The City of Toronto has established an extensive Energy Retrofit program. CELOS is monitoring a specific project under this program, the Cinergy Contract to retrofit arenas and outdoor rinks, to observe how the City handles such projects, and how these projects effect the use of these spaces. Cinergy currently operates under the name Optimira, and over the life of the proposal and implementation has been named Vestar, and been associated with Duke Energy.
We are interested in knowing
were the objectives achieved
if so, were they achieved most productively
what was the impact of the project on rinks
posted February 01, 2010
The Cinergy project paid the contractor about $10M to recommend and implement energy saving measures in city arenas and outdoor rinks. The financing for the project initially came from loans to the city, which loans are to be paid out of Parks, Forestry, and Recreation (PFR) operating budgets over about 7 or 8 years. The financing assumes that the energy saving measures actually save the city at least the full cost of the project, in cash, over the period of the loan. If this assumption is incorrect, or if operating budgets reflect current reduced costs, not previous costs, then the payments out of operating funds would reduce funds available for PFR programs. Interest costs are another consideration.
The project organization consists of:
City staff and committees for oversight and control
Cinergy staff for implementation and evaluation
The project consists of:
Low tech measures (such as lighting)
High tech measures (such as automated energy saving systems)
Staff training to take advantage of installed measures
Project control consists of:
process of written proposals, changes, during implementation
evaluation period after installation to measure actual savings
We are interested in understanding if the objectives were achieved, and if they were achieved productively. We are also interested on the impact of the project on arena operations. Specifically, we are interested in:
the effectiveness of the organizational structure, and communications
the cost effectiveness of using outside contractors as opposed to city workers to install low-tech measures
the effectiveness of the high tech measures
the effectiveness of the training
the effectiveness of the implementation control procedures
the effectiveness of the savings measurements
the reliability of the controls
the effect of the measures on the operation of the rinks and arenas
from the City's Energy & Waste Management Office: An Arena Project (summary) case study (pdf) to show the arena/rinks energy retrofit results
Energy Efficiency Retrofits - List of buildings that were retrofitted, with baseline energy costs, from Jim Kamstra
Manager, Energy & Waste Management. Extracted outdoor rink figures (and excel version).
Electricity use information for 5 parks 2005 - from Jim Kamstra (Energy and Waste Management): chart (pdf)
Rink baseline energy costs table (pdf) and chart (pdf).
With the set of documents collected to date through iterative requests, we attempt to forge the data into a more formal research structure: Case Study: The Cinergy Contract, with the intent of following up with complementary information requests to achieve the purposes of the research.