Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP)

Our Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) will help us integrate energy efficiency into our day-to-day operations.

By taking an 'efficiency first' approach to how we manage energy, we will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2017 (below 2012 levels), and accumulate annual savings of almost $275,000 by 2018, while enhancing the comfort of our facilities.

News and updates

September 16, 2016 — Launch of Karen Magnussen Rec Centre energy retrofit

Today, Mayor Walton took part in a hockey game at the Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre to inaugurate recently completed energy retrofits that are projected to save $120,000 in annual energy costs.

Learn more about this project

July 19, 2016 — Presentation to Council

Staff gave Council an update on the work being done to retrofit the Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre. View the staff presentation in the 'Documents and resources' tab

March 16, 2016 — Update to Council

Staff sent Council an information report that updated them on progress made with the SEMP. Their report included an overview of money and energy saved, and an update on current projects that are making our facilities more energy efficient. View the information report in the 'Documents and resources' tab


Our approach to managing energy

We are committed to an 'efficiency first' approach to strategically managing our energy. This approach focuses on: 

  • avoiding wasting energy, material, effort, money, and time
  • reducing energy use before finding new sources
  • integrating capital renewal and operations (integrated asset management)

Our energy use targets to 2018

To reach our targets, the strategy is focused on our four highest energy consuming buildings: 

  • District Hall
  • Operations Centre
  • Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre
  • Ron Andrews Community Recreation Centre

In the coming years, we will expand the strategy to include opportunities for energy and emission reduction in street lighting, utilities, and the District Fleet.

Chart showing the projected decrease in energy use through 2018
This table illustrates our annual energy consumption (in gigajoules) since 2011

Planned actions

The SEMP focuses on developing longer term goals and actions that will embed energy efficiency as a regular part of our business and operations. It is a multi-year plan with short, medium, and long term actions.

Short term (2015-16)
  • Apply the existing ERP budget to lighting, mechanical, and building envelope systems
  • Retrofit the Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre
  • Conduct energy studies to develop large scale retrofit plans for major facilities
Mid term (2017)
  • Begin focusing on high energy intensity facilities, and those with operational challenges
  • Implement large scale retrofits or retro-commissioning of major facilities
  • Develop a metering plan that includes water meters for DNV facilities
Long term (2018 onward)
  • Develop an integrated, performance based operation and maintenance plan for buildings
  • Continue implementing large scale retrofits at major facilities
  • Plan for embedded energy management team effort in fleet and utilities

Project savings (in dollars, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions)

Accumulated annual savings from energy projects will reach $219,370 per year by the end of 2017, and can continue to increase in the future.

Year Energy saved 
Money saved Emissions reduced
Accumlated savings
2011 173,854 $7,450 12  
2012 267,984 $11,141 10 $7,450
2013 846,644 $32,018 81 $18,591
2014 222,275 $8,474 38 $50,609
2015 387,479 $14,246 52 $59,063
2016 3,908,472 $146,041 504 $73,329
2017 1,374,674 $52,975 161 $219,370
2018 270,985 $12,027 15 $272,345

Funding opportunities

Since 2010, we have attracted over $2 million in partner and grant funding for our program. This includes:

  • Over $1.3 million from BC Hydro and FortisBC for project incentives and salary support
  • $632,000 from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) for the Karen Magnussen Recreation Center retrofit
  • Over $400,000 in carbon tax rebates as part of the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) 


Active in energy management since 2009

  • 2009 — Partnered with BC Hydro to fund an Energy Manager position at District Hall
  • 2010 — Partnered with FortisBC to fund an Energy Specialist position
  • 2011 — Developed an energy reduction program with $3.6 million in funding

Committed to carbon neutrality

We — along with over 180 other local governments — have signed the BC Climate Action Charter. As a signatory of the charter, we are eligible for a conditional grant provided by the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP).

This grant is equivalent to one hundred percent of the carbon taxes we pay, and supports our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Learn more about our involvement with CARIP

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