Municipal Energy Manager Program

Funding Programs


The Municipal Energy Manager Program (MEM) offers staffing grants to municipalities in Alberta to offset the salary of an energy manager. The energy manager will work for a municipality to: develop an energy management plan, implement energy saving opportunities and realize energy savings. Additional funding is also available to support the implementation of energy management initiatives.

Through the program, a municipal energy manager will:

  • Conduct an energy audit on the highest energy-consuming municipal building,
  • Develop an energy management plan,
  • Educate facility managers on best practices,
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and
  • Lead energy-efficient retrofits from start to finish.


The MCCAC will provide funding to successful municipalities for:

Year One

  • 80% of MEM salary up to a maximum of $80,000 per year.
  • Up to $20,000 in rebates to support implementation of energy management initiatives.

Year Two

  • 40% of MEM salary up to a maximum of $40,000 per year.
  • Up to $40,000 in rebates to support implementation of energy management initiatives.

Year Two funding is contingent on the municipality meeting Year One program requirements.  


First review the Municipal Energy Manager Guidebook to get to know the program and understand eligibility criteria.

Then submit an Expression of Interest, to indicate your municipality’s interest in participating in the program. For assistance with the form, please email

Eligible municipalities will be invited to submit an application for funding. Applications will be accepted until March 2026 or earlier if funding is fully allocated.

This program is administered by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and funded by the Government of Alberta.

Learn how municipal energy managers throughout Alberta are making real change.

From 2019 to 2023, the Action Centre administered Round One of the Municipal Energy Manager program. Municipalities participating in this round of the program received funding to supplement an energy manager’s salary. During this period, 26 energy managers supported 37 communities influencing over $2-million in annual energy savings.

Read on to learn how energy managers funded during round one made a big impact on reducing energy needs in local communities.

The City of St. Albert is making real change.

See how the City of St. Albert’s energy manager is reducing operating costs, energy, and emissions.

“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 Specialist, City of St. Albert

The Town of Cochrane is making real change

Read about the Town of Cochrane’s Sustainability and Transit Coordinator

“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

Case Studies

New Peak Performance

With a staff member fully dedicated to energy management, the Town of Banff has put energy efficiency at the forefront of operational planning, in line with their goal to be a global environmental leader and model of sustainable tourism.

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Low-Cost, Big Savings

Despite a very limited budget allocation, the Town of Edson’s energy manager implemented a range of cost-free measures that got the town over half-way to its emissions reduction target and saved nearly $6,300 a year.

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Something for Everyone

Implementing comprehensive conservation measures and adding solar power at Servus Credit Union Place led to significant cost savings for St. Albert’s most energy intensive municipal building.

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Reduce, Resolve, Retrofit

Needing to reduce energy use, maintenance burden and resolve HVAC control limitations, Sturgeon County’s energy manager found the ideal solution by retrofitting lighting fixtures and installing smart control technology.

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