Ontario Supports Local Energy Planning
Municipal Energy Plan Program Provides Funding to Help Municipalities
Ontario is supporting local energy planning and conservation through the Municipal Energy Plan (MEP) program.
Launched in 2013, the MEP program supports municipalities' efforts to better understand their local energy needs, identify opportunities for energy efficiency and clean energy, and develop plans to meet their goals.
Ontario is accepting applications on an ongoing basis for two streams:
- Funding Stream to Develop a New Municipal Energy Plan: Successful applicants to this stream will receive 50 per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $90,000.
- New Funding Stream to Enhance an Existing Energy Plan: Successful applicants to this stream will receive 50 per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $25,000.
Supporting local energy planning is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic business climate.
- MEPs will help municipalities assess their community’s energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; identify opportunities to conserve, improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions; consider impact of future growth and options for local clean energy generation; and support local economic development.
- Successful municipalities from the first round of applications include: Municipality of Chatham-Kent, City of Kingston, Town of Markham, Town of Newmarket, City of Temiskaming Shores, City of Vaughan, Municipality of Wawa and City of Woodstock.
“The Municipal Energy Plan program takes an integrated approach to energy planning by aligning energy, growth, infrastructure, and land use planning. These plans complement regional energy planning and help municipalities by focusing on unique community needs and goals.”