Tag Archives: Community Energy Initiative

A huge leap forward for district energy

August 27, 2014

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Yesterday we announced that the Tricar Group’s River Mill condominiums will be part of the Galt District Energy System. Click here to read the news release, which has links with more information on what district energy is and how it works. Click here to read an article from the Guelph Mercury. Click here to read remarks from […]

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Multiple community benefits when we do something about climate change

June 4, 2014

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Public Safety Canada presented data at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual meeting that made the rounds on twitter a few days ago. It caught the attention of municipal leaders.  It showed the  increase in natural disasters in Canada and the cost to taxpayers, including the federal Disaster Financial Assistance program. Anyone in the industry […]

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More good news on the energy front

March 12, 2014

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From left to right: MPP Liz Sandals; Mayor Farbridge; Rob Kerr, General Manager of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc; Brian Lu, Senior Director, Canadian Solar; Brian Walmark, COO, NCC Development. Here are my speaking notes from an announcement this morning of $2.9 million from the Province of Ontario to create a  Renewable Energy Microgrid Testing Centre at […]

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Inside Guelph: Leadership on district energy and waste diversion

February 19, 2014

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Media coverage from Germany: Transatlantic Dialogue putting Guelph on the the solar map

February 19, 2014

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Click here to read an article from PV magazine about Guelph’s progress in renewable energy, particularly solar.  I am in Germany this week with Lloyd Longfield, President of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, on an energy-related economic development mission. An editor from PV magazine interviewed me at an event hosted by the Canadian Embassy in Berlin […]

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Photos from Sustainable Communities Award celebration

February 13, 2014

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Here I am accepting the award with (from left) Raymond Louie, second vice-president of FCM, chair of GMF Council, and councillor, City of Vancouver, BC; Lise Burcher, councillor, City of Guelph; Rob Kerr, corporate manager, community energy, City of Guelph; and Brock Carlton, CEO, FCM Guelph was also recognized for reaching milestone 5 under FCM’s Partners […]

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A different kind of pipe

December 4, 2013

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The Community Energy Initiative has several strategies to reduce our community’s energy consumption and green house gas emissions. One is to take advantage of thermal energy by growing a network to distribute thermal energy throughout the city. Ground has broken on the first stages of the Galt District Energy System that will begin to serve properties […]

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Guelph’s energy footprint getting smaller

November 6, 2013

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Good news: Guelph’s per capita energy use and greenhouse gas emissions continue to fall significantly, according to the 2012 Energy Usage and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Summary Report, released today. You can read the news release here.

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Inside Guelph: Meetings with Provincial Ministers

September 9, 2013

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Mayor Farbridge talks about successful meetings with Provincial Ministers at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference held last month in Ottawa and students starting school in Guelph.  

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Great outcomes at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference

August 29, 2013

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Last week, I attended the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference held in Ottawa, August 18-21, 2013. We had several successful meetings. Together with representatives from neighbouring cities (Mayors, Wardens, Regional Chair and Councillors), we met Transportation Minister, Glen Murray. Our request was simple. We need to improve the transportation network in our region […]

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