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Take Back Your Energy Dollars
Take Back Your Energy Dollars
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Take Back Your Energy Dollars
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Take Back Your Energy Dollars
Take Back Your Energy Dollars
Take Back Your Energy Dollars
Take Back Your Energy Dollars
Take Back Your Energy Dollars
Take Back Your Energy Dollars
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Energy prices are political, confusing, and generally rising. Ontario's rising energy costs are affecting businesses, and will do so even more over the next ten years. This webinar offers insight …

Energy prices are political, confusing, and generally rising. Ontario's rising energy costs are affecting businesses, and will do so even more over the next ten years. This webinar offers insight behind the markets into what is happening to energy pricing (politics aside), what businesses can do to benefit from the coming changes, and how to put more energy dollars back into your business. This webinar will provide insights about the best ways to take advantage of government programs to stay ahead of changing energy prices.

Takeaways:
- Update on Ontario energy pricing trends.
- Update on conservation programs/grants
- 101 on Energy Audits & retrofits
- How to put energy $$ back into your business

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  • Slide time: <1 min.
    Take Back Your Dollars
    Energy prices are political, confusing, and generally rising. Ontario's rising energy costs are affecting businesses, and will do so even more over the next ten years. This webinar will offer insight behind the markets into what is happening to energy pricing (politics aside), what Chamber Members can do to benefit from the coming changes, and how to put more energy dollars back into your business.This webinar will provide great insight about the best ways to take advantage of government programs to stay ahead of changing energy prices.Takeaways:Update on Ontario energy pricing trends.
    Update on conservation programs/grants
    101 on Energy Audits & retrofits
    How to put energy $$ back into your business
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    Talking points:
    Welcome!
    Renewable energy is not new, but Ontario’s Green Energy Act is.
    Wind/solar have been in Canada for >50 yrs
    Industry is mature - lots of experiences, both good and bad.
    The media never tells the whole story, and often embelishes.
    Today we’re here to talk about how real projects work… or don’t.
    Ontario is a problematic province, with a diversity of strengths and weaknesses, a huge provincial budget, a multimodal economy, and a voracious appetite for energy. The provincial energy system is one of the largest items on the Provincial budget, and is a growing concern. Ontario's Green Energy Act has begun the process of decentralizing Ontario's energy system, opening up opportunities for local communities and local individuals to generate energy for themselves.
     
