The FAIR (Fair and Inclusive Rates) campaign in support of fair pricing for Indigenous-led renewable energy A growing number of remote, Indigenous communities are leading the development of renewa...

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The FAIR (Fair and Inclusive Rates) campaign in support of fair pricing for Indigenous-led renewable energy

A growing number of remote, Indigenous communities are leading the development of renewable energy projects as they transition away from diesel dependency. Even so, as much as 79 per cent of the electricity used in remote communities is still generated using diesel fuel.

To fully transition to clean energy, considerably more Indigenous-led and -owned renewable energy projects must be developed. This will require a new pricing structure and policy framework that accounts for the environmental, social, and cultural benefits that Indigenous-controlled energy projects bring.

The FAIR campaign is an initiative to secure fair and equitable energy prices by raising awareness, conducting research, initiating collaboration, and advancing advocacy efforts. The goals are to reform policy and regulatory barriers and to spur investment so that Indigenous-led renewable energy projects are appropriately financed by utilities and private investors.

Campaign objectives

  • Increase the rates utilities offer Indigenous-led clean energy projects through power purchase agreements to reflect the cost savings and the benefits from getting off diesel and switching to renewables
  • Assist Indigenous communities in securing revenue generated from the environmental benefits (such as carbon offsets) of clean energy
  • Direct private investment and increased equity toward projects by raising awareness of Indigenous-owned clean energy within the financial sector
  • Amplify Indigenous voices and stories by profiling Indigenous-led clean energy projects and sharing learnings on ways to better finance projects

What is a fair and equitable energy price?

Fair and equitable energy prices account for the benefits of clean energy, which include environmental and community health benefits as well as quality of life benefits. Fair prices also take into account the savings achieved by using renewable energy instead of diesel fuel, including lower operations and maintenance expenses, mitigating fuel spill cleanup costs, and reducing reliance on diesel subsidies.

The benefits of fair prices

  • Increased energy security
  • Increased agency over energy use and how energy is generated
  • Indigenous self-determination over decision-making and economic development
  • Advancing Indigenous knowledge, environmental stewardship, and community pride
  • Indigenous control over data, policy development, and project implementation
  • Opportunity for utilities and private investors to respond to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action for Indigenous reconciliation by restructuring regulatory frameworks and pricing models to support Indigenous energy sovereignty

Why advocate for better rates for Indigenous energy projects?

  • Indigenous peoples in remote communities must have the opportunity to play an active leadership role in Canada’s clean energy transition.
  • Sustainable revenue streams for Indigenous-owned renewable energy projects are essential to establishing energy independence. This is reconciliation in action and foundational to a just transition and upholding Indigenous rights.
  • Indigenous businesses and communities will only thrive if there is full access to financial opportunities. Stable financing directed toward Indigenous-led clean energy will allow for a transition away from diesel fuel as well as healthy local economies.
  • Canada and B.C. have taken an important first step in ensuring that provincial and federal legislation is consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) by recognizing the declaration through legislation. 

Campaign timeline

Phase I - launch (Fall 2021)

Raise awareness of the FAIR campaign and increase partnerships.

Phase II - website release (Spring 2022)

Launch a dedicated website.

Phase III - research, knowledge sharing, mobilizing capital, and advocating for regulatory changes (2022 - 2024)

Conduct research and promote advocacy initiatives to broaden economic opportunities for remote Indigenous-led clean energy projects through private investment and increases in utility rates.

Join the campaign

If you are interested in becoming a partner, sponsoring this campaign, or joining our mailing list to stay up to date with campaign progress, please get in touch with us. We invite you to join in this effort to eliminate systemic barriers and unlock significant economic opportunities for remote communities.

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