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    Municipal Energy Plan Program Provides Funding to Help Municipalities
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:59

Ontario Supports Local Energy Planning

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Ontario is supporting local energy planning and conservation through the Municipal Energy Plan (MEP) program.

Launched in 2013, the Municipal Energy Plan (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.
 
Download program guidelines and application forms here.
 
QUICK FACTS
  • 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.
 
You can also learn more about ICLEI Members who have created their own Community Energy Plans by checking out these Member Profiles