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.
Companies interested in hiring an energy manager in 2021 should submit an energy manager application to EnergyManagers@ieso.ca no later than February 28, 2021. Funding opportunities will be based on the customer’s ability to achieve energy and peak demand reductions. Successful companies will need to enter into the Energy Manager program Participant Agreement with the IESO.
Companies approved will be eligible to receive an upfront payment of up to $20,000 annually upon the hiring of an energy manager and up to $150,000 per year to compensate their energy manager based on their performance – this will be at a rate of $300 per kW of peak demand reduction. Energy managers can reach their targets through projects supported by other Save on Energy incentives, and a minimum of 20 percent of savings must come from projects that have not received any incentive.
The Energy Manager program awards highlights innovative energy-efficiency projects in organizations across the province. Stay tuned for information about future nomination calls for Energy Manager program awards.
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.
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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