Setting the Stage
The Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report
This past May, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, Dianne Saxe, released her first Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report. In this session, Commissioner Saxe discussed the findings from this report, including using energy reporting and benchmarking to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in municipal buildings, fleets, and water systems.
The Hard Questions of Electricity: Panel Discussion
The panel discussed the reason electricity cost more in Ontario than in neighbouring jurisdictions. They shared ideas about how municipal governments can participate in planning for the cost of the full life cycle of electricity infrastructure and getting value out of the current system
- Moderated by Gary McNamara, with Brian Hewson, OEB, Todd Wilcox EDA, Terry Young, IESO, and Tim Curtis, Niagara-on-the-Lake (no presentation)
The Business Case for Municipal Energy, Air Quality and Climate Change Action
Municipal leaders were given practical advice about making communities more livable, resilient and economically competitive; energy, air quality and climate change is already a municipal mandate that enables communities to advance that vision. Gabriella shared the implementation and outcomes of municipal actions that reduces vulnerability to energy price increases, increases transportation options and encourages active transportation to improve residents’ health and wellbeing; fosters local energy opportunities to retain energy dollars within the community; supports local economic development; and addresses present and future infrastructure needs.
Beyond Ontario - Other Jurisdictions
The German Experience
Germany’s transition to a renewable energy economy has gained international attention for reducing energy imports and shifting to renewable supply, to stimulating technology innovation and the green economy. Craig Morris, Senior Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, outlined Germany’s energy transition, what the reaction has been, and what Ontario can learn.
Energy and Municipal Governments in Quebec
Quebec has operated under a cap and trade system since 2013, and by now, the municipal impacts are clear. The First Vice President of the Union of Municipalities of Quebec, Alexandre Cusson, outlined Quebec’s system, the impacts on the municipal sector, and what Ontario and Quebec can pursue together to advance collective goals.
Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants
As Ontario moves towards low carbon energy systems, the value of microgrids and virtual power plants will grow. Microgrids can provide backup for the grid in case of emergencies, can cut costs, and can connect to a local resource that may be too small or unreliable for traditional grid use, allowing communities to be more energy independent. Virtual power plants can integrate several types of power sources, to establish a more reliable overall power supply. Ken Church from NRCan and Peter Asmus from Navigant explored these two approaches, and how to better connect distributed generation to local and broader energy needs.
Ontario: A Look Into the Future
The Future of Energy in Ontario
- Honorouble Glenn Thibeault, Ontario Minister of Energy
Municipal Champions Panel
While the transition to low-carbon energy production is not always easy, some municipal governments in Ontario are already innovating and developing strong practices. Representatives from Chatham Kent, Oxford and Oshawa presented the initiatives they have been engaged in, their vision for the future of energy in their area, and what will be necessary to achieve it.
Collaborating on Solutions to Meet the Challenges Ahead
Energy in Ontario 2020 and Beyond
- Honourable Glenn Murray, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change