A pioneering survey has found that Indigenous participation in Canada’s clean energy economy has grown rapidly over the past 20 years, in all regions of the country. Lumos Clean Energy Advisors (Lumos), an advisor to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, undertook a review of national research and drew on the company’s database of clean energy projects. In particular, Lumos looked at 152 medium to large-scale solar, wind, hydro and bio-energy clean energy projects now in operation (medium to large projects are categorized as renewable energy projects generating one (1) megawatt of electricity at full operating capacity). The resulting report, … Continue Reading
The BC government announced on October 28, 2013, its intention to support clean-energy developments in First Nations communities through investments in the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF). In his speech at the 11th annual Clean Energy BC conference in Vancouver, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad stated that the FNCEBF will support 10 capacity-building projects and two $500,000 equity ventures all supporting clean-energy objectives.
According to the government, the FNCEBF will provide support to 12 First Nations in connection with a variety of clean-energy projects including:
- a feasibility study by Lake Babine Nation which will
On August 28, 2013, the Québec government published a draft regulation under An Act Respecting the Régie de l’énergie setting out a framework for the procurement of an initial 450‑MW block of wind power of the previously announced 800 MW of wind power to be procured.
In summary, the core provisions of the draft regulation deal with the following:… Continue Reading
Tomorrow is Ontario’s 2013 Feed-in-Tariff Forum, which will be taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Sessions will touch on topics ranging from the impact of surplus baseload generation to Aboriginal and community partnerships to, of course, FIT 2.0. The second day of the conference will offer two separate “tracks” focused on solar and wind powered projects respectively.
McCarthy Tétrault will be attending the Forum. In particular, look out for partners Seán O’Neill, who will chair a session on “Realities and Strategies for Project Developers” and Suzanne Murphy, who present on “Challenges of FIT 2.0 for Aboriginal … Continue Reading