The Markham Energy Conservation Office (MECO) was established in 2005 using funding support from the City of Markham and 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 realistic demand shedding and cost avoidance results;
- Supporting the Provincial goals of creating a ‘culture of conservation’;
- Improving internal operations by implementing retrofit projects in existing facilities;
- Ensuring new facilities are built to a higher, more efficient standard (minimum LEED Silver);
- 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 Sustainability Plan, and handled expanded responsibilities including climate change.
MECO recognizes that energy conservation will save money, decrease demand, enhance the local energy supply by reducing its dependency on the grid, and best of all, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
MECO is responsible for leading, developing, and implementing energy conservation programs that deliver realistic demand shedding and cost avoidance results, and are in line with the Provincial goals of creating a ‘culture of conservation.’
Energy Management Results
Markham completed another successful year of energy conservation and demand management amounting to over $200,000 per year in energy savings, and received utility rebates surpassing $50,000! Since 2012, Markham has reduced its energy costs by over $1.2 million annually from energy management projects that have an average return-on-investment of 2.5 years.
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!
Additionally, Markham is generating over $300,000 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.
Employee Energy Awareness
MECO’s portfolio of programs is broad-based and includes initiatives that are focused on improving internal operations by implementing retrofit projects in existing facilities as well as working to ensure new facilities are built to a higher, more efficient standard. In addition, MECO provides an employee awareness program on energy conservation for City staff.
Markham District Energy Earns International District Energy Association 2013 System of the Year Award
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.
City of Markham - 2012 Community Conservation Award Winner
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.
Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Milestones 1-3
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.
- Milestone 1 — Create a GHG emissions inventory & forecast
- Milestone 2 — Set an emissions reduction target
- Milestone 3 — Develop a local action plan
- Milestone 4 — Implement the local action plan or a set of activities
- Milestone 5 — Monitor progress and reporting results