The Solution

The Solution

By turning our communities into Smart Energy Communities, we can improve energy efficiency, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. So what is a Smart Energy Community?

Smart Energy Communities are characterized by four major components:

  1. Firstly, from building automation to street lights, Smart Energy Communities take advantage of the full potential of energy efficiency and capitalize on lower energy costs, cutting emissions, and improving operating performance. 

  2. Secondly, Smart Energy Communities integrate conventional energy networks so that electricity, natural gas, district energy, and transportation fuel networks are better coordinated to match energy needs with the most efficient energy source. When conventional energy networks are integrated, it opens the door to innovations like alternative fuel vehicles, energy storage, waste heat capture, and combined heat and power. 

  3. Thirdly, Smart Energy Communities harness local energy opportunities. These can be stock opportunities like solar, wind, and geothermal, or they can be opportunities that are tailored to a community like water source cooling, sewage heat capture, biomass for heating, biogas for electricity, and transportation fuel. 

  4. Lastly, Smart Energy Communities integrate land use, recognizing that poor land use decisions can equal a whole lot of energy waste.