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 goals of creating a ‘culture of conservation’, which empowering staff to be informed, engaged, and supportive of energy 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);
- Investing in reneable energy to expand on community resilience, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and generate revenue to support 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 Sustainability Plan.
MECO recognizes that energy conservation will save money, decrease demand, enhance the local energy supply by reducing its dependency on the grid, and reduce GHGs.
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
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. These projects have received over $1 million in utility incentives, developed a comprehensive Corporate Energy Management Plan (CEMP), and reduced GHG 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! The utlility savings has allowed The City to maintan the lowest tax rate in the GTA.
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