MARKHAM, ON, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - On Nov.12, QUEST, a national
non-profit that focuses on advancing smart energy communities, will be
releasing a "how-to" guide for cities and communities that want to take
advantage of the new leadership role in energy management being offered
to them by the Ontario Government.
The report will be released at QUEST's annual conference, held this year
in Markham from Nov.12-14. The report is available in advance to the
QUEST's report, "Advancing Community Energy Planning in Ontario: A
Primer" comes on the heels of an Ontario government program that gives
funding to cities and communities to develop community energy plans.
The Municipal Energy Plans Program, which the Ontario government
announced in September, has the potential to profoundly change the way
energy is managed in Ontario.
"Communities across Canada are in a position to take a leadership role
in energy and greenhouse gas emissions management", says QUEST Chairman
Michael Harcourt, former Premier of British Columbia and Mayor of
Vancouver. "For communities in Ontario the door is now open," continued
Harcourt, who will be speaking at the QUEST 2013 Conference &
Canadian communities are responsible for 61% of energy use in Canada and
over half of greenhouse gas emissions. Energy planning meanwhile has
typically been a provincial jurisdiction.
Community energy planning partners municipalities with local electric
and natural gas utilities, property developers, businesses and
institutions, and other local energy stakeholders. Together they
identify and coordinate energy conservation opportunities. This kind of
community-based planning presents a unique opportunity to better manage
energy in the province.
The new municipal energy initiative is part of the Ontario government's
recognition that cities and communities are critical stakeholders in
energy planning, a lesson learned in part from the fall-out of the gas
plant cancellations in Mississauga and Oakville last year.
This focus on the role of communities was also echoed recently by the
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, who released his Annual Energy
Conservation Progress Report in September, recommending a bigger role
for cities and communities in managing energy.
Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario says, "There is
tremendous potential for municipalities to be leaders and partners with
the provincial government to make a real difference in the patterns of
energy use and the release of greenhouse gas emissions within
communities." Mr. Miller also will be speaking at the QUEST 2013
Conference & Tradeshow, taking place November 12-14 in Markham at the
QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow - is a national
non-profit organization supported by a collaborative network of
partners that undertakes research, policy analysis, outreach, and
capacity building to advance smart energy communities in Canada.
SOURCE: QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow
For further information:
Tonja Leach - Director, Communications & Engagement
Tel: 613-748-0057 ext. 323 Email: email@example.com