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Program News November 18, 2021

Evaluation reports tell the story of CDM effectiveness

Evaluation reports for conservation and demand management (CDM) programs that were in market during 2020 have now been published to the IESO website. Also available are Key Findings and Recommendations Reports for each program. These documents provide verified energy and demand savings as well as opportunities for improvement for the Save on Energy programs evaluated. 

An overall finding from the evaluations is that the programs delivered during the Interim Framework, which ran from April 1, 2019, to December 31, 2020, continue to deliver cost-effective energy and demand savings. To date, the Interim Framework has produced savings of 302 GWh and 55 MW persisting to 2022.

Evaluation processes provide confidence that energy efficiency is a reliable resource for system planning that persists on average for more than 10 years. At less than two cents per kilowatt-hour, energy efficiency is also a cost-effective energy resource for Ontario. Lessons learned from the evaluation of the Interim Framework have and will continue to help inform the design and implementation of 2021-2024 CDM Framework programs

Questions can be directed to evaluations@ieso.ca

Program News August 20, 2021

Retrofit program updates

The following changes to the Retrofit program come into effect September 20, 2021.

Changes include new measures proposed through the new measure submission process, as well as updates to incentive levels, tiers and eligibility requirements on certain measures based on feedback from program participants and changing market prices for eligible measures.

Summary of changes

Measure Update Rationale
Creep heat controllers

(new measure)

Added as a prescriptive measure at $200 per unit incentive amount Based on feedback from the market and the product’s ability to reduce summer peak demand
T8 LED Tubes and U-bend replacement lamps

(new eligibility)

Changes to eligibility: added CSA C22.2 certification requirement. UL Type B tubes will only be accepted if certified and listed under UL 1598c or CSA C22.2 standard and known as "double ended" To account for products that are specific to the Canadian market
LED medium and high-bay fixtures

(new tiers)

Introduction of new tiers: five tiers (up from two) with incentives ranging from $50 to $150 per unit To expand market opportunity and more accurately capture savings
Demand control ventilation systems in enclosed parking garages

(new tiers)

New tier added to cover total exhaust fan capacity of >2.0 to ≤5 HP To expand market opportunity and more accurately capture savings
Integral LED troffers and LED linear ambient fixtures

(new incentive)

The following measures will see a $10 reduction in incentive amount:
  • 2’ x 2’ LED troffers or 2’ LED linear ambient fixture (≥ 2,000 lumens)
  • 1’ x 4’ LED troffers or 4’ LED linear ambient fixture (≥ 1,500 lumens
  • 2’ x 4’ LED troffers or 4’ LED linear ambient fixture (≥ 3,000 lumens)
To better align the proportion of measure costs covered by incentives with other lighting measure incentives

More details on these changes are available here

Changes to the Retrofit program in September 2021 are part of a series of planned, semi-annual updates that will be made to the program throughout the 2021-2024 period. The next program update is expected to be made in Q1 2022. A 30-day market notice period is provided for each semi-annual program update.

As a reminder, stakeholders may submit new energy-efficient measures for consideration to be included in future updates to the program.

Program News July 12, 2021

New prescriptive measure submissions

Do you want the IESO to consider a new measure for future inclusion in the Save on Energy Retrofit program? A form is available here to submit a new measure for consideration to be added to the program.

If you previously submitted a measure for consideration to be included in the Retrofit program, please see this page for information on key dates, how the submissions are evaluated and the results of the review of the submissions.

Program News June 30, 2021

Deadline to submit new measures for consideration for winter 2022 Retrofit program update

Retrofit program incentives and measures will be updated throughout the course of the four-year framework, based on marketplace feedback and changing market conditions. A new measure submission form is available to accommodate such suggestions from the marketplace.

Forms with new measures for consideration that are submitted by July 30, 2021, will be considered for inclusion in a program update planned for winter 2022. Forms submitted after that date will be considered for future program updates.

Program News March 8, 2021

Minor updates to the Retrofit program in April 2021

Some changes will be made to the Retrofit program effective April 8, 2021; these changes include clarifications and minor updates based on feedback received from Retrofit program participants and changing market costs for eligible measures.

