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.
Monica has designed, delivered, marketed, and measured energy efficiency programs since 1991. Her career in energy efficiency began with Edmonton Power (currently EPCOR) and SaskPower. Most recently, she served as the Executive Vice President Strategic Development and Energy Finance Solutions with WECC, a mission based nonprofit based in Madison, Wisconsin. WECC delivers energy efficiency and efficiency finance programs and residential building science training for electric and natural gas utilities, and state and local governments across the United States of America.
Monica has championed cutting-edge programs ranging from energy advocate services and manufactured homes programs, to on-bill recovery for energy efficiency financing, and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. She has also led numerous energy-saving pilot programs to test new technologies and program designs, including utility demand response through smart thermostats, program marketing based on geo-targeting, and retail MarketLift℠.
Monica holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University in Alberta and a Bachelor of Human Ecology from the University of Manitoba. She prides herself on raising “two great kids” with her husband.
Energy Efficiency Alberta is headed by a diverse board with expertise in energy efficiency, governance and community building.
David Dodge is a producer with Green Energy Futures where he has created over 150 documentaries on Canada’s most inspiring clean energy leaders, projects, and policies.
He has dedicated the past decade to researching climate change, energy, and renewable energy topics for radio, newspapers, and magazines.
Prior to Green Energy Futures, David worked at the Canada Parks and Wilderness Society and Destination Conservation.
As a Communications Director at the Pembina Institute, he developed an online media strategy for clean energy issues and helped design a multitude of reports including Greening the Grid, a landmark document demonstrating that Alberta will find great success in transitioning to clean electricity generation.
David currently serves as Co-Chair of the Energy Transition Committee for the City of Edmonton.
Vittoria Bellissimo is the Principal Energy Consultant at Westmains Consulting Ltd., a firm that specializes in electricity and provides strategic advice, analysis, and advocacy with respect to market, regulatory, and policy issues.
Since 2012, Vittoria has also acted as Executive Director of the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA), which represents key Alberta industries including oil and gas, pipelines, petrochemicals, agriculture, and steel.
Vittoria has conducted extensive stakeholder consultations on energy sector issues in Alberta, Ontario, and Scotland.
Joseph Albert Jobin
Joseph Albert Jobin began working for the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta as an Environment Manager in 2009, and has acted as Chief Operating Officer since 2011.
He has a wealth of experience in aboriginal consultation and regulatory requirement issues, and has worked with many of the First Nations in Northern Alberta on project financing, economic development, and self-reliance.
He served as Senior Advisor of Aboriginal Relations for Alberta’s environment ministry in 2008, and has been Chairman of the Oteenow Employment and Training Society Board of Directors (Treaty 8) for six years.
Since 2010, Peter Love has served as President of the Energy Services Association of Canada, an organization that promotes government policies and regulatory support to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, and infrastructure renewal projects.
Peter developed and taught courses on energy and environmental policy in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, and holds a Hall of Fame award from EnerQuality recognizing leadership in Ontario’s green construction sector.
Helen A. Rice
Helen A. Rice has managed the Grande Prairie Downtown Association since 1995. She is responsible for coordinating joint marketing and infrastructure improvements for 432 businesses.
Helen has also been a Councillor for the City of Grande Prairie since 1979, where she has chaired a number of committees, and coordinated a regional recycling program that was carried out by over 30 communities.
She is currently Board Chair of the APEX Pension Plan, and serves as an Alberta Recycling Management Authority board member.
She was named one of Alberta’s most influential people by Venture Magazine in 2012 and 2014, and holds a Government of Canada Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing over 30 years of impactful community service.
Kyla Sandwith is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of De Novo Inc.
As a legal operations and management consultant, Kyla works with clients to discover and implement innovative solutions to their business challenges, maximize resources, and reduce operational waste.
Prior to her time at De Novo Inc., Kyla served as Legal Counsel and Efficiency Lead at Repsol Oil and Gas Canada Inc. (formerly Talisman Energy Inc.) where her drive for efficiency and measurable results played a key role in developing and implementing innovative business solutions.
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.