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Accelerating Implementation of Renewable Energy

Accelerating Implementation of Renewable Energy is a two year project designed to help municipalities reach emission reduction targets by enabling investment of local renewable energy projects and infrastructure. The project will give municipalities the information and the tools they need to better assess and communicate renewable energy opportunities and adapt to changes in technology and policy.

Participants will benefit from hands-on learning techniques, real-world case studies on land use and other policy and technical tools, and a customized mapping toolkit to assess and communicate opportunities for projects in their communities.

This project is funded through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The grant is part of Transition 2050, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada and offered through FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).

Participating Municipalities

The following municipalities have been selected to participate in the Accelerating Implementation of Renewable Energy Project.

Canmore is a postcard perfect community enveloped by the rugged Canadian Rockies. Canmore is also surrounded by provincially and nationally significant protected areas and the Bow River flows through the heart of town. For these reasons, and many more, Canmore acknowledges our significant responsibility to be effective stewards of the land and resources that surround our community. Canmore is also growing and we are keenly aware of the fine balance between growth and environmental sustainability – our community seeks to support these opportunities while striving to minimize environmental impact. Investigating ways to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy is an opportunity for us to imagine a more sustainable future while still supporting the energy needs of our community.

The City of Moncton is located in southeastern New Brunswick and has a population of approximately 71,800. It is a vibrant and culturally rich community with a mission to deliver quality services to its citizens and foster and environment for the community to prosper. As identified it the City’s Strategic Plan, the environment and health of the community is a key priority for the City.

The City of Saint John is Canada’s first incorporate city (1785). It is centrally located on the southern New Brunswick coast of the Bay of Fundy at the confluence of the St. John River system, and is the largest municipality in the province at 316.3 square kilometers. The City has an increasingly diverse economy comprised of advanced manufacturing, information and communications technology, tourism and regional financial and service-based businesses. Saint John is also Eastern Canada’s energy gateway to New England, the US Eastern Seaboard and Atlantic Basin, and home to the country’s largest oil refinery, Canada’s only LNG terminal, two international natural gas pipelines, two large thermal power generation facilities and a nuclear power plant. The Saint John CMA population based on the 2016 census is just over 126,000, with a City of Saint John population of 67,575. The City’s unique geography, size and natural environment, combined with its age and diverse residential, commercial and industrial footprint, creates some truly unique climate and asset management challenges.

Waterloo Region is a mid-sized community located in the heart of southwestern Ontario. The Region has all the amenities of a large urban centre while still maintaining the charm and character of a smaller rural community. With a population of more than 530,000 people, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest growing areas in Ontario. The Region is a community of communities, connected by the Grand River, a diverse population, growing post-secondary institutions, and a thriving economy.

Project Partners

The Accelerating Implementation of Renewable Energy project is being led in partnership by QUEST and CEKAP.

Project Supporters

This project is funded through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The grant is part of Transition 2050, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada and offered through FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).

Please contact Alex Benzie, Project Manager for the Accelerating Implementation of Renewable Energy project at [email protected] to learn more.

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