CRC Discussion Paper Series, Number 6
Will McDowall A Microgeneration Strategy for Canada
The barriers to microgeneration are systemic, and efforts to support microgeneration technologies must similarly involve federal, provincial and municipal governments in partnership with utilities, developers and the microgeneration industry. This paper outlines the potential benefits of microgeneration technologies to Canada, and the policies and strategies to realise those benefits. Any strategy must recognise the diversity of Canada’s provinces, in terms of their environments and renewable resources as well as their differing energy systems and regulatory frameworks. A one-size-fits-all approach may not be appropriate, and federal activities need to focus on providing support for the development of microgeneration technologies, along with promoting provincial actions that match the needs of each province.
The paper should not be viewed as the final report of a completed project, but as a starting point for discussion about the potential for an integrated microgeneration policy for Canada. The project team welcomes constructive and critical feedback.
Potential benefits of microgeneration technologies to Canada, and the policies and strategies to realise those benefits.