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September 2014 Vol. XVIII, No. 8

The following three articles conclude the coverage of the Energy Summit 2014 conference entitled “Where Efficiency Meets Profitability”, held on May 14 and 15, 2014 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Process integration offers an unbeatable, profitable approach to energy savings

“The data has shown that process integration is a very profitable approach to optimize energy use and realize significant energy savings, ultimately increasing the competitiveness of industry,” says Philippe Navarri, Senior Project Manager at CanmetENERGY. A recently published report summarizes the data gathered from 62 process integration (PI) studies conducted between 2004 and 2013, funded by NRCan’s PI Incentive Program across Canada.

Process integration studies analyze industrial processes to determine the best use for heat throughout a plant and identify the most efficient heat recovery opportunities. Since PI looks at a facility’s energy systems as a whole, it can achieve maximum energy efficiency gains and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. PI studies are ideal for companies that use more than 100 000 gigajoules (GJ) of thermal energy annually or 2.5 million cubic metres (m3) of natural gas.

The PI Incentive Program provides up to 50 percent of study costs to a maximum of $40,000 for CIPEC members, making PI studies very cost-effective, with an average payback period of 1.5 years and often as low as a few months for some projects. As Don Breen, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Government Affairs at Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation says, “the savings are remarkable; the study has already paid for itself ten times over.”

The summary report indicates that almost 75 percent of the PI studies between 2004 and 2013 represented pulp and paper, and food and beverage facilities. Sixty percent of all studies were conducted in Quebec and Ontario.

Companies that implemented PI study recommendations are saving 6600 terajoules (TJ) in fuel energy per year or approximately $34 million annually (at 2013 energy prices). For example, energy efficiency improvements after a PI study at the Viandes duBreton pork processing plant in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec reduced fossil fuel consumption by nearly 1.15 million litres (L) in light fuel oil and 500 000 L in propane, or 60 000 GJ annually.

The report also details how many PI study recommendations have been implemented (33 percent) and are scheduled to be implemented shortly (14 percent), with the pulp and paper sector having the most implemented projects to date. Several pulp and paper mills also used the result of the PI studies to identify steam savings that could be turned into renewable power, thus maximizing revenue from electricity sales through cogeneration (CHP) systems. In total, participating companies sold 460 000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity from renewable sources generating around $35 million in additional annual revenue.

In addition to energy savings and increased revenue, implemented PI projects are reducing direct and indirect GHG emissions by 390 000 tonnes per year, equivalent to the emissions of approximately 100 000 cars. Additional benefits include reduced water consumption and increased production at some facilities. The exposure to PI also increases awareness about heat recovery opportunities and provides the tools for initiating an energy consumption reduction roadmap.

Despite the resounding success of PI studies to date, Navarri notes that there is significant, unexploited potential given that only 10 percent of the companies that could participate in PI studies have done so. If all 600 or so Canadian industrial facilities suitable for PI were to implement PI study recommendations, an estimated $350 million in annual fuel savings, $100 million in yearly electricity sales from cogeneration and a reduction of 3.4 million tonnes per year of GHG emissions could be realized.

To achieve this potential, CanmetENERGY, in partnership with CIPEC, provincial governments and organizations is (1) increasing awareness of the tremendous benefits of PI studies, (2) building capacity to conduct and understand the results of PI studies and (3) training engineers and university-level engineering students in process integration.

Navarri notes that 13 PI courses already have been offered to 193 participants across Canada, with the majority having taken place in Quebec so far. Several are planned for this year, including a course tailored to the oil and gas sector in Calgary (November 4–6) and to the pulp and paper sector at a later date.

"PI is the best way for us to get the most accurate picture of energy consumption. We are using the results to build our five-year energy reduction plan," says Marc Désaulniers, Manager of Energy Conservation at Kruger Products.

Visit Natural Resources Canada Website to learn more about how your facility could benefit from process integration.

Process Integration training workshop for the upstream oil and gas sector – Calgary, November 4 to 6, 2014

Suncor, the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) and the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance (AEEA) are pleased to invite you to a three-day workshop to be held at Suncor Energy Centre in Calgary, 150  6th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta

To promote the application of process integration in the upstream oil and gas sector and identify projects that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To enable participants to evaluate heat recovery projects and improve equipment operating conditions through a comprehensive approach that covers utility systems (or services) and the process as a whole.

