Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Energy Transitions

Renewable energy projects are becoming a significant component of the energy landscape, and many of these projects are undertaken in close connection with cities, communities, municipalities and Indian reservations. These projects focus on wide-ranging technologies including hydroelectricity, wind, and solar. Concern for the environment, respect for human rights, progressive policies and sustainable development are the key drivers of this change. One unique attribute of many renewable energy technologies is the capacity of such technologies to be scaled at the community level. Communities have opportunities within the green energy space to (partly) own, control, and benefit from renewable energy technologies. 


Focusing on community intentions within indigenous and non-indigenous communities, we seek to understand the intentions of communities across Canada to develop renewable energy technologies, including solar, wind, small-scale hydro, geothermal, and bioenergy. Communities may find renewable energy projects appealing for a number of reasons. These reasons may include: (1) the scalability and affordability of emerging technologies that can deliver savings to rate payers, (2) the possibilities of owning or collaborating with the private sector to derive local benefits from renewable resource revenues, (3) the opportunity to capture incentives for green power initiatives offered by provincial and federal programs, (4) energy security through reduced reliance on fossil fuels, such as diesel, and (5)  climate leadership, in response to growing concern for a warming climate.   

Project Files

A just transition: Case studies of Indigenous-owned renewable energy in Canada

Andrea Kristine Miller

Conference/Workshop

Energy and Sustainability in our Communities

Andrea Kristine Miller

Event

Energy transition in Canada: Exploring the social, cultural and ethical dimensions of a changing energy landscape

John R Parkins

Misc

Mapping Renewable Energy Projects in Canada

Sonak Patel

Conference/Workshop

The paradox of female support for coal power: Insights on knowledge, values and trust from a survey of Canadians

John R Parkins

Conference/Workshop

Three Environmental Imaginaries and Implications for Acceptable Energy Technologies in Alberta, Canada

Sonak Patel

Conference/Workshop

ohci pisim: From the sun: Indigenous-owned renewable energy in Alberta, Canada

Andrea Kristine Miller

Conference/Workshop

(Em)powering our Communities: How municipal renewable energy projects could play a role in decarbonising our energy sector

Sonak Patel

Misc: Video feature

A Just Transition - How Community Energy Can Be a Part of Our Future Energy System

Sonak Patel, Andrea Kristine Miller

Invited/Keynote

Alberta landowner acceptance of wind energy developments – A factorial survey experiment

John R Parkins

Invited/Keynote

Assessing Barriers to Renewable Energy Development in Alberta: Evidence from a Survey on Wind Energy with Rural Landowners

John R Parkins, Sonak Patel

Research Report

Beyond NIMBY: Designing the Future of Community-Based Renewable Energy in Alberta

John R Parkins

Invited/Keynote

Building Futures: Indigenous Owned Renewable Energy and a Just Transition

Andrea Kristine Miller

Misc: Video feature

Canada's Renewable Energy Project Map

Elizabeth Dowdell, Sonak Patel

Website

Community Renewable Energy in Canada: A Literature Review of Methods, Motivations, Opportunities, and Barriers

Sonak Patel

Research Report

Community energy in Western Canada: Insights from case studies on small-scale renewable energy development

John R Parkins, Sonak Patel, Andrea Kristine Miller

Research Report

Empowering Our Communities: The Potential Of Municipal Energy Projects

Sonak Patel

Misc: Video feature

From Resistance to Acceptance of Wind Farms in Alberta

John R Parkins

Invited/Keynote

Provincial Energy Market Profiles

Elizabeth Dowdell, Sonak Patel

Research Report