Project: Energy Audit
About the Project:
The NSFC undertook the Energy Audit project so the region and its communities and First Nations could be “opportunity ready” for any renewable energy opportunities. Building on a May 2010 study “Renewable Energy Opportunity Profile for the NSFC Region” which reviewed hydroelectric power, wind power, solar energy, geothermal energy and bioenergy (including district heating and cooling) the energy Audit project gauged the communities uses and potential future needs of home heating and power usage.
The NSFC is particularly interested in promoting sustainable energy solutions for the region that are capable of:
- Developing new industry opportunities
- Cutting energy use costs for residents, businesses and institutions
- Stimulating greater self-sufficiency in energy generation
- Encouraging the region to become more environmentally conscious
A survey was undertaken in the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011 to determine existing energy usage within the region and to determine the current regional energy market for different energy options. The study also surveyed residents to find out their knowledge of renewable energy options and determine their views on switching their current energy source if a lower cost, more environmentally conscious opportunity were brought forward.
Information and Excerpt from the “Northeast Superior Regional Energy Industry Asset Profile” provided by Suthey Holler Associates 2011.
While conducting the energy use surveys it became apparent that there is an interest in incorporating renewable energy into household energy use. In response to this interest the NSFC compiled fact sheets on Pellet Stoves, Solar Hot Water Heaters, Geothermal Heating and District Heating. Below are electronic copies of these sheets.
The results from the survey can be found in the Regional Industry Asset Profile - Final Report (2010/2011)(pdf)
Past Reports Related to the Energy Audit Project: