Municipal Energy Manager Program

Funding Programs

Within one year, you can see real energy savings.

Complete your application to the Municipal Energy Manager Program by August 3, 2021.


Real-world savings

“Since joining the Municipal Energy Manager program, I have already implemented energy conservation measures that will result in an estimated annual energy savings of $80,344 and an annual GHG emissions reduction of 380 tonnes. These savings were achieved through the program’s initial focus on identifying and implementing low-cost/no-cost measures.”

Devin LaFleche, Sustainability and Transit Coordinator, Town of Cochrane

Revealing opportunities

Most of my time is spent conducting energy audits and energy scans of the County’s facilities, including recreation centres, administration building, workshops, fire halls, water plants, and more. I also write energy audit reports with the goal of identifying how to reduce the County’s energy consumption and costs. I engage in utility consumption analysis, soliciting quotes for measure implementation, liaising with the Action Centre and its contractors, and reporting to the County’s governing officials.

Adeniyi Adeaga, Municipal Energy Manager, Foothills County


Thirty-two municipalities of various sizes are benefiting from energy managers who are reducing energy use, emissions, and operating costs. Secure your funding through our easy application process and one-on-one support.

We adjusted our Municipal Energy Manager program requirements so you can secure funding now and hire your energy manager in the new year.

Sign the Funding Agreement by August 3, 2021, and hire your energy manager any time before April 2022.

The Municipal Energy Manager Program

Municipalities can receive up to 80 per cent of an energy manager’s salary, or up to $80,000, for a one-year term. In one year, your municipality will have an energy management plan, better-performing buildings, and noticeable energy savings.

An energy manager participating in the program:

  • conducts an energy audit on the highest energy-consuming municipal building,
  • develops an energy management plan,
  • educates facility managers on best practices,
  • reduces GHG reductions by 5 per cent, and
  • leads energy-efficient retrofits from start to finish.

PLAN AHEAD. SECURE FUNDING NOW. HIRE LATER.

Reduce operating costs, energy, and emissions by hiring an energy manager.


After you hire an energy manager, you will receive:

  • A dedicated professional to manage energy use from start to finish.
  • Peace of mind that you recruited the right candidate using our free hiring checklist.
  • Relief that you hired an energy manager for a fraction of the regular cost.
  • A detailed understanding of your buildings and recommendations for improvement.
  • A plan that details the path forward to more energy-efficient buildings.
  • Tools to reduce your community’s contribution to climate change by 5 per cent, at least! Some municipalities are seeing up to 20 per cent reductions.
  • Education for your council and staff about the ways to be more energy efficient.
  • Reassurance that your buildings are not wasting energy.

“A key engagement project of the Municipal Energy Manager Program was the creation of the Consumption Reduction Team, a group open to all Town staff with a passion for finding efficiency. The Consumption Reduction Team allows for cross-collaboration throughout the organization with staff from a range of administrative departments. By bringing staff together from different areas of the organization, I am creating holistic awareness and dialogue around efficiency.”

Devin LaFleche, Sustainability and Transit Coordinator, Town of Cochrane

Be confident that your buildings make every dollar count.

By signing a Municipal Energy Manger program Funding Agreement by August 3, 2021, you can receive up to 80 per cent of an energy manager’s salary covered for one year. Your energy manager will receive one-on-one support from our technical experts and free energy auditing tools.

PLAN AHEAD. SECURE FUNDING NOW. HIRE LATER.

Reduce operating costs, energy, and emissions by hiring an energy manager.

Collaborate with your neighbours

You can share the energy manager across your region and distribute the cost. By jointly entering this program, your communities could:

  • See the benefits of an energy manager position in all communities without having to face the full financial impact.
  • Prove the value of the position so that it might be incorporated into the regular municipal workforce of each community.
  • Improve the potential to recruit a qualified employee, which could be difficult for one community to do alone.
  • Serve as a useful “proof of concept” for how municipalities might share specialized resources for other services in the future.
  • Lower overall costs for all communities.

This program is popular. There is funding available for only FIVE new energy managers, each for a one-year term. This program closes to new applicants on August 3, 2021. Our programs are first-come, first-served based on the application date. Apply now.

Who’s hired an energy manager?

Thirty-two municipalities have hired energy experts to manage their energy.

“I started the employee engagement campaign, which is an important piece of the program. With 750 City staff spread across several sites, I knew that I had to find a way to broaden our reach to engage as many staff as possible to see the greatest success. A foundational piece of our employee engagement has been the creation of and recruitment for the Energy Management Team.”

Cassie Kupsch, Municipal Energy Manager, City of St. Albert

Tool Lending Library

Municipal Energy Managers adjust processes and procedures to save municipalities time, money, and energy. Continue to measure successes and manage energy 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.


How to Apply

Step 1. Submit an Expression of Interest

This is a quick, non-committal step that will help us get to know more about your project, estimate how much funding you may receive, and get you ready to apply.

Municipalities in Alberta, with less than 150,000 residents, can apply to hire an energy manager.

We encourage small municipalities to partner with their neighbours to share an energy manager. One municipality in the partnership must lead submitting the application, signing the Funding Agreement, and receiving payment on behalf of the partnership.

