In 2008, the City of Medicine Hat, Alberta, launched a large-scale energy conservation program, HAT Smart, an initiative targeted at reducing residential per capita energy consumption. This policy brief evaluates the actual energy savings and net economic benefits achieved by the program, and also offers an opportunity to learn from this program and situate the results of HAT Smart within a growing body of research studying similar programs offered in other jurisdictions.
Ted Kernaghan, HBA ’65, has donated $1.5 million to establish the E.J. Kernaghan Chair in Energy Policy, appointed to Professor Adam Fremeth, and the related E.J. Kernaghan Energy Policy Research Fund. “Seeing a distinguished alumnus come back and recognize that the School continues to take a leading role in the Canadian economy is an important sign for all of us who are working on these types of issues," says Fremeth.
This Policy Brief offers an economic perspective to the ongoing policy discussions around the global adjustment. The global adjustment is a monthly fee paid by Ontario consumers to cover the fixed cost to build and maintain generation assets in the province, and to deliver Ontario’s conservation programs.