Strategic Energy Management

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About the SEM program

Energy Efficiency Alberta offers two streams of the Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program: one for Large Final Emitters, and a cohort program for smaller emitters.

Large Final Emitters program

Develop an integrated energy strategy for your organization through mentorship and peer support. Receive the tools, coaching, structure and resources necessary to implement Strategic Energy Management (SEM) through operations and maintenance changes, and employee engagement. 

Energy Efficiency Alberta, through significant funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), is extending the successful SEM program to reach a wider range of organizations, such as oil and gas, industrial and manufacturing organizations.

The Large Final Emitters (LFE) stream of the SEM program  is designed specifically for large facilities that have complex energy management needs. Eligible LFEs are facilities that produce more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 annually and that participate Alberta’s current Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation  (CCIR).


Two LFE cohorts are now active: one for companies in the  Fort McMurray region, and one for companies in the Edmonton region (including Leduc, Wetaskiwin and surrounding areas).


SEM is delivered in cohort-structured working groups along with onsite visits where organization-specific services are delivered. Taking place in two stages over two years, the first year features four group workshops, five one-on-one site events, and dedicated coaching and mentoring. The second, or alumni year, is designed to enable the sustainment and continuation of savings, incentives and support that is delivered in the first year. 


The Strategic Energy Management program enables organizations to reduce energy use and improve operational efficiencies, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and achieving ISO 50001 Ready recognition. It also helps to build a lasting culture of energy efficiency within the facility and throughout the organization. 

Still have questions?

Read the SEM for LFE brochure or visit our FAQ page.

Ready to apply?

Submit an expression of interest for the Large Final Emitters program.

Cohort program for smaller emitters

The Strategic Energy Management cohort program is designed for commercial, institutional and industrial organizations with an emissions profile over 5,000 tonnes of  GHG.  To find out your emissions profile, complete the calculator and survey  and submit it by email.

See our  Strategic Energy Management cohort brochure for a case study, workshop schedule and further details.

How the SEM cohort program works

SEM applies principles and practices of continuous improvement that could help reduce your emissions profile by an average of 5% annually with little to no capital investment. Through SEM, your organization will develop a plan that maximizes energy savings and reduces operational costs.  

Participating in the cohort also offers participants full access to the Custom Energy Solutions incentives (up to $1 million per project, and up to $2 million per parent company) to implement of capital-intensive projects. 

In  addition,  Energy Efficiency Alberta provides a n incentive of $40  per  tonne of greenhouse gas (GHG) saved (up to a maximum of $50,000) for the implementation of operational and maintenance measures.

Cohort locations 

If your organization has an emissions profile greater than 5,000 tonnes of GHG and you're located one to two hours from the locations below, please contact us for more information about upcoming cohorts.

# Location Enrollment close date Kickoff workshop
1 Calgary Full 29-Nov-2019
2 Heartland of Alberta/ Edmonton Full 16-Jan-2019
3 South Alberta (Lethbridge, Brooks, Medicine Hat) Full 23-Jan-2019
4 Edmonton, Red Deer, and Lloydminster Full 20-Feb-2019
5 Grande Prairie Full 20-Mar-2019
6 Fort McMurray Full 24-Apr-2019

Cohorts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: many cohorts in the SEM cohort program are now at capacity and waitlists have been established.

For more information about the cohort program, and to inquire about availability, send us an email or contact us at 403-800-8947.

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