Meeting with Minister Raitt

October 23, 2009

Community Energy Planning

Today I was invited to be part of a roundtable discussion organized by Minister Lisa Raitt, Natural Resources Canada.  I was honoured to join energy leaders from across Canada to discuss how the Federal government might assist municipalities develop and implement community energy plans.  I was asked to speak about Guelph’s experiences in implementing our community energy plan.  Dawson Creek was also represented.  This community of 13,000 is well on its way to be carbon neutral. 

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources Study and Report on Integrated Community Energy Solutions was released a few months ago.  Guelph was asked to speak to the Standing Committee about our work.

Recently NRCan developed a document for the Council of Energy Ministers called “Integrated Community Energy Solutions: A Road Map for Action”.

This is all welcome news for Guelph.  Local generation, distribution and end-use efficiency is the only way to get at the very large system inefficiences and the resulting system-wide costs and negative environmental impacts of our current energy system.

Integration is the only way Guelph will achieve its ambitious Community Energy Plan target of approximately 50% per capita reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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