The Community Energy Plan of 2007

In the fall of 2005 the City of Guelph convened the 19-person Guelph Community Energy Plan Consortium under the joint leadership of Dr. Janet Laird, Director of Environmental Services for the City of Guelph, and Art Stockman, President of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. With consulting assistance provided by Garforth International LLC, the consortium developed the Community Energy Plan (CEP) and presented it to Guelph City Council on April 23, 2007.

The first CEP in Canada, this 148-page document outlined a vision to “create a healthy, reliable and sustainable energy future by continually increasing the effectiveness of how we use and manage our energy and water resources”. Council unanimously endorsed the vision, goals, and directions in this document as the basis for community energy planning in Guelph.

The CEP established two key targets, namely to reduce energy use by 50% and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 60% per capita over 2006 levels by 2031.

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