Update on Guelph’s Existing District Energy System

Guelph, Ont., July 18, 2016 – Guelph’s existing district energy nodes in the downtown core and Hanlon Creek Business Park will continue to operate with no further expansions at this time, as directed by Council this evening.

The financial and technical performance of the existing nodes was evaluated by Deloitte and FVB Energy Inc. to develop a business case for the future direction of district energy in Guelph. The business case outlined three options: exit the current investments; operate the current nodes as is; and preserve the opportunity for growth.

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My Career Away from Guelph City Council – Protecting the Catch of the Century

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FAQ’s regarding road reconfigurations and bicycle lanes

Have you noticed roads in Guelph look different? We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to explain how and why the City of Guelph chooses roads for redesign.

Why are my roads changing? Continue reading

Guelph seeking to leverage social infrastructure funding to reclaim IMICO and advance affordable housing strategy

Guelph pursuing mixed-use development for 200 Beverley Street Inclusive of Affordable Housing 

Guelph, Ont., May 19, 2016–Guelph City Council supports the idea of a mixed-use commercial, residential and affordable housing development at 200 Beverley Street—the former International Malleable Iron Company (IMICo) property.

City Council has asked City staff to prepare the business terms for a mix of commercial, residential and affordable housing development and report back by the end of the year.

“Preparing the property for this kind of development aligns with Guelph’s affordable housing strategy by making good use of surplus real estate assets,” says Peter Cartwright, general manager of the City’s business development and enterprise department. “Also, with Provincial and Federal governments showing support for brownfield redevelopment, infrastructure renewal and affordable housing initiatives, we’re in a good position to take advantage of potential funding opportunities from other levels of government.”

At this point, the City is not approving a specific plan; it will prepare business terms and conditions with potential investors who have expressed an interest in developing the property.

The City is looking forward to working with the County of Wellington on this and other potential affordable housing initiatives.

Related Links

Environmental condition of 200 Beverley Street
Questions and answers about 200 Beverly Street
Site history and related reports
Benefits of brownfield redevelopment
For more information

Peter Cartwright, General Manager
Business Development and Enterprise
519-822-1260 extension 2820
peter.cartwright@guelph.ca

Q&A with GMHI CFO Sardana on District Energy from May 16, 2016

Full audio of the May 16, 2016 meeting on District Energy can be heard here.

The presentation provided to Council (GMHI Shareholder) can be viewed here.

http://guelph.ca/wp-content/uploads/special_council_agenda_051616.pdf 

Q&A

My questions for CFO Sardana were as follows.

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Future of Guelph’s failing district energy initiative could be in doubt

Courtesy: Guelph Today on May 17, 2016
There was no sugar coating it Monday night in the council chambers at Guelph City Hall: Guelph’s district energy initiative has been a huge failure thus far.

So much so that its future may be in doubt. Continue reading

Changes to Silurian Drive On-Street Parking

On May 3, 2016 a City Notice was sent to homes along Silurian Drive notifying residents of upcoming changes to on-street parking.  Specifically, the notice was in response to a resident concerned about the ability for emergency vehicles, buses and waste collection vehicles to access the street when vehicles are parked on both sides.  I investigated this for myself on Friday May 6th and followed up with staff for a more thorough explanation (See staff responses below). Continue reading

My Thoughts on the Guelph Energy Efficiency Retrofit Strategy (GEERS)

The GEERS program is an exciting and ambitious endeavor that I am in support of if implemented correctly. To protect the universal benefit to all in Guelph however, Council needs to ensure the administrative burdens of the program are in line with realistic revenue projections. In short, it must be revenue neutral or revenue positive for the city.

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My Thoughts on Updating the Community Energy Initiative

After reading a fair bit of commentary about Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc and it’s relationship with the CEI in recent weeks, I felt it necessary to clarify some of my positions and further explain my motion on Feb 22, 2016 calling for an independent investigative audit of large capital CEI projects.

As part of my commitment to transparency, I accept the fact that my support for the Community  Energy Intiative (CEI) and it’s ambitious environmental and economic goals must include a willingness to evaluate its progress.  To this point, I believe taking stock in the CEI’s strengths and weaknesses in a transparent manner is an integral process for our community to undertake. This type of critical evaluation safegaurds us from leaning solely on the vision of the CEI, and allows us to progress to the question: After almost 10 years, are we achieving our goals? Continue reading

York Road open house signals progress in east end

Courtesy: Guelph Today

February 22, 2016

On the surface it’s a rather mundane open house regarding environmental impacts to possible road widening, sidewalks and sewers along the York Road corridor.

But in the big picture Tuesday’s open house on the York Road Environmental Design Study is a publicly visible sign that potentially big changes are on their way to that area of town.

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