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City Council approves redistribution of Envida’s energy assets

Guelph, Ont., June 28, 2017 – Guelph City Council has approved a series of recommendations brought forward through the Envida Asset Review. The review is in response to Council direction received on October 24, 2016 to transfer oversight and management of Envida to the City, with support from Guelph Hydro, who will report to Council. “City staff, with support from Guelph Hydro, have spent the last nine months reviewing Envida’s assets to maximize shareholder value and create more direct oversight by the shareholder, City Council,” said the City’s chief administrative officer, Derrick Thomson. “We’ve had success with some revenue generating assets, and collectively we have to work through several issues with respect to Guelph’s district energy nodes.” As a result of Council’s decision, the Eastview… Continue reading City Council approves redistribution of Envida’s energy assets

Council Chambers get energy-efficient lighting retrofit

Guelph Council Chambers was retrofitted with new light emitting diode (LED) lighting to replace burned out and faded light bulbs. The new LED lighting will save about 8,500 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually — roughly the amount of energy used by one household over three months, which reduces our energy costs by about $1,250 per year. An additional $5,000 will also be saved annually in maintenance costs, based on 2,000 hours of operation. The retrofit replaced 91 incandescent bulbs and 136 fluorescent lamps over three days and cost $19,870. Facts about LEDs use 46 per cent less electricity, last longer and need less maintenance produce less waste heat and that means less energy is needed to cool Council Chambers improve light quality: they’re brighter and don’t… Continue reading Council Chambers get energy-efficient lighting retrofit

Guelph celebrates ninth solar energy installation

Guelph, Ont., March 17, 2017 – The City of Guelph now has nine solar photovoltaic systems installed across the city, as part of the City’s commitment to generating more local, renewable electricity in support of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative and the Corporate Energy Management Plan. “Last week clean solar electricity started flowing from the City’s ninth photovoltaic system, located on the roof of the Lyon Park pool building,” explains Alex Chapman, manager of the newly created Climate Change Office. “These types of projects further Guelph’s position as a solar energy champion.” Solar photovoltaic systems have been installed at the following City-owned facilities: Lyon Park pool (301 York Road) Guelph Fire Headquarters (50 Wyndham Street South) Fire Hall #3 (115 Stone Road West) Fire Hall #5… Continue reading Guelph celebrates ninth solar energy installation

City of Guelph, Enmax Corporation and Windmill Developments Win QUEST 2015 Community Energy Builder Awards

Ottawa, Ont. October 30, 2015 – The City of Guelph, Enmax Corporation and Windmill Developments were announced as the 2015 winners of the QUEST Community Energy Builder Awards at the annual QUEST Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on October 27 in Toronto, Ontario. The Community Energy Builder Awards are presented annually by QUEST to recognize leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada.  Awards are presented in three categories that reflect the key implementing sectors of Smart Energy Communities: Local Government, Real Estate Sector, and Utility and Energy Service Providers. “Smart Energy Communities are now being recognized as one solution in meeting Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial energy and climate goals,” said Brent Gilmour, Executive Director of QUEST. “QUEST congratulates the 2015 award winners… Continue reading City of Guelph, Enmax Corporation and Windmill Developments Win QUEST 2015 Community Energy Builder Awards

City rooftops collect energy as part of microFIT program

Media invited to tour River Run Centre’s rooftop solar energy system Guelph, On, June 2, 2014 – Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 3, the media is invited to tour the River Run Centre’s rooftop solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, and hear about the City of Guelph’s commitment to install 1,000 solar roofs as part of the Community Energy Initiative. The River Run Centre is one of six City-owned facilities participating in the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) microFIT program—collecting solar energy on its rooftop and converting it to electricity. Other sites include Guelph Fire Headquarters, fire halls #3 and #5, the Public Works building at 45 Municipal Street, and the Speedvale water tower, which has a solar ground mount. The City has also filed applications with the OPA… Continue reading City rooftops collect energy as part of microFIT program

District energy, energy prices, and property taxes

April 29, 2014 Guelph is the first city in North America to announce and pursue a long-term plan for a city-wide thermal energy network—a kind of central heating and cooling system for the entire city. It works a lot like the power grid we use for electricity; allowing multiple buildings to connect and share an energy supply from a number of sources. It’s all part of the Community Energy Initiative; we’re changing how cities think about energy. The District Energy Strategic Plan is an essential step toward creating a reliable and sustainable economic future for Guelph. A few of Guelph’s District Energy Goals Create a pathway to serve at least 50 per cent of Guelph’s total heating needs Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heating Attract… Continue reading District energy, energy prices, and property taxes