Kick-starting Energy Efficiency in AlbertaBest practices in the use of efficiency as an energy resource

Publication - Jan. 16, 2017 - By Julia-Maria Becker, Sara Hastings-Simon

This report provides recommendations for the province of Alberta to kick-start energy efficiency. To develop this report, we have examined global best practices from internationally recognized institutions and think tanks, while applying an Alberta lens and talked to thought leaders in industry, research and government.

The government of Alberta is on the right track to enable energy efficiency programs with the recently established arms length organization, Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA). To realize the full potential of energy efficiency in Alberta, beyond establishing a successful agency, it is essential to recognize energy efficiency as a resource and to integrate it into the utility system.

For this, a mandate for the regulator, system operator and consumer advocate to pursue energy efficiency is needed. Additionally, allowing energy efficiency to compete to provide capacity into the deregulated electricity market is another way to integrate energy efficiency into the utility system.  


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