Save on Energy

The fall application window is open from Tuesday, October 12, 2021, to Friday November 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Find out how to apply.

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Energy Manager program

Energy managers unlock savings you didn't know existed.

For large organizations, a dedicated energy manager is one of the best hires you can make. The Energy Manager program is the largest of its kind in North America, helping to save energy and drive Ontario’s competitiveness.



What does an energy manager do?

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.

Want to learn more about the Energy Manager program?

Contact us at EnergyManagers@ieso.ca.

Why hire an energy manager?

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.
Adam Murree, CEM, CEA, CMVP, Atlantic Packaging

How to apply

The fall application window is now open.

Companies interested in applying for funding for an energy manager in 2022 can submit an application to the Energy Manager program from Tuesday, October 12, 2021, to Friday November 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

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.

Applications will be evaluated based on criteria that include:

  • aggregated electricity consumption across facilities that supports substantive opportunities for energy savings and peak demand reductions
  • pre-identified opportunities (projects) to achieve these energy savings and peak demand reductions
  • for existing energy managers, a demonstrated ability to deliver results as evidenced by past performance.

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.

Key documents


Program requirements
Please review and refer to the program requirements for program eligibility criteria.

Open the program requirements (pdf)

Energy Manager program application
Please download, complete and return the Energy Manager program application form, along with the required supporting documentation, to EnergyManagers@ieso.ca by November 12, 2021.

Applications must include the documentation listed in the application checklist section of the application form and must be signed by an appropriate signing authority of the applicant for the application review to be completed by the IESO.

Open the Energy Manager program application (xlsx)

Project pipeline list template
New applicants to the Energy Manager program must complete and submit their 2022 Project Pipeline List using this template with their application.

Previously funded companies applying for 2022 funding for an energy manager may use the Project Pipeline List template or they may submit their latest quarterly report that identifies their project pipeline as part of their 2022 application.

Open the project pipeline list template (xlsx)

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.

Open the Energy Manager program agreement (pdf)

Energy Manager program awards


The Energy Manager program awards highlight innovative energy-efficiency projects in organizations across the province. Stay tuned for information about the 2020 award winners and future nomination calls for Energy Manager program awards.


2019 Energy Manager program award winners

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