Original Targets

Per-Capita Energy and GHG Targets

The CEP established two high level measurable targets to be achieved by 2031:

  • A 50% per capita reduction in energy use
  • A 60% per capita reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

Categorically, and for the purposes of monitoring and reporting, these specific targets, objectives and principles break down in seven key categories:

Energy Efficiency

  • Homes - 40% reduction in residential building energy use per capita by 2031 through conservation and efficiency
  • Buildings - 34% reduction in commercial building energy use per capita by 2031 through conservation and efficiency
  • Industry - 30% reduction in industrial energy use per capita by 2031 through conservation and efficiency
  • Transport - 60% reduction in transportation energy use per capita by 2031 through urban design, effective alternative transport options and vehicle efficiencies
  • System
    • 84% reduction in total electric conversion
    • 40% reduction (279 MW to 167 MW) of summer grid electrical peak by 2031 through a combination of efficiency, cogeneration, heat recovery and solar PV

Heat Recovery

  • 30% of electricity provided by combined heat and power by 2031

Renewable Energy

Incorporate as many renewable energy sources as feasible

  • 25% of energy consumption from renewables (solar, biogas and biomass) by 2020
  • 20% of electricity consumption from solar PV by 2031
  • 10% thermal energy supplied from biomass by 2031

System Integration

Integrate conventional energy networks

This means that the electricity, natural gas, district energy, and transportation fuel networks in Guelph will be better coordinated to match energy needs with the most efficient energy source. It means using energy delivery systems strategically, optimizing the use of energy delivery systems and using them as a resource to ensure reliability and for energy storage to meet varying demands.

The energy management breakthroughs that Guelph is aiming to achieve with the Guelph CEP will come from the ability to integrate many separate actions and leverage the gains between them.

Local Government Leadership

  • The role of local government is a crucial component of the successful implementation of a CEP.
  • Seek approval of the Guelph CEP by Guelph City Council
  • Update the Guelph CEP every 5 years
  • Ensure future Councils and new management leadership are briefed on the Guelph CEP
  • Regularly update Council on the progress of the Guelph CEP
  • Appoint a management lead for the CEP
  • Integrate the Guelph CEP into municipal policy and administrative practices.
  • Develop a framework that over a reasonable period of time would create a unified, municipal multi-utility under the franchise from the city.
  • Develop a communications strategy in partnership with the CEP Community Consortium
  • Advocate for regulatory and legislative change that will support implementation of the Guelph CEP
  • Engage neighbourhoods and stakeholders in the advancement of scale projects

Community Leadership

The role of the community was deemed to be a crucial component to the successful implementation of Guelph’s CEP/CEI.

  • Maintain the role of the CEP Community Consortium to oversee implementation
  • Engage schools, college and universities to promote understanding and awareness of CEPs
  • Develop a communications strategy in partnership with the City
  • Establish a clearing house for energy and water related incentive programs
  • Advance the Guelph CEP as a national and provincial model for Smart Energy Communities
  • Establish a Community Energy Dashboard and report regularly on indicators that measure success in achieving the vision and goals.

See the full Community Energy Plan