Green Party of Canada Platform: 2.1.4 Renewable energy

A continuing review of  the Green Party of Canada’s Platform:

2.1.4 Renewable energy

The Green Party embraces the challenge set by Al Gore and James Hansen to replace all power generation from fossil fuels within a decade, beginning with a rapid phase-out of coal. A successful efficiency and building retrofit program coupled with peak load reductions could reduce the required capacity by 25%.  Population increase could raise the capacity requirements again, as will the electrification of transport.

Electric vehicle producers should be encouraged to ensure the production of whatever additional electrical capacity (from renewable sources) their cars will require, as some producers offer to do.  Vehicle batteries can provide useful support for load shifting to and from the grid, powering up at night when demand is low and potentially releasing energy back to the grid if it is needed at times of peak demand.  This can make electric vehicles more affordable.

All carbon-based fuels will be subject to rising carbon taxes and industrial cap and trade.  Federal approvals for new oil or coal-fired power generation will not be granted. Permits to convert oil or coal-fired plants to natural gas will be allowed in the short term until renewable energy capacity increases to replace them.

Green Party MPs will:

  • Establish the design and management principals of a trans-Canada nationally integrated electrical power grid capable of efficiently transporting high electrical loads and accommodating many diverse sources of renewable electrical energy

  • Develop a transition plan that will transform the existing electrical distribution system into a high efficiency national grid.

  • Work with Canada’s wind industry and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA) to accelerate the rapid deployment of wind turbines to achieve 17 GW of firm power.

  • Restore the Wind Power Production Incentive and incentives for projects with approved Advanced Renewable Tariffs that provide power purchase contracts for a diversity of small renewable energy projects.

  • Provide a 2 cent/kWh subsidy for renewable energy produced in any province or territory adopting ART+ (Advanced Renewable Tariffs, net metering, peak power pricing and plans for renewable grid extensions).

  • Support local energy co-operatives forming in provinces or territories adopting ART+.

  • Provide substantial research and development (R&D) funding for ocean energy technologies in provinces and territories adopting ART+.

  • Provide substantial R&D funding for electricity storage technologies in provinces adopting ART+.

  • Provide support for power grid extensions to bring wind and ocean power from remote areas in provinces and territories adopting ART+.

  • Work with the solar industry to rapidly install 25 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV.

  • Work with renewable energy industries to introduce 12 GW of ocean energy and to set specific goals for production of biomass and micro hydro energy.

  • Work with the geothermal energy industry and the oil industry (for their drilling expertise) in a well-funded R&D program to develop Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), drilling down to 10 km to extract 25 GW of power.

  • Develop cogeneration and peak power production from methane obtained from the anaerobic digestion of organic waste.

  • Develop peak power production from burning demonstrably sustainable agricultural and forest waste as necessary to meet peak power demands but within the constraints of maintaining soil nutrients.


Comments and discussion are welcomed.  I am examining this as I go to gain a better grasp of their platform and invite all who are interested to do the same with comments and discussion.


2 thoughts

    • Thanks Judith, I am finding their platform to be very interesting too. It is a lot to digest all at once. It is too bad there are not many representatives running for office in this party.

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