City Takes Action on Community Energy Plan

Charlottetown Takes Action on Community Energy Plan
Posted on 03/26/2019
Charlottetown has officially joined the ranks of other trailblazing cities in Canada by taking steps to become 100 per cent renewable energy powered and carbon neutral, and is now the fifth Canadian city to develop a plan with a renewable energy goal.

Charlottetown City Council recently adopted the Community Energy Plan, with a vision for Charlottetown to be a carbon neutral, diverse, and economically strong community, powered only by renewable energy by the year 2050. By taking action on the Community Energy Plan, Council has sent a message that it is committed to turning that vision into a reality.

Two events have been scheduled, in partnership with the Province of PEI and efficiencyPEI, to assist residents with the transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy future; one will be held on April 17 and the second will be held on April 30.

“Charlottetown’s transition to a renewable and carbon neutral city will not happen overnight, but we recognize that action has to be taken now and remain consistent in order to achieve our energy goals,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “Implementation of this Community Energy Plan will unlock many benefits including improved energy efficiency, fewer emissions, improved health and well-being for residents now and in the future. On the economic front, benefits include growth and stability, increased jobs, and more affordable and stable energy pricing.”

Through these events, the City aims to raise awareness of the existing energy efficiency rebates offered by efficiencyPEI, and how the public can build energy efficiency into their homes through energy efficiency upgrades and design.

The first event, called Ways to Save, will take place on Wednesday, April 17 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at City Hall (199 Queen Street). The event will provide valuable information on the existing energy efficiency rebate programs offered by efficiencyPEI and a presentation on energy efficiency in residential homes. There will be staff available to answer questions about navigating and accessing money savings and rebates through efficiencyPEI.

The second event, called Build a Better Home 2.0, will take place on Tuesday, April 30 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the PEI Brewing Company (96 Kensington Road). There will be a panel consisting of a certified passive home designer, a City Planner, the Energy Programs Coordinator from efficiencyPEI, and an individual speaking about climate change impacts on residential homes, such as flooding. The experts will discuss ways the public can build long-term energy and money savings into their homes.

“Working with our municipal partners in fighting climate change is a priority for our government,” said Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy. “Energy efficiency keeps money in the pockets of Islanders, helps meet our climate goals, reduces our environmental impact and creates job opportunities for local industry. I encourage all Islanders to learn more about efficiencyPEI's rebates and programs that help reduce emissions while saving money on energy.”

These free, public events are just one of the many ways the City of Charlottetown is taking action on the Community Energy Plan. Some of the objectives in the Plan are to significantly improve energy efficiency in buildings; to greatly reduce energy use in transportation; to transition to clean renewable energy; and, to foster sustainable community development.

Aside from the scheduled events, the City has already completed a number of projects, such as:

• LED lighting upgrades at a number of City facilities, including parkades, City Hall, the West Royalty Community Centre, and the Charlottetown Police station;
• adding 200 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic capacity at the Miltonvale Wellfield and Booster Station for an annual savings of 150 tonnes of carbon dioxide;
• participating in a climate change resilience and adaptation workshop, hosted by Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST), to review the local risks and vulnerabilities related to climate change and preparedness.

At each of the public events scheduled for April 17 and April 30, participants will receive a ballot for a chance to win a heat pump and installation, valued at up to $5,000. The draw will take place on April 30. Both events are free to attend, and open to Charlottetown residents. Pre-registration is required for Build a Better Home 2.0 and can be completed online at: www.charlottetown.ca/community_energy.

To learn about efficiencyPEI’s energy rebates, visit: www.efficiencypei.ca

To view the City of Charlottetown Community Energy Plan, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/community_energy