P.E.I. ranks last in energy efficiency report
While British Columbia and Manitoba rated A+, P.E.I. scored a D in a recent report card on energy efficiency in Canada, putting the province at the bottom of the pack.
The report was released Tuesday by the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, an industry group made up largely of electrical utilities.
"They have embraced the whole public transportation initiative a little bit more than we would have hoped," Alliance president Ken Elsey said of Prince Edward Island.
"While that is an important aspect, and they got full marks for that, they slipped on their involvement with codes and standards and some of their other outreach programs. The problem with a province like P.E.I. is that they have limited resources and have to prioritize how they spend their money."
The P.E.I. Office of Energy Efficiency is not concerned about the low grade.
"The rating was based on 2006, 2007 data that they had gathered," said Andy Collier, an energy programs officer with the office.
"I think if they were to take what we are doing now, the programs we have in place, the fact that we have the Office of Energy Efficiency in place, I think our grade would be more in line with what Nova Scotia and New Brunswick received."
Collier said the high price of home heating oil has made for a very busy summer.
"It's been pretty outstanding, overwhelming at times," he said.
While P.E.I. has a good environmental record for producing energy, with 18 per cent of electricity used on the Island coming from wind, that was not taken into account for the report card. The report looked strictly at how efficiently that power was used, and on that front the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance says the province has some work to do.