The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC) has led an effort calling upon the Members of Parliament tasked with coordinating the COVID’19 economic stimulus plans to include a focus on community investment in clean energy. OREC, alongside its sister co-operative CoEnergy, united six other clean energy co-operatives from across Canada to urge Canada’s COVID recovery plan to unlock community capital towards a clean, resilient future.

Read the full submission below here.

The opportunities to mobilize community capital towards a clean energy future not only address concerns of how this transition will be funded, but also allow opportunities for collective, democratic ownership of clean energy projects. What’s more, community, co-operative ownership facilitates the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, as the communities in which these projects are located are those who stand to benefit not only as investors in these initiatives, but also who enjoy greater community resiliency, comfort, and productivity.