Participants will understand process integration principles (including Pinch analysis), which they will be able to integrate into their energy analyses. Participants will also be able to use the different modules of the INTEGRATION software, developed by Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY.

Target Audience
The course is intended for engineers, process design engineers, plant project managers and other professionals in the upstream oil and gas sector specializing in industrial energy efficiency who carry out or oversee analyses designed to improve complex industrial energy systems.

Software and Practical Exercises
Throughout the training session, lessons will be delivered on software developed by CanmetENERGY called INTEGRATION. The software and necessary files will already be installed on computers in the classroom.

Value-added Content
Each participant will receive a printed copy of the training manual as well as a USB memory stick with an information package on process integration and a copy of the INTEGRATION software. Participants will also have access to future software updates.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to heat integration of industrial processes
  • Principles of global energy analysis and basic Pinch analysis concepts
  • Graphical representation of process streams and heat exchanges
  • Determining the minimum energy consumption and heat recovery potential of a process
  • Identifying heat exchanges that are sources of energy inefficiency


  • Steam, refrigeration and compression systems – for each utility system
  • Overview of main equipment items and basic principles
  • Evaluation of energy performance and sources of waste heat; influence of operating parameters
  • The utility system in a global analysis context: evaluation of heat recovery potential


  • Analysis of heat exchanger networks using Pinch analysis
  • Case studies from the oil and gas sector: SAGD and gas processing
  • Financial programs for industrial energy efficiency

Registration and welcome: 8:00 a.m.
Training session: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Continental breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided each day.)


  • Alberto Alva, MSc, PhD, MBA, Process Ecology
  • Michael Ross, BASc, RER Energy Inc.
  • Philippe Navarri, PhD, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada

Suncor Energy is Canada’s largest integrated energy company strategically focused on developing one of the world's largest petroleum resource basins – Canada's Athabasca oil sands.

The Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), Natural Resources Canada, is a voluntary industry and government partnership that helps Canadian industries cut costs and raise profits through energy efficiency and boost competitiveness by investing in responsible energy use.

Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance is a diverse group of stakeholders actively working to maximize energy efficiency in the province.

Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY is the Canadian leader in clean energy research and technology development.

The sponsors have arranged that there will be no fee for this workshop. There are a limited number of seats. Registration will be completed on a first-come-first-served basis. A waiting list will be created.

Please send an e-mail with your contact information (name, title, company, e-mail address and telephone number) to Richard Dollighan, Industry Officer, Industry and Transportation Division, Natural Resources Canada. E-mail: richard.dollighan@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca; telephone: 613-992-2386.

The path to effective energy management: CIPEC Leaders share their experience

Case studies and videos on ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard certification and process integration featuring CIPEC Leader companies are now available online:

Case Studies:

ISO 50001 certification at 3M Canada’s Tape Plant in Brockville, Ontario

“Energy does not manage itself. You need to put the resources into it,” says Earl Taylor, 3M Plant Engineering Leader, 3M-Brockville. The plant was one of the first to obtain ISO 50001 certification in North America. Taylor credits the company’s established energy management program, a recently implemented energy management information system (EMIS), and its prior ISO experience as major advantages on the path to certification. Maintaining certification will be easy, as “ISO 50001 is built into everyone’s job,” explains Taylor. Finally, for those considering ISO 50001 certification, Taylor notes that having an energy management coordinator and implementing an EMIS are definite assets.

ISO 50001 certification at St. Marys Cement Plant in Bowmanville, Ontario

St. Marys plant in Bowmanville was already certified ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, and had received 360 Energy's silver-level Certification in Energy Excellence in 2009. All of these processes complemented St. Marys' drive for ISO 50001 certification. The plant’s Energy Management Conservation Committee developed a Sustainable Energy Plan that includes employee energy management training, benchmarking industry best practices and ensuring the regular assessment of the plant’s energy performance.  In 2011, the energy conservation elements of ISO 50001 certification saved the plant $1.6 million and achieved the plant’s annual energy reduction target of two percent.

Process Integration at Rothsay, Division of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., in Dundas, Ontario

“The process integration (PI) study identified uses for energy that had previously been going to waste,” says Ron Vincent, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Since 2005, when Rothsay completed a five-month PI study, the plant has saved more than $2.2 million in energy costs and reduced natural gas consumption from 43.0 to 39.7 cubic metres per raw tonne processed. An additional $1.5 million in energy savings were identified, and the projects are being implemented as they become financially competitive with other capital projects. These improvements mean that the facility has reached its annual energy reduction target of three percent more often than not. 


