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New ENERGY STAR for Industry Program launched in Canada

“ENERGY STAR for Industry will help Canadian industrial facilities reduce energy use and save money, helping Canada meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change,” says the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.

Joseph Galimberti, President of the Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA) adds “energy efficiency is key to a clean and prosperous Canadian economy. The CSPA is proud of the work of its members in helping to bring ENERGY STAR for Industry to Canada.”

The minister and Galimberti, along with Rick Doucet, New Brunswick’s Minister of Energy and Resource Development, launched the new ENERGY STAR for Industry Program at the recent Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference on August 15, 2017. The program builds on the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) initiative.

ENERGY STAR for Industry will help Canadian industry make the transition to a low-carbon and clean-growth economy. Given that Canada’s industrial sector contributes approximately 37 percent of GHG emissions, the new program will improve energy efficiency in the sector by helping facilities track, analyze and reduce their energy consumption.  

To become ENERGY STAR for industry-certified, the energy performance of individual facilities must rank among the best within their sector and earn scores in the top quartile.

ENERGY STAR for Industry Certification provides Energy Performance Indicators (EPIs) that benchmark industrial facilities’ energy performance and that organizations can use to measure improvements against an average across Canada and the U.S.

The Integrated Steel Mills EPI is the first to be available in Canada with additional EPIs being developed in other sectors such as commercial baking, automotive assembly and cement and fertilizer manufacturing.

NRCan will also be launching the ENERGY STAR for Industry Challenge to accompany the new program later this year.

For more information, visit the ENERGY STAR for Industry and Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation websites.

Natural Resources Canada survey offers glimpse of energy efficiency awareness and gaps in industry

Survey findings about the awareness of energy efficiency in industry are now available in the newly published report, Industry and Buildings Energy Efficiency Awareness, Gaps and Brand Recognition. The survey, conducted by Leger in early 2017, presents the results of a quantitative online survey among energy efficiency specialists.

The study was also designed to determine the awareness of brands such as ENERGY STAR® for Industry recognition program and the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC).

Respondents almost unanimously agree energy management best practices reduce energy costs (99 percent) and improve operational performance (99 percent). Almost the same number agree that energy management best practices increase competitiveness (98 percent), reduce emissions to mitigate climate change (98 percent), increase the value of assets (95 percent), create and maintain innovative energy-efficient technologies and jobs (95 percent) and improve occupant comfort (95 percent). More than nine out of ten respondents also state they are familiar with energy management best practices (94 percent) and the benefits linked to these practices (91 percent).

A majority of respondents say energy efficiency is very important to their organization, 43 percent spend more than 25 percent of their time weekly on energy management related issues. Specialists in organizations with more than 200 employees (46 percent) are more likely to devote more than 50 percent of their weekly time to energy management issues. Three-quarters (75 percent) of respondents say they are aware of Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency.

While only 19 percent of the surveyed industry specialists said they were aware of the imminent launch of the Canadian ENERGY STAR for Industry recognition program, 83 percent are interested in participating in the program once available. This is similar to the strong interest in CIPEC (82 percent) with which respondents identify energy cost reductions, increased profit margins and competitiveness, and industry peer networking as the major benefits.

Industry sector specialists identify CIPEC (31 percent) and ISO 50001 (21 percent) as the most used brands, programs and tools within their sector.

The report is available at by citing report number: POR 068-16.

Dextran reaps the benefits of simple water and energy saving measures

Collaboration with Partners in Project Green (PPG) has led Dextran Products Ltd. to a series of simple and rewarding water and energy saving projects over the past year. To date the completed measures have reduced the company’s water consumption by 45,450 cubic metres (m3) annually, its natural gas consumption by $10,000 and its cooling tower treatment chemical costs by $600.

Dextran Products, based in Toronto, is a manufacturer of bulk dextran powders and liquids. The company was using 130,000 m3 of water annually, paying upwards of $230,000 on average in water bills.

In conjunction with PPG and EnviroStewards Inc., Dextran Products identified numerous opportunities for water and energy conservation. To help reduce costs and risks associated with the planned projects, Dextran Products was able to benefit from incentives available from Partners in Project Green, as well as Enbridge Gas.

Several measures significantly reduced the quantity of water going down the drain. For example, a new temperature-regulating valve was installed on the facility’s vacuum pump. At the same time, three of the facility’s reactors were connected to the cooling tower, thereby reducing water consumption.

New controls and piping recuperate water from the facility’s resin tank for the scrubber water make-up tank. Cooling water from the boiler room is also being sent to the same tank for reuse. Dextran also installed a condensate recovery system that diverts condensed water from the reactor vessels to preheat the make-up water for the boilers, resulting in reduced energy and water consumption.

