Equipment Exemptions for ECA or EASR

I own a commercial development—do I need an environmental approval (ECA or EASR)?

By: Giulia Celli

The answer to this question depends on several factors such as the equipment you have installed, the location of the equipment and the potential for any environmental impacts.  Let’s back up and provide a bit of context.  The Ontario Government’s environmental rules say that if your business emits any contaminants to the air, you must comply with the regulation however, there are exemptions to this rule.  Section 9 (3) of the Ontario Environmental Protection Act, R. S. O. 1990, (the EPA) and O. Reg. 524/98 specify the (limited) types of equipment, activities, and operations that are exempt from needing an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) or an Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) registration. These exemptions include low capacity natural gas comfort heating systems, and standby power systems. Systems that you would generally find in a commercial development.

For example, an HVAC system that meets the following criteria is likely to be exempt:

·         Each combustion unit uses only natural gas, propane or both natural gas and propane as fuel, and

·         The thermal input rating of each combustion unit is not greater than 10.5 million kilojoules per hour.

·         If the HVAC system includes a cooling tower, drift loss from the cooling tower is controlled by drift eliminators.

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And a standby power system that meets the following criteria is likely to be exempt:

·         The system is used and operated only during power outages or for testing or performing maintenance on the system;

·         The standby power system uses only one or more of the following as fuel: biodiesel, diesel, natural gas, and propane;

·         Each exhaust stack that is part of the standby power system is oriented vertically (and not obstructed by a rain cap);

·         Each generation unit that is part of the standby power system and that uses diesel or biodiesel as fuel, must meet, at a minimum, the Tier 1 Emission Standards set out in Table 1 of 40 CFR 89.112 (United States)

·         Each generation unit that is part of the standby power system and that uses propane or natural gas as fuel, must have a maximum discharge of 9.2 grams of nitrogen oxides per kilowatt hour

Other exemptions include things such as equipment used for food and beverage preparation at retail locations, items associated with low occupancy dwellings, some mobile equipment, and more. To complicate matters, the equipment may be exempt from requiring a permit but the facility itself is still required to meet this standard from the EPA:

“…despite any other provision of this Act or the regulations, a person shall not discharge a contaminant or cause or permit the discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment, if the discharge causes or may cause an adverse effect.” 

For commercial developments in multi-tenant buildings this general provision of the EPA can create some issues when air intakes are not sufficiently separated from equipment which would be otherwise exempt from obtaining an ECA or EASR permit.   

For due diligence, it is recommended to have all equipment that emits any contaminants (including noise and odour) to the air assessed for compliance. It is recommended that a letter from a qualified person stating that the facility is in compliance with Ontario regulations is kept with the facility.

If you have any questions about this post, please reach out to Giulia Celli at

Kontrol Energy Completes Acquisition of CEM Specialties Inc


TORONTO, Ontario - September 20, 2018 - Kontrol Energy Corp. (CSE:KNR, FSE:1K8), (“Kontrol”, or the “Company”) announces that it has completed the acquisition of CEM Specialties Inc. (“CEMSI”), previously announced on March 28, 2018 when the Company entered into a Letter of Intent with CEMSI. CEMSI is an established and leading integrator of turn-key emission monitoring equipment and solutions. 

With more than 25 years of successful operating history, CEMSI provides the Canadian and US market with value added solutions for emissions and process monitoring applications.  For the fiscal year ending July 31, 2018 CEMSI generated revenues of $6 Million and EBITDA of approximately $1 Million.  A significant portion of CEMSI’s annual revenue is from multi-year recurring contracts and equipment sales.

“CEMSI is a leader and recognized brand in the emission monitoring and integration market,” says Paul Ghezzi, CEO of Kontrol Energy. “We are excited about the closing of this acquisition as it is a strong strategic fit with our existing emission business. Expanding our emission monitoring and solutions vertical in Canada and gaining a growing footprint in the USA is part of our overall strategic growth initiatives.”

According to the market research report Emission Monitoring Systems Market by System Type Global Forecast to 2025, the emission monitoring systems market is estimated to reach US $4.44 Billion by 2025 from US $2.39 Billion in 2018, at a CAGR of 9.3% between 2018 and 2025.

The aggregate purchase price for CEMSI is $3,350,000, of which the Company has paid $2,265,000 in cash on closing. There is a Vendor Take Back in amount of $502,500, representing 15% of the Purchase Price.  The Vendor Take Back shall accrue interest at a rate of six percent (6%) per annum. An additional $582,500 of the purchase price is subject to a 15-month holdback to accommodate post-closing purchase price adjustment and indemnity obligations of the Vendor. The Vendor has received 250,000 Common Share purchase Warrants.  Each Warrant is exercisable for one Common Share of the Company at a price of $0.75 per share for 3 years following the date of issue, subject to accelerated expiry in certain circumstances.

