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Smart Energy Communities benefit from improved energy efficiency, enhanced reliability, lower costs, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. As an influencer, connector, and educator, QUEST supports governments, utilities & energy providers, the real-estate sector, and solution providers to grow the Smart Energy Communities marketplace.

Energy Mapping Workshops

Community Energy Planning Support

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Energy Mapping Workshops

An integrated approach to community energy planning is needed by governments, utilities, and the building sector to achieve a sustainable energy future – a future with lower energy costs, reduced GHG emissions, enhanced economic development, and greater resiliency.
QUEST’s proprietary Energy Mapping Workshops bring the right stakeholders together for an engaging, hands-on approach to community energy planning. Community energy planning is recognized across Canada as an effective pathway to Smart Energy Communities. It provides a platform for multiple stakeholder groups to convene, coordinate, and implement innovative community energy projects and programs, resulting in more energy efficient, resilient and vibrant communities.

Who Benefits:

QUEST’s energy mapping workshops can be customized for a variety of audiences with a wide range of expertise and can be designed to focus on developing energy literacy, strengthening energy planning alignment amongst stakeholders, or defining energy priorities for:

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Governments (municipal, provincial/territorial and federal)

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The building sector

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Utilities

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Professional associations

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Local non-profits

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Energy service providers

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The public

What We Offer:

QUEST specializes in the development of energy mapping workshops focused on educating and inspiring participants to take an integrated, systems-thinking approach to community energy planning. QUEST delivers workshops focused on:

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Envisioning the future of energy production, delivery and end use in communities

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Educating and building the capacity of emerging energy practitioners to implement community energy projects and programs

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Enabling collaboration among key stakeholders to inform a community energy plan and identify local projects

Clients

Biomass North Development Centre

Bioheat Opportunities in Rural and Remote Communities Workshop
When Biomass North was tasked with delivering a workshop to educate Northern Ontario stakeholders on bioheat opportunities for rural and remote communities, it thought of QUEST when it came to educating stakeholders on the importance of Community Energy Planning.

The event was designed to provide a better understanding of the value proposition of sustainable bioenergy, and the unique social and environmental benefits it can bring to communities as well as the economic dividends it yields. The QUEST portion of the workshop informed participants about why Community Energy Planning is an important tool to develop a strategic approach to energy planning, and where bioenergy fits in. QUEST delivered a table-top mapping component that helped participants better understand how to identify local energy resources and GHG emission reduction opportunities.

“QUEST brought concrete and interactive tools and knowledge that proved invaluable for communities in the north in the development of their community energy plans. Their mapping exercise facilitated conversations between different stakeholder groups that may not have happened otherwise.”

Francis Gallo, Project Director

Biomass North Development Centre

Community Energy Planning Support

QUEST supports clients to enable Community Energy Plan (CEP) implementation. Our staff and Senior Associates draw on decades of experience and a vast network of community energy planning practitioners to bring your CEP to life.

The successful implementation of CEPs requires the participation of a wide range of community stakeholders. QUEST offers CEP implementation support to all stakeholders engaged in the CEP development and execution, including governments (municipal, provincial/territorial and federal), utilities (gas, electric, thermal and water) product and service providers, and the development community (owners, operators, and builders).

What We Offer:

CEP Preparation Phase Services

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Municipal readiness assessments (e.g., administering QUEST’s protocol for CEP implementation to generate an assessment and/or next steps report)
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Independent verification of CEPs and their supporting technical materials (e.g., energy maps, procurement instruments)
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Utility and product and service provider market validation of CEP services (e.g., evaluation of business platform or product optimization for the CEP marketplace)
CEP Implementation Services
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Planning alignment services to integrate plans and processes of CEP enabling and implementing stakeholders to coordinate objectives and accelerate implementation
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Tailored engagement practices that allow all voices to be heard and engaged to ensure implementation is realized for a CEP (e.g., decision support processes)
With QUEST’s support, the City of Campbell River has been able put some of the key pieces in place to support the long-term implementation of our Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). QUEST helped us to rethink the value proposition of our CEEP and helped to foster the internal alignment and buy-in we needed to implement the energy measures identified in the plan.

-Marianne Wade, Development Services Manager, City of Campbell River

Custom Services

Technology disruptors, extreme weather events, and a changing policy landscape are just some of the fundamental changes in the energy sector that present unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Our Custom Services are designed to help you navigate the Smart Energy Communities marketplace.

Retainer Services

The successful implementation of Smart Energy Communities on any scale requires an integrated approach on both the policy side and the technical side. QUEST has pioneered this approach and developed a set of comprehensive policy and technical principles.

We have an experienced multidisciplinary team with over 50 years of combined specialized knowledge in engagement strategies, decision-support processes, and tools designed to advance Smart Energy Communities. Build your custom support package based on the following offerings:

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Strategic operations
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Planning facilitation & alignment
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Land use planning
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Decision-support processes
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Community consultation & engagement
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Public policy development
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Public infrastructure investment
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Report research and creation
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Communications including briefing materials, opportunity summaries, and issue summaries

Group Facilitation

Through our experience providing working group management support for the operation of regional and national Smart Energy Community networks, we create environments where people and organizations know that they have been listened to and can learn from one another, while also remaining an objective convener.

This service benefits working groups, task forces, and communities of practice consisting of all levels of government, utilities, the building sector and other stakeholder groups engaged in energy at the community level.

Project Management
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Terms of Reference and work plans
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Meeting & task coordination
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Communications – listserves, web pages, and other communications tools and visual materials, contact management
Events & Meetings
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Content development
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Agendas and programming
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Marketing and Promotion
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Summary reports and follow-up

Our advisory services fall into three categories: Energy Mapping Workshops, Community Energy Planning Support, and Custom Services. All of our services are customizable and designed to help you evolve your business model to succeed in the Smart Energy Communities marketplace. We have a seasoned, experienced, and multi-disciplinary team with over 50 years of combined specialized knowledge in:

Community Engagement & Community Energy Planning

  • Community consultation & engagement
  • Community Energy Planning and Implementation
  • Support
  • Planning facilitation & alignment
  • Registered professional planning services
  • Decision support processes
  • Strategic operations

Convening & Partnership Building

  • Delivering workshops & providing managing operation of regional and national network
  • Creating environments where people organizations know that they have been listened to and can learn from one another while remaining an objective convener
  • Collaborative partnership building

Policy & Decision Support

  • Energy policy & data
  • Land use planning
  • Providing decision-support processes & tools
  • Corporate strategies for policy development 
  • Report research and creation
  • Public infrastructure investment
  • Project Management
  • Community energy metrics, indicators and measurements, and target setting and monitoring

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QUEST Subscribers enjoy hot-line access to tools and services that position them for success in the Smart Energy Communities marketplace.

For more information about subscriber services contact Helen Platis.
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1-866-494-2700 ext. 708

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