Ontario Gets an 'A' for Conservation Action
Energy Efficiency Advocate Highlights McGuinty Government's Commitment
Ontario's commitment to energy conservation scores an "A" on the latest report card from a national non-profit group that promotes energy efficiency.
Ontario's grade on the 2007 report card from the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance - released today - is just the latest in a string of improved scores, reflecting the province's ongoing commitment to conservation as the cornerstone of a long-term energy plan.
The Alliance highlights Ontario's work on conservation so far, including the province's plan to save 6,300 megawatts of electricity by 2025. To date, Ontario has reached its first interim target: a 1,350 MW reduction in peak demand by the end of 2007, and is working toward another 1,350 MW reduction by 2010. "Solid grades," the report points out. "But even more encouraging is what is in the pipeline for the future - Ontario appears to be taking Energy Efficiency VERY seriously."
- Other energy saving initiatives of the McGuinty government include:
- Banning inefficient light bulbs by 2012
- Supporting homeowners with the $112 million Ontario Home Energy Audit and Retrofit programs which cover half the cost of an energy audit (up to $150) and provide access to up to $10,000 in combined provincial and federal grants
- Helping the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors adopt a clean, renewable option through the $14.4 million Ontario Solar Thermal Heating Incentive (OSTHI)
- Extending point-of-sale retail sales tax exemption for ENERGY STAR® products (e.g., light bulbs, refrigerators, and dishwashers)
- Installing smart meters across the province by the end of 2010.
- Supporting Ontario Power Authority programs, such as the Great Refrigerator Round Up, peaksaver , Cool Savings Rebate and Every Kilowatt Counts Summer Sweepstakes programs
“Ontario has worked very hard over the past five years to become a jurisdiction that leads on energy conservation and achieves results. We are setting tough long-term and intermediate targets and investing many millions of dollars to make a real difference in the lives of Ontarians. It's great to see those efforts recognized.”
“We should savour these results but we should also avoid becoming complacent. Much remains to be done to meet our ambitious conservation targets for 2010 and 2025 and to create the 'culture of conservation' that Ontario needs.”