Innisfail Energy Hub
The Innisfail region has contributed to Alberta’s energy sector for generations, and seeks to remain an energy leader as the sector transitions to fulfill future energy needs. The Town of lnnisfail strives to reduce the energy consumption and ecological footprint of the organization and the community through a collaborative effort to increase education, awareness, and understanding of energy management.
In past years, the Energy Futures Lab roadshows were held in multiple communities across Alberta. Changing strategy, the Energy Futures Lab worked exclusively with Innisfail from the autumn of 2022 until the spring of 2023. This relationship has fostered the inception and growth of the Innisfail Energy Hub (IEH), a group of citizens who support and facilitate a variety of community-based, energy-related projects.
Join the Innisfail Energy Hub at the Innisfail Trade Show
Red Surface – Innisfail Arena | Friday, March 31 & Saturday, April 1
The Innisfail Energy Hub was established in the fall of 2022. Since then, we’ve been working on a number of energy-related initiatives. Now is your chance to talk to us about what we’ve learned and what lies ahead.
At the show, we’ll have some electric vehicles on display. Come take a look at a Ford F-150 Lightning (courtesy of FortisAlberta) and a Hyundai Ioniq5 (courtesy of EQUS).
Join the discussion! We’ll also feature presentations throughout the day, with speakers addressing topics such as the myths of electric vehicles, careers in new energy, and how electric vehicles will affect the energy grid.
Friday, March 31, 2023
|5:45 p.m. | Varme Energy – Proposed Waste-to-Energy Plant
Sean Collins – Chief Executive Officer
|6:30 p.m. | Setting Up a Combined Heat and Power Generation System for Farms
Saturday, April 1, 2023
|11:30 a.m. | FortisAlberta Electric Vehicle Smart Charging Pilot
How will the increase in EV ownership help us gain valuable insight into how to best optimize our grid?
Leanne Kubiseski – Senior Advisor, Emerging Customer Solutions
|12:30 p.m. | Alberta Municipalities
Myth Busting: The importance of understanding Electric Vehicle basics
Calvin Lechelt – Program Manager, Sustainability Services
Logan Hoyland – Project Associate, Sustainability Services
|1:15 p.m. | Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd.
Hydrogen and the Future of Energy
Robert Bilton – President/CEO
|2:00 p.m. | Red Deer Polytechnic
Red Deer Polytechnic’s Green Campus Master Plan and the journey towards becoming a net zero institution
Eryn Beddoes – Project Manager, Facility Infrastructure and Engineering | Campus Management
Innisfail Energy Hub - Vision Statement
Through multiple workshops, the IEH worked collaboratively to compose the following mission statement:
We envision a world where our energy system is sustainable, equitable, and is a source of prosperity for all. As stewards of this land, we honour our predecessors and our successors by creating and deploying solutions that harness, deliver and utilize energy in a responsible and efficient manner. We are proud to be part of a community that is home to courageous and visionary leaders and innovators who actively drive progress and shape the future of energy. Together, we find future opportunities by leveraging collective knowledge and resources to create economic and community benefits. We cultivate pride through our collective dedication to inclusivity, collaboration and connection to people and this place we call home.
We will strive to make Innisfail a shining example of a thriving community built on local innovation.
Virtual Learning Sessions
Throughout the year, members of the Innisfail Energy Hub were invited to join a series of online learning sessions led by industry and community stakeholders. A variety of topics were coveres including, the future of hydrogen as an energy source, the electric vehicle charging network in Alberta, and developments in energy education.
Workshop #1 - September 16, 2022
The first event as part of the Innisfail Energy Hub was held on September 16, 2022.
This “Launch & Lunch” event (Workshop #1) included a brief presentation from the Energy Futures Lab, an open discussion session, and a barbecue lunch. Members of the community actively participated in the workshop and conversation, moving the energy discussion forward.
Workshop #2 - November 8 & 9, 2022 - EFL Workshop (Newtonian Shift)
Members of the Innisfail Energy Hub, along with attendees from the community, engaged in a special scenario in which participants ‘played’ as specific stakeholders in the energy environment. This interactive two-day event brought to light the challenges and opportunities involved in the future of energy.
December 19, 2022 - School Energy Fair
In late 2022, volunteers from the Innisfail Energy Hub participated in an energy-related learning fair for students from St. Marguetie Bourgeois School in Innisfail. The event was facilitated by representatives from RELAY Education.
Workshop #3 - January 24, 2023
At this workshop, participants from the IEH group worked on a number of initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges of – and possible solutions to – tomorrow’s energy needs. The group also developed a clearer direction for the IEH in the future.
Workshop #4 - March 9, 2023
This fourth and final workshop in the Energy Futures Roadshow series took place on March 9, 2023 at the Innisfail Library. The focus was upon community initiatives, identifying a path forward for the Innisfail Energy Hub, and celebrating all that we have achieved over the past several months.