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Heads Up CIPEC – Volume 20 No 3

Energy Summit keynotes to speak to energy, productivity and carbon pricing

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Dr. Ian Potter, Vice-President of Engineering at the National Research Council of Canada

Dr. Ian Potter, Vice-President of Engineering at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is looking forward to engaging with delegates as he discusses the nexus between energy and the manufacturing sector. NRC works with Canadian industry to carry out projects and programs that lead to innovation in the engineering arena to improve efficiency in manufacturing.

Since his NRC appointment in 2011, Potter has been instrumental in the strategic direction, operation and client key account management for the NRC engineering division. Prior to his current position, Mr. Potter spent 10 years at the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF).

Dr. Potter will elaborate on Canada’s resources and resourcefulness to enhance Canada’s position in global manufacturing. He will explain how Canada could better leverage its investments in new technology, processes and product development, and the role of Canada’s skilled workforce including the unique characteristics of Gen Y.

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Terry Young, Vice-President, Conservation and Corporate Relations, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Terry Young is Vice-President, Conservation and Corporate Relations, for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The IESO is the hub of Ontario's power system by balancing Ontario’s electricity supply and demand, planning the province’s energy needs, overseeing the electricity wholesale market and fostering an energy conservation culture.

Young, who has over 30 years of experience in the electricity industry, has been with IESO since 2002 holding various portfolios. He currently manages IESO’s external relationships and conservation activities, and also deals with communications, marketing, stakeholder and community engagement as well as customer relations.

During his keynote, Young will discuss how businesses have embraced energy efficiency as a key to greater competitiveness. In today’s world, using less energy powers new business opportunities. Whether it improves productivity, increases employee performance or enhances corporate reputation, the end result is the same – industries throughout the province are unlocking the full potential that energy efficiency has to offer.

Helping companies achieve results, are local utilities and the IESO working together to provide tools, resources and insight to help participants move forward on their efficiency projects.  As the province looks ahead to conservation targets, Young will speak to the importance of offering solutions that not only meet customer needs in a cost-effective manner, but help support sustainable energy management practices over the long term.

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Dr.Chris Ragan, Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and Associate Professor of Economics at McGill University

Dr. Chris Ragan is Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and Associate Professor of Economics at McGill University. He plans to discuss the importance of carbon pricing in stimulating innovative technologies in energy efficiency. “We don’t have the price right yet but once we do, we can drive a transition to low-emission energy sources in Canada.”

In addition to his work at Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which aims to identify policy options that improve environmental and economic performance in Canada, Ragan is also a research fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute. He previously held the institute’s David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy and was a member of the organization’s Monetary Policy Council. Between 2009 and 2010, He served as the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at Finance Canada and, from 2009 to 2011, as the president of the Ottawa Economics Association. Dr. Ragan was recently appointed to the federal finance minister’s advisory council on economic growth.

In his keynote, he will argue that the transition to low carbon energy through appropriate carbon pricing is the best way to promote successful clean technologies – generally much more reliably than using direct support from government. “A broad-based carbon price completely changes the business model for clean technology – in a way that will drive enormous technological development.”

According to Dr. Ragan, there are also significant opportunities created from the revenues generated by the carbon price. “Ontario, for example, could generate $2 billion annually from its cap and trade system, and this revenue could be used to reduce existing income taxes and to retire government debt, both of which would generate long-term economic gains for the province.”

The keynote speakers promise to give participants an excellent understanding of the broader policy, innovation and productivity implications of improved energy conservation and management. All agree that the Energy Summit provides an important venue where stakeholders from different sectors and backgrounds can come together and share experiences – the resulting discussion allows for cross fertilization of ideas and opportunities beyond the individuals own sector.

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Celebrating 40 years of success

CIPEC: A retrospective

CIPEC is celebrating its 40th anniversary and there is much to celebrate. Energy efficiency in industry has advanced dramatically since CIPEC emerged in 1975 when the Government of Canada and 50 senior energy industry executives met to talk about strategies for dealing with the OPEC oil crisis. From its inception in the 1970s to representing more than 6,000 facilities across Canada today, CIPEC is looked upon as a model of a highly-productive voluntary partnership.

