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December 11, 2013
Advocacy Day and Roundtable are a Success
Report from the National Energy Efficiency Roundtable

CEEA president Elizabeth McDonald, and Frank Des Rosiers, assistant deputy minister, Natural Resources Canada, Innovation and Energy Technology Sector, co-chaired the Energy Innovation Roundtable held in Montreal by the federal government on December 4.

There was a call for better communications regarding energy efficiency and conservation to spur more innovation. That message resonates with CEEA as we continue to educate and sell the public, government and policy-makers on energy efficiency and how it saves energy and creates jobs.

Opportunities in the built environment were cited including integrating technologies and the Local Energy Efficiency Partnership (LEEP™) which encourages a builder-led technology information and review process. "If a process is successful - it can be applied to products and replicated. Those successes can be communicated and harnessed to the benefit of all Canadians," explained McDonald.

This was one of five roundtables being held across Canada to focus on improving energy innovation. They are concluding in early 2014.
Educating federal politicians & policy-makers to make energy efficiency a priority

CEEA has been determined to put energy efficiency on the federal agenda.  Knowing we needed to educate everyone on the difference between energy efficiency and renewable energy, we took 22 CEEA members and sponsors to Parliament Hill for 20 meetings with public servants, MPs and senators. Our
John Kelly, Thermal Energy International; Doug Morton, CSA Group; Trent Ogilvie, Roxul; Christine McLean, Enbridge; ADM Jay Kholsa, Energy Sector, Natural Resources Canada; Elizabeth McDonald, CEO, CEEA; and Carol Buckley, director general, Energy Efficiency Natural Resources Canada.

main lesson over the course of November 19: we have to continue to educate and sell the public, the government and policy-makers on energy efficiency and how it saves energy and creates jobs. Here is a small sampling of our intelligence gathering during CEEA's Advocacy Day on Parliament Hill.

Office of Energy Efficiency is up for Renewal
In our meeting with Natural Resources Canada, assistant deputy minister Jay Khosla and Carol Buckley, the director of the Office of Energy Efficiency, told us the OEE is up for renewal in 2015 and that they need  MORE

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Electricity conservation back in Maritime Electric's hands
Electricity use increased during government management. A report by the P.E.I. Energy Commission recommended a year ago that conservation control should go back to the utility instead of the government's Office of Energy Efficiency.

Early end of EcoEnergy home retrofits left funds unspent, internal memo says it should have lasted longer
Of course! Consumers like to save money and energy.

Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan Achieving Balance is released
The 90-page report provides a more comprehensive view of conservation for electricity and gas. We're looking forward to January's conservation plan and the new financing tools to be developed for consumers (one includes energy efficient retrofits). For now we have the Ontario Ministry of Energy's new interactive emPOWERme site which teaches consumers how to save money and energy.

 Vancouver wins the UN's Best Green Building Policy Award
Are we surprised? No. The World Green Building Council Government Leadership Award acknowledges the success of its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

World Bank initiative helps cities in developing countries with energy efficiency
The US$9 million program plans to integrate energy efficiency into strategic planning and operations to improve public services, lessen pressure on municipal budgets, and reduce pollution and GHG emissions.

BC entrepreneur creates energy-saving sensor
Called Neurio, it sends real-time updates on electricity use of appliances to devices through a Wi-Fi network. It was dreamed up by Janice Cheam when she was a business student at UBC.

MaRS program offers new energy management apps to Ontario consumers
In partnership with Hydro One and London Hydro and supported by the Ministry of Energy, consumers in those areas will have access to apps developed by Energent, BuiltSpace, Eyedro and Zerofootprint.

 Apartment Hunters: Searching for Energy Savings in Multifamily Buildings
A report from the ACEEE features best practices for designing and implementing energy savings in underserved multifamily households.
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