Program Sessions

Case Study: University of Calgary Utility Reduction Program – A New Approach to Stakeholder Engagement

Historically, the implementation of energy efficiency projects and energy efficiency education have largely been addressed by the energy efficiency sector as two distinct challenges. Through the ongoing work on the 5-year, $30-million Utility Reduction Program, the University of Calgary is developing a new approach to education and engagement that recognizes the critical role of stakeholders at all phases of the energy efficiency process. This new mindset has transferable benefits to commercial, institutional, and industrial organizations; policy makers at all levels; and those involved in the development and delivery of energy efficiency initiatives across all sectors. Rooted in a case study on the first two years of Utility Reduction Program success at the University of Calgary, this presentation will provide an overview of the aforementioned program including a brief discussion on the scope of work, breadth of impact, investment, returns, and GHG reductions in the context of institutional goals and aspirations. After setting the context, the presentation will provide a complete overview of the engagement process employed by the University of Calgary from the conceptual design of energy efficiency opportunities to solicitation of post-occupancy feedback. Through a contrast of this process against a conventional approach to energy efficiency, the presentation aims to highlight the broad benefits associated with a deep integration of stakeholder engagement in the energy efficiency initiatives Illustrating with real examples, the presentation will identify how improved integration of education and engagement can result in streamlined identification of opportunities, more effective project planning, and higher impact from investments in energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency Alberta’s New Energy Efficiency Program for Small- and Medium-Sized Industries

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Energy Efficiency and Emissions Reduction Potential from Micro Combined Heat and Power

Alberta is moving towards an environmentally and economically sustainable future. Part of this directive includes seeking to drastically reduce emissions associated with electricity generation by 2030. By using renewable energy and clean burning natural gas to generate
electricity at the site where it is required, distributed generation produces energy at an increased efficiency. Moreover, distributed generation produces lower emissions compared to conventional grid power, as well as avoids emissions due to overproduction of electricity to offset transmission losses.

ATCO has partnered with Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd. to pilot the 1.5kW Coremo natural gas fired micro combined heat and power (mCHP) system in Alberta. The mCHP system uses a natural gas internal combustion engine to produce electricity while simultaneously capturing waste heat to be used domestically, resulting in an overall energy efficiency of 90%. ATCO sought to quantify the energy consumption patterns and emissions reduction potential of this high-efficiency natural gas fired mCHP technology. Four Aisin mCHP systems have been installed at pilot sites in Alberta, including an average 1,950 sq. ft. house in Edmonton, an off-grid cabin outside of Manville, an off-grid house outside of Red Deer, and a natural gas regulating gate station in Edmonton. ATCO is also working to install seven more mCHP systems combined with solar PV in Edmonton and Calgary to gather more data on integrating renewables and improving energy efficiency.

This session will include an overview of these installations as well as a summarization of the data garnered from the Edmonton residence system analyzed by undergraduate students from NAIT and Alberta-based solar firms SolNorth Engineering Ltd. and Simple Solar Heating Ltd. to calculate the observed energy usage and projected annual emissions reduction potential.

Energy Efficiency for Businesses, Non-Profits and Institutions

Organizations throughout the province are working with Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Business, Non-Profit, and Institutional Energy Savings Program (BNI) to make upgrades to high-efficiency lighting, HVAC, and water heating. These energy-savvy organizations are decreasing their overall energy use and saving money – it just makes better business sense. A year in, what does success look like?

6 months ago, we announced the launch of the BNI Program. Much of our initial program outreach involved educating the public, industry and trade associations, and contractors about the benefits to becoming more energy efficient organizations and also about the ins and outs of how to participate. The program has been met with overwhelming interest and results. Not only has the program helped organizations with cost savings and improved comfort for their employees and customers alike, but these participants are also doing their part in contributing to the overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta. All of this benefits the future of energy efficiency and related programs in Alberta. With more than 2000 facilities participating in energy efficiency upgrades and more than 500 contractors actively helping their customers implement energy efficient technologies (note: these statistics will increase), we would now like to reflect on the key learnings and successes of the program. We will report on some of the key statistics and results, program feedback gained over a year of running the BNI Program, as well as any changes and updates to the program, and what the future of the program may hold.

This session will include case study examples from the tech-savvy Alberta businesses, non-profits, and institutions – the challenges they faced, the actions taken to find a better solution, and the benefits attained (includes money and energy saved, qualitative improvements, and employees hired).

