Green Energy Act Reporting

Background

Save EnergyUnder the Green Energy Act, Ontario Regulation 397/11, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, defines the requirements for all Broader Public Sector (BPS) organizations, including hospitals, municipalities, universities, colleges, school boards and municipal service boards (for water and sewage treatment and pumping operations), to:

  • Report on annual energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in designated buildings/facilities by July 1, 2013.
  • Develop and implement 5-year energy conservation and demand management plans (COM) plans by July 1, 2014.

The regulation also requires that the document be made public and easily available on our web site.

Analysis

The ultimate goal of the reporting tool is to calculate the Green House Gas (GHG) emission volume in kilograms for each individual building in an organization’s inventory in an effort to establish baseline data for future reduction targets.

To accomplish this, a GHG factor is applied to the data accumulated for each energy source in each facility in the reporting period.

Using the same data, the report also calculates energy use per square foot and is reported in equivalent kilowatt-hours per square foot (ekWh/ft2) which is a standard measure when comparing the total energy intensity of a building.

The data used to populate this report is dependent on Local Distribution companies (LDC) reporting the meter data accurately by having all adjustments to ‘actual’ made for estimated readings within the reporting period.

Next Steps

The posted Greenhouse Gas Emissions report represents the tabulated data uploaded annually to the Ministry of Energy web site since the 2010/2011 school year and fulfills the ongoing obligation under the Act to annually publish energy data and greenhouse gas generation.

The posted Conservation and Demand 5 Year Plan commencing for the 2013/14 to 2017/18 school year fulfills the obligation under the Act to publish a long term conservation and demand management plan to reduce energy consumption.

LDSB will continue the ongoing efforts to refine data reporting accuracy with Local Distribution companies to better reflect energy consumption at all sites.

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