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Community Alternative Energy Strategy

Smart Energy Strategy

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) is re-energizing the Smart Energy Strategy for the community, positioning it as a viable jurisdiction for investment and growth in energy projects, community education and job growth. 

Drawing on the momentum Sault Ste. Marie has experienced in the alternative energy sector with the development of wind and solar farms, as well as the development of a proposed waste to energy plant, SSMIC and the Destiny Energy Committee commissioned Nicholas Parker and Parker Venture Management to prepare a strategy for the community based on in-depth discussions, interviews, stakeholder sessions and analysis of clean technology trends.  

Results show that participants of the study were supportive of a renewed vision for the community parallel to guiding principles common in the Strategy.

Proposed strategic priority areas and associated activities of the Smart Energy Strategy include:

  1. Accelerated Activity in Conservation, Energy Efficiency, and Heat Recovery
  2. Alternative Energy and Development of an Intelligent Regional Grid (Smart Microgrid)
  3. Creation of a Community Investico and ensuring retention of investment throughout the region
  4. Community Branding and Outreach

Estimated job creation for the Smart Energy Strategy is 300-600 for Sault Ste. Marie and region if implemented and project plans come to fruition.

Partners include the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Sault College, the Sault Ste. Marie Public Utilities Commission, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation and private sector representatives. Funding for the strategy was provided by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, City of Sault Ste. Marie, Sault College and Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre.

The Executive Summary of the strategy is available here and complete copies of the Smart Energy Strategy can be obtained by request. For more information, please contact Kieran O'Neill, Smart Energy Business Strategist, at 705.942.7927 x 3049 or koneill@ssmic.com.



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