Accelerating the the commercialization and adoption of clean innovations requires three key policy elements, according to Stewart Elgie, chair of Sustainable Prosperity and a law professor at the University of Ottawa. Policies need to be stringent and flexible, but most importantly, they need to be predictable, he says.
Renewable Industries Canada describes the Ecofiscal Commission’s Course Correction report as being flawed and skewed. Bad data leads to bad conclusions, the association says, and adopting a biofuels policy approach as laid out in the paper would undercut the industry and the significant economic benefits it generates for the Canadian economy.
The adoption of a national carbon pricing mechanism has sometimes been seen as the ultimate policy instrument needed to encourage a quicker transition to the low carbon economy. It can, but it needs to be complemented with other elements as part of a larger strategy.
Company aims to provide electricity distributors added intelligence to better manage grid, integrate renewables, extend life of current assets
Many electric utilities have for years been adopting smart technology to optimize their distribution networks. Smart meters, sensors and software give them the ability to proactively deal the ebbs and flows of demand more efficiently than in the past. This has become further complicated, however, as an increasing amount of distributed energy resources gets connected.