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What is the Atlantic Clean Energy Alliance?


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Atlantic Clean Energy Alliance

The Atlantic Clean Energy Alliance is a stakeholder consortium of project proponents from the private sector, the University of New Brunswick, NB Power, community partnerships, and government enablers. It is anticipated that the consortium will grow over time.

The Alliance currently consists of:

  • Moltex Energy 
  • ARC Nuclear Canada
  • University of New Brunswick
  • NB Power
  • Atlantica Centre for Energy
  • Opportunities New Brunswick (ONB)
  • New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development (NRED)
  • Economic Development Greater Saint John (EDGSJ)

 

Objectives

The Atlantic Clean Energy Alliance provides stakeholder and community support related to the energy, environmental and economic benefits/opportunities associated with successful development of Small Modular Reactors (SMR) and complementary clean energy technologies in the region.  

The Alliance works in collaboration to support the business case to advance long-term Generation-4 SMR and associated clean energy technology opportunities in New Brunswick. 

The Alliance supports New Brunswick’s positioning across the country and internationally as the centre for excellence for Generation-4 SMR technology development and deployment, as well as advocating for the inclusion of SMR technology as part of regional, national and international climate change and greenhouse gas reduction strategies. 

In addition, the Alliance supports other clean energy development to help reach emission reduction targets out to 2050.

Approach

The Alliance’s mandate is to work with interested stakeholders to advance the development and commercialization of Generation-4 advanced nuclear technology, as well as communicate the energy, environmental and economic benefits associated with the development and commercialization of complementary renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar resources.  

SMR technologies provide an innovative, responsive and reliable clean energy solution through their ability to cycle with intermittent renewable energy sources. 

The Alliance works as a group to build and amplify the business case for SMR and associated clean energy technologies across Atlantic Canada. 

We add our vocal support for energy innovation as a key economic development priority, as well as the opportunity to leverage significant private sector investment in emerging SMR and other clean energy technologies. 

Timing

While the Alliance has been forming, several events are taking place in the near term, prompting a formal “launch” to let the public know it exists and showcase the work and collaboration underway (and convey the current level of momentum associated with this file).  

Support for SMR development in New Brunswick is evidenced by Laurentis Power Group’s (part of Ontario Power Group) launch of its first office outside Ontario (in Saint John), ARC Nuclear Canada meeting key project milestones in New Brunswick and Moltex Energy’s application to develop an advanced nuclear prototype in New Brunswick.

New Brunswick participation is unprecedented on several panels at the forthcoming Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA)’s annual conference in Ottawa with a focus on showcasing SMR developments in New Brunswick.

The provincial government has identified energy innovation as a particular focus on attracting new private-sector investment and the creation of new value-add advanced manufacturing opportunities. 

Associated Timelines:

  • Late 2019 – New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Ontario announced an MOU regarding development of SMR technology in Canada (Gen-3, Gen-4 and Micro-SMR).
  • Application by Moltex to Federal government under consideration
  • Application by NB Power for Federal NRCan funding for Gen-4 Advanced Nuclear technology development
  • Winter 2020 –Alberta may be included in the provincial MOU
  • March 2020 – UK and Canada intend to sign an MOU of collaboration on SMR technology

 


 

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