Municipal Energy Champions Program

Advisory Services

Nominate a staff member to become your municipality’s energy champion.

Why participate

The Municipal Energy Champions Program helps small municipalities choose staff members to become energy champions that will manage municipal energy use. Champions identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption and save money.

Participating in this program will help your municipality:

  • understand energy use and management,
  • better track municipal energy consumption,
  • move forward in the energy planning process,
  • learn how to identify energy efficiency and renewable energy projects,
  • see financing options to offset the costs of energy projects,
  • develop an approach for energy management initiatives.

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Learn how smaller Alberta municipalities can access FREE support with the Municipal Energy Champions Program.

How it works

Municipal Energy Champions commit approximately 10 to 15 hours a month, for nine months, to complete the program steps, through webinars, workshops, phone calls, networking events, and more.

The program steps include:

  1. Baseline assessment.
  2. Energy management basics learning activity.
  3. Municipal energy information collection.
  4. Develop an energy profile and trend analysis.
  5. Understand energy consumption in buildings.
  6. Presentation on findings.
  7. Implementation planning and continuing success learning activity.

How to apply

Start by reviewing the Municipal Energy Champions Guidebook to get to know the program.

Then submit an Expression of Interest by the deadline; December 23, 2021. For assistance with the form, please contact the Action Centre.

We will review each application and select up to a maximum of six municipalities to participate in the program. Your application should fully explain why your municipality needs support managing municipal energy usage, and how you would benefit from this program.

I highly recommend all municipalities take part in the Municipal Energy Champions Program. It does not matter what stage your municipality is in when it comes to energy management. The Municipal Energy Champions Program will be able to support and provide guidance on how to be better. There are always new ways of doing things and better, more efficient programs. Having the Action Centre provide timely, engaging offerings is great for municipalities of all sizes and at all stages of energy improvement.

Sandra McIntosh, Economic Development Officer, Brazeau County

Tool Lending Library

Municipal Energy Champions measure successes and manage the energy plan using energy auditing equipment from the Action Centre. Available to borrow for free, so municipalities can keep saving.

Learn more about borrowing energy auditing tools and make a reservation today.

2020 Pilot Program Results

Six municipalities were selected in 2020 to participate in the pilot program. The pilot program was a success.

Given the overwhelming interest in the program, six municipalities were accepted to pilot the program: 

  1. Brazeau County 
  2. Town of Falher
  3. Town of Thorsby 
  4. Town of Two Hills 
  5. Town of Whitecourt
  6. Municipality of Wood Buffalo 

2021 Cohort

Building on the pilot’s success, the program was offered to a second cohort of nine municipalities:

  1. Village of Champion
  2. Town of Innisfail
  3. Kneehill County
  4. Village of Linden
  5. Village of Longview
  6. Municipal District of Peace No. 135
  7. Town of Rocky Mountain House
  8. Town of Slave Lake
  9. Town of Westlock

Tip: Read our blog post about how energy management works.

Real Savings. Real Change.

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