Features of a Positive Policy Environment for Renewable Energy Co-­ops

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2012
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McMurtry, J.J.
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Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network
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This policy brief discusses the current state and challenges of renewable energy co-ops in Canada. Although community power projects can enable high impact electricity generation, develop renewable energy technologies and create new green jobs, the successful development of the renewable energy co-op sector in Canada needs a favourable policy environment. Renewable energy co-ops would benefit from access to the grid, a guaranteed competitive rate for the power produced, RRSP eligibility and long term debt financing.
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