Industry

In recognition that the industrial sector is highly varied across Canada, this database tracks policies that are broadly applicable to all industrial subsectors and provinces.

Energy Management

Energy management involves a number of separate but often closely-related components, including energy monitoring, benchmarking, development and implementation of energy efficiency plans, capacity-building initiatives in the workplace, and more.

Alberta

Energy Efficiency Alberta operated four programs related to energy management that were all a part of the Custom Energy Solutions portfolio: The Industrial On-site Energy Manager, Strategic Energy Management (SEM) for general industrial and for large-final emitters (SEM-LFE), and the Methane Emissions Reduction program.

The Strategic Energy Manager is a 2-year cohort program. Year 1 features 4 group workshops, 5 one-on-one site events, and dedicated coaching and mentoring. Year 2 is designed to help facilities maintain the savings they achieved in the first year. Facilities must have an emissions profile of over 5,000 tonnes of GHG emissions annually.

The SEM-LFE is designed for (facilities that produce more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 annually or facilities who opted into Alberta's Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation (CCIR) that have complex energy management needs. Participating facilities will receive energy management coaching and engineering resources along with intensive workshops, on-site training, and one-on-one coaching to increase energy management expertise within participating companies.

Participants in either EnMS program receive full access to EEA funding under the Customer Energy Solutions program.  Both programs are based upon ISO 50001 principles, though neither requires certification as a condition to receive associated incentives. SEM-LFE does enable organizations to achieve ISO-50001 Ready recognition. 

Energy Efficiency Alberta closed in September 2020. These energy management programs were transitioned to Alberta Environment and Parks, as the cohorts are currently in progress and will continue to need support.

Last reviewed: November 2020

British Columbia

BC Hydro administers the Strategic Energy Management: Industrial program, which consists of several sub-programs: the industrial energy manager program (supporting energy management assessments and/or energy monitoring and targeting, i.e., EMIS); the regional energy manager program, and employee awareness program, and the industrial cohort program. Different program streams are available dependent on facility size. A regional energy manager program is available for facilities that use 0.5-4 GWh of electricity/year, programs for an industrial cohort (4-20 GWh/year), and industrial energy managers are available for 10 GWh/year or more. The SEM cohort program provides a performance incentive based on verified savings.

The Government of British Columbia has also collaborated with Natural Resources Canada to incentivize the implementation of energy management systems complying with the ISO 50001 standard. This program provides up to $80,000, or 75%, of cost-shared assistance to BC industry to implement ISO 50001-energy management system. Certification is not a required component of this program.

Last reviewed: August 2020

Manitoba

With the transition or programming to Efficiency Manitoba, there is a portfolio of about five existing  programs, offered either by Efficiency Manitoba or jointly with Manitoba Hydro, including support for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager; provision of EnerTrend (an energy profiling/benchmarking tool); support for energy efficiency screening studies; an Energy Management Engineering Service program to help participants compare their own facilities with other industrial facilities and develop an energy management plan; and an Industrial Energy Management program, which also helped participants to develop an energy management plan, and offers financial assistance for hiring consultant services to conduct energy management assessment. These programs align with ISO-50001 and participants can choose to achieve certification, but it is not required.

Efficiency Manitoba’s 2020-2023 DSM plan indicates a new Strategic Energy Management cohort program and an Energy Manager Initiative are planned.

In the past, Manitoba Hydro’s Energy Efficiency Programs department has also worked with training providers (CIET, Compressed Air Challenge, etc.) in order to bring training opportunities to Manitoba. Training courses have included CEM, BOC, CMVP, RETscreen Expert. The EMI program provides annual financial support that energy managers can access for relevant training. Manitoba Hydro has also developed and delivered workshops related to energy management activities and specific energy systems.

Last reviewed: August 2020

New Brunswick

NB Power’s offers an Industrial Energy Efficiency Program – EMIS track, which supports energy audits, feasibility studies, offers customized incentives and an EMIS program. It is aligned with the SEP 50001 but it is not a required certification. The EMIS program is available for large industrial customers with 2000kW or more of demand. The program offers the following incentives within this stream:

  • EMIS Audit Incentive - 50% of eligible study costs (Maximum of $10,000 per account, per year)
  • EMIS Design Incentive - 50% of eligible study costs (Maximum of $35,000 per account per year)
  • EMIS Implementation Incentive - 50% of eligible project costs (Maximum of $80,000 per account per year)
  • EMIS Optimization Incentive - 50% of eligible project costs (Maximum of $30,000 per account per year)

NB Power’s Commercial and Industrial Programs host several training courses/workshops throughout the year. The utility has previously held the Certified Energy Manager and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional Courses.

