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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.

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.

Innisfail Trade Show - April 2023
On Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 2023, the Innisfail Energy Hub was proud to bring a diverse group of speakers to the Innisfail & District Chamber of Commerce Trade Show. This event allowed us to engage with the public about a variety of energy-related topics.
After each presentation, the speakers and representatives from the Innisfail Energy Hub were able to answer questions from the community.
The Innisfail Energy Hub thanks our guest speakers:
– Sean Collins from Varme Energy
– Robert Bilton from Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd.
– Leanne Kubiseski from FortisAlberta
– Eryn Beddoes and Alicia Cafferata from Red Deer Polytechnic
– Calvin Lechelt and Logan Hoyland from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre/Alberta Municipalities
– Wayne Lohr
Presentation: Understanding Your Utility Bill - October 12, 2023
On Thursday, October 12, 2023, the Innisfail Energy Hub along with representatives from ATCO, Fortis Alberta, The Town of Innisfail, and the Utilities Consumer Advocate invited the public to learn more about the itemized costs on monthly utility invoices. They also provided insight on how energy is created, distributed, and billed.
After presentations, those in attendance were provided the opportunity to discuss their individuals concerns and needs with each of the presenting organizations.
The event was co-hosted by the Innisfail Energy Hub Community in conjunction with the Henday Association of Lifelong Learning.
Click here to read the Town of Innisfail’s Energy Policy, adopted in May of 2022.

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