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Policy Briefing: Renewable Energy Policy Briefing
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is in charge of federal renewable energy policy. The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade

Carr to focus on council report, resource development in the North at ministers’ meeting

The federal minister discusses the new Generation Energy report, the merits of a federal program for high-risk emerging renewables, and what to expect at next month's natural resources ministers' meeting.
Opinion|Nick Martin
The federal government has an important leadership role to play. It can provide incentives for provinces to come to the table and remove unnecessary barriers to electricity trade.
The Generation Energy Council’s new report is less of a blueprint than a North Star for Canada’s clean-energy future, pointing us to where Canadians want to go, and how to achieve that transformation.
Cooperation between levels of government will be important, but to meet the target Canada will have to continue to spend on renewable energy.
Opinion|Elizabeth May
Why is there no federal program to help business, homeowners and institutions— basically anyone with a roof—install solar panels? Where are the innovations to develop stored water systems for renewable energy storage across Canada? Why do we continue to act as though we have all the time in the world?
Canada needs to take these messages from abroad to heart. Like the U.K., we need to walk the walk and make serious investments in the transition to renewables and the electrification of our transport systems.
Opinion|Philip Cross
If Canada plunges whole-heartedly for renewables that remain high-priced while the U.S. embraces low-cost oil and gas, we will suffer a loss of competitiveness that reduces our economic growth while the U.S. pulls away.
The global demand for energy is increasing but we can don’t have to meet it with subsidized fossil fuels.
Instead of demonizing major investors in renewable energy, Canada needs to champion all sectors in Canadian responsible resource development.
The federal government wants to move to a low-carbon economy, and electricity generation will be a critical part.
Canadians should have a better understanding of the challenges that may lie ahead as we transition to a lower-carbon and expanded electricity grid.
Opinion|David Crane
The answer is to make the transition to a low-carbon world, one where we replace fossil fuels with other sources of energy, such as hydropower, nuclear power, and the new technologies of solar, wind, and hydrogen. The problem is that this will require massive investment.
News|Neil Moss
Renewable energy is so efficient that it can be sustained without a large workforce, says the expert.

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