"The hidden subsidies to non-renewable forms of energy are so extensive that a thorough review of the tax structure will be needed in order to discover their extent. This is an essential step to creating a level playing field for renewables."
CORE criticises the absence of political will and vision, saying "As a result, there has been no removal of structural or institutional barriers, no strategy for transition to renewables and no quantified policies." Moreover, "there is a sense of urgency that, compared to other countries, Canadian industry has to play catch-up." Distributed energy production on a small scale wherever suitable resources are found, will enhance local employment opportunities in remote areas, it adds.
CORE asks the government to deliver a clear policy statement establishing the priority it places on renewables, with quantified targets and set-asides (allocations for certain minimum quantities of renewable energy or capacity); establish a working group to consider external cost issues and to develop an accounting framework for these externalities; help supplement diesel systems in remote communities with renewables; and continue changes in building codes that favour renewables.