About the Project

The Scorecard will be the first tool of its kind to evaluate how multiple sectors, including local governments, utilities, the real estate sector, and other community stakeholders, are contributing to Smart Energy Communities.


Smart Energy Communities improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs, and reduce GHG emissions by enhancing energy efficiency, integrating conventional energy networks, integrating land use planning and harnessing local energy opportunities. Smart Energy Communities are characterized by 12 technical and policy principles which can be found at www.questcanada.org/principles.


The Scorecard will be developed with senior advisors across Canada, in collaboration with six pilot communities. It will result in:

  • A standard set of key performance indicators that define the pathways to Smart Energy Communities
  • A methodology to evaluate how multiple sectors are contributing to Smart Energy Communities
  • A Scorecard Report and a web-based dashboard, profiling community scores, and a roadmap for action to advance along the pathway to becoming a Smart Energy Community ‚Äč
Download a PDF overview of the project here.

Project News

Deadline Extended! Call for Expressions of Interest - Pilot Communities

The project team is currently seeking six pilot communities across Canada to participate in the development of the Scorecard. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest to participate as a Pilot Community is 5pm EST on December 15th. Learn more and submit an expression of interest here.


Webinar: Learn more and about the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard

Curious to know more about the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard? Join us on December 13 at 1pm EST to learn more about:

  • The ACEEE City Efficiency Scorecard, and how ACEEE is working to raise the benchmark for energy efficiency in communities across the US.

  • How the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard, delivered by QUEST and Pollution Probe, will evaluate the policies and processes that local governments, utilities, the real estate sector, and other community stakeholders are putting in place to support Smart Energy Communities.


Presenters will include:

  • Samantha Heigl, Smart Energy Communities Scorecard Project Manager

  • David Ribeiro, Senior Researcher at ACEEE and lead author of the City Scorecard

  • Sarah Marchionda, Senior Lead, Communities & Services at QUEST


Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5982137489453472258  


Project Partners

The Smart Energy Communities Scorecard project is being led in partnership by QUEST and Pollution Probe.



Project Supporters


The Smart Energy Communities Scorecard project is being supported by the Suncor Energy Foundation and the Max Bell Foundation.

Please contact Samantha Heigl, Project Manager for the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard, at [email protected] to learn more.