Following guidance from the province's Restart BC Plan and new health and safety regulations from WorkSafeBC, we are taking all necessary steps to protect public health and maintain the safety of our employees.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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)
Documents and resources
- July 19, 2016 — Presentation to Council on Karen Magnussen retrofit (PDF; 16.6MB)
- March 16, 2016 — Information report prepared for Council (PDF; 309KB)
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.