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Accelerating implementation in renewable energy: what role for the Municipality? AIRE series Part 2

October 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT

Part 2. Accelerating implementation in renewable energy: what role for the Municipality?
Part 2. Accelerating implementation in renewable energy: what role for the Municipality?

Accelerating the Implementation of Renewable Energy Webinar Series

This presentation will discuss the (changing) role of the municipality in energy supply planning and system implementation.
First, a critical reflection on the logic through which it is expected that a stronger role for local governments will result in improved outcomes in renewable energy implementation. Simply stated, the logic rests on ideas about achieving institutional fit through decentralization and increasing institutional capacity through collaboration.
From there, the second part of the presentation provides a typology of the various roles municipalities can play in helping to accelerate implementation of renewable energy.
Finally, the preliminary results of a survey of implementation in three Canadian provinces will be shared, to identify examples of these various roles and to highlight innovative mechanisms and collaborations.

Presented in partnership with the Community Energy Knowledge Action Partnership (CEKAP) and the University of Guelph.

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.

About the presenters

Kirby Calvert

Associate Professor at the University of Guelph


Kirby is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph where he leads the Community Energy Knowledge-Action Partnership (CEKAP) – a loosely organized network of academic researchers and practitioners working to better understand the opportunities and barriers of community energy plans. He is also co-founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of Our Energy Guelph, a community not-for-profit that is working under a service agreement with the City of Guelph to catalyze the implementation of its community energy initiatives.

Rebecca Jahns

Research Associate at the University of Guelph


Rebecca Jahns is a Master’s graduate and current Research Associate from the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Guelph. She has travelled extensively through Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley region for her pilot-study thesis, entitled Participatory Mapping and Community-Informed Spatial Planning of Renewable Energy Projects. She has been delighted to continue similar research in new locations across Canada through the AIRE Project, in partnership with QUEST. She is passionate about environmental protection and the advancement of renewable energy technologies, and hopes that her work will add meaningful insight to both of these research areas.

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October 21
11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
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