How to saveONenergy through Energy Conservation Management
Joe Bilé, Manager, Program Delivery, and Jen Grado, Commercial Lead at Conservation Demand Management (CDM) Business Development for Toronto Hydro discussed saveONenergy’s energy conservation management program updates to property and facility managers and building owners at PM Expo, a part of the Buildings Show, in December 2015.
In 2014, the Ministry of Energy announced revamped conservation initiatives to improve its current energy-saving programs, which will come into effect from 2015 to 2016. Framework changes governed by the ministry’s Conservation and Demand Management Program that saw targets double, will enhance current programs, add new ones and see others disappear.
In their session, Effectively Managing Your Electricity Use: saveONenergy Conservation Program (Webinar), Joe and Jen cover CDM program basics, project transition, pilot programs and conservation opportunities. In order to give the audience a better understanding of where saveONenergy conservation programs began and where they are going, Joe broke down where we are in the evolution of the three-step CDM Program.
CDM Program Evolution
2015: First generation
This was considered an overlap year. All programs continued forward while initiatives were updated to match funding opportunities.
2016: Second generation (current phase)
Programs at this time are being redesigned, enhanced, and where necessary, phased out, i.e. per/kwt incentive rates and lighting for some market segments.
Newly developed programs that can become new provincial or regional programs. With changes to the Ontario Building Code expected in 2017, expect more updates.
Conservation is the cheapest form of Generation
Building owners, property and facility managers should always strive to improve operational efficiencies to find cost savings.
“Conservation is the cleanest and least costly energy resource,
and offers consumers a means to reduce their electricity bills”
– The Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy
Stakeholders are encouraged to work with Local Distribution Companies (LDC), like Toronto Hydro, or their local provider, to learn about new and enhanced saveONengery opportunities. Since their targets have doubled, LDCs have to ensure they spend their budgets effectively by providing the right incentives to their customers to implement more energy-friendly operational changes.
Examples of Incentive Programs:
- CDM Business Development
- Optimization Measures
Three Pilot Projects for Enhance Your Conservation Efforts
There are three new pilot programs already operating in the market. However, it’s in the stakeholders’ best interest to learn more about these saveONenergy programs now so that when space becomes available, end-users can take advantage of the savings.
- Rooftop Air Conditioning Units or RTUs: Demand Control Ventilation and Variable Frequency Drives (VFD)
Together, these allow for optimal operation of rooftop units
- Pump Saver
Retrofit pumps with VFDs can reduce energy use up to 30%
- OP Saver
This offers a Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) approach – results-based driven, which can translate into a saving of 5 to 15%. This differs from other programs which usually provide up-front incentives, whereas the savings come after targets are met.
Watch this free webinar to gain more insight on CDM program changes, incentive programs and more cost saving opportunities for your building.