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Energy saving initiatives get boost from government
Colleen Schmidt, CTV Calgary
Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:32PM MST
Last Updated Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:36PM MST
The Alberta government is injecting cash into a resource centre that provides expertise to municipalities on ways to increase energy efficiency.
The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre will be getting a $2M grant from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund to use to operate the centre and also support local energy efficiency initiatives.
“Municipalities are important leaders and partners in advancing Alberta’s efforts to address climate change. This funding will ensure municipalities can continue to curb greenhouse gases,” said Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. “The Action Centre’s programs have enabled municipalities across Alberta to implement changes that will decrease their greenhouse gas emissions and improve the energy efficiency of their operations. These changes have reduced operating costs for municipal buildings and increased awareness of the importance of climate change initiatives.”
The centre, which was established in 2009, provides municipalities with the proper education, technical assistance, practices, policies and rebates to help retrofit buildings.
The Action Centre has spent $4.2M to retrofit 54 buildings in the province since its inception and says the result is a reduction of 2,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
For more on the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, click HERE.