Communities that undertake to implement a CEP with a business-as-usual approach will have limited success. Communities that have introduced new governance models to oversee and implement their plans have consistently proven that doing so will ensure that the CEP remains top-of-mind for elected officials, local government staff and community stakeholders.30See the National Report on Community Energy Plan Implementation (http://gettingtoimplementation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/National-Report-on-CEP-Implementation.pdf).
New governance models provide a platform for political, staff and community stakeholders to convene regularly. In some cases, they provide the legal framework needed to implement projects. This can ensure that a process is in place to monitor and report regularly on the implementation of the CEP.
- Ensure that there is a clear purpose for new committees or governance structures
- Determine if the objective can be accomplished within existing committee structures or if a new structure should be introduced
- Consider that new, dedicated committees will ensure that the CEP remains at the forefront for elected officials, staff and community stakeholders
- Ensure that the governance structure involves all political, staff and community stakeholders in a constructive dialogue, and ensure they feel that their contribution is valued and supported
- Ensure that the CEP progress is monitored regularly and reported back to all stakeholders annually. See Strategy 8: Monitor and Report on CEP Implementation for more information
- Ensure that committee members, particularly those who are attending on a volunteer basis, are not overworked through the number of meetings or tasks
- There is no “one size fits all” solution for communities. Choose a structure that works for your community
Table 7 provides a list of governance models to consider to support implementation at the council, staff and stakeholder levels. The table below is non-exhaustive, and communities should consider implementing governance frameworks for each of the tiers involved in the CEP (council, staff and stakeholders).
Table 7: Governance Models to Support CEP Implementation
· A community-wide committee should be formed to maintain ongoing support for CEP implementation activities.
· The committee should meet on an ongoing basis.
· The committee can include a Council representative but this may be informal· Staff may attend meetings as a resource but generally not be members· Meeting minutes would not usually be reported to Council in a formal way· Meetings would be open to the public, by nature of the committee· See Strategy 7: Engage community stakeholders and recognize their implementation progress.
|Options||Primary Tasks and Considerations|
|Committee of Council
Mayor’s Task Force
|Dedicate Staff to Manage CEP Implementation
|Staff Advisory Committee
|Corporate Energy Manager
|Community Steering/Advisory Committee
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