Beginning in 2023, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (the IESO) has offered a Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Program to industry. This program was designed to help businesses improve their energy performance by implementing an integrated system of organizational practices, policies, and processes to achieve persistent energy savings.
The SEM program provides its participants with knowledge, expertise and training in energy management that can help increase profitability through reduced energy costs and improved productivity, build team skills and help you achieve carbon reduction and environmental targets.
There is a two-year time commitment for participants who get a free energy scan, access to $5,000 in enabling incentives. The program does not penalize participants for implementing electrification measures which may increase your overall electricity use.
Your business (including up to 5 sites) uses 3,000,000 kilowatts of electricity per year (that is around a $390,000 annual electricity bill for a Class B customer who pays 13-cents per kWh.
You must register an energy champion and an executive sponsor for a two-year program. There is no cost other than participation.
How to apply: click on the weblink below to learn more about the program.
Author: Phil Dick, Economic and Business Advisor, OMAFRA