Efficiency Canada Releases 2022 Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard
Today Efficiency Canada released its 2022 Canadian Energy Efficiency Scorecard: Provinces and Territories. The fourth report of its kind, the Energy Efficiency Scorecard assesses policies and outcomes realized within the 18-month window between January 2021 and June 2022. This window allowed Efficiency Canada to accommodate calendar and fiscal reporting periods, and to capture more recent policy developments introduced or implemented by provincial and territorial governments in the first half of 2022. The report is released alongside EC’s online policy database, available at https://database.efficiencycanada.org which includes qualitative descriptions of the various policy contexts across Canada.
At the provincial level, aggregate energy savings and program spending figures show a rebound from 2020 levels. Several provinces are also in the process of updating their energy efficiency plans for the next three to five years.
For the first time, Efficiency Canada was able to include the Yukon in our full analysis of energy efficiency policy outcomes and policy, and we continue to work toward full inclusion of Northwest Territories and Nunavut in future years.
This year, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Québec retain the top three spots, though Nova Scotia narrowly surpassed Quebec to take second place. British Columbia continues to lead in enabling policies and buildings. Québec again places first in transportation, as well as industry this year. Nova Scotia’s strong performance in the programs section boosted it to first in that policy area, and second place overall.
According to the report,
“There were several important federal and provincial developments in 2021 that will impact energy efficiency in the years to come. Most notably, perhaps, was the official release of the federal government’s 2020 model building codes. Though it is too early for any province to have yet adopted the new codes, our Scorecard shows that only a few provinces have put in place plans to adopt the new codes on accelerated timelines. The federal government also released its 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, which included (among other things) a plan to create a building code adoption acceleration fund, increased support for energy management systems in small and medium enterprises, and revised timelines for a light-duty zero-emission vehicle
Efficiency Canada will be hosting a DiscoverEE session covering the report and its findings on November 18.
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