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Oxford County On Track to Achieving 100% Renewable Energy.

Staff were presented with the Energy Management Plan for 2019 at a recent Oxford County council meeting. The County achieved reduction of 5 percent in overall energy.

OXFORD COUNTY - An update to Oxford County's energy management plan was received at a council meeting this week.

Among the results include an overall energy reduction of 5 percent, as well as a 8.5 percent reduction in fleet greenhouse gas emissions as of 2017.

Councillor David Mayberry says he was quite pleased with the numbers.

 "I think we look at 10% reduction and over the next few months we hope to be probably in the higher eight to nine range, so we maybe not not get quite as much, on the other hand we're a lot better than we were so that's good news. It also re-enforces the fact that we want to move to a cleaner environment for the future, for our children and grand-children, and certainly an acknowledgement by county council that climate change is real and we have to do our part we can't just give it lip service."

The plan also includes recommendations to 51 energy-efficient measures, along with 13 goals in order for Oxford to achieve their goal of 100% renewable energy by the year 2050.

He says they're on track to achieving 100% renewable energy.

"First you reduce and then you start worry about if we maximize the efficient use of whatever form of energy we're using, then it's 'okay, how do we produce that lesser amount of energy that we now need, that we thought we needed more before,' because there's no sense in producing energy if you're not going to use it."

Staff will proceed to apply the energy efficiency measures in order to meet the goals outlined in the plan and as permitted through approved annual budgets.

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