On Sunday, 12 New Brunswickers deliberated based on a ‘crash course’ on energy the day before, and settled on what they hoped for a 2040 energy mix for the province. This was part of the NB Electrical Energy Futures Jury that culminated data collection in our energy transitions research project funded by SSHRC in 2012. The mix is described in a letter to the Minister of Energy and Mines for New Brunswick, and is now the subject of a press release by UNB. Organizer and colleague Prof Tom Beckley spoke to CBC Fredericton about it on Wednesday morning.
Monday NB Power announced its public engagement process related to the Mactaquac Dam decision (rebuild, decommission, or remove). Five public meetings are planned in the region for a nine-day period in October, all mid-week or I’d be heading up, and they also have an online survey for people to share their opinions and values. They have also released a few draft reports for comment, including the frugally scoped and costed Social Impact Comparative Review undertaken by Dillon who is also doing the First Nations engagement (no reports yet available on that). This is all a very tightly constrained process and I will watch with interest how it proceeds and how (if) the resulting data is synthesized and used.