ISO 50001 certification at Broan-NuTone, Mississauga, Ontario

Broan-NuTone, a manufacturer of residential ventilation, prides itself on producing environmentally friendly products. As Rodier Grondin, Vice-President of Operations, says, “we are always looking for environmental innovations and improvements to our operations,” noting that the company has spearheaded many environmental initiatives over the decades. Energy efficiency was already part of the corporate and employee culture, which means that ISO 50001 implementation and certification was a natural next step. Energy management for Broan-NuTone is all about the people. Paoyn Lew Li, Manufacturing Engineer notes that it is the level of employee engagement that has made the standard such a success.

ISO 50001 certification at the IBM plant in Bromont, Quebec

Nathalie Christen says that the Bromont’s ISO 50001 certification fits well with the company’s approach to continuous improvement. Besides instilling a sense of pride in employees, certification and the energy improvements leading to it have resulted in a plant-wide average annual reduction in energy consumption of nine percent. Christen says that they have “set high goals to maximize energy efficiency; ISO 50001 certification will take us to that next level of cost control and sustainable practices.” In the journey to certification, significant energy use centres were identified, dynamic energy efficiency dashboards were installed and responsible energy management in IBM’s supply chain were promoted.

ISO 50001 certification at St. Marys Cement Plant in Bowmanville, Ontario

International standards help Canadian companies reduce their carbon footprint with the implementation of global energy management systems. ISO standards help companies like St. Mary’s Cement reduce the level of energy they consume and increase productivity.

To read the case studies and view the videos, visit www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/industry/technical-info/5421.

CCInnovations to build on construction industry research, innovation and collaboration

“What CCInnovations provides is a means to bring innovators from across the industry to the same table so they can approach issues in a collaborative fashion that will benefit the entire industry,” says Paul Verhesen, President and CEO of Clark Builders and Chair of the CCInnovations board, about the recent creation of the new research institute for the construction sector.

CCInnovations was created late last year out of a need to better link existing, ongoing and new research in the industry to increase productivity and competitiveness in the sector. Ken Lancastle, Associate Director, Communications and Technology at the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), explains that the institute, which CCA helped fund at start-up, is modeled on similar institutes in the field of Canadian mining and forestry research..

”The idea is to build on the research already carried out by researchers in the construction industry in order to solve industry problems,” says Lancastle. Innovation is not new to the construction industry, notes Lancastle, but “compiling and coordinating it, and making sure that everyone involved is on the same page will be.”

Once the CCA provided seed funding, CCInnovations raised additional funding from construction firms across Canada. Then, in August 2014, Pierre Boucher, who has 20 years of experience in the construction industry, was appointed as CCInnovation’s president.

Lancastle explains that CCA is pleased to see an industry-driven institute that can help drive innovative solutions for the sector. The creation of CCInnovations, he says, will provide the Canadian construction industry with a one-stop shop for research and innovation, and a clearinghouse for ideas. As well, since there are many research institutions, including universities and colleges, already operating within the sphere, CCInnovations can help link the industry to those researchers.

He notes that the creation of CCInnovations has met with an overwhelming positive response. The majority of companies in the construction industry are small to medium-sized businesses without dedicated research and innovation budgets. At the same time, the existence of CCInnovations will allow larger companies with research budgets to focus their energies and resources on specific projects. Lancastle adds that “all companies will benefit from the collaborative projects and the research shared amongst companies through CCInnovations.”

CCInnovations will ensure that industry is aware of such innovations, will assist in its commercialization and ultimately enhance productivity.

To find out more about the program, visit www.ccinnovations.ca.

Suncor-GE-COSIA agreements tackle innovative water treatment technologies

“By teaming up with companies like GE who have internationally renowned technical expertise, we are continuing to take steps toward implementing innovative technologies that will make a difference in continued environmental improvements,” says Steve Williams, Suncor President and CEO. Williams is referring to two recently signed agreements between his company, other members of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and GE that focus on water treatment technologies, the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy efficiency.

