Energy Task Force

 

Energy Task Force Members 2016

  • Alex Loeb (Chair)
  • Kelly St John
  • Kim Klassen
  • Andrew Zwicker

Current Initiatives

 

Accomplishments in 2010

Community Energy Survey Results

The results of the Community Energy Survey were analyzed by the Energy Task Force.  In total 141 Rosslanders participated in the survey.  Key highlights of the survey results include:

 

Interest in Reducing Energy Consumption

  • 94 percent of respondents are interested in reducing their energy consumption
    • 54 percent because they want to reduce their energy bill
    • 30 percent because they want to reduce their carbon footprint
    • 23 percent because they want to conserve fossil fuels for future generations
    • 29 percent because they want to minimize climate change, and
    • 57 percent for all of the reasons above

Energy Audits

  • 23 percent of respondents have had an energy audit done in their home
  • Of those who did not:
    • 69 percent indicated they would have one done if it were free
    • 30 percent indicated they would be willing to pay for an audit
  • 71 percent of those who had an energy audit made improvements as a result of the audit
    • The most common improvements in order were: draft-proof, get energy efficient windows, replace furnace, insulate attic, insulate basement, and insulate wall

Heating and Cooling Sources

  • Primary heating sources for respondents were as follows:
    • 72 percent natural gas
    • 18 percent electricity
    • 7 percent wood
    • 1 percent geothermal
    • 1 percent other
  • 62 percent of respondents have a secondary heat source.  Of those who did:
    • 52 percent had wood
    • 26 percent had natural gas
    • 22 percent had electricity
  • 9 percent of respondents use air conditioning

Water Use

  • 29 percent of respondents have their water meter installed
  • 62 percent of respondents heat their water with electricity and 36 percent with natural gas
  • 54 percent of respondents have low flow shower heads installed
  • 43 percent of respondents have low flow toilets and 25 percent have dual flush toilets

Large Appliances

  • Of those with washing machines (97 percent of respondents), 56 percent have Energy Star washers
  • Of those with dishwashers (79 percent of respondents), 55 percent have Energy Star dishwashers
  • Of those with refridgerators (100 percent of respondents), 54 percent have Energy Star refridgerators
  • 15 percent of respondents have hot tubs
  • When washing clothes, 38 percent use cold water all the time, 33 percent half the time, 14 percent a quarter of the time and 10 percent never
  • When drying clothes, 17 percent use a clothes line all the time, 41 percent half the time, 25 percent a quarter of the tiem and 17 percent never
  • 12 percent of respondents have a second freezer

Transportation

  • When going to work or school:
    • 14 percent of respondents walk
    • 2 percent bicycle
    • 0 percent take public transit
    • 7 percent carpool
    • 37 percent drive
    • 39 percent do not travel
  • When running errands:
    • 43 percent walk
    • 57 percent drive
  • If there were more frequent public transit, 24 percent of respondents would use it and 33 percent might use it
  • If there was an express bus to Trail 20 percent of respondents would use it, and 31 perecnt might

For a graphic representation of some of the key results, use the following link

Recommendations to Council

In early 2010, the Energy Task Force submitteded an interim report and recommendations to Council.  These recommendations included:

  1. Implementation of the Energy Task Force's Draft Energy Action Plan will require Improved Coordination with City.  ETF should only act in an advisory role and NOT responsible for implementation.  City rep. to attend key ETF meetings and implement findings.
  2. City to Appoint an Existing Senior Staff Person as Energy Manager (EM).  EM to coordinate development and implementation of the Corporate Community Energy Plan
  3. City to Place Urgency on Completing CEP.  City to establish timelines, consider engaging consultant to meet deliverables.  ETF to assist and look to funding options.

The Energy Task Force recommendations were not accepted by Council due to concerns about City resources and the potential costs associated with implementing the recommendations.  The discussion was considered fruitful and the Energy Task Force was invited to return to Council to recommend a different approach.  The full text of the Energy Task Force's report to Council is here.

 

Accomplishments in 2009

Community Energy Survey

The Community Energy Survey developed by the Energy Task Force was piloted at Golden City Days in September 2009 and then distributed by mail drop to the majority of Rossland residents on November 6, 2009.  The survey was also available on-line.  A copy of the survey is available here.

The intent of the survey was to gather data regarding Rossland’s current energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.  The data was intended to be utilized by the Energy Task Force to develop a Community Energy Plan. 

Recommendations to Council

The Energy Task Force recommendation to Council to support the development and release of non-confidential information on energy use by rate class, both historical and ongoing, from energy suppliers to enable energy demand and supply initiatives to be monitored was passed by Council on July 27, 2009. This information was considered critical by the Energy Task Force for the development of a Community Energy Plan.

Planning

The Energy Task Force prepared a draft outline of a Community Energy Plan and a draft Energy Action Plan for the City outlining priority first steps.