Municipalities now have access to funding through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) to hire a dedicated municipal energy manager. This staff member will improve the energy efficiency of municipal operations by developing an energy management plan, finding energy saving opportunities, and leading energy reduction projects. Funding is available to supplement the salary with the Municipal Energy Manager (MEM) Program.
The Municipal Energy Manager (MEM) Program enables municipalities to become more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their facilities by providing funding to hire a dedicated Municipal Energy Manager.
The MEM Program supplements the salary of a new or existing municipal employee to serve as the Municipal Energy Manager. All designated municipalities within the province of Alberta are eligible to participate in the MEM program that have a population size below 150,000 residents. Small municipalities are encouraged to partner with one or more neighbouring municipalities to share a staff member across their region.
Total funding for the MEM Program is $4.8 million and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Through this funding, Alberta municipalities can hire a municipal energy manager for one year, with the option of a second year if deliverables are completed. Total funding available to a single municipality is capped at 80% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $80,000 per year.
After reviewing the program details, municipalities are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to get started. Municipalities must describe their current energy management capabilities and need for energy management support. For more information about the MEM Program, please review the program web page. Inquiries can be directed to the MCCAC by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.