In conjunction with the acquisition, the Company has closed on a $2 Million secured loan with Pinnacle Diversified Private Income Limited Partnership, by its general partner Pinnacle Diversified Private Income GP Inc., and FirePower Capital. The loan has a term of 12 months. It is anticipated that the loan will be replaced by long-term senior secured debt and equity financing over the next 12 months. The lenders have received 750,000 Common Share purchase Warrants in aggregate. Each Warrant is exercisable for one Common Share of the Company at a price of $0.75 per share for 4 years following the date of issue, subject to accelerated expiry in certain circumstances.

“On a consolidated basis the acquisition will add approximately $6 Million to our year over year revenue growth,” continues Mr. Ghezzi. “Further, the acquisition will add to our earnings and operational cash flow generation starting in Q3 2018.  We have been able to achieve significant year over year revenue growth while maintaining less than 27 Million shares outstanding.  We are keenly focussed on continuing our strong growth trajectory and maximizing shareholder value.”

About Kontrol Energy

Kontrol Energy Corp. (CSE:KNR, FSE: 1K8) is a leader in energy efficiency through IOT, cloud and blockchain technology. With a disciplined mergers and acquisition strategy, combined with organic growth, Kontrol Energy Corp. provides market-based energy solutions to our customers designed to reduce their overall cost of energy while providing a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

Additional information about Kontrol Energy Corp. can be found on its website at and by reviewing its profile on SEDAR at

About Pinnacle

The investment objectives of Pinnacle Private Diversified Private Income Limited Partnership are to invest in a diversified portfolio of private debt and/or equity securities of issuers involving investments and loans, consistent and reliable cashflows capable of supporting a monthly target cash distribution of 5.5% to 9.0% per annum, after fees and expenses, plus potential additional annual performance distributions.

About FirePower Capital

FirePower Capital is the investment banking and private capital firm built for Canada’s entrepreneurs. Our team of 30+ deal professionals helps their mid-market businesses complete mission-critical transactions, by advising them or investing in their companies directly.

SOURCE Kontrol Energy Corp.

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Neither IIROC nor any stock exchange or other securities regulatory authority accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 

Caution Regarding Forward Looking Statements:

Certain information included in this press release, including information relating to the integration of the CEMSI into Kontrol’s existing businesses and technology across Kontrol’s operating platform, Kontrol’s anticipated growth in scale and revenue, including anticipated proforma 2018 revenue and EBITDA run rate, and statements related to the expansion of emission monitoring and solutions across Canada and the USA, the provision of solutions to customers to reduce overall energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, carbon reduction and monetization programs, other statements that express the expectations of management or estimates of future performance, the anticipated replacement of the $2 million with long term debt and equity constitute "forward-looking statements". The forward-looking statements in this press release are presented for the purposes of providing information about management's current expectations and plans and such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Where the Company expresses or implies an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief are based on assumptions made in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. Such assumptions include, without limitation, that CEMSI will be successfully integrated into the Company and that its revenues and growth projections will be consistent and meet with the Company’s expectations, that the revenue and EBITDA run rate of CEMSI’s and the Company’s subsidiaries will be consistent with and meet the Company’s expectations, that performance milestones will be achieved, that suitable businesses and technologies for acquisition and/or investment will be available, that such acquisitions and or investment transactions will be concluded, that sufficient capital will be available to the Company, that technology will be as effective as anticipated, that organic growth will occur, that the Company will succeed in completing its proposed financing, that all conditions precedent to the acquisition of CEMSI will be met within the required timeframes, and others. However, forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks include, but are not limited to, that CEMSI will not be successfully integrated or will not perform as expected, that the revenue and EBITDA run rate of CEMSI and the company’s subsidiaries will be less than expected, performance milestones will not be achieved, there being a lack of acquisition and investment opportunities or that such opportunities may not be concluded on reasonable terms, or at all, that sufficient capital and financing cannot be obtained on reasonable terms, or at all, that technologies and emission monitoring solutions will not prove as effective as expected that customers and potential customers will not be as accepting of the Company's (including CEMSI’s) product and service offering as expected. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements and the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made as at the date hereof and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any such forward-looking statements or any forward-looking statements contained in any other documents whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities law.


For further information:
Paul Ghezzi, CEO

Kontrol Energy Corp.,
180 Jardin Drive, Unit 9,
Vaughan, ON
L4K 1X8,

Tel: 905.766.0400
Toll free: 1.844.566.8123

Kontrol Energy Corp. Ranks No. 7 on the 2018 Startup 50

Toronto, ON, September 13th, 2018 - Canadian Business and Maclean’s today ranked Kontrol Energy Corp. (CSE:KNR, FSE:1K8), (“Kontrol”, or the “Company”) No. 7 on the 2018 Startup 50 ranking of Canada’s Top New Growth Companies. Serving as a companion list to the longstanding Growth 500 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies and produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Startup 50 ranks younger companies on two-year revenue growth. Startup 50 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’s magazine and online at

Kontrol made the 2018 Startup 50 list by growing its revenues by more than 2,000% over a two-year period.

