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Durham Community Energy Plan

The Region of Durham has identified the preparation of a Community Energy Plan as a key component of climate change mitigation and adaptation planning for the community. The Community Energy Plan will also address planning for projected growth in Durham and opportunities for economic development. The Region, the eight local area municipalities and all five local utilities are collaborating, with support from the Ministry of Energy, to develop a Durham Community Energy Plan.

The partners include: Town of Ajax, Township of Brock, Municipality of Clarington, Enbridge Gas, Hydro One, City of Oshawa, Oshawa PUC, City of Pickering, Township of Scugog, Township of Uxbridge, Veridian Connections, Town of Whitby, Whitby Hydro, Region of Durham.

What is a Community Energy Plan?

A Community Energy Plan (CEP) is a comprehensive long-term plan that serves to define community priorities around energy. It aims to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and foster green energy solutions at the local level, while helping to plan ahead for future growth and development, energy generation, delivery and use in a community.

How does a CEP help municipalities?

A CEP helps municipalities to:

  • Assess community energy use and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Identify opportunities to conserve, improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Consider the impact of future growth and options for local clean energy generation; and
  • Support local economic development leading to more sustainable communities.
  • A CEP also considers long-term energy generation, consumption, infrastructure, economic growth, and land-use planning. It encompasses a community's residential, commercial and industrial sectors, as well as institutional and transportation energy use.

What are the benefits of developing a CEP?

The benefits of developing a CEP include:

  • Identifying and addressing potential energy supply limitations;
  • Articulation of a community energy vision for others to invest in;
  • More stable businesses through energy cost reductions;
  • Retention of energy dollars within the community;
  • Reduction in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Improved resident health through improved air quality and increased active transportation;
  • Fostering local sustainable energy solutions in the community;
  • A more sustainable urban form;
  • Increased energy security and resilience;
  • Fostering local economic development and job creation.

What is the process to develop a CEP?

The Ministry of Energy MEP development follows a three-stage process:

Stage 1: Stakeholder Engagement – Building awareness of current energy production and use, identifying energy objectives, proposed energy projects and local energy champions, and securing local interest and involvement in the development of the CEP.

Stage 2: Baseline Energy Study and Energy Infographics – Identifying how and where energy is currently used within the community and spatially analysing opportunities for energy management and production.

Stage 3: Community Energy Plan Development – Evaluation of regional and local energy conservation and development opportunities and creation of a plan that includes project, program and policy recommendations aimed at reducing energy use in the community and enhancing local supply, to be approved by Regional Council.

What other municipalities have developed a CEP?

Over the past five years an increasing number of municipalities across Ontario and Canada have undertaken the development of CEPs. Early adopters in Ontario include Guelph, Burlington, East Gwillimbury, London and Markham.

Currently CEPs are underway in Kingston, Vaughan, Newmarket, Chatham-Kent, Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Temiskaming Shores, Woodstock, Halton Hills, and Oakville. Recently the Regional Municipality of Waterloo has launched a CEP in conjunction with its local municipalities and utilities.

Forms, Reports and Media Releases

More information on Community Energy Planning


Advancing Integrated Community Energy Planning in Ontario: A Primer

Prepared by: Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)


National Report on Community Energy Plan Implementation, February 2015

Prepared by: Community Energy Association and QUEST


Community Energy Planning: The Value Proposition, February 2016

Prepared by: Sustainable Prosperity, Community Energy Association and QUEST

Presentations from Community Energy Planning Seminar, June 9, 2015

For more information on the Durham Community Energy Plan please contact Brian Kelly, Manager of Sustainability at 905-668-7711, extension 3803.