Energy Consumption Report

The Upper Canada District School Board is required to post its completed energy consumption report on our internal and external websites. Here is an explanation of the requirements which leads you to the posted report:

As part of Ontario Regulation 397-11, Boards will be required to submit their completed report to the Ministry of Energy, post the consumption data for all their sites on both their internet and intranet sites, and provide a hard copy at their Head Office to any interested member of the public.

Ontario Regulation 397/11, under the Green Energy Act, 2009, requires public agencies including municipalities, universities, colleges of applied arts and technology, school boards, municipal service boards (for water and sewage treatment and pumping operations) and hospitals to report on their annual energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in designated facilities by July 1st, beginning 2013.

The reports will be posted for a minimum of one year.

Conservation is a key part of our collective effort to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build a clean, reliable, modern energy system. It’s also Ontario’s most environmentally friendly and cost effective resource. The least expensive type of energy is the energy we don’t use.

Why are public agencies required to report on their energy consumption and develop and implement energy conservation and demand management (CDM) plans?

Public agencies play an important role in helping Ontario meet its ambitious conservation targets and reduce GHG emissions. The province’s Long-Term Energy Plan set a demand savings target of 7,100 megawatts (MW) and an energy savings target of 28 terawatt hours (TWh) by 2030. The institutional and commercial sectors are anticipated to contribute about 50% of this target.

Energy reporting and conservation planning will also help public agencies:

·         Manage electricity use and costs

·         Identify best practices and energy-saving opportunities

·         Evaluate results by comparing to similar facilities across the province

·         Assist in setting goals by providing a benchmark

·         Measure improvement over time

Energy reporting will also inform the Ontario government about energy use in the broader public sector. The information will help Ontario to develop and improve policies and programs in the future.

Why do public agencies have to prepare annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions reports?

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF reasons to prepare the annual reports including:

·         Public agencies use a lot of energy. For example:

o   Municipalities pay more than $680 million for electricity and $275 million for natural gas per year;

o   Total electricity consumption by municipalities is over 6.6 billion kWh per year_ which is more than any industrial sector other than Pulp & Paper;

o   Municipalities have approximately 26,000 electricity accounts;

o   Utility costs for Ontario hospitals exceed $200 million per year;

o   Utility costs represent approximately 4Z34% of the total plant operations and maintenance expenditures for hospitals;

o   Hospitals have the highest energy intensity of all publicly funded facilities;

o   Ontario school boards spend about $460 million on utility bills; and

o   The Ontario University sector has more than 1,000 buildings/facilities that consumed 1.2 billion kWh of electricity and 649 million ekWh of natural gas (2009).

Requiring energy reporting helps organizations better understand how and where energy is used in their operations. This will also:

·         Drive participation in conservation and demand management programs;

·         Encourage activities to reduce energy consumption, which can free up funding for core activities;

·         Allow organizations to benchmark and compare the energy consumed at similar facilities across the province; and

·         Support the preparation of 5-year conservation and demand management plans also required under regulation 397/11.

Conservation is a key component of Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan with a demand savings target of 7,100 MW and an energy savings target of 28TW h by 2030. The institutional and commercial sectors could contribute 50% of this target.

This new regulation will help Ontario achieve its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction targets:

·         6% below 1990 levels by 2014;

·         15% by 2020; and

·         80% by 2050.

These targets were set out in Go Green: Ontario’s Action Plan, which was issued in 2007 and can be found at – http://www.ene.gov.on.ca.

More robust understanding of broader public sector (BPS) energy use will improve policy and

program development, as well as increase awareness of GHG emissions.

See also: Green energy - E-Laws

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Contact Information
Jason Green
Project Manager
Phone: 613.342.0371
Toll Free: ext.1182
Email: jason.green@ucdsb.on.ca