Nova Scotia - Multiple Community Projects
Nova Scotia provides useful lessons for us.
In 2009 Nova Scotia, which was at the time getting more than 80% of its electricity from coal and more than 90% from fossil fuels, realized that the status quo could not be justified. Coal was dirty and increasingly expensive and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy realized that change was required.
So in 2009 a consulting team from Dalhousie University in Halifax, facilitated extensive, public multi-disciplinary consultations across the province through the summer and into the fall. The results of that extensive public consultation are summarized in an April 2010 document, 'The Renewable Electricity Plan - A Path to Good Jobs, Stable Prices and a Cleaner Environment'.
Two noteworthy components of that plan are;
1. A major transition to renewably generated electricity - in fact from 10% in 2009, to 25% by 2015 and 40% by 2020.
2. The establishment of a community-based feed-in tariff to encourage a range of community-owned renewable electricity generation projects throughout the province.
Maybe a similarly broad-based, public consultation about the future of electricity in Saskatchewan would be useful before we embark on a major shift in our generation mix??