CALGARY — Julia-Maria Becker, senior analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today’s Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) Program announcement:
“Supporting non-profits to become more energy efficient is an important step in Alberta’s transition to a clean economy. The non-profit sector is a critical sector that touches Albertans' lives on a multitude of different levels. The sector supports individuals most in need, and ensures Albertans’ interests are looked after.
“We’re pleased to see funds raised from the carbon levy will be used to fund this Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) Program which will support the non-profit sector in taking advantage of the underdeveloped resource of energy efficiency. This grant will allow non-profits to complete energy efficiency audits enabling them to later access additional carbon levy funds from the upcoming Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Rebate Program, to increase energy efficiency.
“Energy efficiency programs like this ensure the non-profit sector — which employs over 180,000 Albertans full-time and 230,000 part-time — can take advantage of opportunities including energy cost savings and protection against future volatile energy prices. This leaves the sector in a more resilient position, while increasing local employment and reducing carbon pollution.”
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