    What Ontario's government and ENGO sector did not expect was the degree of opposition and localized social friction that locally owned renewable energy projects would face. That opposition has had mixed competence, but has become increasingly well organized, and has been very damaging to Ontario's nacent green energy economy.
  • Energy is changing around the world.
    Nuclear is phasing out.
    Coal is killing us.
    Natural gas is fracked.
    Renewables used to provide 100% of our power, and can again.
  • Here’s what energy prices include
  • http://www.eco.on.ca/blog/2013/02/20/the-mysteries-of-electricity-pricing-in-ontario/
  • http://www.eco.on.ca/blog/2013/02/20/the-mysteries-of-electricity-pricing-in-ontario/
  • Real-time data on www.ieso.ca
  • First things first: conservation is 7-10 times less expensive than ANY new generation.
  • Context (ie: today’s reality)
    Update on Ontario energy pricing trends.
    Update on conservation programs/grants
    Opportunities going forward
    101 on Energy Audits & retrofits
    How to put energy $$ back into your business
  • Slide time: 2-3 mins.
    Image: Wind turbines and solar panels outside Wal-Mart in McKinney, Texas
    Whether retrofitting buildings or street lighting, the same principles apply:
    Use Less:
    Know your turn-down ratio
    “Turn-down ratio” compares the amount of energy the bldg. is using when it is “off” to the amount it uses when “on”. Most buildings never really turn fully off: they have emergency lighting, ventilation, heating, and other loads that are always on. The turn-down ratio is the percentage of “on” power that is used when “off.”
    Eg: a turn-down ratio of 50% means that when all staff go home and the building is turned “off”, it is still using 50% of the energy it would be if it was turned “on”.
    (50-70% is not uncommon from what we’ve seen and been told by our colleagues)
    Consider controls to improve turn-down: lighting controls, PLC/BAS controls, etc.
    BAS = Building Automation System: most commercial buildings have one.
    PLC = Programmable Logic Controller: most industrial processes have one.
    Turn-off stuff not in use (eg: motion sensors in bathrooms)
    Turn-off stuff that’s not required (eg: “sensors, moisture sensors on irrigation)
    Eg: don’t spend electricity on lighting when the sun is doing fine
    Eg: don’t spend water and electricity irrigating when it’s raining
    Eg: economizers for fresh air
    Recover the energy you’ve already used: ERV’s, DWHR, steam flue heat exchangers, etc.
    ERV = Energy (or Enthalpy) Recovery Ventilator (recover’s energy in exhaust air)
    DWHR = Drain Water Heat Recovery (recover’s energy in drain water)
    Steam flue heat exchangers – recover energy from steam that is being exhausted from industrial processes.
    Incentives: (see later slides)
  • Slide time: 2-3 mins.
    Whether retrofitting buildings or street lighting, the same principles apply:
    Use Less:
    Know your turn-down ratio
    “Turn-down ratio” compares the amount of energy the bldg. is using when it is “off” to the amount it uses when “on”. Most buildings never really turn fully off: they have emergency lighting, ventilation, heating, and other loads that are always on. The turn-down ratio is the percentage of “on” power that is used when “off.”
    Eg: a turn-down ratio of 50% means that when all staff go home and the building is turned “off”, it is still using 50% of the energy it would be if it was turned “on”.
    (50-70% is not uncommon from what we’ve seen and been told by our colleagues)
    Consider controls to improve turn-down: lighting controls, PLC/BAS controls, etc.
    BAS = Building Automation System: most commercial buildings have one.
    PLC = Programmable Logic Controller: most industrial processes have one.
    Turn-off stuff not in use (eg: motion sensors in bathrooms)
    Turn-off stuff that’s not required (eg: “sensors, moisture sensors on irrigation)
    Eg: don’t spend electricity on lighting when the sun is doing fine
    Eg: don’t spend water and electricity irrigating when it’s raining
    Eg: economizers for fresh air
    Recover the energy you’ve already used: ERV’s, DWHR, steam flue heat exchangers, etc.
    ERV = Energy (or Enthalpy) Recovery Ventilator (recover’s energy in exhaust air)
    DWHR = Drain Water Heat Recovery (recover’s energy in drain water)
    Steam flue heat exchangers – recover energy from steam that is being exhausted from industrial processes.
  • Energy audits 101
    Building Dr. – M&V
  • Slide time: 2-3 mins.
    Step 1: Scoping – determine technology options
    Not every technology fits everywhere. There is no perfect solution. Understand what works in your situation.
    Step 2: Feasibility assessment(s)
    Rule of 1%: do some quick math (napkin math) to guesstimate your budget, and then before you start, spend 1% of that amount getting help to confirm that the budget and payback are what you expect.
    Step 3: Research permitting requirements
    Ask early and often! Do not let yourself be surprised! Unexpected permits can bankrupt or sabotage a project.
    Talk to a minimum of:
    Local building department (they will know if you need to talk to other city departments, eg: Heritage department)
    Local utilities (electrical, gas, water, sewer)
    Local conservation authority
    Step 4: Research grants and incentives
    Consider all levels of government and utilities: fed, prov, municipal, conservation authorities, utilities
    Consider asking a consultant for help
    Step 5: Hire RE consultant or turn-key OEM/distributor
    Experience can be worth much more than it’s weight in gold
    Mindscape provides renewable energy resource assessments to determine which forms of renewable energy will best fit your needs and location.
    Mindscape also has partners involved with many different renewable energy technologies.
    And Mindscape is not the only company that offers services and has good experience: we have many competitors. Make sure you check references, and check the internet: it’s amazing what you can learn about a company on the internet now…
    (If you do a search on Mindscape or on Derek Satnik then you’ll get a huge number of hits: try that for anyone before you consider hiring them, and see what you find out…)
  • Encourage skepticism, not cynicism
  • Slide time: <1 min.
    Image from http://www.caribbeanelections.com/education/images/library_books_5516.jpg
  • If there’s any one closing thought I’d like to leave you with it’s this.
    Renewable energy is not just about economics or doing good projects, although it is certainly about that. Renewables are a basic acceptance of the fact that we cannot continue burning fossil fuels the way we have been. Nature won’t tolerate it.
  • Slide time: >1 min.
    It’s up to me.
    It’s up to you.
    It’s up to all of us.
    Call us if you have any questions. We’d love to help.
    Please fill out a feedback form. If you want the slides, leave us your email address.
    I’m writing a book! If you want a pre-release copy, leave your email address.
    Thanks for your time!
  • Transcript

