The province requires all municipalities to develop an Energy Management Plan by July 1, 2014 and post the plan on its website along with energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for certain buildings using a template supplied by the Ministry of Energy.
Energy management planning is the process of monitoring, controlling and conserving energy while still being able to meet the County’s operational requirements. It typically involves the following steps:
- Metering energy consumption and tracking data
- Finding opportunities to save energy and estimating how much each opportunity could potentially save
- Taking action to implement the opportunities to save energy
- Tracking progress to see how well the energy saving efforts have worked
The Energy Management Plan was developed in-house by County staff with reference to energy tracking spreadsheets, energy audits, needs studies and the County’s ten year capital plan. The plan will be updated every five years as per the regulations. The ten year capital plan and operational budget, which include energy conservation measures, will be updated on an annual basis.
The County of Lennox & Addington’s Energy Management Plan provides a summary of the recommended energy management priorities which will help to conserve energy to create a healthier environment and lower costs associated with overall energy consumption.
The recommended priorities identified in the Energy Management Plan include:
- The County should complete the energy management conservation measures as identified in the Energy Management Plan for each building. The County has undertaken significant energy conservation measures over the past ten years. In addition, most of the County’s buildings (other than social housing) have been replaced or renovated and energy efficient technology has been incorporated in their design. The County’s goal is to achieve a 10% reduction in energy consumption over the next 5 years.
- The County should continue to seek additional energy incentive funding from various sources. Since 2006, the County has received close to $500,000 in incentive funding to complete energy conservation measures. In addition, the County receives approximately $30,000 in revenue per year to date from the three solar photovoltaic systems installed in 2011/2012.
- The County has completed energy audits on most County buildings, some of which were required in order to obtain the incentive funding. The County should continue to conduct energy audits on a periodic basis to ensure that it is aware of emerging energy conservation technologies and potential funding opportunities.
- The County should review policies/procedures which potentially impact energy consumption and provide information/training to staff and tenants to encourage awareness of energy conservation.
- The County should continue to track monthly energy consumption for all buildings and follow up on any occurrences of unusual consumption.
The County's Energy Management Plan and can be viewed below: