For Immediate Release – July 26, 2022


Today the environmental organization New Clear Free Solutions asked for a review of its model to transform NB Power to a renewable energy utility in a way that will keep electricity rates low and achieve its required equity goals. The request is supported by the Coalition for Responsible Energy Development in New Brunswick (CRED-NB).

On July 4, the NB Power board fired its CEO and engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Canada to perform a strategic review to transform the utility. The letter sent today to the NB Power board Chair Charles V. Firlotte requested a meeting between New Clear Solutions founder Chris Rouse and the team conducting the strategic review at PwC Canada.

Chris Rouse, with more than 25 years’ experience in industrial systems engineering, has been an intervener in three of the last four NB Power rate hearings. He developed an alternative Integrated Resource Plan for NB Power with the following elements:

-Achieves a 95% renewable energy mix by 2040 or sooner

-Maintains low and stable rates

-Achieves NB Power equity targets in the near term, and pays down NB Power debt and makes NB Power very profitable in the longer term

-Creates significant economic activity and jobs

“For successive years NB Power management teams has ignored alternative plans to make public investments in renewable energy. The firing of the CEO and engagement of PwC is an opportunity for transformative change to develop a public electricity utility that New Brunswickers need,” said Rouse. 

The model proposed by New Clear Free Solutions has been validated by NB Power, which included the model as an appendix in its 2017 IRP but they never implemented it. “This is in spite of their own review of the modeling performed by NB Power System Planning Engineer Darren Clark who stated at a rate hearing “We reviewed Mr. Rouse’s model and functionally I believe the majority of what he is setting out to do, the model is accomplishing.”

The letter to NB Power states that NB Power has two main ways to achieve the transformational economic and environmental goals the board is looking for. The first is large rate increases which would be “unpopular” considering inflationary pressures already on New Brunswickers. The second option, which this plan promotes, is an equity injection from our carbon tax revenue into NB Power, to invest in renewables and efficiency in lieu of rate increases. This is already possible under current legislation, and a great way to give the carbon tax back to New Brunswickers to help curb inflation.

The letter states that ”Using the carbon tax revenue to make investments in renewables and efficiency not only enables NB Power to meet its equity target without significant rate increases, but also reduces fuel and purchased power cost that will give NB Power more free cash flow to reinvest. This reinvestment will compound like compound interest and will exponentially transition the electricity grid to 95% renewable, achieve equity targets and make NB Power very profitable.”

The Coalition for Responsible Energy Development (CRED-NB) speaks for more than 20 groups and 120 individuals in the province advocating for a nuclear-free renewable energy future endorsed the meeting request. Representative Susan O’Donnell stated “CRED-NB is interested to see a third-party review of how this plan for NB Power can support a sustainable energy future for all New Brunswickers.”

The letter to NB Power is available on the New Clear Free Solutions website, HERE.


For more information:

Chris Rouse



Who Wants Clean Energy and Low Rates?

Hi Friends and Supporters

NB Power must update its Integrated Resource Plan every three years and are currently asking for feedback for its next revision in 2020, and the deadline for comments is Nov 30 2019. https://ourenergyfuturenb.ca/.

I am asking you to take their survey and put your priorities on renewable energy and low rates. There is also a section at the end that you can provide comments and I hope that you will tell NB Power to support a public investment into renewables.

Over the last 5 years I have developed a fully Integrated Resource Plan that achieves a 95% renewable portfolio that is based on least cost sustainability principles. This alternative to NB Powers IRP shows a public investment into our renewables will keep energy rates lower than business as usual, both immediately and, in the future. It will also allow NB Power to pay down its debt and become very profitable which can help fund important social programs as well as create great paying jobs while also keeping rates lower than currently planned. Renewables are the least cost option to supply our power of the future and we need our publicly owned utility to start investing in them instead of making the mistake of privatization like other provinces have done like Ontario and Nova Scotia that have some of the highest rates in Canada.

A summary of my IRP can be found at the following link.

English Version


French Version


If you support low energy rates and clean renewable energy, I am asking you to send the following letter to the official decision makers using the email addresses provided at the top of the letter.

English Version


French Version


Thanking you in advance for supporting clean energy and low rates.


Warm Regards

Chris Rouse

New Clear Free Solutions

Transitioning To a Low Carbon Economy-Moncton Presentation


Power Point: A Sustainable Business Case for the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy in New Brunswick Power Point Rev 5

Letter:Request for an Updated Integrated Resource Plan

Complete IRP (English Only):A Sustainable Business Case for the-Transition to a Low Carbon Economy in New Brunswick-2019 Integrated Resource Plan



Power Point: Une étude de cas pour la transition vers une économie à faibles émissions de carbone au Nouveau-Brunswick

Letter: Demande pour un plan intégré des ressources mis à jour