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Smart Energy Communities

Taking on the World, One City at a Time

The Smart Energy Communities Scorecard will be the first tool of its kind to evaluate and benchmark the progress of Smart Energy Communities in Canada with a focus on the policies and processes of local governments, utilities and the real-estate sector. It will offer multiple sectors in a community with a roadmap to transition to Smart Energy Communities and evaluate their progress along the way. Smart Energy Communities improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Scorecard initiative will establish a:

  • Standard set of key policy and process indicators that define the pathways to Smart Energy
  • Communities Methodology to evaluate how multiple sectors in a community are contributing to Smart Energy Communities
  • Scorecard Report that profiles the scores of the six pilot communities, and the methodology for evaluating Smart Energy Communities
  • Web-based dashboard that illustrates a roadmap for action for the featured communities, to advance along the pathway to becoming a Smart Energy Community

Pilot Communities

The following communities have been selected to pilot the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard

The Town of Bridgewater is located on Nova Scotia's South Shore and had a population of approximately 8500. Long-known for being "The Main Street of the South Shore," Bridgewater has is the primary commercial and professional service centre in the southern half of the province. Over the past decade, Bridgewater has grown a reputation for embracing sustainable municipal practices and has been recognized nationally as a leader in forward-thinking sustainable initiatives.

As the third largest municipality in Canada, Calgary s home to 1.2 million people, a population that is young - with an average age of 36 years, diverse - with 28% visible minorities, and growing - with 40,000 new people arriving each year from across Canada - and the world. An excellent quality of life, low taxes, proximity to nature and cleanliness make Calgary one of the most liveable cities on the planet!

Grande Prairie is a rapidly growing resource-based community in northwestern Alberta with a population of approximately 63,000 residents. Being a part of the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard Pilot Project is well-timed as we are developing a community energy strategy that optimizes energy delivery systems with the available resources. This project will allow industry, business and residents to understand the benefits of a multi-faceted approach to energy consumption.

The colour and vitality of Inuvik will take you by surprise. You'll see paved streets lined with brightly coloured houses on pilings, dome-shaped buildings and the strange snakelike Utilidor system. In the summer, the town hums with activity. Tourists walk the streets and air charter and construction companies take advantage of the continuous daylight. The community is within the taiga forest, just south of the tree line and west of the open tundra. The Arctic Ocean is only 97 kilometres north and the Arctic Circle is 200 kilometres to the south.

With a population of almost 384,000 in 2016, London is the 6th largest city within the province of Ontario and the fifteenth largest city in Canada. Industry sector leaders like 3M, McCormick Canada, Trojan Technologies, TSC Stores, and London Life all have their Canadian headquarters in London. Over the past several years, the city has witnessed growth in its manufacturing sector, diversifying to include military, aerospace, medical, and automotive parts, and food processing. London is also poised for new business growth in the areas of life sciences, technology, and digital media.

The City of Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories, with a population of approximately 20,000. It is the hub of commerce for the territory and serves as a gateway to smaller communities and southern metropoles. Yellowknife at its roots is a mining city and has successfully managed to balance small town feel with broadening, industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. As a northern city ensuring that our workplaces and homes are well heated is essential to the well-being of our people, land and economy. Climate action, with a particular focus on energy, is high on the priority list for municipal officials, businesses and residents.

Scorecard Webinar

Webinar recorded December 13, 2017


Download webinar presentations:

About the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard

About the ACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard

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 Alex Benzie, Project Manager for the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard, at [email protected] to learn more.

Other Projects

QUEST conducts and packages cutting edge applied research to empower practitioners and decision makers with the tools they need to advance Smart Energy Communities. Find out more about our projects: