Energy Efficiency
Reducing and conserving existing energy resources

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  • H2O Innovation subsidiary lands new deals in US +

    H2O Innovation Inc.’s operation and maintenance (O&M) services subsidiary Utility Partners LLC (UP) has renewed two contracts and extended the Read More
  • EDC offers new green bond +

    Export Development Canada’s (EDC) latest green bond has been priced. Set at $500 million with a 1.8 fixed rate, the Read More
  • Capital Power moving ahead with New Frontier Wind +

    After Capital Power Corp. inked an agreement to sell 87% of the electricity generated from the yet to be constructed Read More
  • General Fusion takes new step towards reactor design +

    Vancouver’s General Fusion has hired two industry veterans to help lead the company through the development of a proof-of-concept fusion Read More
  • Federal, Ontario governments take big step in reducing diesel reliance in FN communities +

    The $60 million in federal funding to connect the Pikangikum First Nation to Ontario’s electricity grid is a major step Read More
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Want to know where Canada stands on the energy efficiency front compared to 23 of the world’s largest energy consuming countries? On July 20, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) tell the world when it releases its third International Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

Canada’s pilot net zero energy home building program will soon come to an end with all housing units expected to be complete by the end of this month. And while this marks a great success for the Natural Resources Canada-funded and Owens Corning Canada-led initiative, there are still some big challenges ahead for home builders in getting more of these super-energy efficient homes built.

The Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) is giving more home builders the opportunity to build to the Net Zero Energy (NZE) standard. The association passed a motion at its recent NZE Housing Council meeting in Ottawa to create paths for Energuide, EnergyStar and Novo Climat certified builders to achieve the NZE certification.

Contrary to popular belief, net zero energy (NZE) ready homes don’t require fancy new technology and solutions. In fact, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) project being led by Owens Corning Canada is showing that a builder can use readily available products and materials to construct a home that is 50% to 60% more energy efficient in about the same time as a conventional home. The trick, according Andy Goyda, Canadian builder lead and market development manager at the company, is to use these off-the-shelf materials a little differently.

PowerStream was able to reduce customer electricity consumption by more than 496 million kWh during the 2011 to 2014 period, exceeding its mandated target of 407.34 million kWh by 21%.