Heads Up CIPEC – Volume 20 No 1

Call for nominations for the 2016 CIPEC Leadership Awards

Nominate a leader in energy efficiency for the prestigious 2016 CIPEC Leadership Awards from now until March 4, 2016. The 11th annual Awards will be presented at Energy Summit 2016 in Niagara Falls on May 17, 2016.

The CIPEC Leadership Awards showcase the outstanding achievements of CIPEC companies that have distinguished themselves in their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Since 2011, the CIPEC Leadership Awards have also honoured post-secondary students and graduates whose projects or initiatives demonstrate energy efficiency improvements in industrial settings or applications.

Winning a CIPEC Leadership Award brings many benefits. Beyond the recognition at the Energy Summit 2016 awards ceremony, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will recognize all winners in the CIPEC Annual Report and national news releases. Recipients will also be featured in CIPEC’s newsletter, Heads Up CIPEC, which is delivered to more than 10,000 industry and government officials.

NRCan will present the following six CIPEC Leadership Awards:

Corporate Stewardship Award – recognizes companies that promote energy efficiency at the corporate level, such as the creation and engagement of an energy management team, the development of a corporate energy management plan or policy, or the implementation of a formalized management system.

Process and Technology Improvement Award – recognizes companies that reduce energy intensity in an industrial process by improving procedures and equipment such as refrigeration or compressed air systems.

Energy Performance Management Award – recognizes companies that improve their energy performance through enhancements to their monitoring, measuring and reporting processes relating to facility or company-wide energy consumption.

Employee Awareness and Training Award – recognizes companies that raise employee awareness and understanding of energy efficiency and promote best practices through knowledge exchange.

Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy Award – recognizes companies that improve energy efficiency at a facility or company-wide level through a range of initiatives as a result of an integrated strategy.

Future Leaders Award – recognizes individuals who are studying or have recently graduated and have completed a project (theoretical or applied) that advances industrial energy efficiency in Canada.

A panel of judges evaluates submissions against the following criteria:

  • Energy performance – reduction in energy use per unit of production
  • Innovation – ingenuity and creativity in the use of an improved or novel idea, method, or process
  • Potential for broad application – transferability to other companies or industry sectors
  • Environmental contribution – reduction in GHG emissions and improvement in environmental sustainability

All companies registered with Natural Resources Canada as a CIPEC Leader are eligible to be nominated. Future Leaders Award nominees must be energy-related practitioners who are either enrolled in an academic institution or have recently graduated (up to five years) and who have completed research or a project pertaining to energy efficiency in the industrial sector. Energy efficiency projects or initiatives must have been completed between March 3, 2014 and March 4, 2016.

The deadline for submitting completed nominations to CIPEC at Natural Resources Canada is March 4, 2016.

For more information on the nomination process, please send a request to
Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation
Natural Resources Canada
E-mail: info.ind@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.

Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation’s funding enables Encana and Cenovus to reduce GHG emissions and improve energy efficiency

In Alberta, large emitters have been required to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity since 2007. From  2007-2015, facilities that emitted more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2-equivalent (tCO2e) annually were required under the province’s Specified Gas Emitters Regulation to reduce emissions intensity by 15 percent, rising to 20 percent in 2017, below a facility-specific emission baseline.

Organizations that are unable to meet their targets through facility improvements have various options to comply. These include the purchase of Alberta-based offset credits, emission performance credits or payments of $15 per tCO2e into the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund. In 2015, the Alberta Government announced a new climate change policy that would increase the fund credit price to $20/tCO2e in 2016 and $30/tCO2e in 2017 and broaden the application of the carbon price beyond large emitters to cover an estimated 78 to 90 percent of the province’s GHG emissions.

The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) is one tool the Government of Alberta uses to advance its Climate Change Strategy and accelerate a move toward a stronger and more diverse lower-carbon economy. The organization has funded more than 100 projects since inception.

Included in that count are two large-scale projects at Cenovus Energy and Encana that have led to improved energy efficiency and significantly reduced GHG emission intensity for both companies.

