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Webinar: The Economic Impact of Community Energy Plans

July 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT


How Implementing Community Energy Planning Creates Jobs

Join Rob Kerr, an independent consultant and a QUEST Senior Associate, to learn more about the economic impact of community energy planning. 

Communities, and their municipal governments across Canada, will struggle to renew their post-pandemic economies in the years to come. Transitioning to Smart Energy Communities through the implementation of community energy plans is a vital part of community recovery. 

In this webinar Rob will outline the importance of community energy planning and how the implementation of community energy plans can create jobs in three ways:

  1. Retaining Energy Dollars in the Community through Energy Efficiency
  2. Attracting Investment in Local Energy Infrastructure
  3. Attracting Major Actors in the Transitioning Energy Economy

Rob will also bring insights from a recent QUEST New Brunswick research project that set out to examine the local economic benefits of implementing community energy plans in New Brunswick.  


July 15, 2020

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ADT | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET |11:00 – 12:00 MDT

About the presenters


Rob Kerr

Senior associate at QUEST


Rob Kerr is currently an independent consultant, based in Guelph, Ontario, providing community energy services. Rob has over 35 years of experience in many facets of the transitioning energy market with a focus on policy development and implementation of energy and climate change projects/programs in the municipal and community space.

Mr. Kerr’s work experience has been a balance between the private and public sector, having worked with the cities of Guelph and Mississauga, Honeywell, Hydro Quebec, Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc., and Energy Advantage. Rob has held senior positions at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability providing policy and program support to cities around the world committed to climate mitigation and adaptation activities. He has developed expertise in managing inter-governmental relationships – from his advocacy work at the global level (starting with the UN Climate Conference in Kyoto, Japan in 1997) – to ongoing advisory relationships with the Canadian federal and provincial governments as well as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Rob works with QUEST as a Senior Associate to further the development of Smart Energy Communities and the implementation of Community Energy Planning through policy support.


July 15, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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