Leadership in Energy Efficiency

        I am writing to share two exciting pieces of information, both of which speak to leadership in energy efficiency. First, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I’m pleased to announce that Stephen MacDonald will be EfficiencyOne’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2015.  Steve was chosen through a national, open and competitive process. A Chartered Accountant, Steve has worked with the organization since 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. He replaces Allan Crandlemire, who announced his retirement earlier this year. For more information on this news, please read our news release. I am also writing to present Efficiency…

Provinces urged to embrace carbon pricing

Economists call measure efficient, effective approach to greenhouse gas emissions BRUCE CHEADLE THE CANADIAN PRESS  – The Chronicle Herald, April 8, 2015 OTTAWA — The least costly, most efficient and effective way to reduce Canadian greenhouse gas emissions is by putting a price on carbon — and the provinces are best situated to make the move, says a blue-chip panel of Canadian economists. In fact, provincial leadership is “the way forward,” according to the inaugural report of the same name from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, an independent, privately funded, non-partisan think-tank. Perhaps most surprisingly, the study’s economic modelling determined that federal…

‘Next Detroit’ talk is absurd

MATTHEW HALLIDAY Ontarian by birth and Albertan by upbringing, Matthew Halliday is a writer, editor and recent “in-migrant” to Nova Scotia.  The Chronicle Herald, April 8, 2015 Last week in these pages, Roberta Hawkes asked “Is Nova Scotia the next Detroit?” The question is, plainly, ludicrous. There is no parallel between Nova Scotia’s economic situation and the myriad factors that led to Detroit’s half-century implosion. But the question was there, a big, bold headline in our province’s newspaper of record — and it says a lot about Nova Scotians’ state of mind. When people are subjected to constant news reports…

Reports query efficiency of Efficiency N.S.

PROVINCIAL REPORTER MICHAEL GORMAN mgor man@herald.ca @MichaelTGor man The Chronicle Herald, April 8, 2015 How much should it cost to screw in a light bulb? If you’re getting it done by one of Efficiency Nova Scotia’s three preferred contractors, it could be too much. Summary reports for the agency’s Business Energy Solutions program, obtained by The Chronicle Herald, show cost estimates for labour well beyond what would be expected for the work. Critics of the program say it offers rebates of anywhere from 60 to 100 per cent to businesses for upgrading to more efficient equipment, making it financially impossible…