The Power of Community: Renewable Energy & Citizen Participation in Ontario
YWCA, 87 Elm St, Toronto
When it comes to maximizing the economic benefits and public support for clean energy sources like wind and solar, community participation and ownership matters. Ontario has become a leader in community power, and is reaping many benefits for everyday Ontarians.
The Power of Community, a new report by TREC and FCPC, quantifies those benefits for Ontarians for the first time, demonstrating how community-ownership of renewable energy can generate twice as many jobs, result in $2 of economic opportunity for every $1 spent, and increase public support for renewables, by creating local investment opportunities for everyday people.
Hear is your chance to hear from local environmental and community power leaders on the importance of community participation:
? Keynote address by Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, for an overview of the state of Ontario’s energy sector, and how everyday citizens can get involved in environmental issues affecting their communities.
? Dr. Judith Lipp, Research Director at TREC, will present the highlights of the Power of Community report
? David Cork, TREC’s Managing Director and Gideon Forman from the David Suzuki Foundation will wrap up with a presentation on Ontario's Long Term Energy Planning process and will show you how to make your opinions count.
Local renewable energy co-ops and environmental organizations will also be onsite to provide information on their projects and opportunities to get involved in the community advantage first-hand.
Light refreshments will be served.
Register now at power-of-community.eventbrite.