In a growing population where families are continuing to settle in urban areas, meeting residential energy needs is an issue that has not lost momentum. Cities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe are increasingly moving toward the adoption of municipal climate change action plans that align with provincial and federal frameworks on clean growth. Many of which carry a strong focus on meeting those energy needs. The City of Burlington is one such municipality with the new Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College being one of its key initiatives. Launched in collaboration with the Ontario government and the cities of Hamilton and Burlington, it is aimed at stimulating the community’s move to a low-carbon economy and is the first of its kind at an Ontario college.
We are pleased to share with you a new research paper written by the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) in partnership with Evergreen–Review of Renewable Energy Investments in Social and Affordable Housing. CEKAP-affiliated grad students from York U and the University of Guelph participated in the research. This research evaluates the Renewable Energy Initiative (REI), a federal-provincial economic stimulus program that supported the installation of renewable energy (RE) systems within Ontario’s social and affordable housing sector between 2010 and 2011.
I recently attended a conference call held by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) on the state of the policy discussions with the OEB. This blog will outline some of the main issues and concerns surrounding net-metering currently being discussed by energy companies, consultants, energy co-operatives, and businesses and industry looking to offset their energy consumption, as well as provide a short discussion on the pros and cons of net-metering value models.
On June 26, I attended the #Futureofwork: Building the New Energy Workforce event at MaRS Discovery District—one of the world’s largest innovation hubs, which is located right here in Toronto. MaRS is “an entrepreneurial venture designed to bridge the gap between what people need and what governments can provide.” They focus primarily on four sectors: Energy & Environment, Finance & Commerce, Health, and Work & Learning. This event considered the connection between both Energy & Environment and Work & Learning in order to explore how the energy sector workforce is changing along with considerable changes facing the sector as a whole.
Capacity building is becoming central to community energy planning. Practitioners, non-profits and governments alike are increasingly adopting strategies to develop local capacity – the ability for communities to come together, learn, deliberate, make decisions and carry out stated objectives. This blog post offers a brief overview of how such initiatives can be monitored and evaluated.