Eggertson: City of Ottawa is falling short on renewable energy goal

By Bill Eggerston, Ottawa Citizen, November 25, 2017

Ottawa has one of the cleanest environments in Canada, but that is due to our lack of smokestacks – not because our behaviour is any different from that of other cities.

City council originally wanted to go “100 per cent renewable” but renamed its strategy “Energy Evolution” when it realized the Herculean effort that would be required to reach even a fraction of that original goal.

A city report estimates that five per cent of our energy is from locally produced renewables from the half-dozen hydro dams and thousands of rooftop solar panels; it does not include the contribution of biomass (wood stoves in rural homes) or the output of NetZeroPlus heat pumps.

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