Explore best practices and quick links for each indicator.
Electric Utility Leadership
Community energy initiatives are strongly interwoven into Alectra’s strategic priorities with ‘Communities’ listed as the first pillar in the AlectraCARES sustainability framework. Additionally, sustainability issues are included as part of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee’s mandate. As a result, relevant departments within Alectra meet on a project-to-project basis for community energy initiatives. Information about the AlectraCARES sustainability framework can be found in Alectra’s sustainability report.
Natural Gas Utility Leadership
FortisBC has a clear corporate mandate to support community energy initiatives and partnerships. Their Climate Action Partners program provides a number of resources to local governments, regional districts, and Indigenous communities. In September of 2019, FortisBC announced a 30BY30 target, to reduce customer emissions associated with energy by 30% by 2030.
What began as a task force to update Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative is now an incorporated not-for-profit organization called Our Energy Guelph. Representation on the Our Energy Guelph Board includes members of local businesses, high schools, and post-secondary institutions, and other community leaders.
The Town of Bridgewater has a dedicated team for the implementation of the Energize Bridgewater Initiative. More information on the initiative and a list of team roles.
Utility Support, BC Hydro
BC Hydro’s Community Energy Manager program offers funding to help local governments in BC hire a community energy manager.
In London, the City’s building inspectors participated in NRCan and London Home Builder Association’s Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP) for Renovations Workshops. More information on the LEEP renovation program and workshops.
Utility Support, Efficiency Nova Scotia
Efficiency Nova Scotia operates a co-funded, on-site energy manager to work with business institutions to help save energy and money.
Community Energy & GHG Reporting in London, ON
The City of London publishes an annual Community Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory that includes a detailed breakdown of energy use from multiple sectors. This inventory is supported by an NDA in place between The City of London and London Hydro for sharing annual inventory data.
Energy Mapping in Yellowknife YK
Energy use mapping was completed as part of the City of Yellowknife’s Community Energy and Emissions Inventory, including GIS analysis to identify potential areas for district energy according to heat demand as well as maps for transportation and overall energy consumption. Energy use maps can be found in the Methodology section of the inventory in the CEP.
Utility Energy and GHG Reporting, ATCO
ATCO includes a detailed breakdown of emissions in its Annual Sustainability Report. In 2014, they committed to reduce GHG emissions from electricity generation to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
Open Data in Calgary, AB
The City of Calgary has an open data program and website, Open Calgary, which hosts a variety of open data sets to support community-wide energy initiatives, such as the City’s corporate energy use, community-wide GHG emissions, land use, natural areas, and flood information.
Community Energy Financial Assessment in Bridgewater, NS
The Town of Bridgewater conducted a Financing Mechanism Scopy Study to identify and match initiatives with appropriate ownership structures, contract types, and financing vehicles.
The Town also offers a Clean Energy Financing program that enables homeowners to install clean energy upgrades using a Property Assessed Clean Energy financing mechanism, or PACE.
Supportive Land Use Incentives in Grande Prairie, AB
The City of Grande Prairie is dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown core and the Downtown Incentives Program is designed to encourage building improvements and new residential development in the City’s core.
Energy Reserve Fund in Hamilton, ON
The City of Hamilton has an Energy Reserve used to fund energy projects, studies, pilot projects, and other activities, and is replenished through avoided operating utility costs as well as incentives and other sources of revenues. More information can be found in the City of Hamilton Corporate Energy Policy.
Energy Efficiency Programs by Arctic Energy Alliance, NWT
The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) administers programs for communities in Northwest Territories that directly distribute funds in the form of rebates to homeowners, businesses, and institutions, and when programs do not directly provide funds but valuable advice, expertise and assistance.
Green Development Standards in Toronto, ON
The City of Toronto provides development charge rebates for new construction that meets the City’s green development standards, the Toronto Green Standard.
The Yellowknife Community Energy Plan was approved by Council in 2017, with actions that address land use, waste and water systems, and transportation assigned to specific groups. A public survey was conducted to determine objectives and priorities for energy planning. The 2015-2025 CEP is a renewal of the 2006-2014 CEP, and is set to be renewed at the end of the 10 year period it spans.
