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Homes in Mi'kmaw communities across Nova Scotia to benefit from energy-efficient upgrades

August 30th, 2019

GOLD RIVER, NSAug. 29, 2019 /CNW/ - Investing in green infrastructure helps communities reduce their carbon footprint and increase their resilience to climate change. It also helps safeguard public health, protect the environment and create a clean-growth economy. Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development; Hugh MacKay, Member of Legislative Assembly for Chester–St. Margaret's on behalf of the Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Energy and Mines; and Chief Paul Prosper, Energy Lead for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Chiefs, announced joint funding towards improving energy-efficiency in approximately 2,400 eligible on-reserve, band-owned homes in the 13 Mi'kmaw communities across Nova Scotia. Work involves identifying sources of heat loss, air leakage, and moisture issues in homes, and taking measures to reduce them. Improvements will include adding insulation, moisture mitigation and ventilation upgrades, as well as heat pumps. These renovations will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase residents' comfort, health and quality of life in their homes. The project will also reduce energy costs for these communities. The Government of Canada is investing $10.5 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Province of Nova Scotia is investing $3.5 million.       Quotes "Investments in energy-efficient, green housing are critical to ensuring the health and prosperity of all Canadians. Today's announcement for improvements to Mi'kmaw homes in Nova Scotia demonstrates our government's commitment to investing in green infrastructure that creates healthy communities where people can live, work, and raise their families for generations to come." The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development "Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change, with energy efficiency being a large part of our work and success. We are pleased to partner with Mi'kmaw communities on this initiative, so their members can benefit from the upgrades as well as the jobs, training and future opportunities that will follow." The Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Energy and Mines "We are pleased to be working Nation-to-Nation to create positive changes on how energy is used in our Mi'kmaw homes. With the support of the Mi'kmaw Home Energy Efficiency Project, our communities can find new, innovative ways to best preserve and protect the place that we have called home since time immemorial." Chief Paul Prosper, Energy Lead for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Chiefs "This funding will allow for us to continue and expand our current projects in Mi'kmaw communities. The energy efficiency upgrades will not only help participants save on their energy bills, but will also reduce emissions, contributing to Nova Scotia's clean energy future." Stephen MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, EfficiencyOne       Quick facts
  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
  • $26.9 billion of this funding is supporting green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • On June 27, 2019, the Government of Canada launched two new strategies: Canada's Connectivity Strategy, which commits to connect all Canadians to high-speed internet, and Canada's first Rural Economic Development Strategy, which will spur economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for rural Canadians across the country.
  • The Rural Economic Development Strategy leverages ongoing federal investments and provides a vision for the future, identifying practical steps to take in the short term, and serving as a foundation to guide further work.
  • These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 2-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
    • Skilled workforce/Immigration;
    • Innovation;
    • Clean growth and climate change;
    • Trade and investment;
    • Infrastructure.
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Halifax Announced as New Urban Climate Centre

