In the fall of 2017, CEKAP conducted a series of workshops across Canada aimed at facilitating conversation surrounding the use of analytical tools in the community energy planning process. The goal of the workshops – to share expertise across the CEKAP partnership in order to identify potential improvements to analytical tools – will better enable decision-makers in the energy planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.
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.
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.