Reducing building emissions are one of the most cost-effective approaches to integrate in community energy plans. Ensuring that new buildings are built to the highest standards of energy efficiency and environmental design, and finding pathways to reduce the energy consumption of existing buildings is critical to meet local climate and energy plan targets. Learn more about how green building policies can help your community energy plan strategies by accessing the Canada Green Building Council’s new online.
The following tools and resources have been developed to help Canadian communities advance Community Energy Plans.
This primer, designed for small and mid-sized local governments, describes the cost of energy in Ontario’s communities, outlines some of the approaches available to keep energy dollars local, and provides access to helpful resources to support the implementation of a Community Energy Plan.
This primer is a resource for communities that are interested in developing a Community Energy Plan (CEP). It provides information on the value and benefits of developing a CEP, how to get started, how to engage local partners, steps for developing and implementing a plan, and concrete municipal actions and approaches to realizing a CEP in New Brunswick.
Urban sprawl is a phenomenon that is witnessed globally, though most predominantly in North America. Unfortunately, the costs of sprawl including increased emissions, chronic disease and reduced productivity are often hidden. This report compares the long-term economic and social benefits of urban density to the development trend that is sprawl. It argues that the true cost of sprawl is distorted by “suburban myths” and the misalignment of price structures.
The City of London’s Community Energy Action Plan is a tool that will lead to significant savings for their local economy; every one percent reduction in energy use that Londoners and London businesses achieve will keep about $10 million from leaving the economy. London’s Community Energy Action Plan will be the community’s plan for London, not the City of London’s plan for the community, and will include the following key principles: Start first with conservation, Invest in energy efficiency and good design, Make use of free heat and free light, Build on local strengths, Use renewable energy, Measure your progress, and Share your stories.
This guide provides a framework for community leaders interested in developing District Energy, drawing on experiences from the US and abroad. It focuses on two energy supply systems including District Energy and Combined Heat and Power, examining the long-term opportunities in these systems and providing the tools necessary to start a conversation around local energy production.
This report summarizes an energy mapping exercise undertaken by the City of London for the purpose of developing an Integrate Energy Mapping Strategy (IEMS). The IEMS workshop sought to identify opportunities to reduce community energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, using mapping to help guide the City’s energy future.
The Corporate Energy Management Plan outlines key actions the Town of Caledon must take to meet its mission to mitigate the risks and costs associated with energy consumption. Through an integrated energy planning approach, the Plan will improve energy management and awareness while continuously adjusting to meet local needs.
The Partners for Climate Protection’s Milestone program is designed to help Municipalities improve their environmental performance by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. The milestones are meant to be flexible to allow the municipality to build a local action plan that reflects their priorities and increases the municipality’s capacity to manage it’s GHG emissions.
This primer was produced for the Collaboration on Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits in Ontario (CHEERIO) to provide information about recently amended Local Improvement Charge (LIC) regulations in Ontario. It outlines background information on LIC financing, program benefits and risk management, possible measures and evaluations, and LIC financing in other North American jurisdictions.
This policy brief discusses on-utility bill and property tax financing as methods for residential energy retrofits. It identifies barriers and challenges of retrofits and presents case studies of existing programs in Canada and the United States. The brief concludes with lessons learned and the implications for policy-makers.
This guide aims to inform citizens about community energy in British Columbia through the use of illustrations. Background information, key concepts, and community- and regional-level energy options are illustrated. Metro Vancouver case studies are used to exemplify energy options, as well as to explore how they may be implemented into the municipalities of Richmond and Surrey.
This primer addresses some of the issues facing small and rural communities in Ontario when gathering data for a CEP. The primer provides information on the type of data that small and rural communities should consider gathering, and identifies some of the common challenges to collecting data and how to overcome them.
This guide describes the purpose and content of a community energy and emissions plan, its benefits, and how to go about creating one.
This primer is designed to help municipalities understand how they can work within the current regulatory framework to plan their communities’ energy future. This will require getting the right groups around the table and figuring out how to share information in a timely and efficient manner among stakeholders in order to be effective.
PCP is based on the CCP Campaign of a five milestone framework used to guide municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The five milestone process is a performance-based model which remains flexible; milestones do not need to be completed in sequential order. Each milestone provides an opportunity for municipal capacity building.