Community Energy

In February 2010, the Government of New Brunswick announced a Community Energy Policy to foster the development of 75 MW of clean energy projects that are majority-owned by First Nations, municipalities, co-operatives, not-for-profit organizations or institutions. Fifty megawatts were assigned to community-owned projects and the other 25 MW to First Nations projects. A rate of 10 cents/kWh is offered for all generation types and project size is limited to 15 MW.

Currently under development, the Locally-owned Renewable Energy Projects that are Small Scale (LORESS) Program aims to “encourage the creation of new renewable generation” and “help us create jobs and grow the economy in a sustainable way”[i]. Draft regulations were open for public comment and are under review as of late November 2015.

In terms of existing community power developments, the Lamèque Wind Power Project is among the most notable. Initiated and developed by the La Coopérative d’Énergie Renouvelable de Lamèque, with over 11 years in collaboration with landowners and the larger community, the project has a 25-year PPA with NB Power and received financial support from the Government of Canada’s now cancelled ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program.

Additionally, the Community Energy Co-op of New Brunswick offers services to help assess the feasibility of community projects and endeavors to develop a community-owned wind farm in Carleton County, NB.

For a closer look at household-scale renewable installations across the province, the Renewables NB website profiles several solar, geothermal, biomass and wind projects.

 

[i] Ministry of Energy and Mines. 2015b. Draft regulations to develop small scale renewable energy projects posted online. Retrieved 2 Sept 2015 from http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2015.09.0818.html

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