Jamie Callendar, Environmental Engineer at Encana, notes that the organization has allocated significant resources towards developing and implementing solutions to improve environmental performance. From 2008 to 2015, a total of $76 million was invested into environmental and energy efficiency projects through Encana’s Environmental Innovation Fund, which was a dedicated capital budget for energy efficiency and emission reduction projects.

Although the company’s Environmental Innovation Fund was essential in implementing these energy efficiency and emission reduction projects, the low price of natural gas often challenged project economics so larger-scale endeavours sometimes required third party funding or revenues from carbon offsets to be viable. As an example, Callendar credits the economic success of its recent compressor retrofit program to CCEMC funding and the generation of offset credits. Without the CCEMC grant and the ability to generate offset credits, the $5.3 million project would not have met Encana’s economic threshold for funding.

Callendar explains that the vent gas capture project started in 2010-2011, when the company partnered with Spartan Controls, a Calgary-based company to pilot Spartan’s new SlipStream® vent gas capture technology at two of Encana’s natural gas compressor stations in Alberta. The SlipStream technology, applicable to natural gas-fuelled engines, is a process-control technology that safely manages the flow of natural gas, otherwise vented during normal operation of equipment at the compressor stations, and feeds this gas back into the compressor engine to reduce fuel usage and reduce methane emissions. Once the business case was made for the technology showing that it not only reduced fuel usage but also GHG emissions, the company secured a $2.4 million grant from CCEMC to build on the success of the initial pilots and roll out the new technology to 59 other Encana compressor stations across southern Alberta.

According to Callendar, the project achieved a GHG abatement efficiency of just over $3 per tCO2e, which is much lower than many other GHG emission reduction opportunities. “It’s a very cost effective way to achieve significant GHG emission reductions.” He adds that the project, completed at the beginning of 2015, was successful in part due to economies of scale by pre-fabricating equipment for a large number of compressors, significant savings were gained.

The compressor retrofits are expected to reduce GHG emissions by more than 67,000 tCO2e a year and Encana has already verified and registered over 85,000 tCO2e worth of offset credits from the project up to January 2015. Over the estimated 10-year life of the compressor stations, this will lead to a permanent reduction of over 750,000 tCO2e.

Looking into the future, Callendar sees potential for even greater methane emission reductions using similar technologies at Encana’s over 1,000 well sites in Alberta and BC. “We can take the lessons learned and tackle bigger opportunities now.”

CCEMC funding also enabled similar retrofits at Cenovus Energy. The project there involved the installation of two engine technologies: a REMVue® air/fuel ratio controller and a Slipstream vent-gas injection controller. 

The Cenovus project is part of the company’s Energy Efficiency Fund that targets projects with potential efficiency gains and emission reductions. Milos Krnjaja, Senior Engineer at Cenovus, notes that the company’s fund was established to promote environmental projects that often have longer payback periods and do not easily compete with other capital projects.

CCEMC contributed $2.68 million towards the $7.71 million project that entailed the retrofit of 28 compressor engines with SlipStream technology, 11 of which also had REMVue air/fuel ratio (AFR) controllers installed. “By modernizing our compressor equipment, we gained performance efficiencies, reduced our primary fuel needs and decreased our GHG emissions” says Krnjaja.

Installation of the AFR controllers gave Cenovus greater ability to control the engines’ AFR. “By tuning the engine AFR from rich to lean; fuel efficiencies can be achieved,” notes Krnjaja. The pilot project started in late 2010 and was completed in late 2014 once all the suitable compressors in southern Alberta had been modified.

With the AFR units, Cenovus will save 205,400 cubic feet (ft3) of natural gas and reduce GHG emissions by 4,800 tCO2e per year. The SlipStream technology captures 101,400 ft3 of natural gas and diverts 12,700 tCO2e per year. Krnjaja adds that, “the project payback period was significantly reduced with CCEMC funding in addition to receiving emission offset credits at $15 per tonne.”

