GreenSaver shocked by sudden cancellation of ecoEnergy Retrofit - Homes program
Toronto - GreenSaver, a not-for-profit energy efficiency organization, was surprised that the Federal government has unexpectedly halted the ecoEnergy program funding. The initiative, scheduled to end on March 31, 2011, has announced they will stop receiving application immediately, one year earlier than anticipated.
"We are shocked to hear the news and hope that the Federal government will reconsider", said Vladan Veljovic, President and CEO of GreenSaver. "The program is very effective and has helped Canadian and Ontario homeowners save energy and money while creating thousands of green jobs. GreenSaver alone has created over 100 green jobs across Ontario."
The Provincial government, which has been matching the Federal government's investment in the program, has not yet made comment whether they too will discontinue their funding.
"We hope that the Province will continue their investment in the program," says Vladan, "At this point, homeowners can still save up to $5000 in government grants and we are dedicated to helping them do so."
GreenSaver has just recently opened a London office to expand its operations to better serve southwest Ontario. Mr. Veljovic continued to say, "Our London office has hired and trained 20 staff as Certified Energy Advisors and supporting roles. We are well positioned to take new applications and complete energy audits. GreenSaver is surprised with this news, but will continue in our commitment to helping homeowners save the most money through the program and the most energy ."
An energy efficient home not only helps homeowners save money and energy, but also helps improve the comfort of their homes and contributes to protecting the environment.
Federal Government suspends Eco-Energy Retrofit Homes Program
Ottawa - The federal government has suspended the Eco-Energy Retrofit Homes Program.
After identifying that the program would be available to March 2011, Ottawa announced today that it would no longer accept applications to book pre-retrofit evaluations as midnight on March 31, 2010.
This means that anyone who has not already booked an evaluation is no longer eligible for a rebate.
The program provided homeowners with incentives to have their homes evaluated for energy efficiency, and then perform upgrades to improve their rating.
This is even more disturbing since the Home Renovation Tax Credit was recently extinguished.
"We're disappointed by this decision," said Steve Koch, Executive Director of NAIMA Canada. "This was a wonderful program that did exactly what it was supposed to do and more. It was one of the government's most impactful programs to deal with climate change and energy efficiency.
Homeowners were rewarded for making their homes more energy efficient, and hundreds of green jobs were created."
Cancelling it will make energy efficient upgrades less accessible, and probably put several hundred energy auditors out of work.
"At a time when the economy is just beginning to recover from a major recession, the government has threatened to put an entire industry out of work."
Provincial governments have been matching Ottawa's incentives with their own retrofit programs, and developing mandatory labelling to help educate and motivate consumers to develop an energy efficient home.
"We now have to look to Premiers like Dalton McGuinty to enact the mandatory labelling in order to support the auditors and the industry."