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August 14,
Elizabeth McDonald Joins the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance

March 5,
2011 Report Card Questionnaire Released!

December 2,
New Energy Efficient Building Code in Ontario—Best in North America!

November 8,
2011 Report Card Questionnaire to be Released at the End of November

July 13,
Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance Congratulates Federal Government on Extending ecoENERGY Home Rebate Program

June 7,
Introduction of Interim EE Requirements Deemed Unnecessary by the Government of Alberta

June 3,
Hybrid Idle Reduction System (HIRS™) Launched at Green Fleet Expo VI

March 24,
CEEA Supports the 2011 Federal Budget

March 10,
Ontario Ministry of Energy Directive to the Ontario Energy Board Highlights the Importance of Conservation and Codes and Standards—a Win for CEEA and all Ontarians!

January 24,
Building Code in Alberta Needs to Update its Energy Efficiency Standards

December 10,
Canada Needs a National Energy Efficiency Strategy

October 5,
Stephen Koch: CEEA's New Chair

 

 

Elizabeth McDonald Joins the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance

Gary Johnson, Interim Chair of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), is pleased to announce that Elizabeth McDonald is joining CEEA as President and CEO. Elizabeth brings over 20-years experience to the Alliance, having lead and managed several trade associations and most recently serving as a global advocate for sustainable clean energy solutions for the Canadian solar energy industry.

“Elizabeth’s recent experience as a global advocate for sustainable clean energy solutions fits in perfectly with CEEA’s mission—energy efficiency is part of every organization’s energy sustainability plan—it’s the cleanest form of energy there is,” said Gary Johnson. “We’re excited to have her calibre of expertise on board to lead CEEA and further develop our membership, policies and advocacy efforts for energy efficiency in Canada.” 

Prior to joining CEEA, Elizabeth served as a Senior Advisor, Business Development with SolPowered Energy Corporation (2011-2012), and previously as the Executive Director and President of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) (2007-2011). During this time, she worked closely with the Ontario government (Solar Task Force and FIT/Micro-FIT Advisory Committees), the Electricity Sector Council and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA). She was also named an Investment Canada Champion by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas as a solar advocate and spokesperson.

“I’m excited to lead the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance into its next chapter,” said Elizabeth McDonald. “Energy efficiency is part of the clean energy sustainability solutions that I’ve been advocating for and I look forward to developing its potential even further.”

For more information, or to book an interview, contact:
Don Huff, Environmental Communication Options
Office: 416.972.7404
Cell: 416.805.7720
huffd@huffstrategy.com

2011 Report Card Questionnaire Released

The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) released its 2011 National Report Card on Energy Efficiency Questionnaire today, distributing it to the federal government and the thirteen Premiers across Canada for their responses.  The questionnaire forms the basis for the Alliance’s biannual National Report Card on Energy Efficiency, an independent report that evaluates the Canadian government’s energy efficiency activities and reflects the priorities energy efficiency experts believe governments must establish in order to create a sustainable economy for future generations. 

This year’s questionnaire, made up of ten questions, focuses on government leadership and its commitment to energy efficiency initiatives.  Over forty percent of the final grade is attributed to the two first questions which include the request for a personal response from each of the Premiers on their commitment to energy efficiency initiatives within their jurisdiction and their government’s ability to lead by example when it comes to energy efficiency.

Government leadership is a key element in the implementation of energy efficiency initiatives—not only does it signal to the rest of the economy its importance—but it serves to create the infrastructure necessary to support broad based implementation of energy efficient programs. That’s why we’d like to receive a personal response from each Premier on their energy efficiency commitments.  We recognize the importance it plays on setting the priorities for their government and the commitment behind their initiatives,” said Ken Elsey, CEEA’s President and CEO.   

The remaining eight questions which make up sixty percent of the grade, focus on what each province and territory has done in the past year to enhance energy efficiency in policy and regulatory requirements, implementation of programs that influence consumer behaviour, Northern communities and major sources of energy use. 

