Energy sources

CRED-NB calls on both the provincial and federal governments to close coal burning generating stations and abandon all plans for nuclear expansion.

Instead, CRED-NB calls upon governments to invest in less costly and safer renewable energy, coupled with energy efficiency and conservation programs which will create more jobs and economic activity in New Brunswick.

Renewable energy is energy derived from sources that are naturally replenished. Sources of renewable energy include wind, solar, geo-thermal, tidal, certain types of bio-energy and water-driven power.

NB Power, the government-owned public utility, generates most of of the electricity used in the province. Several small companies are also generating electricity in New Brunswick. A growing number of homes are generating their own power.

Energy saved is new supply avoided. Eliminating energy waste and maximizing energy efficiency is the first and cheapest source of “energy.”  Visit our reducing energy demand page.

Every source of power has environmental and social impacts but some power sources are much better for the environment and society than others. Renewable energy sources have lower negative impacts than other, dirty energy sources. Visit our renewable energy page.

Dirty energy is generated by burning fossil fuels or nuclear energy which creates dangerous materials including radioactive waste. Visit our dirty energy page.

For further information on these topics, here are a few resources:

  • Our Coalition members have written letters and articles, available here.
  • The Conservation Council of New Brunswick has many excellent resources available on their publications page, here.
  • The NB Media Co-op has a page with links to articles about nuclear in New Brunswick, here.
  • The Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility has many resources on nuclear energy, here.