November 15, 2004

Pollution Probe presents strategy for advancing green power

Green power is not a niche market, says Pollution Probe in its recently-released Green Power Vision and Strategy for Canada. In fact, says the strategy report, Probe's research demonstrates that green power could potentially supply half of Canada's electricity generation needs.

Prepared by consultant Peter Love of the Summerhill Group, the reflects the outcome of a series of five workshops held between October 2003 and April 2004. The series brought together more than 300 experts in green power to assess the potential for various green power sources to meet Canada's long-term needs.

The second main message of the report is that green power-wind, solar, small-scale hydro, biomass, geothermal, wave and tidal energy-is essential to Canada's long term ability to address climate change. In particular, as the price of energy continues to rise, Canada must move aggressively in order to realize the full range of green power benefits, such as job creation and energy security as well as clean energy technology exports and air pollution reduction.

The Green Power Vision and Strategy for Canada proposes a series of production targets, starting at between 45 and 60 terawatt-hours (TWh) by 2010 and culminating at 150 TWh of electricity generation by 2025, representing a total capacity of 41, 400 megawatts (MW).

The strategy presents three priority areas for action, each accompanied by recommendations for achieving the stated priorities. These include: leveling the playing field (i.e. making sufficient long-term investments in green power to develop viable domestic and export markets for green power and related technologies); supporting innovative technologies (providing leadership and focused support to capitalize on opportunities to apply innovative technologies to the harnessing of Canada's abundant green power resources); and engaging Canadians in achieving the vision. This last priority will entail gaining widespread public support for national and provincial/territorial green power targets. The report notes that municipalities will be important focal points for this activity.

"We're seeing laudable efforts to develop green power in many provinces", said Pollution Probe's Executive Director Ken Ogilvie. "Our report provides further direction and demonstrates that we can do much more together than we can alone."

The strategy document, which includes a summary of existing provincial and territorial green power targets and commitments, may be viewed on Pollution Probe's Web site, www.pollutionprobe.org/whatwedo/greenpower/index.html.

More information is available from Pollution Probe executive director Ken Ogilvie, 416/926-1907, ext 231, or Peter Love, principal of the Summerhill Group, E-mail plove@summerhillgroup.ca.

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