Last reviewed: August 2020

Newfoundland and Labrador

Utilities in Newfoundland and Labrador offer custom solutions for industrial efficiency which include support for feasibility studies and energy audits.  There are no programs supporting EMIS, training, or energy management systems.

Last reviewed: August 2020

Nova Scotia

Energy Planning and Management Programs at Efficiency Nova Scotia include:

  • Strategic Energy Management, which includes energy mapping, monitoring and reporting, employee training and employee engagement.
  • The Energy Management Information System (EMIS) to install a monitoring system that analyzes energy use.
  • Onsite Energy Management where an energy manager will work to save energy within a given operation for 12 months or longer.

The Strategic Energy Management Program includes employee training and engagement. Participating organizations must provide dedicated Energy Champions to work with Efficiency Nova Scotia.
Through its Efficiency Trade Network, EfficiencyOne sponsors training with the Canadian Institutue for Energy Training (CEIT) - CMVP, CEM, Advanced M&V, Foundation Exam for Energy Advisor, etc. The Province of Nova Scotia offers an Energy Training program to help students a recent graduate get work experience in the energy sector. The Nova Scotia Community College also offers a program in Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology.

The SEM and EMIS programs are both informed by the SEP-50001 and the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP), but certification is not required.

Under the Strategic Energy Management and OnSite Energy Management Programs participating organizations sign a commitment to achieve significant energy savings achievements (≥ 2 GWh).

Last reviewed: August 2020

Northwest Territories

No information available. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Nunavut

The Qulliq Energy Corporation, Nunavut’s primary utility, notes that they do not have any industrial customers and do not anticipate having any new industrial customers in the 2018/19 year.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Ontario

Enbridge provides the RunitRight Program, which funds the costs of using an Enbridge EMIS for 1 year or provides a $1000 incentive to use a third-party EMIS. The Enbridge Comprehensive Energy Management Program provides an Energy Solutions Consultant to complete energy management initiatives. This is a “market transformation” program under the Demand Side Management Plan. They also offer the Strategic Energy Management program, providing technical support in developing energy use metrics, recommendations for sub-metering, and assisting in the development of an energy management plan, as well as developing a business case for achieving energy savings.

The IESO offers the Save on Energy Energy Manager program, which provides $40,000 annually towards hiring an energy manager, who must meet certain pay-for-performance criteria (minimum energy savings of 1,000 MWh/year and $40 paid for every MWh saved above that amount).

Last reviewed: August 2020

Prince Edward Island

The 2016-2017 PEI Energy Strategy includes an action to “encourage large commercial/institution buildings to install Energy Management systems and enroll in a Demand Response Program”.

The Government of PEI offers the Community Energy Solutions program as of August 25th, 2020 to businesses, community centres, and agricultural operations. The program offers incentives for energy efficiency upgrades, up to 50% of the costs, and larger operations are eligible for funding for feasibility studies or onsite energy managers. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/transportation-infrastructure-and-energy/community-energy-solutions

Last reviewed: August 2020

Quebec

Hydro Québec offers the Electric Power Management Systems Program (Programme Systèmes de gestion de l’énergie électrique (SGÉÉ)), which involves consultation with experts from the Hydro Québec, and funding for different stages of the process, such as developing an EMIS.

Énegir has the Energy Management System (Système de gestion de l’énergie). The funding from this program can be combined with funding from NRCan.

Both Énegir and Hydro Québec’s programs are similar in that they provide funding to allow companies to deploy an energy management system for natural gas and electricity.

Transition énergétique Québec (TEQ) offers the Ecoperformance – Energy Management program, which again provides funding for different stages of an EnMS, such as conducting an energy audit, hiring an energy manager, and providing training on ISO-50001. The TEQ Master Plan includes an objective to provide additional financial incentives to program participants that have ISO-50001 Energy Management System certification, leading towards making the certification mandatory for all large enterprises that participate in incentive programs between 2023 and 2028.

In 2018, the Bureau de normalisation du Québec was accredited by the Standards Council of Canada to certify organizations in the implementation of ISO 50001.

Last reviewed: August 2020

Saskatchewan

SaskPower’s Industrial Energy Optimization Program includes an energy management track that provides incentives for the development of energy management systems, energy management information systems, sub-metering, and planning and implementation for ISO 50001 certification.

The Industrial Energy Optimization Program consists of two tracks, one for capital investment and the other for energy management. The energy management track supports projects leading to the implementation of an Energy Management Information System, as well as a comprehensive Energy Management System involving the planning and implementation of ISO 50001 certification.

SaskEnergy co-hosted Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP) Gas Mechanicals Technology Forums in Saskatoon and Regina in 2019.

