Posted 9.16.14 @ 21:6
With environmental concerns being a global issue, Oakville took one step ahead and became one of the first towns to have a concrete plan for reduction of energy consumption through the Energy Conservation Demand Management Plan (CDM).
What is the CDM Strategy?
The Energy Conservation Demand Management Plan strategizes to have Oakville reduce its 2012 baseline consumed energy by about 15% over the next 5 years. Basically, the CDM strategy is based on Oakville’s four key goals plus an action plan and cost estimates covering the prioritized initiatives for reducing local green house emissions for future years.
Oakville’s Mayor Rob Burton says that the ambitious energy reduction plan and the CDM plan were both set with the hopes that it will set the town in the right direction regarding energy consumption.
Oakville’s Present Day Energy Usage
At present time, Oakville operates a total of 1,740,000 square feet of area in a total of 52 buildings. This is equal to an annual energy cost of $4.2 million! Though that may seem so high, that figure is already a reduced number. For 4 years between 2008 and 2002, upgrades totaling to about $3.5 million were made in the town buildings to improve energy efficiency. The good news is, in those years, Oakville has successfully reduced its energy usage by 16% per square foot despite doubling the area of public facilities. Now, the town plans to take its actions to reduce energy usage even further.
Awards and Recognitions
All of these efforts in improving the efficiency of energy usage did not go unnoticed. Earlier this year, the efforts of both the Queen Elizabeth Park and Community Centre and the Oakville Transit Facility were both rewarded with Silver certifications for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED. This means that they were recognized as benchmarks for green building design and sustainability since LEED is a rating system for that. Another LEED awardee is the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex which achieved Gold certification from LEED in 2012.
These awards are great achievements in reduction of energy consumption especially considering the fact that both the sports complex and the Transit Facility are Oakville’s top energy consuming buildings according to the town’s CDM list.
Oakville Hydro’s Participation
A key player in the town’s CDM Plan is Oakville Hydro, which has provided about $73,000 to the municipality in the form of rebates since 2011. The rebates were given for energy audits, lighting retrofits, and heating and cooling upgrades. Oakville Hydro’s vice president of communications and conservation Amanda Kennedy says that the company will continue to be a key collaborator and partner as the CDM Plan is being implemented. This means that Oakville Hydro will continue supporting local businesses, the town, and residents in alternative energy and energy conservation initiatives.
All of these changes and hard work for energy consumption are being implemented in light of the Ministry of Energy’s Green Energy Act. The act requires municipalities to submit yearly reports with detailed green-house emissions and energy consumption aside from the 5 year CDM Plan.
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