Municipal Energy Project
As part of the Municipal Energy Manager (MEM) Program, the Town of Pincher Creek in partnership with the Municipal District of Pincher Creek have hired a Municipal Energy Project Lead that will benchmark municipal facilities, identify energy savings opportunities, and implement greenhouse gas emission reducing projects.
For more information please visit the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre Website.
View the Energy Team Charter.
2023 Energy Newsletters
With the installation of three new high efficiency furnaces and programmable thermostats for the Memorial Arena and Huddleston we will be able to monitor temperatures, schedule setbacks overnight, and save energy over the winter season! Savings are projected to be about $850 annually, with a reduction of 5 tonnes of green house gas emissions. Thanks to the Municipal Climate Change Action Center Rec Program for providing 75% funding!
Recently approved externally funded (75%) furnace upgrades for the Memorial arena will help keep players and referees alike warm and comfortable while reducing energy cost and greenhouse gas emissions by $1,300 and 5 tonnes per year respectively!
The Clean Energy Improvement program bylaw was passed by Council upon third reading and enables Pincher Creek to move forward in seeking funding for the program. This program allows property owners to take out a loan that is attached to their property tax for clean energy improvements. The benefit here further to low interest is that if the owner sells their property, they are no longer liable for the loan as it stays with the property. This program is being pursued with Alberta Municipalities and is scheduled to be ready for launch in 12-14 months.
Warming up for the winter we have several Arena upgrades set to be tested! Namely, our REALice cold water resurfacing upgrade will be used for the first time when we do our first flood in September. This was 75% funded by the Municipal Climate Change Action Center and is projected to save $5,500 and 41 tonnes of greenhouse gas per year!
We’re also getting smarter! With new thermostats scheduled to be installed at the community recreation facility, we will be able to schedule our heating and cooling so that we don’t waste energy while the spaces are unoccupied.
The Energy Team will be continuing to identify and implement low and no cost solutions to lower GHG emissions in all Town facilities.
For energy related inquires for the Town & MD Tristan Walker can be reached at email@example.com
Welcome Tristan Walker to the position of Municipal Energy Project Lead.
December 2021 Energy Update, David D.
What’s New?Pool insulation project complete! Pool Building Management System upgrades & Arena engineering study underway!
The Municipal Climate Action Center (MCCAC) funded upgrade to the insulation in the pool mechanical room has been completed. Once the building management system (BMS) upgrade is completed, closeout will begin to receive a 75% cost rebate for these projects. The pool BMS upgrade is underway, which will provide staff with better control and logging of HVAC, boilers, and pump systems. Expected energy savings for these projects totals ~$12,600/yr with an expected payback of 1.3 years with external funding.
The arena engineering study is underway. A walkthrough was completed November 8th. This study has potential to feed into future energy efficiency and/or renewable grants.
What’s Upcoming?In late November of 2021, Council approved funding to upgrade the Arena flooding system to use a cold water mechanical treating solution as opposed to the existing hot water system. 75% of the costs for this project will be rebated through MCCAC funding. Bow Island, Sparwood, Fernie, Okotoks, and many other major arenas in the area have already proceeded with converting their flooding systems to use this solution. The upgrade is currently planned for install after the 2021/2022 ice season. The expected energy savings from this upgrade are $5,982/yr. with a payout of under 2 years with external funding.
In early 2021, the Energy Team will be performing thermographic scans on select facilities to determine needs for weather stripping, air sealing, and/or future insulation projects.
Saving Energy TipsNatural gas and electricity bills tend to peak in Alberta during winter. Some of the more cost-effective ways to save money on these bills are to:
- Install/enable programmable thermostats (or ensure temperatures are setback manually)
- Seal areas of air infiltration (common areas of leakage: doorways, old windows, around bathroom vent pipes, roughly installed plugs/switches)
- Insulate accessible basement walls and crawlspaces
For energy related inquires for the Town & MD David can be reached at David.firstname.lastname@example.org
August 2021 Energy Update, David D.
What’s New?The Town and MD of Pincher Creek recently collaborated to hire David Desabrais as a Municipal Energy Project Lead (MEPL) on a 1 year contract. 80% of the position was funded through the Municipal Climate Change Action Center (MCCAC). The MEPL’s main responsibilities will include a focus on Town & MD assets through:
- Development of an Energy Management Plan (EMP) with GHG reduction targets
- Providing internal energy expertise
- Applying for grants and leading projects
- Analyzing asset suitability for energy efficiency and renewable projects
David grew up recreating throughout the MD, he learned to ski at Castle Mountain Resort, has been a season pass holder for the past 10 years, and spends his free time in the summer hiking and backpacking in the parks.
David thinks the MD and Town are in strong positions to be leaders in low-cost sustainable energy due to the excellent resources present.
What’s Upcoming?The Town is completing an Energy Scan on its largest energy asset, the Multi Purpose Facility (MPF) & Memorial Arena. The Energy Team is implementing low and no cost solutions to lower GHG emissions at the MPF. The team has also received approval for external project funding which will cover 75% of costs primarily directed at upgrading the MPF Building Management System. Once fully approved and implemented, the project is expected to save the Town ~$12,500/yr in energy costs with a post rebate cost of less than $20,000.
For energy and renewables related inquires David can be reached at David.email@example.com
David Desabrais is excited to be joining the municipality and town in a new shared contractual position as the Municipal Project Energy Lead (MEPL) on a 1 year contract with potential for a 2nd year extension. Most of the position is being funded through the Municipal Climate Action Center (MCCAC). David’s main roles will be to work with the MCCAC, MD, and town to produce an Energy Management Plan (EMP) with GHG targets, provide internal energy expertise, apply for grants and lead projects, develop energy benchmarks, and analyze cost savings opportunities. David is a Professional Mechanical Engineer and has been living in the Town of Pincher Creek for 6 months. David has about 5 years of energy engineering and management experience, mostly related to the design of oil and gas facilities with exposure to water treatment. David has a strong interest in sustainable energy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. He has pursued self-directed certifications related to these fields. David thinks the MD and town are in a strong position to be a leader in low-cost sustainable energy due to the excellent resources present. David grew up recreating throughout the MD, he learned to ski at a young age at Castle Mountain Resort, has been a season pass holder for the past 10 years, and spends his free time in the summer hiking and backpacking in the parks.
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