Published on March 5, 2014
Take Back Your Energy Dollars The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Truth About Ontario’s Energy Sector Greater KW Chamber of Commerce, 2014-03-05 Derek Satnik, P.Eng., LEED® AP Managing Director & Chief Innovation Officer Mindscape Innovations Group Inc. www.mi-group.ca © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. - Wayne Gretzky
Agenda Context (ie: today’s reality) •Update on Ontario energy pricing trends. •Update on conservation programs/grants Opportunities going forward •101 on Energy Audits & retrofits •How to put energy $$ back into your business Photo from http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/04/img/solar_church_onpage.jpg © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
What Exactly Are We Paying For? • • • • • Insurance? Emissions & waste? Env’t protection? Construction? Taxation? Users: •Residential •Time of Use •Spot Market •Peak & net •Incentives
Actual Energy Price History in Ontario http://www.eco.on.ca/blog/2013/02/20/the-mysteries-of-electricity-pricing-in-ontario/
Actual Energy Price History in Ontario Little to no net change from 2005 through 2012 http://www.eco.on.ca/blog/2013/02/20/the-mysteries-of-electricity-pricing-in-ontario/
Context • Old generators, many due for rebuilds • Surplus baseload generation at night • Annual peaks ~27,000 MW • Diverse supply: some flexible, some not • Diverse hazards & strategies
The Challenge • Aging and now obsolete system • Load forecasts are a best guess (who’s guess is best?) • Anything new costs money • People disagree on the costs • Big budgets beget thick politics … and more politics… … and more politics…
Conservation Roadmap & ROI Chart From book Smart Power: An Urban Guide to Renewable Energy and Efficiency, © William H. Kemp © Mindscape Innovations
http://Saveonenergy.ca/business.aspx • • • • • • • • Demand Response Small Business Lighting Retrofit Program Unitary AC Compressed Air Lighting peaksaver PLUS Audit funding • Existing Building Commissioning • High Performance New Consruction • Process and Systems • Training & Support • separate programs for housing
Energy Efficiency 101 Step 1: Learn what you’re using (metering, watch bills) Step 2: Identify opportunities to use less Step 3: Identify applicable incentive programs Step 4: Consider hiring an energy audit professional Step 5: Retrofit – Start with the low-hanging fruit Step 6: Use min 50% of the savings to finance further efforts (build an increasing project budget year after year) Repeat! Walmart, McKinney, Texas, with white roof, wind & solar: http://www.elperfecto.com/wp-content/uploads/Bing_Maps_Wind_Turbine_Wal-Mart_McKinneyTX.jpg Slide © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
Energy Audits - 101 • Formal studies by qualified / experienced professionals (P.Eng., CEM) – get references! • Levels: 1. Basic Walkthrough 2. Model Scenarios (base case & upgrade options) 3. Temporary metering • Costs: by size & complexity, $0.05-$0.25/ft2 • Time: 2-12 weeks (varies with complexity) • Consultations / Pre-Audits
Putting Energy $$ Back Into Your Business 50/50 plan™: •Take it a year at a time: plan in advance •Track energy savings, and set $$ aside •50% to your bottom line (insurance against rising energy prices) •50% in a new “energy projects” account to fund future projects and build greater savings Photo from http://www.socalofficerealestateblog.com/wp-content/newuploads/2009/06/saddleback-church-solar-electric-panels-1-large.jpg © Mindscape Innovations
Hire a Mindscape Building Doctor™ Monitor your building’s health: •Annual utility checkup & comparison to industry norms •Identify unhealthy symptoms •Plan proactively: identify opportunities before problems •Measurement & Verification •Ongoing performance monitoring and setting of goals/targets © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
Green Building Rating Systems Energy Performance Living Building Challenge LEED NC, CI, CS, EB:O&M Platinum Gold LEEDing 25% Silver Certified Mainstream 50% Energy benchmarking: mNECB / ASHRAE Building Code Environmental Performance Photo from http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/04/img/solar_church_onpage.jpg © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc. Bottom 25% & code violators
Residential Green Building Rating Systems Platinum Energy Performance Gold LEEDing 25% Silver Platinum Gold Certified Mainstream 50% Silver Building Code Bronze Environmental Performance © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc. Bottom 25% & code violators
Implementation of Renewable Energy Systems Step 1: Scoping – determine technology options Step 2: Feasibility assessment(s) Step 3: Research permitting requirements Step 4: Research grants and incentives Step 5: Hire RE consultant or turn-key OEM/distributor • Mindscape provides renewable energy resource assessments to determine which forms of renewable energy will best fit your needs and location • Mindscape also has partners involved with many different renewable energy technologies (check www.mi-group.ca and OSEA members list) Photo by K. Stevens, 2008 – Lions Head © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
Key Points • • • • • • • Energy is politics: be wary of what you hear You can do a lot by yourself Understand your bills Conservation before generation Spend 1% on feasibility Green power is popular & feasible Technical problems can always be solved: be skeptical, but not cynical (ask real questions, and expect and accept real answers) • Use available incentives • Have competent help • Plan ahead Photo by K. Stevens, 2009 - Toronto © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
Mindscape Innovations Group • In this new library of ideas, we’re the librarians. • Turn-key full lifecycle solutions for environmentally and technologically enhanced businesses, homes, and communities. • 15 awards since ‘07, municipal through international • Core enabling services to both the green building sector and the renewable energy sector: energy audits and retrofit planning, project/construction management, commissioning, policy and incentive program development, energy/sustainability plans, feasibility studies, renewable energy solutions, grants and incentives, permits and approvals, and much more... © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
NATURE… …does not know GOOD… …does not know EVIL… knows only Consequences
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