In addition, a new reverse osmosis system is now filtering the water/sugar mixture from the distillation process. The filtered water is then reused as scrubber make-up water and a market is currently being sought for the remaining concentrated sugar.

An ongoing project is to increase the blowdown set-point to reduce the make-up water volume used by the cooling tower.

Partners in Project Green is showcasing Dextran Products’ success with its initiatives to other manufacturers in the Greater Toronto Area in order to highlight the benefits of simple solutions for water reuse and energy efficiency improvements within their own facilities.

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SaskPower boosting renewable power generation capacity

“We're committed to managing emissions as we rebuild the electricity system to meet the needs of our growing province,” says Douglas Opseth, Director, Supply Planning and Integration at SaskPower. As part of that commitment, the utility aims to lower its CO2 emissions by 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

To meet this target, the utility will increase its renewable power generation capacity from the current 25 percent to an ambitious 50 percent of its power supply mix by 2030.

Currently, renewable power generation includes hydroelectric power, which supplies 20 percent of SaskPower’s mix. Five percent comes from wind power and less than one percent is generated from solar. The utility’s goal is to boost wind power generation to 30 percent of the total and increase solar capacity as well.

In terms of achieving the utility’s wind power target, SaskPower is well on its way. Opseth notes that the Request for Qualification (RFQ) process is progressing with the Request for Proposals (RFP) call going out this summer. SaskPower expects to award the contract in early 2018, with turbines to be in-service by 2020. “There has been a lot of interest in the RFQ with over 100 organizations downloading the document.”

Tim Schuster, SaskPower’s Director of the Independent Power Producer program, agrees noting that the development and interest in wind power is very strong in Saskatchewan.

Furthermore, 20 megawatt (MW) in wind power generation will be developed in partnership with Saskatchewan’s First Nations Power Authority and an additional 20 MW will come from community partners.

With regard to solar generation, Opseth mentions that, “the RFQ process is already complete for the first 10 MW of power”, indicating that 35 companies will be going forward to the RFP stage. A winner is expected by the end of 2017 with the in-service target for solar slated for December 2018.  

In the near future, the building of solar power capacity in Saskatchewan will include the current 10 MW to be procured from the private sector power developers as well as an additional 10 MW from the province’s First Nations Power Authority.

Schuster explains that increasing the province’s solar power capacity will help SaskPower better understand the pricing of solar. If favourable, the utility may increase its percentage of solar power in the mix to above one percent.

In addition to increasing the province’s capacity for wind and solar power generation, Opseth also expects the hydroelectric power share to increase by five percent through in-province hydro projects or hydro imports. SaskPower is also looking at opportunities for biomass and geothermal power projects.

2016 CEE Report shows increasing program support for energy efficiency measures

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), whose members include investor-owned or municipal utilities, state or provincial energy offices, government agencies, and non-utility program administrators, has just released its 2016 Annual Report, which outlines achievements in the Consortium’s three major initiatives.

Participation in CEE’s Industrial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) programs continues to grow. Between 2014 and 2016, industry benefited from SEM programs delivered by participating CEE members.

The number of industrial sites served by SEM programs rose from just above 400 in 2014 to more than 700 in 2016. BC Hydro, for example, uses the SEM programs to help an increasing number of its customers better manage their energy use. Other CEE members delivering SEM programs include Efficiency Nova Scotia, NB Power, Fortis BC, Hydro-Québec and Union Gas.

One of CEE’s goal is to develop a common binational (U.S. and Canadian) SEM framework that will help increase customer demand for SEM services and technologies. 

CEE members have also successfully implemented the Consortium’s Premium Efficiency Motors and Motor Systems Initiatives, allowing customers to benefit from the associated energy saving opportunities. In 2016, a new CEE working group focused on identifying opportunities for industrial pump programs and developed a new Industrial Compressed Air Systems Initiative to support broad adoption of system audits and standardized compressed air measures.

In 2016, over one-third of CEE members provided support for compressed air projects, but many only supported one or two measures. Even fewer supported measures specific to pumps. In contrast, at least 60 percent provided program support for variable frequency drives.

Finally, through its Municipal Water-Wastewater Initiative, the CEE is working with manufacturers to develop high-efficiency blower technologies and is initiating new energy performance test procedures for all major blower types. These performance tests will allow comparison of energy performance across multiple products.

To read the 2016 report, click here.

For more information on CEE’s industrial initiative, click here.

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