    • 1. Take Back Your Energy Dollars The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Truth About Ontario’s Energy Sector Greater KW Chamber of Commerce, 2014-03-05 Derek Satnik, P.Eng., LEED® AP Managing Director & Chief Innovation Officer Mindscape Innovations Group Inc. www.mi-group.ca © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
    • 2. I skate to where the  puck is going to be,   not where it has  been. - Wayne Gretzky
    • 3. Agenda Context (ie: today’s reality) •Update on Ontario energy pricing trends. •Update on conservation programs/grants Opportunities going forward •101 on Energy Audits & retrofits •How to put energy $$ back into your business Photo from http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/04/img/solar_church_onpage.jpg © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
    • 4. What Exactly Are We Paying For? • • • • • Insurance? Emissions & waste? Env’t protection? Construction? Taxation? Users: •Residential •Time of Use •Spot Market •Peak & net •Incentives
    • 5. Actual Energy Price History in Ontario http://www.eco.on.ca/blog/2013/02/20/the-mysteries-of-electricity-pricing-in-ontario/
    • 6. Actual Energy Price History in Ontario Little to no net change from 2005 through 2012 http://www.eco.on.ca/blog/2013/02/20/the-mysteries-of-electricity-pricing-in-ontario/
    • 7. Context • Old generators, many due for rebuilds • Surplus baseload generation at night • Annual peaks ~27,000 MW • Diverse supply: some flexible, some not • Diverse hazards & strategies
    • 8. The Challenge • Aging and now obsolete system • Load forecasts are a best guess (who’s guess is best?) • Anything new costs money • People disagree on the costs • Big budgets beget thick politics … and more politics… … and more politics…
    • 9. Conservation Roadmap & ROI Chart From book Smart Power: An Urban Guide to Renewable Energy and Efficiency, © William H. Kemp © Mindscape Innovations
    • 10. http://Saveonenergy.ca/business.aspx • • • • • • • • Demand Response Small Business Lighting Retrofit Program Unitary AC Compressed Air Lighting peaksaver PLUS Audit funding • Existing Building Commissioning • High Performance New Consruction • Process and Systems • Training & Support • separate programs for housing
    • 11. Energy Efficiency 101 Step 1: Learn what you’re using (metering, watch bills) Step 2: Identify opportunities to use less Step 3: Identify applicable incentive programs Step 4: Consider hiring an energy audit professional Step 5: Retrofit – Start with the low-hanging fruit Step 6: Use min 50% of the savings to finance further efforts (build an increasing project budget year after year) Repeat! Walmart, McKinney, Texas, with white roof, wind & solar: http://www.elperfecto.com/wp-content/uploads/Bing_Maps_Wind_Turbine_Wal-Mart_McKinneyTX.jpg Slide © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
    • 12. Energy Audits - 101 • Formal studies by qualified / experienced professionals (P.Eng., CEM) – get references! • Levels: 1. Basic Walkthrough 2. Model Scenarios (base case & upgrade options) 3. Temporary metering • Costs: by size & complexity, $0.05-$0.25/ft2 • Time: 2-12 weeks (varies with complexity) • Consultations / Pre-Audits
    • 13. Putting Energy $$ Back Into Your Business 50/50 plan™: •Take it a year at a time: plan in advance •Track energy savings, and set $$ aside •50% to your bottom line (insurance against rising energy prices) •50% in a new “energy projects” account to fund future projects and build greater savings Photo from http://www.socalofficerealestateblog.com/wp-content/newuploads/2009/06/saddleback-church-solar-electric-panels-1-large.jpg © Mindscape Innovations
    • 14. Hire a Mindscape Building Doctor™ Monitor your building’s health: •Annual utility checkup & comparison to industry norms •Identify unhealthy symptoms •Plan proactively: identify opportunities before problems •Measurement & Verification •Ongoing performance monitoring and setting of goals/targets © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
    • 15. Green Building Rating Systems Energy Performance Living Building Challenge LEED NC, CI, CS, EB:O&M Platinum Gold LEEDing 25% Silver Certified Mainstream 50% Energy benchmarking: mNECB / ASHRAE Building Code Environmental Performance Photo from http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/04/img/solar_church_onpage.jpg © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc. Bottom 25% & code violators
    • 16. Residential Green Building Rating Systems Platinum Energy Performance Gold LEEDing 25% Silver Platinum Gold Certified Mainstream 50% Silver Building Code Bronze Environmental Performance © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc. Bottom 25% & code violators
    • 17. Implementation of Renewable Energy Systems Step 1: Scoping – determine technology options Step 2: Feasibility assessment(s) Step 3: Research permitting requirements Step 4: Research grants and incentives Step 5: Hire RE consultant or turn-key OEM/distributor • Mindscape provides renewable energy resource assessments to determine which forms of renewable energy will best fit your needs and location • Mindscape also has partners involved with many different renewable energy technologies (check www.mi-group.ca and OSEA members list) Photo by K. Stevens, 2008 – Lions Head © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
    • 18. Key Points • • • • • • • Energy is politics: be wary of what you hear You can do a lot by yourself Understand your bills Conservation before generation Spend 1% on feasibility Green power is popular & feasible Technical problems can always be solved: be skeptical, but not cynical (ask real questions, and expect and accept real answers) • Use available incentives • Have competent help • Plan ahead Photo by K. Stevens, 2009 - Toronto © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
    • 19. Mindscape Innovations Group • In this new library of ideas, we’re the librarians. • Turn-key full lifecycle solutions for environmentally and technologically enhanced businesses, homes, and communities. • 15 awards since ‘07, municipal through international • Core enabling services to both the green building sector and the renewable energy sector: energy audits and retrofit planning, project/construction management, commissioning, policy and incentive program development, energy/sustainability plans, feasibility studies, renewable energy solutions, grants and incentives, permits and approvals, and much more... © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
    • 20. NATURE… …does not know GOOD… …does not know EVIL… knows only Consequences
    • 21. Thank you! info@mi-group.ca 877-394-6589 www.mi-group.ca/faq www.mi-group.ca/blog Slides @ http://www.slideshare.net/dsatnik

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