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Given the sector’s potential, Haley fully admitted that Efficiency Canada put out the scorecard with an eye to “trying to get some friendly competition going amongst the provinces to improve energy efficiency.”
Alberta went from zero to sixth place in all of Canada in energy savings.
New Brunswick has scored near the bottom of a new national scorecard on energy efficiency, thanks to what the authors describe as weak provincial targets.
Policy director Brendan Haley says the top rank is largely due to B.C.’s green building code, ambitious natural gas savings and significant progress in vehicle electrification. But it says there’s still room for improvement when it comes to electricity savings, an area where B.C. is dropping compared with other provinces.
Efficiency Canada, based at Carleton University, gave the province first place in its first-ever provincial scorecard. But it says there’s still room for improvement when it comes to electricity savings, an area where B.C. is dropping compared with other provinces.
B.C. earned 56 points out of 100 for its efforts, including the Energy Step Code program, which gives incentives to developers to create net-zero energy buildings with a goal of making it a requirement within the province’s building code by 2032.
“Imagine thinking of all that energy waste from our homes, businesses and industry as a resource, just like natural gas, oil or wind turbines,” said Corey Diamond, Efficiency Canada executive director. “Now imagine harvesting that ‘resource’ in every community across Canada, creating jobs and meeting our climate change commitments.”
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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.