February 1, 2017 - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) have struck a strategic, five-year partnership to test processes, technologies and program delivery models to accelerate the adoption of conservation and demand management (CDM) solutions by Ontario’s public sector.
By Renée Francoeur
Through this agreement, the IESO says it will support the testing of new CDM projects across IO’s portfolio, which features about 4000 buildings and structures across the province that support a wide-range of ministry programs. This includes multi-ministry office buildings, courthouses and correctional facilities.
Selected projects will focus on areas like energy efficiency, operational performance and opportunities to work toward “net zero” buildings, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.
“Infrastructure Ontario strives to embrace innovation in everything we do, and we’re excited about the tremendous opportunity this partnership with the IESO offers,” said Toni Rossi, interim CEO for IO. “These pilot projects will assist in making our portfolio increasingly green and efficient, and if our projects act as a catalyst for adoption by other sectors, that would be a major bonus.”
The IESO’s Conservation Fund will allocate up to $10 million to support approved IO projects and support from this fund will cover a maximum of 75% of eligible project costs.
Individual projects will be identified throughout 2017 and executed by the end of 2020, according to the IESO.
“Under the terms of this agreement, IO will propose projects for consideration and an IESO review team will evaluate and, where warranted, select them for funding. If the funded projects yield significant energy savings, they may eventually be integrated into existing programs or expanded into new ones,” IESO stated.