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Community Energy Plan (CEP)

In 2017, Windsor City Council unanimously approved the City’s Community Energy Plan. Garforth International developed the analytical and strategic basis for the plan covering the period from the Baseline year 2014 to 2041. The Garforth team modeled and mapped the City’s energy end use, cost, emissions, and utility needs by both sector and neighbourhood, for each of the coming 25 years. The CEP goals support Ontario’s Climate Action plan by cutting total greenhouse gas emissions by 40% relative to 2014, and targeting energy use per capita to fall by 40% by 2041. Implementation of the core CEP sub-strategies is estimated to create at least 3,000 new jobs by 2025. 

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Residential Deep Energy Efficiency Retrofit (R-DEER)


One of the CEP strategies called for retrofitting 80% of Windsor’s 60,000 existing homes by 2041 to meet the City’s energy and climate goals. In 2018, Garforth teamed with the City to develop the R-DEER Business Case (2020). The energy demand modeling included the creation of archetypes calibrated to represent the age and type of the City’s housing stock to enable appropriate combinations of retrofit measures to be simulated and compared. The team populated the Integration Workbook (GI-IP) and associated analytical tools that generated layered GIS mapping, multiple profiles of energy demand and costs, retrofit investments and emissions impacts. Once R-DEER is fully implemented, by 2042 existing homes in Windsor will be 35% more source energy efficient, 60% less carbon intensive, 20% more water efficient and annual total residential cost savings are estimated to be between $100M to $180M.

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