SaskPower has hosted a few trainings to Industrial customers such as the AEE CEM Certification course, Compressed Air Challenge and other CIET workshops (Motor Efficiency). These trainings are not offered consistently. From 2016 to 2018 SaskPower has offered the Industrial Energy Management Forum. The Forum provides opportunities for training, networking, learning about SaskPower and NRCan Programs, tradeshows, and presenting Energy Management case studies.

Last reviewed: August 2020

Yukon

No information available. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Co-generation / Combined Heat and Power

Co-generation / combined heat and power can produce energy savings in a number of industrial subsectors and in private, off-grid generation attached to industrial facilities.

Alberta

Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Custom Energy Solutions program includes CHP as an upgrade that qualifies for incentives. Total incentive spending was $1 million in FY 2018-2019 with lifetime GHG emissions reductions of 376,872 tCO2e. Electricity generation in 2018/19 was 10.63 GWh of annual generation.

Last reviewed: August 2019

British Columbia

Though there is no formal policy support or programs to facilitate CHP in industrial settings, BC Hydro does have a transmission service rate that could act as an incentive to install generation for large industrial consumers.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Manitoba

Manitoba Hydro's Bioenergy Optimization Program helps customers convert their waste streams and by-products into fuel that produces useful heat and power.  The program assists customers to:

  • assemble a project benefit stream;
  • obtain guidance on equipment selection;
  • support ongoing system operation.

Technical services are available through the utility’s Chemical Laboratory and Customer Metering Department, in addition to an extensive network of industry contacts.

Manitoba Hydro also offers incentives to help offset project evaluation costs and the capital investment required to install a biomass-to-energy conversion system, as well as technical support.

Last reviewed: August 2019

New Brunswick

NB Power’s most recent efficiency potential study includes an analysis of CHP potential in the province.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Newfoundland and Labrador

No policy or programs to support cogeneration / combined heat and power were identified. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Nova Scotia

Efficiency Nova Scotia (ENS) provides business program participants with technical and financial support for demand side management projects through the Custom program – this includes behind the meter combined, heat and power (CHP).

Financial support for CHP is the same incentive formula used for other efficiency measures through the Custom program. Custom program incentives are calculated based on electrical-utility energy offset by a CHP system, project cost and the participant’s required financial hurdle. Incentives are currently not based on non-electric energy saved or utility electrical-peak demand. Custom program incentives can be used by a participant to offset the cost the third-party feasibility study and/or towards the implementation of a system.

ENS supports CHP systems from micro to several megawatt (MW) plants – done on a case by case basis. All CHP systems must be behind the meter and thus net-metering, feed-in tariff arrangements are not eligible for the ENS Custom program. Technical support is provided by ENS’s engineering team including but not limited to:

  • Pre-feasibility analysis which includes estimating the right system size based on: application and utility/fuel bills;
  • Support defining third-party feasibility scope of work;
  • Review of third-party feasibility studies for accuracy; and
  • Independent measurement and verification.

ENS would require that a variety of system sizes be explored in the third-party feasibility study to ensure a likely success of a participant moving forward with investment. If a participant wants to explore the largest possible CHP system behind the meter we would require that the third-party feasibility study right-size a system by looking at facility electrical-demand and thermal load requirements. ENS strongly advises participants to factor future efficiency measures in the right-sizing of CHP; however, do not require it.

ENS does not support combined, heat and power systems unless there is a green-house gas emission reduction as a result of fuel-switching (utility electricity to on-site generation). Thus, this limits the use of fuels for a CHP system. However, ENS does not provide incentives or require the use of renewable fuels.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Northwest Territories

No information available. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Nunavut

No activities identified. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Ontario

The IESO’s Save on Energy Process and System Upgrades program supports CHP projects so long as they are fueled by waste energy from the site and, as of July 1, 2018, no longer accepts applications for fossil fuel-based CHP projects. Applications are reviewed by a technical reviewer, and must be accompanied by a feasibility study, before being approved. Union Gas (now merged into Enbridge) also supported CHP projects through its demand-side management programs.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Prince Edward Island

No activities identified. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Quebec

Though there are no dedicated support programs for cogeneration / combined heat and power in Quebec, the provincial government directed Hydro-Québec to purchase electricity generated by biomass cogeneration in the pulp and paper industry, resulting in 21 contracts with a peak capacity of 338 MW by 2018.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Saskatchewan

SaskEnergy has funded CHP demonstration projects in commercial buildings and collaborated with building code officials and gas inspectors to identify installations. Both SaskEnergy and SaskPower have identified a lack of streamlined interconnection standards as a barrier to be addressed collaboratively.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Yukon

No information available. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

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