TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) have struck a strategic, five-year partnership to test innovative processes, technologies and program delivery models to accelerate the adoption of conservation and demand management (CDM) solutions by Ontario's broader public sector.
Through this agreement, the IESO will support the testing of new CDM projects across IO's diverse portfolio. IO's portfolio features approximately 4,000 buildings and structures across the province that support a wide-range of ministry programs. This includes multi-ministry office buildings, courthouses and correctional facilities.
Selected projects will focus on areas including energy efficiency, operational performance and opportunities to work toward "net zero" buildings, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.
By creating a safe, controlled environment in which new conservation technologies and solutions can be tested, this partnership is expected to reduce some of the existing barriers to widespread implementation and encourage uptake by the broader public sector and potentially the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors.
- The IESO's Conservation Fund will allocate up to $10 million to support approved IO projects.
- Support from the IESO's Conservation Fund will cover a maximum of 75 per cent of eligible project costs.
- Individual projects will be identified throughout 2017 and will be executed by the end of 2020. Under the terms of this agreement, IO will propose projects for consideration and an IESO review team will evaluate and, where warranted, select them for funding. If the funded projects yield significant energy savings, they may eventually be integrated into existing programs or expanded into new ones.
- To the extent possible, projects will be selected to provide broad geographic coverage across Ontario.
- Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
"Ontario is committed to providing safe and sustainable buildings to deliver ministry programs and services across the province. Exploring cutting edge, energy efficient technology will lead to improvements in the government's portfolio, and provide the knowledge and information required to see new technology adopted in other sectors."
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"Infrastructure Ontario strives to embrace innovation in everything we do, and we're excited about the tremendous opportunity this partnership with the IESO offers. These pilot projects will assist in making our portfolio increasingly green and efficient, and if our projects act as a catalyst for adoption by other sectors, that would be a major bonus."
Toni Rossi, President and CEO (Interim), Divisional President Real Estate and Lending, Infrastructure Ontario
"The investments made under this agreement will drive innovation in the areas of conservation, energy efficiency and demand management. By creating a mechanism through which new technologies can be tested, we're optimistic we can leverage the pilot project results to support reliability in power system operations."
Bruce Campbell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Independent Electricity System Operator
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that works to deliver public benefits through partnerships with the private sector. IO delivers large, complex public infrastructure projects using a made-in-Ontario modern procurement and project management practice called Alternative Financing and Procurement. Infrastructure Ontario also partners with the private sector to manage one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public sector clients with loans to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to advise provincial public sector clients on commercial transactions. Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.
Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) manages the province's power system so that Ontarians receive power when and where they need it. It plans and prepares for future electricity needs and works with its partners to guide conservation efforts. Through its Conservation Fund, the IESO supports innovative electricity conservation projects that build marketplace capacity for conservation actions; test new or unique conservation program elements; verify the energy savings potential and cost-effectiveness of novel demand-side technologies and processes; and can be scaled up to achieve significant energy savings in Ontario. Visit www.ieso.ca for more information.
IO-IESO STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
The five-year partnership between Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) involves the testing of innovative processes, technologies and program delivery models.
As part of that partnership, the IESO will share its expertise in energy efficiency by identifying, developing and shaping project ideas; evaluating and approving project ideas through a cross functional funding committee; applying rigorous evaluation, measurement and verification protocols to ensure all project results are verified and lessons learned from project execution are captured; and providing advice and guidance throughout the project lifecycles from concept to final sharing of results.
Funded projects are expected to yield insights in several areas related to CDM activities, including facility benchmarking; building automation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning and advanced controls; lighting systems; building envelope; energy efficiency options for heritage buildings; efficient building operation; electricity, gas and water collaboration; energy storage technologies; integration with regional energy planning; and opportunities to work toward "net zero" buildings.
By creating a safe, controlled environment in which new technologies and solutions can be tested, this partnership is expected to reduce some of the existing barriers to widespread implementation and encourage uptake by the broader public sector and potentially the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors.
Working closely with local electric and natural gas utilities as well as other program delivery partners, the IESO supports the province's energy efficiency efforts and engages in activities that foster a culture of conservation. The Conservation Fund supports innovative electricity conservation projects that build marketplace capacity for conservation actions, test new or unique conservation program elements, verify the energy savings potential and cost-effectiveness of novel demand-side technologies and processes, and can be scaled-up to achieve significant energy savings in Ontario.
Additional Information regarding the IESO, IO and their partnership
- To ensure this initiative delivers maximum value to Ontarians, each funded project will include communications and outreach requirements designed to showcase project outcomes through activities such as workshops, reports and case studies.
- This agreement is broadly aligned with the Government of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan, which is intended to showcase Ontario's clean-tech expertise. Public properties and buildings will be used to help demonstrate low-carbon technologies, and to showcase made-in-Ontario innovations and the expertise of Ontario's clean-tech companies.
- With the support of the IESO, local electricity distribution companies offer a range of tools, resources and incentives related to energy conservation through the Save on Energy program.
- Any energy savings that result from these projects will be counted towards province wide conservation targets.
- Funded projects will be designed to address a technological/market risk or barrier to implementation and will have clearly defined performance targets and outcome metrics.
- By reducing some of the technical, financial and capacity risks that private sector property owners and managers face, this initiative is expected to yield results that can be leveraged outside the public sector
- IO has already supported the government's electricity demand reduction targets by achieving a 28 per cent consumption reduction in its managed portfolio since 2006.
SOURCE Independent Electricity System Operator
For further information: Contacts: Jeff Giffen, Infrastructure Ontario, (705) 564-7205; John Cannella, Independent Electricity System Operator, (416) 506-2823, [email protected]