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Edmonton Launches Home Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
city of Edmonton
Date: 2019-01-23
On the Canadian prairies, the city of Edmonton, Alberta, is reporting the launch of a new top-up program that allows homeowners to receive an additional 20 pct in return on home energy evaluations and retrofits through the new Home Energy Plan. The program offers homeowners access to advice on energy efficiency and rebates on home retrofits. Homeowners can also receive $400 towards the cost of a Home Energy Evaluation and can then apply for further rebates on a number of home upgrades, including insulation, windows and furnaces. . The city has also launched a solar program that encourages homeowners to install solar systems on on their homes, and the city and Energy Efficiency Alberta cover about 40 per cent of the cost.

Home Energy Plan details are HERE, Edmonton Solar plan details are HERE. (Source: City of Edmonton, CBC, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Edmonton, Robyn Webb, Energy Transition Unit Senior Environmental Project Manager,

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Energy Efficiency Alberta Funding Non-Profit Upgrades (Ind. Report)
Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips
Date: 2018-09-28
Following up on our June 13th coverage, on the Canadian Prairies, the Province of Alberta Minister of the Environment, Hon. Shannon Phillips, has announced an expansion of the government's Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) program which is overseen by Energy Efficiency Alberta, a government agency.

Currently through NEET, non-profits can receive audits to identify opportunities to save on energy costs. The audit phase of the program wrapped up this week. The next step in the program will see the government working with contractors to purchase and install the needed upgrades, which could be everything from LED lighting to new furnaces or solar energy systems.

Details and financial projections for the upgrade portion of the program are expected to be released in the near future. be released in the coming weeks. (Source: CBC News, Alberta Environment Contact: Alberta Environment Minister Hon. Shannon Phillips,; Energy Efficiency Alberta, Jessica Shumlich, Program Manager, (403) 815-4876,

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Alberta Nixes Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency Alberta
Date: 2018-06-13
According to a recent Energy Efficiency Alberta release, commercial customers do not qualify for newly announced incentives that promise up to $1 million annually to cover up to 50 pct of the capital costs of a slate of retrofit investments, contrary to previous announcements on the agency's website. The $88-million Custom Energy Solutions program, jointly funded from Alberta's carbon levy and the federal government's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, is actually targeted solely to the industrial sector.

Although earlier expectations that office buildings and/or warehouse/distribution facilities would qualify for the new retrofit incentives have now been dashed, commercial customers in the prairie province are eligible for over 60 different product rebates for lighting, lighting controls, load sensing plug strips, variable frequency drives, boilers and water heating equipment. (Source: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Various Media, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Jessica Shumlich, Program Manager, (403) 815-4876,

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ICF to Implement Energy Efficiency Alberta Program (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency Alberta
Date: 2017-06-09
In Calgary, Energy Efficiency Alberta is reporting the selection of Fairfax, Virginia-headquartered selected ICF to implement the Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA) Business, Non-Profit and Institutional (BNI) Energy Savings program.

The new EEA agency is focused on providing programs and services to help Albertans save money and energy. This is the agency's first business, nonprofit and institutional program. (Source: ICF, PR, Business Wire, June, 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, (844) 357-5604,; ICF, Duncan Rotherham, VP, Erica Eriksdotter, (703) 934-3668,

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Edmonton Launches Building Energy Benchmarking Pilot (Ind. Report)
City of Edmonton
Date: 2017-06-07
On the Canadian prairies, the city of Edmonton, Alberta reports it has kicked-off a voluntary Large Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure energy benchmarking program. The three-year pilot will track the energy efficiency of 300 buildings larger than 20,000 square feet. There are an estimated 4,500 buildings of this size in Edmonton.

In exchange for providing the program with building information, owners will be offered financial and non-financial incentives such as tenant information workshops, awards recognition and a rebate of up to $1,500 for each building that undergoes commercial energy audits. They will also be advised of Energy Efficiency Alberta programs for which they may qualify. The city will use the information gathered to set future benchmarks for building owners and develop strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city has committed 20 of its own building to the program, including City Hall. (Source: City of Edmonton, Edmonton Journal, 5 June, 2017) Contact: City of Edmonton, Lisa Dockman, Snr. Environmental Project Manager, (780) 442-5311,

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Alberta Touts Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-03-20
In oil-soaked Alberta, Canada, the provincial government is touting three residential energy efficiency programs funded by revenue from the province's carbon levy. The programs provide the funds for energy efficiency rebates and incentives for families and communities through energy-saving appliances, solar panels and retrofits of homes and buildings:
  • Residential No-Cost Energy Savings Program offers direct, no-charge installation of energy efficiency products to residences (homeowners and tenants), including assessing household lighting, water and heating components and installing energy-saving products.

  • Residential Retail Products Program offers rebates to residential customers at retail outlets around the province. The initial focus is on lighting, insulation and appliances. Consumer electronics, water-heating products, and other options will be offered in subsequent campaigns;

  • Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program offers incentives for high-efficiency products from a comprehensive list, initially using mail-in rebates for the purchase and installation of electric and gas-based products such as lighting, heating and cooling systems, and hot water systems. (Source: Energy Efficiency Alberta, South Peace News, 18 Mar., 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

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  • Alberta Offering Free Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency Alberta
    Date: 2017-01-25
    On the Canadian Prairies, the Alberta Environment Minister reports that Energy Efficiency Alberta, a Crown agency launched last fall, will be in charge of designing and delivering a series of provincial energy efficiency initiatives being launched in March and early April. The programs are based on the recommendations of a seven-person advisory panel.

    The first program will install low-cost, energy efficiency products such as LED lights, smart power bars, low-flow shower heads and aerators in single-family homes and multi-family dwellings at all income levels, at no charge.

    A second program offers cash incentives to encourage individuals to purchase and install energy efficient appliances and electronics through online, mail-in and point-of-sale rebates.

    The third program is targeted towards businesses and non-profits to reduce their emissions and energy use by offering incentives on products and installation of energy-saving lighting, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and water heating. (Source: Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, CBC, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,; Energy Efficiency Alberta,

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    Oil-Soaked Alberta Carbon Tax Now in Force (Ind, Report)
    Alberta Carbon Tax
    Date: 2017-01-04
    The Canadian province of Alberta has begun 2017 with a carbon levy which, together with stiffer regulations for large industrial emitters, will cover 78-90 pct of Alberta's emissions.

    The provincial levy is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the circumstances, at the rate of CAD $20 per tonne in 2017 rising to $30 per tonne in 2018.

    The carbon tax is expected to raise $9.6 billion over the next five years. $3.4 billion will be used to support large scale renewable energy, bioenergy and technology. $2.2 billion will be plowed into green infrastructure, including public transit; and $645 million is earmarked for the Energy Efficiency Alberta program. The remaining $3.4 billion will go towards assisting mitigate the impacts of the levy on low and middle income families, businesses and other groups.

    The province aims to phase out all coal-fired power in the province by 2030 and has set a 30 pct target for renewable energy production.

    Download Alberta carbon levy and rebates details HERE. (Source: Province of Alberta, Various Media, 3 Jan., 2016)Contact: Province of Alberta, Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

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