Welcome to Interactive maps, where we explore how to look at energy in different ways. Let’s understand the importance of how energy is currently being used, what potential local energy solutions cities have, and what policies and actions drive these cities to become more resilient and renewable.


Map Methodologies

Learn about how the Community Energy Explorer maps are made and what they mean.

Where Is Energy Used?

Communities across the region use different total amounts of energy for electricity, heating, and transportation. We also consume different amount of energy per person across the region, depending on which municipality we live in (due to their housing types, land uses, transport options, and energy/climate change policies). Understanding how much communities rely on energy use is refers to energy demand. There are many ways to see energy, including the energy use (intensity and cost) and GHG (emission and intensity).


Where Can We Get Energy?

This section provides an inventory of the potential capacity of select renewable energy resources across the Metro Vancouver region, and describes issues arising from the associated technologies. However it does not reflect constraints of economic viability, social acceptability or current regulations. Existing data from various sources are analyzed and mapped using new techniques suitable to communicating energy resources at a regional scale.


It uses the earth as a heat source (in the winter) or a heat sink (in the summer). This design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of heating and cooling systems, and may be combined with solar heating to form a geosolar system with even greater efficiency. They are also known by other names, including geoexchange, earth-coupled, earth energy systems.

- Wikipedia


Sewage Heat

Water heat recycling (also known as sewage heat recovery, drain water heat recovery, wastewater heat recovery, greywater heat recovery, or sometimes shower water heat recovery) is the use of a heat exchanger to recover energy and reuse heat from wastewater. This can be done at large scale (as in sewage heat systems) down to household systems for heat recovery from activities such as dish-washing, clothes washing and especially showers. The technology is used to reduce primary energy consumption for water heating.

- Adapted from Wikipedia