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UCP government to disband Energy Efficiency Alberta

Last Updated Jun 11, 2020 at 1:18 pm MDT

A TransAlta wind turbine is shown at a wind farm near Pincher Creek, Alta., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – Alberta’s energy efficiency program could soon be a thing of the past.

660 NEWS has learned the UCP is doing away with Energy Efficiency Alberta, the government agency mandated to help the province save energy.

The move comes just months after the government scrapped several carbon tax-funded programs the agency was responsible for.

In a statement, Jess Sinclair, spokesperson for environment minister Jason Nixon, says Energy Efficiency Alberta will be transitioned into other entities including Emissions Reduction Alberta, a non-profit organization funded by government grants.

Sinclair says there may be some job losses as a result, but many positions will likely be absorbed into other agencies and departments.

Energy Efficiency Alberta was established in 2017 by the previous NDP government.