Energy saving builds culture of conservation in Ontario


Peter Love,
Chief Energy
Conservation Officer,
Toronto, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — June 6, 2007 –Ontario’s electricity consumers reduced peak demand by approximately 1,080 MW to the end of 2006, the province’s Chief Energy Conservation Officer, Peter Love, has reported.

Of this 315 MW is attributed to demand management and 289 MW to energy efficiency, while 100 MW is from conservation behavior, 27 MW from self-generation and 350 MW from natural conservation.

This puts the province well on the way to achieving its short term target of a peak demand reduction of 1,350 MW by the end of 2007, says Love. “I’m pleased with the results to date – this is a good start to using a precious resource wisely, saving money, and helping the environment.”

In the long term the target is a peak reduction of 6,300 MW by 2025.

The five Ontario Power Authority-coordinated conservation programs delivered in 2006 resulted in annual savings of 378 million kWh and a reduction in the summer peak demand of approximately 110 MW, while local distribution companies reported achieving savings, including approximately 140 MW of peak demand reduction and lifetime savings of 3.5 billion kWh.

Other highlights of the year were that amendments to the Ontario Building Code, announced in June 2006, have increased energy efficiency requirements and are expected to save Ontario an estimated 550 MW of electricity over the next eight years, and that funding was provided of $2.5 million for electricity conservation pilot projects and more than $736,000 to promote the development and commercialization of technologies or applications that could help to reduce electricity consumption or demand.

According to Love lessons learned from these programs include the need to expand and strengthen the measurement and verification efforts, to focus efforts to increase the market share of energy efficient equipment and buildings, and to strengthen the delivery and practice of conservation with partners.