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REPORT TO:Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee <br />DATE OF MEETING:September 28, 2020 <br />SUBMITTED BY:Justin Readman,General Manager,Development Services <br />519-741-2200 ext. 7646 <br />Denise McGoldrick, General Manager,Infrastructure <br />Services 519-741-2200 ext.4657 <br />PREPARED BY:Tim Donegani, Senior Planner 519-741-2200 ext. 7067 <br />WARD(S) INVOLVED:9 & 10 <br />DATE OF REPORT:September 168,2020 <br />REPORT NO.:DSD-20-151 <br />SUBJECT:DowntownDistrict Energy Pre-FeasibilityStudy and <br />Business Case <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />THAT staff be directed to develop a business case for a Downtown district energy system; <br />and further <br />THAT staff be directed to submit aGreen Municipal Fund Feasibility Study grant <br />applicationto helpfund the Downtown district energy business case development. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />In 2018, the Regionof Waterloo, area municipalities and local energy service providers <br />approved the Community Energy Investment Strategy (CEIS). Its goal isto improve the <br />targeted energy investments. It seeks to integrate economic and environmental thinking, <br />to transform the energy system of the region;and reduce energy use and greenhouse <br />gas emissions (GHGs)by 80% by 2050. The CEIS Governance Committee identified <br />district energy as one of three priority actions for the first three years. <br />Consideringthe impacts of climate change,andnational, regional and City commitments to <br />action,Council declared a Climate emergency in 2019 and directed continued support of <br />corporate and community climate initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 80% by <br />2050. <br />Further, in March 2019throughreport DSD-19-047, council resolved: <br />*** This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994 for assistance. <br />1 - 1 <br />