New energy saving program not for everyone: Barrett

Feb. 10, 2016

PORT DOVER – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett says the recently-announced Ontario government energy savings program is a good concept, but he charges the program favours only those who heat with natural gas and are customers of two large suppliers.

Announced last week by the Ministry of Energy, the program is being offered in conjunction with Union Gas and Enbridge to assist 37,000 home owners to conduct audits and complete retrofits to make their residences more energy efficient. There aren’t a lot of details at this point about the program, but it is known the program’s $100 million budget is being funded by the Ontario Green Investment Fund.

“This is heading in the right direction, but it appears many people in my riding will be left out in the cold,” Barrett said. “This discriminates against people in rural and northern Ontario who can’t access energy from these two companies.”

For example, Barrett also questions why those who heat with propane, electricity or wood are ineligible.

“Not everyone can get on the natural gas grid,” Barrett said. “These people often have higher heating costs and are more in need of a program like this one.”



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