Recently, the Government of Alberta appointed the following
panel members to the Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel: Dr. David
Wheeler, Chair (President and Vice Chancellor, Cape Breton
University), Michele Aasgard (Executive Director of Alberta
Community and Co-operative Association), Desmond Bull (Councillor
for the Louis Bull Tribe of the Maskwacis Nation), Tanya Doran
(Senior Sustainability Lead – Alberta for Stantec), Roni-Sue
Moran (Director of Industry Relations Corporation), Jesse Row
(Founder and Executive Director for Alberta Energy Efficiency
Alliance) and Marc Huot (Technical Advisor from the Municipal
Climate Change Action Centre). In concert with establishing the
Panel, the Government of Alberta has included in its recent Bill 20
– Climate Leadership Implementation Act, establishment
of Energy Efficiency Alberta as the Crown corporation
intended to deliver programs and services promoting energy
efficiency and small scale renewable electricity projects.
The mandate of the Panel is to seek input on how to promote
energy efficiency and community energy systems across multiple
areas in Alberta, including, among others: Indigenous communities,
programs for micro-generation and programs for small-scale
alternative and renewable energy generation. Investment in energy
efficiency programs is intended to help reduce energy and
associated costs, greenhouse gas emissions and support green
jobs. The Panel is to make recommendations on the types of
energy saving programs that can be developed in the short and
medium-term, as well as help set out a long-term vision.
The Panel will engage the public, Indigenous communities,
non-profit organizations and stakeholders in order to better
understand the needs and wants of Albertans so that the new
programs will deliver the desired outcomes of the Climate
Leadership Plan. Such outcomes, however, must reflect: available
funding, cost-effectiveness, greatest impact of greenhouse gas
reductions, energy savings, cost savings, renewable energy
generation, green job creation and economic diversification.
The Panel will produce a report to the Minister responsible for
the Climate Change Office in Fall 2016 with a goal of launching the
first energy efficiency programs in early 2017.
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The Government of Alberta recently announced a number of policy changes that will impact the Alberta Electricity Market, composed of its generators, transmitters, distributors, retailers, electricity consumers and wholesale electricity market.
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