In Toronto, the use of natural gas in buildings is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Because of the Ontario Minister of Energy’s recent directive regarding the need for greater conservation efforts, we now have an opportunity to consider options for reducing the amount of energy wasted in buildings across the province, including Toronto. TAF encourages all local stakeholders to participate in the OEB’s consultations on this topic.
In March 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to develop a new conservation framework for natural gas utilities – one that would enable utilities to achieve cost-effective conservation (also referred to as “demand-side management” or DSM).
A draft DSM framework was posted to the OEB’s website on September 15th, and stakeholders have been invited comment on it – with comments due by 4:45pm on Oct. 15th, 2014. See the OEB’s most recent letter for information about the consultation process and instructions on how to submit comments.
To view TAF’s comments on the draft framework, click here.
To support the development of an effective new DSM framework, TAF has commissioned six papers on key issues:
- Are Gas Energy Efficiency Programs Worth the Money?
- Setting Savings Targets and Budgets
- Integrating Gas and Electricity Conservation Efforts
- Screening Programs for Cost-Effectiveness
- Making Conservation Profitable for Utilities
- Measuring Program Performance
On July 23, 2014, TAF hosted a webinar to discuss these topics. A recording of the presentation and discussion is available here.