Submissions will be evaluated over the summer and the final 2011 Report Card is expected to be released sometime in the fall.

For more information about the questionnaire or the Report Card, please contact:

Ken Elsey
President and CEO
Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance
905.614.1641
kenelsey@energyefficiency.org

For a copy of the questionnaire, click here.

New Energy Efficient Building Code in Ontario—Best in North America!

CEEA has been an active participant on the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's, Building Code Energy Advisory Council, whose mandate is to provide strategic advice to the Minister on energy conservation issues related to the Building Code and the Building Code Act, 1992. As a member of the council, we are very pleased with the introduction of the new energy efficiency requirements. Effective January 1, 2012, all new homes will have to achieve an EnerGuide 80 rating! These enhancements put Ontario at the very top of the list in North America, and will serve as a model for the rest of Canada.

Click here for a brief overview of the new Code.

Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance's 2011 Report Card Questionnaire to be Released at the End of November

Provincial and territorial governments can expect to receive the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance's (CEEA) 2011 National Report Card on Energy Efficiency questionnaire by the end of November.

The questionnaire forms the basis for the biannual release of the Alliance's Report Card which evaluates energy efficiency practices across Canada. This year's questionnaire will continue to focus on energy efficiency improvements to Codes and Standards (with an emphasis on building codes), transportation, commercial and industrial programs, but it also includes some new topics of discussion that will be heavily weighted.

One of the new, and most important deliverables being asked from the jurisdictions, is a request for a written or video statement (via social media outlets) to be provided by each Premier that expresses their commitment to energy efficiency. Other questions include an ask for a jurisdictional evaluation of major sources of energy use (eg. water), and a synopsis of what the jurisdictions are doing to increase consumer awareness of energy efficiency in Canada.

The questionnaire will also include a new requirement for jurisdictional submissions to be done in an energy efficient manner.

The full questionnaire will be available online at the end of November.

Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance Congratulates Federal Government on Extending ecoENERGY Home Rebate Program

Ken Elsey, President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) commended Federal Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, for officially extending the ecoENERGY Retrofit—Homes program until March 2012. Through this program, Canadian homeowners can access up to $5,000 to perform upgrades that make their homes more energy efficient.

Renewal of the successful and effective ecoENERGY program is welcomed news following the program’s cancellation earlier this year.

Mr. Elsey noted, “CEEA research indicates that by using the ecoENERGY program Canadians have saved 11.22 Pj of energy—the equivalent to 3,116,691,600 kWh.” He went on to say, “CEEA estimates that energy efficiency renovations have saved Canadians a total of $339,950,019 in electricity each year.”

Mr. Elsey concluded, “CEEA is a proponent of the ecoENERGY initiative, an incentive program that is a real world stimulus package. It benefits home and business owners with as much as $4 billion in economic activity attributed to it. We are very appreciative of Minster Oliver’s announcement earlier today and hope the next ecoENERGY announcement will be one further extending the program’s duration.”

To schedule an interview, please contact:

Ken Elsey
President and CEO
Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance
905.614.1641
c. 416.558.8735

To view a copy of the federal release, click here.

Introduction of Interim EE Requirements Deemed Unnecessary by the Government of Alberta

The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (CEEA) request for the Government of Alberta to introduce interim energy efficiency requirements for builders prior to the introduction of the new National Building Code in 2014, has been deemed unnecessary by the Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs, Hector Goudreau. 

 In a letter written to CEEA on May 9th, the Minister states:

  "...the introduction of national standards for energy efficiency in this timeframe makes the adoption of interim energy efficiency standards unnecessary. The development of interim energy efficiency requirements could not occur sooner than the publication of the national energy codes." 

 CEEA has been asking the government to put a plan in place to help industry transition to a standard equivalent to EnerGuide 80 by 2014, since no jurisdiction has ever gone from Alberta's current level of energy efficiency to EnerGuide 80 without an interim step. 

 "It is unfortunate that the Government of Alberta continues to ignore the expectations and economic well being of new home buyers in Alberta. Without an interim step, Alberta builders face a much tougher challenge ahead of them,” stated Mr. Elsey, CEEA’s President and CEO.

