OTTAWA, Oct. 10, 2017 /CNW/ - In a first of it's kind report, Lumos Clean Energy Advisors has released the results of a national survey of clean energy projects with Indigenous community participation.
The survey tracks the economic and social impacts of the projects across Canada that have substantive Indigenous involvement; e.g. ownership, partnership, Impact Benefit Agreements, lease agreements, revenue sharing agreements, etc.
The results are significant.
Indigenous participation in Canada's burgeoning clean energy economy has risen rapidly over the past two decades in every region of the country.
The survey has confirmed Indigenous participation in one hundred and fifty-two (152) medium-large scale solar, wind, hydro and bio-energy clean energy projects now in operation. Many of these projects came online in the past decade. There was a dramatic rise from 26 projects in operation in 2008 to the 152 generating energy today.
These projects represent nearly one fifth of Canada's overall power production infrastructure.
Lumos Energy projects that an additional fifty to sixty (50-60) medium-large renewable energy projects with Indigenous participation will come on line over the next five to six (5-6) years.
Participation in clean energy projects can carry significant financial, employment, and social benefits for communities involved.
Indigenous clean energy projects affirm Indigenous rights, and the sustainable, ecologically-positive nature of renewable clean energy resonates with First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures and traditions.
Clean energy projects with Indigenous participation embody the process of national reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples. Such respect-oriented relationships can strengthen the economic basis for healthy communities, long term prosperity, and sustainable livelihoods.
For full details please see the attached report: Powering Reconciliation: A Survey of Indigenous Participation in Canada's Growing Clean Energy Economy.
SOURCE Lumos Energy
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