Energy Evolution is a renewable energy strategy designed to manage energy consumption, promote the use of renewable energy and advance local economic development opportunities in Ottawa. Developed in collaboration with dozens of local businesses and organizations, the strategy is intended to be a community-wide initiative with a vision to transform Ottawa into a thriving city powered by clean, renewable energy.
Given the range of energy types currently used within Ottawa and the ways in which these are consumed, realizing Energy Evolution’s vision will require concerted efforts and collaboration across all sectors of the community to reduce the city’s current dependence on fossil fuels. The approach adopted by the strategy to guide this transition is three-pronged:
- Reduce energy use through conservation and efficiency
- Increase the supply of renewable energy through local and regional production
- Prioritize the procurement of clean, renewable energy
As an economic development strategy, Energy Evolution also aims to promote Ottawa as a center for innovation, research and technology development. The strategy establishes clear linkages to the City’s Smart Cities 2.0 Strategy and aligns with the City’s updated Economic Development Strategy in terms of fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and small-business development.
Phase 1 Strategy - Ottawa’s Community Energy Transition Strategy
In 2015, City Council approved the development of a renewable energy strategy as 2015-2018 Term of Council priority, directing staff to:
- Complete a baseline analysis of energy supply and demand within the City of Ottawa and assess options, in collaboration with community partners, for all such partners to advance energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy generation within their respective areas of control/influence.
Work on the strategy began in 2016 with the creation of a community Sounding Board comprised of over 100 individuals representing 50 organizations in Ottawa. Over the course of 2016 and 2017, City staff worked with members of the Sounding Board as well as targeted stakeholders in the energy sector to establish an overarching vision for the strategy, assess renewable energy generation and energy reduction opportunities, and identify a series of actions to implement between 2018 and 2020.
The first phase of the strategy, Phase 1, was received by City Council on December 13, 2017. The Phase 1 Strategy delivers a baseline inventory and analysis of Ottawa’s current energy consumption and assesses opportunities primarily related to renewable energy generation (e.g., solar power, heat pumps, biogas, etc.). The Phase 1 Strategy also includes a short-term action plan comprised of over 30 initiatives to be implemented by the City and its community partners by 2020.
Phase 1 Strategy Documents
Phase 2 Strategy
Phase 2 of Energy Evolution will include the development of Pathway Studies and the identification of short-term, medium and longer term actions related to energy efficiency and conservation, particularly with regards to buildings and the transportation sector. It will also examine other areas associated with renewable energy such as energy from waste, energy storage and demand management.