Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) Research

Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) Research

In Nova Scotia, CBRE research has been primarily the work of researchers based out of Acadia University, Cape Breton University, and Dalhousie University. Their work has focused on the economic impacts and feasibility of small-scale renewable energy projects, how communities can benefit from such projects, technical, social, and physical barriers to projects, and policy options to support CBRE, among other things. A list of known CBRE researchers in the province can be found below, including a brief description of their activities and links to further information.

NS Wind

There are a broad range of energy sources being investigated by CBRE researchers in Nova Scotia. While many studies are focused on the new and developing field of tidal energy – and its potential small-scale applications – the province’s abundant wind and biomass resources are also generating interest. A number of studies have been done on the potential community benefits from small-scale wind, the appropriate price of COMFIT tariffs to support those projects and comparisons of community benefits realized from utility vs community-owned projects . Similarly, many researchers in the province have studied the potential for forestry- and agricultural-waste biomass energy projects, while others have studied issues of public acceptance of biomass energy from different feedstocks.

For example, Dr. Michelle Adams and colleagues in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) at Dalhousie focuses on improving the understanding of the motivations and benefits that are driving community-based organizations to pursue these types of projects. Researchers investigate the factors enabling and challenging their progress, including CBRE investor attitudes, media positioning, cost differentials, access to expertise and resources, etc. The intent is to develop insight useful to community enterprises seeking to further the relationship between communities and the energy system of which they are an increasingly active part. Go to one of the menu selections for further information regarding the latest research involving community energy, researchers and institutions involved and pertinent publications.

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