The fall application window is now closed and applications for 2022 energy manager funding are under review.
Energy managers have the strategic and technical expertise to recommend the energy-saving equipment and technologies that are right for your business. They also have the skills to implement an energy management strategy for your business – working directly with your operations team, vendors and service providers, and managing financial incentives that support project success and benefit your company’s bottom line.
Energy managers mean business. They're trained to find energy savings, identify smart energy investments, secure financial incentives and unlock competitive advantage.
I’ve been an energy manager with Atlantic Packaging since 2012. Since I joined the company, we’ve reduced our electricity costs by ten percent and lowered the Global Adjustment charge by almost 50 percent. My employment contract requires me to reduce consumption by two percent annually at each of our facilities, and that means I’m accountable every day for delivering results based on our company’s energy strategy.
Thank you to those who submitted an application for 2022 energy manager funding. Please be prepared to answer our technical reviewer’s questions as quickly as possible so that the application evaluations can be completed in a timely fashion.Applications will be evaluated based on criteria that include:
Please note that there are a limited number of positions available for funding in this final application window. Applications from companies with fewer than five previously funded terms for energy managers will be prioritized.
Companies approved for funding will be eligible to receive an upfront payment of up to $20,000 upon the hiring of an energy manager, and up to a maximum of $150,000 in total, based on the energy manager’s reported performance at a rate of $300 per kW of peak demand reduction. Energy managers can achieve savings through projects supported by other Save on Energy incentives. A minimum of 20 percent of savings must come from projects that have not received any incentive.
The IESO will endeavour to respond to all applicants with respect to final funding decisions by January 31, 2022.
NOTE: This is the final application window for the 2021-2024 CDM Framework Energy Manager program. Under this framework, 2022 will be the last year the IESO will be providing funding to companies for energy managers before the Energy Manager program transitions to a strategic energy management model in 2023.
Please review and refer to the program requirements for program eligibility criteria.
Energy Manager program agreement
The Energy Manager program agreement is provided for reference purposes only and may be subject to change. A final form of the agreement will be provided to successful applicants by the IESO for execution.
The Energy Manager program awards highlight innovative energy-efficiency projects in organizations across the province. Stay tuned for information about the 2021 award nominations.
2020 Energy Manager program award winners
At the City of Guelph, Graham Aikenhead and the city’s broader Energy and Climate Change team have identified and implemented several energy-savings measures for the city that have resulted in $1.7 million in annual cost savings. Graham’s work is part of the “Guelph Future Ready - Sustaining Our Future” Strategic Plan, which includes certifying Guelph to the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Standard to sustainably secure and continuously improve energy management for the city’s future.
By working collaboratively across the entire organization at Fanshawe College, and with the support of a wide-reaching energy management team, Nathan Gerber has implemented a number of successful initiatives. These include an energy management information system that helped the college reduce its energy costs and achieve 4,700 MWh in annual electricity savings.
Emerson Brown has been a leading force in introducing several organization-wide strategies at Washington Mills designed to create greater employee awareness of energy management practices. Emerson’s efforts have resulted in $350,000 in annual electricity cost savings, enabling the organization to stay competitive in the industrial sector and to become more energy efficient in the long term. Learn more
At Minto Group, Adeyemi Adewunmi has been instrumental in standardizing how energy management practices are considered, implemented and verified, while continuously monitoring energy consumption to ensure buildings are operating optimally. Adeyemi’s efforts have resulted in 4,090 MWh in electricity savings and $500,000 in cost savings over two years.
Allan Dai and Elisabeth Perlikowski are members of SickKids’ dedicated energy sustainability team, working with all levels of the organization to implement energy management programs, innovative projects and initiatives. These include using modern, smart building technology to help building operations managers pave the way for smarter energy use. Allan and Elisabeth’s efforts have achieved a nine-percent reduction in energy intensity and $500,000 in annual utility cost savings.
Jana Jamnicky, The IESO – CIPEC Industrial Energy Manager of the Year has saved over $250,000 a year in electricity costs and has been a driving force in making conservation a point of pride for all employees at Cameco.
Benjamin Ratcliffe, IESO Institutional Sector Energy Manager of the Year, invited the students of Peel District School Board to become mini-energy managers, sharing with them their school energy data to see how they impact energy use and how they can make a difference.