July 4th, 2019

Canada is building a clean energy future that creates jobs, reduces costs for families and ensures that we remain a destination of choice for international investment.
  Canada is building a clean energy future that creates jobs, reduces costs for families and ensures that we remain a destination of choice for international investment. Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an $18-million contribution for EfficiencyOne to establish an urban climate centre in Halifax. EfficiencyOne will operate one of seven new urban Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) climate centres across Canada. These centres will help companies reduce the business risks of developing tomorrow’s low-carbon technologies that drive energy efficiency improvements. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal FundTM will serve as the national centre for LC3. Announced in Budget 2019, LC3 is part of the Canada’s $1.01-billion plan to make communities more energy-efficient. It will use federal investments to work with municipalities, private investors, public agencies, utilities, non-profit organizations and other levels of government to build long-term, low-carbon solutions. This investment will create a network across Canada that supports local community actions to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Canada’s energy efficiency sector supported 436,000 jobs in 2018, and this number is expected to grow by 8.3 percent this year alone. Investments like these are helping this sector grow faster, creating a better future for Canadians. Through Generation Energy, Canada's national energy dialogue, Canadians expressed that they want Canada to continue to be a leader in the transition to a clean growth economy. The Government of Canada will also continue to support smarter energy initiatives that create a clean, sustainable, competitive energy sector that cuts pollution and acts on climate change.   - 30 -   Quotes  “The Government of Canada is proud to invest in low-carbon solutions in our cities, particularly through an initiative that will generate prosperity through local job creation and unlock many social, economic and environmental benefits across the country.” Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax   / “This investment will enable EfficiencyOne to do even more to achieve significant carbon reductions. It builds upon Nova Scotia’s impressive track record in energy efficiency to support broader carbon reduction initiatives in the Halifax region.”  Stephen MacDonald, CEO, EfficiencyOne  / “We already see our cities leading the way on low-carbon innovation, and this investment will unlock so much potential to go further — to build cost-saving energy solutions that build better lives for Canadians.”  Bill Karsten President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities     Associated Links Canada’s Energy Future Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) EfficiencyOne (EO) Contacts Natural Resources Canada Media Relations 343-292-6100 NRCan.media_relations-media_relations.RNCan@canada.ca   Vanessa Adams Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Natural Resources 343-543-7645 Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca   Follow us on Twitter: @NRCan (http://twitter.com/nrcan)    

EfficiencyOne and Verschuren Centre sign MOU for collaboration, research and partnership

June 18th, 2019

  (Dartmouth, NS/Sydney, NS) – EfficiencyOne and the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (Verschuren Centre) at Cape Breton University signed a memorandum of understanding today to explore strategic collaboration over the next two years. “E1 and the Verschuren Centre are like-minded organizations and we are excited to begin our work together,” says Stephen MacDonald, CEO, EfficiencyOne. “In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be outlining areas of common interest that will help to foster sustainable growth in Nova Scotia and grow the capacity of both organizations.” “With a shared capacity to assess and deploy both efficiency tools and novel technologies toward storage and interconnectivity, the two parties have complementary assets to help industry and community partners improve the sustainability of their energy mix,” said Beth Mason, CEO, Verschuren Centre. The Verschuren Centre, based in Sydney, NS, is an industrial solutions, development and deployment center, advancing sustainable resource management in its key fields of expertise – renewable energy, bio-processing, and agri/marine industries.   EfficiencyOne based in Dartmouth, designs and delivers resource efficiency programs and services to residents and businesses throughout Nova Scotia.     EfficiencyOne is an independent, non-profit organization based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It has helped more than 400,000 program participants complete efficiency projects. In 2018, EfficiencyOne programs enabled Nova Scotians to reduce CO2 emissions by one million tonnes.       About the Verschuren Centre   The Verschuren Centre is an industrial solutions, development and deployment centre, advancing sustainable resource management in four key fields of expertise - Renewable energy, Bio-processing, Aquaculture and Nano materials. For more information contact: Janet Tobin Communications Lead, Efficiency Nova Scotia Office: 902-470-3652 Cell: 902-499-6494 jtobin@efficiencyns.ca Contact: Lenore Parsley Communications Manager Cape Breton University (902) 574-1299 lenore_parsley@cbu.ca  

EfficiencyOne proposes to deliver more energy savings to Nova Scotians

March 1st, 2019

EfficiencyOne is seeking approval to help Nova Scotians and Nova Scotia businesses achieve additional energy savings over a three-year period starting in 2020.
  HALIFAX, NS – EfficiencyOne is seeking approval to help Nova Scotians and Nova Scotia businesses achieve additional energy savings over a three-year period starting in 2020.

In an application filed with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board today, EfficiencyOne details a proposal that would support construction of 2,400 energy efficient homes and 2,700 retrofits of existing homes. Other programs support upgrades for 2,000 small business customers and 640,000 rebates for efficient products.

  “Our plan is consistent with our mandate from successive governments to help Nova Scotia residents and businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs,” said Stephen MacDonald, CEO of EfficiencyOne. “For every dollar customers invest in energy efficiency, they get back almost $5 in savings.”

