The Energy Futures Lab (EFL) is hosting the Energy Futures Communities Accelerator. Following last year’s Community Resilience Accelerator, this is the second community-focused EFL Accelerator that advances initiatives taking place at the intersection of energy, environment and the social well-being of Alberta’s communities.

The Energy Futures Communities Accelerator will revolve around the question:

How can Alberta communities enhance

long-term resilience in light of the shifting energy landscape?

This EFL Accelerator will advance select initiatives from Alberta communities and the EFL portfolio. Accelerator initiatives may include the following:

  • Advancing the Alberta-wide Solar Lab Project (click here to download brief): Supporting smaller and rural communities in Alberta to bridge the gap between desiring to implement community-owned renewable energy projects and actually doing so.
  • Creating and Leveraging a Regional Electric Vehicle Mobility Vision (click here to download brief): Working together to understand regional eMobility opportunities for innovation, economic development and tourism in Northwest Alberta by learning from successful implementations in Alberta and BC (e.g. Peaks to Prairies).
  • Accelerating Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing in Alberta through the Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) (click here to download brief): Exploring PACE as a financing tool, sharing best practices in North America (including Alberta’s version, CEIP) and working with other committed stakeholders to meaningfully accelerate this program in other Alberta communities.

Date & Location

Thursday, March 5, 2020
8:30am to 5:00pm
Drayton Valley, Alberta

About EFL Accelerators

EFL Accelerators are a new form of engagement for the EFL as it moves into the next phase of its work. EFL Accelerators will bring together a select group of innovators from government, industry, civil society, and academia to work together on unique opportunities, including initiatives from the EFL portfolio and beyond, that can address challenges and prepare Alberta to thrive in the future.

EFL Accelerators include:

  • Insights from leading-edge and future-oriented research
  • Whole system solutions to systemic challenges
  • Cross-sectoral collaboration and focus on real-world actions and initiatives

Draft Agenda*

8:30
Registration and Program Start
9:00
Welcome and Opening
9:30
Perspectives on Energy and Community Resilience
10:30
Break
10:45
Accelerating Initiatives (Part 1): Clarifying the Challenge
12:15
Lunch
1:00
Accelerating Initiatives (Part 2): Playing in the “Solution” Space
2:30
Break
2:45
Report Back
3:15
Going Further Together: Supporting Each Other to Build Community Resilience
4:30
Evaluation and Close
5:00
End

If you would like to receive an invitation, please contact Scott Clements at scott@areteinitiative.ca.

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