• 39% Petroleum
• 43% Natural Gas
• 7% Coal
• 11% Renewable Energy
Regional distribution of Better Plants
Residential & Commercial
• 16% Petroleum
• 75% Natural Gas
• <1% Coal
• 8% Renewable Energy
Electricity Consumption in the U.S.
Sector/Organization Commercial Education Industrial Multifamily Residential Local Gov. State Gov.
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Better Buildings Alliance X X
Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge X X
Better Buildings Case Competition X X X
Better Buildings Challenge X X X X
Better Buildings Residential Network X X X
Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center X
Better Buildings Summit X X X X X X X
Better Buildings Workforce X
Better Plants Program X
Home Energy Score X
Superior Energy Performance X
Zero Energy Ready Homes X
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• 1% Petroleum
• 24% Natural Gas
• 41% Coal
• 12% Renewable Energy
• 21% Nuclear
• Canada is the second largest country (by
square km) after Russia
• Abundant in natural resources including
lumber, water, coal, and oil
• Canada accounts for 3.6% of worldwide
Power Generation by Source
• Canada`s annual generation is about 561 TWh
• Mostly consisting of hydroelectric power
• Followed by coal, nuclear, natural gas
• Remainder are oil and other sources
Movement Towards Green Energy
• Coal still plays a significant role in energy production
• Some provinces use up to 47% in coal powered energy
• In 2003, Ontario Government set a goal to close all coal
• Last plant was closed in April 2014
• Ontario became 1st coal-free jurisdiction in North
• Replaced with other eco-friendly technologies for
• Due to closing of coal plant, gave way to building solar
• Majority of the plants are in Ontario, Quebec, and
• Due to a high altitude there are less potential
opportunities in the Northern Territories
• Previously only considered for space heating, water
heating, and drying crops
• Now accounts for a growing significance in energy
• Canada is ranked 15th in solar energy production
• Accounts for 1.6% of Canada´s power
• Expanding rapidly due to interest by energy
• Government offering subsidies and initiatives
• In 1997 there were 60 turbines in 8 wind
• In 2011 there were 3094 turbines and 152
• That´s an increase of roughly 3% every year!
• Canada has many rivers from mountaineous
areas flowing to it´s 3 bordering oceans
• Accounts for 59% of all electricity production
• Manitoba, BC, Newfoundland, Ontario, and
Quebec produce up to 90% hydroelecticity
• Plans of additional 158 stations in potential
regions projected for 2030
Problem: Out of Resources, Out of Time
History: Industrial Rev. Early 19th Century
Transition: That was over 200 years ago.
Solution: Adapt, change our current energy consumption habits.
According to statistics from 2012, this is how the U.S. uses it’s energy.
There is a problem with each sector…
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) leads U.S. researchers and other partners in making transportation cleaner and more efficient through solutions that put electric drive vehicles on the road and replace oil with clean domestic fuels.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (commonly referred to as the Better Plants Program) is a national partnership initiative to drive significant improvement in energy efficiency across U.S. industry.
More than 120 companies, representing close to 1,800 plants and 8% of the total U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, currently participate in Better Plants.
The Building Technologies Office (BTO) implements minimum energy conservation standards for more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment.
Better Buildings Accelerators – [Branches of the Better Buildings Initiative:
Better Buildings Alliance – Basically a national leadership initiative calling on corporate chief executive officers, university presidents, utilities, state and local officials, and other leaders to make substantial commitments to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and plants, save money, and increase competitiveness.
Better Buildings Summit – The Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. This Summit is designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings.
Home Energy Score – The Home Energy Score is similar to a vehicle's miles-per-gallon rating. It helps homeowners and homebuyers understand how much energy a home is expected to use and provides suggestions for improving its energy efficiency. It also allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide. The Home Energy Score includes: 1) the Score itself, 2) facts about the home including data collected and energy use breakdown, and 3) recommendations to improve the Score and the energy efficiency of the home.
Superior Energy Performance – Facilities certified to Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) are leaders in energy management and productivity improvement. The facilities in SEP have met the ISO 50001 standard and have improved their energy performance up to 25% over three years or up to 40% over 10 years. SEP provides guidance, tools, and protocols to drive deeper, more sustained savings from ISO 50001. To become certified, facilities must implement an energy management system that meets the ISO 50001 standard and demonstrate improved energy performance. An independent third party audits each facility to verify achievements and qualify it at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum level, based on energy performance improvement.
Zero Energy Ready Homes –