Alberta leads the way on energy efficiency

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The release of the Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel’s final report today means Alberta now has a long-term vision for energy efficiency.

The panel heard from hundreds of Albertans, including individuals, non-profit groups, businesses and First Nations. Their voices helped shape a path forward for the province that includes practical initiatives to help people reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy efficiency will create jobs in construction and energy services, grow forward-thinking industries such as solar, and help families and communities become more self-reliant. Rebates and incentives will help Albertans invest in energy-saving appliances, solar panels and retrofits of homes and buildings, putting money in Albertans’ pockets and making homes more comfortable.

Among the panel’s recommendations are small-scale solar and micro-generation, and $11.5 million has already been earmarked for solar programming for Indigenous communities and public schools. The government is also exploring the possibility of powering half its operations through solar power.

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips. (Mike Sturk photo)

Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel members, Jesse Row, Tanya Doran and Michele Aasgard, presented the panel’s final report to Minister Shannon Phillips and Graham Sucha, MLA, Calgary-Shaw, at Avalon Master Builder in Calgary.

Three energy efficiency programs have already been announced:

  • Residential No-Cost Energy Savings Program offers direct, no-charge installation of energy-efficiency products to homeowners and tenants, including lighting, water and heating components in about two hours or less.
  • Residential Retail Products Program offers rebates to residential customers at retail outlets around the province, with an initial focus on lighting, insulation and appliances with options such as consumer electronics, and others being considered for inclusion down the road.
  • Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program offers incentives for high-efficiency products from a comprehensive list, using mail-in rebates to buy and install electric and gas-based products such as lighting, heating and cooling systems, and hot-water systems.

The panel’s final report, Getting it Right: A More Energy Efficient Alberta, is available online, and you can listen to today’s announcement, Alberta sets out energy efficiency vision, here: 

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