Municipalities are monitoring and understanding their consumption, investing in energy-efficient equipment, and sharing information between communities to support capacity building and best practices – all of which contribute to a more reliable and sustainable power system for Ontario.
Strengthening Communities through Energy Efficiency
Recent research into energy consumption by Ontario municipalities provides insight into the current state of municipal energy use in the province and points to future trends and sustainable energy improvements. The Ontario Municipal Energy Profile report explores some of the ways energy and cost savings have been achieved by Ontario’s municipalities and identifies opportunities that still exist. The report provides data on a range of factors related to municipal energy performance and provides valuable information to inform energy conservation plans.
Municipalities are at the forefront of adopting innovative, next-generation technologies such as net-zero buildings and net-zero or energy-plus wastewater treatment plants. They have taken the initiative to develop new and creative ways of funding their sustainable energy projects.
Improving energy efficiency of municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities
A report, commissioned by the IESO in the wake of the 2018 Municipal Energy Profile, which found that water and wastewater treatment account for over a third of municipal energy consumption, aims to help water treatment facility operators and municipal leaders make more informed decisions.
Market Characterization & Conservation Potential for Ontario's Drinking Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants provides municipal leaders and water treatment facility operators with options and recommendations to reduce energy use, including operational and systemic changes, shifting energy use from peak to off-peak times and better use of existing energy saving opportunities.
Municipal participation in the Save on Energy Retrofit Program
To date, about 75 percent of municipalities have completed at least one project through Save on Energy and a majority of them have participated in at least two programs. As a result, they have:
Achieved electricity savings of over $100 million (2011-2017)
Received more than $44 million in incentives
The majority of these incentive dollars were delivered through the Save on Energy Retrofit Program, which includes incentives for lighting upgrades, motor and heating installations, new control systems and more.