Community System – The Built Environment

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Sustainable System – Energy

Questions to address: How to meet our community’s energy needs in an efficient, affordable, sustainable and reliable way, while managing greenhouse gas emissions and air quality.

Community Partners

EOS Public Works Dept. Tantramar Planning MTA NB Power Fundy Solar MTA SAC       

Descriptions of Success

No fossil fuels used 100% alternative energy creation High density development More stringent building code LEED buildings are the norm Net metering widely used by community members Community power generation as a means for municipal revenue generation (embedded generation)

Current Reality

 Residential heating - natural gas, oil, gasoline, propane, electricity, wood.  Electricity generated mostly from coal and/or nuclear.  High dependency on vehicle use.  Minimal alternatives to fossil fuels at the moment (except for nuclear).  Point LePreau refurbishment is costing taxpayers $1 million/day – imagine putting that money towards renewable systems?  There is information available about wind, solar, etc. – we need to use the data to make good decisions  We have a high dependency upon others doing things for us (roads, garbage collection, energy provision, etc.)  Embodied energy in alternative systems too (construction of turbines, shipping, construction)  Lifestyles are centred around convenience  Belief that the Municipality should take the lead  New Municipal plan includes densification strategies – these need to be encouraged

Ways to Address the Sustainability Gap

Short-term:

 Ongoing community education for energy conservation  measures Town of Sackville to join the Alliance for Community Energy   Assess LED street lighting options through NBPower pilot projects (Dieppe, Fredericton) Amend Building by-law to include minimum R value  standards for insulation Undertake energy use analysis on municipal buildings

Mid-term actions:

 Work with other NB municipalities to lobby NB government to increase embedded power generation   rates based on the type of renewable energy to something reasonable to encourage communities to move forward with local initiatives Undertake research on community energy generation options, develop business case Conduct research into policies to encourage renewable energy options on all buildings in Sackville (in serviced and non-serviced areas) Long-term actions:  Amend building by-law to require LEED certified construction on all municipal and industrial buildings  Lobby for more stringent energy efficiency measures in provincial building code.

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