Public authorities come in many forms. They can be government departments, regional, provincial or local authorities with various levels of responsibility.
A public authority typically gives an energy agency a long-term mandate to promote sustainable energy and create a favourable business environment in which local businesses can prosper.
In turn, the energy agencies provide long-term advice on local policies, information as to the establishment and upgrading of building code, as well as insight into support schemes within a public mandate.
Public authorities are also reinforced when applying independent information to guide decisions on project and authorisation issues. The technical assistance they receive from energy agencies supports decisions related to public procurement, public buildings and schools, among others.