What is Community Energy?

What is Community Energy?

Community energy (CE) refers to the direct participation in, ownership of, and sharing of collective benefits from renewable energy (RE) projects. It represents a form of ownership and production of renewable energy by and for a local community.

CE stands in stark contrast to the prevalent, large-scale centralized energy systems, where there is a relative absence of citizen engagement, where direct community benefits are minimal and the remoteness of large-scale systems is found to encourage unsustainable energy consumption.

With the increasing advancements of distributed energy systems and low-cost digitized smart-technology, the opportunities for individuals, groups, First Nations, Métis, Inuit peoples, municipalities, institutions and organizations to determine their energy choices is within reach and growing by the day.

 

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