“The 2018 Startup 50 winners suggest the future of Canadian entrepreneurship is extremely bright. They have brought new offerings to market, created indelible brands and disrupted established business models—all in an extremely short period of time,” says Deborah Aarts, Startup 50 and Growth 500 program manager. “Any aspiring entrepreneur should look to their stories for inspiration.”

“Kontrol is honoured to be on the Startup 50 ranking,” says CEO Paul Ghezzi. “This achievement reflects the strength of our energy solutions and the dedication of our team.”

About the Startup 50

Ranking Canada’s Top New Growth Companies by two-year revenue growth, the Startup 50 profiles the fastest-growing startups in the country. It is a companion list to the Growth 500 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies, which has, for 30 years, been Canada’s most respected and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Both the Startup 50 and Growth 500 are published in a special issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’s magazine and at For more information on the ranking visit or  

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country's premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada's business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at

About Kontrol Energy

Kontrol Energy Corp. (CSE: KNR, FSE: 1K8) is a leader in energy efficiency through IOT, cloud and blockchain technology. With a disciplined mergers and acquisition strategy, combined with organic growth, Kontrol Energy Corp. provides market-based energy solutions to our customers designed to reduce their overall cost of energy while providing a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

Additional information about Kontrol Energy Corp. can be found on its website at and by reviewing its profile on SEDAR at


SOURCE Kontrol Energy Corp.

For further information:

Paul Ghezzi, CEO

Kontrol Energy Corp.
180 Jardin Drive, Unit 9,
Vaughan, ON
L4K 1X8
Tel: 905.766.0400
Toll free: 1.844.566.8123


Neither IIROC nor any stock exchange or other securities regulatory authority accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 

Caution Regarding Forward Looking Statements:

Certain information included in this press release, including information relating to future financial or operating performance and other statements that express the expectations of management or estimates of future performance constitute “forward-looking statements”. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding possible future acquisitions and/or investments in operating businesses and/or technologies, accelerated organic growth, the provision of solutions to customers and Greenhouse Gas emissions reductions, proposed financial savings and sustainable energy benefits and energy monitoring. Where the Company expresses or implies an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief are based on assumptions made in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. Such assumptions include, without limitation, that suitable businesses and technologies for acquisition and/or investment will be available, that such acquisitions and or investment transactions will be concluded, that sufficient capital will be available to the Company, that technology will be as effective as anticipated, that organic growth will occur, and others. However, forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks include, but are not limited to, lack of acquisition and investment opportunities or that such opportunities may not be concluded on reasonable terms, or at all, that sufficient capital and financing cannot be obtained on reasonable terms, or at all, that technologies will not prove as effective as expected that customers and potential customers will not be as accepting of the Company’s product and service offering as expected, and government and regulatory factors impacting the energy conservation industry. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements and the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made as at the date hereof and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any such forward-looking statements or any forward-looking statements contained in any other documents whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities law.

Managing Odour Complaints Best Practices

By Steve Thorndyke ( )  Reading time: 2 minutes 30 seconds
There are many ways to deal with Odour complaints, either proactively or reactively.  Odours are not predictable, but you can manage them, if you receive a complaint.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Encourage odour complainants to notify the plant as soon as possible after an odour episode and fill out a standard questionnaire with details about the odour event such as date, time, meteorological conditions, odour frequency, odour intensity and the character of the odour.
  • Verify that the complaint is genuine or appears to be real and that it originates from the plant by noting the wind direction at the time of the complaint and visit the site of the complaint if the odour persists.
  • If possible, correlate the odour complaints with specific activities at the plant which may have caused the complaint, including continuous activities at the facility and short-term activities such as loading a truck.
  • Conduct periodic odour surveys in the plant and at areas surrounding the plant, with emphasis on sensitive odour receptors such as residences, schools and other places frequently visited by the public, to obtain data which will complement the complaint data.
  • If there are several potential sources of odour emissions at the plant, conduct an odour emission survey at the plant with atmospheric dispersion modelling to assess the effect of these sources, both individually and in aggregate, at off-site odour receptors and
    use the dispersion modelling to rank the potential sources and develop a plan to reduce odour emissions at the sources, perhaps starting with the most significant odour emission sources.

  • Repeat the odour emission survey and atmospheric dispersion modelling to assess the effects of any new odour reduction efforts at the plant, and consult with the complainants to determine if the reduction in odour concentration at the receptors is sufficient.
  • Develop an odour management plan for the plant and protocols for dealing with odour complaints.  Hold public meetings to discuss the details of the plan and any progress in implementing the plan.

