Sustainable Energy 101

What is Sustainable Energy?

Sustainable energy involves the effective and efficient production and use of energy from an array of distributed sources matched in scale and quality to the end use.  It is about producing and using energy in a way that meets our needs and improves the quality of our lives while also ensuring that the ecological system that sustains us, our economy and society remains healthy and capable of supporting future generations indefinitely.  Sustainable energy is limited only by the imagination and creative innovation.  Examples include:

  • Conservation, energy efficiency and demand management Read more
  • Renewable energy Read more
  • Clean Distributed Energy Read more
  • Energy storage Read more
  • “Green” Buildings
  • Smart-grids including the convergence of the electric, thermal and telecommunications grids
  • Transportation that is powered by hydrogen, electricity, human or animal energy, and other non-fossil fuels
  • Community, public and commercial ownership of any of these structures. Community Power is a class of sustainable energy projects that are owned, developed and controlled in full or in part (50 per cent or more) by residents of the community in which the project is located.  Under the OSEA definition, Community Power proponents include local residents, farmer collaboratives, co-operatives, First Nations, municipalities and other institutions working to develop local sustainable energy projects. Anyone can become a Supporter member.  To qualify as a Champion or Enabler Member please see OSEA’s Membership Criteria.


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