In 1976, CIPEC had already created 10 Canadian Industry Energy Conservation Task Forces, which met their ambitious goal of improving energy efficiency in industry by 12 percent by 1980. A few years later, hundreds of companies and more than a dozen trade associations were flocking to CIPEC to become members. It was little wonder that CIPEC garnered international attention not long after its launch; the International Energy Agency said that CIPEC was “worthy of emulation by other member countries.”

As William Cowling, Chairman of the Council of CIPEC and of Courtaulds Canada Inc. said during the 1980s, “the small and dedicated group of people from industry and Government probably did not realize in 1975 that the Energy Conservation Program they put in place would be so successful and that, after ten years of operation, a further five-year plan for reducing the use of energy would be charted.”

The Government of Canada’s 1990 Green Plan for a Healthy Environment focused attention on the voluntary industry-government partnership that underscores CIPEC. A year later, CIPEC was re-invented with Sector Task Forces, a Task Force Council and an Executive Board that provided advice to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada on industrial energy efficiency matters.

By the early 2000s, CIPEC’s ranks had swelled to 45 trade associations representing 5,000 companies. Also during this time, CIPEC created the Energy Managers Network and enabled 18 industrial sectors to undertake benchmarking studies across more than 260 facilities.

In its mission to advance energy efficiency in Canadian industry, CIPEC has supported its members in many ways. Between 2001 and 2006, CIPEC encouraged companies to undertake energy audits with the Industrial Energy Audit Incentive program. More than 730 cost-sharing incentives were paid out under this program. In the last year of the program, the Process Integration pilot and Combustion Diagnosis pilot were added.

CIPEC has recognized innovators and leaders since 1995 when the Industrial Energy Innovators (IEI) program was launched, which in 2008 became CIPEC Leaders. Since that time thousands of companies have signed on as Leaders, for a total of almost 2,500 in 2015.

Early in 2000, Charles Hantro, Chairman of the CIPEC Policy Board and of Dominion Textile Inc. and Dofasco Inc. noted that “another indication of industry’s strong support for the voluntary approach is reflected by the fact that during the past year, CIPEC entered into Letters of Cooperation (LOCs) with 16 new industry associations more than doubling the number of LOCs in effect in 1995.”

The $27 million ecoACTION program, launched in 2007, included CIPEC’s ecoENERGY Retrofit program for small and medium sized enterprises. By the end of the program in 2011, more than 500 agreements had been funded representing $11 million in avoided energy costs and eliminating 130,000 tonnes in GHG emissions. New funding in 2011 resulted in a new suite of programs under ecoENERGY Efficiency for Industry, with a focus on cost sharing for process integration and computation fluid dynamics studies, energy assessments and ISO 50001 Energy Systems standard certification pilot projects.

CIPEC’s work continues as focused as ever with the same goal as 40 years ago: to promote effective voluntary action that improve industrial energy efficiency, thereby improving economic performance while helping to meet Canada's climate change objectives.

“After 40 successful years of collaboration with industry, CIPEC continues to be a living example of what Canada does very well: work together to create solutions that support the advancement of business while bringing great benefits to everyone. Our vision has finally come of age. Now virtually all levels of government and much of industry is supportive of what we have worked so hard to accomplish all along, which is to promote and support energy efficiency in every way we can. Truly, CIPEC Leaders have achieved results that all Canadians can be proud of, and will continue to do so in the future.” Andy Mahut, Chair, CIPEC Executive Board 2015.

Four decades of energy management outreach successes

CIPEC’s ever-evolving suite of energy management awareness through communication tools and practices distinguish the organization as innovative and adaptive to the needs of its industry partners. From its modest beginnings 40 years ago to a globally-respected partnership, CIPEC has developed a wide range of accessible resources.

The Heads Up CIPEC e-newsletter is a hallmark of CIPEC’s communication tools. Launched in 1997 with only a handful of subscribers, the newsletter has grown its readership to over 10,000 subscribers nationwide. Heads Up features industrial energy efficiency success stories, profiles innovators and innovations, and announces new programs and incentives for industry.