  Under the independent utility’s 2020-2022 Efficiency Plan, new programs have been developed to deliver benefits to Mi’kmaq communities and for renters. The plan also focuses additional resources for insulation and other higher-cost upgrades that provide long-term energy savings to customers.

  Mr. MacDonald said EfficiencyOne plans to enhance its service offerings to maximize benefits that can be achieved for the province, its people and its businesses, as outlined in the most recent Integrated Resource Plan.

  If the goals of the plan are not met, “Nova Scotians will end up paying more than they should for our electricity system, CO2 emissions could be higher, and customer bills will be higher because they have lost out on the opportunity to take full advantage of energy savings.”

  The application filed with the UARB seeks approval for a three-year, $129-million investment with target first-year energy savings of 421.7 GWh, demand savings of 120.1 MW, and lifetime energy savings of 5,996.3 GWh.

  EfficiencyOne is an independent, non-profit organization based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It has helped more than 400,000 program participants complete efficiency projects. In 2018, EfficiencyOne programs enabled Nova Scotians to reduce CO2 emissions by one million tonnes.

 

For more information contact:

Janet Tobin Communications Lead Office: 902-470-3652 Cell: 902-499-6494 jtobin@efficiencyns.ca

National energy efficiency report puts spotlight on Nova Scotia

May 16th, 2018

(Dartmouth, NS) – Nova Scotia features prominently in a new report on energy efficiency and climate change from Clean Energy Canada and Efficiency Canada. The report, entitled “Less is More”, cites the success of Nova Scotia’s energy efficiency programs in reducing electricity use and carbon emissions, while also helping Nova Scotians save over $165 million annually on energy bills. EfficiencyOne, the non-profit operator of the province’s energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Nova Scotia, released its 2017 Annual Report today. Independently evaluated results show that Nova Scotia’s efficiency programs have reached an impressive milestone: a 10 per cent reduction in the province’s overall electricity use since 2008. Efficiency Nova Scotia programs also cut 840,000 tonnes of carbon pollution. “Energy efficiency contributes to a more sustainable, affordable and economically-strong Nova Scotia, for all of us,” said EfficiencyOne CEO Stephen MacDonald. Energy efficiency is a fast-growing industry in Nova Scotia, and directly provides more than 1,400 full-time jobs in the province. Efficiency Nova Scotia works with local businesses to deliver its programs and services, including low-cost energy evaluations through the Home Energy Assessment program. More than 1,700 homeowners participated in the service in 2017, including Judy Bell of Hubbards. “(When) we received a power bill for February-March, it was $316. The same (bill for the same) two months the year before was $585,” says Bell. “We are extremely happy with results like these.” Efficiency Nova Scotia also provided no-cost energy-saving upgrades to low-income homes in 2017. The HomeWarming program, which is funded by the Province of Nova Scotia and NS Power, and delivered in partnership with Clean Foundation, helped over 2,000 low-income homeowners save, on average, between 15 and 30 per cent on heating costs. Widower Darlene MacDonald of Judique, Cape Breton, was one such participant last year. The program helped her make upgrades to her 200-year-old family home, making it more comfortable year-round and reducing heating costs so she could stay in the house she loves. “When my husband died, I just wanted things to be easier, not harder,” said Mrs. MacDonald. “I just wanted my home to be comfortable and warm.” More customer stories and highlights can be found online at 2017 Annual Report. Efficiency Nova Scotia is operated by EfficiencyOne, an independent, non-profit organization based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Since 2010, we’ve helped more than 400,000 program participants save energy and money. Efficiency Nova Scotia is your go-to place for energy saving programs and services. -30- For more information please contact: Andrea Hickey Manager, Marketing and Communications 902-470-3622; ahickey@efficiencyns.ca

