Additional Examples of Integrated Community Energy Solutions
Small and Rural Communities
Haines Junction Geothermal Heat, Haines Junction, Yukon, is a joint project between the territorial and municipal governments to use the village’s geothermal artesian well to heat the local convention centre. A feasibility study has been completed, and phased implementation is planned.
Plateau Subdivision, Iqaluit, Nunavut, is an area designated by the municipality for development of a sustainable Arctic subdivision. A feasibility study identified best practices and led to the creation of the Plateau Development Scheme, setting out approved development standards for a mixed-use community.
Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation, Revelstoke, British Columbia, is a municipal utility that combusts industrial wood waste from a lumber mill in a biomass boiler to generate low-pressure steam for industry and heat for local institutional and commercial buildings.
Village de la Gare, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, is a high-density, mixed-use, transit-oriented development being built around a South Shore commuter train station outside Montréal. Facilities are grouped to encourage shoppers to travel on foot.
Medium-sized and Large Communities
Alderney 5 Energy Projet, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, provides cooling to a 300 000-square-foot commercial and retail complex using the cold seawater in the Halifax Harbour. Cooling is provided directly by pumping the cold seawater into the building and supplemented by cool thermal energy storage for the eight weeks when the seawater is too warm.
Centre in the Park, Strathcona County, Alberta, is a medium-density, mixed-use community with a district heating system, operated by a municipal utility, that is connected to municipal and residential buildings.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy, Whitehorse, Yukon, is a plan accepted by City council in 2004 to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by specific targets. The City followed up in 2007 with the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan that encompasses every aspect of community development, including energy, and sets out a list of high-priority projects.
London Energy Efficiency Partnership, London, Ontario, is a municipality-led process for defining and evaluating energy-saving and renewable technologies for new residential construction in the London area.
Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, has constructed an energy-efficient building at its Princess Street Campus that incorporates carbon dioxide and occupancy sensors with mechanical and electrical interconnection, and a 12.8-kilowatt building integrated photovoltaic array on the south facade curtain wall. Passive solar gain is accomplished by using large industrial-style windows with spectrally selective glass.
Regent Park Revitalization, Toronto, Ontario, is a high-density, mixed-use redevelopment with energy-efficient buildings and a district energy system. Regent Park is pedestrian-friendly and stresses efficient and affordable social housing through combined municipal and private development.
Town of East Gwillimbury, Ontario, has launched the Thinking Green Initiative, a municipal policy requiring energy-efficient new houses (ENERGY STAR®) and other buildings (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEEDTM] Silver) in this community.
National, Provincial and Territorial Initiatives
B.C. Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) Initiative prepares community energy consumption and GHG emissions inventory reports for all local governments in British Columbia.
Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Sustainable Communities Mission takes delegations of municipal decision-makers on annual visits to leading sustainable community development projects in Canada and abroad. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities also hosts the bi-annual Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show.
Nova Scotia’s Renewable Energy Standard establishes a minimum requirement for the proportion of electricity generated by utilities that comes from renewable sources. The initial requirement is 10 percent above 2001 levels by 2013.
Commitment, experience and preferences of community members shape the development of the Community Energy Plan and its implementation. (City of Dawson Creek, British Columbia)