The Power of Aggregation: Enabling community renewable energy in Alberta
Renewable energy development is booming in Alberta, driven almost entirely by corporate and institutional procurement supporting the financing of additional solar and wind projects. Now, municipalities, Indigenous communities and community organizations want to get in the game too—both as producers and consumers.
In recent years, communities have directly installed hundreds of micro-generation solar projects, putting panels on town halls and hockey arenas across the province. But economic opportunity also beckons in the form of utility-scale and net-to-grid distributed renewable generation. And communities are also interested in purchasing renewable energy as a hedge against rising electricity and carbon costs.
Both approaches can benefit from aggregation—joining together with other communities to gain benefits of scale and overcome barriers faced in isolation.
Please join the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, Pembina Institute and Business Renewables Centre-Canada for the release of a new report investigating and advocating for community renewable energy in Alberta. Hear directly from the report’s authors for:
- An overview of Alberta’s renewable energy sector
- An explanation of energy aggregation and possible implementations
- Results from surveys and interviews with Alberta municipalities surrounding energy and climate goals
- Illustrations of local and international success stories related to renewable energy aggregation
This webinar is free and there will be a live Q&A. All are welcome.
Date: March 30, 2023
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
PRESENTED BY THE MUNICIPAL CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION CENTRE
The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is a collaborative initiative of Alberta Municipalities, Rural Municipalities of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta. We deliver funding, technical assistance, and education to Alberta municipalities and community-related organizations.
PRESENTED BY THE PEMBINA INSTITUTE
The Pembina Institute is a think-tank and registered charity that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada's clean energy transition.
PRESENTED BY BUSINESS RENEWABLES CENTRE-CANADA
Business Renewables Centre-Canada is a non-profit initiative seeking to catalyze the market for non-utility procurement in Canada to grow renewable energy development in the country.