CASA recommends energy efficiency and conservation framework

    EDMONTON, June 5 /CNW/ - The Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA), in two
reports released today, is recommending that the Government of Alberta develop
an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Framework for Alberta. Recommended
elements of the Framework are contained in the final report of the CASA energy
efficiency and conservation project team, comprised of government, industry
and non-government organization (NGO) stakeholders. The second report outlines
energy saving measures for residences.
    Saving energy is one of the best ways to manage energy costs for
consumers, contribute to long term energy supply and help protect our
environment. Energy efficiency and conservation is also an element in
maximizing Alberta's competitive edge, the response to climate change and
ensuring affordable energy options for consumers and producers alike. A
framework for energy efficiency and conservation is expected to be part of the
energy strategy being developed by the Government of Alberta.
    Jesse Row of the Pembina Institute, the team's NGO co-chair, says, "We
hope the framework will bring about a well coordinated approach to energy
efficiency and conservation in the province, one that will benefit every
individual, business and institution in Alberta."
    According to team industry co-chair, Denise Chang-Yen of EPCOR, "There
are many social, environmental and economic benefits in encouraging energy
conservation and efficiency. Two examples are lower energy bills and helping
to maintain a reliable energy supply."

    Improving efficiency and using less energy creates "wins" for everyone
        a) Reducing air emissions, including greenhouse gases, to gain
           environmental, health and, potentially, economic benefits.
        b) Saving consumers money. Most residential power is used for
           lighting and refrigeration, two uses for which more efficient
           options are available.
        c) Extending the life of Alberta's non-renewable fossil fuels.
        d) Avoiding or postponing the need for capital investment in new
           facilities and infrastructure.

    The Clean Air Strategic Alliance is a multi-stakeholder partnership,
composed of representatives selected by industry, government and
non-governmental organizations. Stakeholders are committed to developing and
applying a comprehensive air quality management system for all Albertans.
    To learn more, please see the both reports at

For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries may be directed to: Sharon
Hawrelak, Communications Advisor, Clean Air Strategic Alliance, Cellular (780)
720-4668, Direct line (780) 644-5203,

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