- Wasser Resources assists its clients and technology providers to leverage energy conservation and renewable energy generation incentives.
- Using available incentive programs will improve the finances of proposed projects by reducing technology investment payback periods and increasing a project’s return on investment.
- Incentives can enable projects which may not otherwise be financially feasible due to payback period constraints.
ENERGY CONSERVATION AND
RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION INCENTIVES
We help our clients to leverage available energy conservation and renewable energy generation incentives offered by utilities and governments to improve the finances of proposed projects by reducing technology investment payback periods and increasing a project’s return on investment.
The following is a brief summary of the types of incentives available for technology investments:
The Independent Electricity Systems Operator or IESO merged with the Ontario Power Authority in December 2014 to become the Ontario government agency responsible for the province’s power conservation programs. These incentives are administered through the Local Distribution Companies (LDCs), the local utilities which sell electricity to the public. The following are some the IESO’s key programs conservation incentive programs:
- Energy Conservation SaveONEnergy
- Renewable Energy Development Feed In Tarriff
- Capacity-Based Demand Response CBDR
IESO – SAVE ON ENERGY POWER CONSERVATION PROGRAM
The IESO SaveONEnergy program provides incentives for energy conservation projects. Depending on the complexity of the project saveONenergy incentives follow one of three streams.
- Prescriptive Projects – Fixed incentives for each device installed – e,g. Lighting, Occupancy Controls
- Engineered Solutions – Incentive based on engineering calculations
- Custom Solutions – Incentive based on monitoring and verification studies
Power Conservation Technologies:
IESO also encourages increased conservation in several high priority sectors: Programs by Sector
Independent Electricity System Operator Demand Response Program
The IESO’s Capacity-Based Demand Response Program encourages qualifying facilities to guarantee short term power demand reductions during peak periods. Generally these peak periods are in July and August, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm, when air conditioning loads are at their maximum. The CBDR process facilities to with one of three IESO designated CBDR aggregation companies. The facility promises to reduce its power demand by a guaranteed amount for the period required by IESO. This is generally accomplished by shutting off discretionary power loads for fixed amounts of time. Registered facilities are rewarded for this commitment with upfront standby incentives for their commitment to release the set amount of power and additional incentives when IESO calls for that power to be released.
Autani Wireless Retrofit Building Controls – Allows buildings to automate and control all a building’s power loads and devices. Generally this helps facilities to reduce overall power consumption. Autani technology also enables participation in CBDR Demand response programs by giving management control over each power consuming device, so that when a power demand is made by IESO, the facility manager can immediately shut off all power consuming devices and calculate the savings made so that they meet their demand reduction commitments.
Independent Electricity System Operator Feed In Tariff (FIT) Program
- Solar Shingles Canada Photovoltaic Roofing Systems enables facility owner and managers to tap into the IESO FIT program. Canadian designed and fabricated Solar Shingle Canada is an innovative roofing technology which transforms an entire roof into a power generating source. Unlike conventional solar panels, Solar Shingles doe not require either an expensive solar panel racking system or traditional asphalt roof shingles. In addition, unlike conventional roof mounted solar solar panels, facility owners need not budget for the dismantling and remounting of the panel system when the asphalt tiles reach their design life, typically in 10 – 15 years. Instead, the solar shingles are the new roof, providing a 25 year long maintenance free, highly durable and very attractive combined roofing and power generation solution.
- Elspec Power Quality Remediation is used to “clean up and stabilize” the power generated by wind turbines which are one of the key power generating technologies funded by the OPA Feed in Tarriff. Power quality remediation is often required for wind turbines to enable them to meet the stringent power grid connection standards required by Hydro One Network. These standards have been created to prevent a multitude of wind turbines from destabilizing the province’s power grid.
NATURAL GAS UTILITY CONSERVATION INCENTIVES
Canada’s major natural gas distribution utilities offer incentives to help their customers to become more energy efficient by providing financial incentives to invest in energy conservation measures. The following are links to the conservation programs of some gas distribution companies:
- Enbridge 2015 Fixed Retrofit Incentives Flyer – Including Air Curtains
- Union Gas 2015 Summer Rebate Bonus Program for Air Curtains
- Union Gas Incentive Program – Apply Here
- Enbridge Gas Distribution
- Enbridge Gas Video about Inventive Programs
- Union Gas – Save Gas and Money Incentives
- Gaz Metro Programs (Quebec)
The following Wasser Resource technologies qualify for typical natural gas incentives:
- Autani Wireless Retrofit Building Control Systems – Autani building controls enable facility managers to dramatically reduce gas consumption through the use of intelligent thermostats and room heating systems each supplied with two way communication antennas that can enable building management to respond to changes in the amount of heat to be provided to each room or zone. In addition, the Autani Energy Manager control system allows management to schedule the heating of rooms throughout a building. Finally, occupancy controls can further refine the control of the heating system by reducing heating provided to vacant rooms and building zones.
- Heat Conserving Air Curtains Air curtains prevent the loss of building heat throughout the winter each time a pedestrian or freight door opens. In addition, air curtains reduce the infiltration of snow and other precipitation, dramatically reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents, a major winter hazard. Most gas utilities provide generous air curtain incentives based on entry door sizes.
SOCIAL & ASSISTED HOUSING – SECTOR SPECIFIC ENERGY CONSERVATION INCENTIVES
Social housing is a high priority for Canadian society, consequently there are some very generous incentives for this sector as outlined below:
- Enbridge Gas Social Housing Conservation Incentives
- Union Gas Social Housing Conservation Incentives
- Ontario Power Authority Social & Assisted Housing Incentive Programs
CITY OF TORONTO INCENTIVES
The City of Toronto has a number of departments and agencies that help facilities to become more energy efficient and green including:
PROVINCE OF MANITOBA INCENTIVE PROGRAMS
PROVINCE OF QUEBEC INCENTIVE PROGRAMS