Sep.28, 2010 posted by Renewable Energy adminRenewable Energy
Renewable energy is an energy source that can be replenished or renewed within a human life span.1 Canada has substantial renewable energy resources due to its vast and diverse geography. They include: hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, bioenergy and wave and tidal.
In 2008, 16.1 percent of Canada’s total primary energy supply came from renewable energy.2
A number of promising renewable technologies such as solar, geothermal and wave and tidal energy are on the horizon.
Some witnesses appearing before the committee suggested that the deployment of large scale solar generation would be limited in Canada. However, its use in distributed energy applications at the point of consumption in residences and commercial buildings holds promise particularly if costs of the technology can be reduced.3
Tidal and wave energy is abundant in Canada. The committee was told that the industry is in its nascent stage but could prove to be a valuable and reliable energy source in the future.4
Some witnesses appearing before the committee felt that enhanced deep geothermal energy (used to heat water to drive turbines) could be a game changing technology. This type of technology would involve high up-front costs but virtually no fuel costs during operation.5
 Canada 2009 Review Energy Policies of IEA Countries, http://www.iea.org/Textbase/npsum/canada2009SUM.pdf
 Natural Resources Canada, Economic Scan of the Energy Sector 2008
 The industry is turning to hydrokinetic in-stream technologies as a first step before developing ocean tidal and wave energy. Nova Scotia is inviting developers to demonstrate in-stream tidal devices through a common demonstration facility in the Minas Channel area of the Bay of Fundy.
Apr.29, 2010 posted by Renewable Energy adminThursday, April 29, 2010
Bob Oliver, Executive Director
Tim Weis, Director, Renewable Energy and Efficiency
Dec.03, 2009 posted by Renewable Energy adminDecember 3, 2009
University of British Columbia, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Oct.27, 2009 posted by Renewable Energy adminOctober 27, 2009
Chris Campbell, Executive Director
Centre Hydrolien Industriel Québecois (CHIQ), Marcel Boridy, Director General
Nova Scotia Power Inc., James Taylor, General Manager, Carbon Management
BC Hydro, Alex Tu, Senior Strategic Technology Specialist, Office of the Chief Technology Officer
Triton Consultants Ltd., Michael Tarbotton, President
Natural Power Consultants, Erin Harlos, Renewables Development Manager
New Energy Corporation, Clayton Bear, President and CEO