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CIPEC Annual Report 2010

Energy Efficiency Programs and Tools for Industry

Natural Resources Canada offers several energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and services to meet the needs of Canadian industry.

Networking opportunities

Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation

Employee-training assistance

Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops

Financial support

ecoENERGY Retrofit: small and medium-sized organizations

ecoENERGY for Industry: assessment incentive

Tax incentives: Classes 43.1, 43.2 and 29, and Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses (CRCE) tax incentives program

Technical support

Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation

Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)

CIPEC is a voluntary industry–government partnership that promotes improvements in energy efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across Canada’s industrial sectors. CIPEC, which is funded under the ecoENERGY for Industry initiative, comprises 26 sector task forces involving over 50 trade associations. (For more information, including how to join CIPEC, see About CIPEC.)

ecoENERGY Retrofit for Small and Medium-Sized Organizations

Small and medium-sized industrial facilities (with fewer than 500 employees) that are considering energy efficiency improvements can benefit from the ecoENERGY Retrofit Incentive for industry. The program covers up to 25 percent of project costs, to a maximum of $50,000 per application and $250,000 per corporate entity.

The incentive helps companies overcome financial barriers to energy efficiency retrofits. It applies to energy-saving projects that modify or upgrade existing industrial buildings, equipment, systems and processes.

Since December 2, 2009, industrial clients who have already successfully completed a retrofit project are no longer required to wait 12 months before applying for a second project at the same facility.

Fax: 613-992-3161

ecoENERGY for Industry – Assessment Incentives

NRCan offers a financial incentive to help industrial companies conduct process integration (PI) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies that go beyond conventional energy audits.

PI studies focus on the efficiency of overall plant processes and systems and their interactions while CFD studies simulate process flows and reactions to improve the efficiency of specific processes and systems.

The ecoENERGY Assessment Incentive covers up to 50 percent of the cost of these studies to a maximum of $50,000 for a PI study or $30,000 for a CFD study. The incentive can be used to help defray the cost of hiring technical experts to identify and assess the most effective and efficient energy-saving opportunities in a large or moderately complex industrial process. The studies are applicable to the design of new production units and modifications to existing facilities.

Fax: 613-992-3161

Classes 43.1, 43.2 and 29 and CRCE Tax Incentives

Canadian tax law makes energy-efficient systems and alternative energy sources, such as solar, wind and biofuels, more fiscally attractive for industry.

Under classes 43.1 and 43.2 of the Income Tax Regulations, certain capital expenditures on systems that produce heat or electric power efficiently from fossil fuels or from alternative renewable energy sources are eligible for accelerated capital cost write-offs, at 30 percent and 50 percent respectively on a declining balance basis.

For a limited time, companies that invest in manufacturing and processing equipment may take advantage of Class 29 in Schedule II of the Income Tax Regulations. It provides a 50 percent straight line accelerated capital cost allowance for certain manufacturing and processing equipment.

Without these accelerated write-offs, many of these assets would be depreciated at annual rates of only 4 percent, 6 percent, 8 percent or 20 percent. Natural Resources Canada is the technical authority for classes 43.1 and 43.2.

Budget 2010: Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth expanded eligibility for the Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance for Clean Energy Generation. The expanded allowance includes heat recovery equipment and distribution equipment for a district energy system.

In addition to the Class 43.1 or Class 43.2 capital cost allowance, the Income Tax Regulations allow expenses incurred during the development and startup of renewable energy and energy conservation projects (i.e., Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses, CRCE) to be fully deducted or financed through flow-through shares.

To qualify as CRCE, expenses must be incurred for a project in which it is reasonable to expect at least 50 percent of the capital costs incurred would be for equipment described in Class 43.1 or 43.2.

Tel: 613-996-0890

Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops

Hundreds of organizations have cut operating costs by adopting energy-saving practices offered through Natural Resources Canada’s Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops. The workshops are facilitated by leading energy efficiency experts. They give owners, managers and operators of industrial facilities a competitive edge in managing energy costs in their operations.

There are four one-day Dollars to $ense workshops:

  • Energy Management Planning shows you how to get support and identify cost-saving opportunities in many places you might not have considered.
  • Spot the Energy Savings Opportunities shows participants how to identify, and capitalize on, immediate savings opportunities through practical exercises and hands-on demonstrations.
  • Energy Monitoring shows companies how to measure and analyze energy use.
  • Energy Efficiency Financing improves awareness of, and skills in, obtaining financing for energy efficiency projects.

The workshops can also be customized to meet the needs of industrial sector organizations and companies. Professional instructors will consult with company representatives to identify specific requirements and then assemble the relevant information and resource materials for the target audience.

Register online by visiting the website below or contact Natural Resources Canada to find out more about workshop customization.

Tel: 613-996-6585

Fax: 613-943-5380


Energy Benchmarking and Best Practices

CIPEC offers a benchmarking and best practices program for Canada’s industrial sectors. The program provides quantitative and qualitative indicators for companies to compare their energy use and energy management practices with similar operations. The indicators are based on the collection and analysis of energy-related data and energy management practices. The program is designed to help industry achieve significant energy efficiency gains.

Tel: 613-996-6891

Fax: 613-992-3161

Energy Management Information Systems – Planning Manual and Tool

The Energy Management Information Systems Tool makes energy performance visible to different levels of the organization so that actions can be taken to create financial value for the company. It is also a performance management system that helps reduce energy consumption and cost.

ISO 50001 – New Energy Management Systems Standard

Scheduled for publication in 2011, the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard will establish an energy management framework for all types of organizations and companies. This new voluntary energy management standard could quickly become a de facto requirement for businesses competing in today’s globalized world.

ISO 50001 highlights:

  • standardizes energy management practices
  • measures current energy use
  • documents, reports and validates continuous improvement in energy management
  • guides procurement of energy-using equipment and systems
  • provides direction for emissions reduction projects

The people behind CIPEC know how to implement energy management programs. Performance measurement, baselines and best practices are what CIPEC is all about. So it was only natural that CIPEC representatives were involved in the negotiations around ISO 50001. CIPEC members can begin to leverage CIPEC resources now to prepare to implement ISO 50001.

Tel: 613-947-1594

Fax: 613-992-3161

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