Energy Services Association of Canada - promoting fiscally and
environmentally responsible initiatives for Canadian organizations
TORONTO, Ontario, December
1, 2010 - The Energy Services Association of Canada (ESAC) today
announced their newly formed advocacy organization which has been
created to actively promote government policies and regulatory support
for greater use of guaranteed performance based solutions to upgrade
Canada's aging infrastructure.
The eight founding members of ESAC
are Ainsworth, Ameresco, Direct Energy, Honeywell, Johnson Controls,
MCW Custom Energy Solutions, Siemens and Trane. Together, these
companies are responsible for more than 90% of the $450 million annual
Performance Based Solutions business in Canada.
The Association recently appointed
Anthony DaSilva from Ameresco as its first Chair, Luis Rodrigues of
Honeywell as its Vice Chair and Peter Love, Ontario's former Chief
Energy Conservation Officer, as its first President.
Today, many organizations such as
cities, universities, colleges, school boards, hospitals as well as
provincial and federal governments have successfully implemented
performance based solutions across Canada. Through ESAC's advocacy,
performance based solutions can become the premier choice for energy
and infrastructure renewal initiatives, resulting in fiscally and
environmentally responsible outcomes for all Canadian organizations.
Energy efficiency upgrades,
renewable energy strategies and overall infrastructure renewal
initiatives can all be achieved through performance based solutions
delivered and guaranteed by energy services companies. This type of
solution allows organizations to make needed upgrades and improvements
with little risk, as the upgrades are funded through guaranteed energy
and operational savings. The end result is upgraded facilities, lower
energy consumption/cost and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. This
allows the building owner to put more of their time, energy and limited
financial resources into their core mission.
energy consumption continues to grow as a priority for all levels of
government as well as public institutions and private companies," said
Peter Love, President of ESAC. "For governments, this priority forms an
essential component of their plans to achieve environmental savings,
primarily in terms of reducing greenhouse gas
("GHG") emissions. This is because
over 80% of the man-made GHG emissions in Canada come from the
production and use of energy. For provincial governments (responsible
for electricity systems), energy conservation/efficiency is also
embraced as it reduces the need for expensive additions of electricity
generation, transmission and distribution assets."
For energy end users, reduced energy
use is a growing priority because it represents a way for these
organizations to control their energy costs. Organizations that
employed Performance Based Solution to achieve their energy reduction
goals last year will save about $45 million in energy costs annually.
An important but often unrecognized benefit of investments in energy
efficiency is that they are relatively labour intensive with most of
the labour supplied by companies in the immediate vicinity of the
project. It is estimated that the $450 million invested in such
solutions creates more than
4,000 direct jobs and over 5,000 indirect jobs for a total of about
9,500 jobs according to industry estimates.
We have prepared 27 case studies of
the use of Performance Based Solutions from across Canada. To view the
project closest to you see the list attached below.
Additional information is on our web
site; if you would like to learn more about a specific project, please
contact us to schedule on-site tours and interviews.
For further information on Performance Based Solutions and the Energy Services Association of Canada, go to www.energyservicesassociation.ca.
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