Get funding, resources from CIPEC
Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation
Investing in efficiency makes good business sense. But the challenge can be knowing where to start, and how to find the best bang for your buck.
It's worth scanning all the energy conservation programs available to industry in B.C. Not only does BC Hydro offer support for studies, funding for efficiency projects and for developing an energy management program, but there's help available from the federal government too.
"Stackable" savings with BC Hydro, CIPEC programs
The Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) provides support and education through workshops, study funding, and sector task forces. They also offer sector-focused guides, tools, and other technical information. "Most programs between BC Hydro and CIPEC are complementary. I definitely recommend companies always look at both," says Tanja Stockmann, Industrial Programs Officer for B.C. CIPEC programs are also "stackable," meaning you can combine financial support from BC Hydro and CIPEC — and other funders, if applicable — on one project.
Get in touch, get more info
Stockmann says her role is "reaching out, promotions, and knowledge broker," so she welcomes calls from B.C. industrial companies curious about whether CIPEC can help them. Stockmann also recommends that companies join the CIPEC Leadership Network (membership is free) to receive CIPEC's newsletter and updates about new incentives.
Contact Tanja Stockmann by email or phone, 613 944 4782.
Workshops are offered across Canada several times per year. They can also be customized to a specific plant and delivered onsite as a one-day program tailored directly to a company's sector and real data (customized workshops are cost-shared, with cost depending on the level of customization required).
CIPEC workshops include:
- Energy management information systems
- Energy management planning
- Spot the energy savings opportunities
- Energy monitoring
- Energy efficiency financing
CIPEC offers three different funding opportunities for specific studies and pilots. All of these offers provide up to 50% of the study cost, to a maximum of $25,000.
1. ISO 50001
Funding to help companies pilot the new ISO 50001 energy management standard, including baselining their energy usage, setting energy performance targets, establishing a timeline to achieve targets, monitoring and reporting.
Says Stockmann, "ISO 50001 is new, and there's no standards body in place yet, but we've had a number of companies express interest. Since there's no clear path forward developed yet, we've put money aside to help the market build capacity and to help us obtain information about how companies can best move on this."
2. Process Integration Study Incentive
"This offer helps a company conduct an energy assessment to determine the most effective use of energy, water and raw materials in very complex industrial systems," says Stockmann. "This would include pulp and paper companies, food and beverage, very complex chemical plants, and many facilities with high thermal usage. It's been very effective for companies, and we've had incredible interest across Canada."
Process integration is considered one of the best approaches for optimizing energy and resource use in industrial facilities. It can be used when designing a new production unit or during retrofits and expansions to an existing plant. This approach is well-suited for addressing a range of industrial challenges, including:
- reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
- maximizing cogeneration opportunities and heat recovery in process and utility systems
- increasing plant profitability by reducing energy-related costs
- reducing water consumption and wastewater production
- increasing production capacity while minimizing investments
- determining an optimal long- and medium-term investment strategy for energy projects.
"The benefits of process integration can be really significant," says Stockmann. "We actually had one plant redo the study because the potential savings seemed too good. Another plant found 40% savings ($2 million per year) without making major process changes."
3. Computational Fluid Dynamics Study
The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Study incentive helps identify the most efficient design and operation of a plant through analyzing the fluid flows and heat transfer in eligible industrial processes.
CFD is a branch of fluid mechanics that uses numerical methods and algorithms to solve problems involving fluid flows. Understanding the nature of how liquids and gases interact with surfaces defined by boundary conditions can help optimize system efficiency, reduce unwanted emissions, perform parametric studies and assess design performance.
Sector Task Forces
Another way CIPEC supports industry energy conservation is through sector task forces. These meet regularly across the country and bring together 50-80 company representatives to learn about energy efficiency. "We invite partners such as utilities, academics doing relevant research, government representatives, and companies presenting technology advances that are of interest," says Stockmann. "We also host peer-to-peer presentations, where companies talk about their own energy efficiency work." The task forces also set targets and develop action plans for improving energy efficiency in their specific sector.