“The installed technology’s success increases with  the amount of venting,” says Krnjaja. “The more gas venting sources are available, the better the economics of the combine AFR and SlipStream technology.” Improved maintenance is also expected with the upgraded equipment and Krnjaja believes that it will help Cenovus meet future emissions regulations.

Krnjaja notes that Cenovus is always looking to improve operations in its commitment to process and extract natural resources responsibly. “This project improved the company’s operational efficiency and its environmental performance at the same time; it was a win-win for us.”

Upcoming process integration 3-day workshop in Vancouver promises to provide valuable tools for participants

“Participants can expect a challenging technical course, which will be rewarding and applicable to their work,” says Michael Ross, of RER Energy, and co-facilitator of an upcoming process integration (PI) course in Vancouver, B.C. The course, to be held from April 5 to 7, 2016, will give participants an invaluable toolkit with which to identify energy saving projects.

Engineers and plant managers will be able to evaluate heat recovery projects and improve equipment operating conditions in a systems approach. PI relies on a global understanding of the plant that often reveals energy savings that are not evident when individual plant processes are examined. Many case studies will be presented that demonstrate the applicability of the approach.

Participants will take away a new understanding of the complex energy flows within their plants and will be able to determine the scope for energy savings, say both Ross and Dr. Alberto Alva of Process Ecology and workshop co-facilitator.

Workshop attendants will be introduced to powerful concepts such as composite curves, and learn to calculate targets for minimum energy consumption and process heat recovery potential. They will also appreciate discussions on the identification of sources of energy inefficiency as well as the influence of operation parameters on process efficiency.

Participants will become proficient at the use of CanmetENERGY’S INTEGRATION software that assists in the construction and interpretation of composite curves and the investigation of improved plant configurations. The software also includes modules dedicated to common, energy-intensive utility systems – steam, refrigeration, and compression – that allow rapid analysis of the influence of operating conditions and the impact of common efficiency measures.

Participants will receive the INTEGRATION software courtesy of Natural Resources Canada along with other course materials. The workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Similar PI workshops are being planned in Canada, along with free webinars introducing PI and CanmetENERGY’s INTEGRATION software. The first webinar will be held on February 17th, 2016 at 10:00 AM PST.

For more information and to register for either the course or a free webinar, contact Michael Ross at michael.ross@rerinfo.ca or 514-564-9089.

Hydro Québec offers attractive incentives for electricity measurement and management

Hydro Québec is offering its industrial clients financial incentives for the implementation of electricity management systems. The Industrial Systems Program is targeted at manufacturing companies with an annual electricity bill of more than $750,000; municipal utility and off-grid system customers are also eligible.

Through this program, Hydro Québec aims to promote management systems that use operational controls to measure real-time power consumption of main processes, systems and hardware as well as resource allocation for related activities.

Companies can receive financial assistance for both continuous measurement and electricity management projects. For example, Hydro Québec will support the purchase and installation of monitoring instruments across an entire plant that lead to a better control of electricity consumption. The Program also provides financial assistance for the development, implementation and improvement of electricity management systems that are based on continuous measurement.

Hydro Québec will finance 50 percent for up to a total of $75,000 of eligible purchase and installation costs of continuous measuring equipment per site or service contract. Similarly, the utility will subsidize 50 percent (to a maximum of $75,000) of the development and implementation costs of an electricity management system with a minimum of one year measurement. Each site or service contract can reach a cumulative maximum of $150,000 since May 1, 2015. Companies are also eligible for an additional annual savings of $0.01/kWh depending on the energy efficiency measures implemented.

The benefits of improving electricity management include the use of operational controls to continuously identify electricity savings, reductions in payback periods, little or no investment to enhance operational measures, and the ability to prioritize energy projects. The implementation of an electricity management system in particular incorporates organizational, technical and behavioural measures into the corporate culture as a sustainable way of doing business.

For more information and an application guide, visit www.hydroquebec.com/business/energy-efficiency/programs/industrial-systems-program/continuous-measurement/.

