First Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel born in Alberta
June 14, 2016 - The Alberta government has announced it is establishing an advisory panel to help launch energy efficiency and small-scale electricity generation programs.
By Renée Francoeur
The Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel, appointed by Shannon Phillips, minister of the environment, comprises individuals with expertise and experience who will provide advice for the newly created Energy Efficiency Alberta. The province says over the coming months, the advisory panel, chaired by David Wheeler, will speak to Albertans, Indigenous organizations, and stakeholders to determine the types of energy savings programs that Energy Efficiency Alberta can deliver in the short and medium-term.
“Alberta is the only province in Canada without consumer energy efficiency programs—that’s not leadership. Advice from the Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel will result in real and credible options for Alberta and programming that will help people reduce their energy use and support our transition to renewable energy,” said Phillips.
This fall, the panel will provide its recommendations to government about the initial programs and opportunities Energy Efficiency Alberta could provide consumers, businesses and communities. These programs and services will be in place early in 2017, according to the province.
In addition to Wheeler, panel members include: Michele Aasgard, Desmond Bull, Tanya Doran, Roni-Sue Moran, Jesse Row, and Marc Huot—who will provide technical advice from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre.
Details of public engagement sessions will be promoted as they become available at: EnergyEfficiency.alberta.ca.