Ontario needs to focus on energy bills not rates, advises new energy efficiency report

Hamilton Spectator

A first-of-its-kind report on energy efficiency grades Ontario harshly on the way it works to reduce waste.

The province came in third after B.C. and Quebec on a national scorecard produced at Carleton University by Efficiency Canada.

“Ontario would have ranked higher if the provincial government did not cancel electric vehicle charging programs or remove a provision in the building code that enabled electric vehicle charging,” the findings conclude.

The goal of the project, which gathered data and comments from utilities across Canada and every region except Alberta, is intended to create “friendly competition” among provinces to advance building codes, transportation and utility management, said Brendan Haley, one of the report authors.

Over the next 20 years, buildings could provide 28 per cent of potential savings in energy use, with improvements in transportation delivering 25 per cent of energy efficiencies.

Read the rest on the Hamilton Spectator.

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