About Us


QUEST is a national non-government organization that works to accelerate the adoption of efficient and integrated community-scale energy systems in Canada by informing, inspiring, and connecting decision-makers. The organization commissions research, communicates best practices, convenes government, utility, and private-sector leaders, and works directly with local authorities to implement on-the-ground solutions. QUEST recognizes communities that have embraced these principals by referring to them as Smart Energy Communities.

Click here to learn more about what makes a Smart Energy Community.


QUEST is a non-profit organization that conducts research, engagement, and advocacy to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada by working with government, utilities, the energy industry, the real-estate sector, economic regulators, and the product and professional service sector.


Every community in Canada is a Smart Energy Community by 2030.

  • Getting to this end-state will require that 75% of Canadian are represented by a community energy plan (CEP) by 2018, reaching 100% by 2025, and that 100% of communities are focusing on becoming Smart Energy Communities by 2030.

Guiding Values

Objective: Independent, non-partisan and committed to the public interest.

Informative: Trusted, credible and balanced information on Smart Energy Communities.

Collaborative: Respectful and inclusive of the QUEST network.

Innovative: Inspiring Smart Energy Communities policy and transformation.