Community Energy Plan
The City is working with community leaders, citizens and key stakeholders in the Kingston economic and energy sectors to develop the first community energy plan. City council approved the development of the plan in January 2015 with the benefit of matching funds from the Ontario Ministry of Energy.
What is a community energy plan?
A community energy plan examines opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint while stimulating local economic activity by considering energy costs, energy services, energy generation, consumption, and innovative service delivery.
The Kingston Community Energy Plan will consider long-term energy generation, consumption, infrastructure, economic growth and land-use planning – and will examine opportunities for energy generation, conservation and innovation within all sectors of our community: residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, municipal and transportation.
The final plan may include recommendations for capital projects, feasibility studies, timelines and commitments to integrate smart energy recommendations into other relevant municipal planning instruments such as the Official Plan, strategic plans, community economic strategies and smart growth plans.
Why do we need a Kingston community energy plan?
Understanding how, where and when energy is used in Kingston will help the community identify opportunities for energy-use programs focused on energy conservation, fuel switching, renewable energy generation or other smart energy-related efforts. The plan will help:
- Enhance local economic development: our community spends more than $600 million on energy each year – most of that is spent outside our community. A community energy plan will identify ways to retain some of that spending locally. Retaining just 1 per cent of the Kingston community's annual energy budget could generate almost $6 million in local economic wealth.
- Reduce our carbon footprint: Kingston emits approximately 1.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. In 2014, council endorsed the Kingston Climate Action Plan, adopting a community reduction target of 30 per cent by 2030. The community energy plan will help meet that target.
- Advance council's priorities: Engaging the community to create a smart economy and plan a livable city to identifying opportunities for intensification, public transportation while supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Kingston Plan.
- Alignment with Provincial energy strategies: By undertaking a community energy plan the City of Kingston is aligning itself with the Ontario Climate Action Plan and emerging federal strategies for carbon reduction.
Along with many others, these key stakeholders are being asked to contribute to the process and outcomes:
- Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro, Hydro One, Union Gas
- KEDCO, the Chamber of Commerce and SWITCH
- Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy
- City of Kingston - Planning, Engineering (transportation), Strategic Communications, IS&T
- SWITCH Ontario
Developing the plan
Development of the Kingston Community Energy Plan has involved significant consultation with energy stakeholders and the public. Energy and climate policy in Ontario and Canada is changing rapidly and our plan needs to consider how best to align local efforts with provincial and federal initiatives so that access to funding and the effectiveness of our work can be maximized.
The Kingston Community Energy Plan is expected to be completed by October 2017.
- Identification of new smart energy strategies, policies, programs.
- Increased community awareness of energy production, procurement, delivery, consumption and conservation;
- Identification of local economic development opportunities
- Link local land use planning to strategic energy outcomes;
- Leadership in municipal community energy planning - joining London, Guelph, Burlington, Markham, Durham Region and Thunder Bay;
- Readiness for Provincial and Federal energy policy directions;