A powerful landscape: First Nations small-scale renewable energy development in British Columbia

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dc.contributor.author Cook, Dana
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-05T23:50:39Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-05T23:50:39Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-02-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/10586
dc.description.abstract Action on climate change will require an increase in renewable energy projects to support electrification in the transition away from burning fossil fuels. Indigenous peoples throughout Canada are developing community-owned small-scale (producing less than one megawatt of power) renewable energy projects and are interested in developing more. Despite Indigenous peoples’ involvement and interest, there is a lack of research into the impact of these projects for communities. This thesis explores whether and how small-scale renewable energy projects developed by First Nations communities in British Columbia (BC) might contribute to supporting justice within the energy transition. The research included a province-wide survey (First Nations Clean Energy Survey), and a case study with a remote First Nation with multiple small-scale renewable energy projects in operation—the Village of Skidegate on Haida Gwaii. This research found that small-scale projects are a distinct experience within the renewable energy sector, one that is offering First Nations communities an accessible form of power production that provides myriad benefits. Some benefits were easy to measure, such as cost savings and greenhouse gas reductions, while the majority of benefits were not as easy to quantify, such as increasing connection and engagement with energy, increasing self-sufficiency, providing a vision of a future free of oil and gas reliance, community pride and education. As these benefits indicate, the thesis concludes that small-scale renewable energy developments offer a distinctive and important opportunity that First Nations are using to enforce self-determination and build community resilience. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject renewable energy en_US
dc.subject solar power en_US
dc.subject Skidegate en_US
dc.subject First Nations en_US
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject community renewable energy en_US
dc.title A powerful landscape: First Nations small-scale renewable energy development in British Columbia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Shaw, Karena
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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