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
Download an overview of the project here.

Listen to an overview of the project
here. You can download the webinar presentations here:
  • About the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard (pdf)
  • About the ACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard (pdf)

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.


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.