New internship program offers opportunities for both employers and graduates

A new program launched by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) connects employers with technically skilled graduates while offering interns the opportunity to apply their practical knowledge in the area of clean technology. Lisa Daigle, Senior Program Officer, Canadian Partnership at CICan says that this “is an exceptional opportunity for employers to work with qualified candidates in different disciplines from across Canada to create new jobs in the area of clean technology.”

Under the internship program, employers are eligible for a subsidy of up to $12,000 when they hire college or institute graduates from a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) program. Daigle explains that while employers may look for their own interns, they can also ask CICan to assist them with finding potential candidates. “STEM college and institute graduates are also eligible to apply as are those on currently on leave,” says Daigle, noting that co-op students, however, are not eligible.

Daigle explains that the program is currently accepting applications on a continuous intake basis. Given the benefits to both the employer and intern, and to furthering of clean technology, Daigle expects that the program will continue.

Applications have come from across the country from all industry sectors. Submissions include positions in such areas as clean technology software development, solar panel installation and identification of energy efficiency measures.

Daigle notes that STEM graduates bring a valuable skill set that can help employers realize their clean technology projects and improve environmental and economic outcomes in Canada.

For more information on the program, visit http://cleantech.collegesinstitutes.ca/.

Clean Energy Ministerial Awards recognize global and national leadership in clean energy use

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is inviting submissions for its first edition of the Energy Management Leadership Awards to be presented at the CEM7 conference on June 1 and 2, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Several prestigious awards in clean energy leadership will recognize organizations that have developed an energy management system (EnMS) that has been third-party certified to the ISO 50001 standard.

The CEM’s Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), which administers the awards, includes representatives from Australia, Canada, Chile, China (observer), the European Commission, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden and the United States. With these awards, the EMWG hopes to acknowledge high-achieving companies and raise awareness of EnMS as a solution to energy and economic challenges.

Eligible industrial, commercial or public sector organizations, at the corporate- or facility-level, can submit structured case studies that detail the benefits of having an ISO 50001-certified EnMS. Entries will be considered for (1) the CEM Award of Excellence in Energy Management, (2) National Energy Management Awards, and (3) Energy Management Insight Awards.

The CEM Award of Excellence in Energy Management will provide global recognition for efficient energy management to three winners. Individual governments can also decide to honor organizations with National Energy Management Awards, while the Energy Management Insight Awards recognize organizations that have advanced global insight on the benefits of EnMS.

By sharing the qualifying case studies of leaders in energy efficiency, the CEM also hopes to:

  • Accelerate EnMS uptake to meet national and global change goals;
  • Provide convincing business cases supported by existing data and experiences;
  • Enhance international and national energy efficiency programs; and
  • Reinforce the benefits of EnMS implementation and measurable results.

An initial review will ensure the eligibility and completeness of submissions. Accepted entries will then move on to the selection stage. Every case study will be reviewed and scored, on a scale from 0 to 100, by two experts and each expert will review up to 15 case studies. The highest-scoring entries will be considered as finalists for the awards and will again be reviewed and scored to arrive at the three CEM Award of Excellence finalists.

Finalists will be selected based upon an extensive set of evaluation criteria, which include a high-quality and replicable description of ISO 50001 implementation and the resulting business benefits – the criterion with the most points possible. Other criteria include detailed descriptions of the business case, tools and resources, the development and use of professional expertise, training and communication as well as a cost-benefit analysis, lessons learned, quotes and visuals.

Organizations intending to submit case studies must use the CEM’s Case Study Template  where all the evaluation criteria are detailed and examples provided. The submission deadline for case studies of up to eight pages is March 1, 2016 at 22:00 UTC.

For more information about the awards, visit www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Initiatives/Energy-Management/Leadership-Awards/Official-Rules.

Dollars to $ense Energy Management workshops – winter schedule

Workshops offered in collaboration with Langara College
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
To register, call the Langara College’s Continuing Studies Registration Office at 604-323-5322

Energy Monitoring
Date: February 26

Recommissioning for Buildings
Date: March 11

Energy Efficiency Financing
Date: March 25

Notice: Please allow eight to 10 weeks from the planning to the delivery of a customized Dollars to $ense workshop.

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