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June 26, 2017
Staying power will be the key to success for Alberta's new energy efficiency programs
Energy efficiency Q & A: Jesse Row, Executive Director, Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance and new CEEA board member
Q: Alberta finally has an energy efficiency agency, what do you think will contribute to making it a success?
A: It's great to see Alberta getting back into energy efficiency. After just a few
Jesse Row and the AEEA led the charge for new energy efficiency programs in Alberta.
months of new programs, it's already been successful. There's a lot of interest from Albertans in the programs and we expect it will grow as more programs are added.
Q: How does EEA compare to other agencies and programs across Canada?
A: Energy Efficiency Alberta is obviously a different approach than programs that are led by utilities across the country. The closest comparison at this point is Efficiency Nova Scotia, which was been referenced fairly often while EEA was being set up.
The basic approach to energy efficiency programs is fairly similar to all other provinces, however. Energy Efficiency Alberta is just getting started so there are only four programs currently, but the number of programs will increase over time as the budget for the next three years is $566 million.
This will place Alberta about middle of the road compared with other provinces when it comes to per capita program funding. It's an amazing start for a province that was the only one without any consumer programs only a year ago.
Q: What was your role in helping to establish these new programs?
A: The Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance has been leading the charge when it comes to calling for new energy efficiency programs in the province.
When the current Climate Leadership Plan was being developed, we were very active in raising awareness around the role energy efficiency can play in not only reducing emissions, but reducing costs and creating jobs at the same time. I believe our involvement significantly increased the level of ambition that Alberta now has around energy efficiency. MORE
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