Action Plan: Renewables & Energy Efficiency

Renewable Electricity – Council

PECAN recommends that Council reduces emissions from Council facilities and generates its own renewable electricity through solar panel installation, including:

  • Sourcing electricity from 100% renewable sources (i.e. MREP, solar)
  • Increasing electricity generation within the municipality, e.g. through further solar installation on Council buildings

Renewable Electricity – Residential, Commercial, and Industrial

PECAN recommends that Council launches initiatives that require, promote and underwrite the use of renewable energy for residential, commercial, and industrial properties (i.e. solar panel installations, community microgrids, battery purchases, etc), including:

  • Facilitating power purchase agreements (e.g. MREPII) and similar bulk purchasing projects (micro-grids, virtual power plants, etc) for residential, commercial, and industrial users.
  • Sourcing community (residential, commercial, and industrial) electricity from 100% renewable sources by 2030.

Energy Efficiency РCouncil 

PECAN recommends that Council improves energy efficiency in council properties, including:

  • Auditing Council assets to identify opportunities to reduce emissions through energy efficiency efforts.
  • Reducing average Council electricity use by 20% by 2025.

Energy Efficiency РResidential, Commercial, and Industrial 

PECAN recommends that Council mandates, promotes, funds, and underwrites the improvement of energy efficiency in non-Council properties, including:

  • Designing and offering programs that reduce emissions through energy efficiency across residential, commercial, and industrial (e.g. through efficiency programs or rate reduction incentives for properties).
  • Reducing average community (residential, commercial, and industrial) electricity use by 20% by 2025.

Energy Efficiency – Street Lighting

PECAN recommends that Council upgrades street lighting with efficient LED lighting:

  • 100% LED street lighting for pedestrian and vehicular lighting by 2023.