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January 28, 2015
Update EE programs or see them phased out

Ontario's Fridge Pickup Program is dead, but it still has energy savings to deliver, it just needs retooling

For anyone who has ever bought a house and found an ancient second fridge sitting in a garage or basement you may be familiar with provincial programs that would take that fridge away at no charge or offer a rebate. But if you weren't aware of any those programs, that may be one reason why some of those initiatives are being terminated. Ontario just stopped its saveONenergy Fridge & Freezer Pickup at the end of December, joining Alberta (although it's talking about a new program), Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and PEI.

The other provinces have various approaches. Quebec has a low-income fridge replacement program and BC will continue its pickup and rebate progam in 2015, which is similar to Manitoba's, while Nova Scotia and Newfoundland still have rebate programs.

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EE News
CEEA's newest members: We're pleased to welcome First Nations Power Authority of Saskatchewan  in Regina and in Saskatoon Bright Building's Michael Nemeth.

CEEA member organizations prepare for Quebec EE roundtable appearance: Ecosystem's André Rochette, Dunsky Energy Consulting and CIET (as part of Econoler) will be making presentations at Quebec's Energy Efficiency & Innovation Roundtable on Feb. 13.

Enbridge makes the Corporate Knights' sustainability list: Enbridge is one of 12 Canadian companies on Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations, coming in at 64.

EnerQuality workshops in GTA: Advanced Building Science for ENERGY STAR for New Homes is February 11; New Homes Part 2: Technical Specification is Feb. 24; and New Homes Part 3: Marketing & Selling is Mar. 5.

Ontario in transition: A lot of news has been coming out of Ontario over the past month. The OPA has transitioned to the Independent Electricity System Operator as of January 1. The Ontario Energy Board released its Demand Side Management framework for gas distributors on December 22, and Kathleen Wynne announced that the provincial government is ready to put a price on carbon emissions and will reveal a plan this spring. With Ontario in alignment with Quebec and BC, 50 to 80 per cent of the Canadian economy could have a carbon price (two different articles have two different stats). That's all great news, but Ontario still has some conservation work to do according to its environment watchdog. Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller reports that Ontario's 75 utilities are missing energy conservation targets.


UK reports on EE financing and indicators: The Department of Energy and Climate change has updated its 2012 report A guide to financing energy efficiency in the public sector which features some effective case studies. DECC has also released Energy Efficiency Statistical Summary 2015 which monitors the progress of its efficiency indicators. One sample -- in 2020, based on current policies, the residential sector is projected to contribute 40 per cent of the energy savings, 29 per cent will come from the industrial and services sector and a further 25 per cent from transport. According to a report from the Association of Decentralised Energy the UK needs 14 fewer power stations thanks to its energy efficiency gains and decentralized generation over past 30 years.

New EU rules for cutting home energy use: The rules cover gadgets that must switch themselves off when not in use, that includes coffee machines, air conditioning units,

South Korea launches cap-and-trade system: It now is the world's second-largest carbon trading market, after the EU.

Sudbury approves $1.1m in energy efficiency upgrades: The city's target is to update municipal buildings.

Toyota plans $27 million combined heat and power project: The cogeneration plant will to take the load off grid in Southern Ontario.

$48 million for states to help cut emissions: Two charities, including Bloomberg Philanthropies provide funding for US states determine how to cut emissions from electricity production.

US DOE offering $125 million for disruptive technologies: The focus includes R & D into CHP, energy efficiency and energy storage.

Rhode Island approves spending on EE programs: The utility regulators have earmarked over US$100 million for energy efficiency programs.

Sonoma uses private partnership to fund green home improvements: So far US$45 million has been loaned to property owners for 4,000 upgrades including retrofits and energy efficient appliances.

India pushes for energy conservation: Modi has a program for LED bulb distribution in homes as well as street lighting.

Local Governments' Role in Energy Project Financing: Produced by MIT CoLab and the Institute for Market Transformation, the guide discusses the need for innovative project financing and examines a variety of mechanisms including ESAs, EPCs, PACE & EEICs.

Health and conservation reminders cut consumer energy use: That's one outcome of an LA experiment that found health messages trumped saving money messages when it came to motivating people to conserve electricity.

Conservation hit by low gas prices in Oregon: The utility commission eliminates incentives for weatherization because they're no longer seen as cost effective.

New code means building in Winnipeg will be more expensive: The pros and cons of adopting the National Building Code in Winnipeg, this column looks at the local economy and weather.

A look at the energy efficient rammed-earth home: Using an ancient technique that excludes using paint, drywall or brick!

California to double energy efficiency of buildings: Governor Jerry Brown's energy plan is perceived as bold.

Canadians want the economic potential of energy sector balanced with the environment: A Nanos poll for The Globe and Mail show Canadians are frustrated with the debate.

EPA to use model rule on states that don't file carbon-cutting plans: That's in anticipation that some states will ignore the agency's request.

A paradigm shift on carbon credits: India's Modi calls for a move from "carbon credit" towards "green credit in the global approach to climate change.
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