What is the Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard?
This is the second year of Efficiency Canada’s comprehensive benchmarking of provincial energy efficiency policies. Energy savings will be largely driven by the provinces and territories because they have jurisdiction over relevant policy areas, such as public utility regulation and building energy codes.
This year’s Scorecard includes new information on Indigenous energy efficiency, heating fuel savings, building code adoption activities, active transportation, and geo-targeted efficiency.
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Résumé du rapport (français)
Résumé du Québec (français)
Résumé du Nouveau-Brunswick (français)
Understanding the Scorecard
Scores are out of 100 points, but they do not correspond to report card letter grades.
The top score is like the summit of a mountain, as all provinces climb towards achieving best practice energy savings and developing comprehensive policy frameworks.
As possibilities in technology and policy expand, so do the criteria for a great score.
Who are we?
Efficiency Canada is the national voice for an energy efficient economy. Our mission is to create a sustainable environment and better life for all Canadians by making our country a global leader in energy efficiency policy, technology, and jobs. We conduct rigorous policy analysis, communicate compelling narratives, and convene and mobilize Canada’s dynamic energy efficiency sector.Efficiency Canada is housed at Carleton University’s Sustainable Energy Research Centre, which is located in turn on the traditional unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.
What is energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency is about using less energy to achieve the same, or better, energy services. We want the services of warmth, light, mobility, and productivity. It doesn’t make sense to pay the economic and environmental costs of energy waste. Energy efficiency contributes to more comfortable, healthier, and more durable homes; more productive workforces; and competitive industry.
Why should you care?
Energy efficiency is a resource just like natural gas, oil, and wind turbines, and it is one of the lowest cost and most abundant energy resources in Canada. An International Energy Agency study shows that efficiency could service 40% of Canada’s energy needs in 2050.
Efficiency is affordable. It typically costs 3 cents to save a kilowatt-hour of electricity, which is much lower than energy generation. Energy savings put more money in Canadian pocketbooks, and reduce business costs.
Energy efficiency is a big part of Canada’s economy.
How does this relate to COVID-19 and our economic recovery?
Energy efficiency can help Canada recover from COVID-19 by:
- Creating jobs.
Efficiency program investments create 16-30 jobs per $1 M invested, and 60% of expenditure on home retrofits goes towards labour.
- Increasing consumer spending in the local economy.
Energy savings reduce expenditures on imported energy and increase local buying power.
- Building investor confidence and business expectations.
Government leadership can create a new market for energy savings, introducing a productive area for capital investment for decades to come.
- Managing pandemic concerns.
Non-energy benefits like better indoor air quality, thermal comfort for those staying at home, and improved affordability accumulate from energy efficiency improvements.
- Preparing for the future by increasing building resilience.
Our buildings need to be resilient to extreme weather from climate change and lock-in GHG reductions through advanced building codes and efficiency standards.