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    Find out what Energize Bridgewater is all about and how you can get involved!

What is Energize Bridgewater?

Energize Bridgewater is a community-wide initiative led by the Town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, and its many community Partners and supporters. Achieving a clean and affordable energy economy is everyone’s business, so everyone can be involved. In fact, everyone already is. By purchasing electricity, and refilling your car at the gas station, you’re making decisions every day that determine the energy reality of your household, your business, your organization and your community as a whole. Each energy decision, no matter how small, sets our community on a course toward or away from a clean energy economy.

Energize Bridgewater is about exploring new and emerging energy opportunities as a whole community, and setting up practical, cost effective solutions right here in our own backyards. Starting in the Summer of 2016, with the launch of the Community Energy Centre, the Energy Partnership and the Living Energy Laboratory, we are working together to accelerate the transition to a local, efficient, renewable energy economy. Our community’s efforts and findings have been recorded in the Community Energy Investment Plan, which was approved by Bridgewater Town Council in January 2018.  The Plan can be downloaded from the front page of this website.

What is a “Local Energy Economy”?

In other words…  it will cost less to invest in efficiency and renewables, than it will to continue paying someone else to sell us their energy.  Our money does more for us, which is why this is an INVESTMENT.

How Can I Help?

Please join us in this amazing and inspiring journey! There are lots of things that everyone in the community can do to help:

  1. Explore this website to learn more
  2. Receive updates by following us on social media, or signing up for email updates through the Community Sustainability Network
  3. Take part in Energize Bridgewater events
  4. Have your business, organization, or community group become a member of the Energy Partnership
  5. Join or support one of the Living Energy Laboratory projects
  6. Learn what you can do at home or in your business or organization to make a difference

Project Coordination

The Town of Bridgewater Planning Department is managing the project. The project lead is Leon de Vreede, Sustainability Planner for the Town of Bridgewater.

Energy and Financing Working Group

The following individuals have volunteered their time to advise on the project’s technical aspects as a group of independent experts in fields such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, community economic development, education, and community engagement:

  • Kaelan Keys, Business Development Manager, Efficiency Nova Scotia
  • Don Regan, Superintendent, Berwick Electric Commission
  • Kathleen Heymans, Policy Analyst and Coordinator, Nova Scotia Department of  Energy and Mines
  • Samantha Peverill, Nova Scotia Services Lead, Quality Urban Energy Systems  of Tomorrow (QUEST)
  • Andy Horsnell, Founder & Owner, Andy Horsnell Consulting
  • Douglas MacLennan, Vice President of  Development, New Dawn Enterprises
  • Richard Bridge, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Mark Hewitt, Technology Specialist
  • Fernando Paulovich, Canada Research Chair in Data Visualization and Associate Professor, Dalhousie University 

Major Project Funders

Energize Bridgewater has received generous financial support from Infrastructure Canada through the Smart Cities Challenge program, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) through the Green Municipal Fund and the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, and the Province of Nova Scotia.

Other project funders and sponsors are recognized under the Partnership program and the Energize Nova Scotia event page.