The benefits of renewable energy are not yet being fully realized by remote communities, where continued and complete reliance on diesel-powered electricity has left many open to high and uncertain energy costs, increased pollution, and/or risks of local soil and water contamination. Renewable energy, particularly wind and solar systems coupled with smart microgrid technology, offers important opportunities for remote communities to stabilize long-term costs, reduce pollution, and improve local energy security.
The Pembina Institute and Bullfrog Power are partnering to bring experts, community members, manufacturers and researchers from across North America to Toronto. The groups will discuss how we can learn from major recent successes in places such as Alaska and Australia, and how forward-thinking policies such as Ontario's groundbreaking Green Energy and Economy Act can benefit remote communities and grow domestic clean energy investment, expertise and manufacturing capacity.
Attendees will understand how enabling indigenous and other communities to develop local clean energy projects can help these communities displace their reliance on diesel fuel. Participants will also be exposed to the benefits and opportunities both domestic and abroad.