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QUEST conducts and packages cutting edge applied research to empower practitioners and decision makers with the tools they need to advance Smart Energy Communities.







 

Reviewing Market Readiness For Smart Energy Solutions in Nova Scotia 2017 
September 2017

The Market Readiness Report gathers information and perspectives on the current and emerging Smart Energy Communities marketplace, beginning with the proponents of existing projects in the province. It also addresses the success factors and challenges associated with the implementation and application of Smart Energy Solutions, and includes consideration for public sector, funding bodies and educational facilities that aim to accelerate the capitalization of economic development and commercialization opportunities. 
 
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2017 Smart Energy Communities Catalogue
June 2017

QUEST's 3rd edition of the Smart Energy Communities Catalogue in now available. A trusted marketplace for the top smart energy solution providers, the 2017 Smart Energy Communities Catalogue offers you access to the experts from local governments, associations & non-profits; product & service suppliers; the real estate sector; and, utility & energy service providers.

The Catalogue includes a directory of smart energy projects, highlights from the Smart Energy Atlas of Canada, and the latest market research from surveys in the field.

 
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2016 QUEST Impact Report

March 2017

Get your copy of the 2016 Impact Report and be among the first to know about:
  • National research showing the state of the Smart Energy Communities marketplace and a glimpse into the future
  • Critical connections and supportive policy actions that grew the marketplace in 2016
  • Ways that your organization can benefit from the suite of programs and services that QUEST offers to grow the Smart Energy Communities marketplace
  • How QUEST Working Groups focused on topics like combined heat and power (CHP), municipal learning, climate change, and buildings are influencing energy policy and regulation
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Policies to Accelerate Community Energy Plans: An Analysis of British Columbia, Ontario and the Northwest Territories

July 2016

Policies to Accelerate Community Energy Plans: An Analysis of British Columbia, Ontario and the Northwest Territories identifies the effectiveness of provincial and territorial policies aimed at achieving widespread CEP development at the local level. The report focuses on the effectiveness of policies introduced in British Columbia, Ontario and the Northwest Territories.
 
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Download the Executive Summary here 
Download the policy database here
For more information visit http://gettingtoimplementation.ca/
 

2016 Smart Energy Communities Catalogue
June 2016

Today, more than ever, governments, utilities and energy service providers, the real-estate sector, and the product and professional
service sector, among others, are turning to the Smart Energy Communities Catalogue – the “yellow pages” for who to call – to find Expertise in Advancing Smart Energy Communities at Your Fingertips

 
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Community Energy Planning and Data
June 2016

This primer addresses some of the issues facing small and rural communities in Ontario when gathering data for a CEP. The primer provides information on the type of data that small and rural communities should consider gathering, and identifies some of the common challenges to collecting data and how to overcome them.
 
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Community Energy Planning in Ontario: A Competitive Advantage for Your Community
June 2016

This primer, designed for small and mid-sized local
governments, describes the cost of energy in Ontario’s
communities, outlines some of the approaches available to
keep energy dollars local, and provides access to helpful
resources to support the implementation of a Community Energy Plan.

 
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2015 QUEST Impact Report
June 2016

It is with much excitement that QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow – brings you the 2015 Impact Report – a snapshot of the research, engagement and advocacy work that is advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada.
 
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Community Energy Planning: Primer for New Brunswick Municipalities
March 2016

This primer is a resource for communities that are interested in
developing a Community Energy Plan (CEP). It provides
information on the value and benefits of developing a CEP, how
to get started, how to engage local partners, steps for developing
and implementing a plan, and concrete municipal actions and
approaches to realizing a CEP in New Brunswick.

