Renewable Energy in Canada (Sustainability Dialogue)
Renewable energy is growing faster than any other source of energy globally. In 2008, for the first time global investments in new renewable electricity outpaced traditional forms of electricity generation (coal, natural gas and nuclear). Canada has tremendous renewable energy resources, and much existing infrastructure to support a transition to a renewable energy future, but is still only scratching the surface of its national potential.
In this discussion, Tim Weis, the Pembina Institute’s Director of Renewable Energy Policy, will discuss highlights from recent studies the Institute has released on the potential role for renewable energy expansion in Canada, with a particular focus on Ontario and Alberta. Tim will discuss some of the challenges facing renewable energy development in Canada, as well as some of Canada’s leaders at national, provincial and municipal levels. During this dialogue you will:
• Learn more about the status of renewable energy development globally
• Understand key options and barriers to renewable energy development in Canada
• Be introduced to how some municipalities are finding creative ways to foster renewable energy at a local level
Dr. Tim Weis is a professional engineer and the director of renewable energy and efficiency policy at the Pembina Institute. Tim specializes in clean energy policy design, research and strategic decision making. He works on sustainable energy technical and policy issues at national, provincial and municipal levels, and has assisted more than 20 communities at various stages of development of renewable energy projects and has also worked as a renewable energy consultant examining wind energy challenges in Northern communities. Tim holds a PhD (Université du Québec à Rimouski) in Environmental Sciences (sciences de l’environnement), where he studied wind energy development in remote communities, and an M.Sc. (University of Alberta) in mechanical engineering.
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