Our Energy Guelph endeavours to answer as many questions as possible regarding its mission and about the Community Energy Initiative in general. Please read through the questions here. If you have a question of your own, please fill in the form at the bottom of this page.
What is the cost of CEI since 2007?
Costs and revenue associated with community-led energy projects (those not initiated by the City) are not necessarily reported as part of the CEI. The City cannot comment on projects funded by others. The CEI is not just one energy project run by one organization. It’s a platform for individuals and organizations throughout the community to use energy differently than we have in the past. Examples include:
- Rooftop solar installations on the roofs of businesses, churches and homes
- Privately-owned electric vehicles and charging equipment
- Electric vehicle charging stations in a mall and other sites
- Promotion of residential and commercial electricity and natural gas conservation (several provincial and utilities manage several kinds of incentive programs)
- Energy audits offered by several not-for-profit organizations
- University of Guelph’s sustainability projects, including conservation and district energy
- Polycon use of combined heat and power system
The City’s projects have included:
- Water conservation projects
- Improving the efficiency of City buildings
- LED street-lighting pilot program
- Rooftop solar on River Run Centre, Public Works Building, Guelph Lawn Bowling Club, three Fire Department buildings
- Ground-mounted solar under the Speedvale water tower
- Biogas from the Eastview landfill plant
In recent months, City Council has heard reports on two aspects of the CEI.
Investments made for energy efficiency and related activities within the city as a corporation is found in the July 18, 2016 report.
Are the CEP goals anchored in reality (40% reduction in energy consumption)?
Yes they are. Guelph energy goals for 2031 were set using information from several European cities that were already performing at these energy levels back in 2007.
Are the people at your CEI Taskforce volunteers?
Participation on the Taskforce is voluntary and unpaid.