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Policy Briefing: Renewable Energy

Minister Leitch promotes Lydon as new chief of staff

Chris Lydon has been promoted to take over as Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch’s new chief of staff.
If we were serious about becoming an energy superpower, we would be expanding on Ontario’s example by championing research and deployment of storage technologies.
The federal government through existing organizations like the Office of Energy Research and Development should foster information sharing and networking. Canada’s first wave of wind energy development suffered from a social gap. Only by careful attention to host communities concerns reflected in coordinated government action will we close that gap.
Renewable energy is the future and Harper is still betting on fossils.
It’s time for federal leadership in working with the provinces, territories, and First Nations to establish a vision for Canada to become a global leader in this emerging sector.
While the U.S. government has decided to tackle its biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions as evidenced by the recently-announced Clean Power Plan, the Canadian federal government has yet to explicitly tackle its own.
With a market currently valued at $1-trillion and expected to triple in five short years, the clean-tech industry is being embraced by the global economy.
Even amongst the G7 we lead with our renewable energy resources accounting for more than 63 per cent of electricity production.
This federal government that says they are focused on jobs and the economy should be all over the economic risks of ignoring climate change and the huge opportunities that exist in leading the charge to deal with it.
Alberta would ‘reduce its reliance on coal-fired power for grid electricity from today’s 63.8 per cent to a mere 3.6 per cent of energy’ if it pursued energy efficiency and diversification aggressively, says Pembina Institute report.
‘Alberta has a tremendous solar resource in Canada. It’s better than Ontario,’ says Recurrent Energy’s Bob Leah.
The International Renewable Energy Agency published its annual review in May, reporting that the number of jobs in renewable-energy industries from all over the world—excluding large hydroelectric power—amounted to 6.5 million in 2013, up from 5.7 million in 2012

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