Community Energy Planning: Thursday December 1, 6:30-8:30 pm, Assembly Hall, Bethany


  1. ACE/StFX possible service learning options for 2017 (Frank, Sister Donna and Arlynne) (15 minutes)
  2. Our current energy system (Margo, Paul, Sue and Jay) (25 minutes)
  3. Community energy planning frameworks: recomendations for ACE (Margo, Jason and others) (30 minutes)
  4. Energy action team progress report: Biomass and biofuels (Jay, Karen and Hugh) (30 minutes)
  5. Dr. Louise Comeau, from the Conservation Council of New Brunswick Energy Planning (Sister Donna) (10 minutes)
  6. Date and focus for January monthly meeting + Date for February community energy Forum III (10 minutes)
All are welcome!



Community Energy Planning: Thursday October 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, Assembly Hall, Bethany


6:30 pm: Welcome, Agenda Review and Evening Desired Outcomes, Re-Cap on ACE Mission, Guiding Principles, Goal Statement (Purpose) and Website
6:45 pm: Solidification of a Shared Future Energy State (Vision for 2025 / 2035 and 2050)
7:15 pm: Identification of Pathways for Change (Mitigation Targets and Pathways)
8:00 pm: Upcoming Action Team Deliverables (December / January / February)
8:20 pm: Next Steps
8:30 pm: Closure
All are welcome.


Community Energy Planning: Tuesday June 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, Assembly Hall, Bethany

6:30 Welcome – Agenda Review 
6:40 STFX Service Learning Students – Margo
Objective: To review potential service learning job opportunities for ACE to explore.
7:00 Energy Poverty Presentation – Guest Sister Marion Sheridan, Antigonish Affordable Housing Society
Objective: to gain perspective and insights into energy savings
7:20 Efficiency One – Guest Donald Dodge
Objective: to gain insight and to deepen the ACE efficiency draft goals and objectives
7:50 Community Energy Strategic Planning – Dan and Frank
Objective: to propose a design / process for strengthening the ACE community energy plan goals and objectives
8:00 ACE Research and Action Groups – Group Leaders
Objective # 1: to review a process people can work on / feed into master documents
Objective # 2: to gain insight and to deepen the ACE efficiency draft goals and objectives
8:25 Securing Anchor Partners (Who They Are ~ Who Can Help?) and Next Steps (July / August)
8:30 Closure
All are welcome.  For more information, contact Frank Gallant (

Community Energy Planning: Laying the Foundations

Next planning meeting: Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Assembly Hall, Bethany

All are welcome.

Antigonish Community Energy is laying the foundations for community energy planning in the Antigonish area. Six teams are doing research on topics essential to understanding how we get and use energy. The topics are:

1. Efficiency
2. Economic Development: Local Ownership and Control
3. Solar, Hydro, Geothermal, Wind and Storage Technology
4. Biofuels
5. Natural Gas and Nuclear
6. Scope / Diagnosis of Our Current Energy System


At the meeting on May 3rd we hope to:
  • briefly revisit the six research action groups
  • hear updates on the draft energy plan for Research Action Groups 1 (Efficiency), 2 (Economic Development), and 6 (Scope / Diagnosis)
  • deepen the individual group work researching and exploring the potential of energy options (most of our time will be spent here)
  • explore how to engage additional community stakeholders
  • set a date for bringing a draft community energy plan to the community at large for consultation

Anyone with an interest in any of these topics or who wants to participate is encouraged to come to the meeting on Tuesday, May 3.  For more information, contact Frank Gallant (


Rescheduled: An Energy Plan for Antigonish

Help plan our energy future.

In Paris on December 12, 2015, the global community agreed to move rapidly away from fossil fuels to create a carbon-neutral world in the second half of this century. How will this transition affect our ability to achieve and preserve prosperity? What steps can we take now to minimize the costs and maximise the economic opportunities associated with the coming changes?

Investments we make now in energy infrastructure for our homes, businesses and public facilities, will determine how we get and use energy for decades. Similarly, how we manage our forests will determine the future role that these forests can play as carbon sinks or as sources of renewable energy. Decisions about food systems, transportation networks, industry, and public services will all affect and be affected by the changes to come.

The speed and magnitude of the energy transition will require strategic forward thinking to prepare for the expected, nimble readiness to adjust to the unexpected, and resilience to absorb the inevitable shocks that can be neither predicted nor avoided.

A group of local stakeholders (including the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, Antigonish Community Energy,  Antigonish Community Energy Co-operative, Antigonish Climate Resilience, Responsible Energy Action, and Sustainable Antigonish) has already invited a broad cross section of the Antigonish community to help develop a Community Energy Plan. Any interested member of the community is welcome to join this group as we tackle these questions. In our first session we will identify short and long term goals and the process for achieving them. To participate, come to:

Assembly Hall, Bethany

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

8:30 am to 12 noon

(Rescheduled from January 30)

Antigonish Climate Change Film Will Premiere on September 24

Antigonish Climate Resilience recently announced the premiere of a film about climate change in Antigonish.  From the press release:

Everyone is invited to join Antigonish Climate Resilience for the public premiere of “Listening to Our Neighbours, Exploring the Changing Climate in Antigonish NS.” on September 24th at 7pm in the Community Room at The People’s Place: Antigonish Town and County Library.

For a taste of the film check out the teaser and the music video.