Improving energy efficiency reduces energy use and emissions, saves Albertans money, and makes our homes and buildings more comfortable. Investing in energy efficiency programs creates good jobs in many sectors, including skilled trades, construction, retail sales, professional services and manufacturing.
As part of the Climate Leadership Plan, the government established Energy Efficiency Alberta. This public agency will deliver energy efficiency and community energy system programs for homes, businesses and communities in Alberta. Funding for the agency and its programs will be provided by revenues received from the carbon levy.
Energy Efficiency Alberta is developing three initial programs, which will be ready for delivery in spring 2017. Initial programs include the following:
- Direct Install Residential Program – direct, no-charge installation of low-cost energy efficiency products to residences – items such as lighting, low-flow water fixtures, insulation and weather stripping for doors and windows.
- Residential Consumer Products Program – point of sale rebates to residential customers at retail outlets with products such as energy efficient lighting, insulation and appliances.
- Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Rebate Program – incentives for high-efficiency products and installation of electric and gas based products such as energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems and hot water systems.
These programs were chosen as a starting point because of their accessibility to all Albertans, ease and speed of implementation, cost-effectiveness, and potential for emissions reductions. These are the first programs the agency is looking at establishing, and details will be determined as they are developed. More programs will also be considered as the agency ramps up operations.
Basic information about Energy Efficiency Alberta is available at www.energyefficiency.alberta.ca. This website is always being updated, so check back often for the latest information.