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Energy plan puts windmills in play as an alternative source
Posted June 10,
New Tecumseth's updated five year (2019-24) Energy
Conservation and Demand Management Plan (ECDMP) includes as one of its
goals, developing local renewable alternative energy sources.
The ECDMP flows from the 2015 partnership with Honeywell Ltd,
which developed a program intended to help the Town deal with its
energy consumption and related operational costs. The first phase
completed in 2017 included replacing 1,800 streetlights to LEDs. Phase
two includes upgrading HVAC, and lights at the Alliston Arena, the JOC
in Beeton, and completing upgrades to remaining streetlights and six
According to the report to council on tonight's agenda, the
most current data is from 2016 for the Town's energy consumption and
greenhouse gas emissions at its 31 municipal facilities.
"The total energy consumption for electricity is
11,137,150 kWh and natural gas is 684,946 cubic metres for all
buildings or facilities the Town owns or leases. About 1,710 tonnes of
GHG emissions was produced in 2016. The
total cost for electricity and
natural gas was $2,953,429 for all
Between 2014-16 reduced its energy use by 3.5 per cent, and a
13 per cent drop in natural gas. The updated ECDMP sets an annual
reduction target of two per cent through to 2024, estimated to save
approximately $58,000 per year.
The third of five goals in the updated plan is to "explore
renewable energy opportunities through Town funded initiatives."
Among the highlighted options:
- Off-grid opportunities for the first self-sufficient
facility in New Tecumseth;
- Installation of windmill(s) at lagoons and Town's lands;
- Purchase of solar panels to
increase the use of an alternative
energy source; and,
- Revenue opportunities to turn
sewage sludge becomes a source of
Renewable energy projects require final approval from
the Ministry of Environment.
"The Town aspires to show
leadership in clean energy and is
actively working towards reducing conventional energy
demand by utilizing alternative energy sources," according to the
report. "This is a significant opportunity to
achieve energy efficiency by focusing
on renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and
New Tecumseth holds lease agreements with third parties for
solar panels on several public facilities, generating approximately
$56,000 in revenues in 2018.
Implementing the ECDMP requires establishing a new staff
position, Energy Conservation Officer, which will be included in the
2020 budget, "to take Town's initiatives to new heights."
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by Tony Veltri