Ali Hoss, P.Eng., C.E.M., C.M.V.P.
Track N | Energy Management Around the World
From 2014 to 2016 the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario conducted a whole-building, multi-year, pay-for-performance (P4P) pilot with 18 grocery stores throughout the province. The overwhelming success of this venture, with total electricity savings of 16.8 GWh achieved over a 24 month period and average consumption savings of 11%, led to the establishment of a provincial program that has, in the first 30 days since launch, attracted over100 individual building applications with an estimated minimum savings of 30 GWh. A similar pilot program for transmission direct-connect industrial facilities is under development, with significant interest from the mining industry. With 18 facilities, the P4P pilot is, to our knowledge, currently the largest of its kind completed in North America. With the results now in, WEEC represents a timely opportunity to share best practices and hold meaningful dialogue on the approach. This presentation will cover the commercial pilot and the province wide Energy Performance Program. Starting with the pilot program, the presentation will detail the concept and goals of the pilot, energy savings success, participant feedback, and lessons learned from the pilot and program scale-up process. Some key success factors will be highlighted, such as: the value of the whole-building approach in capturing operation/ maintenance / behaviour savings; the development of meaningful and robust baseline models; the need for frequent monitoring and response plans; effectively managing multiple sub-vendors; and managing potential overlap with other programs. The presentation will include an update on the progress of the commercial P4P program, the Energy Performance Program (EPP), including any interim results, program benefits, customer experience, and encountered challenges. Of particular interest will be a comparison between the EPP and standard equipment retrofit programs in order to highlight the benefits of performance based and data driven savings assessments to both customers and program administrators.