 
Download the Full Report here
Download the French version of the report here 
For more information about the QUEST NB Caucus visit www.questcanada.org/nb
 

Community Energy Planning: The Value Proposition
February 2016

This Report describes how Community Energy Plans (CEPs) can:
  • Help achieve environmental and community health goals
  • Recirculate money spent on energy within a community and its region
  • Contribute to achieving local economic development goals
  • Create opportunities for local energy cost savings and job creation
  • Help to mitigate financial risks from future carbon pricing and energy price volatility
  • Contribute to strong and resilient local economies
  • And achieve other broad economic impacts
Download the Full Report here 
Download the Executive Summary here 
For more information visit http://gettingtoimplementation.ca/
 

National Report on Community Energy Plan Implementation
February 2015

This Report:
  • Defines what a Community Energy Plan is, what the key drivers are, and what benefits a CEP has for a community
  • Provides a snapshot of CEP implementation in Canada and introduces a CEP implementation scoring system
  • Describes success factors and barriers for CEP implementation based on the analysis of 50 Plans across Canada
  • Provides key considerations going forward for the development of a Community Energy Implementation Framework
Download the Full Report here
Download the French version of the report here
 
For more information visit http://gettingtoimplementation.ca/
 

Resilient Pipes and Wires
Adaptation Awareness, Actions and Policies in the Energy Distribution Sector

February 2015

This Report examines the level of awareness among electric,
natural gas and thermal energy distributors about adapting to climate change, as well as the policy drivers and barriers to adaptation in the energy delivery sector.

 
Download the Full Report here
Download the Summary of Findings and Recommendations here
For more information visit www.questcanada.org/rpw
 

National Report on Policies Supporting Community Energy Plan Implementation
July 2015

The National Report on Policies Supporting Community Energy Plan Implementation identifies how provincial, territorial and local governments can work with communities to achieve their energy objectives. It includes:
  • A review of the role that communities play in supporting energy objectives at the provincial and territorial level;
  • A review of provincial and territorial policy approaches that support CEP development and CEP implementation in Canadian communities;
  • Examples of how CEP implementation is helping provinces and territories achieve their energy objectives, and
  • An overview of how the effective approaches identified can be replicated by other provinces and territories.
Download the Full Report here
Download the Executive Summary here
 
For more information visit http://gettingtoimplementation.ca/
 

 

Summary Report: National Policy Symposium
July 2015

The rapid pace of technological innovation in the energy delivery and management sector is exceeding the pace of change in policy and regulatory frameworks. Addressing this challenge requires government, regulators, regulated and competitive energy providers, and other organizations from across Canada to collaborate from a technical, policy, program, and regulatory perspective to support new ways to deliver and manage energy that can lead to more competitive and efficient services for Canadians.
 
The objective of the National Policy Symposium was to bring industry and government decision-makers together to identify the pathways to accelerate innovation in the energy delivery and management sector in Canada. This report summarizes the key messages and considerations for Ministers that were developed during the Symposium.

Download the Full Report here
Download the French version of the report here
For more information visit www.questcanada.org/preEMMC
 

 

Business Cases Summary: Insights from Community Building
May 2015

This paper provides a summary of QUEST’s five business cases, highlighting their technical, governance, regulatory and financial issues, and outlines a common set of drivers and lessons learned relevant for ICES community-builders.
 
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The Role of District Energy in Making Nova Scotian Communities Energy Resilient
March 2014

This paper explores the opportunity and need to include thermal energy as part of any energy policy initiative going forward in Nova Scotia. Thermal energy is the energy needed to heat and cool communities, and both are obviously essential in our climatic conditions. Moreover, as temperature patterns, frequency and severity of weather events change due to climate change, there is a need to rely on secure and resilient systems to dependably meet thermal energy needs. This paper specifically focuses on District Energy (DE) opportunities (see description below). It describes how other countries have "leap-frogged" Canada in meeting their energy needs and environmental goals, sustainably and securely by adopting DE solutions. And it talks about how Nova Scotia can catch up by following a similar path.

Download the Full Report here
To learn more about QUEST NS visit www.questcanada.org/ns
 

 

Advancing Integrated Community Energy Planning in Ontario: A Primer
September 2013

This primer is designed to help Ontario municipalities better understand how they can work within the current regulatory framework to plan their communities’ energy future.
 
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To learn more about QUEST ON visit www.questcanada.org/ontario
 

SouthEast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility
January 2012

This case study details and examines the development of the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility in Vancouver, British Columbia with special attention paid to its project financing, ownership and governance structure. Strategies and best practices that contributed to the Neighbourhood Energy Utility's success have been identified along with key lessons learned that can be applied to future projects in order to aid municipalities, real estate developers and communities in the successful implementation of Integrated Community Energy Systems.
 
