Renewable Energy Panel

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Everyone is welcome! This event is open to the public.

SENS and the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, in partnership with WWF Canada are hosting a renewable energy panel.

Habitat-friendly Renewable Energy in the Province of Saskatchewan

Background

Saskatchewan has committed to meeting 50% of its electricity generation from renewable energy by 2030. With abundant renewable energy resources, Saskatchewan has an opportunity to shape a sustainable energy future with significant economic benefits, and the potential to mitigate environmental impacts from fossil fuel production.

Renewables for Nature® Tool

The Renewables for Nature tool aims to accelerate renewable energy development while ensuring key ecosystems and species thrive by informing the earliest stages of renewable energy planning. As a planning tool, Renewables for Nature is especially useful to help inform decisions on where to locate commercial-scale energy projects before moving into a full environmental assessment and approval processes, and will reduce negative and resource-consuming nature-related conflicts over renewable energy development by including considerations for wildlife, habitat and related community and cultural priorities.

Workshop in partnership with University of Saskatchewan

WWF-Canada is now expanding the Renewables for Nature platform to the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Based on available energy and ecological datasets in each region, the tool will enable industry, government and communities across the province to create custom queries with user-defined inputs to best inform the sustainability concerns of the renewable energy projects in their region.

WWF-Canada is partnering with the University of Saskatchewan to discuss the use of the tool and its application in shaping the future of wind and solar industry in the province of Saskatchewan. Government of Saskatchewan and SaskPower play an important role in deploying renewable energy projects, along with organizations that represent community interests in shaping the future of distributed electricity generation in the province.

Workshop Objectives:

1-      Setting the context - The importance of environmental and community considerations in renewable energy siting decisions.

2-      How might WWF’s Renewables for Nature tool help stakeholders to make better and faster decisions?

3-      Are there opportunities for WWF-Canada and University of Saskatchewan to expand the functionality and use of the tool (i.e. including more community and cultural values) to meet the needs of stakeholders?

Event Details

When:
Time:
08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
Edwards School of Business Room 46