In addition to announcing a $265,000 grant to help the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance this morning, Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips is also in Grande Prairie to take part in an energy efficiency advisory panel.
“We’re going around the province hearing from Albertans on what they want to see in those programs. Alberta is the only place in Canada and on of the only places in North America without an energy energy efficiency strategy or programming and so our government committed to reversing that.”
Albertans could be looking at programs to help them retrofit their homes and put up solar panels on municipal buildings, all from monies brought in through the new carbon tax. The panel was established in June and will report to the minister in the fall. The programs should launch in January 2017.
The meeting runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Montrose Cultural Centre and is open to the public for feedback. Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd will also be on hand. More will be held around the province this fall.