The City of Campbell River was one of three pilot communities in the Getting To Implementation Initiative. The City’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan document was updated in 2016 with implementation in mind and includes a list of near-term priority actions. Like other municipalities participating in BC’s Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program, Campbell River reports annually on the community’s progress.
The Community Energy Investment Plan development process in the Town of Bridgwater employed a multi‐pronged approach to engage the community, including low-income residents, community organizations, local businesses and other stakeholders. Details are available on the Energize Bridgewater website.
The City of Calgary’s Climate Resilience Strategy is operating as a community energy plan. Actions indicate which business units are involved and who they will work with externally. The Strategy outlines a schedule of annual reporting, with a review and update one year in advance of four-year budgetary cycle. The Climate Panel continues to meet regularly, and the Calgary Climate Symposium is held annually.
Markham completed a robust financial analysis of initiatives in the Municipal Energy Plan (MEP). This included net present values, returns on investment, marginal abatement costs, capital investments required, impacts on energy expenditures, employment impacts, and additional costs (i.e. for carbon offsets and green energy). More information on the financial impacts modelled can be found in section 3 of the MEP.
London’s 2014 Community Energy Action Plan (CEAP) is a leading example of a community energy plan that incorporates SMART principles. Lessons learned and progress made from the plan are clearly outlined on the City’s website, and will be built upon for the forthcoming 2019 plan update.
Public Engagement on Land Use in Beaconsfield, QC
The City of Beaconsfield has held information sessions and open houses involving residents, community organizations and municipal representatives, and use advisory committees (including a Planning and Environmental Advisory Committee) as forums to address land and energy use issues. Learnings from engagement activities provided a foundation for the Report on land use planning and evolving housing needs in 2016. The report still serves as an important tool for current and new projects, providing the basis for ongoing engagement and actions taken in the development areas addressed in the plan.
Green Development Metrics in Richmond Hill, Brampton, Vaughan, ON
The City of Richmond Hill, in partnership with the City of Brampton, and the City of Vaughan, developed Sustainability Performance Metrics that are used to score development applications during Site Plan and Draft Plan approval. Metrics include building energy efficiency, solar readiness and passive solar alignment, and energy management.
Public Engagement on Land Use in Yellowknife, NWT
The City of Yellowknife engaged members of the public on land use planning through focus groups and open sessions, as well as an interactive Story Cube Engagement Session. The Engagement has occurred beyond sessions at City Hall, including at the Farmer’s Market, Festival on Franklin, and Centre Square Mall.
Smart Growth in Grande Prairie, AB
The guiding principles in the City of Grande Prairie’s Municipal Development Plan include managing growth, enhancing the downtown, and developing healthy walkable safe neighbourhoods that integrate uses, increase densities, and apply innovative compact subdivisions and building designs. The Urban Residential Development Grant is a per dwelling financial incentive to encourage the addition of residential units in the downtown area.
Wind-friendly Zoning Bylaw in Kings, NS
The County of Kings, NS, adopted a wind-friendly zoning bylaw, including ‘small-scale wind turbines’ as a permitted use in rural residential areas.
Energy System Education, ATCO
ATCO’s Energy Education Mobile is a 40-foot classroom on wheels that travels throughout Alberta and helps educate youth on Alberta’s energy resources and the importance of energy efficiency.
Utility Climate Change Adaptation Planning, BC Hydro
BC Hydro reports on actions relating climate risk management in the Adaptation to Climate Change section of their Carbon Neutral Action Report. According to the 2018 report, BC Hydro is in the process of developing a climate change adaptation plan. Though the plan is still under development, the Carbon Neutral Action Report provides a high-level summary of their research on climate risks, and actions to address impacts such as investing in new technology and processes to improve response times during emergencies.
Utility Integrated Resource Planning, Enbridge Gas Inc.
Enbridge conducted a study to assess the potential of demand-side management initiatives to influence future natural gas infrastructure investment
EV Charging Infrastructure Implementation, Alectra
Alectra’s Drive for the Workplace program resulted in the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in Markham. Alectra owns and operates the equipment and manages the maintenance costs.
