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Energy efficiency report card for Canada released


August 26, 2008
By Anthony Capkun

The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) released its 2007 National Energy Efficiency Report Card and analysis of the federal, provincial and territorial governments and, according to the group, not one of them has flunked out.

“We’re
pleased that all jurisdictions received passing grades and remain
optimistic that the Federal Government is beginning to move in the
right direction,” said Ken Elsey, CEEA president. “With a majority of
Canadians expecting a more aggressive approach toward energy efficiency
technologies and solutions, I remain confident that Ottawa will
recognize the value and necessity in supporting energy efficiency in
time for the next report card.”




The
report card is completed every two years and scores 14 Canadian
jurisdictions on nine parameters, including how they support activities
such as energy efficiency and public outreach, the existence of
public/private partnerships to support energy efficiency and
responsiveness to energy efficiency issues in key legislation, such as
building codes and acts. The report also examines whether the
government led by example and how it regulated the energy market.




This
year’s highlights include British Columbia, which went from a B+ in
2005 to an A+ in 2007, Ontario from a B+ to an A and the Northwest
Territories from a C to a B+. Manitoba remains a strong jurisdiction,
moving from A to A+. Languishing at the bottom of the energy efficiency
barrel are Newfoundland & Labrador and Alberta (D+), and Prince
Edward Island (D).




With
regard to Alberta, CEEA notes: “Alberta’s focus has been on renewable
resources and issues in the oil sands, and not energy efficiency per
se”.