Kelli Stevens, spokesperson for Suncor, notes that the first agreement expands on a pilot project started in 2011 by Suncor, GE and Alberta Innovates to treat water produced by steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). Devon Canada Corporation and ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corporation have signed on to the pilot. “This will extend the pilot’s run times at Suncor’s MacKay River facility in Alberta as well as facilitate more lab-scale testing – all generating more data and increasing certainty about the technology’s efficacy,” says Stevens.

During SAGD, an in-situ oil extraction process, steam is injected into wells to mobilize bitumen, and the resulting stream of bitumen and condensed steam is pumped to the surface to be de-oiled before the water portion of that stream can be recycled for steam. The produced water treatment technology being piloted at MacKay River is actually one of several being tested by Suncor and other COSIA members. “While water recycling rates are already around 90 percent or greater, there is always room for improvement,” says Stevens.

Better produced water technology is not only better for business (as it improves the functioning of evaporators and other equipment), but more efficient equipment also means reduced energy and groundwater use and fewer GHG emissions. Phase I of the pilot is now operating, and Suncor expects a report on this phase towards the end of 2014. Phase 2 project testing will commence in mid-2015, with a final report expected a year later.

The second agreement announced in early July, in which several other COSIA members are involved, is a Memorandum of Understanding with GE to pursue other Joint Industry Projects with a potential investment of up to $13 million. These projects will also focus on water treatment technologies and energy efficiency. The companies involved expect to release more details as plans become more firm.

Stevens says that these two agreements are only two examples of the initiatives that Suncor is involved in to reduce water use, energy consumption and GHG emissions in the oil sands sector. “Suncor believes that it is possible to pursue a triple bottom line – economic, environmental and social well-being. We need to be leaders on all of these fronts.”

For more information on COSIA, visit www.cosia.ca.

CEE Annual Industry Report shows steady electric and gas efficiency program expenditures

The 2013 annual report from the Consortium of Energy Efficiency (CEE) documents energy trends in the electricity and natural gas industries in Canada and the United States. The report, 2013 State of the Efficiency Program Industry, is based on a large and comprehensive survey of program administrators. The report details the budgets, expenditures and impacts of energy efficiency programs.

The CEE was established by energy efficiency program administrators from the United States and Canada in order to maximize the impact of energy efficiency programs. Electric and gas efficiency program administrators from both countries choose to report their efficiency and demand response program data to the CEE annual survey.

The report notes that gross incremental energy savings in 2012 from electricity energy efficiency for the industrial and commercial sectors totaled 914 gigawatt hours (GWh).  Almost half of the savings (44 percent) are attributed to ratepayer-funded industrial and commercial electric programs in both Canada and the U.S. Canadian natural gas gross incremental energy savings (in units of thousand decatherms) were nearly 9000 in 2012, most of them coming from industrial and commercial programs. 

Canadian natural gas and electric program administrators budgeted $990 million on energy efficiency and demand side management (DSM) programs in 2013.

For electricity efficiency programs, nearly three-quarters of the $696 million spent in 2012 went to rebates and incentives, with the remainder being spent on marketing and administration, and research and evaluation. Commercial and industrial programs accounted for 55 percent of the electricity expenditures, followed by demand response programs at 14 percent. In 2001, Canadian electric administrators spent $65 million, or nine percent, of the total electricity DSM expenditures on their demand response programs.

In terms of natural gas program expenditures in Canada, $104 million was spent in 2012, with 45 percent going towards the industrial and commercial sectors. Customer incentives represented about two-thirds of these expenditures. In 2013, Canadian natural gas program administrators budgeted $116 million for energy efficiency programs.

In general, the data shows that expenditures from both ratepayer and other funding sources have grown, which reflects investment in demand side management by nine percent between 2011 and 2012. It follows that the combined gas and electric DSM program budgets from all sources for both Canada and the U.S. peaked at $9.6 billion in 2013. The survey results suggest that program funding has steadily increased and that several administrators work on multi-year budgets and have already earmarked DSM program funding well into the future.

To read the report, visit http://library.cee1.org/content/2013-state-efficiency-program-industry-report.

The following three articles conclude the coverage of the Energy Summit 2014 conference entitled “Where Efficiency Meets Profitability”, held on May 14 and 15, 2014 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Implementing systems that guarantee continual improvements

A better understanding of energy consumption is critical to achieving savings. In the Energy Performance Improvements session at the Energy Summit 2014, experts from the instrumentation field, utilities and efficiency organizations discussed steps in continual energy performance improvements.

