Heads Up CIPEC – Volume 20 No 9

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CIPEC Mining Sector Task Force welcomes new Co-Chair

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Andrew Cooper, Co-Chair of CIPEC’s Mining Task Force and Energy Specialist at New Gold Inc.

“I believe in the value of collaboration within and across industry sectors,” says Andrew Cooper, incoming Co-Chair of CIPEC’s Mining Task Force and Energy Specialist at New Gold Inc. He understands the challenges faced by mining companies when it comes to energy efficiency. Solution-oriented, he brings passion and enthusiasm to this work in the energy management field.

Cooper has spent the last 24 years of his career in the mining, steel and petrochemical sectors as an electrical engineer and engineering manager. In the five years that he has been at New Gold, he has implemented an energy management information system (EMIS) and managed New Gold’s ISO 50001 implementation and certification in 2014, making it the first mine in North America to do so. In 2015, Cooper received the Association of Energy Engineers 2015 International Energy Manager of the Year award for his efforts.

Through his involvement in the Mining Sector Task Force, he hopes to learn about best practices in other industries and opportunities for federally-supported energy conservation. He also wants to gain a greater insight into the challenges faced by other mining companies.

Moreover, Cooper would like to see the mining industry develop a better understanding of, and commitment to, “conservation first.” He plans to promote the value of “designing in” energy efficiency in the mining industry and encourage the adoption of energy management systems.

Cooper also sees the benefits in a good working relationship with utilities and feels that this could lead to solutions to energy management issues for the sector. He wants to encourage industry collaboration with the various organizations that are championing energy efficiency improvement. “I believe in what is possible through collaboration and a focused effort.”

CIPEC welcomes new forest products Leaders

“Being part of a group involved in energy conservation is extremely valuable,” says Cecil Burns, Energy Manager at Weyerhauser’s Kenora Mill in Ontario, speaking about the facility’s recent move to become a CIPEC Leader in the forest products sector, along with facilities in Vancouver and Princeton, B.C.

“Becoming a CIPEC member aligns with Weyerhauser’s sustainability philosophy, which hinges on reducing energy use, decreasing the company’s environmental footprint and reducing its GHG emissions,” says Burns. He adds that he also appreciates the availability of energy training courses, the online resources and the networking opportunities offered by CIPEC.

Weyerhauser is hardly new to energy efficiency initiatives and its Kenora plant attests to the company’s long-standing commitment to energy conservation. Managers of the Kenora mill have always been conscious of conserving energy and tracking consumption ever since its opening in 2002.  A formal energy conservation program that targeted specific fuels was implemented in 2008, says Burns. Each fuel type (biomass, electricity, diesel, natural gas and propane) has a champion that helps set up use reduction projects to meet company targets.

In 2010, the Kenora mill was the first to be approved for Ontario’s Northern Industrial Energy Rate Program (NIER), which required a formal energy management plan. “We have participated in the program and developed our energy management plan ever since.”

Burns notes that the Kenora mill has also benefitted from incentives offered by the local utilities to support energy project engineering studies. These studies have identified projects like variable frequency drive (VFD) retrofits, the potential implementation of an organic rankine cycle, and the capture of waste heat.

By 2015, a VFD retrofit of the mill’s 10 largest motors was completed to save over 7,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) in energy annually. Burns notes that a number of lighting projects were also carried out to convert metal halide and fluorescent fixtures to LED lights. In addition, a compressed air leak program is underway. Currently, Burns is investigating surplus biomass projects and a third combuster or an organic rankine cycle unit to supplement energy demands.

Burns, who transitioned to his new role at Weyerhauser through the IESO’s Energy Manager program, has an annual 2,000 MWh energy savings target to meet. The mill is not only on track for this target but is going further by developing a plan to be ISO 50001 compliant by the end of 2016.

At the corporate level, Weyerhauser engages its employees through a company-wide innovators program, which explores employee energy ideas, helps get them underway, works out measurement and verification details, and calculates projected savings.

Weyerhauser is also organizing energy teams at each of its facilities. The first energy team webinar session was held at the beginning of September. “We have a lot of energy efficiency expertise among our facilities that could translate to other projects,” says Burns, noting that the energy teams will facilitate this knowledge sharing and communication among different business units within the company.

2017 CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards now accepting entries

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has launched its 2017 CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards. The annual awards highlight organizations that have shown exceptional leadership in energy management, and are intended to increase awareness of the benefits of energy management systems.

The CEM is a global forum with a vision to advance clean energy to support corporate, national and global climate goals. The eighth CEM (CEM8) meeting will be held in China in 2017 and will honour the winners of its prestigious awards. The annual event attracts clean energy leaders from around the world as well as energy ministers from the countries involved in the CEM. 

