Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)

Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)

QUEST is a non-profit organization that conducts research, engagement, and advocacy to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada by working with government, utilities, the energy industry, the real-estate sector, economic regulators, and the product and professional service sector. QUEST is the leader developing Smart Energy Communities that improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With a national network that includes 8 provincial and regional Caucuses, their related working groups, and a reach of thousands of stakeholders, QUEST is supporting governments, utilities & energy service providers, the real-estate sector, and the product and professional service sector, among others to make Smart Energy Communities come to life.

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350 Albert Street, Suite 1220 , Ottawa , Ontario K1R 7S8 Canada
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Business Type:
Nonprofit organization (NPO)
Industry Type:
Energy Utilities
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)


Every community in Canada is a Smart Energy Community by 2030.

  • Getting to this end-state will require that 75% of Canadian are represented by a community energy plan (CEP) by 2018, reaching 100% by 2025, and that 100% of communities are focusing on becoming Smart Energy Communities by 2030.

Guiding Values

Objective: Independent, non-partisan and committed to the public interest.

Informative: Trusted, credible and balanced information on Smart Energy Communities.

Collaborative: Respectful and inclusive of the QUEST network.

Innovative: Inspiring Smart Energy Communities policy and transformation.

QUEST conducts research, engagement and advocacy to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada. This happens nationally as well as with the help of a vast network - including eight provincial and regional caucuses and a reach of 10,000+ stakeholders. 

Below are some of the key ways that we are advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada in 2016.
  • RESEARCH: QUEST delivers cutting edge research and market intelligence on community energy planning and smart energy networks. 
  • ENGAGEMENT: QUEST creates programs and services that grow the QUEST Network and marketplace for Smart Energy Communities. 
    • Get acquainted with QUEST's 8 provincial and regional Caucuses
    • Learn about our annual Conference & Tradeshow, QUEST Roundtables, events and other engagement activities
  • ADVOCACY: QUEST influences decision-makers to set policy and take actions that advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada. 
  • SUBSCRIBER SERVICES: QUEST offers Subscriber Services for leaders in Smart Energy Communities who need advanced tools, including industry support, market intelligence, and networking.

By turning our communities into Smart Energy Communities, we can improve energy efficiency, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. So what is a Smart Energy Community?

Smart Energy Communities are characterized by four major components:

  1. Firstly, from building automation to street lights, Smart Energy Communities take advantage of the full potential of energy efficiency and capitalize on lower energy costs, cutting emissions, and improving operating performance. 

  2. Secondly, Smart Energy Communities integrate conventional energy networks so that electricity, natural gas, district energy, and transportation fuel networks are better coordinated to match energy needs with the most efficient energy source. When conventional energy networks are integrated, it opens the door to innovations like alternative fuel vehicles, energy storage, waste heat capture, and combined heat and power. 

  3. Thirdly, Smart Energy Communities harness local energy opportunities. These can be stock opportunities like solar, wind, and geothermal, or they can be opportunities that are tailored to a community like water source cooling, sewage heat capture, biomass for heating, biogas for electricity, and transportation fuel. 

  4. Lastly, Smart Energy Communities integrate land use, recognizing that poor land use decisions can equal a whole lot of energy waste.