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Ontario government partners with Enbridge and Union Gas to offer audit/retrofit money

Few details released about $100 million investment.


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February 5, 2016

Ontario is investing $100 million from the Ontario Green Investment Fund in a program to help homeowners identify ways to reduce their energy bills and cut greenhouse gas emissions through the installation of more efficient technologies. In partnership with Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas, the program will benefit approximately 37,000 homeowners. Funding will be for audits to identify energy-saving opportunities and then to complete retrofits, such as replacing furnaces and water heaters. The Ministry of Energy notes that full program details, including program start date, eligible project details and amounts, will be available in the coming months.

Ontario’s Green Investment Fund is a $325-million down payment on the province’s cap and trade program to strengthen the economy, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas report that residential energy efficiency programs resulted in a 500,000 tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Quick facts from the Ministry of Energy

• Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas supply over 99 per cent of Ontario’s residential natural gas customers.

• Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas currently offer rebates for energy audits, heating system replacement, ENERGY STAR windows, air sealing and insulation. Incentive levels for retrofits under current programs typically range between $500 and $2000 and depend on the amount of natural gas savings the customer can demonstrate.

• A homeowner in Toronto whose home was built prior to 1990 could see annual bill savings on average of about $400, by investing in new high-efficiency heating systems, attic insulation and air sealing.

• Natural gas conservation programs between 2005 and 2013 resulted in 47 million tonnes of lifetime greenhouse gas reductions. The new Demand Side Management Framework for natural gas conservation, covering the period 2015-2020, is expected to result in over 42 million tonnes of lifetime greenhouse gas reductions.

• The government’s new $325 million Green Investment Fund was announced in the 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.


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1 Comment » for Ontario government partners with Enbridge and Union Gas to offer audit/retrofit money
  1. Helmut Ebert says:

    Enbridge installed a new gas meter in our home and did a safety inspection. The result was a B warning which says that all underground pipes must be protected against corrosion. I consider this to be common sense. It took me along time to get a response from Enbridge that this means the pipes to the gas meter. I only hope that this restricted to our property and does not include all of North America. I have also still severe serious doubts that their lines have the mandatory protection and that they are fully aware of their share of product liability. A leak close to our home can still be a disaster. Just see what happened when nuclear power plants failed.
    Enbridge is very slow in responding and obviously they use automatic programs with specific key words to respond – I experience this more and more and it it frustrating similar to get no answers at all like from Bell Canada.
    My wife is in a serious battle with cancer and naturally she is my priority #1.
    I am still waiting for response from an Enbridge approved company for an answer. Please respond by e-mail because of my hearing problems. I am over 81 years old and not brain dead.

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