The Board of Directors of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, a not-for-profit energy efficiency advocacy organization, has announced the appointment of Stephen Koch as Chair of the Board. “This is a very exciting time for CEEA – as energy efficiency is beginning to take a priority role in Canada’s overall sustainability plan. Leadership will be a key factor in our success, and the drive and determination Mr. Koch has shown for making real advancements will ultimately benefit all Canadians. As a long time advocate for energy efficiency in Canada as Executive Director of NAIMA Canada, he has built a reputation for sound judgement and fair business practices that fit well with the mission of the organization. A well known speaker at energy efficiency conferences and a sought after participant on councils and committees, he possesses the right qualifications to be Chair of the Canada Energy Efficiency Alliance,” said Ken Elsey, President and CEO of CEEA. Recently, CEEA published its National Energy Efficiency Report Card. For the first time since it was initially published, all jurisdictions received a passing grade. Canada’s federal government received a B+ for implementing the ecoENERGY retrofit program. The program helped save Canadians $339 million in energy costs in the first year and is expected to increase to almost $500 million by early 2011.
Stephen Koch commented, “I am committed to the organization’s priorities of enhancing the energy efficiency of new home construction and renovations, the development of Energy Efficiency Standards for products, as well as improvements in our transportation sector as North America moves to alternative vehicles. I am confident in delivering significant progress on these fronts with the support of the terrific staff at CEEA and our Board of Directors.”