New Brunswick among biggest energy wasters: report

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal (Print Edition); Moncton Times & Transcript (Print Edition)
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.

Efficiency Canada, part of the Sustainable Energy Research Centre at Carleton University in Ottawa, put out the scorecard on Tuesday.

It measures progress on energy saving programs, enabling policies, buildings, transportation and industry, part of a concerted push to help Canadians save money by wasting and polluting less.

It put New Brunswick at eighth out of 10 provinces, scoring a measly 24 out of 100 points.

British Columbia topped the list with 56 points, and Newfoundland and Labrador was dead last with only 15 points.

“There’s lots of room for improvement in New Brunswick,” said the study’s lead author and the organization’s policy director Brendan Haley. “There’s just not enough attention given to energy efficiency as a policy priority. Usually when governments talk about energy, they speak of wind turbines, coal plants, and oil and gas, whereas the energy we save should really be what we talk about.”

The rest of this article appeared in the print edition of the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.

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