Evolution of Retail Based Residential Energy Efficiency Programs in Canada

Retail based residential energy efficiency programs have been a mainstay of utilities in Canada and the US as one of the means to achieve mandated energy reductions. In Alberta alone, the retail program offered by Energy Efficiency Alberta has resulted in nearly 1,000,000 GJ in annual energy savings. It is important however to always be looking forward to ensure we don’t miss any opportunities or market segments that could be further reducing the energy load in a given market. For this reason Summerhill has started to gather the necessary research and information to develop a strategy for Retail 2.0. This includes understanding the effect these past retail programs have had on market penetration and transformation of energy efficient products, if continued engagement of customers at the retail level still presents energy savings opportunities and what will be the best approach to effectively capture those energy savings.

Expanding the Reach: Energy Efficiency for Low/Moderate Income Residents

Energy is a basic need for Albertans, yet many people struggle to pay their utilities to provide adequate heating, cooking, lighting, etc. We call this ‘energy poverty’ – the inability of low-income households to maintain adequate energy services at a reasonable cost. Research shows that 1-in-6 Alberta households may experience energy poverty, with many adverse effects on health, social and economic outcomes. All One Sky Foundation and the Canadian Poverty Institute, along with their partners ENMAX, Aspen Family Services, Sponsor Energy and the Utilities Consumer Advocate, hosted a workshop on November 30, 2017 to prepare a draft energy poverty strategy for Alberta. This included discussions around framing the need for a strategy, and the formulation of a vision statement, guiding principles, objectives and actions.

This session will present the draft energy poverty strategy for discussion and set the stage for more detailed discussions of energy efficiency programming for those audiences that have been under-served by typical energy efficiency programs. Improving the energy performance of energy poor households, as well as energy saving behaviours in the home, provides a sustainable solution to energy poverty. However, effective programming for energy households presents unique challenges including: the effective targeting of energy poor households; formulating and delivering services that meet all needs; and capturing the wider range of health and social benefits in program decision-making.

KEYNOTE: A Year in the Life of Energy Efficiency Alberta

KEYNOTE: Energy Efficiency Financing Options

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KEYNOTE: Energy Efficiency Potential in Alberta

Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA) has engaged Navigant to conduct a provincewide energy efficiency potential study for all energy consumers. The objective of the study is to inform EEA on the measures that have technical, economic, and market potential for costeffective greenhouse gas reductions. EEA plans on using the information to inform its program portfolio to ensure there is a demand for the products they will deliver to the market over the next three years.

Many similar studies are conducted across North America. What makes this study unique is it is the first of its kind in Alberta, coupled with a focus on greenhouse gas emissions reductions versus the typical utility-centric perspective of quantifying the value of energy use reductions as a cost-effective resource. In designing program portfolios, it is important to understand where the energy savings potential exists, the magnitude of the potential, and at what costs can the savings be achieved. EEA’s potential study is intended to provide directional guidance.

This presentation will include a review of the methodology, data sources, and results and intended uses for the potential analysis. The discussion will include a description on how EEA is using the information. In addition, Alberta-based trade allies can use the results to inform what kind of technology potential exists for energy users across different end uses and markets.

KEYNOTE: Megatrends & the Emerging Energy Cloud

Globally, the pace and impact of change in the power and utilities sector is unrelenting and Canada is no exception. We believe five megatrends are driving change in the country’s electricity and natural gas utility sectors. The impact of these megatrends cannot be underestimated, and the tipping points of each are clear.

  1. Climate policies are subsuming energy policies
  2. Customer expectations are changing
  3. Well-defined industry lines are blurring
  4. Megaprojects are more challenging
  5. The Energy Cloud is emerging

Canada’s old energy assets and systems are being replaced. The trend is toward cleaner, more distributed, and smarter infrastructure, which we define as the Energy Cloud. The Energy Cloud is an emerging platform of more diverse, integrated energy sources, two-way energy flows, and intelligent network architecture, expected to be more resilient, more sustainable, and to provide greater value to users than today’s traditional networks.

KEYNOTE: Regulatory Mechanisms that Enable Energy Efficiency and Distributed Energy Resources, Decrease the Need for Utility Capital Investment, and Lower Costs to Ratepayers

Today, regulators, utilities, consumer advocates and other stakeholders are grappling with an expanded set of goals and available alternatives. While the grid still requires significant modernization and investment, many cost-effective energy solutions are available on the customers’ side of the meter. For the first 100 years of the regulatory framework that so successfully incentivized infrastructure, there was little need for regulatory innovation to encourage utilities to consider alternatives— very few existed. Today, alternatives abound.

