Johhny Electriglide wrote:
Ann, do you know of similar maps for Canada?? Solar, geothermal, and wind, as well as a district by district ease of going green type map?
Canada has less political power provided by the counties (called Rural Municipalities or RMs) so it is more a province-by-province distinction. The energy market dictates how the province reacts to alternative energy and the severity of the weather and pest damage problems will determine changes to the national building code. Here in Saskatchewan, both the electricity provider and natural gas provider are government-run corporations whose profits go directly to balance the provincial government's budgets. This is why Saskatchewan was the last area in North America to allow meters to go backwards or even allow grid-tie solar or wind altogether... you had to go off-line if you wanted to go solar. The federal government actually forced Saskatchewan to change to try and follow Kyoto Protocol. The interesting thing is for Alberta, the oil and gas industry wanted freedom and privacy so got such when it comes to building design. This made Alberta to be one of the easiest places to convert to alternate energy. On the other hand, Saskatchewan's government had a vested interest in building efficiency and has implemented several building codes making all buildings more "green" and added strong design goals for government buildings to be green (but had to go out-of-province to find installers due to a lack of local alternate energy businesses). My advice to determine which provinces have easy or hard green building laws is to see how many businesses are active in each province (may also find a list of building starts for solar).