Seeking Pilot Communities for Energy Plan Implementation

The Getting to Implementation initiative (GTI) is seeking three Canadian pilot communities to apply leading practices in overcoming challenges associated with implementation of their community energy plan (CEP).

The selected communities will receive support from a cross-disciplinary team of experts over the course of 8-12 months.

Support will include:

  • Over 600 hours of professional staff support from the GTI project team ($75,000 value)
  • Participation in GTI events
  • An online case study profiling your community

Interested communities are invited to submit an Expression of Interest in participating in the GTI Pilot Communities Initiative.

The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is Friday, September 4, 2015.

Community Energy Planning: Getting to Implementation in Canada

More than 180 communities in Canada, representing 50 per cent of the population, have a Community Energy Plan. An important tool, a CEP defines community priorities around energy in order to improve efficiency, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and drive economic development.

GTI is a collaborative initiative spearheaded by leading community energy experts in Canada. It recognizes that all communities need help to get from plans and ideas to implementation.

GTI focuses on the following objectives:

  • Identifying challenges and success factors for CEP implementation in Canada.
  • Defining business models for government staff, utilities, the real estate sector and other community stakeholders involved in implementing CEPs.
  • Building the capacity to implement CEPs collaboratively and effectively.
  • Building a collaborative community of practice and mining the collective intelligence of CEP early adopters in Canada. 

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