Progress as of 2016

An assessment of the activities described in Attachment B falls into three main categories:

Progressing Well

  • Energy efficiency retrofit programs and peak demand programs
  • Alternative vehicles and transportation strategies;
  • Energy policies are embedded into municipal land use planning documents, such as Secondary Land Use Plans;
  • Developing and maintaining Guelph’s reputation as a leader in 
developing Community Energy Plan(s);
  • Integration of the CEI into Economic Development investment attraction and business retention and expansion programs and strategies; and
  • Advocacy work with other levels of government to develop supporting policies and programs for Community energy plans and implementation.

Progressing But Slow or Stalled 


  • Building Code under the purview of the Provincial Government is driving energy efficiency in new construction; 

  • Lack of scale in achieving the integration of Community energy systems (such as solar and thermal energy systems etc.) into large residential and/or commercial developments; 

  • Increased transportation efficiency through urban design, effective alternative transport options and vehicle efficiencies; 

  • Coordinated focus, on building and scaling up District Energy systems or components such Combined Heat and Power; and 

  • Ability of offer truly competitive energy alternatives to end-users

Not Progressing Well, Action Required

  • Develop community based committee to coordinate the planning, implementation and reporting of future CEI activities; 

  • The ability of the City further develop guidelines for developers to increase energy efficiency or otherwise support the goals of the Community Energy Initiative; 

  • The ability to offer multi-energy solutions to industrial customers will require much more coordination among public, community and private sector stakeholders and is likely further out on the current 2031 implementation horizon; 

  • Waste and biomass energy project concepts are at the very early stages with interest from the private sector and coordination where appropriate from Economic Development. 

  • Clarify the role of GMHI as potential stakeholder in implementing aspects of the CEI is under review; 

  • Develop business cases, plans and strategies which will attempt to realize large scale efficiency gains through integrated (i.e. efficiency, cogeneration, renewables etc.) projects; and 

  • Establish regular reporting schedules and reporting protocols;