 In the original CEEA letter addressed to Minister Goudreau, Mr. Elsey expressed his concern around Alberta’s 2009 National Report Card on Energy Efficiency grading of B+, which reflected the provinces commitment to introduce an interim code.

 “Our B+ grading for Alberta in our 2009 Report Card was based on the province’s commitment to energy efficiency and the introduction of an interim energy efficiency requirement that would be in place prior to the introduction of the new model National Energy Codes. Without the interim step, their grading would have been different. Our Report Card Review Committee is currently reviewing their 2009 score based on the recent information provided by Minister Goudreau,” stated Mr. Elsey.

 CEEA’s Report Card Review Committee, which is responsible for grading the provincial submissions for CEEA’s biannual National Report Card on Energy Efficiency, will be in discussions later this week to re-access Alberta’s 2009 grade.

Download a copy of the letters below:
CEEA's letter to the Government of Alberta
pdfGovernment of Alberta's letter to CEEA

Hybrid Idle Reduction System (HIRS™) Launched at the Green Fleet Expo VI

Fleet Challenge Ontario (FCO), a program of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), launched its Hybrid Idle Reduction System (HIRS™) at the Green Fleet Expo VI, in Hamilton, on June 2nd, 2011.

The HIRS™ technology is an innovative green technological solution that, when applied to police and EMS fleets, reduces engine idling, fuel consumption and vehicle emissions while at the same time maintaining all onboard systems and cab climate control in vehicles.

Testing of HIRS™ is in its final phase with results that match or exceed idling reduction goals.  Up to 47% idling reduction has been demonstrated in laboratory applications.

The technology was developed under the auspices of the Police and EMS (PEMS) Vehicle Idling Reduction Demonstration Project, a project supported by the Ontario government, conceived and led by FCO, in collaboration with the University of Windsor, Chrysler Canada (at the jointly owned and operated University of Windsor-Chrysler Automotive Research and Development Centre or ARDC), technology providers, industry experts, three major domestic auto manufacturers, and select police and EMS departments across the province. 

The launch was attended by the Assistant Deputy Minister, Peggy Mooney, and representatives of the Ministry of Finance and BPS Supply Chain Secretariat. The launch celebrated the forthcoming commercialization of the technology, which is expected to be released into the marketplace in January 2012.

For more information on the HIRS technology, please contact:

Jana Cervinka, Manager, External Relations


Roger Smith, Executive Director


 

 

CEEA Supports the 2011 Federal Budget

The federal government’s 2011 budget documents released this week offers the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) some encouragement that the government is prepared to invest in energy efficiency, and more importantly, Canada’s future energy needs.

CEEA’s pre-budget recommendations to the federal government included the need for more funding for energy efficiency, product standards development, Building Code improvements, clean transportation initiatives, and the return of the ecoENERGY program—all items that were promised in the budget.

With the budget, the government has promised to invest over $700 million, over the next 2 years, on the following energy efficiency initiatives:

  • $86 million to support clean energy regulatory actions, focusing on energy efficiency
  • $48 million to develop transportation sector regulations and next-generation clean transportation initiatives
  • $400 million in 2011–12 for the ecoENERGY Retrofit  Homes program to help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient and reduce the burden of high energy costs
  • $2.1 million per year starting in 2012–13 to the Standards Council of Canada to modernize national standards and support a stronger Canadian voice in developing international standards
  • $97 million over two years to renew funding for technology and innovation in the areas of clean energy and energy efficiency
  • Expanding tax support for businesses that invest in energy efficiency equipment
  • Supporting “green” job creation by providing renewed funding of almost $100 million over two years for research, development and demonstrations of clean energy and energy efficiency

“These initiatives, will translate into huge savings for the environment, the federal government and for all Canadians.” said Ken Elsey, President and CEO of CEEA. “Product Standards alone have the potential to save significant amounts of energy.  This budget would have accelerated those savings.  Natural Resources Canada has projected that standards, through to 2020, translate into savings of 156 PJ’s of energy—which is equivalent to the energy used by 1,405,000 households—or the amount of power produced by 12 Generating Stations.  An estimated value at close to $4 Billion saved—it’s a great investment, and something that the government and the leaders of the opposition can’t ignore.” 

