EDMONTON — The Government of Alberta is spending $18 million toward helping municipalities to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions.
The funding is through the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) program and will allow the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) to build on its suite of programs, a release said.
In 2022, the MCCAC’s Recreation Conservation Program helped complete upgrades at the Max Bell Centre, saving the facility $7,000 a year. The Town of Barrhead completed an ice plant replacement for Barrhead Arena, saving more than $22,800 per year, while reducing emissions by 37 per cent compared with the previous system.
The $18 million in new funding will allow communities to access supports for energy conservation, energy management, outreach and engagement through the MCCAC with capacity-building initiatives currently underway, a new municipal energy management program slated for spring and a program for energy efficiency upgrades in community buildings is expected to open in the summer.
The MCCAC was established in 2009 as a partnership between Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Alberta Municipal Affairs, Alberta Municipalities and Rural Municipalities of Alberta.
More information on the programs will be released in the coming months as they are launched, the release said.