Corporate Energy

Markham Energy Conservation Office

History

The Markham Energy Conservation Office (MECO) was established in 2005 using funding support from the City of Markham and Alectra (formerly PowerStream) with a vision to position the City of Markham as a leader and municipal champion in energy conservation.
Its portfolio of programs is broad-based and includes initiatives that are focused on:

  • Leading, developing, and implementing energy conservation programs that deliver target-exceeding energy reduction and cost avoidance results;
  • Supporting the Provincial and Federal goals of creating a ‘culture of conservation’, which encourages and empowers staff to be informed, engaged, and supportive of energy conservation;
  • Improving internal operations by implementing retrofit projects in existing facilities;
  • Designing and constructing new facilities to a higher, more efficient standard (minimum LEED Silver);
  • Investing in renewable energy to expand on community resilience, reduce greenhouse gas emissions,  and generate revenue, and that revenue is the primary funding source for our corporate energy initiatives;
  • Providing energy conservation awareness and tools for City staff;
  • Raising awareness about energy conservation within the local community.

In 2009, MECO joined the newly formed Sustainability Office and played a key role in the preparation and implementation of the Greenprint, Markham’s Community Sustainability Plan.

Mission

MECO recognizes that energy conservation will save money, decrease demand, enhance the local energy supply be reducing its dependency on the grid, and best of all reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Energy Management Results

In 2012, Markham was one of the first clients, and first Municipality, to participate in the Energy Manager program. From 2012 to 2017, Markham has implemented almost 200 energy-efficiency projects that reduces our energy costs by over $1.7 million annually, has received over $1 million in utility incentives, developed a comprehensive Corporate Energy Management Plan (CEMP), and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20% per resident.

Contributions to energy savings were seen by all departments, most notably the Recreation and Asset Management Departments. A special thanks to all staff that helped make this program so successful!  Those utility savings have allowed us to maintain the lowest tax rate increases in the GTA.

Additionally, Markham is generating over $300,000 per year in revenue from its solar assets and Demand Response program.
Check out the Corporate Energy Management Plan to view our roadmap to manage energy consumption and demand in the upcoming years.

Awards

Year
Name
Location
Organization
Why is it significant
2018
Canada's Greenest Employer
Citywide
Mediacorp Canada Inc
Markham is one of 100 Canadian employers that has created an environment in which staff from all areas and levels of the organization are encouraged to develop new opportunities to improve our sustainability and to get involved in minimizing the environmental impact of the City's operations.
2018
ENERGY STAR
Markham Civic Centre
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
First municipality in Canada to receive award.  Demonstrates energy-efficient leadership and environmental stewardship.  Performed better than at least 75 per cent of similar buildings nationwide, and released 35 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
2018
ENERGY STAR
Clatworthy Arena
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
First municipality in Canada to receive award.  Demonstrates energy-efficient leadership and environmental stewardship.  Performed better than at least 75 per cent of similar buildings nationwide, and released 35 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
2018
Living City Energy Efficiency Leadership Award (Silver)
Markham Civic Centre
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Recognizes leadership in achieving energy targets and thus reducing their conservation potential to 5% or less. The Gold Award will go to municipal buildings that meet their target. The Silver Award goes to municipal buildings that get to within 5% of their target.
2018
Living City Energy Efficiency Leadership Award (Gold)
Milliken Mills CC
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Recognizes leadership in achieving energy targets and thus reducing their conservation potential to 5% or less. The Gold Award will go to municipal buildings that meet their target. The Silver Award goes to municipal buildings that get to within 5% of their target.
2018
Living City Energy Efficiency Leadership Award (Gold)
Markham Village CC
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Recognizes leadership in achieving energy targets and thus reducing their conservation potential to 5% or less. The Gold Award will go to municipal buildings that meet their target. The Silver Award goes to municipal buildings that get to within 5% of their target.
2018
Energy Manager of the Year - Innovative Project
Citywide/Milliken Mills
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Over 100 Ontario energy managers competing in 7 award categories: 1) Industrial Accelerator Program (not eligible), 2) LDC Energy Manager of the Year (eligible), 3) Multi-site Energy Manager of the Year (not eligible), 4) Most Innovative Project (eligible, awarded), 5) Best Energy Savings Campaign (eligible, runner up),  6) Most Non-Incented Savings (eligible), 7) Energy Manager of the Year not funded by IESO (not eligible).  Demonstrates energy manager/energy program success and leadership.  IESO funds Markham's Energy Management Coordinator's salary and most utility incentives.
2018
Certificate of Achievement in Energy Efficiency
Rouge River Community Centre
Enbridge Gas
Recognized for reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions by upgrading to a high efficiency boiler
2015
Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Milestones 1-3
Citywide
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
The Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and to acting on climate change.
The program empowers municipalities to take action against climate change through a five-milestone process that guides members in creating GHG inventories, setting realistic and achievable GHG reduction targets, developing local action plans, and implementing plans using specific, measurable actions to reduce emissions.
Markham has achieved PCP Milestones 1, 2, and 3 for its corporate portfolio. 
2013
System of the Year Award
Markham District Energy
International District Energy Association
The highest honour the IDEA can confer on a district energy system, the award recognizes a system demonstrating exemplary efficiency, outstanding performance in reliability, safety and environmental stewardship and overall commitment to customer service excellence and industry engagement.
2012
Community Conservation Award
Citywide
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Two milestones laid the groundwork for this award: the creation of the Markham Energy Conservation Office (MECO) in 2005 and the publication of the Greenprint in 2011.