Public interest in—and private capital available for—energy efficiency (EE) and other distributed energy resources (DERs) is increasing. At the same time, advanced demand management technologies, such as smart thermostats, connected homes and buildings, and advanced lighting controls, are gaining increasing acceptance among consumers. Under the traditional regulatory model, utilities have little, if any, incentive to encourage widespread deployment of DERs that would reduce sales of electricity and opportunities for investment. However, today there are ever-increasing scenarios in which EE and other DERs could be deployed more cost effectively than traditional infrastructure investments. Unfortunately, few mechanisms are in place to incentivize utilities to deploy DERs or address the opportunity cost (i.e., lost revenues) of pursuing alternatives to traditional solutions.

It’s important to note that decoupling or other mechanisms to compensate utilities for lost revenues from EE are in place for at least one utility in 30 states.

These regulatory tools are extremely important and perhaps even necessary for utilities to want to increase EE. Still, decoupling and similar mechanisms only remove disincentives to EE and other DERs. Doug will introduce regulatory mechanisms that provide positive incentives for jurisdictions that help broadly incent consumers to reduce their energy use.

Significant increases in cost-effective EE and other DERs lower consumption and could potentially decrease the need for utility capital investment; in today’s regulatory model, this would also lower returns and shareholder value. Utilities that aggressively pursue lowercost DERs at the expense of more traditional infrastructure could be in violation of their fiduciary responsibilities to act in the best interests of their shareholders. How, then, can regulators, utilities and other stakeholders in a jurisdiction create a system that incentivizes utilities to empower their customers to use less energy, require less transmission infrastructure, realize more value, and reap the benefits of lower monthly bills?

Doug will broach this directly and provide concrete examples for how such a system might work. He will outline a model in which, with regulatory support, utilities can increase both their earned returns and their shareholder value while lowering costs and increasing customer participation and satisfaction.

KEYNOTE: The New Zealand Energy Market: How Effective Market Design and Energy Efficiency Go Hand-in-Hand

New Zealand’s energy market has been 20 years in the making and probably the best example of a fully functional market anywhere in the world. Gary will present the reasons why. With 22 competitors, 32 brands, 31 generators, and impressive switching statistics the model is worthy of deeper examination.

Technologically, the New Zealand market has many suppliers offering time-of-use pricing to stimulate energy efficiency, electric vehicles, solar panels, and batteries. Energy bundling with internet services, VOIP telephone, and gasoline purchases are also common. This market’s the first examples of grid, solar battery energy contracts, and the government’s commitment to a non-subsidy market has not deterred its progression to becoming 100% renewable energy by 2025.

There are many lessons to be learned from this market that can work anywhere that consumers have choices. Gary will present the 10 critical decisions required to implement a market as progressive as New Zealand to assist policy makers, energy companies, and consumers accelerate their respective jurisdictions forward – at the lowest possible cost.

Making Every Purchase Count: Bringing Real-Time Consumer Product Data to Alberta

This session will inform participants of the Consumer Product Data Engine resource that has recently been established for the Canadian market in cooperation with a utility in Ontario, present case studies of how such data are being used by statewide efficiency programs and utilities in other jurisdictions, and present opportunities for Energy Efficiency Alberta to work with utilities to leverage this resource to modernize & scale residential efficiency programs.

Included will be an overview of the Canadian Data Engine, which pulls in offers from all major retailers for all product models they sell each day, spanning a wide range of appliance, electronics, lighting, heating & cooling, and connected home categories, and will present a Canadian consumer product market snapshot and insights. Case studies from other jurisdictions will be presented, such as Ontario, New York (ConEdison’s Reinventing the Energy Vision Connected Homes Demonstration Project) or France (Électricité de France’s Électriscore marketplace) – that show how efficiency program administrators are making use of this new source of real-time data to transform markets. At present, utilities in the US and Europe serving 41 million households are using such data to help their customers shop energy smart. The case studies will cover online marketplace deployment, digital marketing strategies, incentive program designs & functionality, and tracking performance against goals. Finally, ideas on how Energy Efficiency Alberta can leverage the Canadian Data Engine for more impactful residential and small business energy efficiency programs will be discussed. This includes opportunities to make efficiency visible to consumers and tap into the power of nudging strategies (without incentives); to partner with utilities & market intermediaries (retailers, manufacturers, product review sites, installation contractors) to transform the market and scale participation; and to incentivize super-efficient appliances, stimulating innovation by manufacturers.

