Community Energy Plan (CEP) is comprehensive long-term plan that helps define community priorities around energy with a view to explore how energy could be generated, delivered, and used in the community now and in the future. With funding from the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, the County of Essex, and all seven municipalities (Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, Leamington, LaSalle, and Tecumseh) starting in January 2020, ERCA will help to facilitate a county-wide CEP.

As well as the direct environmental benefits (reduced emissions, healthier ecosystems) and health benefits (improved air quality, improved physical and mental health), energy costs are an important economic driver, particularly in terms of business retention and expansion. A Community Energy Plan will allow a better understanding and improve the relationship between high quality economic-development, related infrastructure, and economic growth.

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