Mike Elsinga, Instrumentation and Controls Manager at Tetra Tech Fransen, discussed the development of a monitoring, targeting and reporting program to better manage energy consumption. “By understanding energy on a real-time basis, we wanted to bring visibility and awareness of the plant’s energy performance.” Elsinga’s approach was to design a “Smarter Energy Program” that includes the following elements:

  • Elaborate a smarter energy program that is transferrable to all industry types
  • Monitor, target and report on process efficiency
  • Develop a cost-effective model of process performance
  • Account for all energy sources so that total energy footprint is reduced
  • Provide real-time performance indicators
  • Maintain the model with minimal support

Given the complex processes of the plant, Elsinga used traditional regression analysis, a neural networks model and Cumulative Sum control (CUSUM) to understand and evaluate energy changes. The operational energy assessment then developed into an implementation strategy for the whole system, which is composed of three steps:

  • integrate the system into the plant’s existing reporting infrastructure and control system interfaces;
  • train management and operators to use the system and have them keep a log book of findings; and
  • measure the plant’s performance with the system in use and determine if the system should be expanded to other sites.

Jordan Meunier, Program Manager, Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program at Union Gas said that in 2013, Union Gas had undertaken 114 industrial efficiency studies jointly with their customers, with average incentives of $6,000 each. “Installing or repairing insulation is popular – in fact it’s our second highest energy savings maintenance initiative for our customers.” The dollar savings from one customer were just under $300,000 annually. However, you don’t always need to think big, even insulation on an average diameter condensate pipe can save about $66 per meter annually.”

Steam traps and leaks represent the most common and highest impact maintenance recommendations. “Our history and recent studies suggest annual savings per site in our customer base of between $10,000 and $1.56 million.” Just one quick and easy steam saving repair can yield $2,400 in annual savings by eliminating that one average pressure rooftop steam leak (with a three-foot plume). Also, a “steam blitz” study can help uncover and prioritize multiple opportunities site-wide and can be conducted at a net cost of $6,000 to $9,000 per customer site after Union Gas incentives.

The implementation of integrated energy management, including ISO 50001 principles, will ensure comprehensive and continuous improvement, leading to even bigger and sustained rewards. “No one is perfect; therefore, continuous improvement makes sense,” said Meunier. Jordan reminded attendees to reach out to their utilities for technical support and incentive-funding opportunities – and that customers that are saving natural gas are likely eligible for Union Gas incentive funding.

“Increased awareness and accountability increases energy savings,” said Andrea Henwood, Program Manager, as she discussed how Efficiency Nova Scotia promotes the adoption of energy management information systems (EMIS) in order for organizations to commit to systematically managing energy.

One way to start is to break the facility down into Energy Account Centres (EACs), which fall under the responsibility of one person and reflect the organizational structure. By doing so, accountability for energy consumption and costs rests with those making decisions.

One of the key components of implementing a successful EMIS is creating an energy management culture. This can be achieved by

  • Demonstrating leadership commitment
  • Creating an energy team
  • Integrating energy into existing management processes
  • Ensuring energy is on the agenda for meetings
  • Nurturing ongoing communication and engagement
  • Having one-on-one communication with each EAC owner
  • Creating an energy presence in all existing communication channels

She noted as well that “it is also important to have a feedback system whereby actions to achieve goals are reported and how employees are helping is noted.” In a case study on CKF Inc., which adopted EMIS, Henwood said that EAC owners and operators can now see real-time energy performance, review daily/weekly/monthly energy use and cost reports, determine best practices and take corrective action when required. As a result of EMIS, the company now uses demand management alerts and has achieved 456 000 kilowatt hours (kWh) savings in one year.

Small, continuous energy improvements can lead to large savings and GHG emission reductions

Small can be beautiful in the world of energy efficiency where the systematic implementation of small-scale energy efficiency improvements can yield large savings. Moreover, when these are implemented as part of a larger program, they can also be economical as noted by presenters from Encana, Cenovus Energy, ConocoPhillips and the Prasino Group during the Small is beautiful session at the Energy Summit 2014.

Jamie Callendar, Environmental Engineer at Encana, explained that the company’s Environmental Innovation Fund (EIF) invests in the development and implementation of innovative technologies that will improve both Encana’s environmental performance and that of the oil and gas sector. The fund’s internal efficiency program provides funding for projects within Encana’s upstream oil and gas business units that create measurable reductions in energy usage, air emissions, land impacts or fresh water use.