Wood-fired district heating, Yellowknife NWT
The City of Yellowknife has a biomass district energy system that uses a wood pellet boiler to provide heating for five community facilities. Information about the system can be found in the press release for winning the FCM Sustainable Communities Award.
Power-to-Gas Leadership, Enbridge Gas Inc.
Enbridge’s power-to-gas project in Markham uses lower cost and lower GHG intensive electricity during off-peak times to generate hydrogen via electrolysis, which can then be used to generate electricity during peak times. The hydrogen can also be injected into the natural gas system, helping substitute volumes of natural gas and lowering the carbon intensity of the natural gas stream.
Water & Waste
Water Conservation Engagement, Beaconsfield QC
The City of Beaconsfield was awarded a certificate as part of Réseau Environnement’s Municipalité Écon’eau program; as their total drinking water consumption decreases year after year and they regularly carry out awareness-raising activities as part of the Drinking Water Conservation Program.
Water Efficiency Planning, Calgary AB
The City of Calgary’s Water Efficiency Plan includes actions for leak detection, water meters, city facility retrofits, a toilet rebate program and low flow showerhead bylaw requirements.
Waste Reduction and Reuse, Markham ON
Markham’s unique Milk Bag Program began in 2011, and involves local community groups crocheting mats out of milk bags to help support disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Waterproof and durable, the finished mats were sent to emergency zones as temporary sleeping and surgical mats, providing critical resources to families in need.
Electric Transit in Grande Prairie, AB
Grande Prairie’s new electric buses will save on maintenance costs and reduce emissions. A solar array will be used to supply the buses with green electricity.
Transportation Demand Management Plan, Sudbury ON
The City of Sudbury, Ontario, has an extensive Transportation Demand Management Plan, which includes ongoing community engagement and a Community Grant Program.
Electric Car Sharing, QC
10 municipalities in Quebec are part of a YHC Environnement Project, Projet SAUVéR, with the goal to establish a functional base for a green electric route in Quebec that will demonstrate the benefits of electric cars and car-sharing to the public.
Electric Utility Leadership, BC Hydro
Fleet greening plays a critical role in BC Hydro’s carbon neutral action planning. According to the 2018 Carbon Neutral Action Plan, BC Hydro’s green fleet consists of 86% electric and hybrid cars, 66% hybrids in the compact SUV class, 7% hybrids in the mid-size SUV segment and 14% electric forklifts. BC Hydro is developing a telematics program that will provide actionable operational data related to fuel use and driver behaviour, continuing to promote ride-sharing, and continuing to promote the use of shared vehicles across the province to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
Car Share Co-op, Yellowknife NWT
The Yellowknife Car Share Co-op was created through a collaboration between Cloudworks and Ecology North, and was supported by the City with a Zoning Bylaw that specifies amendments to parking requirements for car shares.
Natural Gas Utility Leadership, Enbridge Gas Inc.
Enbridge has the largest natural gas vehicle fleet in Canada with – 628 of 841 fleet vehicles ran on natural gas by the end of 2016.
Campbell River, BC
The City of Campbell River connects residents to a number of incentives offered by CleanBC via the Power Down Campbell River initiative and offers an additional top-up for home energy evaluations.
Public Education on Energy Savings
Energize Bridgewater’s Resources web page includes documents and videos on home energy, renewable energy and home energy efficiency.
Corporate Building Leadership, Inuvik NWT
The Town of Inuvik developed a Building Energy Monitoring System for town-owned facilities, which tracks real-time building data, including electricity and fuel use, and reports it publicly online.
Electric Utility Leadership, BC Hydro
BC Hydro incorporates energy savings opportunities and sustainable design aspects into their capital construction and renovation plans. They also integrate life-cycle costing into project decision making. The 2018 Carbon Neutral Action Report showcases their leadership in new building design and existing building retrofits. Features include air source heat pumps, improved building envelope performance, energy efficient lighting, HVAC systems, and plumbing fixtures, as well as efficient operational layouts and optimized space utilization
Building Energy Benchmarking, Edmonton AB
As of April 2019, The City of Edmonton’s Building Energy Benchmarking program included 159 properties, representing 2,763,000 m2 of floor area. Information on the program and its results is available in the program’s Year 2 Benchmarking report.