UCP steps back from scrapping NDP's Energy Efficiency Alberta; will look at programs 'with an open mind'

The following article — containing a quote from Efficiency Canada executive director Corey Diamond  — was published in the Calgary Herald (print and web), then syndicated to the Edmonton Journal (print and web), Calgary Sun (print and web), Edmonton Sun (print and web), Vancouver Sun (web), as well as British Columbia’s The Province (web), and the Pincher Creek Echo (print) on May 23, 2019.

Alberta was the last province in Canada to develop an energy efficiency program. According to Efficiency Canada, a Carleton University-based think tank that aims to make the country a global leader in energy efficiency — Alberta will be the only jurisdiction in North America without such a program if Energy Efficiency Alberta is scrapped entirely.

Corey Diamond, executive director of Efficiency Canada, said there is every reason for Kenney to continue to support energy efficiency programs. He said economic modelling shows that ramping up towards more aggressive energy efficiency in Alberta would create 8,600 annual jobs and boost the provincial GDP by $5.1 billion a year, on average, between now and 2030.

“Albertans need to continue the momentum and keep up with other jurisdictions that are increasing their energy savings, creating new jobs, and making their economies more competitive,” Diamond said.

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