By Jonathan Jenkins, Toronto Sun Queen’s Park Bureau
TORONTO – The province is “distracted” with renewable energy generation when it should focus more on conserving energy, Environment Commissioner Gord Miller said Tuesday. “Conservation is the cheapest form of new energy,” Miller said, releasing a report into how well Ontario has met it’s conservation goals in the Green Energy Act. “We have the technology to make substantial savings. We’ve done quite a bit but we have huge potential going forward.
“That’s why the emphasis in this report is to get the focus back on conservation.” The report says Ontario has made some progress in getting energy efficiency embedded in the building code and in greening the public service.
But a goal in the three-year-old GEA to be a North American leader in home appliance energy efficiency has been “quietly abandoned” and a promise to make home energy audits mandatory before selling is “completely outstanding,” Miller said. Read article