The City is joining forces with community partners to put Ottawa on the path to clean, renewable energy, according to a strategy approved today by the Environment and Climate Protection Committee.
Energy Evolution, the first phase of a multi-year strategy for renewable energy, aims to reduce energy use, increase renewable energy and advance local opportunities for economic development. The strategy outlines 33 initiatives for the City and community partners to undertake between 2017 and 2020, including establishing a fund to manage energy investments.
The City’s Draft Operating and Capital Budget for 2018, considered today by the Committee, would allocate $2 million to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to energy management. This includes $500,000 in new funding that would be matched by the private sector for community energy initiatives.
Draft Budget 2018 also allocates an additional $15.1 million to drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services, for a total of $365.2 million. Of this, $201.6 million would go towards renewing and growing the City’s water infrastructure.
The Committee approved a new policy for electric vehicle charging stations on City property. The policy recommends installing at minimum one charging station at each new or majorly expanding facility. It also proposes a fee structure to standardize rates across the region by type of facility.
Items approved at today’s Environment and Climate Protection Committee will go to City Council on Wednesday, December 13.