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RFD- 3587 Business Items   Item #:   4. b.    
Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 05/21/2019  
Title:    Clean Energy Improvement Program - Levasseur
Presenter: Patrick Inglis
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Live - A dynamic city with an exceptional quality of life Related Goal: Citizens consistently express high levels of satisfaction with municipal services.

Information
Request for Decision Summary
This presentation is being brought forward to Council to provide information on the Clean Energy Improvement Program administered by the Province of Alberta. The program was passed in the Alberta Legislature in June 2018 under Bill 10 - An Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements.
Proposed Motion
 
That the Clean Energy Improvement Program presentation be received as information.
 
 
 
Background/Analysis
On June 11, 2018, Bill 10 - An Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements was passed in the Alberta Legislature, followed by the Alberta Regulation 212/2018 Clean Energy Improvements Regulation. This legislation allowed for municipalities to participate in a made in Alberta Property Assessed Clean Energy program titled the Clean Energy Improvement (CEI) program.

Accessing affordable financing is one of the largest barriers property owners face when deciding to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. The Clean Energy Improvement Program will make it easier for property owners to overcome these barriers by borrowing through the City. Property owners will be able to install renewable energy and make energy efficiency upgrades by paying for the improvements over time through their property taxes.  If the property owner decides to sell their property, the remaining payments will stay with the property not the property owner. This means that the next owner of the property will be responsible for paying for the CEI costs, but will also receive the benefits of energy efficiency upgrades and/or renewable energy installations.

The Provincial Government Crown Corporation - Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA) has taken the lead on the CEI program. Rather than a broad implementation of the program they have opted to pilot the program initially and have asked other municipalities to monitor the pilot before implementing their own CEI program. The City of Edmonton will be one of the cities conducting the pilot and have agreed to share information to other municipalities after operating for a period of 6 months to a year. The City of Edmonton has indicated that they do not expect to launch this program until Q4 - 2019.
 
Options/Alternatives
N/A
Consultation/Engagement
City Administration has been in discussions with the following groups on this program:
  • PACE Alberta, a not-for-profit organization that has been pushing for the implementation of this program
  • Province of Alberta
  • City of Edmonton
  • Internal Stakeholders - Finance and Senior Leadership Team
Implementation/Communication
City Administration is recommending that the City remain in close contact with the Province and the City of Edmonton while they conduct their pilot program.  The legislation that has been passed in Alberta will allow the program to operate slightly different than other property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs across North America.  The Province is currently encouraging municipalities to wait to implement until the pilot with Edmonton is completed.  After the pilot is complete they will be able to share all lessons learned, relevant materials and forms to allow for easier implementation. 
Impacts
Observing the pilot program with the City of Edmonton will allow for a more successful implementation of the program in the City of Spruce Grove if desired.   Implementing a program like this in Spruce Grove will allow residents easier access to energy efficient upgrades which will help to reduce the overall City emissions.

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