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Research Case Study: Understanding the Barriers and Challenges to District Energy Implementation

Comprehensive stakeholder research was undertaken by industry representative, Canadian District Energy Association, to determine the key barriers and challenges to adoption of district energy projects in Canada.

Building from previous member surveys, C2C supported the Association by assisting in the design and implementation of a new three-tiered research program.

The program employed a number of stakeholder research tools including an online survey, one-on-one interviews, and group dialogue sessions across Canada. Together, these formed the foundation on which extensive consultation was conducted.

At the conclusion of the 8-month initiative over 200 energy and policy stakeholders across Canada had participated by providing their own perspectives and insights in three areas:

  • The vision for District Energy (DE) over the next 20 years;
  • The perceived and existing challenges for developing and/or expanding DE systems; and
  • The most effective ways of overcoming these challenges for the industry to grow into the future.

The stakeholder research process concluded with the release of An Action Plan for Growing District Energy Systems Across Canada by the Association.
The report’s findings were shared at education sessions facilitated by C2C, in both Ontario and Alberta.