Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario
The Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario is a broad community network focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The network is a collaboration of organizations, businesses, community groups, and partners who have taken the Community Energy Network Pledge:
Community Energy Network Pledge:
We support the movement toward clean community energy through renewable energy production, energy efficiency and conservation. We commit to collaborating with other organizations through the Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario to promote outreach, education, and implementation of this initiative across Eastern Ontario and the National Capital Region.
The network enhanced the capacity in Eastern Ontario ensuring that institutions were aware of, and encouraged to adapt, promising practices that emerged across the province.
It supported businesses and community organizations creating new jobs for the Green Economy and supported awareness of emerging opportunities that accessed job training and skills-building programs in the region.
It also focussed on consumer demand for green products and services that act as the sustainable engine for continued growth and expansion to make Eastern Ontario a leader in green energy.
Watch a recent video from a Community Energy Retreat about the value of community-owned energy.
History of the Network
The Community Energy Network grew out of the National Capital Environmental Nonprofit Network (NCENN) as an affiliate network. The NCENN hosted several meetings from 2009 to 2010 around the formation of an energy-specific network. These meetings culminated in a June 2010 workshop at Ottawa City Hall where the Community Energy Network was formalized. Five core organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding in collaboration with 10 other local groups. The intent was to focus in on green energy issues and build a broader network that went beyond just the non-profit sector to engage businesses, municipalities, and community groups. The idea was also to build capacity across Eastern Ontario to share successes and challenges within the broader region.
The Community Energy Network received 4 years of funding from the Future Fund of the Ontario Trillium Foundation from 2010-2014. As of 2015, the network continues to operate informally as many of the partners and organizations continue to collaborate on key energy issues across the region.
The core organizations that founded the network included:
- National Capital Environmental Nonprofit Network (NCENN) c/o Sustainable Eastern Ontario
- Ecology Ottawa
- Tucker House Renewal Centre
- Sustainable Enterprise Alliance
- Sustainable Ottawa (with its sister organization in the process of formation – the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative)
Leaders from within these groups worked together to secure multi-year funding for the network. The Community Energy Network is grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for providing initial seed funding for the network through the Future Fund granting program.
CEN members from across the region.
This led by a Steering Committee of several key partners. Organizations of all kinds are invited to take the Community Energy Pledge and to become involved in the initiatives or develop new opportunities for engagement.
Network retreats and events.