What is a Community Energy Plan?
Vision Statement: The City of Windsor is currently developing a Community Energy Plan (CEP). The Community Energy Plan aims to create economic advantage, mitigate climate change, and improve energy performance to enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses.
Energy serves as a connector throughout a community, a commonality which influences – whether realized or not – every facet of activity which occurs in our city. A community energy plan is an innovative local economic development instrument focused on a municipality’s energy costs, energy services, energy generation, consumption and service delivery.
Community energy plans support municipalities’ efforts to better understand and manage their local energy needs, identify opportunities for energy efficiency and clean energy integration, and develop robust plans to meet realistic goals. A CEP takes an integrated approach to energy planning by aligning energy, infrastructure and land use planning, setting a sustainable direction for a municipality’s future development.
The benefits of a CEP are clearly complementary to the City's ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the strategy of which follows the Partners for Climate Protection’s Five Milestone Framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The City has successfully completed Milestone 1, "Create a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Forecast" and is in the process of jointly working towards the achievement of Milestone 2, "Set an Emissions Reduction Target" and Milestone 3, "Develop a Local Action Plan." Milestone 4, "Implement the Local Action Plan or a Set of Activities" and Milestone 5, "Monitor Progress and Reporting Results" will follow. The CEP is a central tenet of the City’s Climate Action Plan.
The Partners for Climate Protection program uses a 5-milestone framework to develop and implement a plan to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The City of Windsor has completed Milestone 1, "Create a greenhouse gas inventory and forecast" and the Community Energy Plan will address Milestones 2 and 3 - setting an emissions reduction target and developing an action plan to meet that target. Following development, the plan must be implemented and its results monitored and reported.
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Phone: For general information call 311. For detailed inquiries call 519-253-7111 ext. 3226.