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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Brockton Plans for Greener Energy

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

A plan is being drafted with the aim to promote green energy and conservation.

Brockton wants to encourage a culture of energy conservation.

As such the municipality is investigating ways it can be greener and more  efficient.

One of the tools it is using to accomplish this is through its new Brockton Energy Conservation Demand Management Plan.

The plan has put forth a number of recommendations to help Brockton reduce its green house gas emissions.

Recommendations range from seeking out government dollars to take on solar panel, solar thermal and LED lighting conversions to upgrading Walkerton’s wastewater treatment plant so that it can generate even more methane which it uses to create electricity.

Other suggestions include: increasing efforts to promote composting among residents to divert organic waste from the landfill and examining Brockton’s vehicle fleet to monitor fuel efficiencies and ensure vehicle type
matches staff needs.

Brockton is also being encouraged to establish a staff committee that will be responsible for ensuring the ‘culture of conservation’ and other aspects of Energy Plan are implemented.

Brockton’s biggest energy users are the Walkerton Wastewater Treatment plant and the Walkerton Community Centre.

Mayor David Inglis says energy conservation is a priority and Council will do what it can to implement the recommendations.

Brockton will now analyze the report to determine which recommendations are feasible and prioritize the projects accordingly.

With sky rocketing energy costs, he says Brockton must seek out savings and efficiencies wherever possible.

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