Canadian Green Power

Randyn Seibold, who contributed writing to Renewable Energy Access, gives us a snapshot of Canadian Green Power. distinguished by approaches in the Western Provinces (in the U.S., what we call the West Coast or the Left Coast) , Prairies (same in the U.S. for now, but we could call it our Dust Bowl), Ontario (if you can make it there, i.e., the equivalent of New York, but you could throw in Ohio and Michigan, too), Quebec (really, no equivalent in the U.S., especially after Katrina), The Maritimes (aye-yup), and the North (equates to Alaska).

Comparisons also could be made between the two federal governments.The efforts of Canada and the United States on the mitigation of Climate Change have been less than admirable, and, as noted, “attracted worldwide criticism for complicating recent negotiations in Bali.”

The following are excerpt from Seibold’s regional characterizations:

“Canada’s largest province has introduced a Feed-in Tariff (FIT) for renewable energy, called the Standard Offer Program, with help from the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.”

“The program, which pays reasonably high rates for small to medium-sized amounts of renewable energy, offers 20 year contracts. Through 2007, about 230 projects had been interconnected through the program. In September the province also announced a $3 million ‘community power fund’ to help establish community-owned renewable energy projects.”

Canada’s belle province “has shown leadership in their adoption of renewable energy sources, and by embracing the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol.”

“Manufacturing of wind turbine components is taking place in Quebec, as well as the installation of over 400 MW of wind energy to date, mostly along the shores of the Gaspe Peninsula. In May 2006, the government announced intentions of adding as much as 4,000 MW of wind power to the energy mix, pending transmission upgrades.”

After a slow start, Canada is now ramping up its renewable energy and energy-efficiency developments with increasing conviction. Led by a number of progressive companies and schools, and some select government actions, 2008 looks to be a stellar year to join this industry north of the 49th parallel.

REA commentator Jim Berry, in response to another commentator’s summary of the article as wind power and not much else, opines:

Canada is on schedule to put in cost effective wind power on a vast scale, and very little of the welfare check, i.e., solar PV systems. They are not doing it to be “green”. Every one of those windmills make a profit and is competitive against coal and gas.

Canada is going green, just the green is for money and happens to be environmentally sound. Its called capitalism.

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