New city department to combat rising energy costs

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

To combat skyrocketing energy costs, Hamilton politicians have agreed to create a new city department that will cost about $250,000 per year.

Hamilton's energy costs are expected to top $37 million this year, from about $26 million in 2004. The rise will continue into 2006 with energy expenses forecast to reach $41 million, said John Mater, director of Fleet and Facilities.

What's needed, he said, is the creation of an energy management office to implement city conservation measures that would control the city's spiralling energy costs.

"We have been (conducting energy saving measures), but it has been fragmented," he said. "(The office) will do it better."

An energy management office would co-ordinate conservation measures in all of Hamilton's facilities, social housing, street lighting, the city's vehicles, and throughout other departments such as the Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc. and the wastewater treatment facility.

The idea is to hire two staff people for the positions of manager of energy initiatives and coordinator of utilities and energy management at a cost of $250,000 in 2006 and 2007. The city already has a reserve fund that would pay the cost of the new department over the first two years.

Mater said the department will be self-funded starting in 2008, from funds that have been saved through energy conservation measures.

He expected the city could reap savings in the millions of dollars.

"I think the money is there (to be saved)," he said.

Politicians applauded the idea, but suggested instead of hiring full-time people, the city contract out the two positions to determine the effectiveness of the department.

Councillors also wanted a report on the project within a year.

"I'm pleased that staff have identified this topic," said Flamborough councillor Dave Braden. "It needs this focus. Whatever you're doing is better than what we've been doing now."

New city department to combat rising energy costs

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

To combat skyrocketing energy costs, Hamilton politicians have agreed to create a new city department that will cost about $250,000 per year.

Hamilton's energy costs are expected to top $37 million this year, from about $26 million in 2004. The rise will continue into 2006 with energy expenses forecast to reach $41 million, said John Mater, director of Fleet and Facilities.

What's needed, he said, is the creation of an energy management office to implement city conservation measures that would control the city's spiralling energy costs.

"We have been (conducting energy saving measures), but it has been fragmented," he said. "(The office) will do it better."

An energy management office would co-ordinate conservation measures in all of Hamilton's facilities, social housing, street lighting, the city's vehicles, and throughout other departments such as the Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc. and the wastewater treatment facility.

The idea is to hire two staff people for the positions of manager of energy initiatives and coordinator of utilities and energy management at a cost of $250,000 in 2006 and 2007. The city already has a reserve fund that would pay the cost of the new department over the first two years.

Mater said the department will be self-funded starting in 2008, from funds that have been saved through energy conservation measures.

He expected the city could reap savings in the millions of dollars.

"I think the money is there (to be saved)," he said.

Politicians applauded the idea, but suggested instead of hiring full-time people, the city contract out the two positions to determine the effectiveness of the department.

Councillors also wanted a report on the project within a year.

"I'm pleased that staff have identified this topic," said Flamborough councillor Dave Braden. "It needs this focus. Whatever you're doing is better than what we've been doing now."

New city department to combat rising energy costs

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

To combat skyrocketing energy costs, Hamilton politicians have agreed to create a new city department that will cost about $250,000 per year.

Hamilton's energy costs are expected to top $37 million this year, from about $26 million in 2004. The rise will continue into 2006 with energy expenses forecast to reach $41 million, said John Mater, director of Fleet and Facilities.

What's needed, he said, is the creation of an energy management office to implement city conservation measures that would control the city's spiralling energy costs.

"We have been (conducting energy saving measures), but it has been fragmented," he said. "(The office) will do it better."

An energy management office would co-ordinate conservation measures in all of Hamilton's facilities, social housing, street lighting, the city's vehicles, and throughout other departments such as the Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc. and the wastewater treatment facility.

The idea is to hire two staff people for the positions of manager of energy initiatives and coordinator of utilities and energy management at a cost of $250,000 in 2006 and 2007. The city already has a reserve fund that would pay the cost of the new department over the first two years.

Mater said the department will be self-funded starting in 2008, from funds that have been saved through energy conservation measures.

He expected the city could reap savings in the millions of dollars.

"I think the money is there (to be saved)," he said.

Politicians applauded the idea, but suggested instead of hiring full-time people, the city contract out the two positions to determine the effectiveness of the department.

Councillors also wanted a report on the project within a year.

"I'm pleased that staff have identified this topic," said Flamborough councillor Dave Braden. "It needs this focus. Whatever you're doing is better than what we've been doing now."