Municipal Energy Champions Program

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 helps Alberta municipalities:

  • 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.

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.

Read more about the overall process in the Municipal Energy Champions Guidebook.

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


2020 Cohort

Six municipalities were selected in 2020 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

Learn more about the pilot program

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

2022 Cohort

In 2022, the program returned for a third cohort to support 6 new municipalities: 

  1. Village of Berwyn
  2. Summer Village of Birch Cove
  3. Town of Canmore
  4. Town of Devon
  5. Kananaskis Improvement District
  6. Lacombe County

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

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