Capturing the Benefits of Energy Efficiency for Non-Profit OrganizationsOpportunities, barriers and program recommendations

Publication - Nov. 2, 2016 - By Binnu Jeyakumar, Sara Hastings-Simon

Alberta’s energy system, like that of most jurisdictions in the world, is entering into a period of significant transition. Governments, stakeholders and the public are moving toward a cleaner and more democratic electricity grid. The world is beginning to acknowledge the need for energy equity for all. The non-profit sector is an important actor in this transition. It is important that the sector has the tools and  support to participate effectively. Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective and accessible pathways for non-profit organizations to play a role in the transition.

Yet, non-profit organizations can be prevented from participating in energy efficiency programs due to a lack of access to start-up capital, staff shortages and a lack of incentive if they are not directly responsible for the energy costs. Many of these barriers are similar for other organizations, but frequently higher for non-profits. Steps can be taken to help the non-profit sector overcome these barriers.


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