Annual Report shows the good things efficiency brings all Nova Scotians

August 1st, 2017

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Nova Scotians saved an impressive 137 GWh of electricity in 2016, putting EfficiencyOne – the non-profit operator of Efficiency Nova Scotia – on-track to meet its three-year target set by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The UARB approved a $102-million plan to save 405 GWh of electricity by the end of 2018.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Nova Scotians saved an impressive 137 GWh of electricity in 2016, putting EfficiencyOne – the non-profit operator of Efficiency Nova Scotia – on-track to meet its three-year target set by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The UARB approved a $102-million plan to save 405 GWh of electricity by the end of 2018. More than 28,000 Nova Scotians completed electricity-saving projects with help from Efficiency Nova Scotia last year, from recycling old appliances to upgrading insulation and sealing drafts. Since 2008, energy efficiency has helped reduce Nova Scotia’s electricity load by nine per cent. Funding from the Province also helped Efficiency Nova Scotia lower energy bills for approximately 1,500 low-income homeowners. Energy efficient upgrades made in these homes help homeowners save up to $900 annually on heating costs. Additional funding announced earlier this spring will extend these services to an additional 800 non-electrically heated homes over the next two years. Taken together, this work has collectively saved Nova Scotians $150 million in energy costs and avoided 700,000 tonnes of GHG emissions last year alone. The final figures are included in EfficiencyOne’s 2016 Annual Report  released in May. “As a national leader in energy efficiency, Nova Scotians are creating a better future for our province,” says Stephen MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer of EfficiencyOne. “This work not only reduces our energy use and carbon emissions, it supports a thriving industry across Nova Scotia.” Nova Scotia’s energy efficiency industry directly provides more than 1,000 full-time jobs in the province. Efficiency Nova Scotia offers advice, rebates and project financing to help residents and businesses save electricity. Its independent model is unique in Canada, and now other jurisdictions, like Alberta and Manitoba, have announced similar initiatives designed to replicate Efficiency Nova Scotia’s success. The Marigold Cultural Centre, a small gallery and theatre in Truro, is just one of the businesses Efficiency Nova Scotia worked with in 2016. With project support from Efficiency Trade Network member Eddy Group Ltd., the Centre was able to replace every light fixture in its building and expects to save $2,600 a year on its electricity bill. The warmer atmosphere created by the new lighting has also helped the Centre increase ticket sales, theatre bookings and gallery sales for artists. “Our theatre only has 208 seats to sell, which makes it difficult to make a profit,” says Farida Gabbani, Managing Director of the Marigold Centre. “It’s a good model for anyone else to follow because you’re not alone. You have support.” More customer stories and highlights can be found online at www.efficiencyone.ca/2016.   EfficiencyOne is an independent, non-profit organization based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and the operator of the Efficiency Nova Scotia franchise. Efficiency Nova Scotia has helped more than 250,000 program participants complete energy efficiency projects, saving $150 million on power bills in 2016 alone and preventing the release of 700,000 tonnes of GHG emissions annually. For more information contact: Susan Smith 902-470-3606 ssmith@efficiencyns.ca

Government announces more support for energy efficiency

July 31st, 2017

On June 16, the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board of Canada and Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants (Nova Scotia), echoed the announcement from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the Government’s $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund. The Fund will provide $56.3 million over five years to the Province of Nova Scotia to help support projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including enhancing existing Efficiency Nova Scotia programs.

On June 16, the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board of Canada and Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants (Nova Scotia), echoed the announcement from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the Government’s $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund. The Fund will provide $56.3 million over five years to the Province of Nova Scotia to help support projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including enhancing existing Efficiency Nova Scotia programs.

Energy efficiency has an important role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating local jobs, and saving families and businesses money. We look forward to working with the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia over the next several months to expand the impact of energy efficiency programming in Nova Scotia.

We expect to announce further details regarding the expansion of Efficiency Nova Scotia programs in the fall. Discussions between the Province and the Government of Canada to put in place a bilateral funding agreement are expected to happen over the summer. Once an agreement is reached, we will announce further details on what the funding means for the expansion of Efficiency Nova Scotia programs, and when program enhancements will be available to Nova Scotians.

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