Incentives for three lighting categories are being updated to better align with the actual cost for these energy-efficient lights. These categories are:

  • LED high bay fixtures ($10 to $20 reduction dependent on fixture size)
  • T8 LED Tube/U-Bend replacement lamps ($1 to $2 reduction dependent on lamp size)
  • T5 LED Tube replacement lamps ($1 to $2 reduction dependent on lamp output)


More detail is available here >

In addition, larger chillers and variable frequency drives will be eligible for program incentives. Tank sizes for compressed air measures eligible for incentives are also being adjusted to more closely match standard ranges sold in the market. More details on these program revisions will be posted by March 22, 2021, at the link above.

Other changes in this update include: 

  • The Program Requirements and the Participant Agreement are being updated to correct some inconsistencies and to clarify the meaning of some items. 
  • Worksheets, now optional, are being updated to remove references to proof of payment. In addition, the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) requirements for the program are being updated to require proof of payment for projects with an incentive higher than $20,000 and for smaller projects chosen as random samples.
  • The eligibility requirements for new construction projects are being clarified: energy-efficient equipment is eligible for incentives for a new facility or an addition to an existing facility provided the facility meets the program requirements and is connected to the electricity grid when the application is pre-approved. 

The revised Participant Agreement and Program Requirements, including the eligibility requirements, will be available on April 8 on the Save on Energy website and on the Retrofit portal.

The changes being made to the Retrofit program in April are the first in a series of planned semi-annual updates that will be made to the program throughout the 2021-2024 CDM Framework. The next update is expected to be made in late summer 2021. Changes to the Retrofit program will be accompanied by a 30-day market notice period. As a reminder, a form is available for stakeholders to submit new energy-efficient measures for consideration to be included in future updates to the program.

Program News February 9, 2021

Deadline to submit new measure form for summer 2021 program update

A new Retrofit program launched on Jan. 4, 2021, with prescriptive-only measures. Incentives and measures will be updated throughout the course of the four-year framework, based on marketplace feedback. A new process is available on the Save on Energy website to accommodate such suggestions.

Forms with suggestions for new measures that are submitted by Feb. 28, 2021, will be considered for inclusion in a program update planned for summer 2021. Forms submitted after that date will be considered for a future program update.

Program News January 20, 2021

Energy Efficiency Services Request for Vendor of Record Open for Submissions

The IESO has issued a new Energy Efficiency Services Request for Vendor of Record (RVOR) to support the delivery of the 2021-2024 CDM Framework. The RVOR can be found on MERX. Please note that you must be registered with Merx to be able to download all the relevant documents relating to this procurement. The categories of work covered under this RVOR may include, but are not limited to, engineering services, evaluation services, market research services, and program and policy design services.

The final RFP timelines are set out in the table below.

Item Deadline

Issue Date of RVOR

Tuesday January 19, 2021

Proponents' Deadline for Questions

3:00:00 pm on Monday February 1, 2021

Posting of Responses to Questions

Friday February 12, 2021

Deadline for Issuing Adenda

Friday February 12, 2021

Proposal Submission Deadline

3:00:00 pm on Monday March 1, 2021

Any questions must be submitted by following the instructions in the RVOR document.

Events & Meetings January 15, 2021

Webinar: Learn about the new Retrofit program

Whether you are making energy-efficient upgrades to your business or selling energy-efficient solutions to customers, you will want to know about the financial incentives available through the new Save on Energy Retrofit program. We invite you to join this session to learn about the new program and how your business can benefit from participating.

Topics covered during the webinar will include:

  • What’s changed in the Retrofit program
  • Retrofit Portal tips and tools
  • Measure updates
  • A review of the most common questions received by the Save on Energy team so far in 2021

A Q&A session will follow the presentation so that we can answer your questions.

 

Webinar: “The new Save on Energy Retrofit program”
Friday, January 29, 2021
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
password: Retro

 

No pre-registration is required. Just add this event to your calendar and then click this link (password: Retro) to join the webinar on January 29, or you can call in using these instructions:

  • Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-855-244-8681
  • Access code: 127 722 7494
Program News January 4, 2021

New Save on Energy programs available now

Information on new programs available over the next four years is now available. Interested participants are encouraged to Contact a Save on Energy representative with questions and for information on the available opportunities for their businesses. Learn more by visiting the business and industry web page.

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