Municipal Affairs and Environment
March 8, 2019

Provincial Government Launches Energy Efficiency Program for Oil Heated Homes

The Provincial and Federal Governments are investing a total of $2 million over three years for the Energy Efficiency in Oil Heated Homes Program to lower greenhouse gas emissions and support clean economic growth. Funding is being provided through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.

The Provincial Government is contributing $1.54 million and the Federal Government is contributing $512,000 to provide rebates for insulation and programmable thermostats for customers who heat their homes with oil. The program will be administered through takeCHARGE, an energy efficiency partnership between Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.

The Honourable Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, was joined for the announcement today by the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Finance and MHA for Waterford Valley; and Byron Chubbs, Vice-President of Energy Supply and Planning for Newfoundland Power, representing takeCharge.

By 2030, the programs developed under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund to date are expected to deliver 776,000 tonnes of cumulative greenhouse gas emission reductions and 187 direct person years of employment. Additional information on the Low Carbon Economy Fund programs is included in the Learn More section below.

These programs build on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the economy and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Quotes
“Through the Low Carbon Economy Fund, we are initiating programs that support our goals under the Climate Change Action Plan. This new program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from across the economy, lower fuel bills, and create more employment opportunities for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”
Honourable Graham Letto
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“Newfoundland and Labrador is taking action to tackle climate change. We are working together with the province to support good projects that offer practical solutions to reduce emissions. Programs like these help the people of Newfoundland and Labrador reduce energy use, save money, and help create good jobs and healthier communities”.
Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“With today’s announcement, this government is helping families identify and capitalize on opportunities that support environmental sustainability while also helping them to reduce their household costs. We will continue to identify opportunities where we can join our federal partners in realizing the full benefit of our considerable investments and help create opportunities for economic success.”
Honourable Tom Osborne
Minister of Finance and MHA for Waterford Valley

“We know how important it is to help our customers use less energy so that they can save money. We are pleased to lend our expertise with offering energy efficiency programs through takeCHARGE to assist the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in expanding insulation and thermostat rebates for customers who use oil as their primary heat source.”
Byron Chubbs
Vice President, Energy Supply and Planning, Newfoundland Power

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Learn more
Low Carbon Economy Fund Programs

Government of Canada - Low Carbon Economy Fund external link icon

Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change external link icon

Over $89 Million in Joint Funding Announced for Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund

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Media contacts
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466
lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca

Caroline Thériault
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
613-462-5473
caroline.theriault2@canada.ca

Susan Elliott
Executive Assistant to
Honourable Tom Osborne, MHA for Waterford Valley
709-729-3811
elliotts@gov.nl.ca

Michele Coughlan
Newfoundland Power
709-737-2821
mcoughlan@newfoundlandpower.com

2019 03 08                              12:30 p.m.