The Dollars to $ense Energy Management workshop series, designed to help organizations reduce their energy use, were also new in 1997 and had already been delivered to 9,000 participants by 2005. As new topics were added over the years including energy efficiency financing, building recommissioning, and ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard implementation, attendance soared to an additional 11,000 participants. By 2015, over 30,000 people had participated in the ever-popular series and customized Dollars to $ense workshops.   Natural Resources Canada will be granting a commercial licensing arrangement with training firms to administer the delivery of Dollars to $ense workshops to industrial, commercial and institutional organizations across Canada.

In 2011, energy efficiency for industry webinars were introduced covering topics such as energy management information systems (EMIS), RETScreen software, efficient management of compressed air and motor systems, combined heat and power systems. One popular webinar focuses on the path to ISO 50001 standard certification. Since the webinars were launched, they have attracted 3,000 participants over 48 sessions.

CIPEC’s involvement in the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard started more than a decade ago when CIPEC ensured that Canada’s voice was heard in the development of the standard. At that time, CIPEC members and government officials worked together to promote Canadian competitiveness and environmental progress. CIPEC eventually introduced the CAN/CSA-ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard in Canada in 2011 and has been helping industry achieve compliance ever since.

CIPEC provided cost-sharing for companies who wanted to certify under ISO 50001. By 2013 seven CIPEC Leaders had become ISO 50001 certified, which prompted CIPEC to produce a number of ISO case studies and videos, now posted to CIPEC’s website. Seventeen Canadian companies have become ISO 50001 certified as of 2015.

In addition to its programs and tools, CIPEC has also been active on the networking and best practices sharing front. Since 2005, CIPEC has participated in the Council of Energy and Mines Ministers Conference and has been contributing tools and reports on energy conservation ever since.

Also in 2005, NRCan started hosting its premier biennial energy conference, now called the Energy Summit, which offers industry participants the best in energy efficient technologies, expertise and knowledge exchange. It is also the venue for honouring innovative industrial companies and individuals in the area of energy efficiency with the CIPEC Leadership awards.

Thomas & Betts Canada wins EFC award for its innovative sustainability campaign

Thomas & Betts Canada launched its formal sustainability campaign in 2010 that has fostered reduced water and energy consumption, and increased waste recycling at its facilities, while engaging employees. For its efforts the company was recognized with the 2015 Electro-Federation of Canada (EFC) Marketing Award for Sustainability in November 2015. Every year the EFC honours member organizations that demonstrate marketing excellence and innovation within the Canadian electrical manufacturing and distribution industry.

Thomas & Betts Canada, a division of the ABB group, is headquartered in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec. It operates eight manufacturing plants: one in Ontario, one in Alberta and six manufacturing plants in Quebec along with a warehouse in Quebec. The company designs and manufactures components used to manage the connection, distribution and reliability of electrical power in industrial, construction and utility applications.

Carole Poirier, Manager, Market Research and Sustainable Development at Thomas & Betts Canada, explains that the campaign was built on the principles of eco-friendly and innovative design, reduction of its ecological footprint, sustainable purchasing and logistics, and social commitment. The company has applied these principles since 2007 and has seen significant reductions in resource use.

She notes, for example, that water consumption has been reduced by 50 percent across its Canadian facilities, largely by installing closed loops in chilled water systems. Natural gas consumption has dropped by 15 percent due to a number of measures. In several of the company’s plants in Canada, ceilings have been insulated and loading docks have been retrofitted with insulating skirts and curtains to retain interior heat. Passive solar walls have also been installed along the south-facing side of buildings at two facilities to pre-heat intake air by up to 15oC.

Poirier adds that the amount of cardboard for packaging has been reduced significantly and now all shipping pallets are recycled. Moreover, GHG emissions related to transport have been reduced by 1,196 tonnes of CO2 equivalent by reducing the number of delivery days in 2014.

Ongoing is the replacement of heating units with high-efficiency models; to date 60 have been upgraded in one of the company’s plants with a few at other sites as well. In addition, cooling systems are being retrofitted with heat recovery units. Lighting, temperature and ventilation are being automated at some plants to reflect evening and weekend schedules. “When required we also conduct compressed air studies to identify leaks for repair,” indicates Poirier. She adds that four plants will become ISO 14001 (Environment Management System standard) and OHSAS 18001 (Health and Safety standard) certified in 2016. All others facilities were certified in 2015.