Rod Michalko, Manufacturing Energy Manager of the Year, saved approximately $1.5 million dollars in operating costs for Dunn Paper by implementing projects such as optimizing pumping and air compressor systems and introducing a facility-wide energy management information system.
Cristina Guido, Non-funded Energy Manager of the Year, was recognized for leading the Town’s corporate energy program in 2019, including her work with the Town’s Corporate Energy Team on energy savings projects, maintaining building benchmarking and introducing energy performance reports through the RETScreen Expert software, which contributed to the Corporate Energy Team’s achievement of over 12 percent savings across the Town’s building portfolio.
Youcef Ziani’s experience in strategic energy management was put to good use at Roseburg MDF, leading to strategy sessions with executives which helped Youcef win buy-in for his energy plans. The Energy Manager of the Year – LDC was awarded to Youcef for driving change at Roseburg MDF, helping to save 3,200 MWh.
Energy Manager Award winner for the IAP-CIPEC Energy Manager of the Year and Most Non-Incented Savings, Bruce Armitage and his team have implemented an educational campaign to raise awareness of the impact operating procedures have on energy consumption. This, combined with upgrades throughout the mine, has resulted in $11 million in savings.
Suneel Gupta, winner of the Multi-site Customer Energy Manager Program, has worked with FirstService Residential’s portfolio of buildings to address affordability and reliability through energy-efficiency. Through upgrades to lighting, HVAC equipment and training property managers, Suneel has helped save $5 million for FirstService Residential buildings.
Winner of the Energy Manager of the Year – Non-Funded Award, Daniela Paraschiv led a Race to Reduce style competition between 19 of the city's buildings. This helped uncover no-cost and low-cost opportunities, resulting in $343,000 in annual energy savings.
Amanda Martin and her team used an innovative approach to energy management, turning a simple energy audit into better data management and a more informed workforce for the City of Markham. The Most Innovative Project award was given to her for these upgrades, which is helping save the city $1.7 million annually.
Winner of Best Energy Savings Campaign, Prasath Vinayagamoorthy focused on employee engagement and outreach, developing an online employee suggestion system that rewards employees for unique energy-efficiency ideas. This has helped the Ontario facilities lead 3M globally in energy-efficiency.
Honourable mentions go to the energy management team at CFB Trenton. Jeff Lamar and Peter Irwin have helped foster a culture of energy-efficiency at CFB Trenton, which has resulted in the Canadian Armed Forces expanding energy management practices to all of their bases across Canada.
Elissa Williamson and her team implemented energy saving initiatives in compressed air leak management, underground ventilation, and LED lighting at the Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines. The IAP-CIPEC Energy Manager Leadership Award was granted to Elissa and Goldcorp for implementing these measures and establishing an energy conservation culture amongst employees, which saved the mines $10.1 Million.
Embedded Energy Manager, Harpreet Dhillon implemented a system where compressed air supply can be controlled and analyzed at certain times of the day, from many different departments within the FCA Windsor Assembly Plant. Along with efficient boiler and chiller initiatives, the conservation measures taken have resulted in a daily monetary savings in the six figures and the Most Innovative Energy Savings Project award.,
Hiren Patel saved Owens Corning Canada tens of thousands of MWh by implementing compressed air and other utility optimization projects - a cost savings equal to selling insulation for 3,000 homes. He’s not only created more opportunities to save, he has improved product quality and employee engagement. Because of this, Hiren and the plant were awarded with the Provincial Energy Manager of the Year award.
The Home Depot earned their IESO Energy Manager of the Year award by creating comprehensive energy programs amongst their retail stores. With stores across Ontario voluntarily creating energy conservation teams, energy scorecards to measure building performance, and efficient rooftop HVAC unit installations, The Home Depot saved enough energy to power 13 stores in a year.
Energy Manager Award winner for Most Energy Savings, Johnathan Barrington and Molson Coors invested in prediction software to analyze the weather forecast, which reduced demand during peaks and saved the Toronto brewery 1,944 MWh annually – a cost savings equivalent of producing 55,000 cases of beer.
Compressed air is the most expensive utility at the General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant. To combat leaks, Energy Engineer, Kevin Wagner created an innovative demonstration tool to simulate the noise of a compressed air leak – bringing energy awareness to assembly line workers and awarding Kevin and the company the Best Energy Savings Campaign accolade.
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