WR Community Energy is a collaborative initiative between the Region of Waterloo, its urban municipalities and local utilities created to lead the implementation of Waterloo Region’s Community Energy Investment Strategy and to steward energy transition in our community.
Our Governance Committee, Working Groups and staff initiate and support projects to improve and sustain Waterloo Region’s economic competitiveness and quality of life through the coordination of targeted energy investments in our Priority Areas – Buildings, Energy Generation and Energy Literacy.
WR Community Energy is a collaboration that takes us beyond the limits of the services that individual partners can provide.
We engage and fund qualified consultants to conduct relevant research into the viability of energy investments in Waterloo Region and to communicate their findings.
We support municipalities with strategic advice to integrate energy considerations into all aspects of municipal processes including planning review, policy development, corporate assets and infrastructure.
We provide strategic advice at the early stages of industrial, multi-unit residential and commercial development planning to increase energy efficiency, optimize on-site energy generation and more.
We promote a broader understanding of what constitutes energy infrastructure (ex. wastewater systems) and provides strategic advice on energy opportunities for utilities and municipalities.
We connect with community and professional groups to develop partnerships, deliver presentations and provide strategic advice on energy topics.
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WR Community Energy has dedicated staff whose work is directed by a Governance Committee composed of leaders from each partner organization. Our Working Group members are specialist staff representatives from each partner organization.
The Governance Committee meets on a quarterly basis to direct the work of WR Community Energy staff, provide strategic advice and enable projects and initiatives.
The Land Use & Development Working Group meets quarterly to leverage partnerships to increase energy considerations in land-use and development practices.
The Communications & Literacy Working group meets quarterly to leverage partnerships for targeted outreach and to amplify energy literacy messaging.
WR Community Energy plays a facilitation role with this Working Group as needed to move priority projects forward.
The current Priority Projects Working Group is developing a Community Energy Financing program. The work is being led by Reep Green Solutions and the Region of Waterloo.
The Partner Net Zero Working Group is anticipated to convene starting in 2023.
Collaboration is at the core of WR Community Energy’s work. We engage with a variety of partners on energy projects.
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WR Community Energy’s Governance Committee, Staff, Working Groups and External Partners & Collaborators.