While CEPs are often led by local governments, they are implemented by the community. Early and meaningful collaboration and coordination with community stakeholders is critical for fostering buy-in, ownership and accountability for implementation.
Before engaging with stakeholders, it may be helpful to identify ways in which the CEP can add value to their business models. Some of the stakeholders most central to the success of the CEP include:
- Electric, natural gas and thermal energy distributors
- The real estate sector (including developers, homebuilders, building owners and operators, architects, and real estate agents)
- Provincial/territorial government
- Large energy users in the industrial commercial and institutional sector
The value of community energy planning to each of these stakeholders is described in the following subsections.
Other stakeholders to engage include, but are not limited to:
- Local chambers of commerce
- School boards
- Fuel suppliers
- Engineering and planning consultants
- Other local governments
- The public
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