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Collaboration shines at Energy and Mines Ministers' Confab
The recommendations on buildings and efficiency coming out of New Brunswick last week reflect the hard work CEEA, Pembina and TAF undertook leading
up to the Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference. The discussion and outcomes targeted how to meet clean growth objectives while encouraging a competitive economy.
Two reports released during the conference are worth looking at -
Build Smart: Canada's Building Strategy
Market transformation strategies for energy-using equipment in the building sector
. The goals are considered aspirational in terms of how they will feed in to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Many of the recommendations put meat on the bones of what CEEA submitted last year for the Framework.
Earlier this month CEEA, Pembina and TAF and seven other organizations also sent a
to Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, and Catherine McKenna, Minster of Environment and Climate Change to support the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework. Those recommendations outline how to help transform the built environment to one that is ultra-energy efficient and low carbon. Ideas include a call for a net-zero energy-ready model building code by 2030, accelerating retrofits and emissions reductions in existing buildings, and a new public financing authority focussed on energy efficiency and building renewal. The letter was also signed by Architecture Canada, Council for Clean Capitalism, MaRS Advanced Energy Centre, Équiterre, Passive House Canada, Association Québécoise pour la Maîtrise de l'Énergie and Sustainable Buildings Canada.
Energy Efficiency Q & A: Amelia Warren, EfficiencyOne Scotia
Great energy efficiency programs need strong local partners
Amelia Warren is the Director, Customer Experience & Partnerships at
EfficiencyOne, operator of Efficiency Nova Scotia, and a CEEA board member.
Prior to joining EfficiencyOne in 2013 she was with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
Q. What are the keys to Efficiency Nova Scotia's success?
A. One of the keys to our success is our model, we're an independent, non-profit organization and we have a focussed mandate. In many jurisdictions,
energy efficiency programming is administered by utilities or by government, but our independent model has allowed us to focus on achieving energy savings and develop expertise in program design and delivery. We also understand the importance of partnership. We work closely with our stakeholders, and with a number of partners to deliver energy efficiency services - everyone from community groups to contractors to engineers and architects to retailers and manufacturers. Supporting the growth of the local energy efficiency industry is a key part of what we do.
Q. How did the $56.3 million in funding from the federal government happen? What projects are in the works?
A. We work closely with the Nova Scotia government - they've been very supportive of energy efficiency's role in combatting climate change and
included energy efficiency projects as a key part of their commitments under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. In fact,
we were extremely pleased to see energy efficiency featured prominently in nearly every province's response to the Framework, and to see our work in
Nova Scotia recognized as a best practice. We're proud to be part of Nova Scotia's success to date, but there is enormous potential to do more.
Federal funding will allow us to expand our existing programs and services to include all fuels, and to reach even more customers.
Q. Partnerships are a key part of your role. What is your approach to making effective partnerships?
A. First and foremost, we work with local businesses to deliver our services so we understand that effective partnerships are critical to our success. We select our delivery partners through a competitive tendering process, but we also work with a wide range of industry partners through our Efficiency Trade Network, including contractors, insulators, engineers, architects, distributors, and consultants - anyone who touches our customers. The network is a great source of feedback for us on how we're doing so we can improve. We hear about processes that maybe don't work as well as they could, we get ideas for new product rebates - all of it helps us deliver the best services...MORE
|CEEA & MEMBER UPDATES
CEEA recommendations for renegotiating NAFTA; To protect and enhance trade in professional services CEEA's advice to Global Affairs Canada
included improving the permit process for meetings and streamlining certification for standards.
CEEA welcomes new member CircuitMeter: The Ajax-based company specializes in real time sub-metering and energy analytics.
CEEA members win contract with IESO: CIET Canada and Posterity Group will be providing training and consulting services along with IESO. Services include organizing events, training and marketing materials. CIET will also has the sole commercial license to deliver CAN-QUEST training in Canada until Mar. 31, 2019.
EnerQuality to collaborate with NRCan and IESO on pilot program: Aimed at mid/high-rise developers, the ENERGY STAR® Multi-Family Buildings Program is scheduled to launch in early 2018.
Kontrol Energy acquires Efficiency Engineering: The company has been providing engineering services to industrial, municipal and commercial building owners across Canada for 20 years.
Thermal Energy receives $1.82 million heat recovery order: A Fortune 500 food and beverage leader will be using one of the CEEA member's FLU-ACE
systems which is expected to save $360,000 a year in utility costs.
PROGRAMS & FINANCING
Ontario is investing $24 million in training for green jobs: The money is coming from the proceeds of the province's carbon market. Beneficiaries are union, colleges and universities to help build low carbon building skills.
More sectors to benefit from new ENERGY STAR for Industry Program: NRCan is expanding an existing program to help industrial facilities reduce their operating costs and improve competitiveness.
Energy conservation still a wise investment in Ontario: The Ontario Environmental Commissioner's report Every Joule Counts says a reduction of over 25 per cent in electricity and natural gas use is achievable by 2030.