The proposed regulation would designate the following public agencies:
• Facilities owned and operated by municipalities.
• At a minimum municipalities would report on the following facilities:
- offices (e.g., office or public administration);
- libraries, arts and culture facilities;
- emergency medical services (e.g., ambulance and paramedic), fire, police;
- community centre, arena, indoor pool, multi-use recreation complex;
- public works/transit garage; and
- water pumping and water treatment (i.e., drinking water and waste water).
• Facilities owned and operated by universities/colleges.
• At a minimum universities would report on the following facility types:
- high energy use labs;
- low energy use labs;
- residences; and
- student physical education centres.
• Facilities owned and operated by school boards.
• Schools would identify:
- the number and area of portables; and
- if a pool or daycare centre is part of the school.
• Facilities owned and operated by hospitals.
• At a minimum, hospitals would be required to report on chronic care or acute/teaching facilities.
Energy Conservation Reporting Requirements
As part of their energy conservation plans prescribed public agencies would be required to collect and submit annual energy consumption and building characteristic information as outlined in the proposed template (see links in Additional Information). Public agencies would use the template to provide the required energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission information.
In addition to collecting energy consumption and GHG emission data as described in the proposed Energy Consumption and GHG Emission Template, prescribed public agencies would be responsible for developing and implementing three year energy conservation plans for designated facilities. Plans would include a high level description of how the organization would conserve energy and reduce demand over the life of the plan and a forecast of the expected results. Subsequent plans would also include information on progress and achievements in energy conservation since the previous plan.
Plans may include energy conservation activities such as identifying an energy conservation leader/team, energy audits, building recommissioning, commissioning, improved maintenance, lighting, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) retrofits, and employee awareness programs. In addition plans may include communications and behavioural awareness that are developed to implement and promote a culture of conservation. Demand management methods include shifting high demand energy use to off-peak hours as defined by the Ontario Energy Board.
Prescribed public agencies may set and are encouraged to report on energy conservation and demand reduction targets for all or some of their facilities.
Prescribed agencies would be required to update their Energy Consumption and GHG Emission Template on an annual basis to demonstrate the impact of the organization’s energy conservation plan. Organizations implementing demand management methods would be required to report on the demand management results on an annual basis. Updates would include information on why these factors have increased or decreased and what measures the organization plans to undertake to address increases.
In addition, agencies would be required to provide a description of the renewable energy projects undertaken by the organization and the energy produced by those installations (e.g., a10 kW solar photo voltaic system producing 16,600 kWh/year).
Two or more public agencies may prepare joint energy conservation plans and may publish it jointly.
Each public agency contributing to the joint plan would be required to provide all of the information required under the above mentioned Energy Consumption and GHG Emission Template and under the Energy Conservation Reporting Requirements.
If the joint plan satisfies the requirements the public agencies would not be required to prepare, publish and implement separate energy conservation plans for the same period.
Phasing in Reporting Requirements
The first report would be due on July 1, 2013 and would require designated agencies to complete the proposed Energy Consumption and GHG Emission Template using 2012 data. In addition, agencies would have the opportunity to report on previous energy conservation initiatives.
The second report would be due on July 1, 2014 and would require public agencies to develop energy conservation and demand management plans as outlined in the Conservation Plan section. Plans would cover a three year period. In addition agencies would update their proposed Energy Consumption and GHG Emission Template, benchmark their facilities (equivalent kilowatt hours/square foot (ekWh/sq ft) and CO2e/gsf2), update building characteristics (e.g., new or expanded buildings) and report on renewable energy projects and the power they generate.
During the life of the energy conservation plan, organizations would be required to update the proposed Energy Consumption and GHG Emission Template and make that information available on its corporate web site and to the Ministry of Energy.
Organizations would be required to prepare a new three year energy conservation plan and publish that plan on July 1, 2017, as described in the publication section below. Organizations would be required to provide annual updates of the proposed Energy Consumption and GHG Emission Template. In addition, organizations would be required to provide a summary of the progress and achievements in energy conservation activities since the previous plan.
In subsequent years, organizations would be required to:
• develop three year energy conservation plans as outlined above; and
• provide annual updates of the proposed Energy Consumption and GHG Emission Template during the life of the plan.
Energy conservation plans prepared by universities, colleges, schools and hospitals would require chief administrative or financial officer approval. Municipal energy conservation plans would require municipal council approval.
A prescribed public agency would be required to comply with the reporting requirements outlined above and implement the organizations energy conservation plan.
A prescribed public agency would be required to provide an electronic copy of the proposed annual Energy Consumption and GHG Emission Template and Energy Conservation Plan to the Ministry of Energy, publish energy conservation and demand management plans on the organization’s corporate website and corporate intranet site (where available) and make hard copies available at the agency’s corporate head office.