The CEEA remains hopeful that the leaders of the opposition will recognize the impact of the federal government’s investment in energy efficiency, and pass the 2011 budget this Friday.

 

Ontario Ministry of Energy Directive to the Ontario Energy Board Highlights the Importance of Conservation and Codes and Standards—a Win for CEEA and all Ontarians!

The Ontario Ministry of Energy (MOE) has put forward a directive to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) that pushes forward "conservation" as a lead topic in discussion in the energy supply mix. CEEA's continuous lobbying efforts for energy conservation and energy efficiency changes to codes and standards are finally making headway with the Government of Ontario.

According to the MOE's Supply Mix Directive to the Ontario Power Authority, the OPA will be responsible for;

...achiev[ing] through Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) a peak demand reduction target of 7,100 megawatts (MW) and an energy savings target of 28 terawatt-hours (TWh) by the end of 2030.  Further, the OPA shall plan to achieve interim CDM targets as follows: 4,550 MW and 13 TWh by the end of 2015; 5,840 MW and 21 TWh by the end of 2020; and 6,700 MW and 25 TWh by the end of 2025. These interim CDM targets are to serve as milestones to measure progress towards the overall 2030 CDM target.

The above-noted targets shall also include electricity savings forecasted through the implementation of codes, standards, regulations and other initiatives that are progressive and reasonable based on OPA analysis.

...the definition of CDM should be inclusive of load reduction from initiatives such as geothermal heating and cooling, solar heating and fuel switching and customer-based generation for the purpose of load displacement.  The definition should be exclusive of generation that is contracted-for under the OPA’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and microFIT Programs and other generation that is separately metered for the purpose of injecting electricity into the transmission system or a distribution system.

CEEA has been lobbying for fuel switching and customer-based generation for the last several years through it's participation on the Building Code Energy Advisory Council (BCEAC).

"It is great to see the Ontario Ministry of Energy's directive parallel CEEA's objectives. CEEA has been pushing the government to concentrate on energy conservation, greater energy efficiency in codes and standards, fuel switching and customer-based generation for the last several years. It's a big win for CEEA and all Ontarians." said Ken Elsey, CEEA's Executive Director and CEO.

To view the MOE's February 17, 2011, press release, click here.

 

Building Code in Alberta Needs to Update its Energy Efficiency Standards

The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association of Canada, the Pembina Institute, and the Consumers Council of Canada have embarked on a public campaign to raise awareness of the Government of Alberta’s need to update its energy efficiency standards when it comes to the Alberta Building Code.

The campaigns, which urge consumers to contact their local Members of Legislative Assembly and insist on better building codes in Alberta, surfaced after the Government of Alberta’s stopped its efforts to increase its energy efficiency requirements in the Alberta Building code. The Government is waiting to adopt the energy efficiency requirements in the next version of the National Building Code, which is set to come out at the end of this year. The new National Building Code is expected to raise the energy efficiency level equivalent to EnerGuide 80 for houses, it is judged that Alberta is currently operating at approximately EnerGuide 68. 

If built to code, new homes sold in Alberta could cost consumers over 30% more to heat and cool, than those being built in Ontario, B.C., Manitoba, and Nova Scotia.  In most cases, energy efficiency improvements cost builders less than $5000, with benefits greatly outweighing the additional costs passed onto consumers.

For example, an EnerGuide 80 home will save a homeowner $70 per month in Calgary and $100 per month in Edmonton compared with a house built to the building code. The increased cost to build this house is approximately $6,000 or $35 per month. On the average mortgage, this means that owners of high-efficiency houses have a net savings of $35 to $65 per month, starting in their first year of ownership. That really adds up over time, saving an Edmonton homeowner $780 in just the first year and more than $16,000 over the course of 25 years.

