Bright Lights: Promising Practices for Improving Urban Energy Systems

Policy makers can learn from research to help reduce and reconfigure energy demand in cities


This project sets out to establish the methods used in cities, where the bulk of energy consumption occurs, to reduce energy demands in western Canada. Its goal is to observe an increase in energy strategy implementation focusing on demand-side energy efficiency and conservation. This project will first uncover the variety of energy options discussed in current academic literature on this subject and then aim to engage policy directors in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton,Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg about their regional initiatives.

Grant Outputs

Buildings, Bicycles and Burbs –


This report examines energy management in western Canadian cities. – –


Edmonton, Calgary lag behind other western cities when it comes to energy-efficient programs, Edmonton Jounral, April 2, 2014. –


Victoria best in the West at fostering green building, report finds, Victoria Times Colonist, April 22, 2014 –


Sunny days ahead for solar plan? Edmonton Journal, April 26, 2014 –


McLeod: Emissions file needs more energy, Regina Leader Post, March 30, 2015 –


Efficient cities will help Sask. Curb energy use, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, March 26, 2015 –


Cities can do more to create energy savings, Calgary Herald, March 25, 2015 –


Manitobans should get out of their cars, Winnipeg Free Press, March 24, 2015 –


Vancouver should focus on green initiatives that add value, Vancouver Sun, March 23, 2015 –


Op-ed (by Len Coad) Energy management can be improved, Vancouver Sun, April 28, 2014 –

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