Opening Remarks & Welcome

Join peers, other industry experts, innovators and leaders in the field to kick off two days of debate, discussion and dialogue on the issues that are impacting energy efficiency in Alberta, Canada and North America.

PANEL: The Impact of Financing in Accelerating Energy Efficiency and Distributed Energy Resources in the Built Environment

“Is money a catalyst for accelerating sustainability in the built environment?” Upon posing this question, allusion will be made to practice and experience across North America and Europe in this panel session. What does the evidence show? The panelists will build on the question from the lens of their respective experiences and will respond to the question with a contextual answer. Moderated by Jim Goldmann (CEO, Aenergy Capital).

PANEL: Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future

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PLENARY: Energy Efficiency as a Resource

Energy Efficiency (EE) is a measurable, quantifiable energy resource. Philippe Dunsky will lay out how EE contributes to balancing supply and demand in fundamentally the same way as a power plant might. The audience will leave with an understanding of EE as a major contributor to meeting the energy needs of a modern, productive economy.

PLENARY: Energy Efficiency Potential in Alberta

Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA) has engaged Navigant to conduct a provincewide energy efficiency potential study for all energy consumers. The objective of the study is to inform EEA on the measures that have technical, economic, and market potential for costeffective greenhouse gas reductions. EEA plans on using the information to inform its program portfolio to ensure there is a demand for the products they will deliver to the market over the next three years.

Many similar studies are conducted across North America. What makes this study unique is it is the first of its kind in Alberta, coupled with a focus on greenhouse gas emissions reductions versus the typical utility-centric perspective of quantifying the value of energy use reductions as a cost-effective resource. In designing program portfolios, it is important to understand where the energy savings potential exists, the magnitude of the potential, and at what costs can the savings be achieved. EEA’s potential study is intended to provide directional guidance.

This presentation will include a review of the methodology, data sources, and results and intended uses for the potential analysis. The discussion will include a description on how EEA is using the information. In addition, Alberta-based trade allies can use the results to inform what kind of technology potential exists for energy users across different end uses and markets.

PLENARY: Home Energy Labeling – Learnings from Europe

In Europe, a building energy label has been mandatory whenever a property is sold or rented since 2008. In December 2016, through the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, federal, provincial, and territorial governments agreed to work together on requiring building energy use labels as early as 2019. What can the country learn from the European experience about a programme that will, in time, require nearly every building to be issued with its own energy label?

Focusing principally on homes, David Weatherall will discuss issues around consumer and business acceptability of mandatory labelling; ensuring affordable, fast and accurate assessments; maximising the value of the data collected as the labels are produced; and how key concepts and uses of energy labelling are evolving as we move to a smart energy system.

PLENARY: Location Efficiency – How WHERE You Live Affects Your Energy Use as Much as HOW You Live

Location efficiency can account for as much as 35% of a households total energy use yet most home location decisions don’t include a thorough analysis of long-term transportation costs vs higher initial prices for a more location efficient home.The ‘drive till you qualify’ (for a lower mortgage in the suburbs) mentality still dominates our development paradigms and infill homes seem to be getting out of reach for most homebuyers, yet the majority of people, when asked, would prefer to live closer to work, school or central amenities.

Location efficiency provides lower municipal infrastructure costs, personal health benefits, and reduced vehicle miles traveled. This presentation will provide an introduction to location efficiency and show new research on homebuyers understanding and awareness of this concept.

PLENARY: Program Design and Evaluation in a Carbon-Centric World

Natural gas and electricity energy efficiency program design and evaluation have a rich history in North America. Energy efficiency cost effectiveness test standards and evaluation, measurement, and valuation protocols are well defined and exist at the international, national, and sub-national levels.

What happens, however, when the funding for these programs is no longer from electricity or natural gas rates, and the primary objective of the programs are on greenhouse gas emission reductions? Does the old paradigm hold, do standards of practice need to change? What is the answer for Alberta?

In conjunction with Energy Efficiency Alberta, this presentation will explore the questions around energy efficiency cost effectiveness testing and evaluation, measurement, and verification in Alberta where the primary focus is on greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Power of Pairing Demand Side Management with Renewables in Community-Based Projects

The traditional silo-ing of renewable power and energy efficiency projects decreases effectiveness and increases implementation costs. This presentation will focus on demonstrating how reducing energy waste improves the business case for local energy supply, and brings down barriers to implementation. Case studies with indigenous communities will be used to demonstrate how holistic, ground-up projects lead to higher rates of adoption and measured savings.

