Bridgewater Receives $950,000 through the ACOA Innovation Communities Fund
The funding is going towards building an Energy Management Information System as part of the smart cities project. The Energy Management Information System will allow homes, rental housing, and municipal facilities to plan for energy upgrades that save money. Read more about the funding announcement here: bridgewater.ca/news-events/latest-news
Energize Bridgewater Advisory Committee Application Period Closed
The application window for the Energize Bridgewater Advisory Committee has closed. Our team would like to thank all those that applied for the Committee and for your continued engagement in our program! Stay tuned in the coming months for announcements on the launch of the Committee and to meet the members.
Bridgewater Completes Local Energy Financing Systems Study
Bridgewater has completed a study on innovative capitalization strategies to bring millions of dollars into the community to upgrade community energy infrastructure, and improve housing stock. The work was led by Energy and Finance Development Coordinator Greg Goubko and provides a pathway forward for financing clean, affordable, secure, and efficient energy systems in Bridgewater. Click here to read the study.
Read the March Edition of the Energize Bridgewater Zine!
The March Edition introduces Energize Bridgewater's Project Manager Colleen O'Neill, provides updates on several exciting new progress tracking tools, and provides information on the Energize Bridgewater Advisory Commitree. Click here to read.
Bridgewater is the Winner of Infrastructure Canada's $5 million Smart Cities Challenge
On May 14, 2019, Bridgewater was declared the winner of the competition in the $5 million prize category, beating out 49 other communities. Bridgewater’s winning idea aims to reduce energy poverty in our community. Living in energy poverty means not being able to afford enough energy to heat and power one’s home, or fuel for transportation. It is a serious problem that affects about 2 out of every 5 residents in Bridgewater. The jury felt that Bridgewater’s idea would make a big difference in people’s lives and reduce poverty in the community. It could also be copied by other communities that want to follow in Bridgewater’s footsteps.
Read the application here: Energy Poverty Reduction Program
Challenge Statement: Our community will lift its residents out of energy poverty, starting by reducing the energy poverty rate 20% by 2025.
What is Bridgewater planning on doing with its $5 million prize?
The prize will allow Bridgewater to lift many of its residents out of energy poverty. It will do this by:
When can I start using the program?
If you own your home and would like to explore affordable energy upgrades today, our Clean Energy Financing program can already help with that! www.CleanEnergyFinancing.ca / (844) 727-7818 (toll free). Efficiency Nova Scotia also offers programs and rebates for homes, apartment buildings, and businesses. www.efficiencyns.ca / (877) 999-6035 (toll free).
The full Energy Poverty Reduction Program will take more time to set up properly – we will likely start taking applications in 2020 or 2021. That’s a long wait for people who need this help today. But help is already available – in the form of community support, emergency fuel funds, free home energy upgrades, and other solutions. The Town is already working with community partners to better connect residents to these existing services. More information will be available later in 2019.
Bridgewater's Smart Cities Challenge Video Playlist
Energize Bridgewater Monthly Zine
Read about the latest in sustainability in Bridgewater including the Smart Cities Challenge, Bridgewater transit, and more. Click on a cover page to read:
What is Energy Poverty?
Energize Bridgewater Team
Energy and Financing Working Group
See the appendix of the Energy Poverty Reduction Program document for letters of support from the following project partners:
Smart Cities Challenge Library
For further reading on energy poverty and affordable housing in Bridgewater and Nova Scotia, visit the links below:
South Shore Housing Action Coalition: Housing Needs Assessment
Solving Nova Scotia's Electricity Pricing Problem: Energy Affordability vs Rising Electricity Prices