What can Community Energy Planning do for your community?

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What can Community Energy Planning do for your community?

Markham, Ontario – May 4, 2015.  Today, QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, in partnership with the Clean Air Partnership and the Canadian Urban Institute hosted the second Energy Community of Practice (ECOP) Workshop. The workshop is designed educate participants about community energy planning and develop a community energy planning curriculum for Ontario.

“A Community Energy Plan is a tool that helps communities define priorities around energy with a view to improving efficiency, cutting emissions and driving economic development,” said Brent Gilmour, Executive Director, QUEST. “Community Energy Plans are an important and effective enabler of Smart Energy Communities.”

“Engagement is important to community energy planning,” said Jeff Evenson of the Canadian Urban Institute. “ECOP workshops help build broad and effective stakeholder engagement.”

Once developed, the curriculum will serve to assist municipalities, utilities and other community stakeholders to understand and communicate the value, benefits and applications of a Community Energy Plan; how community energy planning connects within the provincial policy framework; and best practices for how to develop and implement their Community Energy Plan.

“ECOP is also helping municipalities better understand what a Community Energy Plan can do for their community,” said Gabriella Kalapos, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership, “And how their Community Energy Plan fits within provincial policies and programs such as the Ministry of Energy’s Municipal Energy Plan Program and the Independent Electricity System Operator’s regional electricity planning program.”

Mark Your Calendars! JUNE 25 Community Energy Planning Symposium

Plan to attend the Community Energy Planning Symposium on June 25 in Toronto, Ontario. The Symposium will bring together experts, share local best practices and provide a platform for building Ontario’s Energy Community of Practice (ECOP).

 Learn more about ECOP: www.questcanada.org/ecop

About QUEST
QUEST is a non-profit organization that conducts research, engagement and advocacy to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Smart Energy Communities improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

QUEST has been the national voice for Smart Energy Communities in Canada since 2007. With the help of 8 provincial and regional Caucuses, QUEST brings together key stakeholders from government, utilities & energy providers, the real estate sector among others to transform Canada’s 5400 communities into Smart Energy Communities. Follow us: @QUESTCanada

About Clean Air Partnership (CAP)
CAP is a charitable environmental organization that supports and enables municipalities to become more sustainable, resilient and vibrant communities where resources are used efficiently, the air is clean to breathe and greenhouse gas emissions are minimized. Follow us: @CleanAirGTA

 About the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI)
CUI was established in 1990 in Toronto as Canada’s applied urban policy institute. Our mandate is to build wisdom and inspire leadership for healthy urban development. CUI is a public good enterprise 95% funded through project work. We provide applied research, education/training and communication to improve the processes and policies needed to make informed decisions about urban assets. Learn more: www.canurb.org  Follow us: @CANURB