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Canada Opinion: Sask. government can do far more to promote energy efficiency

16:01  26 november  2020
16:01  26 november  2020 Source:   leaderpost.com

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Energy efficiency and energy conservation aren’t the same thing, but they have a similar goal: to reduce energy use. Here’s the difference. Energy conservation relies on people cutting back on activities that consume energy —by turning off lights or driving less or using appliances less often.

The Saskatchewan government often explains its approach to climate change policy as one of “balance,” concerned that any environmental regulations do not do undue harm to Saskatchewan’s economy. This of course has been the primary argument behind the government’s opposition to a federal carbon price, or what cabinet minister Dustin Duncan has called “a job-killing, soul-sucking, unconstitutional” carbon tax, a statement endorsed by Premier Scott Moe.

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In place of putting a price on carbon, which the government argues is both expensive and ineffective, the government’s 2017 Prairie Resilience climate strategy called for a “made-in-Saskatchewan” solution, one that prioritizes “innovation and technological development.” Given this position, one would imagine that the government would want to aggressively implement a provincial policy on energy efficiency, which many recognize as one of the quickest ways to start reducing GHG emissions for the simple reason that “the less energy used, the fewer emissions produced.” It is also cheap, as saving energy is much less expensive than having to purchase new generating capacity. On average, energy efficiency costs only three cents per kilowatt hour saved, whereas generating coal or natural gas-fired electricity can cost anywhere from six to 15 cents per kilowatt hour.

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Energy efficiency is also a demonstrated job-creator, employing more than 400,000 Canadians, twice as many as are currently employed in mining or oil and gas extraction in the country. Indeed, energy efficiency would seem to satisfy all the government’s concerns about cost, jobs and effectiveness.

So it is all the more disappointing that Saskatchewan now has the dubious distinction of finishing dead last on Efficiency Canada’s recently released Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The scorecard evaluates each province’s energy efficiency policies and programs, including building, transportation and industry out of a score of 100. This year’s scorecard sees Saskatchewan fall to last place in the country, scoring a dismal 17 out of 100. Saskatchewan’s poor showing is primarily due to the lack of investment in a provincially-funded energy efficiency program, with SaskPower and SaskEnergy currently spending the lowest amount on energy efficiency as a percentage of their utility revenues in the country. The scorecard also takes us to task over our virtually non-existent program to promote the electrification of transportation in the province, with no incentives for personal electric vehicles or fleet electrification and no support for electric charging infrastructure.

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While the scorecard rewards Saskatchewan for its recent moves on introducing national model energy codes for new buildings and making energy efficiency in government buildings a part of its COVID-19 response, we are still way behind the country in creating a provincial energy-efficiency utility that can promote, fund and finance audits, retro-fits and upgrades in existing buildings. Indeed, Efficiency Nova Scotia — an independent utility funded through electricity rates — is the major reason why that province is now considered a “national leader in cutting energy waste.” The creation of our own energy-efficiency utility could see us make the same strides as Nova Scotia, which has seen over 12,000 energy efficient upgrades to homes and buildings delivering $180 million in annual energy savings while avoiding 1 million tonnes in carbon emissions per year. Rather than the one-time ten percent electricity rebate that the government promised during the election, a “made-in-Saskatchewan” energy efficiency utility could ensure lower energy costs for Saskatchewan residents year after year, all while reducing emissions and boosting local employment.

In every respect, energy-efficiency meets the government’s criteria for what it says it wants in a climate policy. It is low-cost, it is effective and it delivers jobs. In its Prairie Resilience climate strategy, the government states that its opposition to the federal government’s carbon tax should not be seen as a reluctance to act on climate change. Yet, if the government cannot even seriously commit to energy efficiency as part of its climate change fight, we have to question whether it wants to fight at all.

Simon Enoch is director of the Saskatchewan office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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