New Brunswick communities put their climate energy plans into action with the support of QUEST Canada
Sept 21, 2022 — Today, QUEST Canada announces a new milestone for communities partnering and participating in the New Brunswick Smart Energy Community Accelerator (NB SECA) Pilot Program.
The NB SECA program is designed to equip communities with the tools and knowledge necessary to develop and implement community energy plans (CEP). A CEP is a planning process that aims to improve energy performance, enhance quality of life, and create socio-economic benefits at the local level.
The majority of QUEST Canada’s partnering and participating communities recently completed community energy plan implementation frameworks.
To complete these frameworks, QUEST Canada facilitated CEP implementation workshops, bringing together a group of key stakeholders in each community. During the workshops, participants developed strategies for governance, as well as for local engagement and communications relating to their respective local energy action plans.
Implementation frameworks are an integral part of the local community energy and climate planning process that ensures that proper governance models, key indicators and communication strategies are in place so that local action plans translate to on the ground projects and result in energy savings and emission reductions.
NB SECA Pilot Program communities — and others across Canada — play an outsized role in combating climate change. According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, around 60 percent of public infrastructure in Canada is owned by local governments. Moreover, communities are responsible for over half of Canada’s energy use and GHG emissions. QUEST Canada’s NB SECA Pilot Program seeks to reverse this trend, supporting communities throughout Canada on the pathway to net-zero.
About the NB SECA Pilot Program
The NB SECA program is designed to equip communities with tools and knowledge to develop and implement community energy plans and understand the socio-economic benefits they can provide. In New Brunswick, this program includes nine participating communities, including one First Nation. In Fall 2021, five partner communities — through partnership with the Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick — joined the program. The 14 participating and partnering communities include:
- Town of Quispamsis
- Town of Woodstock
- Village of Perth-Andover
- Town of Florenceville-Bristol
- Town of Saint Andrews
- Town of St. Stephen
- Town of Oromocto
- St. Mary’s First Nation
- Town of Sussex
- Village de Cap-Pelé
- Village of Nigadoo
- Communauté Rurale de Saint-André
- Village de Saint-Isidore
- Village de Ste-Marie-St-Raphaël
About QUEST Canada
QUEST Canada is a national non-profit that supports communities in Canada on their pathway to net-zero. Since 2007, we’ve been facilitating connections, empowering community champions and influencing decision-makers to implement efficient and integrated energy systems that best meet community needs and maximize local opportunities. We develop tools and resources, convene stakeholders and rights holders and advise decision-makers — all with the goal of encouraging and enabling communities to contribute to Canada’s net-zero goals.
To set up an interview, please contact:
Melissa Schweyer Senior Lead, Communications
t: 866-494-2770 ext. 704
To stay up to date on the NB SECA Program, and for more information, visit QUEST Canada’s website. This project was supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Government of New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund, Énergie NB Power, the Suncor Energy Foundation, and Stantec.
Adlar Gross, Climate Change Project Officer at ICLEI, Canada
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