Employees at Thomas & Betts Canada are engaged in the company’s sustainability campaign and contribute suggestions for improved energy, water and waste management. Implemented suggestions are highlighted in the company’s internal newsletter, which is disseminated three to four times annually and also provides employees with tips about energy and water management as well as recycling at home and at work.

PepsiCo forges fruitful partnership with Manitoba Hydro Power Smart program

“We are always looking for opportunities to increase our efficiency,” says Shawn Klatt, Maintenance Planner at the PepsiCo facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “We always seize the opportunity to work with Manitoba Hydro Power Smart,” he says, adding that PepsiCo has been a Power Smart participant for close to five years.

PepsiCo International’s site in Winnipeg consists of four buildings representing nearly 16,000 square metres. The site employs 176 people and generally has a six day a week production schedule.

PepsiCo participated in the Power Smart Commercial Lighting Program, which provides significant incentives for retrofitting lighting fixtures with more efficient ones. Toban Vexzon, Marketing Analyst on the program notes that it offers commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers guidance and financial assistance to install energy-efficient lighting systems. Indeed, Manitoba Hydro customers that operate for a minimum of 2,000 hours per year can receive incentives of up to $1,000 per kilowatt (kW) saved and as much as 100 percent of the product cost.

The $350,000 retrofit was undertaken to reduce operating costs as well as maintenance and replacement costs associated with the existing lights. With the help of the Commercial Lighting Program, which contributed $115,000 to the project, PepsiCo has progressively replaced all its lighting fixtures with LED lights over the past two and a half year. “We replaced all exterior and interior T12, T8 and T5 fluorescent lighting on all the buildings on the site with the latest LED lighting fixtures and LED T8 linear lamps,” says Klatt.

Klatt says that with the new lights, occupancy sensors, and a central control system, maintenance time and cost has been significantly reduced. The number of fixtures was reduced by 25 percent, yet the lighting is brighter. “It’s like night and day,” says Klatt, of the difference in the quality of light after the retrofit. The new LED lights have also increased safety and improved the environment. The estimated annual energy savings from lighting are around 926 megawatt-hours (MWh), equal to reducing GHG emissions by 713 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

In addition to the lighting retrofit, PepsiCo insulated the roof and outer walls on the main plant in the last one and a half years. Klatt notes that destratification fans have been installed and radiant heating has replaced forced-air heating in the warehouse and shipping areas. He says that PepsiCo is planning to work with Power Smart to upgrade its motors and/or to retrofit them with variable frequency drives.

“Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart programs are well set up and organized – why wouldn’t you take advantage of them?” Klatt says. Ryan Aubry, Energy Services Advisor at Manitoba Hydro adds that the utility’s relationship with PepsiCo is a prime example of a win-win situation that improves the energy efficiency within industry while helping the utility meet its conservation goals.

Research Chair in Industrial Energy Efficiency focuses on innovative refrigeration systems

Adoption of innovative technologies and better management of thermal energy have the potential to greatly improve energy efficiency in industry and to reduce GHG emissions while savings millions of dollars for Canadian companies. To respond to these opportunities, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) created the position of Industrial Research Chair in Industrial Energy Efficiency in the summer of 2014 to develop components of refrigeration systems for the production, storage and transport of thermal energy.

Dr. Sébastien Poncet, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke holds the position.

The chair program is supported by $2.4 million funding from NSERC and by three partners that are contributing to the development and demonstration of new refrigeration technologies: Hydro-Québec (Energy Technology Laboratory), CanmetENERGY and Rio Tinto Alcan. According to Poncet, the chairship presents opportunities to seek additional funding from industrial and other research partners.

At the present time, Prof. Poncet’s team includes five doctoral students, one master’s student and at least five undergraduate students per year. In addition, three researchers from Hydro-Québec, four from CanmetENERGY, one from Rio Tinto Alcan and three professors from other faculties of engineering at the University of Sherbrooke are also active members in the program.

Every student, supervised by Prof. Poncet and a researcher from a partner organization, works on an applied project that combines advanced numerical simulations performed at the Université de Sherbrooke and the corresponding experiments carried out at one of the partner sites. The objective is to identify the main source of useful energy losses in components of refrigeration systems before testing new concepts to reduce them.   

