Effective community engagement is essential for building sustainable energy systems in Canada. Energy Exchange has heard from our key stakeholders and communities that there is a need for a credible and objective third-party to work with communities prior to energy infrastructure stakeholder consultation processes to:
- educate them on our energy systems;
- help them understand key aspects of the energy system that are relevant to their community;
- map highly valued assets within the community; and
- have a clear understanding of the regulatory process.
In response to this market need, Energy Exchange has launched the Energy Ambassadors Program, which will accomplish these educational goals through community workshops and engagement, building capacity across the country. This program will support communities to meaningfully participate, taking an active role in the consultation processes – with industry, government and each other.
HOW DOES THE COMMUNITY BENEFIT?
- Free capacity-building engagement, led by energy experts
- Assistance to the community to support effective engagement
- Education on the energy system, based on our popular Primer on Energy Systems in Canada, 2nd Edition
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is the program running?
The initial pilot project is planned for early 2018. Additional pilots are also planned for late 2018 and early 2019.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to participate in the program.
Does the local council or municipal government need to approve the program?
Council endorsement of the pilot or the project is not required.
Energy Ambassadors is a capacity-building program, not an endorsement of any particular project.
The Energy Ambassador program is seeking a community to pilot the program.
Eligible communities should have an upcoming energy infrastructure project that will be in the interest-test or pre-regulatory phase of the proposed energy infrastructure project in early 2018. The first pilot will launch in early 2018.
Examples of eligible infrastructure projects include but are not limited to: electricity and other energy transmission and distribution infrastructure, wind generation, solar generation, energy storage, hydro projects, gas plants and biomass plants.
The Advisory Council
The Advisory Council for the Energy Ambassador Program will ensure that the program is meeting the needs of communities across Canada. The Council is a multi-stakeholder group that includes industry, government, regulators, academics, and community level organizations. In order to maximize the success of the program, selected members represent a range of stakeholders and bring crucial knowledge, experience and diverse perspectives to the Council. Convened early in the process, the Advisory Committee will support the team in establishing critical program elements and will be engaged regularly to support the review of materials, process, structure, and piloting. The foundational members of the Council have been established, but membership will evolve and grow over time.
- Alberta Energy Regulator
- BC Sustainable Energy Association
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
- Canadian Electricity Association
- Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
- Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (Observer)
- Canadian Wind Energy Association
- Federation of Canadian Municipalities (Observer)
- Hill and Knowlton Strategies
- Lumos Energy – 20/20 Catalysts Program
- National Energy Board
- Natural Resources Canada
- Nature Canada
- Nuclear Waste Management Organization
- Ontario Energy Board
- Ontario Ministry of Energy
- Ontario Power Generation
- Project Neutral
- Student Energy
- Suncor Energy
- The Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity
- University of Calgary – Canada West Foundation
- University of Ottawa – Positive Energy Initiative
Richard Carlson, Director, Energy Exchange
416 926 1907 x 251 | [email protected]