Manitoba awarded A+ for energy efficiency
Manitoba has been awarded an A+ on the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (CEEA) 2009 National Energy Efficiency report card. This is the fourth consecutive report card the province has either led or been tied for first place in the national rating.
“We’re proud of Manitoba’s performance in conserving energy and promoting efficiency,” said Dave Chomiak, Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister. “It’s gratifying to have our efforts recognized by the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. Reducing energy bills and greenhouse-gas emissions through the efficient use of energy is a major priority for this government and Manitoba Hydro. I congratulate the many individuals, businesses, associations and agencies that have worked with us and with each other to build a more sustainable energy future for Manitoba.”
“There are many ways each of us can help reduce our dependency on energy and create a greener planet,” said Bill Blaikie, Conservation Minister. “It is gratifying that Manitobans are being recognized for the work they have done and it shows how working together we can make a difference.”
The report card evaluates the federal, provincial and territorial governments on their energy-efficiency performance. Manitoba also received an A+ rating in the last report card issued in 2007 and an A rating in both 2004 and 2005.
In the past two years, Manitoba has:
· launched a process to strengthen energy-efficiency requirements for new construction covered by the Manitoba Building Code
· started setting mandatory requirements for the energy efficiency of products
· introduced, through Manitoba Hydro, several new Power Smart initiatives to expand the demand and capacity for energy-efficient products and services
· implemented policy to ensure a high level of energy efficiency in publicly funded new construction and renovation projects
The CEEA is a not-for-profit agency established in 1995. Its energy-efficiency report card can be found online at www.energyefficiency.org.