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F E AT U R E ARTICLE DE FOND ADVANCING SMART ENERGY COMMUNITIES IN CANADA: THE ROLE OF PROPANE By Brent Gilmour and Tonja Leach HOW WE USE energy in communities is an essential piece of the emissions reduction and energy efficiency puzzle. Communities - the places where we live, work and play - account for 60 per cent of energy use in Canada, as well as over half of all greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). In other words, when we invest, plan and implement plans effectively for Smart Energy Communities, we can have a direct impact on addressing Canada's energy and emissions challenges, while also helping to lower energy costs, enhance reliability, and provide greater economic benefits for consumers, industry and government. QUEST is the leading advocacy organization in Canada for advancing Smart Energy Communities. Smart Energy Communities improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs and reduce emissions in three ways. First, Smart Energy Communities integrate conventional energy networks. That means that local heating, electricity and transportation fuel networks in a community are better coordinated to match energy needs with the most efficient energy source. For example, in Prince Edward Island, the City of Summerside's wind-heating pilot program stores wind-electricity as heat in electric thermal storage and electric domestic hot water units. During periods of insufficient wind, these systems provide heat to meet demand rather than requiring a backup supply of energy. Second, Smart Energy Communities harness local energy opportunities. The South East False Creek neighbourhood in downtown Vancouver is an example. It recovers waste heat from the city's wastewater operations and uses it to supply up to 70 per cent of the space and water heating needs of local residents and businesses. Third, Smart Energy Communities integrate energy and land use, recognizing that poor land use decisions can equal a whole lot of energy waste. For example, all buildings in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood are being connected to a district energy system that will produce high-efficiency heating and cooling for residential and commercial tenants - with the potential to generate electricity from cleaner sources such as cogeneration, solar, and geoexchange. The Canadian communities that are exemplifying the features of Smart Energy Communities have taken ownership over their energy, 20 ENERGIZED | ÉNERGISÉ Smart Energy Communities integrate energy and land use, recognizing that poor land use decisions can equal a whole lot of energy waste.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2016

Message from the Executive Director
Message de la directrice exécutive
Provincial Updates
Les provinces
Breathing Easier
Respirer plus aisément
B.C.’s Minister of Environment Talks Propane
La ministre de l’Environnement de la C.-B. sur le sujet du propane
Greening Your Business
Écologisez votre entreprise
Advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada: The Role of Propane
Avancer les communautés alimentées à l’énergie intelligente au Canada : le rôle du propane
Cooking for Life
Cuisiner pour la vie
Meeting in the Mountains
Une réunion au sommet des montagnes
6 Ways to Green Your Farm
6 options plus écologiques pour votre ferme
Index to Advertisers
Index des Annonceurs

Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2016