Ford government cancels electricity conservation programs

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By Krystalle Ramlakhan, CBC News Ottawa, March 24, 2019

Ontario's government has cancelled a number of electricity conservation programs, including one which offered pool owners a $400 rebate for upgrading to energy-efficient pumps.

(...)Ontario's Ministry of Energy told CBC News it was taking action to reduce costs and duplication by streamlining what it described as a patchwork of inefficient electricity conservation programs in the province.

(...)Bickerton said incentives and rebates are a good way of encouraging people to be energy-efficient.

"Especially when it's at the point of purchasing, whether it's a furnace or windows or a pool pump. If they're given some kind of monetary carrot, they're going to jump on board a lot quicker," she said.

(...)The following province-wide programs will be discontinued:

  • Instant Discount.
  • Heating and Cooling.
  • Audit Funding.
  • Residential New Construction.
  • High Performance New Construction.
  • Existing Building Commissioning, Monitoring and Targeting.
The following local programs will be ending:
  • Pumpsaver (Toronto Hydro, Oakville Hydro).
  • Adaptive Thermostat Rebate Program (Toronto Hydro).
  • Instant Savings Program (Clotheslines) (Canadian Niagara Power Inc., Algoma Power, Westario, Bluewater, Entegrus, Essex Powerlines, Festival Hydro, Veridian Connections, Customer First Group).
  • OPsaver (Toronto Hydro, Oakville Hydro).
  • Midstream High-efficiency Agripumps (Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc., Hydro One).
  • Smart RT for Small and Mid-Size Business (Toronto Hydro).
  • Swimming Pool Efficiency Program (Toronto Hydro, Oakville Hydro, Hydro Ottawa Limited, Renfrew Hydro Inc., Burlington Hydro, Halton Hills Hydro, Milton Hydro Distribution Inc, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro, Waterloo North Hydro, Hydro One, Veridian Connections).
  • Multi-Unit Residential Building In-suite Direct Install Lighting Program (Toronto Hydro, Oakville Hydro).