The Coalition for Responsible Energy Development in New Brunswick (CRED-NB) is fighting for a nuclear-free renewable energy future.
CRED-NB is a member of the New Brunswick Environmental Network.
Our website provides information about energy development in New Brunswick that is missing from the Government of New Brunswick and nuclear industry (NB Power) websites.
Our mission is to advocate for responsible energy development in New Brunswick to address the climate crisis using four guidelines:
- Reduce the demand for energy in New Brunswick by eliminating energy waste and maximizing energy efficiency.
- Increase the development of renewable energy and eliminate the development of fossil fuel and nuclear dirty energy in New Brunswick. Dirty energy is not required now in our province given the availability of Canadian hydro sources. Dirty energy is not required in future because renewable energy is ready now.
- Increase the percentage of electricity generated in New Brunswick by low cost renewable energy.
- Support solidarity actions with communities experiencing harmful impacts of our energy choices in New Brunswick, across Canada and globally.
Our coalition formed in response to the bad decision by the New Brunswick government and the nuclear industry in New Brunswick (NB Power) to promote and invest in next generation nukes (so-called “small modular nuclear reactors,” or “SMRs”) rather than sustainable renewable energy.
We are also concerned with our government’s efforts to obtain an exemption from the federal government to allow the NB Power Belledune plant to burn coal past the 2030 federal deadline to end coal energy generation.
We invite New Brunswick residents to inform themselves about the drawbacks of nuclear and fossil fuel energy and the advantages of the alternative: rigorous energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, and developing the smart grid and storage capacity using technologies that are less harmful to the earth and our health.
Our “ask” is to phase out energy generation from fossil fuels and nuclear fission and to invest in renewable energy, conservation and the smart grid. We want residents of New Brunswick to avoid being exposed to more nuclear waste, to avoid having our public funds wasted on developing prototype nuclear energy technology, and to stop burning fossil fuels to generate electricity thereby contributing to the climate crisis.
Instead, we want everyone in our province to reap the benefits of local employment, community prosperity, and the capacity to be players in the emerging global low-carbon nuclear-free renewable energy economy.
CRED-NB is working across Canada with groups that know that next generation nukes are “dirty, dangerous distractions” from the work we all need to be doing to address the climate crisis. More than 100 public interest, Indigenous and civil society groups across the country have endorsed a statement opposing federal funding for more nuclear reactors.