With a view to encouraging cooperation amongst provinces, Efficiency Canada launched Canada’s first-ever Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard on November 19, accompanied by an interactive database which is promised to be updated regularly. The full Scorecard report is a free download from this link (registration required). Provinces were scored out of 100 for their energy efficiency programs, enabling policies, building, transportation, and industry, between January 2018 and June 2019. British Columbia ranks #1 (56 points), followed by Quebec (48), Ontario (47) and Nova Scotia (45). Saskatchewan was last with only 18 out of 100 possible points. But beyond the gross numbers and overview comparisons, the report, at 190 pages, provides a wealth of detail and policy information provided about best practices and achievements in each jurisdiction – especially about electrification, electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, and building policies and codes.
Two of the study co-authors, Brendan Haley and James Gaede, have written “Canadians can unite behind energy efficiency” published in Policy Options , providing context and highlights.