Popular Program Runs Short
Provincial Energy Upgrade Program Ends
The BC Government’s LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive program has ended. The $60 million program, launched in May 2008, had been expected to run for three years. Instead, in just 15 months, the government claims it has reached its target of 40,000 initial home energy assessments.
The program was part of the province’s Energy Efficient Buildings Strategy, a one-stop service created to provide homeowners with coordinated access to incentives offered by the provincial and federal governments and utility partners such as BC Hydro and Terasen Gas.
As of August 15, 2009, 11,000 homeowners had completed efficiency retrofits. Homeowners already enrolled in the program have until March 31, 2011 to complete their retrofits and follow-up. They will receive the rebates and incentives listed in the current LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program incentive chart at www.livesmartbc.ca.
Homeowners are still eligible for the federal ecoENERGY program incentives which were increased by 25 per cent in the last federal budget.
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