Community Energy Plan

Description
Burlington Hydro partnered with the City and other key stakeholders to develop a Community Energy Plan (CEP) which was endorsed by City Council in January 2014.


“The Community Energy Plan helps us identify areas where conservation and efficiency measures can be focused. It also assesses the potential for local generation, particularly through renewable energy, and the use of smart grid technology."

City of Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring

Contributing to Burlington’s Community Energy Plan

By aligning our business priorities with the City of Burlington’s long-term strategic planning for responsible power management and energy sustainability, Burlington Hydro is contributing to the growth and prosperity of the community we serve.

Consistent with this approach, Burlington Hydro partnered with the City and other key stakeholders to develop a Community Energy Plan (CEP) which was endorsed by City Council in January 2014. The plan aims to ensure stable and safe distribution networks and offer up sustainable energy options to accommodate the City’s planned growth and economic development. Its governance structure includes a steering committee – on which Burlington Hydro continues to play a leadership role – helping to oversee implementation.

An important feature of community energy planning is the exploration of options for potential district heating and cogeneration. As a key partner in the development of the CEP, BHEI has committed to demonstrating technologies and evaluating their effectiveness in commercial and larger residential buildings by undertaking certain pilot projects through our affiliate, Burlington Electricity Services Inc.

In late 2014, work to install a micro turbine cogeneration plant as part of a pilot project began at the south side of the company’s head office. Once interconnections into the building’s electrical supply and heating system are completed, the unit will commence operating, producing 90 kW of electricity and sufficient heat for most of the BHEI building. It’s a positive step forward in implementing an important piece of the CEP.

District heating provides heat for multiple buildings from a single plant. Hot water or steam is distributed to a building(s) through underground piping. This is an efficient source of energy as district heating systems operate at higher efficiencies than individual heating systems in buildings. The plant is self-contained and portable, which is suitable for permanent relocation in the future.