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WELCOME TO THE CLEAN AIR RENEWABLE ENERGY COALITION
The Clean Air Renewable Energy Coalition is a group of corporate and environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) formed to accelerate the development of Canada’s renewable energy industry.
At the moment, the group is comprised of 14 corporations and seven environmental organizations (see membership listing).
The fundamental issue we have highlighted since our formation in the year 2000 is that low-impact renewable energy requires market recognition for its environmental and social benefits. Generally speaking, these benefits are not financially valued in energy market pricing. In parallel, those energy sources that significantly impact on the environment and society are not financially penalized.
Society, however, pays indirectly through the costs of treating health impacts, managing environmental impacts, and through the loss of land, watershed, and valuable wildlife areas.
This situation provides an unfair market barrier for low-impact renewable energy. In addition, other barriers exist such as lack of awareness and engagement of energy consumers, lack of access to electricity markets and transmission capacity in some jurisdictions, and limited information about resource availability in many parts of Canada.