October 2, 2006

Government-business agreements will lead to over 300 MW of power saved by 2010

New agreements between the Ontario Power Authority and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the city of Toronto and Toronto Hydro will enable the city to meet and even surpass the provincial energy conservation target of 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity saved by 2010. BOMA has agreed to reduce electricity consumption in Toronto's commercial buildings by 150 MW, while the city and Toronto Hydro have agreed to electricity conservation targets of 90 MW each, for a total of 330 MW of conservation by 2010. This represents a total investment of up to $150 million.

Toronto's commercial building owners will play a major role in helping meet the electricity conservation target. "By conserving electricity our members can reduce their operating costs while also supporting the overall economic viability of Toronto," said BOMA executive vice-president Chuck Stradling.

The agreements follow from the Energy Minister's February 2006 directive calling for the OPA to work with Toronto Hydro and the Toronto community to seek out and procure up to 300 MW of additional energy conservation in Toronto by 2010 to ensure the ongoing reliability of the electrical supply in the city. The conservation and demand management (CDM) plans will include a range of commercial and residential initiatives including energy audits, load shifting, deep lake water cooling, lighting upgrades and appliance programs.

To meet its conservation goal of 150 MW, BOMA will develop and deliver a CDM program targeted to BOMA members in the city of Toronto who operate multi-use, commercial, office, retail and hotel properties at least 25,000 square feed in size. The program will be co-ordinated with BOMA's existing "Go Green" program. The Association will also pursue a wide range of energy-saving projects. These could include retrofitting of lighting systems, lighting control systems, replacement of chillers and motors, HVAC system redesigns such as free cooling, building envelope and glazing changes, tenant sub metering, deep lake water cooling and natural gas-fired generators.

To meet its conservation goal of 90 MW, and as part of the development of its new energy plan, the city of Toronto will carry out energy retrofits of city facilities and will promote its employee energy efficiency program. The city is also developing new "Better Buildings Partnership" projects in the commercial and MUSH (municipal, university/college, school and hospital) sectors, in co-operation with community and business partners.

Other initiatives include: Toronto's Better Buildings Partnership loan program (which currently has $8 million on its balance sheet), to leverage energy servicing company (ESCO) financing for energy efficiency improvements; the Better Buildings Partnership New Construction program, including design advisory services; and outreach programs by the city's Energy Efficiency Office, focusing on the MUSH sectors.

Toronto Hydro will focus on expanding a number of its already successful programs in order to meet its 90 MW conservation goal. Planned CDM initiatives include: supporting a multi-retailer CDM program this fall, focusing on energy efficient household and festive LED seasonal lighting retrofits; expanding the "PeakSaver" program, with an objective of 50 MW of demand response by 2008; expanding the PeakSaver distributed energy program that will bring standby generators on-line during periods of critical peak demand; expanding the "Keep Cool" summer air conditioner recycling program for the summer of 2007. In addition, Toronto Hydro will design new CDM programs to decrease electricity consumption in commercial establishments in Toronto.

More information is available on the Conservation Bureau of Ontario Web site, www.conservationbureau.on.ca.

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