Energy Poverty Research Services for Smart Cities Challenge
The Town of Bridgewater is seeking the services of one or more Community Service Organizations to support the implementation of the Energy Poverty Research Program. The organizations will do so by providing data and information to the Town of Bridgewater related to energy poverty in the community, and by collecting relevant information from clients and local residents. The Energy Poverty Research Program is related to the development of the Town of Bridgewater’s Smart Cities Challenge final application which is due on March 5, 2019.
Multiple organizations may be awarded research contracts. The maximum value of each contract will be $1,000. There are three (3) intakes for proposals:
3:00 p.m. (local time) Friday, November 2, 2018
3:00 p.m. (local time) Friday, November 16, 2018
3:00 p.m. (local time) Friday, November 30, 2018
The Request for Proposal (RFP) document is available upon request from Leon deVreede, Sustainability Planner via:
The proposal submission consists of a 3-page Research Proposal Worksheet which is included at the end of the RFP document.
A fillable digital version is available upon request. Submissions may be made electronically or by hard copy.
Smart Cities Challenge Finalist
On June 1, Bridgewater was revealed to be one of only five finalists for Infrastructure Canada’s $5 million Smart Cities Challenge prize. Bridgewater will receive $250,000 to go towards creating a final proposal, with the aim of reducing energy poverty in Bridgewater. A great team effort by town residents, staff, and local supporting organizations has enabled us to move toward achieving our target of lifting 20% of Bridgewater residents out of energy poverty. Over the next several months, Town staff and Council members will be connecting with the community to create our final proposal. Stay connected on social media and the Town’s website to learn about how you can participate in Bridgewater’s campaign to End Energy Poverty.
To read more about Bridgewater’s Smart Cities application, click here.
For more information on the Smart Cities Challenge and ideas from other communities, click here.
Community Energy Investment Plan
Energize Bridgewater is a community-wide initiative to accelerate the transition of our community into a “clean energy economy”. Started in 2016, the initiative has resulted in practical energy demonstration projects, innovative new partnerships, and new knowledge and skills. Through this initiative, the Town of Bridgewater and its network of Energy Partners are engaging a broad cross-section of the community to achieve these ambitious goals by taking concrete action on innovative energy solutions. This bold initiative is proving to be unique not only in Nova Scotia but across Canada.
The community’s shared vision and commitments have been recorded in the Community Energy Investment Plan that has mapped out an economically-viable pathway toward a clean local energy economy, and recommends practical financial tools that will make energy solutions more affordable for residents, businesses, and organizations. Read the 1-page story of Bridgewater’s “Energy Shift”. Or, you can download the full Plan here: