Energy & Utilities Budget Focuses on Safe, Reliable and Cost-Effective Services
Medicine Hat – Safe reliable services that meet customer needs is the ongoing priority of the City’s Energy and Utilities Division. The 2019 budget also focuses on stable cost recovery for long-term asset management, to ensure the City maintains robust utilities for years to come. The long-term asset management plan includes preventative maintenance, infrastructure renewal and priority capital projects for the City’s utilities.
“Medicine Hat is founded on recognizing and seizing opportunities and the Medicine Hat Advantage is something our residents can still count on,” notes Mayor Ted Clugston. “This budget offers ongoing safe and reliable services at rates that continue to be lower than any similar municipality. It also emphasizes business readiness along with exploration and investment in new and next generation technologies. These are key to continued success in attracting new business and industry to Medicine Hat.”
The division’s strategic plan, approved in 2017, guides both the budget and the long-term plan. “The 2019 budget is guided by the strategic plan, which focuses on proactive long-term planning, cost efficiencies and controls, regulatory compliance and operational excellence,” says Cal Lenz, Commissioner of Energy and Utilities. “As part of the plan, we restructured and consolidated departments, enabling us to maximize efficiencies and seek opportunities related to both service delivery and adapting quickly to market realities.”
In 2018, as part of the division’s strategic plan, Natural Gas and Petroleum Resources (NGPR) was brought into the division. The 2019 strategy includes the completion of NGPR’s growth strategy, followed by evaluation and identification of new opportunities related to the close alignment with utilities. NGPR will continue with its work to reclaim abandoned wells and exploration of new technology, including ongoing innovation in urban well management that has earned recognition in the field.
“To minimize impacts on our customers, our approach is to manage our infrastructure to ensure that we do not end up with future rate shocks. This also ensures stable and predictable revenue for infrastructure maintenance and renewal. It is important to be ready for opportunities and to make sure we are well positioned in changing market environments,” says Councillor Phil Turnbull, Chair of the City’s Energy and Utilities Committee. “The long-term asset management plan will ensure we have the capacity and infrastructure to meet current and future customer needs.”
Individual department business plans will be published on the City’s website.
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For more information:
Commissioner of Energy and Utilities
City of Medicine Hat