Exploring Community EnergyExploring Community Energy<div class="ExternalClassDED32181206444D0BEA9BCAA66C242A0"><p>Municipalities and private businesses across our region are tapping into local sources of energy such as waste heat from sewer pipes, rooftop solar energy systems, and heat pumps to supplement the provincial electricity grid. These kinds of initiatives need to be further expanded to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. But where are the best opportunities? </p><p>To help visualize additional community-based energy opportunities in our region, researchers at UBC's Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning have created a tool called the <a href="http://www.energyexplorer.ca/" target="_blank">Community Energy Explorer</a> with support from Metro Vancouver. This resource provides easy-to-understand information about our region's energy supply, energy demand, and renewable energy potential. It features plain language explanations using graphics, maps, animation, and video clips.</p><p>Here are a few examples - the following figure shows the major hydroelectricity generating sites in the British Columbia, illustrating that our region currently relies heavily on electricity generated in other parts of the Province.</p><div class="small-8 columns small-centered"><p><img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue37-energyexplorer.jpg" alt="" /> </p>  </div> <p>This next figure describes a low carbon neighbourhood-scale energy system. Several neighbourhoods in the region already have some of these components. For example, the River Green District in Richmond and the Olympic Village in Vancouver are served by district energy systems which draw heat from sewer pipes. </p><div class="small-8 columns small-centered"><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/energy-explorer-components.jpg" alt="" /> </p></div><p> And the following map shows the solar energy potential in the region, illustrating that there is significant solar energy potential throughout the region despite our rainy climate.</p><div class="small-8 columns small-centered"><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/energy-explorer-solar.JPG" alt="" /> </p></div><p>Metro Vancouver's  Board committed to "assess the region's low carbon energy (e.g. biomass, geothermal, etc.), waste heat recovery, and district energy opportunities and risks, and where appropriate work with municipalities to coordinate public and private investment in supporting infrastructure" in the <a href="/services/air-quality/plans-reports/iaqggmp/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan</a> (IAQGGMP). To this end, the Community Energy Explorer will help residents, business and governments to better understand low carbon energy opportunities.</p><p>Explore further at <a href="http://www.energyexplorer.ca/" target="_blank">www.energyexplorer.ca</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue37-energyexplorer.jpg2015-09-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#d4dd73f1-fbe7-492c-8314-7ee9fb4f0386;L0|#0d4dd73f1-fbe7-492c-8314-7ee9fb4f0386|Issue 13;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass636601FE65564AD49181B3F7D94DBFE2"><p>​With support from Metro Vancouver, researchers at UBC's Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning have created a tool called the <a href="http://www.energyexplorer.ca/" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US">Community Energy Explorer</span></a>, which provides easy-to-understand information about our region's energy supply, energy demand, and renewable energy potential.</p></div>0