EnerCare Connections Inc. (part of EnerCare Inc.)

EnerCare Connections Inc. (part of EnerCare Inc.)

April 18, 2012 09:00 ET

New Report Finds the Conservation Impact of Sub-Metering Multi-Residential Buildings in Ontario is Significant:

- Up to 34 per cent reduction in electricity consumption for owners and residents;

- Avoid approximately $3 billion in future power generation investments over the next 20 years; and

- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 18, 2012) - Findings of a new report produced by Navigant Consulting Ltd. ("Navigant") and released today show the conservation and environmental impact of sub-metering multi-residential apartment and condominium buildings ("multi-residential buildings") in Ontario is much larger than previously thought.

EnerCare Connections Inc. ("EnerCare Connections"), a subsidiary of EnerCare Inc., retained Navigant to estimate the conservation impact of electricity sub-metering on multi-residential buildings in Ontario and estimate the "technical potential" of a provincial deployment of sub-metering for multi-residential buildings. The result is a comprehensive report entitled, Evaluation of the Impact of Sub-Metering on Multi-Residential Electricity Consumption and the Potential Economic and Environmental Impact on Ontario.

EnerCare Connections is a supplier of sub-metering services to multi- residential buildings in Ontario. Sub-metering uses a dedicated meter for each suite to bill for their electricity usage. Multi-residential suites that are not sub-metered are not billed for their individual usage; this form of billing is called bulk metering. Under bulk metering, residents are charged for their electricity consumption either as a part of their rent in a rental suite or as part of their monthly condominiums fees paid by owners of condominium suites.

Conservation Impact of Sub-Metering

According to the Navigant report, the conservation impact is significant: for non-electrically heated units, the average electricity use is reduced by 34 per cent, while the average electricity use is reduced by 27 per cent for electrically-heated units.

For this analysis, EnerCare Connections provided Navigant with electricity consumption data for 3,971 units in 22 buildings in Ontario covering the period from September 2009 through September 2011. Data from 672 of these units (i.e. those units that switched from bulk to sub-metering during the twenty-five month period) was used to estimate the conservation impact of sub-metering.

According to Tom Cooper, EnerCare Connections' Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Navigant's findings relating to conservation potential and avoided costs are a clear indication that sub-metering promotes energy conservation by encouraging reduced consumption.

"Sub-metering is a win-win for building owners, condominium corporations and residents," Cooper says. "Residents get to take control of their energy use, while building owners and condominium corporations get to save on rising energy costs. In addition, Ontarians generally benefit from cost savings associated with electricity infrastructure demands, reductions in power demands and reductions in greenhouse gases."

Future Cost Savings - Almost $3 Billion

Over a twenty-year period, Navigant estimates that Ontario's potential future cost savings (in terms of investments for new generation assets, as well as transmission and distribution system upgrades) could be $2.73 billion if sub-metering were deployed in all currently bulk-metered multi-residential buildings that could feasibly be converted to sub-metering.

The report states: "To date, energy conservation impacts from sub-metering have not been counted by the Ontario Power Authority or local distribution companies toward conservation targets. Integrating sub-metering into conservation program delivery would contribute to Ontario's conservation targets and could potentially deliver considerable benefits to the province."

Environmental Benefit of Sub-Metering - Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Navigant also studied the environmental benefit of sub-metering, specifically reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Navigant estimates the total cumulative reduction in greenhouse gas emissions if sub-metering were deployed in all currently bulk-metered multi-residential buildings from 2013 through 2017 could be more than four thousand kilotonnes, and from 2013 through 2032 could be approximately 22 thousand kilotonnes, approximately the same amount as was emitted by all vehicles in Ontario in 2007, based on Statistics Canada data.

Avoided Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(kilotonnes)
2013 through the end of 2017 4,282
2013 through the end of 2032 22,151

"From an energy conservation, cost saving and environmental perspective, the benefits of installing sub-metering in multi-residential buildings are clear," Cooper says.

"We will continue to work closely with the Ontario government, property managers and condo board representatives to encourage the adoption of sub-metering in multi-residential buildings across the province."

EnerCare Inc. owns EnerCare Connections, a leading sub-metering company with metering contracts for condominium and apartment suites in Ontario, Alberta and elsewhere in Canada. EnerCare Inc. also owns, through its subsidiary EnerCare Solutions Inc., a portfolio of approximately 1.2 million installed water heaters and other assets, rented primarily to residential customers in Ontario.

A copy of Navigant's report is available here: http://www.enercare.ca/sites/default/files/submetering-conservation-report.pdf.

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