Ontario Community Energy Planning Implementation Network

By implementing a CEP and using energy more efficiently, a community can keep more money in the local economy, generate opportunities for local energy projects and jobs, and help manage risks from increasing energy prices and a changing climate. In Ontario, over 20 communities have developed a CEP, and that number is growing each year. 

  • Engage with MoECC, MoE, MMA to advance the implementation of CEPs and associated projects through provincial policy and programs. 
  • Address barriers to CEP implementation, and continue to work collaboratively to determine and share solutions.
  • Support municipalities and utilities in the community energy planning process through advice, peer learning, and implementation tools.
  • 15 municipalities and 25 participants engaged during monthly peer-to-peer knowledge sharing meetings. 
  • Presented to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on best practices in GHG emission and energy-use inventories. Feedback incorporated into an inventory guideline developed by the Ministry for all municipalities in Ontario.
  • Recommendations to the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review  and Climate Change Action Plan contributed to new language in Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017 that directs municipalities to provide for or participate in long-term energy planning, as well as in the revised Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 that encourages municipalities to advance Community Energy Plans and support urban design patterns that promote energy efficiency, demand reduction, and opportunities for integrated energy systems such as district energy.