Fredericton: Smart Energy Timeline
Building retrofits began
The City of Fredericton took its first major step towards energy efficiency in 2000. The City received federal funding though the “Municipal Building Retrofit Program,” which was used to complete lighting upgrades, install lighting and heating controls and add insulation and weather-stripping to buildings. The upgrades created significant cost savings, of up to 20% on energy bills, for the City.
Energy analyst hired
An Energy Analyst has been on staff with the City since 2008. In addition to ensuring optimal heating and cooling in all municipal buildings, the Energy Analyst is responsible for tracking municipal energy consumption and working with internal and external stakeholders to enhance energy performance and cost savings over time.
BACnet® tracking began
Conversion from oil to natural gas
The City switched all municipal buildings from oil to natural gas to increase safety, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase savings and energy performance.
Energy savings re-invested
Council agreed to re-invest energy savings into continuing energy upgrades and retrofits. This approach continues to allow for reductions in energy use and increased savings over time.
Building recommissioning and internal audits
Building Services assumed management responsibilities for city-owned recreation facilities and began monitoring and managing energy use in line with programming needs.
NB Power switched to LED streetlights
The switch to LED streetlights helps the City to save money and energy on utility bills to light public areas.
Stopped accepting utility budget increases
Most utilities (electricity, natural gas) increase rates by up to two percent per year. Given this, City Council budgets for a two percent increase in the City’s utility budget each year. Because cost savings from energy upgrades have been so significant, City staff have refused the budget increases and have instead asked to re-invest the funds into further energy upgrades and projects.
Heat recovery at Willie O’Ree
Waste heat from compressors at Willie O’Ree began being recovered to preheat hot water heaters in the arena, saving energy at the facility.
Expression of Interest for energy partner released
The City of Fredericton put out a public call for Expressions of Interest to gain professional expertise and recommendations on municipal energy projects and designs moving forward.
Energy auditing at two facilities
The City of Fredericton formed a partnership with SimpTek to analyze energy use at Grant Harvey and the Fredericton Public Library. This technology allows staff to understand how energy is used in the buildings and how to manage that energy use to decrease usage, costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy auditing of 29 City-owned buildings
The City of Fredericton hired an engineering consulting firm to complete an audit of 29 municipal buildings to determine a list of feasible energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that lower energy use and cost and increase environmental performance.
Three Smart Energy projects
The City undertook three major Smart Energy projects during 2017, including window replacement at York Fire Station to enhance the building envelope and decrease heat loss; the installation of a voltage harmonizer at Willie O’Ree to save energy and costs; and the SimpTek pilot project to monitor energy use in two municipal buildings.
Solar panels at Killarney Lodge
The City contracted MJM Solar Solutions to install 17kW of solar panels on the roof of Killarney Lake Lodge. In partnership with NB Power’s Net Metering Program, the City will be able to use the solar energy to power the Lodge, offsetting energy costs and environmental impacts. The project has a payback period of approximately 16 years and should account for 17% of energy consumption at the Lodge annually.
Municipal Energy Strategy
The City of Fredericton hired a consultant to help lay out a Municipal Energy Plan that will guide staff and Council towards a shared energy vision for the City and a roadmap of how to get there.