As part of the Expression of Interest, we require a description of your municipality’s current energy management capabilities to justify your need for energy management support.

This description does not need to be extensive. We recommend a short list of reasons why your municipality would want to hire a energy manager, such as:

  • You want to build a customized energy management plan but don’t have staff who are experienced enough.
  • You want to conduct an energy audit on the highest energy-consuming municipal building but would rather have an internal staff member perform this.
  • You want to lead cost, energy, and emissions-reducing projects to achieve a 5% GHG reductions, but have limited staff and need a new staff member to take on these tasks.

Municipalities get FREE access to technical advice, energy manager training and coaching, energy management tools and templates, sample job descriptions, skills and behaviours checklist, and salary funding.

Step 2. Secure funding by August 3, 2021

Municipalities must apply and sign a Funding Agreement by August 3, 2021, to secure funding for an energy manager. You will need to provide a description of your municipality and the energy manager’s high-level work plan:

Municipality Description
  1. Municipality name, Project Manager name and contact information, and who the energy manager will report to this Project Manager and will serve as the lead contact to the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre.
  2. Description of the rationale and need for an energy manager (can be similar to the description from Expression of Interest) including the estimated number of full-time employees working on energy management, energy efficiency, renewable energy, or other related initiatives.
  3. Description of the anticipated salary and salary band, including a brief rationale.
  4. Brief description of the capital funding available for GHG-reducing project implementation.
  5. Describe how the energy manager will be hosted (office space, high-level overview of their access to energy data, buildings, etc.).
Work Plan Description

Description of a high-level Work Plan, including projects and tasks that the Municipality anticipates the energy manager will focus on in Year One including details that pertain to the items listed:

  • Attend, participate, and facilitate the Energy Management Assessment and prepare a Year One Work Plan.
  • Develop or refresh an Energy Management Plan, covering three or more years, for all in-scope municipal facilities including, at a minimum:
    • Results of the Energy Management Assessment
    • An internal assessment of energy performance and associated greenhouse gas emissions of all municipal buildings
    • Assign GHG reduction targets
    • Identification, prioritization, and implementation schedule of specific opportunities
    • A list of the most appropriate opportunities for pursuing GHG reductions in the municipal building portfolio,
    • Present the Energy Management Plan and Work Plan to municipal staff and elected officials and the Action Centre.
    • Complete an energy audit on the highest energy-consuming municipal building.
    • Complete or initiate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission-reducing activities that achieve a 5% GHG reduction.
    • Complete quarterly progress reports on deliverable progress
    • Present an overview of Year One achievements
    • Participate in the Energy Management Assessment update

Tip: Read the Guidebook for more details.

Step 3. Hire an energy manager before April 2022

Once your application is reviewed and approved, the Action Centre will coordinate sending funding to the municipality. Your Funding Agreement secures funding until you start the recruitment process. Municipalities must hire their energy manager before April 2022.

Who to hire

Use the Skills and Behaviours Checklist while creating the job application and interviewing. After selecting a preferred candidate, the hiring municipality will send the completed Skills and Behaviours Checklist and the candidate’s resume to the Action Centre.

Tip: Hire someone from inside or outside your organization to be an energy manager. Their position title does not need to be Municipal Energy Manager.

A candidate with a bachelor’s degree or higher in Environmental Science, Engineering, or a closely related field is ideal for the position. They should have education with a technical focus on:

Education

  • Climate change and/or energy management,
  • working with concepts of energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental management systems, greenhouse gas inventory, climate change initiatives or similar and,
  • any combination of related education, experience, certifications, and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job.

Experience

  • Two to five years of experience in mechanical, electrical, chemical, commercial, industrial, energy efficiency, project management (with an energy focus), facility engineering or a related field.
  • Experience with systems, and processes and/or energy engineering principles, methods, and techniques required.
  • Experience with the following systems is desired: HVAC, lighting, chillers and refrigeration, motors, variable frequency drives, compressed air, building envelope, renewable energy, and process equipment.
  • The following credentials are considered an asset(s): Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) license, Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems (CP EnMS) or other similar certification, and willingness to pursue additional certifications and training.

Get started

  1. Read the Guidebook.
  2. Submit an Expression of Interest as the first non-committal step.
  3. Download the Skills and Behaviours Checklist.
  4. Complete the Application.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Municipal Energy Manager Program?

The Municipal Energy Manager Program provides salary funding to hire an energy manager. Submit an application by August 3, 2021 to secure one year of funding. Then hire your energy manager any time before April 2022.

What does the Municipal Energy Manager funding cover?

The program funds direct salaries, or wages paid to the manager for time worked on energy savings/GHG reduction. You will receive up to 80 per cent of eligible expenses, up to $80,000 for one year. Learn more about what the program does and does not cover in the Guidebook.

What happens after you express interest?

After you express interest, our team will schedule a call with you to discuss the program in more detail and the next steps to hiring an energy manager. Then you will complete the application form and send it to us for review. You will receive funding and hire an energy manager after we accept your application.

PLAN AHEAD. SECURE FUNDING NOW. HIRE LATER.

Reduce operating costs, energy, and emissions by hiring an energy manager.