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Town of Taber Energy Manager wins MCCAC Award

Post Date:11/22/2022 12:17 PM

The Town of Taber is proud to announce that Blake Hranac, Energy Manager in the Engineering and Public Works Department is the recipient of the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s Energy Manager of the Year Award. According to the MCCAC, the award was evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Total greenhouse gas emission savings to date;
  • Emission savings percentage relative to Taber’s emissions inventory;
  • Cost savings from both completed and in-progress projects;
  • Total number of projects completed;
  • Number of energy audits and energy scans of municipal facilities;
  • Number of energy conservation measures identified; and
  • The level of internal and external energy and climate-related engagement.

The MCCAC found Blake “made exceptional strides towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, achieving meaningful cost savings and implementing an energy-conscient culture.” The MCCAC also noted that the Town stood out for total savings, savings as a portion of emissions inventory, and cost savings.

Mr. Hranac assumed the position of the Town’s Municipal Energy Manager in 2021 through funding provided by the Government of Alberta to support the MCCAC’s Municipal Energy Manager Program. This staffing grant enables municipalities to hire a dedicated professional to manage energy use, create an energy management plan, provide feedback for improvements for better-performing buildings, and implement energy savings projects. Some of Blake’s projects include lighting retrofits in our Community Centre, Aquafun Centre, and Public Works Shop, as well as Combined Heat and Power units in the Aquafun Centre which saw an estimated cost savings of over $40,000/yr and reduced 136 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, he has overseen the installation of EV charging stations throughout the Town and is managing the construction of a 1.08MW ground-mounted solar system at the Wastewater Lagoons. A number of additional projects are slated in the years to come, with those announcements to be made when they are approved.

“In his short tenure so far with the Town, Blake has proven that he is dedicated to reducing the Town’s emissions and finding efficiencies to meet our energy goals and reduce costs for the municipality,” said Gary Scherer, Director of Engineering and Public Works, “We are incredibly proud to have him on our team and look forward to the projects he is planning in future years.”

“With Blake as part of a talented team, the Town is well-situated to make strides in reducing emissions and finding efficiencies for our municipality,” said Chief Administrative Officer Derrin Thibault, “I would like to thank Blake and the entire Facilities Maintenance Crew as part of Public Works for their efforts in modernizing our technologies and our facilities.”

“On behalf of Council, I would like to congratulate Mr. Blake Hranac on this notable achievement,” said Mayor Prokop, “the work he continues to do brings great benefit to our community and the facilities our public relies on, and we thank him and his team for their dedication to making our community such a great place to grow.”

The Award was presented by the MCCAC on October 27th, but Council will officially recognize Blake’s achievement at their November 28, 2022 meeting. The MCCAC is a partnership of Alberta Municipalities, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta. 

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