Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 

Nova Scotia EnergyEfficiency Nova Scotia agreed to accelerate plans to change the Energy Efficiency program following a review conducted by the Department of Energy.

The program helps small and medium-sized businesses with the cost of developing customized energy efficiency plans for their operations, and offers rebates to help pay for upgrades. Government received complaints by two Nova Scotia LED lighting supply companies about high incentives, unfair pricing and unfair practices.

The department's review found that the program met its performance standards, however, its delivery model and the use of discounts as high as 100 per cent, made it impossible for local supply companies to compete on price. 

Efficiency Nova Scotia will accelerate its plans to make significant changes to the Business Energy Solutions program by Aug. 1.

Changes to the program include:

-- delivery agents will no longer be used. Energy audits will be conducted by small-business energy auditors, contracted by Efficiency Nova Scotia through a publicly tendered process. Auditors will not sell products to program participants

-- businesses have two options to complete energy upgrades, including a do-it-yourself approach or with the auditor coordinating upgrade projects

-- businesses can choose from a list of qualified contractors published on the Efficiency Nova Scotia website to complete upgrades

-- the incentive package has been redesigned so that all contractors have access to the same rebates.

In three months, the department will follow up with Efficiency Nova Scotia and industry to ensure these changes have been implemented.

The Review of Incentives and Competition report is available at www.novascotia.ca/energy.

 


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June 25, 2018

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Today we are all concerned with the energy we consume within our homes. But how many truly understand the ins and outs of home energy use, and where exactly does the electrician and the development of energy management systems come into play. There is much to consider when discussing home energy use. The consumer first off needs to be informed about energy use, how it is calculated and ultimately billed if they are to make changes to their energy consumption rates. But in terms of educating consumers does the residential electrician have a role? And beyond that are manufacturers developing products designed to help electricians and consumers better understand residential energy use? Throughout this article we will deal with each of these important questions.

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Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick. Since 2013 Jeremy has steadily grown Total Electrical Solutions in the residential, commercial and construction sectors. The growth is primarily the result of Jeremy’s customer first philosophy, plus his over 20 years of industry experience.

Jeremy grew up learning about the industry from his father who was an electrical contractor. Jeremy spent his early years helping and watching his father as a contractor and business owner. After high school Jeremy was, like many, not wholly aware of the course he wished to take and so he began an electrical apprenticeship at his father’s company.

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