Energy is essential to the operation of our buildings, production of water and separation of waste. It's also an important factor in any municipality's plan to reduce its environmental impact.
Facilities Management staff work closely with all Regional departments to identify energy-saving opportunities, facilitate rebate and grant-funding programs and implement retrofit projects. Finally, we track our energy savings.
Where the energy goes
As one of the largest employers in Waterloo Region, with more than 4.6 million square feet of space and responsibility for pumping and treating water and wastewater, the Region consumes nearly 130,000 megawatts of electricity and eight million cubic metres of natural gas in delivering a wide variety of services each year.
Our operations include administrative buildings, clinics, childcare centres, cultural facilities, Emergency Medical Services, Grand River Transit, housing, Regional libraries, Police Services, transportation, traffic signals, waste management, water services and the Region of Waterloo International Airport.
Managing energy consumption
The primary function of our Energy Conservation Office is to reduce peak demand and total energy consumption while ensuring a reliable high standard of service.
Region of Waterloo is developing an Energy Management Strategy with targets to guide the Region as it moves toward a future in which we use less energy and fewer non-renewable resources. Our goal is to reduce our impact on the environment and preserve resources for future generations.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Brian Bechtel, Corporate Energy Specialist, at 519-575-4506.
Putting best practices to work
To improve energy performance, the Region has implemented best practices including:
Retrofitting traffic signals from incandescent to LED lights
Upgrading Regional facilities with the latest lighting-control strategies
Installing low-flow fixtures, waterless urinals and drought-resistant landscape to improve water efficiency at Regional facilities
Replacing old refrigerators in Regional Housing units
Developing Green Purchasing Guidelines for environmentally responsible purchasing practices
The Region also investigates and implements initiatives that use alternative energy sources, including:
Photovoltaic (PV) panels at Waterloo Region Emergency Services Training Centre, EMS Headquarters (20kW System) and the Operations Centre (170 kW System)
solar thermal energy at Cambridge Childcare Centre
geothermal energy at Library Headquarters and Sunnyside Supportive Housing
wind monitoring, employing a 50-metre meteorological tower to determine the validity of using wind energy in the region