Energy Initiatives Profile

The Corporate Energy Policy requires the City of Hamilton to achieve prescribed targets and meet prescribed energy and environmental standards, including standards for energy conservation and demand management.  This service includes:


  • Procurement and management of all utility purchases (fuels, electricity, natural gas, and renewable energy commodity transactions). Utility data and billings are reviewed regularly to balance natural gas direct purchase agreements for large volume accounts. Supply contracts and forward purchasing is performed to reduce budget volatility.
  • Reporting including mandatory annual Green Energy Act reporting, Corporate Energy Policy directed reporting (Annual Energy Report, Annual Commodity Report Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory).
  • Energy and utility data management: Quarterly Fuel Reports, fuel card management, rate and billing reviews containing over 2,000 meters’ data, and fuel tax credits.

Energy Engineering

  • Energy Management Plans – Individual site and portfolio benchmarking of energy intensity, energy consumption and overall efficiency of Corporate built space.
  • Project Management – Energy retrofit projects.
  • Renewable Energy Operations – Hamilton Renewable Power Incorporated (HRPI), Solar, Renewable Natural Gas, and new opportunities as they arise. Management of renewable energy operations that include methane-based electricity generation at the landfill and at the Woodward wastewater treatment plant. There is also a biogas purification unit that takes additional methane from the digesters at the Woodward wastewater plant and creates renewable natural gas. The Energy Office manages the solar installations along with looking for new sources of revenue from other renewable energy projects and operations.
  • Building Automation Systems – Strategy and policy for all corporate buildings, which includes the implementation of energy retrofit projects that lower the City of Hamilton’s operating costs. Such projects include LED lighting, pumps, building automation systems, district energy, and arena ice plant optimization.

Service Details

Related Subservices

  • Utilities
  • Energy Engineering

Type of Service

  • Internal corporate service


  • Essential/Mandatory, Legislated requirement
  • Core municipal service
  • Other - societal benefits from a Clean and Green approach and expectation of the public to best manage any energy use wisely and efficiently

Primary Funding Sources

  • Transfers/Grants (incentives, revenues and some efficiency savings directed to Energy Reserve as per Corporate Energy Policy)
  • Net Levy

Service Level

  • Exceeds standard

Service Level Source

  • Legislated
  • Council approved policy or service standard
  • Management directive


Performance Measures

How much did you do? (volume)


  • Utility cost to the City: $45 million
  • The Energy Office manages any reductions in price from supplier contracts or cost reduction through better rates or reducing volatility.
  • Methane based electricity generation
    • City of Hamilton’s landfill:  3.2 megawatts
    • Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant:  1.6 megawatts

How well did you do it? (quality)

  • Net benefit from all HRPI operations in 2016:  approximately $1.3 million
  • The 2016 energy savings contribution from projects is $2.5 million, plus nearly $4 million received for incentives (which includes the Street Lighting incentive of about $3.8 million), for a total of $6.5 million.

Is anyone better off? (impact)

  • HRPI produces approximately 31,000,000 kWh of renewable energy annually with a reduction of emissions in excess of 100,000 tonnes CO2e (CO2 equivalent).

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