Municipal Energy Plan Program (Ontario, Canada)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Ontario|
|Name||Municipal Energy Plan Program (Ontario, Canada)|
|Policy Category||Financial Incentive|
|Policy Type||Grant Program|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy|
|Amount|| 50 percent of eligible costs
|Start Date|| 2013
|Maximum Incentive|| $90,000 (CA)
|Program Administrator||Ontario Ministry of Energy|
|Primary Website|| http://www.energy.gov.on.ca/en/municipal-energy/
| Last Substantive Modification
Ontario is supporting local energy planning by introducing the Municipal Energy Plan (MEP) program. The MEP program is designed to help municipalities better understand their local energy needs and conservation opportunities, set goals and develop implementation plans.
A MEP takes an integrated approach to energy planning by aligning energy, infrastructure and land use planning. MEPs will help municipalities:
- Assess the 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 - Support local economic development.
The MEP Program provides successful applicants with funding for 50 per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $90,000 to develop a municipal energy plan. Successful MEP program recipients 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 ministry is introducing a second funding stream for municipalities that have already developed a complete or partial Municipal Energy Plan, Climate Action Plan or other energy plan. This funding is for enhancing an existing energy plan, such as updating utility or building data and/or creating new implementation plans or maps. Successful applicants to this stream will receive 50 per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $25,000.
|Department|| Ontario Ministry of Energy