Energy and Air Quality

Desired Future

Rossland is a leader among small mountain communities in the generation and use of clean, renewable energy that fulfills a major portion of the community’s energy needs. Rossland’s diverse energy systems make the town energy self-sufficient and reduce harmful impacts on air, land, water, and the climate. The town conserves energy through an increasingly energy and resource efficient building stock, and residents generally get around by walking, cycling, and using public transit. The town maintains its carbon neutral status with the cooperation of residents and businesses who work to conserve energy in their daily lives and operations.

End-State Goals

End-state Goal 1: The basic energy needs of residents, visitors, and businesses are met reliably, affordably, efficiently and equitably.

End-state Goal 2: The majority of the town’s total energy supply for transportation, electricity, and heating is derived from renewable sources that maximize the use of local energy sources.

End-state Goal 3: The transformation to carbon-neutral energy systems has provided a leading case study for small alpine communities in North America.

End-state Goal 4:  Every building meets or exceeds minimum standards for green buildings and a threshold for energy efficiency.

End-state Goal 5: Air quality is good and no minimum standards for air contaminants are exceeded. 


Energy Consumption (E-1)

Total annual and annual per capita electricity
consumption in Rossland from 2004 to 2009

What are we measuring?

Electricity and natural gas consumed by sector, total and per capita

Why are we measuring it?

The level of energy consumption and the type of energy consumed both impact the natural environment and are indicative of GHG emissions. While reducing GHG emissions is Rossland’s ultimate goal, we do not currently have the capacity to accurately track emissions. Currently Rossland does not have access to natural gas consumption data and is limited to electricity consumption data, which was provided by Fortis BC. Per capita energy consumption will be skewed by both annual variations in weather and visitor levels. While this indicator is not directly related to one of the End-state Goals in the Strategic Sustainability Plan, it does provide some sense of how Rossland is moving towards the desired future of conserving energy.

How are we doing?

Rossland’s overall electricity consumption has increased steadily since 2005. Rossland's residential electricity consumption has increased from 21,500 Mwh per year in 2005 to 24,714 Mwh per year in 2009. Commercial electricity consumption increased from 9,550 Mwh per year in 2005 to 10,139 Mwh per year in 2009. 

Rossland’s per capita energy consumption fluctuates slightly from 2004 to 2009. This may have been a result of annual weather variations (number of colder or warmer days), increases in population or fluctuations in visitor numbers. Unfortunately the data is not currently available to correct for these variables. The overall trend for electricity consumption however is up. Currently Rossland does not have access to natural gas consumption data.

Looking at electricity consumption on a household basis, one can see that Rosslanders consume more electricity than the provincial average. Residential electricity consumption per household has risen from 12,789 Kwh in 2005 to 14,924 Kwh in 2009. The average household in BC consumed 10,000 Kwh of electricity in 2010. This is likely in part related to climate and greater requirements for household heating.


Residential electricity consumption in Rossland from 2004 to 2009


Residential (Kwh)


Per Household






















Data Sources

Fortis Inc.