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Winners of QUEST’s 2014 Community Energy Builder Awards

December 9, 2014 - At its annual Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony last week, Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) announced the winners of its 2014 Community Energy Builder Awards, which recognize leadership and innovation across three categories in advancing “Smart Energy Communities” in Canada. Congratulations to the following:


December 9, 2014
By Anthony Capkun

Local Government category
WINNER: The City of Yellowknife, N.T., for successfully completing a 10-year community energy plan and exceeding greenhouse gas emission reduction targets by 100%, in part by converting from oil to renewable wood-pellet burning heating systems.

Runners-up: City of Colwood (B.C.) and City of Guelph (Ont.)

Utility category
WINNER (and PHOTO): Envida Community Energy Inc. (Guelph, Ont.) for building and commissioning the first segment of the Galt District Energy System, implementing seven solar energy facilities and a small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) system, obtaining approval for a forthcoming large-scale CHP facility and qualifying to develop biomass projects.

“Envida Community Energy is firmly focused on creating a more resilient, sustainable energy future for Guelph; one that takes an integrated approach to energy planning, incorporating district energy, combined heat and power, solar, biomass and landfill gas capture in our quest to create a smart energy community,” said Barry Chuddy, CEO, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc.

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Runners up: PowerStream (Ont.) and Union Gas (Ont.).

Real Estate Sector category
WINNER: Westbank (B.C.) who, in partnership with Telus Communications, is building the TELUS Garden property, which includes a 22-storey LEED-Platinum office tower as well as a small district energy system that captures waste heat from an adjacent Telus data centre and uses it for space and water heating.

Runners up: Cadillac Fairview (B.C.) and Wesgroup (B.C.).

“With 60% of energy use and over half of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada happening in communities, it’s clear that sustainable communities need to start by being Smart Energy Communities,” said Michael Harcourt, chair of QUEST. “I congratulate the community builders who are the winners of this year’s awards for taking the lead and setting an important example.”

According to its website, QUEST is a “collaborative network of stakeholders who are actively working to make Canada a leader in the design, development and implementation of smart energy communities”.

The winners of the 2014 Community Energy Builder Awards were selected for projects, programs or plans completed in 2013-2014.