A Canadian municipality identifies over 25% savings in operating fire and EMS stations
Unlike most of our clients, municipalities do not have to contend with brutal competition in the marketplace to survive. But that is not to say that they don’t have constant pressure on them to manage their costs. There is constant pressure from ratepayers to hold down the level of taxes. Failure to manage this process leads to the removal of incumbents in the next election. On of the costs which is under increasing scrutiny, and pressure, is electricity. Consistent with this pressure, the government of the province of Ontario recently released Regulation 397/11 of the Green Energy Act that requires that all Ontario public agencies – including municipalities – prepare, among other things, energy management plans and report annually on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Our client is a one of those major municipalities with over 20 fire and EMS stations.
We were brought in to identify ways to help them reduce their energy and maintenance consumption as part of their need to manage costs and in anticipation of the requirements under Provincial Regulation 397/11.
Our first step was to internally and externally benchmark the energy consumption. After conducting a gap analysis, we conducted energy audits at all the locations to identify potential energy efficiency measures. All these stations were furthered modeled in E-Quest to validate the measures generated during our site visits. These stations were subsequently prioritized using a variety of metrics to ensure maximum utilization of taxpayers’ money. We helped identify measures that, when implemented, would reduce the energy consumption of these facilities by 28% at an IRR of 32% on Easy Targets. This is a significant result because all these stations were already one of top performers in the province.