Since 2008, the Encana EIF has invested approximately $73 million, with $53 million allocated to projects within Encana’s own operations that, together, have, achieved a total of 8.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas savings. Additionally, a reduction of 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 eq) has been achieved to date. “The internal rate of return of these projects has exceeded 33 percent annually since 2009,” stated Callendar.

Key contributing projects included a $2.8 million well site retrofit program to reduce methane emissions from pneumatic pumps and controllers at 725 remote well sites, resulting in approximately 55 000 tonnes of CO2eq reductions annually. Encana also implemented a $5.4 million vent-gas capture program at 52 compressor stations that will generate reductions of more than 67 000 tonnes of CO2 eq per year when completed later this year. Callendar noted that Encana has allocated significant internal resources to capture additional value from the generation of carbon offsets from its Alberta projects (where current policies allow for the creation of such credits if a government-approved protocol is in place). The generation of carbon offsets significantly improves project economics for methane emission reduction projects and provides a tool for Encana to proactively manage future regulatory risks related to greenhouse gas emissions.

The Energy Efficiency Fund, established by Cenovus Energy in 2007, achieved a total emission reduction of about 200 000 tonnes of CO2eq according to Milos Krnjaja, the company’s Energy Efficiency Engineer.

Krnjaja noted that “the economics of energy efficiency projects are often challenging, and often more flexible performance metrics are needed to recognize their value.” Frequently that value, such as GHG credits for vented gas reductions, is greater than the savings. He also suggested that dedicated personnel and engaged operations employees are important in a project’s success.

Krnjaja discussed the company’s vented emissions project, which used RemVue® Air Fuel Ratio and Slipstream® technology to manage the fuel delivery system and redirect waste emissions to fuel compressor engines. REMVue® controls and manages the air-to-fuel ratio for facility engines, and Slipstream® captures vent gases using them as supplementary fuel and thus reducing site emissions. Engines use the same amount of fuel but can now also use vented gas as fuel. To date, the project has reduced annual emissions by more than 13 000 tonnes of CO2eq.

“Waste to wealth is possible, in some cases,” noted Sean Hiebert, Team Lead, Western Canada Business Unit (WCBU) Operations Energy Efficiency at ConocoPhillips Canada, as he presented a case study on the use of triethylene glycol (TEG) dehydration waste gas as reciprocating engine fuel gas. “To our knowledge, it’s the first project of its kind,” noted Hiebert.

This is only one project “type” that ConocoPhillips is currently evaluating and may possibly implement within its operations, as part of the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) funded project.

In addition to reducing CO2 and benzene emissions (as a result of the combustion of the TEG dehydration waste gas within the engine vs. venting to the atmosphere), Hiebert noted that the technologies used (RemVue®, AFRC and SlipStream®) enable the operator to safely displace up to 50 percent of total engine fuel consumption with low pressure gas sources on site. After several months of operation, the engine is performing well and 10 percent of the engines’ total fuel gas is being displaced by the TEG dehydration waste gas.

Project challenges included the conflict of energy efficiency projects with a production-centered business model, and buy-in from field staff who were hesitant to introduce waste gas into precise engines.

Keith Driver, Co-founder and Director of The Prasino Group, explained that Cap-Op Energy was created to provide industry with a streamlined system to gather data on their energy efficiency projects. This includes tracking individual project performance and reaping the benefits of GHG offsets that come from these projects.

Cap-Op Energy’s primary tool is the Distributed Energy Efficiency Project Platform (DEEPP), which provides a scalable solution for data gathering per unit benchmarked and also offers data analytics. Having a better understanding of the results of individual projects helps build the business case for accelerating project implementation and project/technology refinement.

“Many opportunities lie in energy efficiency in the oil and gas sector,” said Driver. “There are substantial opportunities for companies to realize a significant return on investments in these projects while improving the environmental performance within the sector.”

He presented a study of the oil and gas industry in Alberta, covering 370 000 well sites and related processing infrastructure. He noted that there is the potential to save 295 million tonnes of CO2eq (over ten years) from “the low-hanging fruit.” Moreover, GHG credits could improve project economics and drive further energy efficiency initiatives. “With these credits, the unrealized combined revenue can be staggering.”

