Nova Scotia ranks in top 25 jurisdictions for energy efficiency savings in Canada and USA benchmarking report

Nova Scotia ranks in top 25 jurisdictions for energy efficiency savings in Canada and USA benchmarking report

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June 8, 2022 – Halifax/Kjipuktuk,NS – Efficiency Canada’s recent report: Benchmarking Canadian province and American state energy efficiency program savings and spending, released June 6, 2022, has ranked Nova Scotia among the top 25 jurisdictions. This is the second year for the Report, which compares Canadian province and American state energy efficiency program savings and spending. 

Nova Scotia was one of only 2 Canadian provinces that ranked in the top 25 jurisdictions for incremental electricity savings, ranking 20th. Nova Scotia also ranked 10th for program spending and 17th for electricity savings targets.

“Energy efficiency plays a key role in helping Nova Scotia meet its net-zero commitments. It lowers electricity bills at a critical time and supports local jobs and businesses,” says Stephen MacDonald, President and CEO of EfficiencyOne. “Nova Scotians have embraced energy efficiency and are ready to do even more.”

The Report benchmarks data from the 2021 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s State Scorecard and the 2021 Canadian Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard which notes Nova Scotia’s strong energy savings performance and high per capita spending on Indigenous programs (highest in Canada) and low-income programs (second highest in Canada).

EfficiencyOne, operating in Nova Scotia as Efficiency Nova Scotia, has a proven track record of success in designing and delivering resource efficiency programs and services for homes, businesses, and large industrial customers.

In March 2022 EfficiencyOne filed a new 3-year energy reduction plan – or Demand Side Management Plan (Plan) – to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) for approval.

The Plan will help Nova Scotians lower their electricity bills by reducing their energy use, while helping the province meet its net-zero commitments under the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act.

“Overall, the Plan will lower electricity bills by over $540 million for Nova Scotia’s families and businesses, support 5,300 jobs across the province, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 2 million tonnes,” says MacDonald. “We are confident that we have the right tools in Nova Scotia – new climate-focused legislation, strong energy efficiency programs, and Nova Scotians passionate about making changes – to get us to net-zero and to continue to be a leading jurisdiction.”

“Nova Scotia is a national leader in the fight against climate change. We are taking big steps forward towards sustainable prosperity – this includes our commitment to having 80 percent of our electricity needs filled by renewable energy by 2030. We are pleased to see our bold actions reflected in Nova Scotia’s ranking in this report,” says Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables.

You can read the full Report here: https://www.efficiencycanada.org/comparison/


About EfficiencyOne

EfficiencyOne, operating in Nova Scotia as Efficiency Nova Scotia, offers advice, project support and financial incentives to help consumers reduce their electricity use, which in turn avoids the cost of building new power generation and transmission lines. Over the last 10 years, investments in energy efficiency programs have saved Nova Scotians more than $1 billion in energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 24%. Learn more at www.efficiencyone.ca.

For more information, contact:

Janet Tobin
Communications Lead
902-499-6494
jtobin@efficiencyns.ca

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