Medicine Hat's smart energy revolution (pilot episode)
Blog: Alberta’s “Gas City” looks to the sun to start a sustainable energy revolution
Medicine Hat is known as the “Gas City” — it’s even on their signs.
About four years ago, a new crop of city Aldermen decided to look to the future and inject a little sustainable energy into their natural gas-fired electricity supply. They set $1 million aside and called the program “Hat Smart.” They even bought an efficient little Smart Car for their staff to drive around in. Hat Smart provides financial incentives for solar and other renewable energy and energyprojectsundertaken by residents, community groups and businesses.
Within the first few years, more than 2,700 utility customers came out to energy efficiency seminars put on by the City — that’s 10 per cent of the ratepayers of Medicine Hat.
Sure, it helped that they received $100 coupons for energy audits just for attending, but the turnout was strong and the seminars paid off. More…
Podcast: Gas City goes solar
When Medicine Hat aka “The Gas City” created the Hat Smart program to inject a little sustainable energy into their natural gas-fired electricity system residents really got fired up about solar energy and energy efficiency as Alderman Ted Clugston explains in this week’s podcast.
Quick Facts: Hat Smart, Medicine Hat
The Hat Smart municipal energy program attracted huge interest in renewable and energy efficiency in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
The solar projects seemed to attract a high profile to the program, which as confirmed by a report prepared by Climate Change Central experienced very high participation in energy efficiency projects. Residents installed 816 new efficient furnaces and undertook 966 insulation projects as part of the Hat Smart program.
According to a report "Hat Smart Rebate Program" by Climate Change Central the Hat Smart program boasts some of the highest participation rates by residents. Since these statistics were calculated an EnerGuide 89 house was completed. Hat Smart II provides lower support for renewable energy projects and continued support for energy efficiency projects.
These resources relate to this episode. They may be helpful in many ways, but we list them only for your information. This is not an endorsement of any of these programs, services or organizations and we make no guarantees about the products or services these companies or organizations may offer.
SAIT Clean Technology Research
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) cleantech research project – works with companies interested in improving products or process GO >
SAIT - Building Green with LEED Course
Building Green with LEED: Core Concepts and Strategies. GO >
SAIT - Solar PV Installation Course
The solar PV instllation course is being offered for the first time in the fall of 2011. GO >
SPARK electrical energy cooperative
SPARK is Alberta's first 100% member-owned retail electrical power co-operative focused on green energy and renewable energy reinvestment. Spark members receive dividends and play an active role in greening the grid. GO >
TD-Canada Trust Green Mortgages
TD-Canada Trust Green Mortgages – the bank offers “green mortgages” and 1% discounts on 5-year posted mortgage rates and cash rebates of up to 1% for Energy Star qualified purchases and CSA approved solar panels. GO >
ENMAX Generate Choice solar energy program
ENMAX Generate Choice program – install a leased 1.3 kilowatt or larger solar system on your home in Alberta for payments between $17 and $59 depending on your downpayment. Medicine Hat kicks in $1,000 towards a downpayment on a system if you live in Medicine Hat. GO >
Terralta Inc. – installed Donald Cranston’s (of Red Rock Developments) geothermal, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic systems in his home in Medicine Hat. Terralta is a local Medicine Hat renewable energy supplier. GO >
Goose Creek Renewable Energy Inc.
Goose Creek Renewable Energy Inc. – installed many of Medicine Hat’s commercial renewable energy projects including the one on Dr. Keith King’s professional building called The Ridge. GO >
SAIT Green Building Technologies research project
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Green Building Technologies research project – works with companies interested in improving products or process – currently working on Net Zero houses, architectural ecology, building integrated renewable energy and education and industry transformation. GO >
St. Lawrence College Wind Turbine Technician
St. Lawrence College – Wind Turbine Technican / Industrial Electrician Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship – combines apprenticeship program with a Wind Turbine Technician Ontario Diploma GO >
St. Lawrence College - Energy Systems Engineering Tech 2 & 3-year programs
St. Lawrence College – Energy Systems Engineering Technology 3-year program and Energy Systems Engineering Technician 2-year program at Kingston, Ontario campus. Hands-on training in solar thermal and photovoltaic, ground source heat pumps, small wind, solar air heating and other sustainable energy technologies. GO >
BCIT Sustainable Energy Management Associate Certificate
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Sustainable Energy Management Associate Certificate is a part-time studies program to train energy managers for a company or building. BCIT also offers two short courses on solar photovoltaics: Introduction to Photovoltaics 1 and Photovoltaics 2 GO >
NAIT New 2-year Alternative Technology Program
Alberta’s Northern Alberta Institute of Technolgoy (NAIT) offers a new 2-year Alternative Energy Technology program that covers solar PV and thermal, geothermal, wind, micro-hydro, fuel cells and biofuels. GO >
British Columbia Live Smart incentive and rebate programs
Energy assessments for homes and incentives for air sealing, insulation, windows and doors, space heating, water heating and some renewable energy projects. GO >
Ontario Ministry of Energy home energy audits
Information about energy audits in Ontario and incentives of up to 50%, or up to $150 for audits. GO >
Medicine Hat’s Hat Smart II website
Shows municipal, provincial and federal rebates available to Medicine Hat residents for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. GO >
OEE grants and incentives website
Office Of Energy Efficiency website – click on your province to find lists of rebates and incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. GO >
Ontario Power Authority – Feed-in-tariff website
Ontario Power Authority – Feed-in-tariff website – information on prices paid for for renewable energy contracts with developers, homeowners and small businesses. Covers solar photovoltaic, wind, waterpower and bioenergy. GO >
Extras: Slide Shows
(will appear under extras once complete)
Pilot Episode: Hat Smart in Medicine Hat - main slide show
- Goose Creek Renewable Energy - contributed - slide show
- Tina Regehr - Enmax residential solar system - slide show
- Donald Cranston - Green Built geothermal heated home - slide show
- Dr. Keith King - solar powered dentist - slide show
- Stu Moore Clothiers - solar powered menswear store - slide show
- Suncor Wintering Hills wind farm under construction - slide show
- Pilot Episode: The Collection (10 sets from Episode one)
Extras: Dr. Christine Wörlen Video Interview: the German renewable energy revolution
In 2011 German reached a major green energy goal - more than 20 per cent of Germany's electricity is now being produced by renewable energy.The country has ambitous goals and a new plan to eliminate nuclear power. Dr. Christine Wörlen is the former head of renewable energies for the German Energy Agency and she's worked on projects in 60 countries for the UN. We caught up with Dr. Wörlen in Edmonton where she was speaking at Grant MacEwan University and City Hall. Watch our video interview with Dr. Wörlen.
Extras: Rick Mercer, Mike Holmes and David Suzuki do Solar
Ok, what would you get if you combined Rick Mercer with Mike Holmes and David Suzuki and solar panels? A solar powered Rick Mercer Report of course.