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Dr. Boute to present on Renewable Energy Policy

Wednesday, April 02, 2014   by: Staff



Algoma University is pleased to announce that prominent Legal Adviser to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Russia Renewable Energy Program will be presenting a lecture titled "Local Renewable Energy in an Era of Globalization", at Algoma University on Thursday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Doc Brown Lounge.

Boute's lecture will examine the challenges and opportunities that trade and investment law represent for the implementation of local renewable energy policies. 

His presentation will demonstrate how local energy policies interact with trade and investment law by focusing on the European Union (EU) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Dr. Anatole Boute is a lecturer in law at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and has been the Legal Adviser to the IFC Russia Renewable Energy Program (The World Bank Group) since 2011.

He graduated from the University of Leuven (Belgium).

Based on the results of his PhD research on investment protection in the Russian electricity sector at the University of Groningen (Netherlands), Boute advised the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development for the World Investment Report 2010.

Boute's articles on energy, environmental, and investment law have appeared in scholarly journals including the Fordham International Law Journal, European Law Review, Journal of Environmental Law, Energy Law Journal, Energy Policy, Europe-Asia Studies, and Journal of World Energy Law & Business.

Dr. Neil Cruickshank, Assistant Professor in the Department of Law and Politics, encourages all to attend the lecture due to its pertinence in today's society.

"Energy has become securitised; meaning states' security is enhanced through energy independence, and correspondingly diminished through energy dependence. No longer is national security exclusively about armies, guns, tanks and missiles. Being able to 'literally' fuel the economy, heat homes, light cities and operate infrastructure becomes an important 'foreign policy' concern, and a matter of national security...many believe resource scarcity, even in the renewable sector, can lead to, or at least contribute to, violent conflict."

Boute's lecture is being co-sponsored by the Centre for European Studies (EU Centre of Excellence at Carleton University) at Carleton University and by the European Union.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Please arrive early as seating is limited.

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B Boy 4/2/2014 9:30:46 AM Report

I'm not convinced that mass generation of renewable energy is the solution. Mass generation is just another government attempt at creating an economy to generate revenue at the taxpayer expense.

Every new home built should be responsible for generating a percentage of it's own energy - photovoltaic cells, geothermal, etc.. Doing so at the time of building makes more sense and it takes the burden off the taxpayers - yes it shifts it toward the homeowner but may mitigate the buyer's mindset that a bigger home is better.

If homes generate their own power then during the day when the home is vacant, this power surplus can be shifted back into the grid to supply other users.
ThinkAgain 4/2/2014 11:23:43 AM Report

That just sounds like it will work but for the decision makers that's to easy.
B Boy 4/2/2014 11:38:31 AM Report

For the billions the Ontario gov't is spending to create wind/solar farms that in turn we're basically paying the US to take (if I recall correctly) they could subsidize thousands of existing households to upgrade to renewable energy that most of us can't current afford but are interested in.

mosquitos 4/2/2014 12:06:43 PM Report

B-boy is right, the homeowners should have the ability to produce it's own energy and invest in that manner. This is exactly where our Feed In Tariff program is so flawed. Pump energy back into the grid and you'll find yourself paying commercial municipal taxes, besides a huge investment that few can afford. The best bet is to completely get off the grid as the Libs have made a mess of energy in this province. The UN is trying to become a world domination that will abolish rights of freedom.
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