Conservation Information Hub

The OPA regularly shares conservation information about energy users, markets, programs and technology. The Conservatin Information Hub is one of the ways we help keep the market informed of the things we've learned, which in turn helps increase energy efficiency in Ontario through improved program delivery.
 
The data is organized by the following topics:

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Market Research

Understanding and monitoring engagement with energy efficiency among people and businesses in Ontario is important. We use this information to continuously evolve our strategies for increasing the province's level of energy conservation.
 
Program Evaluations

Measuring the results of programs funded by the OPA, and the experience of their participants, is essential to their continued evolution, and to ensuring they meet their goals.
  • Here are links to evaluation reports conducted and prepared by independent third party evaluation contractors. The reports consist of OPA-funded Conservation and Demand Management programs evaluated by the EM&V group at the OPA. Most of these reports present energy and demand savings as well as recommendations for program improvements.
     
Market Characterization 

Determining the size of the opportunity for energy efficiency and identifying where it exists – customer sectors, end uses and geography – provides us with guidance in the design and delivery of conservation strategies, initiatives and programs.
Technical Reference Guides

These guides were published by CEATI (the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation) with the OPA contributing funding.
  • This guidebook addresses typical compressed air systems common to most small and medium manufacturing facilities.
     
  • This primer explains what demand response is, how businesses can benefit from participation, and various participation strategies.
     
  • This guide provides an overview of the major types of electric motors available today, including advanced motor technologies.
     
  • The Electrotechnologies Energy Efficiency Guide provides brief descriptions, characteristics, and advantages and disadvantages of various industrial processes used in small- to medium-size industrial plants.
     
  • This guide is aimed at new construction and renovation projects. It outlines key technologies, methods and systems to make the house more energy efficient.
     
  • This guide highlights basic considerations for determining the energy and demand savings arising from an energy efficiency project.
     
  • This guidebook is intended to provide the fundamental information required to make informed and educated decisions about the use and energy efficient operation of fan and blower systems.
     
  • The guide explains how a heat pump works, important considerations in buying a heat pump, its components and operating cycles,  efficiency definitions, performance standards used by industry, and what influences energy savings.
     
  • The Power Quality Reference Guide is written to be a useful and practical guide to assist end-use customers and covers material from concepts to solving power quality issues.
     
  • This guide is aimed at helping you implement energy efficiency methods and practices involving pumping systems at your location. It will also help you to make informed decisions about operating, maintaining or modifying your existing pump system.
     
  • This guide is aimed at helping you implement energy efficiency methods and practices involving refrigeration systems at your location. The main emphasis is on small to medium systems that operate with refrigerants other than ammonia.
     
  • This guide has been developed as an overview of Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) technology to assist in the effective understanding, selection, application, and operation of VFDs. In this guide, the word “drive” refers to the electronic VFD.
     
Innovation and Emerging Technologies 

  • This frequently updated resource provides a listing of all Conservation Fund projects contracted since 2005.   
     
Market Overviews

These reports review the market and supply chain structure and considerations for increasing the level of engagement with energy efficiency.