OTTAWA, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - On Nov. 8, QUEST announced the finalists
for the 2013 Community Energy Builder Awards. The Community Energy
Builder Awards recognize leadership and innovation in advancing smart
energy communities in Canada, with a focus on three categories: Local
Government, Real Estate Sector, and Utility.
The Finalists for the 2013 Community Energy Builder Awards were selected
for projects, programs or plans completed in 2012-2013. They are:
In the Local Government category:
City of Guelph, for activities that support the implementation of its
Community Energy Initiative;
Halifax Regional Municipality, for the design and launch of its Solar
City of Surrey, for the development of a district energy system in its
downtown core and an Organic Biofuels facility that will turn organic
waste into renewable natural gas.
In the Real Estate Sector category:
DEC Engineering, for the development of a District Energy Sharing System
in the Westhills Planned Community in Langford, BC;
Minto Developments Inc., for the development of a number of energy
efficient and integrated residential buildings;
UniverCity, for connecting 5 buildings to a burgeoning biomass-fuelled
neighbourhood energy system.
In the Utility category:
BC Hydro, for helping communities implement community energy and
emissions plans through its Sustainable Communities Program;
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., for the launch of its Savings By Design
Program, which support developers in building more energy efficient and
Horizon Utilities, for its Energy Conservation Mapping Program which
helps target conservation initiatives in its territory.
Awards will be presented to winners in each category at the QUEST 2013
Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, taking place Wednesday November 13, at
the Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham in Markham, Ontario, which is part of
the QUEST 2013 Conference & Tradeshow.
"Local governments, utilities, and the real estate sector are three of
the key players in advancing smart energy communities in Canada", said
Michael Harcourt, Former Premier of British Columbia and Mayor of
Vancouver, and Chair of QUEST. "The Community Energy Builder Awards
reward leadership by these sectors, recognizing that communities are
responsible for 60% of energy use in Canada and more than half of our
greenhouse gas emissions."
The ingredients of a smart energy community are: the integration of
conventional energy networks to match community energy needs with the
most efficient energy source; the integration of land-use recognizing
that bad land use decisions can create a whole lot of energy waste; and
the integration of local energy opportunities including renewables. The
result is increased energy efficiency while cutting costs and reducing
greenhouse gas emissions.
"Smart energy communities are being successfully built all across
Canada. QUEST is excited to champion this local excellence and to share
these successes through the Community Energy Builder Awards," said
Brent Gilmour, Executive Director of QUEST. "The awards will help QUEST
showcase projects and plans in Canada that illustrate what it means to
be a smart energy community and that inspire other community builders
to think 'smart' in their own communities."
QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow - is a national
non-profit organization supported by a collaborative network of
partners that undertakes research, policy analysis, outreach, and
capacity building to advance smart energy communities in Canada.
SOURCE: QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow
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Tonja Leach - Director, Communications & Engagement
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