Municipal Energy Manager Program

The Municipal Energy Manager (MEM) Program enables municipalities to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their facilities by providing funding to offset the salary costs of an in-house Municipal Energy Manager. The MEM Program supplements the salary of a new or existing municipal employee to serve as the Municipal Energy Manager. 

Who can participate?

All designated municipalities with a population size below 150,000 residents within the Province of Alberta are eligible to participate in the MEM Program. Applicants must describe their current energy management capabilities and their need for energy management support. 

  • Municipalities: all designated municipalities within the Province of Alberta that meet the definition of "municipality" as per Section 1(1)s of the Municipal Government Act.

Small municipalities are encouraged to partner with one or more neighbouring municipalities to share a staff member across their region. If two or more municipalities are partnering, a lead municipality must submit the MEM Application, be the signatory to the Funding Agreement, and receive payment on behalf of the partnership.

Who cannot participate?

The following participants are considered ineligible:

  • Municipalities with populations greater than 150,000 residents (as per the 2016 Alberta Population Census);
  • Non-profit organizations;
  • Co-operative organizations;
  • For-profit businesses;
  • Indigenous communities;
  • Institutions such as schools, hospitals, universities, or colleges;
  • Municipalities who received climate change mitigation staff funding through the Municipal Climate Innovation Program delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities;
  • Other organizations deemed ineligible by the MCCAC.

What will the Municipal Energy Manager do for your municipality?

The MEM will develop a work plan that includes generating or refreshing an energy management plan, assess energy management practices within the municipality, identifying energy saving opportunities, and leading energy saving and GHG reducing projects. More information can be found in the MEM Guidebook.

How much funding is available?

The MEM Program will provide funding in accordance with the funding rates in Tables 1. 

Table 1. MEM Funding

MEM Term


Municipal Energy Manager – Year One

80% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $80,000 per year

Municipal Energy Manager – Year Two

(optional and contingent on meeting minimum Year One requirements)

80% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $80,000 per year

How do I apply?

Municipalities are invited to submit a MEM Expression of Interest to get started. 

Where do I find additional information?
Inquiries may be directed to