Program helping hospitals save on electricity bills ends with Ontario's cap and trade

By Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen, July 23, 2018

A $64-million program that was helping cash-strapped hospitals save millions on electricity bills is among the provincial programs that have been cut as a result of the scrapping of cap and trade in Ontario.

The Hospital Energy Efficiency Program paid out $64 million to Ontario hospitals in 2017-18 for projects such as motion-activated light sensors that meant lights didn’t have to be left on in storage and other rooms when not in use.

NDP health critic France Gélinas says the program was a boon to smaller hospitals in particular, many of which are facing deficits and couldn’t afford to put money into work that would help reduce their rising energy bills.

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