Council receives 2022 Community Energy Strategy Update
Wed, 21 Sep 2022
On September 20, 2022, Town Council received an update on the Community Energy Strategy (CES) highlighting the progress made on key projects completed in year two of the strategy’s implementation. Council also endorsed the extension of the town’s service agreement with Future Energy Oakville (FEO) through to March 2023.
In February 2020, Council endorsed the CES, brought forward by the Oakville Energy Task Force (OETF), which was developed in response to the climate emergency declared by the town in 2019. The CES establishes a collective approach for mitigating the impacts of climate change and directly supports the climate emergency declaration. It also showcases the importance of community collaboration to accomplish critical initiatives to support climate action.
Future Energy Oakville’s mandate is to champion and coordinate the community-wide implementation of the CES. The key role of the OETF, comprised of community leaders from local businesses, government, utilities, schools and community groups, is to provide oversight and support to the FEO in fulfilling its mandate.
Along with members of the OETF, the town continues to be a key stakeholder in implementing the CES, with multiple town departments leading significant initiatives that directly support the CES 2020-2025 priority projects. The following highlights some of the town-led initiatives that have been completed to date:
- In collaboration with Natural Resources Canada, the town installed 16 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for public use across Oakville, bringing the total number of EV charging spaces to 46. Town staff submitted a second funding application in August 2022 for 24 additional charging stations for town fleet vehicles.
- In collaboration with Oakville Enterprises Corporation, the town completed a business case for a potential program to support comprehensive deep energy retrofits for homes in Oakville.
- GHG emissions reductions for corporate facilities remains ahead of schedule to meeting the 2024 target established in the 2020 Corporate Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan. This has been a result of lighting retrofits, energy conservation projects, retro-commissioning at various facilities and an overall increase in staff engagement on energy management initiatives. Currently, work is underway on the development of Deep Energy Retrofit Studies, which will help the town understand resources and efforts needed for facilities to reach Net-Zero Carbon and low energy use standards.
- Begun the transition and expansion of Oakville Transit’s bus fleet to fully electric buses and the town remains on track to receive e-buses by the end of 2022, to be used for care-A-van (specialized) service. Over the next five years approximately 50 per cent of Oakville Transit’s fleet will be converted from diesel to battery electric power.
- In 2019, Council unanimously voted to declare a climate emergency recognizing the important role municipalities play in fulfilling Canada’s Paris Climate Agreement commitment.
- In February 2020, Council unanimously endorsed Oakville’s 2020-2025 Community Energy Strategy presented by the community-based Oakville Energy Task Force (OETF), which set community goals for improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing the local economy.
- Along with the endorsement of the CES in 2020, Council committed to providing financial and in-kind support for the OETF to develop and establish Future Energy Oakville (FEO). FEO was incorporated on January 27, 2021.
- Review the Community Energy Strategy Implementation Update staff report (item #9.1) in the September 20, 2022 Council meeting agenda. To learn more, visit the Community Energy Planning page.
“Council and I are proud of the significant progress made to date on various local innovations to support a cleaner, greener and more livable Oakville. Thanks to the ongoing collaboration between the town, Oakville Energy Task Force, Future Energy Oakville and key stakeholders, the priorities outlined in the Community Energy Strategy will move forward successfully with continued opportunities for community engagement. We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving community energy efficiency in Oakville.”
Mayor Rob Burton