Community Energy Plan
A Community Energy Plan is a comprehensive long term plan to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas. The CEP results in a comprehensive energy plan that fosters a culture of conservation, considers the impact of future growth and options for local clean energy generation and supports economic development by better meeting local energy needs. The CEP will allow the Town of Aurora to integrate energy planning into the land use planning process and help develop longer term energy strategies.
Aurora's population is growing. The forecast population for Aurora in 2031 is approximately 70,200 persons and 34,200 jobs. That is a 17 percent increase over our current population of 60,000 persons. We need to understand how we can accommodate the population and still reduce our carbon footprint.
The majority of this population growth will be accommodated by higher density developments; we have reached our urban boundary and as such our new development and redevelopment will become increasingly vertical.
Benefits of Energy Planning:
- Improve energy efficiency
- Reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
- Foster local sustainable energy solutions in the community
- Address energy limitations where they exist
- Reduce community vulnerability to energy price increases
- Increase energy security and resilience
- Build a local energy efficiency and local energy market sector
- Retain energy dollars within the community
- Support local economic development
The vision for Aurora’s Community Energy Plan (CEP) is, “To achieve a healthy community that is resilient, adaptable, efficient, and economically viable in how it uses and manages energy through new development and retrofits, land use and transportation planning, energy generation (including the use of renewables) and conservation, and industrial processes in order to reduce its reliance on the use of energy and its carbon footprint.”
The following principles will be taken into account for the Community Energy Plan (CEP) development:
That the Community Energy Plan (CEP) promotes economically viable and environmental sustainable solutions.
That the process to develop the Community Energy Plan (CEP) allows for meaningful public engagement and input.
That the Community Energy Plan (CEP) supports sustainable energy policies and practices in the Town of Aurora's planning for community development, transportation transit services and economic development.
The Community Energy Plan (CEP) will capture Aurora' energy use today and provide a strategic plan on how to move forward towards a sustainable energy system.
It is anticipated that the CEP will bring financial, social and environmental benefits to the municipality, residents, businesses, developers, and major institutions.
It is expected that the CEP will address such things as energy efficient buildings and neighborhoods, energy-efficient transportation systems, efficient energy distribution, clean and renewable energy, and greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to other areas that may be identified through the public consultation process.
The CEP will consist of a Stakeholder Engagement component, followed by a Baseline Energy Study (BSL), Energy Map(s) and the development of a Community Energy Plan (CEP). The CEP will identify opportunities for green energy solutions and conservation measures meant to support local economic development and community objectives of energy and water conservation, waste and greenhouse gas emission reduction.
Funding for this project has been retained from:
The Town of Aurora has retained LURA Consulting, ICLEI Canada and Wood to assist with the development of the Community Energy Plan in three stages:
Stage 1: Stakeholder engagement; Engagement will include Stakeholder Working Group, engagement with municipal staff and utilities, and the public.
Stakeholder Working Group Proposed Meeting Timelines
1: Introduction, June 2019
2: Baseline & Vision, October/November 2019
3: Future Scenarios, February/March 2020
4: Strategies, May/June 2020
5: Draft CEP, September/October 2020
Stakeholder Working Group Introductory meeting presentation:
Stage 2: Gathering and analyzing existing baseline data, including energy mapping; allowing for analysis of opportunities for energy reduction/conservation initiatives.
Community Energy & Emissions Baseline will measure:
- Stationary Energy Use
- Commercial & Institutional
- Rail & Off-Road
- Solid Waste
Stage 3: The creation of the Plan and presentation to General Committee and Council for approval; Long-term vision and strategy for energy conservation and green energy solutions.
To complement stakeholder engagement through the working group, pop ups will be hosted at various community events to engage members of the public in conversations about Aurora’s Community Energy Plan.
Community Energy Plan Engagement Events
Aurora Farmers Market - Saturday, August 24, 2019
Aurora Farmers Market - Saturday, September 28, 2019
If you would like to sign up for updates, please email Natalie Kehle, Anaylyst, Energy and Climate Change at firstname.lastname@example.org