Pincher Creek to participate in energy management program

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After delaying a decision, Pincher Creek town council approved participating in an energy management program during the March 22 regular council meeting.

Funding through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre was originally discussed during the March 8 council meeting. The centre offers to help municipalities lower greenhouse gas emissions and save money through a two-year program that funds 80 per cent of an energy manager’s wage.

The manager will be tasked with analyzing the energy consumption of both municipalities and identify potential projects that can help improve operational efficiency and environmental impact.

Council originally deferred making a decision in order to allow administration to gather additional information as to the potential cost and financial benefit of participating. Securing the MD of Pincher Creek’s partnership in the program was also a main concern.

The MD has agreed to share the remaining program cost with the town. Each municipality will contribute $10,000 per year.

Administration was also able to gather success stories from other Alberta municipalities that have participated in the MCCAC program.

Cochrane, for example, implemented energy conservation measures that will save $80,344 annually and reduce its yearly emissions by 380 tonnes. The savings were achieved simply by replacing the windows in the town administration building and upgrading to LED lighting across its facilities. As an MCCAC participant, the municipality was able to obtain funding that covered 75 per cent of the project’s cost.

Leadership caucus

On another topic, Mayor Don Anderberg and Coun. Brian McGillivray were selected to attend a municipal leadership caucus, hosted by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. Chief administrative officer Laurie Wilgosh will also be attending the virtual meeting.

Taking place April 14 to 16, the caucus brings municipal leaders from across Alberta to discuss current issues. Various provincial government ministers will also be available for a question-and-answer session.

The conference costs $50 per person.

Next meeting

The next meeting for Pincher Creek town council will be held Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m. Online agenda packages will be available at www.pinchercreek.ca.

Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze