g. 80 MW PV example

Using RE/CHP/Thermal Storage/District Energy/Electric Boilers to Satisfy Local Needs plus for Grid Balancing and Regulation

Incorporating Community Elements into all Renewable Energy Projects

Encouraging all project developers to invest in the local community (treat community engagement as a permanent cost of doing business that is, account for community engagement as we do for other key project costs such as maintenance). Target resources to invest on local development e.g. 80 MW PV example

80 MW versus 85 MW of PV

Photo Credit: SkyPower Hando Kang

A Well-Organized Large RE Project can Foster Multiple Local Benefits and Enable Community Initiatives

Concluding Remarks
Leading Countries such as Germany have done a great deal to advance renewable energy internationally Japan now is in a unique position to assume a comparable leadership rolethe global commons and local communities everywhere eagerly await Japans quantum leap to sustainability

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