Southwest Network: Connect with your Network Members

When communities grow, electricity should be a big consideration. Talk with others about what is top of mind when electricity needs are considered in your region. Share and hear about interesting energy projects that you might consider for your municipality or business. 

Join in on this dialogue with fellow Southwest Network members.


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IESO Community Engagement
Dec 1, 2020 - 15:58

In Southwest Ontario, we're seeing significant greenhouse growth, and strong local preferences for using local solutions to meet growing electricity needs and GHG reduction targets. We are excited to connect with you and discuss the electricity future of your community. Please share your energy priorities, projects, and initiatives so we can learn from each other. Share what you’re interested in that could help tailor future discussions and events for this Network.

To kick the discussion off, please introduce yourself, and what you're interested in from an electricity perspective.

Jamie's avatar

My name is Jamie Skimming, Manager of Community Energy Initiatives for the City of London. I am interested the role that the electrification of space heating and transportation will have to play in helping London reach its GHG reduction targets, specifically to reach 37% below 1990 levels (30% below 2019 levels) by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. I am also interested in measures that will keep Ontario's electricity grid as clean as it is today (grid average of about 30 kg CO2e per MWh) throughout the 2020s and then put Ontario on the path to a zero emission grid by 2050 or sooner. The forecasted tripling of Ontario's grid emission factors over the next decade is a major concern.

AlexC's avatar
Dec 2, 2020 - 09:14

My name is Alex Chapman and I serve as Executive Director of Our Energy Guelph (OEG). We are a nonprofit that partners with the City of Guelph with the goal of making our community net zero carbon by 2050. Our key interests are:
1. Decarbonization of the electricity grid (both in operating emissions and embodied carbon)
2. Elimination of fossil fuels in Guelph, most notably for transportation (likely by replacing ICE vehicles with BEVs for local and HFCEVs for long haul) and for space and domestic hot water heating in buildings (partially by improving efficiency, and partially by replacing natural gas-fired furnaces and boilers with heat pumps, either on a single-building or district scale).
We also aim to ensure our approaches are compatible with climate adaptation/resilience, carbon sequestration (with the most notable opportunity being regenerative agriculture), and ecosystem restoration.
You can learn more about us on our website:

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IESO Community Engagement
Dec 3, 2020 - 11:02

We have heard that, as communities look for ways to support climate change initiatives, local, renewable and sustainable energy solutions as well as opportunities to offset electricity consumption are certainly top of mind. These initiatives also have the potential to help meet your region’s future electricity needs. Does anyone have any specific projects/technologies or pilots to share?

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IESO Community Engagement
Feb 26, 2021 - 09:10

Thanks everyone for participating in the Southwest Network discussion on Jan. 20. A summary report is available on the events page. If you missed it, you can watch the recorded presentations that are also available. We were really pleased to hear that attendees want to take part in more targeted, focused discussions on opportunities to meet the specific electricity needs in their communities. We will be sure to accommodate that.

What was your favourite topic or part of the Jan. 20 event? What would you like to see discussed in future events?

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