The City of Kenora seeks to undertake a Community Energy Plan (CEP) to build the community’s energy resilience in light of future risks, align with provincial, national and international climate policy directives and foster opportunities for cost-savings and environmental sustainability. The province has recently announced an ambitious Climate Change Action Plan to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions of 80 percent over 1990 levels by 2050. Internationally, a goal of an 85 percent reduction in GHG emissions intensity by 2050 is understood to be the minimum level of carbon reductions required to ensure a global warming limit of no more than 1.5C by 2100.
Kenora’s CEP will not only provide a path forward to help achieve these targets but also curtail rising energy costs and help develop the local ‘green’ economy. The significant investment by the City in ongoing LED conversions to buildings and streetlights has an anticipated payback period of only 3 years due to associated electrical and maintenance savings. An energy plan is seen as a catalyst to expand retrofit practices across Kenora and an exercise in community engagement that can lead to a more comprehensive understanding of energy to include land-use planning, transportation, water and waste diversion.”
Currently, initiatives designed to promote a culture of conservation and increase energy efficiency are guided through the City of Kenora’s Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan. As part of this Plan, the City must continually review and report on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.