Community Energy Association (CEA) undertook a short survey of local governments between May 14th and May 19th 2021 to provide a timely, independent assessment of how local governments have used the CARIP program. We also wanted to assess the impact that the program has had over the years. The survey received 45 responses from communities across a spectrum of size and geography. Responses indicate that the CARIP program was a valued, unique, high-leverage program for large and medium communities while delivering modest benefits to small communities. Uptake of provincial, federal, and utility grants is at risk as is the pace of implementation local government community energy and emissions plans and local implementation of CleanBC without a replacement program.
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