September Newsletter 2021 | September 16, 2021
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In this issue of The Current Climate, we explore new resources, blog posts, and funding opportunities for municipalities to achieve real savings and real change. This month we are sharing more information about the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities Program.

Join the Net-Zero Communities Accelerator

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is collaborating with QUEST Canada, Eco-West Canada and the Community Energy Association to launch the Net-Zero Communities Accelerator in Alberta.

We are conducting a first call for small to mid-sized communities interested in advancing plans and projects to save energy and emissions. Participants will pay a small fee to receive a broad range of tools and services to build their capacity, develop plans and initiate projects. Read the project backgrounder for more information. Submit your Expression of Interest by September 26, 2021.
Submit an Expression of Interest

The Electric Vehicles for Municipalities Program makes electric vehicles – like trucks, cars, ATVs, and ice re-surfacers – more affordable. Save 50% or more on fuel and maintenance costs by upgrading your fleet to electric vehicles. Funding is limited so apply today!

As battery technology continues to improve, electric vehicles are allowing commuters to travel further, reduce maintenance costs, and lower their impact on the environment. In 2019, we busted myths and misconceptions about electric vehicles in Alberta. Here’s an updated article where we readdress these concerns to finally put them to rest.

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Project Showcase

The Town of Slave Lake purchased a Zamboni 552AC EV with support from the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities Program.

The Town of Slave Lake purchased a new fully electric Zamboni used to resurface the ice on their Multi-Recreation Centre (MRC). The new Zamboni is expected to be used on a daily basis to ensure good quality ice in both arenas when full operations resume at the recreation facility.

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The Town of Millet purchased a Zamboni 450 EV with support from the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities Program.

As part of the procurement process, the Town worked with trade associates to obtain quotes to ensure the Town was getting the most for its money and discovered an electric Zamboni is the preferred choice. The Town’s primary motivation was to demonstrate that their purchase can be sustainable, while reducing operating and maintenance costs. 

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Learning Centre
Is switching to an electric fleet feasible?

Discover how the cost of buying a new gas-powered vehicle compares to a new electric vehicle with the Electric Vehicle Savings Calculator. See the potential fuel savings and lower maintenance costs, and make a case for buying electric to your co-workers and Council. Download the Calculator
Is it time to upgrade your municipality to an electric vehicle fleet, but not sure where to start?

Learn know how electric vehicles work, best practices for switching to electric vehicles in a municipality, and the various vehicle types available for rebates with the Electric Vehicle Knowledge Guide. 
Download the Guide
Have you heard about our other funding programs?
Make a real change in your community by upgrading buildings, installing renewable energy, managing energy use, and more. We support you from start to finish with one-on-one calls and a streamlined application process. 
Apply for funding
Upcoming Events
Just Transition: Contribute by Sept 30, 2021
Natural Resources Canada wants to hear your views on a Just Transition - an approach to economic, environmental and social policy that aims to create an equitable and prosperous future for workers and communities as the world builds a low carbon future. Share your thoughts by September 30, 2021.

Alberta Power Symposium: October 5-6, 2021
How will the changes in the market affect regulatory policy and customer behaviour? Join for an engaging faculty of speakers at the 9th Annual Alberta Power Symposium on October 5 and 6 to assess developments in the power sector, address challenges and highlight areas of growth.

Sustainable Communities Conference: Oct 19-21, 2021
You don't want to miss this year’s Sustainable Communities Conference (SSC), Canada’s leading environmental conference for municipal leaders and practitioners. Get your first look at the conference schedule and discover numerous workshops, training sessions, and networking events that are relevant to you. Learn more and register here.

AUMA and RMA Members in the News

Town powers up newest solar projectThe Town of Banff's latest solar photovoltaics (PV) project is now providing electricity to the energy centre building, which provides heat to four municipal buildings using a biomass district heating system.

Wood Buffalo - Municipality completes first project with MCCAC's Recreation Energy Conservation programThe upgrade is expected to reduce carbon emissions at Centrefire Place by 20 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year, with an expected carbon emissions reduction of 410 tons over a 20-year lifespan of the new equipment.

Pincher Creek - Town completes lighting retrofit at multi-purpose facility as part of Recreation Energy Conservation Program. As part of the MCCAC's Recreation Energy Conservation program, the Town of Pincher Creek has completed a lighting retrofit at the Multi-Purpose Facility, updating 151 lighting fixtures in the facility to LED fixtures. The project was completed in July 2021.

Calgary engineer takes on new community role, putting plans for eco-friendly building into motion. “Energy savings are a benefit to everybody. It improves some of our processes, requiring less manpower and also a savings in energy,” says Laurie Wilgosh, chief administrative officer for the Town of Pincher Creek.
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