Introducing Energy Efficiency Alberta
We know that being more efficient with the way we consume energy is one of the most effective ways to lower our carbon footprint. And by doing it through technology, we can make sure that our quality of life stays exactly the same, while Alberta benefits.
That’s what Energy Efficiency Alberta—the new Government of Alberta agency dedicated to helping the province save energy—is all about: our mandate is to raise awareness among energy consumers of energy use and the associated economic and environmental consequences; promote, design and deliver programs and carry out other activities related to energy efficiency, energy conservation and the development of micro-generation and small scale energy systems in Alberta, and; promote the development of an energy efficiency services industry in Alberta.
Our programs are designed to make it so easy to conserve energy, you’d have to wonder who wouldn’t take advantage. There isn’t a downside: you save money on your utility bills, your home or business gets technological upgrades to make it more comfortable and efficient, and our province consumes less energy. We all win.
Interested in the details of GHG abatement, program budget and program design? Download the Alberta Program Design: Phase 2 Final Report Executive Summary
The mandate of Energy Efficiency Alberta is:
- To raise awareness among energy consumers of energy use and the associated economic and environmental consequences.
- To promote, design and deliver programs and carry out other activities related to energy efficiency, energy conservation and the development of micro-generation and small scale energy systems in Alberta.
- To promote the development of an energy efficiency services industry.
Energy Efficiency Alberta didn’t come out of nowhere, the agency was borne out of the Climate Leadership Plan, a made-in-Alberta strategy to reduce carbon emissions while diversifying our economy and creating jobs. A timeline of our history includes these key events:
Nov 2015 | Climate Leadership Plan
Released in late 2015, Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan commits to reinvest all revenue from the carbon levy into Alberta’s economy, including into energy efficiency. Investment in energy efficiency and community energy system programs will help reduce energy use and associated costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and support green jobs.
JUN 2016 | Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel Established
The Alberta Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel is established. It helps set out a long-term vision for energy efficiency in Alberta and recommend the types of energy-savings programs needed for the short- and medium-term.
JUL – SEP 2016 | Stakeholder Engagement
The Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel met with Albertans, Indigenous communities, local governments, and stakeholders to determine the types of programs that a new provincial agency could deliver in early 2017. The focus was on programs and opportunities for consumers, businesses and communities.
Public Engagement (Online and Community)
The panel held five open houses in Medicine Hat, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Grande Prairie, attended by approximately 500 people, as well as a separate youth and educator engagement session which included teachers, students, school board trustees, non-governmental organizations, not-for-profit organizations and the private sector.
Indigenous Communities Engagement
The panel held six sessions with Indigenous communities in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Maskwacis and Enoch Cree Nation. The panel also received a submission from the Métis Nation of Alberta, and panel members participated in conferences hosted by the Assembly of First Nations and the Technical Services Advisory Group to provide information on the engagement process.
Three full-day technical sessions attended by private and public stakeholders, think tanks and industry organizations, giving them an opportunity to share perspectives about buildings, program design and implementation, and community energy systems; Municipal sessions attended by 41 municipal representatives brought in municipal perspectives, and six municipalities presented overviews of their own energy efficiency and community energy systems.
JAN 2017 | Panel Advice to Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office
Getting It Right: A More Energy Efficient Alberta—the panel’s final report—was released in January 2017 and included a recommendation to launch the following programs:
- Residential Direct Install
- Consumer Products
- Business, Non-Profit, Institution Incentives
- Small Solar PV
JAN 2017 | Program Design
A consultant, Dunsky Energy Consulting, designed an initial suite of programs with estimates of costs and GHG emissions reductions.
More information about Dunsky’s recommendations can be found in the panel’s final report.
JAN 2017 | Energy Efficiency Alberta Established
Energy Efficiency Alberta is established and the government prepared programs for Albertans. Multiple Requests for Proposals are offered through the Alberta Purchasing Connection.
SPRING 2017 | Initial Programs Launched
The initial programs of Energy Efficiency Alberta are launched throughout the spring of 2017, based on the recommendations of the Alberta Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel’s final report, Getting It Right: A More Energy Efficient Alberta.
The government launches four initial programs to Albertans.
Spring 2018 | New Programs Launched
Based on research and the input of Albertans, Energy Efficiency Alberta released two new programs to help Albertans save money and energy.
Energy Efficiency Alberta launches the following programs in Spring 2018.