ENERGY TRANSITION & CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS: Jan 16, 2021

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“We are the energy capital of the world, and we’re now seeking to lead in energy transition,”

Mayor Sylvester Turner Houston
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New windows, new furnace: Edmonton offers home energy retrofit rebates

City anticipates 400 homeowners will benefit from rebate program in 2021

The City of Edmonton has launched a rebate program aimed at making homes more energy efficient and, in turn, help the city reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Through the Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator, the city will offer rebates to homeowners looking to upgrade insulation, windows, furnaces and water heaters, the city says. 

Detached homes, semi-detached homes, townhomes and mobile homes on permanent foundations are eligible for the program. 

Lisa Dockman, the city’s energy transition project manager, said the average rebate will be about $1,500 per home. 

Homeowners must complete the federal home EnerGuide evaluation as the first step before applying. 

“That really helps homeowners provide and understand the kinds of upgrades that are best for their home,” she said. “Similarly the kinds of energy savings and subsequently utility savings that they would get from those upgrades.” 

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World News

Pursuing clean energy will be at the core of Biden’s jobs agenda

President-elect expected to quickly rejoin Paris Agreement on climate

Solving the climate crisis by boosting investments in new technologies will be at the centre of the Biden administration’s job creation agenda, the incoming top economic White House adviser said on Wednesday.

“I think what you are going to see across the president-elect’s rescue-and-recovery strategy is an approach that puts solving the climate crisis at the centre of creating jobs,” Brian Deese, president-elect Joe Biden’s incoming director of the National Economic Council, told the Reuters Next conference.

Biden is expected to present on Thursday his first big policy initiative on economic relief from the COVID-19 crisis.

Deese, who helped negotiate the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate when he worked under U.S. President Barack Obama, said Biden will make good on his promise to rejoin the pact on Day 1. U.S. President Donald Trump began the formal process of removing the United States from the agreement after the Nov. 3 election.

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