The campaigns have been put in place to encourage the Government of Alberta to put a plan in place to help industry transition to a standard equivalent to EnerGuide 80 by 2014, since no jurisdiction has ever gone from Alberta's current level of energy efficiency to EnerGuide 80 without an interim step. The Alberta chapter of the Canadian Home Builders Association states that most homebuilders are already building to this mid-70s level however, an interim building code would prepare builders that are not building to the mid-70s EnerGuide level for a transition to the National Building Code.

The sooner the Government of Alberta puts an interim plan in place, the sooner Albertans will be able to save money and save energy.

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Canada Needs a National Energy Efficiency Strategy

Representatives from the energy efficiency industry, NGOs, labour and academics met in May this year to come up with recommendations for a national energy efficiency plan—focusing particularly on the role of the federal government in leading and coordinating such a plan. CEEA and CanREA are now pleased to publish the results of these discussions.

Our vision for energy in Canada is one where:

  1. Canadians and their governments accept the significant value and benefits of energy efficiency.
  2. Reduction in energy use through efficiency is established as a national goal with targets that are regularly met.
  3. Canada as a nation has collaboratively put in place successful nationwide energy efficiency initiatives that are transforming the way we all use energy in every sector.

The federal government has built a strong foundation for investment in energy efficiency through initiatives like the successful EnerGuide home rating system and regulations under the Energy Efficiency Act.  However, Canada is falling short of its efficiency potential.

  • Only 8% of homes have had a retrofit.
  • Many buildings operate at 50% below their efficiency potential.
  • Most of us still commute to work by car.
  • Support policies vary considerably across the country and many Canadian homes and businesses are not enjoying the benefits of efficient energy use throughout the economy.

The stakeholders recommend that the federal government increase its support for national energy conservation and efficiency initiatives across Canada by immediately taking steps to set targets, maintain and strengthen national support services, accelerate the regulation of efficiency, lead the efficiency market through procurement, and support national initiatives on housing, buildings, communities, industry, and transport.

pdfDownload the National Energy Efficiency Strategy (80KB)

pdfDownload the Model National Energy Efficiency Initiatives (60KB)

For more information please contact CEEA's President and CEO, Ken Elsey (kenelsey @ energyefficiency.org) or CanREA members Roger Peters (rogerp @ cyberus.ca), Tim Weis (timw @ pembina.org), or Clifford Maynes (cmaynes @ greencommunitiescanada.org).

Stephen Koch: CEEA's New Chair

"This is a very exciting time for CEEA--as energy efficiency is beginning to take a primary role in Canada's overall sustainability plan.  Leadership will be a key factor in CEEA's success, and the drive and determination Mr. Koch has shown for increasing energy efficiency in his industry, is making real advancements that will ultimately benefit all Canadians.  As a long time advocate for energy efficiency in Canada, Mr. Koch has built a reputation for sound judgement and fair business practices that fit well with the mission of our organization.  A well known speaker at energy efficiency conferences and a sought after participant on councils and committees, Mr. Koch possesses the right qualifications to be Chair of the Board of the Canada Energy Efficiency Alliance," said Ken Elsey, President and CEO of CEEA.  

"I am committed to the organization's priorities of enhancing the energy efficiency of new home construction and renovations, the development of Energy Efficiency Standards for products, as well as improvements in our transportation sector as North America moves to alternative vehicles.  I am confident in delivering significant progress on these fronts with the support of the terrific staff at CEEA and our Board of Directors," said Stephen Koch upon receiving his appointment.

CEEA's Board also appointed long-time board member Michael Lio, Principal of Lio & Associates, as CEEA's Vice-Chair, Corey McBurney, President of EnerQuality, as Treasurer, and Guiliana Rossini, Director, Strategy and Conservation Officer of Hydro One, as Board Secretary. 

Corey McBurney, CEEA's new Board Treasurer
Guiliana Rossini, CEEA's new Board Secretary

 

 


   
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