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Canadian Energy Efficiency Scorecard:

Provinces and Territories

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan slips into last place in this year’s Scorecard, having earned 16 out of 100 points. The province has been last or second last for four years in a row.

  • 16/100 Points

Stuck at the starting line

Saskatchewan slips into last place in this year’s Scorecard, having earned 16 out of 100 points. The province has been last or second last for four years in a row.

Saskatchewan reported no electricity savings and modest—though still last place—savings from natural gas efficiency programs. It also spends the second lowest per capita on energy efficiency. There is no active transportation strategy, and the province limits support for industrial energy efficiency to consultation and technical support.

However, new energy efficiency initiatives are emerging. SaskEnergy expanded its program portfolio in 2022. The City of Regina’s net-zero carbon emissions plan’s first aim is to reduce energy consumption. It began by launching a program that matched incentives from the federal Greener Homes Program.

Its electricity system is the third most emissions-intensive in the country. Further, the province is looking at the upcoming federal Clean Electricity Standard requiring net-zero emissions by 2035. As such, Saskatchewan should ramp up energy efficiency to save people money and make hitting zero-emission electricity targets easier.

Strengths

Building Science Research

26 per cent of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council energy-related research grants went to energy efficiency in 2020–2021. University of Saskatchewan professor Carey Simonson is studying how to make HVAC systems more efficient while preventing COVID-19 transmission.

Opportunities for improvement

Net-zero building codes

Saskatchewan has adopted the more up-to-date 2017 National Energy Code for Buildings. Now, Saskatchewan should adopt the 2020 version of the code, which provides a framework to move toward net-zero energy ready buildings.

Increase electricity saving programs

Saskatchewan achieved no electricity savings and has no energy efficiency targets. The province is committed to reducing the carbon intensity of its electricity grid. Energy efficiency programs can help, by reducing emissions now and lowering demand into the future.

Policy Area Scores

Programs

Saskatchewan

National median

Points possible

1 points

11.25 points

40 points

Enabling Policies

Saskatchewan

National median

Points possible

9 points

9 points

16 points

Buildings

Saskatchewan

National median

Points possible

3 points

4 points

19.5 points

Transportation

Saskatchewan

National median

Points possible

3 points

6 points

17.25 points

Industry

Saskatchewan

National median

Points possible

1 points

4 points

7 points

Energy use in Canada

Alberta

19/100 Points

British Columbia

55/100 Points

Manitoba

29/100 Points

New Brunswick

30/100 Points

Newfoundland and Labrador

17/100 Points

Nova Scotia

50/100 Points

Ontario

39/100 Points

Prince Edward Island

39/100 Points

Québec

48/100 Points

Saskatchewan

16/100 Points

Yukon

35/100 Points

1

British Columbia

2

Nova Scotia

3

Québec

4

Prince Edward Island

5

Ontario

6

Yukon

7

New Brunswick

8

Manitoba

9

Alberta

10

Newfoundland and Labrador

11

Saskatchewan

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