Author: Clare Demerse

Clare manages our policy engagement on federal and national issues, focusing on renewable energy, climate policy and sustainable transportation. Before joining Clean Energy Canada, Clare worked on federal climate policy with the Pembina Institute, was a Gordon Foundation Global Fellow and is a current fellow of the Broadbent Institute. Clare holds a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University. She is based in Ottawa.

Clare Demerse's Recent Articles:

It’s a whole new ballgame for climate action and clean growth in Canada. The climate deal struck late Friday in Ottawa committed premiers and the prime minister to work together to hit our country’s emission targets. Despite two holdouts — Manitoba and Saskatchewan — that’s an unprecedented accomplishment on climate change in our federation. Thanks largely to B.C….

Ice storm damage. Photo: Canadian Pacific via Flickr CC.

With climate skeptic Donald Trump moving into the White House next year, critics in Canada are asking whether policies to cut carbon pollution here are now too expensive. So this feels like the perfect time for a reminder about the costs of climate change itself—the costs that smart regulations on carbon pollution will help us…

Every year, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance travels across Canada to hear from Canadians on their priorities for the federal budget. Clean Energy Canada was invited to present to the committee in Ottawa on October 27, 2016. Our opening statement makes the case that Budget 2017 needs to accelerate Canada’s clean energy…

Here’s what would happen if we adopted proven provincial policies nationwide As Canada’s governments take on the daunting job of agreeing on a national climate plan, there’s a simple starting point they’ll want to consider: there are big gains to be made from adopting the best of today’s provincial policies nationwide. In early December, premiers…

It’s been two weeks since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons and said that we’re going to have a price on carbon across Canada. And I have to admit: it’s still sinking in. After a decade of polarized debate, we finally have a federal government willing to adopt what is arguably…

I know electricity seems mundane to most Canadians. We’re lucky enough to have reliable and predictable power, so as long as your phone is charged and your toaster works, there’s usually no need to give electricity a second thought. But inside the climate community, electricity—or more specifically, clean electricity—occupies a very different place. Many of…

OTTAWA—Clare Demerse, federal policy advisor at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the North American Leaders’ Summit agreement on climate and clean energy: “A North American clean energy target is good news for all three amigos. Today’s agreement sends a signal from the very top that there will be growing demand for…

Today’s meeting of the three North American leaders put climate and clean energy at the centre of a packed agenda—an important signal in and of itself. And the leaders took advantage of their time together to deliver several new and promising clean energy commitments. This blog digs into those continent-wide clean energy plans: what they…

We sent out a statement about the federal budget the day it came out (our quick verdict: thumbs up). And we put together an op-ed that offers some context. But for the true clean energy connoisseur, those quick snacks may not have satisfied your appetite. If you’re looking for the full menu of clean energy…

Budgets are a moment where governments show their real priorities: if something matters to them, they spend money to support it. And from mandate letters to Paris climate talks and meetings with premiers, members of Justin Trudeau’s government say that clean energy matters to them. They said it again in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget…

OTTAWA—Clare Demerse, senior policy advisor at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the release of the 2016 Federal Budget:  “Today’s federal budget makes smart spending commitments for clean energy, presenting it as a good news story for Canada’s economy as well as a climate solution. “The budget starts fulfilling the Liberal government’s…

Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama are expected to announce new climate change and clean energy commitments when they meet in Washington D.C. over the next couple of days. According to advance media reports, the bilateral commitments are expected to cover clean energy, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, regulations for methane…

Canada’s Premiers and Prime Minister are heading home from Vancouver tonight having launched a brand-new climate change negotiation process. Set against a backdrop of clean tech power brokers and pipeline skirmishes, the lead-up to this week’s meeting generated headlines mainly for the fault lines it brought to the surface. No doubt about it: tough conversations…

This week, North America’s energy ministers are getting together in Winnipeg for something that would have been unimaginable a year ago: a meeting that won’t include the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. In fact, if there’s anything XL-sized on this meeting’s agenda, it’s likely to be clean energy. And for Canada’s North American friends, that’s going…

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