Community Energy History

Community energy is widely used in Europe, providing a significant contribution to energy supply in a number of countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Austria.

The earliest community energy systems in Canada go back to the 1880’s in the downtown cores of our major cities.  These systems used bulk fuels that were generally not practical for use in individual buildings, and frequently used steam as a distribution medium.

The increasing concern for the environment and the rising cost of fossil fuels in the last two decades caused Canadian communities to look for alternate sources of energy.  At the same time, advances in technology allowed significant improvement in efficiency and reduction in the size of plants required for economic energy production from alternate fuels.