The team’s research is divided into three areas that relate to the production, storage and transport of thermal energy in mainly three components of refrigeration system.

Members of the team are working on supersonic ejectors and their integration into refrigeration or heat-pump cycles. At the same time, some group members are studying the use of ice slurries in refrigeration systems with geometrically complex heat exchangers while others are investigating the characterization and optimisation of the thermo-physical properties of these ice slurries.

Prof. Poncet’s group is also investigating magnetic refrigeration, which involves the development of a model for the design of magnetic refrigeration and their thermodynamic and geometrical optimization. “We are seeking the potential advantages of the magneto-caloric effect to build a new generation of domestic refrigerators among other things.” Prof. Poncet notes that other projects have been started that are not formally part of the program but are related to the themes. One project is in partnership with Sigma Energy Storage to develop a prototype system that stores intermittent forms of energy using micro- and nano- fluids.

Preliminary results of the projects have been presented in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences yet, notes Prof. Poncet, the bulk of the research is still underway. He adds that the team “is continuing to train our graduate students, publish results as they become available and establish more partnerships with university and industry partners.”

Notice of Expression of Interest – Deadline: April 22, 2016

Natural Resources Canada is seeking expressions of interest from training firms to enter into a commercial licensing arrangement to administer the delivery of Dollars to $ense workshops to industrial, commercial and institutional organizations across Canada. Please refer to the Commercialization and Licensing Opportunity website for more information and to submit your expression of interest.

People Power Challenge 2016 – best edition yet

The 2016 edition of the People Power Challenge (PPC) promises to be better than ever with significant prizes available to winners and runners-up. Not only is the Challenge a great way to engage staff in sustainability initiatives at the workplace, it also offers substantial monetary prizes. A $6,000 prize will be awarded to winners in the Large Enterprise and Small-to-Medium Enterprise category, and $3,500 to the runners-up. In addition, employee incentives prizes valuing a total of $6,000 will be distributed throughout the Challenge.

The Challenge, running from April 15 to September 15, 2016 and administrated by Partners in Project Green (PPG), is a friendly inter-organizational competition focused on sustainability initiatives in the Greater Toronto area. PPG provides a turn-key program comprised of a framework and staff incentives to promote companies’ sustainability goals.

Jennifer Taves, PPG Project Manager, says that the Challenge is an ideal way to generate innovative ideas to reduce an organization’s costs and to improve its environmental performance. Moreover, participation in the Challenge creates media buzz and is a good news story for any business.

Challenge participants earn points by collecting ideas and pledges from staff for a number of activities. Points are awarded for environmental actions such as getting employees to download and engage with the mobile application available through the Challenge, implementing sustainability projects, and participating in local sustainability events and activities. All points are tracked in an easy-to-use online scorecard.

Taves explains that 12 companies participated last year. Winners were Bentall Kennedy, Velcro Canada while the International Centre and the Toronto Zoo came in as runners up. For the 2016 Challenge, five companies have already signed on. “We expect even greater participation with this year’s Challenge,” notes Taves.

For more information, please contact: Jennifer Taves at or visit the People Power Challenge website:

New CIPEC Leaders

General Manufacturing sector

Triple H Hydronics – Calgary, Alberta

Forest Products sector

Weyerhaeuser Company Limited

            Head Office – Vancouver, British Columbia
            Kenora, Ontario
            Princeton, British Columbia

Calendar of Events

Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) – spring and summer schedule

Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
Toronto – April 25-29
Quebec City – May 2-6 (offered in French)
Victoria – May 2-6
Vancouver – May 9-13
Toronto – June 6-10

Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP)
Halifax – May 4-6
Vancouver – May 25-27

Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)
Toronto – May 31-June 3

Certified in the Use of RETScreen® (CUR)
Toronto – May 24-26

Motors, Variable Speed Drives & Energy Efficiency
Toronto – May 19
Montréal – May 26 (offered in French)

Energy Efficiency for Managers
Toronto – April 26
Montréal – June 8 (offered in French)

Certified Professional in Energy Performance Contracting (CPE)
Toronto – May 3-6

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