Session Testing

Smart Connected Performance Homes

Imagine you are living in a house that can coordinate local energy demand, IoT sensors, EV integration, energy storage, smart integrated controls and on-site micro-generation, through a cloud-based portal that provides real-time consumption data and management capabilities – all in concert with the grid. The Smart Renewable House will become a distributed generation node in the electrical distribution network, importing and exporting electrical energy and regulating and shifting its own electrical demand, either on the owner’s instructions or on network demand.

Now imagine you could enjoy living in this innovative lifestyle as soon as 2019 in Alberta. This presentation will provide an overview of the project ATCO is leading in partnership with TELUS, Pason Systems, Addenergie, Eguana Technologies, SAIT and Brookfield Residential to bring this high-performance house to market in Alberta.

Supporting the Transition to Electric Vehicles in Calgary

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a rapidly evolving transportation technology. As battery prices continue to fall, multiple projections indicate that the purchase price of EVs will be cost competitive gasoline-powered vehicles by the mid-2020s. With sufficient supporting infrastructure, this means that the share of EVs will grow to over 50% of new sales by 2040. The public and private sectors must be prepared to meet this growing demand.

With approximately 80% of the input energy transferred into movement, EVs are significantly more energy efficient than conventional vehicles. By comparison, diesel vehicles are only about 45% efficient, while gasoline-powered vehicles are less than 30% efficient. EVs also offer significant reductions in terms of local air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Analysis by Simon Fraser University found that, even with Alberta’s current electrical generation mix, EVs on average emit only 55% the GHG emissions of comparable gasoline-powered cars.

The City of Calgary is developing an Electric Vehicle Strategy to meet the needs of this emerging technology. The Electric Vehicle Strategy is being developed as part of our Climate Program, since it represents one of the greatest opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. The objectives of the Electric Vehicle Strategy are to:
• respond to the growing demand for electric vehicle infrastructure and services,
• encourage/support faster adoption of electric vehicles to aid in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,
• build partnerships across Alberta to provide an electric vehicle charging network within the province that connects to other provinces or states,
• establish what role The City, partner organizations and the private sector should play in providing electric vehicle infrastructure and services, and
• increase awareness and create enthusiasm amongst the public and industry about electric vehicles.

This presentation will summarize The City of Calgary’s latest research on the evolution of electric vehicles, and discuss the range of actions The City is preparing to meet the needs of this technology. Action areas include regional fast charging infrastructure, policy and guideline support for residential charging, education and engagement, and work with key stakeholders such as regional municipalities, utilities and the development industry.

The Evolution of the Energy Efficiency Market in Ontario: Canada’s First Large-Scale Pay-For-Performance Efficiency Program

From 2014 to 2016 the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario conducted a whole-building, multi-year, pay-for-performance (P4P) pilot with 18 grocery stores throughout the province. Building off the success of a 2-year 18 building pilot with total electricity savings of 16.8 GWh achieved over a 24-month period and average consumption savings of 11%, in December 2016 the IESO launched one of the first, and certainly now the largest, pay-for-performance DSM program for business customers leveraging interval/smart meter data. The Energy Performance Program (EPP) for multi-site customers now has over 165 buildings with cumulative baseline consumption of 600+ GWh enrolled or under review, from a range of public and private customers. With the results now in, Alberta Energy Efficiency Summit represents a timely opportunity to share best practices and hold meaningful dialogue on the approach. This presentation will cover the commercial pilot and the province wide Energy Performance Program. Starting with the pilot program, the presentation will detail the concept and goals of the pilot, energy savings success, participant feedback, and lessons learned from the pilot and program scale-up process. Some key success factors will be highlighted, such as: the value of the wholebuilding approach in capturing operation/ maintenance/ behaviour savings; the development of meaningful and robust baseline models; the need for frequent monitoring and response plans; effectively managing multiple sub-vendors; and managing potential overlap with other programs. The presentation will include an update on the progress of the Energy Performance Program including any interim results, program benefits, customer experience, and encountered challenges. Of particular interest will be a comparison between the EPP and standard equipment retrofit programs in order to highlight the benefits of performance based and data driven savings assessments to both customers and program administrators.