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Corporate Energy Management

 

Corporate Energy Management is responsible for the budgeting and monitoring of the City of Thunder Bay’s corporate energy use and for creating a corporate culture of conservation through education that ensures the wise use of energy. This is supported through verification of use, conservation practices and implementation of environmental stewardship initiatives.

Energy conservation is a key part of the Ministry of Energy’s Long Term Energy Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a clean, reliable, modern energy system. In accordance with the Green Energy Act, O.Reg. 397/11, public agencies including municipalities must report annual energy consumption and develop a five-year energy conservation demand management (CDM) plan.

Energy reporting and conservation planning helps the City of Thunder Bay to:

    • Manage energy use and costs
    • Identify best practices and energy saving opportunities
    • Evaluate and compare energy consumption
    • Set goals and measure success

Mission Statement

The mission of Corporate Energy Management is to reduce total energy consumption and transition to a carbon neutral future through the wise and efficient use of energy and resources, while still maintaining an efficient and effective level of services to our customers and the general public.

Goals

Continuous Improvement and Innovation– Enhance energy practices to maximize efficiency and gain value. Ensure that Energy Management complies with City of Thunder Bay policies and guidelines as well as applicable standards and legislation.

Accountability – Ensure that energy operations address asset management priorities and are based on realistic assumptions. Maintain information systems to support service delivery goals.

Growth and Development – Continuous support and development of Energy Management is an ongoing commitment for the Asset Management Division, Community Services Department and the City of Thunder Bay as a whole.

Highlights

  • Implements initiatives outlined with the Corporate Energy Management Plan;
  • Develops energy related corporate policies;
  • Facilitates the internal employee engagement and awareness workshop;  CONSERVE.
  • Prepares and presents the annual update to the Corporate Energy Management Plan to Council
  • Monitors and verifies Energy Consumption within the Corporate portfolio;
  • Prepares Energy Budget for Corporate Energy Portfolio and water;
  • Participates in EarthCare Energy Working Group and Association of Municipalities of Ontario Provincial Energy Task Force;
  • Represents the municipality as a Municipal Energy Conservation Officer (MECO), registered with the Ontario Power Authority;
  • Co-ordinates Energy Audits;
  • Water meter right sizing and conservation for Corporate usage;
  • Completes funding applications for energy related programs;
  • Ensures provincial legislative reporting requirements are met;
  • Promotes and supports a culture of energy conservation.

 Corporate Energy Management Plan

In December 2011 Thunder Bay City Council approved a Corporate Energy Management plan entitled “The Strategic Approach to Corporate Energy Management”. This plan outlines strategic initiatives that will be put into place to manage the Corporation’s energy use and create a Corporate culture to ensure the wise use of energy. The plan supports the 2015-2018 City of Thunder Bay Strategic Plan, Environmental Pillar – ‘a cleaner, greener, more beautiful and proud Thunder Bay”.

Compliance with energy legislation O. Reg 347/11 for the development of a Conservation and Demand Management Plan is administered through the following framework for energy management:

The Strategic Approach to Energy Management 2014-2019 Adobe PDF, 56 pages, 874 KB

The Green Energy Act Report

 

In 2009 the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure enacted the Green Energy Act to help public agencies including municipalities, hospitals, and schools manage and reduce their energy consumption. As part of this Act, Regulation 397/11 requires certain public agencies – municipalities, municipal service boards, school boards, universities, colleges and hospitals – to report on their annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions beginning in 2013. The regulation also requires the development and implementation of conservation and demand management (CDM) plans starting in 2014.

A paper copy is available at City Clerks, located on the 3rd Floor at City Hall, 500 Donald Street, Thunder Bay ON P7E 5V3

 

 

Learn more about the Corporate Asset Management Plan of City infrastructure.