Community Power – Democratizing Solar Power with Community Funding will take place on Monday February 10, 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm, Ottawa University, Social Sciences Building, FSS 4007. This talk will cover details on the feed-in-tariff program, solar photovoltaic systems, and the community power/renewable energy co-operative model (specific examples from the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op), including the regulatory framework, the business model and governance implications.
The 2009 Green Energy Act in Ontario provides for individual households and larger corporations to generate renewable electricity (RE) and sell it to the grid. Guaranteed elevated prices, or feed-in-tariffs, for electricity generated are provided to offset the capital investments in the systems, such that small positive returns are available. The program has been very successful, attracting more than 24,000 residential size system owners, which has driven down the costs of renewable energy systems and made a cleaner grid in Ontario. This talk will cover details on the feed-in-tariff program, solar photovoltaic systems, and the community power/RE cooperative model, including the regulatory framework, the business model and governance implications.
This event is of interest for political scientists, engineers, planners, business scholars and anyone interested in new models of electricity governance or in citizen engagement and capacity building toward sustainable energy futures.
Joan Haysom, PhD: Senior Researcher and Project Manager at the SUNLAB research group at uOttawa Electrical Engineering. She has been on the Board of Directors for OREC since Jan. 2011.
Stewart Fast, PhD: Stewart is a postdoctoral fellow and instructor in the Geography Department at Queen’s University in Kingston. He joined OREC’s board in 2013.
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Ottawa’s Collaboratorium on Energy Research and Policy and the Centre on Governance, who are generously providing light refreshments.
For more information or to register click here.
Is Your Electricity Clean? Find Out With this EPA Tool
US Energy Use is Declining and Expected to Remain Flat Through 2015
Infographic – US Energy 2030: Energy Effiency / Energy Productivity
Infographic – International Energy Consumption and Carbon Footprints (World Energy Report)
Infographic – Countries with the Largest Dirty Energy Expansion
Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map: World Energy Outlook Special Report
Worldwatch is Helping the Philippines to Go 100 Percent Renewable
Higher Oil Prices a Blessing for Fracking but what about Renewables?
Why Oil Prices Matter for Renewable Energy
The “Third Industrial Revolution”: How Renewable Energy and the Internet are Changing the World
US Government Support for Renewable Energy Projects
The Solar Industry at a Glance: Past Present and Future
Global Wind Energy at a Glance (China, EU, US)
US Wind Energy Doubles and Eclipses Natural Gas in 2012
Global Clean Energy Investment Sets Record
Whats the Fracking Problem?
Natural Gas is Not Clean Energy
Energy Emissions Comparisons
IAIA12 Energy Future: The Role of Impact
8 Congressional Reports on Energy
Energy & Environmental Report
Breakdown of Obama’s Clean Energy
The Future of Energy and the Environment