Burns Lake Community Energy Plan is published.

Nov 03. 08

One Sky has recently published a comprehensive Community Energy Plan for the Village of Burns Lake. Click here to read it.

With the BC Government’s Carbon Tax introduced in July, funding is available for the conceptualization of a Community Energy Plan. Having already produced a CEP for Smithers and Burns Lake, we at One Sky would like to work with more communities and municipalities.

What is a CEP?

A community energy plan (CEP) is a long-term plan that evaluates a community’s existing energy use and supply with the goal to reduce energy consumption, improve efficiency, and increase renewable energy supply. It encompasses land use and transportation planning, site planning and building design, infrastructure, and renewable energy supply.

In November, the Community Action on Energy and Emissions (CAEE) will have completed its inventory of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of every municipality in B.C. The CEP uses this data as the foundation behind a community-based set of targets and recommendations.

Why do a CEP?

The benefits of energy planning go far beyond just reducing energy bills:

Economic development

For most communities, 70-80% of money spent on energy leaves town, going to utilities, oil companies, and provincial and federal taxes. By investing in energy efficiency or local renewable energy projects, a large portion of that money will remain in the community, stimulating the local economy.  In addition, energy efficiency and renewable energy investments create local employment both directly and indirectly. 

Energy independence

Reduced reliance on outside energy sources can insulate residents and businesses from worldwide energy price shocks and supply shortages.

Efficient communities

Energy planning leads to more efficient communities based on more compact and efficient use of land, leading to shorter travel times and lower operating costs for businesses and residents.

Healthier communities

Reduced energy use can lead to improved air quality and associated health benefits.  Efficient land use and transportation planning can also increase walking and cycling versus automobile use, thus promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Future funding

Completion of a CEP can help increase the chances of future funding. The provincial government’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions means that grant applications from communities taking action on climate change are looked upon favorably.

One Sky is offering its support and would like to work with BC communities to produce a comprehensive and practical Community Energy Plan.

For more information, please contact Benoît at 250.877.6030 or email .