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Efficiency Canada releases its third annual Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard

November 18, 2021
By Canadian Manufacturing

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OTTAWA — On November 18, 2021, Carleton University-based research organization, Efficiency Canada, releases the third annual Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard. When it comes to energy-saving policies, British Columbia, Quebec, and Nova Scotia maintain their first, second and third place rankings, respectively, while Newfoundland Labrador drops below Saskatchewan into last place. The Scorecard outlines Federal policy recommendations to support and catalyze better provincial energy efficiency performance, which will be vital to meeting national climate targets.

The full report benchmarks Canadian provinces across 54 separate metrics, such as energy savings from public utility programs, electric vehicle registrations, building code adoption, and industrial energy management. Summary reports have also been produced to highlight provincial performance.

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COVID-19 related factors such as supply chain disruptions, contractor shortages, and interruptions caused by pandemic-related restrictions challenged program administrators in meeting budget and savings targets. However, it is policy changes such as Ontario’s cancellation of residential electricity energy saving programs and the shut-down of Energy Efficiency Alberta that explains a downward trend in annual incremental energy savings amounting to roughly 38% since 2017.

“Canada is coming out of the COP26 Climate Summit with the resolve to reach net-zero emissions. The Scorecard is a tool for policymakers and advocates to benchmark performance and review best practice policies. Unfortunately, the data shows that provincial energy efficiency progress is stalling,” said the report’s lead author, James Gaede.

Scorecard results

The Scorecard gave the top rank to British Columbia for the third year in a row. The province is one of the few that managed to hit savings and spending targets in 2020, despite the pandemic. BC also led the country in the percentage of vehicle sales that were electric or plug-in hybrid (8.4%) in 2020 and remains the only province with a commitment to a net-zero emissions code for new buildings.

Quebec maintains its second-place position, leading in the transportation category with the most comprehensive charging network in Canada and a plan to eliminate the sale of fossil fuel passenger vehicles by 2035.

Newfoundland and Labrador fell below Saskatchewan into last place. However, the province has plans to promote greater electrification of transportation, while maintaining energy efficiency programs, which should result in energy efficiency policy improvements.

The rankings of Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island remained the same, from the previous year’s rankings. PEI achieves top scores in fossil fuel savings and spending per capita, as well as investments in low-income energy efficiency. While Ontario leads the nation in grid modernization, budget caps directed by the provincial government have reduced energy savings and had a big national impact.

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