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Tools & Resources

The following is a list of resources and links that may be of use to those interested in the nexus between Canadian remote communities and clean technology.

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CTCG Documents

The Remote Frontier:
Exploring beneficial investment opportunities for SMEs in Canada’s emerging remote community market
This report is intended as a tool to help Canadian cleantech SMEs to better understand the needs and realities of the domestic remote community energy market. Those enterprises willing to adapt to the unique circumstances and challenges of remote communities will find a market at the gateway to Canada’s resource wealth—one in need of innovative solutions that are sensitive to local context and culture.

Summary of Renewable Energy Technologies
This document provides a basic introduction to several renewable power generation and storage technologies, including biomass, wind, solar, hydropower, and batteries/fuel cells.

Planning for Prosperity
Integrating renewable sources of energy can help remote communities achieve energy independence, environmental sustainability, and economic development. This guide provides an overview of the barriers and mitigation techniques for renewables integration, as well as information on community energy planning and implementation.

Local Food Production in Northern and Remote Communities
A guide for northern and remote communities considering local food production in greenhouses as a means to improve regional food security. This guide discusses the benefits and barriers of local food production and provides an overview of the steps needed to determine feasibility for your community.

Renewable Energy Systems – Business Case Analysis for Remote Communities
(Draft available upon request)
This report analyzes four northern Canadian remote communities for the business case potential of introducing renewable energy technologies to displace diesel power. Systems modeled included biomass, biomass/hydro, and wind/fuel cell. Financial analysis included net present value, internal rate of return, and payback period

External Publications

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce – 2011
The Business Case for Investing in Canada’s Remote Communities
Presents a “state of the nation” summary of Canada’s remote communities, and introduces how proper investment can spur economic development, and build capacity to tap Canadian natural resources situated near these communities.

[Pending Publication] The Pembina Institute – April 2012
Community Renewable Energy Projects in Rural and Remote Canada – Literature Review and Case Study Analysis
Success factors for renewable energy development in Canadian remote communities. Also includes business ownership models specific to rural/remote communities. Lastly, a case study review of known renewable energy projects in rural and remote communities in Canada.

Ontario Rural Council – 2007
Exploring Ownership Options for Farmers, Rural Landowners and Rural Communities
Highlights key factors for building renewable energy infrastructure, particularly grid connection and connectivity, while also highlighting the importance of community ownership, and other socioeconomic benefits.

Arctic Energy Alliance – 2011
Guide to Best Energy Practices for Remote Facilities
Specific energy optimization, efficiency, and technology systems for electricity, heating, water, and vehicle energy use considerations for small to medium sized remote facilities (lodges, exploration camps, and traditional camps with up to 50 people on site at one time).

GLOBE Advisors – May 2012
Powering Our Province: An Analysis of the Clean Energy Business and Workforce Opportunities in British Columbia
Overview of opportunities and barriers for clean energy development in BC, discussion on necessary skills and capacity building, and strategy enabling within rural communities. Analyzes insights and opinions from 34 BC IPP projects and 8 different renewable technologies. Walkthrough of business and labour needs for clean energy project and technology developers.

IEA – Renewable Energy Technology Development – April 2012
Renewable Energies for Remote Areas and Islands
Detailed energy considerations in remote areas, particularly the increasing cost of diesel electricity, demographic trends, local capacity, and community acceptance. Communities are split into climate type (i.e. long winters, temperate, warm). Highlights lessons learned and challenges in several Canadian case studies.

IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy – November 2012
Renewable Energy Alternatives for Remote Communities in Northern Ontario, Canada
Contains updated energy output data from Northern Ontario community-based and utility-owned remote communities. Examination of remote microgrid operation and challenges of integrating renewables—particularly the impacts on existing diesel generators—and a model of wind + battery and solar + battery scenarios.

Canada’s Rural Partnership (Government of Canada) – August 2009
Renewable Energy Policies for Remote and Rural Communities
Summary of renewable energy policy and challenges in Canadian rural and remote communities. Suggestions for policies supporting renewable energy development including the reduction of capital costs, on-going financial support, technical assistance, and requirements for renewable energy.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada/Natural Resources Canada – August 2011
Status of Remote/Off-Grid Communities in Canada
Highly comprehensive breakdown of all 292 Canadian remote communities by population, aboriginal/non-aboriginal ownership, fossil or renewable fuel type used, per capita power capacity, and energy demand.

General Electric – 2011
Towards a Remote Communities Investment Strategy for Canada
The goal of GE Canada’s Remote Communities Initiative, launched in January 2011 in collaboration with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, was to place a business lens on remote communities – the people, governance, barriers to operations, opportunities and successes – to gain insight into their role in Canada’s economic success. This report details the findings from cross country roundtables and an online survey with input from over 500 stakeholders.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – May 2012
Electricity Storage and Renewables for Island Power – A Guide for Decision Makers
An overview of the cost and performance of available storage technologies including batteries, flywheels, compressed air, pumped-hydro, and hydrogen systems. The role of storage technologies for remote off-grid power applications is discussed and several case studies are provided.