Lacombe County selected as a Municipal Energy Champion community 

Lacombe County implemented a solar panel this spring on top of the public works building estimated to produce electricity that would power 17 Albertan homes for a year. It went online in May 2021. ECA Review/Lacombe County
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Lacombe County has been chosen as one of six municipalities to participate in the 2022 Municipal Energy Champions (MEC) program.

This program is a free program put on by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre that supports municipal staff in becoming ‘Energy Champions’.

With the involvement of Lacombe County’s environmental coordinator, the MEC program will identify new ways to manage municipal energy use, as well as opportunities to reduce energy consumption and save money, and ways to build and implement these programs in the future.

“Lacombe County understands the importance of being an environmental leader. Being selected as a Municipal Energy Champion will complement the many programs and initiatives that we have underway,” said Reeve Barb Shepherd.

Education delivery, technical support, and coaching methods will be used over a 9-month period to build the municipality’s internal capacity to better manage and reduce its energy consumption.

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre will support the municipality through the delivery of a step-by-step program where participating municipalities will: complete a baseline assessment, have staff and council learn the basics of energy management, gather preliminary data of municipal energy consumption and define a scope of analysis.

This program will also help the municipality develop an energy profile for the defined scope of work and understand energy consumption trends in municipal facilities and how to look for energy efficiency improvements.

This information will be presented to council and staff.

From here, they will learn how to construct an implementation plan and move forward in the energy management process.

 

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