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Accelerating Climate Action …through collaboration . Achieving More Together: A regional approach to energy planning and management in the East Kootenays Community Energy Association Megan Lohmann, Sr. Community Energy Planner Building SustainABLE Communities November 2013. www.cbc.ca.

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Accelerating Climate Action…through collaboration

Achieving More Together: A regional approach to energy planning and management in the East Kootenays

Community Energy Association

Megan Lohmann, Sr. Community Energy Planner

Building SustainABLE Communities

November 2013


www.cbc.ca


Megan Lohmann


www.tourismkimberley.ca


Commitments

  • Climate Action Charter

  • Partners for Climate Protection

  • CEEPs/GHG Plans

  • Adaptation planning

  • CARIP reporting


Precedent Setting Collaboration


Precedent Setting Collaboration

RDEK Community Energy Manager


1. Common Goals and Barriers

Barriers

  • Capacity

  • Funding

  • Expertise/knowledge

  • Prioritization and timelines

Goals

  • Energy and cost savings

  • Carbon neutrality/community reduction targets

  • Resilient communities


2. Forum for Collaboration

  • BC Hydro

  • Fortis

  • Local governments

    Demonstration of leadership and innovation


3. Demonstrated Efficiency

  • Joint procurement

    • 31 staff engaged in fleet management and in-car driver training

    • Energy assessments at:

      • 5 wastewater treatment plants

      • Over 50 general municipal buildings

      • 11 recreational facilities

  • Local reduction projects/Reporting


3. Demonstrated Efficiency

RDEK Energy Manager

  • ~150 homes registered and proceeding with home energy assessments

  • Consistent marketing and outreach

  • Coaching and point-person support


4. Trust

  • Between local governments and RDEK

  • Between community and local governments

  • Between RD’s and CEA


Collaboration as a way forward

  • Strength in the relationships

  • Shared resources, shared expertise

    Collaboration on green energy requires regional-scale thinking:


Thank you!

Community Energy Association

Megan Lohmann, Sr. Community Energy Planner

mlohmann@communityenergy.bc.ca


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