Saskatchewan needs to do its part in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by conserving energy and adopting sustainable energy options to minimize our use of fossil fuels. The Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s energy policy work and conservation projects are making a significant contribution to the solutions.
Saskatchewan is fortunate to have a remarkable wind, solar, and biomass resource that is currently under-utilized. Public policy is critically important to the development of a low carbon, renewable energy future. SES has developed several policy documents on renewable energy and has encouraged the Saskatchewan government to move forward with these policies. The need to do so is made more urgent by climate change.
In 2016, the Saskatchewan Environmental Society organized Saskatchewan’s first solar power co-op – a way to offer hassle-free renewable power with economies of scale. Learn more about the SES Solar Co-operative Ltd., or contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the Renewable Energy Toolkit if you are thinking about starting a renewable energy co-op in your community. The toolkit includes seven steps for forming a renewable energy co-op, renewable energy installation tips, lessons learned, important co-operative documents and forms, templates for bylaws, contracts and business plans, and more.
SES is actively engaged in providing energy audit services to businesses and non-profits. Learn more about our Efficiency for Organizations and Building Operator Training programs. Both are focused on improving energy efficiency. Every person in a building has a role to play in energy conservation. By turning off equipment when not in use, not blocking heating and ventilation equipment, making smart purchases, and being generally aware of how our actions affect energy use, energy consumption can be reduced by 5-10%. For a presentation on how to achieve this kind of reduction in your workplace, see our Energy Awareness Training. SES has also developed a series of innovative stories and videos from businesses, organizations, communities, and farms in rural and small town Saskatchewan that are making changes that are good for the climate and good for their bottom line. Small changes add up and can have significant long-term impacts.
SES advocates for government policies that will help energy to be used more efficiently in Saskatchewan. We are also encouraging SaskPower to move away from coal-fired power plants and to focus on building a renewable energy future for our province. Part of that process will be supporting the Saskatchewan workforce from non-renewable to renewable jobs. Read about good policy measures for planning for the transition in a carbon-constrained world.