Renewable Energy & Efficiency | Pembina Institute

A global transition to sustainable energy requires renewable energy and energy efficiency — solutions that are also realistic, affordable and profitable. Both also offer many environmental, economic and social benefits.

The Pembina Institute works to:

  • Support the use of renewable sources, maximize energy efficiency opportunities and reduce demand for both electricity and heating sources based on fossil fuels.
  • Support renewable energy and energy efficiency policy solutions in Canada.

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See our recent renewable energy and recent energy efficiency related publications and get the Pembina Institute's perspective on the latest renewable energy and efficiency news by reviewing our RE and EE blogs and RE and EE op-eds.

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Labelling programs let us easily compare the efficiency of different models of cars or electric appliances. Shouldn’t the same information be available when we consider the purchase of a home?

This fact sheet outlines the benefits of labelling homes with a rating of their energy efficiency. These benefits include rewarding energy efficiency, encouraging upgrades, improving health and comfort and creating jobs.

See the fact sheet

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Buildings still account for 35 per cent of community greenhouse gas emissions in B.C. In order to meet our community and provincial climate targets (33 per cent below 2007 by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050), we need to change expectations about home energy efficiency, and radically improve the performance of new and existing buildings in the next decade. 

This report outlines the policy design of a home energy labelling requirement at point of sale, for possible pilot implementation by local governments in B.C. At full implementation, this policy would require the seller of a new or existing single-family house to get an EnerGuide energy assessment before the homes are put up for sale. 

Read the report | Download the summary

The High Costs of Cheap Power

Pollution from coal-fired electricity in Canada

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When we flick on the light switch or run our appliances, most of us do not think of where our electricity comes from. Many Canadians think our electricity simply comes from hydroelectric generation. As such, we do not associate it with the images of smoke stacks and billowing plumes that we see south of our border or elsewhere in the world where coal-fired electricity gets more attention.

The reality is that the combination of electricity sources — and therefore the qualities and characteristics of the electricity system — depend on where we live in the country. Some provinces live up to the common conception of predominantly hydroelectric power, but six provinces still burn coal to generate electricity and three of these — Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia — rely more on coal than any other source of electricity combined.

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As part of the implementation of the City of Edmonton’s environmental strategic plan, The Way We Green, the City is exploring what it would take to make its energy supply and use more sustainable over the long term, more resilient to possible disturbances, and carbon neutral (no net greenhouse gas emissions).

This discussion paper is the result of a project to:

  • research the potential energy- and climate-related challenges that Edmonton may face in the future.
  • develop a possible ‘energy/climate future’ for Edmonton.
  • identify different ways to carry out an energy transition for Edmonton and avoid possible future energy challenges.
  • model the potential impact of each energy transition option on energy use and GHG emissions in Edmonton.

The paper also includes recommendations for an energy transition plan for Edmonton.

Read the Summary | Read the full Discussion Paper

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