Energy Consumption and Conservation
The Ontario provincial government mandates that municipalities report energy consumption from their buildings that use electricity and that are heated and/or cooled. These reports are due each year on July 1.This initiative is through Ontario Regulation 397-11. Use the table below to review the Town of Huntsville submissions.
Starting in 2014, each municipality must also submit an Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan, or CDM. The CDM is a 5-year plan to reduce energy consumption in Town buildings that use electricity and that are heated and/or cooled (i.e. the buildings for which we report energy consumption in the table above). At the Council meeting on May 26, 2014, Council approved the CDM for the Town of Huntsville. It is available at the link below.
Town of Huntsville Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan (2014-2019)
Greenhouse Has (GHG) Emissions Inventory
In partnership with the University of Waterloo, work on the first milestone (of five) is part of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. It will give the Town a baseline of our corporate emissions for our buildings, streetlights, fleet, waste, and water/wastewater. During the summer of 2013, two University of Waterloo students gathered data to aid in the completion of Milestone One. Staff is now interpreting the data and organizing a submission to complete the first milestone. Next steps: set a target for reduction and implement a plan to reduce emissions.
Streetlight Conversion to L.E.D.
In 2015, the Town of Huntsville completed the conversion of 450 "cobra-head" style streetlights to L.E.D. from the high-pressure sodium lights. The total cost for the project approximately $285,000 which includes an incentive from the saveONenergy program of $41,576.
Key figures for the project:
- The cost of the conversion will be repaid in approximately 4 years.
- L.E.D. lights use less energy than their predecessors thus a 50% reduction in hydro costs and 213MWh of energy saved per year. This equals a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 43 tonnes.
- L.E.D. streetlights require little maintenance and have a 20-year life-span, thus also reducing those costs by up to half.