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Alderney 5 Energy Project

 

This case study details and examines the development of the Alderney 5 Energy Project in Halifax, Nova Scotia with special attention paid to the new technology including key project components, project financing and an unexpected ownership and operating model. A detailed assessment of the stakeholder engagement process, environmental assessment, ease of replication and risk management are included.

 

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Strathcona County Community Energy System

 

This case study highlights the key technical, economic, financial and governance factors significant to the development of the Strathcona County Community Energy System in Sherwood Park, Strathcona County, Alberta. Strathcona County's experience developing this Integrated Community Energy Solution (ICES) project will facilitate and reduce costs for future business plan development and ICES project implementation.

 

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Biogas for Fine Paper: A Cascade, Gaz Métro and Waste Management Project

 

The objective of this case study is to generate transferrable lessons and knowledge from the key technical, economic, financial and governance factors and decisions that led to the installation of a biogas collection system in the Ste-Sophie landfill, near Montréal, Québec to supply energy to a fine paper mill, via a dedicated 13km pipeline. The study highlights the project's features and successful implementation strategies, to help avoid pitfalls for future ICES projects in other communities in Canada.

 

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Renewable Natural Gas: The Ontario Opportunity

 

 

This business case study examines the potential growth of an innovative energy source, renewable natural gas (RNG). The study documents the application process for two of Ontario’s largest natural gas utilities to the Ontario Energy Board in late 2011 to advance RNG as a new supply source under a regulated investment model. This case study undertakes to define RNG, identifies its key attributes, highlights its use in jurisdictions outside Ontario, and provides an in-depth analysis of its current and potential application within Ontario. The case study demonstrates that the creation of an RNG industry in Ontario could bring significant benefits to the province and contribute to meeting the Government of Ontario’s greenhouse gas, energy efficiency and clean air targets.

 

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Du Biogaz pour le papier fin: Un projet de Cascades, Gaz Métro et Waste Management

 

 

L’objectif de cette étude de cas est de produire des leçons transférables et du savoir-faire à partir des principaux facteurs techniques, économiques, financiers et de gouvernance et des décisions qui ont menés à l’installation d’un système de collecte du biogaz à la décharge de Ste-Sophie, près de Montréal (Québec) afin de fournir de l’énergie à une usine de papier fin grâce à un pipeline de 13 km spécialement construit à cette fin.
 

 

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Paper No. 1 - Building Smart Energy Communities: Implementing Integrated Community Energy Solutions

 

Building Smart Energy Communities: Implementing Integrated Community Energy Solutions

This is the introductory paper to the ICES Literacy Series and is intended for a broad audience. The paper explains the role and activity of QUEST as it relates to ICES.  It describes what ICES are and what they can accomplish at the city/community-wide, neighbourhood, and project levels. It lists the critical stakeholders in ICES and outlines the basic principles required to implement ICES. The paper closes by outlining QUEST’s role in advancing ICES now and going forward.

 

 

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Paper No. 2 - Fuels & Technology for Integrated Community Energy Solutions

 

September 2012
 
Fuels and Technologies for Integrated Community Energy Solutions presents QUEST’s point of view on fuels and technologies and how they might be better integrated in smarter and more sustainable energy systems.  It covers all aspects of community energy use, spanning residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, and transportation sectors, with linkages to land-use and community planning.

 

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Paper No. 3 - Economic Regulation and the Development of Integrated Energy Systems

 

Economic Regulation and the Development of Integrated Energy Systems

This paper presents QUEST’s position on the key role of economic regulation in facilitating the implementation of integrated energy systems. The paper describes the strength of integrated energy systems as bringing together multiple energy system components which are integrated in physical, financial and operational terms. It makes the case for proper regulatory oversight of energy systems in order to provide neutral, transparent and expert oversight and consequent protection for both consumers and investors. The paper argues that integrated energy systems are much more likely to be feasible if the regulatory system is prepared to accept some re-bundling, specifically of delivery and energy generation and experimentation to facilitate innovation.

