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.  Since the closure of EEA in September 2020, the energy management programs were transferred to Emissions Reduction Alberta. 

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.

The government awarded Carbon Connect International as the delivery agent for both the Methane Technology Implementation Progam (MTIP) and the Baseline and Reduction Opportunity Assessment (BROA) Program. Both program are funded through the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) Regulation funding. Funding is available to eligible Oil & Gas organizations in Alberta.

Last reviewed: November 2021

British Columbia

BC Hydro has a Strategic Energy Management offering for industry, which includes an industrial energy manager program for large industrial consumers, and a cohort option for medium-sized industrial customers (based on annual electricity consumption). The utility also provides a sub-offer called the Energy Monitoring and Targeting Level 2. This allows for energy managers to set savings targets for facilities. BC Hydro will pay up to $80,000 in facility monitoring, specific system monitoring, and/or advanced modelling to help organizations meet their energy targets. FortisBC provides additional support to program participants that are also natural gas customers. BC Hydro’s SEM programs are aligned with ISO 50001 requirements, but do not require certification. Additional support is available for participants that wish to pursue certification.

In 2021, FortisBC launched its own SEM program in its electric service territory, for both electric and natural gas customers.

Between 2015 and 2020, the provincial government provided matching funding to federal incentives for companies developing energy management systems under the B.C. - Natural Resources Canada ISO-50001 Implementation Incentive (up to a total combined $80,000 of funding). The program did not require ISO 50001 certification yet was informed by its requirements. As of October 2020, the government reported the program as fully enrolled and had stopped accepting applications.

Last reviewed: November 2021

Manitoba

Efficiency Manitoba launched a Strategic Energy Management Initiative in 2020 with a salary path (support for an embedded energy manager) or a performance path (incentives based on realized energy savings). The program aims to help participants develop a strategic energy plan, targets, and key performance indicators. Energy efficiency specialists support planning and implementation activities.

The program is not based on internationally recognized standards and does not require ISO-50001 certification, but instead aims to develop the internal capacity and processes that could help lower barriers to certification.

Last reviewed: November 2021

New Brunswick

The EMIS track of New Brunswick’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Program offers financial assistance to qualifying large industrial customers with an average monthly demand of 2 MW or more. The support helps those customers analyze and roll out new EMIS systems or optimize existing ones. NB Power provides technical and financial support for scoping and feasibility studies, and for implementation of technical changes at the customer’s facilities that address the wide range of customer requirements and energy efficiency initiatives.

A Strategic Energy Management program is being piloted in 2021 and will be implemented under the Energy Management track of the program if cost-effective and if there is sufficient customer interest. The pilot program is based on the SEP-50001 standard but will not require certification.

Last reviewed: November 2021

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

Efficiency Nova Scotia reported three industrial energy management programs: The Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program, the Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) program, and an energy management program specifically for large industrial customers.

The SEM program is designed to work with industrial customers to help customers to find savings through operational and behavioural changes, while identifying capital projects that can be incentivized through Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Custom and Business Energy Rebate programs.

These programs are informed by the SEP-50001 and the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP). They do not require certification to receive the incentives.

Last reviewed: November 2021

Northwest Territories

No information available.

Last reviewed: November 2021

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: November 2021

Ontario

The IESO does not have an EnMS/SEM program, but does offer an embedded energy manager program, which provides up to $150,000 in performance-based annual incentives toward hiring energy managers. The program does promote and has provided training webinars on 50001 Ready and ISO 50001.

Enbridge Gas currently administers two energy management programs: the Comprehensive Energy Management program (Enbridge rate zone), and the Strategic Energy Management SEM program (Union rate zone). The CEM program provided incentives for the installation of an EMIS, funding for energy awareness and efficiency training in the organization, and financial assistance for Certified Energy Manager training. The SEM program was carried over from Union Gas, and offered similar incentives. Though there were participants still enrolled in the program in 2020, 2018 was the last year for new enrollment.

Last reviewed: November 2021

Prince Edward Island

EfficiencyPEI offers a Small Businesses Energy Solutions program and a Custom Energy Solutions program, which provide incentives to help with energy efficiency advice and rebates. Larger organizations (consuming more than 350,000 kWh per year) may qualify for customized energy solutions, which may include financing for a feasibility study and access to an onsite energy manager. There is no comprehensive EnMS/SEM program.

Last reviewed: November 2021

Quebec

Énergir reported that it has the Energy Management System (Système de gestion de l’énergie). Implementing EMS with Enegir allows for organizations to have energy savings through behavioral and operational changes at all levels of an organization, from senior management to staff on the floor. They give technical and financial assistance throughout the process, and offer grants of up to $350,000. This financial help is distributed throughout many important stages of the EMS implementation.

Hydro-Québec offers the Electric Power Management Systems Program (Programme Systèmes de gestion de l’énergie électrique, or SGÉÉ)), which involves consultation with experts from the Hydro Québec. In addition to allowing customers to receive financial assistance from Hydro-Québec, an electricity management system (EMS) can assist customers in determining the actions to take to control of their energy usage and inform users the status about recurring savings.

The provincial government offers the EcoPerformance energy management program, which provides funding for different stages of an EnMS, such as conducting an energy audit, hiring an energy manager, and providing training on ISO-50001. EcoPerformance aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the energy consumption of businesses by financing projects or measures related to energy consumption and production, as well as improving processes. Financial assistance for large commercial and institutional consumers has increased from $40 / tCO2 to $60 / tCO2. Financial assistance for large industrial consumers has increased from $40 / tCO2 to $50 / tCO2, and up to $60 / tCO2 for participants who have achieved ISO 50001 certification.

The TEQ Master Plan includes an objective to provide additional financial incentives to program participants with an 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.

Last reviewed: November 2021

Saskatchewan

SaskPower’s Industrial Energy Optimization Program included an energy management track that provided incentives for the development of energy management systems, energy management information systems, sub-metering, and planning and implementation for ISO 50001 certification. The program was cancelled in 2021.

Last reviewed: November 2021

Yukon

No information available.

Last reviewed: November 2021

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.

*Note: Efficiency Canada no longer tracks policy or program updates for this topic

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

Download the Scorecard

You have Successfully Subscribed!