Governing the implementation of community energy plans through local not-for-profit intermediaries and delivery partners: Our Energy Guelph case study – AIRE series Part 3
November 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MSTFree
This presentation will describe the logic upon which local not-for-profit organizations – serving as intermediaries and delivery partners – can improve planning and implementation of community energy plans. The case of Our Energy Guelph, established in 2018, will be used as a focal point to discuss the strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats of this governance model and organization.
The presentation will be co-delivered by Kirby Calvert, Chair of Board of Directors at Our Energy Guelph, and Alex Chapman, Executive Director of Our Energy Guelph. This dual perspective will help to shed light on the political and the technical/logistical challenges and opportunities that other municipalities and communities should consider as they work toward a similar governance model.
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
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.
Executive Director of Our Energy Guelph
academic research for the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, sub-sea pipeline installation in Europe for the oil and gas sector, business analysis and IT project management for one of the world’s largest professional services firms, sales and marketing for a solar energy installation contractor, and community energy management and climate action for the City of Guelph. He serves on the board of directors of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Canada, the Energy Task Force of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and the advisory board of Electric Autonomy Canada, and is a member of the Clean Air Partnership and the Association of Energy Engineers.