 

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Integrated Community Energy Solutions (ICES) Municipal Policy Toolkit
 

January 2011

This toolkit contains a series of 17 case studies from across Canada that demonstrate best practice examples of policies that have advanced Integrated Community Energy Solutions (ICES). It is designed for use by municipal and provincial staff members, councils, and policymakers in Ontario and elsewhere for the purpose of proliferating the implementation of ICES and improve the livability of our communities.

 

 

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The "Potential" Study: The capacity for Integrated Community Energy Solutions policies to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions

This study was commissioned by QUEST in 2010 and conducted by MK Jaccard and Associates. The study is a first attempt at quantifying the benefits of a comprehensive approach to Integrated Community Energy Solutions in Canadian communities.

 

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QUEST II White Paper: Moving Forward - The Integrated Energy Systems Approach in Canadian Communities

This White Paper emerged from the QUEST II Conference in Victoria, BC, in November 2008, in which individuals from across the QUEST collaborative developed four scenarios with a goal of building understanding about the complex, interacting forces and key uncertainties shaping the future of carbon-constrained energy end use in Canada and the adoption of Integrated Community Energy Solutions (ICES).

 

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White Paper II: Passons à l’action - les systèmes énergétiques intégrés dans les villes canadiennes

Mars 2009
 
Les collaborateurs de QUEST ont élaboré quatre scénarios pour mieux comprendre les forces complexes en présence et les principales incertitudes touchant l’avenir de l’utilisation future de l’énergie à faible émission de CO2 au Canada ainsi que l’adoption de solutions énergétiques intégrées pour les collectivités (SEIC).
 
Les quatre scénarios ont été examinés et discutés lors de la conférence QUEST II, tenue à Victoria en novembre 2008.
 

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Feasibility Study: Compressed Natural Gas in Nova Scotia Phase 1

Evaluation of Technical and Economic Parameters of Natural Gas Delivery Using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Technologies: PHASE 1

Prepared for: QUEST Nova Scotia
Prepared by: Jenmar Concepts
 

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Feasibility Study: Compressed Natural Gas in Nova Scotia Phase 2

Evaluation of Technical and Economic Parameters of Natural Gas Delivery Using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Technologies - PHASE 2: Fuel Delivery To A Community

 

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NS Sustainable Transportation Series: It's More Than Buses

The NS Sustainable Transportation Series was commissioned by the QUEST Nova Scotia Caucus with funding from the NS Dept of Energy. This report is based on the premise that a bold vision for the future of public transit in Halifax Regional Municipality needs to be championed by the citizens who rely on the transportation systems to meet their daily mobility needs, whether its travel to work, school, health care, shopping, recreation or entertainment. This report synthesizes the outcomes of three public sessions and shows the resulting products, which lead to a briefing before council outlining five key steps / projects needed to increase ridership and provide improved service to residents.

 

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NS Sustainable Transportation Series: Peninsula Cycling Network

December 2012

The NS Sustainable Transportation Series was commissioned by the QUEST Nova Scotia Caucus with funding from the NS Dept of Energy. This report views the Halifax Peninsula as a strategic area of focus for the development of new on-street bicycle infrastructure, identifying priorities for the bicycle network over the next five years. This report will support the current Active Transportation Plan review by Halifax Regional Municipality by informing the network component of the strategy.
 

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NS Sustainable Transportation Series: Green Mobility Strategy Update 2013

January 2013

The NS Sustainable Transportation Series was commissioned by the QUEST Nova Scotia Caucus with funding from the NS Dept of Energy. Green Mobility Strategy Update 2013 is a supplement to the Ecology Action Centre 2008 Green Mobility Strategy for Nova Scotia. This report focuses on strategies for sustainable transportation in the less densely populated regions of Nova Scotia.

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NS Sustainable Transportation Series: Express Shuttle Study

The NS Sustainable Transportation Series was commissioned by the QUEST Nova Scotia Caucus with funding from the NS Dept of Energy. This report develops the rationale and presents an operating plan for an express shuttle program (a micro transit system) to serve Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, Capital Health and the IWK Health Centre in south end peninsular Halifax.

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ICES Progress Report - Province of BC

 

August 2013
 
The "Integrated Community Energy Solutions Progress Report for the Province of British Columbia" was released in August 2013.

 

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