Saul: Ottawa is dithering on becoming a green energy leader
Ottawa Citizen

By Graham Saul, Ottawa Citizen, April 26, 2017

How many terms of city council does it take to screw in an energy efficient lightbulb? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t “one.”

In May 2014, well before the last municipal election, the City of Ottawa promised to develop a clean energy strategy. This energy strategy was to help Ottawa transition away from its dependence on fossil fuels by promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation. Now it looks like a real strategy – one that includes policy change and significant new investments – may not be ready until 2019, after the next municipal election.

City hall is essentially punting the decision about a renewable energy strategy into the next term of council. In other words, the last city council promised to prepare a renewable energy strategy, and the current council is saying that a strategy won’t be ready for this council’s term. So, it looks like it will be up to the 2019 council pass and fund that strategy, if at all.

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