Organizations with a current, third-party verified ISO 50001 certification are eligible to enter the competition. Applicants from industrial, commercial, and public sector companies or facilities must submit a case study that details the organization’s energy management experience and the reaped benefits.

Winning entries will receive the CEM Award of Excellence in Energy Management. Moreover, each qualifying entry will receive an Energy Management Insight Award. Submissions are ranked and evaluated by an international panel of energy management experts.

Top-ranked submissions from each country will also be communicated to the appropriate country governments. Again this year, Canada is partnering with the CEM to offer national awards.

All qualifying submissions will be published on the CEM website to profile the numerous benefits that the implementation of ISO 50001 can achieve. With the large-scale implementation of the standard, it is expected that service and industrial sectors could cumulatively cut energy use by 62 exajoules by 2030 – saving more than $600 billion and avoiding 6,500 megatonnes of CO2 emissions. 

Submissions can be received up to January 24, 2017; more information and case study templates can be found at the 2017 Energy Management Leadership Awards.

BLOOM’s new Water & Beer portal is a must for wastewater management

“With the recently-launched Water & Beer portal, any brewer can be a better water manager,” says Michael Fagan, Senior Vice-President of the BLOOM Centre for Sustainability. Canadian craft brewers can now add the new one-stop wastewater management portal to their growing kit of sustainability tools. The portal offers breweries learning modules on good water and by-product management practices that will save them money and time, while reducing their carbon footprint.

Fagan explains that breweries have to deal with high-strength wastewater that burdens both local treatment facilities and the business’ bottom line. On-site wastewater management, as is outlined in Water & Beer, can address both issues. “Designing and implementing an improved wastewater management system shouldn't be viewed as a cost, but as a foundation for cost-savings,” notes Fagan.

Decisions regarding wastewater management are best made when planning and designing a new facility or expansion although retrofitting can also be considered, and BLOOM’s platform can inform such decisions. For example, the newest module, Improve Brewery Design, outlines how brewery design and equipment decisions can greatly influence the success of water management practices.

The module categorizes water management opportunities into drainage and wastewater strength. Under the Drainage section, topics such as sumps to collect and measure wastewater, and drain installation for different wastewater streams are discussed. The Wastewater Strength Management part of the module emphasizes reducing waste and wastewater strength through on-site preventative measures. There is also a discussion on balancing tank installation to handle and control fluctuations in strength and flow-rate.

In addition, a number of case studies have been included to illustrate wastewater management in action. For new portal users, Fagan highly recommends the Ins, Outs and In-Betweens video as the perfect introduction to wastewater issues and management. New modules will be added as additional industry priorities emerge.

According to Fagan industry feedback has been positive. “Users have commented on the simplicity of the information and the ease with which it fits into their organizations.” The information is so accessible that it can quickly be adopted at any time. Newer breweries, in particular, appreciate the resource as they can avoid costly “experiential learning,” notes Fagan. 

For more information on the platform, visit http://waterandbeer.bloomcentre.com/.

New ANSI standard for smart HVAC systems to be launched

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) in conjunction with its partners is paving the way for a new definition of smart HVAC systems. This definition is part of a new ANSI standard, called Methods for Coordinated Demand Response in Variable Capacity Residential and Small Commercial HVAC Equipment, being developed by a committee of the Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). The work resulted in nationally consistent specifications, joint leverage of the ENERGY STAR® brand, an ANSI Quality Installation specification, QI Verification Protocols, and the CEE Directory of Efficient Equipment.

Connected devices have the potential to generate multiple benefits for manufacturers, customers, and utilities. For example, many utilities only experience summer peak loads a few days of the year. At the same time, environmental and economic pressures are forcing the closure of power generating plants, especially older, coal-fired plants, limiting utility ability to solve the peak load issue. While generation from renewable sources, particularly solar and wind, provides some alternatives, these sources are inherently intermittent, which presents additional challenges to utilities attempting to meet their peak load demand, and may create new peaks and valleys that must be balanced.

While most HVAC units are already on demand response ‘cycling’ programs, those connected or ‘smart’ units that meet the new standard will be able to replace or expand these programs and better address summer peak loads and balance renewable power generation.

From the utility perspective, a ‘smart’ HVAC unit must be able to communicate through open standards and be capable of load management that includes automated demand response.

The CEE expects the new standard to become the basis for use in voluntary DSM programs. It should also inform manufacturers about the performance and functionality of HVAC equipment that could lead to grid benefits.

Interested? Stay tuned for a public comment period.

If you are a CEE member, you can join the CEE Connected Committee to provide input throughout the process. The CEE Board chose to share the financial costs of developing the standard with AHRI, and Southern California Edison and Duke are the CEE members representing the DSM industry.

New CIPEC Leaders

Construction sector
Cruickshank Construction Limited – Kingston
Miller Paving Limited – Markham

General Manufacturing sector
Aéronergie inc. – Drummondville

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