Energy Efficiency Programs See All

Energy efficiency programs secure energy savings through various strategies such as audits, retrofits, training for building tradespeople, “people-centred” or behavioural efficiency strategies, and customized industrial programs.

Energy Efficiency Program Administration

The Arctic Energy Alliance administers energy efficiency programs, funded through the territorial government and federal contributions through the low-carbon economy leadership fund.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Energy Efficiency Targets

The NWT’s 2030 Energy Strategy, released in May 2018, aims to increase commercial, residential, and institutional building energy efficiency by 15% by 2030.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Energy Efficiency as a Resource

No policies identified.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Efficiency Potential Study and Energy Planning

No potential studies or energy efficiency plans identified. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Cost-Effectiveness Testing

No cost-effectiveness testing information identified.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Evaluation, Measurement and Verification

No information available.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Program Innovation

No program innovation funding identified. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Support for low-income energy efficiency programs

The NWT’s 2030 Energy Strategy, released in May 2018, plans to support a “Low-Income Home Energy Assistance” program.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Enabling Policies See All

Enabling policies refer to policies, regulations, and other activities that build supportive infrastructure and policy frameworks to advance energy efficiency in a province. 

Support for Financing

No support for financing identified.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Research and Development

No information available.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Lead by example

Buildings
Target to exceed the 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings by 10% for new government buildings established. The draft 2030 Energy Strategy, released in August 2017, states that government is reviewing the 2015 Model National Energy Code for Buildings to reach new targets. Capital Asset Retrofit Fund (CARF) is a rolling fund targeted at government buildings.

Vehicle Fleets
The 2030 Energy Strategy commits to fleet management, including right-sizing vehicles, assessing integration of hybrid and LNG vehicles into government fleet, use of fleet management software, training on fuel efficient driving, and pilot auxiliary heaters to reduce idling.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Grid Modernization

Advanced metering
The 2013 Energy Action Plan calls for the installation of smart meters in four communities over three years.

Rate design
Electricity rates vary between different communities. The majority of residential electricity rates have an inclining block rate, with higher prices for higher levels of electricity usage. Businesses have a uniform electric energy charge.

Last reviewed: August 2018

Carbon Pricing

Carbon Pricing will be in place in July 2019. A carbon price will start at $20/tonne and increase annually to reach $50/tonne in 2022. Avaiation fuel is exempt and costs related to home heating will be fully rebated.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Buildings See All

Buildings are a significant and often neglected component of Canada’s infrastructure, and high-performance buildings are important for our quality of life, physical and mental health, and economic productivity

Building Codes

Housing and Small Buildings
Amendment R-103-2016 was made on August 15th, 2016 to the Fire Prevention Act adopting 2015 National Building Code, and coming into force on November 15, 2016. This includes section 9.36 concerning energy efficiency in houses and small buildings.

The City of Yellowknife had adopted an Energuide 80 standard, yet removed this in June 2018 after the federal government changed the Energuide rating system. In September 2019, a new by-law adopts standards 25% higher than the 2015 National Building Code.[1]

Large Buildings
The Northwest Territories has not adopted a National Energy Code for Buildings or implemented specific criteria for energy efficiency in large buildings.

The City of Yellowknife adopted the 2017 National Energy Code for Buildings in September 2019.[2]

Stretch or Step Codes
No stretch of step codes.

Net-zero energy ready commitment
No net-zero energy ready committment.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Building Code Compliance

No code compliance activities identified. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Home Energy Rating and Disclosure

Mandatory home energy rating and disclosure: No
Home energy labelling voluntary or pilot program: No

Last reviewed: August 2019

Building Energy Rating and Disclosure

Mandatory large building energy rating and disclosure: No
Voluntary building benchmarking and transparency program: No

Last reviewed: August 2019

Appliance and Equipment Market Transformation

The 2018 market transformation road map notes that increased adoption of biomass and renewable heating sources could be attractive alternatives to technologies such as cold climate heat pumps in remote and northern communities.

The Arctic Energy Alliance’s Biomass Energy Program provides technical advice, project coordination, and education on biomass technologies, including district heating in local communities. Burn it Smart workshops familiarize people with energy efficiency wood stoves and their operation.

Arctic Energy Alliance tested water heating technologies with students at Aurora College to assess efficiency, lifecycle costs, budgets, and domestic needs.

In 2013, the Arctic Energy Alliance monitored the performance of solar air heating systems.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Appliance and Equipment Standards

Northwest Territories harmonizes with federally regulated energy-using products.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Efficiency Requirements for Government Supported Housing

The Arctic Energy Alliance operates the “Community Government Building Energy Retrofit Program”. This program had a $200,000 budget in 2017/18, funded by the Government of NWT Department of Infrastructure.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Transportation See All

Policies tracked in the transporation area reflect the potential energy savings of closer integration of private transportation with buildings and electricity grids. 

Zero-Emission Vehicles Mandate

There is no zero-emission vehicle mandate in Northwest Territories. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Electric Vehicle Charging Program

Charging Program: No
Support for fast charging: Unknown

The 2030 Energy Strategy lists plans to “initiate a rebate program for low or zero emissions vehicle and charging stations in hydro communities” and to “assess the feasibility and complete Zero-Emissions Vehicle Transport Corridor NWT Border to Yellowknife”.

In 2015, the Arctic Energy Alliance tested a Chevrolet Volt.

Last reviewed: August 2019

EV and PHEV Financial Incentives

No information available.

Last reviewed: August 2019

“EV Ready” Building Code

No information available. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Industry See All

In recognition that the industrial sector is highly varied across Canada, this database tracks policies that are broadly applicable to all industrial subsectors and provinces.

Energy Management

No information available. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Co-generation / Combined Heat and Power

No information available. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

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