Energy

Solar PanalEnergy Management
On December 10, 2007, Town Council accepted the Partners for Climate Protection Milestones' one, two and three final report in principle and directed administration to bring forward a plan for implementation of the recommendations, based on budget and staff resources. Read the Partners for Climate Protection Energy Consumption Reduction Plan.

Light Sensors
Since then, many town buildings have had lights with sensors installed, which turn the lights off when no one is in the room. The Cochrane RancheHouse uses dimmable LED technology (new to the North American market) in the Hall of Vision. We were able to double the number of fixtures, triple the amount of light and reduce our electrical consumption by 90% in this well-used room.

Solar Power
A grid-tied solar photovoltaic system was installed on the Big Hill Leisure Pool in December, 2007. The seven panels generate just under 1,200 watts of power.

Wind Power
People have been interested in harnessing wind power to generate energy for a very long time. In Alberta, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has authority for wind energy facility applications and an AUC decision prevails over municipal bylaws and energy policies.

Read the AUC’s Public Involvement in Needs or Facilities Applications brochure to learn more about the AUC’s application and public consultation process for utility facilities including wind.