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Pollution Probe, QUEST Canada launch an energy planning framework for Ontario

September 29, 2022  By Staff

Burlington, Ont.

Today, Pollution Probe and QUEST Canada are releasing the Advancing Community Energy Planning Alignment & Implementation Framework for Ontario.

In response to the global climate emergency, many Ontario communities are developing ambitious community energy plans or climate action plans. These plans increasingly chart a long-term course towards net-zero emissions. To achieve this goal, communities are  envisioning unprecedented transformations in how energy is generated and used in virtually every aspect of community life: how we live, work, travel, learn, and play.

However, despite their ambitions and political will, communities are unable to implement these plans on their own as most of the decarbonization measures are outside of their direct control. Success requires everyone in the community to work together.

“Communities are at the forefront of the net-zero energy transition, and they are stepping up through their community energy plans and climate action plans. This new Framework will help them bring all stakeholders together to more effectively realize their plans,” says Richard Carlson, Director of Energy, Pollution Probe.


Pollution Probe and QUEST Canada’s Advancing Community Energy Planning Alignment & Implementation Framework for Ontario is intended to assist communities identify and activate the resources and actors needed to drive implementation of their energy or climate plan. The Framework provides an integrated approach that communities can employ to engage and align the efforts and objectives of all relevant stakeholders to unlock opportunities for achieving community energy and emission goals and supporting municipalities in the transition to net-zero.

The Framework aims to improve the prospects and mechanics for CEP implementation, ensuring that resources are targeted at initiatives that have strong support, provide substantial benefits, and address broad community priorities.

This Framework will “empower communities with the tools they need to get started on achieving their net-zero goals. Together, Ontario communities will be able to make their vision of a greener future a reality,” states the press release.

Burlington, Ont. has agreed to be the pilot community for this, with funding to develop the Framework  provided in part through the IESO’s Grid Innovation Fund.

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