CEP Guides

Natural Resources Canada: Community Energy Planning – 2007    This guide draws extensively on Canadian examples and experience to help communities plan and implement a strategy to reduce fossil fuel dependency and GHG emissions, while promoting resilience and energy security.

The US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy offers this Guide to the Community Energy Strategic Plan (CESP) approach, “a step-by-step process for creating a robust strategic energy plan for your government and community…”

Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) has developed a process and resources to encourage effective community energy planning in Canada. One initiative is Getting to Implementation in Canada, which includes a number of publications, available here, and The Community Energy Implementation Framework  which “includes 10 strategies that provide insights, advice and a proposed path forward to foster widespread political, staff and stakeholder support, build staff and financial capacity for implementation, and embed energy into the plans, policies and processes of the local government.”

Partners for Climate Protection is a network of over 300 Canadian municipalities (including the County of Antigonish) that have joined together to reduce GHG emissions.  The program is a partnership between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. Useful resources, available here, include a series of guides and a toolkit designed to help municipal governments achieve 5 specific milestones: 1. creating a GHG emissions inventory and forecast, 2. setting an emissions reductions target, 3. developing a local action plan, 4. implementing the plan, and 5. monitoring progress and reporting results.


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