CEEA welcomes first step towards consumer-friendly energy efficiency programs in Ontario
OTTAWA February 4, 2016 – Today’s announcement by Deb Mathews, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Glenn Murray Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for a $100-million dollars for residential retrofits for homeowners is a step in the right direction says CEEA CEO Elizabeth McDonald.
Targeted at fighting climate change by improving energy efficiency and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, CEEA believes this approach will be one of the most effective steps to take. “We do consider energy efficiency to truly be the first fuel to use when it comes to fighting climate change. It also makes a difference for consumers. Consumer-friendly programs empower people to save energy and money,” said McDonald.
This new program should require very little ramp up time and consumers are invited to reach out to their gas utilities, namely Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas. It is expected that this program will help about 37,000 homeowners conduct energy audits to identify energy-saving opportunities and then complete retrofits such as replacing furnaces, water heaters and upgrading insulation.
Over the past several months CEEA has been consulting with the Ministry of Energy as well as the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to discuss potential energy efficiency programs. The association plans to continue that dialogue in the future and would like to see similar programs for small and medium-sized businesses as well as large, commercial businesses.
The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) is the country’s leading independent advocate promoting the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency. CEEA works with the federal and provincial governments and stakeholders, to ensure energy efficiency is a priority for all sectors of the economy. By monitoring, examining and developing energy efficient public policy ideas, programs and standards, CEEA is an effective resource for policy makers, businesses, consumers, energy companies and environmental groups.
CEEA’s members include large international corporations, Canadian utilities and a wide variety of energy efficiency associations including the Canadian Construction Association, ElectroFed, HRAI and the Mechanical Contractors of Canada. Representing almost 25,000 like-minded industry members, CEEA is proud to advance a strong voice for energy efficiency.