From our friends at the Ottawa Renewable Energy Coop who suggest that their supporters write to candidates for the next city council.
Suggested Letter to Municipal Candidates
Dear Ward Candidate,
Many savvy investors and burgeoning economies are investing heavily in in renewable energy sources. The Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative (OREC) offers all Ottawa residents the opportunity to invest in community owned renewable energy systems. We have the technology, every reason to act together with eager community partners who are ready to embrace these opportunitiesAt OREC, we recognize that the advancement of renewable energy in Ottawa is consistent with the following city policies:
- Term of Council Priority Environmental Stewardship;
- Term of Council Priority Economic Prosperity;
- Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan (recognizes growing trend and role of generating renewable energy locally);
- Investment strategy for Sustainable Economic Prosperity (balancing business prosperity with social equity, environmental responsibility and cultural expression);
- Choosing our Future report, in particular the Energy and Emissions Plan, a sub-plan of the Sustainability and Resilience Plan, focuses on increasing renewable energy and reducing energy demand; and finally,
- ‘Partnerships for Prosperity’ proposes that the City take an even more aggressive funding role in the local social enterprises sector.
Still, we believe there is strong room for improvement and make the following recommendations:
The City could be a better partner by
- making changes to the regulatory regime to facilitate solar installations (currently, those developing solar rooftop projects are thwarted by overly cautious and arguably unnecessary requirements during the permits and approvals phase of project development); and,
- leveraging the City’s role as a prominent building owner to increase resident participation in rooftop solar projects through partnership with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative.