Bridgewater Community Energy Investment Plan
Client Town of Bridgewater
Location Bridgewater, NS
Timeline June 2016 – December 2017
SSG led the development of a Community Energy Investment Plan for the Town of Bridgewater. The low carbon pathway identified in the plan involved the development of low carbon scenarios to determine the investment required to achieve deep GHG emissions reductions. Highly detailed sectoral analysis was undertaken for: the biomass industry, district energy and building retrofit pathways. The resulting investment plan required nearly $500 million in energy efficient buildings, new community-scale energy systems, and clean & active transportation systems to be added in the Town over 32 years (2018-2050). Twenty actions were evaluated for their return on investment, net present value and other financial indicators. At the macro level, the analysis concluded that the investments would pay for themselves at a return rate of 177%, both when all the actions were combined and at the level of specific actions. The Community Energy Investment Plan was officially launched in Bridgewater in the fall of 2018 with acclaim from the provincial Minister of Energy, and is being profiled as an example for its framing of climate action in terms of local economic development.
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SSG’s work is carried out on unceded and unsurrendered Indigenous territories, ranging from the traditional lands of the Michif Piyii in the North to the Huilliche in the South; from Hul'qumi'num Peoples in the West to the Mi'kma’qi in the East.
SSG recognizes that land acknowledgements alone are insufficient. We are committed to educating ourselves about the lands we are on and ensuring that our work contributes to healing and decolonization.
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