Canadian provinces rated on energy efficiency

An organisation set up to promote energy efficiency across Canada has published a report card comparing provinces' progress.

Every two years the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) has grades the measures taken by federal, provincial and territory governments and newly-released results for 2007 show that good progress is being made across the board.

Federal government is lagging behind its regional colleagues, says the alliance, but improvements can be seen in all areas.

British Columbia and Manitoba were top of the class, with A+ grades, while Northwest Territories shared the crown for the most progress with class swot BC.

BC's runaway success is attributed to the province having found the 'magic bullet' of political will, leading to a number of progressive policy measures.

The grading is based on nine criteria including how governments act on policy, promoting energy efficiency to the public, work in partnership with the private sector and lead by example.

Ken Elsey, president of the partnership, said: "due to the unpredictability of energy prices and the difficulties associated with supply, many energy efficiency initiatives have spurred the adoption of new policy and regulations among the provinces and territories.

"Hopefully, governments will soon see the benefit in being more proactive and less reactive when dealing with energy issues."

He remained optimistic that the federal government would step up and take more decisive action to promote efficiency adding: "With a majority of Canadians expecting a more aggressive approach toward energy efficiency technologies and solutions, I remain confident that Ottawa will recognize the value and necessity in supporting energy efficiency in time for the next report card."

Full details of the reports can be found on the CEEA website.

Sam Bond



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