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The Atlantic Electricity Vision

About the Atlantic Electricity Vision

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick and the Ecology Action Centre are excited to launch the Atlantic Electricity Vision series of reports, webinars and research to show that affordable, reliable, sustainable electricity is possible in our region, right now. Cleaner electricity can help make us safer, more secure and healthier. We can use it to help make electricity affordable for everyone, reliable for when we need it, and cleaner for our health and for our planet.

Our definition of cleaner electricity has two components. First, cleaner electricity relies primarily on non-polluting sources like wind, solar and existing hydro technologies and it is used efficiently. These renewable technologies have lower environmental impact than electricity generated from coal, oil and natural gas that generate greenhouse gases when burned causing the global heating that is supercharging our weather. Second, our sustainable electricity portfolio needs to be affordable and reliable.

The Atlantic Electricity Vision series is focused on the transition to electricity that phases out coal and ensures our regional electricity system is 90 per cent emissions free before 2030 as required by federal policy and climate change regulations.

Are small modular nuclear reactors part of an affordable, reliable, sustainable electricity future? Find out more here.

As a key part of the Just and Green Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, clean electricity can build green careers, bring health and economic benefits to communities and help us emerge from the pandemic better off than when we began.

Myths and Facts

 

The Belledune Generating Station is responsible for 13 percent of New Brunswick’s total emissions. Promoting biomass as a solution to large-scale electricity generation could increase demand, and in turn, increase unsustainable forestry practices. By switching to non-polluting sources of energy like solar and wind instead of singular solutions like burning biomass, we can support sustainable forestry practices that help stabilize our climate.

View this factsheet.

 

Technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries for electric vehicles require significant mineral inputs. Yet, their associated climate impact. It is crucial that the transition to a sustainable economy is fair for workers and Indigenous communities, here and abroad. A green economy in New Brunswick and Canada should not come at the expense of the rights of Indigenous communities or their land anywhere on Earth.

View this factsheet.

 

The transportation sector, which includes our vehicles, cars, industrial trucks, and so on, accounts for 29 percent of New Brunswick’s total emissions, but our own personal vehicles account for 70 percent of that total. That’s two million tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from New Brunswick alone every year. By switching to electric vehicles, trucks and transit, we can reduce the amount of pollution in our air and stabilize our climate.

View this factsheet.

 

School buses in New Brunswick account for 30 percent of the province’s fleet of government-owned vehicles. That’s a significant portion of the provincial government’s vehicle emissions and resulting air pollution that can be prevented every year. By switching to electric school buses, we can reduce the amount of air pollution our children are exposed to and stabilize our climate.

View this factsheet.

Featured Studies:

New Brunswickers Deserve Facts, Not Hype, On Liquefied Natural Gas

Premier Blaine Higgs is pushing a private-sector company, Repsol, to convert its Saint John LNG (liquefied natural gas) import terminal into an export terminal for energy security, economic development and energy transition.

We are told that shipping liquified natural gas to Europe can address energy supply issues due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We are told we could convert the Saint John LNG plant from an import facility to an export facility within three years. We are told that there could be economic development if we lift the province’s shale gas moratorium to speed up the process and make the conversion more cost effective relative to other methane gas supply and pipeline options. The Premier also says New Brunswick can advance energy transition by converting the LNG export terminal to hydrogen in the future and that it could “easily be converted.”

But are these arguments factual? In a word, no Read the resources below to see why.

Read the full briefing note here:  English | French

Read Dr. Louise Comeau’s commentary on the issue here: English | French.

what citizens want and need to accept electricity system change

In May 2022, the Conservation Council released Factors Accepting Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy and Transmission Projects, a study which asked Canadians to define the reasons they would support or oppose new renewable energy projects in their community.

Our team observed that, while research consistently shows Canadians strongly support renewable energy to generate non-polluting electricity, this support doesn’t always hold up when it comes time to break ground on new projects in their own community.

We wanted to know why, and took the question directly to Canadians. This research was developed using national focus groups in spring 2022. A number of energy-related topics were discussed, ranging from factors that would encourage and discourage residents allowing renewable energy projects  in their community, to benefits expected from such a project, to a review of several arguments designed to encourage the development of renewable energy and transmission lines. 

Our research shows that, overwhelmingly, fairness is the biggest factor influencing the success of a project. People will accept renewable energy projects in their community if they feel the project—from conception to construction to generation—is done fairly, with particular focus on fairness in sharing the costs and benefits of the project with the local community, and feeling they had fair access to and influence over decisions about the project.

Read the full report here (English only)

Read the executive summary here: English | French.

Watch our webinar with Dr. Louise Comeau explaining the results of the study here.

Reports/Studies

The Factors Affecting Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy And Transmission Projects

A Comparative Analysis of Select Legislated Electricity Regimes in Eastern Canada and the New England Region

A Zero-Emission Canadian Electricity System by 2035

A Comparative Analysis of the Legislated Electricity Regimes in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

A Multi-Jurisdictional Comparative Analysis of Sustainability Mandates of Electricity Regulators in Canada and New England

Comparative Analysis of Long-Term Resource Plans and Energy Scenarios

Learn more:

Affordable

No one wants to pay more for electricity.

Reliable

We all want reliable electricity.

Sustainable

What does a sustainable electricity system look like?

Affordable

No one wants to pay more for electricity.

Reliable

We all want reliable electricity.

Sustainable

What does a sustainable electricity system look like?

Download the letter from CCNB:

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