Community Energy Plans – good for industry and communities

Community Energy Plan (CEP), Combined Heat and Power (CHP), and district energy technologies as emerging opportunities for industry to partner in energy management at the community level were discussed during the second-day session at the Energy Summit 2014.

Richard Laszlo, Director, Research & Education, QUEST Canada Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, explained that CEP considers stakeholder energy needs and looks for mutually beneficial solutions that are adaptable to a wide range of industrial facilities.

CEP represents a departure from the traditional approach to energy where the focus is on power; instead CEP considers all energy needs with coordinated decision-making among all stakeholders. In such an approach, smaller, local, more efficient energy opportunities are exploited, thereby reducing the costs, risks and environmental impacts.

Jan Buijk, CEO, EPS AB Energy Canada Ltd., discussed engineered modular CHP systems noting that, to date, more than 100 CHP systems have been installed across Canada. He provided a number of examples of successful CHP projects including one installed at Soave Hydroponics where a CHP system provides up to 12 megawatts (MW) of power, heating and carbon dioxide (CO2). Power is being exported into the grid, while heat and the CO2 are utilized in the greenhouse. Buijk also detailed some CHP solutions including the Ecomax engineered CHP modules, which can produce power and heat in a range from 335 kW up to 4.4 MW.

Next, Alex Chapman, Acting Corporate Manager, Community Energy, City of Guelph, recounted the City of Guelph’s experience with CEP. One of the first key steps is considering the many different perspectives of the stakeholders, which include the municipalities, citizens, business, utilities and community groups. CEP must then benchmark against top performers, set targets and specify concrete actions.

“The City of Guelph spends $440 million annually on energy,” notes Chapman. As a result of the CEP, a CHP and district energy system is powering Guelph’s Hanlon Creek Business Park. The CEP has also resulted in the implementation of the Guelph Energy Efficiency Retrofit strategy for residences.

Industry benefits significantly from CEP by reducing operating costs, accessing a more reliable energy supply and obtaining better quality electricity. With district energy, there are lower capital costs, and waste heat becomes a sellable asset. Moreover, businesses gain an improved green public image.

“CEP aligns the entire community and offers benefits to all stakeholders but it must be institutionalized and embodied in real programs/projects to succeed,” concluded Chapman.

CIPEC Webinar: Savings opportunities with HVAC systems

Date: October 29, 2014 English session – October 30, 2014 French session
Time: 14:00 AST/ 13:00 EST/ 12:00 CST/ 11:00 MST/ 10:00 PST
Location: Online, delivered through your web browser
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: Free

Improved energy efficiency helps your business lower operating costs which in turn can help improve competitiveness. Efficiently operating HVAC systems can help greatly reduce annual energy consumption and save money.

During this webinar you will learn what steps you can take to identify, quantify and prioritize energy efficiency opportunities.


  1. Introduction
  2. Guest speakers:
    English session: Damir Naden, Energy Efficiency Manager, Enbridge: Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Industrial HVAC
    French session: Claude Ménard, CEM,  Mécanique du bâtiment MC2
  3. Case studies:
    English session: Gerry St. Denis P.eng, Plant Engineer, Fabrene Inc.
    French session: Claude Ménard, CEM,  Mécanique du bâtiment MC2 : MolsonCoors Canada, winner of Prix Énergia 2012
  4. Conclusion and Q&A

You can register online HERE for October 29 English webinar
You can register online HERE  for October 30 French webinar

or to receive more information please contact Francis Charette at francis.charette@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca or 613-996-7744 

Priority will be given to CIPEC Leaders. For more information about becoming a CIPEC Leader, click here.

New CIPEC Leaders

Food and Beverage Sector

Fairfield Propagators Ltd. – Chilliwack, British Columbia

Katatheon Farms Inc. – Langley, British Columbia

Les Serres Lefort inc. – Sainte-Clotilde, Quebec

Origin Organic Farms Inc. – Delta, British Columbia

Mining Sector

Les mines Opinaca Ltée – Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops – Fall and winter Schedule

Energy Monitoring
Date: November 22
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Offered in collaboration with Langara College

Energy Management Information Systems
Date: December 15
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Offered in collaboration with Langara College

Recommissioning for Buildings
Date: December 16
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Offered in collaboration with Langara College

Energy Efficiency Financing
Date: December 17
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Offered in collaboration with Langara College

To register, call the Langara College’s Continuing Studies Registration Office at 604-323-5322

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

Complete list of industrial events

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