For more information on how ORTECH can assist your Air Quality needs, visit our Odour Assessment Page or ourpage or email us at

The Ultimate Guide to Managing Odour Complaints!

You receive an email or a phone call from an irate neighbour complaining about an odour potentially from your facility, What do you do?  ORTECH has a structured approach to cost effectively manage the entire situation.

Gather Information: This means everything you can get your hands on.

Complainant: Ask them the following questions:

  • What was your location when you first encountered the odour
  • What day and time of day was it?
  • Was the odour weak or strong?
  • What did it smell like?
  • What direction was the wind blowing?

Internal:  Ask the following questions:

  • Does your operation generate odours as a standard business process?
  • If yes, are these odours continuous or intermittent?
  • Were you operating at the time of the complaint?
  • Did anything unusual happen that might releae an odour at the time of the complaint (Poll your employees)?
  • What were the weather conditions at the time (wind direction, wind speed, temperature)?
  • Have you changed your processes or added any new activities that may generate odour?

External:  Ask the following questions:

  • Were there any active construction sites operating nearby?
  • Do you have neighbours that were operating at the time of the complaint and could have released an odour?
  • Were there any other activities outside of your plant that could have contributed to the odour issue?

When gathering this information, best practices to keep in mind include:

  1. Be calm and professional in all internal and external communications. The complainant will appreciate the behaviour and act accordingly.
  2. Communicate with the complainant and acknowledge their concerns.
  3. Agree to look into the situation but do not make any commitments  until you know your plant is responsible.  

Following this initial information gathering, it may be beneficial to hire a consultant.  A good odour consultant will have the ability to quickly assess the initial information and evaluate the potential source(s) of the odours and if warranted sample odours and quantify using an odour panel and dispersion modelling to provide evidence of the level of odour that was present in the area at the time.  Next steps to managing and odour complaint may include:    

  1. Provide all the information you have gathered to an odour consultant. Be honest and complete.  If the situation is your fault, there are a number of easy to implement solutions that can mitigate an odour issue.
  2. Your consultant should perform a site visit along with you. You should visit the location of the complaint and the last known location of the expected source(s) of odour.  Some odours may linger which might present an opportunity to spot sample or setup odour sampling equipment that can collects samples over a period of time.
  3. It is vital to determine if you were capable of causing the odour at the location that generated the complaint.  In some cases, the wind was blowing in the wrong direction or it was just physically impossible for your facility to release an odour and have it migrate to the location of the complaint.  A dispersion modeling analysis is a valuable tool for evaluating these type of situations. A good odour consultant will have this ability.  A detailed odour assessment report is an excellent way to back up your case to regulators or municipal bylaw officers or in the worst case, a court of law.
  4. If practical considering the frequency and duration of the operation of the odourous source(s), your consultant can collect and analyze sample for content.  A lot of odours have known substances with odourous properties such as sulphur compounds or ammonia. Analysis for known substances may help to confirm whether or not your operations are responsible. 

In addition, odour can be quantified using an odour panel. An odour panel is a group of six or more people pre-screened to have a “normal” level of odour sensitivity and who are trained to assess odours. The results in combination with dispersion modeling will provide you with further evidence on the level and extent of odour emanating beyond the boundaries of your plant

In summary, if you have an odour complaint, do not panic. Remain calm, ask questions, gather information and contact an odour professional that can assist you with solutions or building a case to defend your company against regulatory or legal action.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Michael Tingle at or via phone at 905 822 4120 x680



Has Your Facility Recently Been Inspected by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks ?

By Terry Lam (

A common result of an Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (“MECP”), formerly Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) inspection for a small business is a finding that the facility is in administrative non-compliance because they are lacking the necessary environmental permits, such as an Environmental Compliance Approval ("ECA") or an Environmental Sector and Activity Registry ("EASR") registration. In fact, it has been estimated that 40% of facilities in Ontario, mostly small businesses, do not have the required permits.

If your facility has recently been required to submit an ECA application or to register an activity on the EASR as a result of an MOE inspection, it is important to take quick action to ensure that compliance dates are met. As a leading environmental consulting firm with over 50 years of experience, ORTECH’s qualified consultants can help your facility tackle these requirements in a timely, effective, and cost-efficient manner.

ORTECH can assist your facility:

  • Negotiate with the MECP to obtain realistic compliance dates for inspection findings;
  • Prepare and submit an ECA application for any industry, utility, or small business; and,
  • Register an activity (such as a heating system) on the EASR.

Having ORTECH on your side will allow your facility to navigate the bureaucracy of permit applications as quickly and painless as possible, avoiding unnecessary frustration. Let our experience work for you.

End of Cap and Trade in Ontario and update from Kontrol Energy

By Paul Ghezzi, CEO, Kontrol Energy.  The parent company of ORTECH Consulting Inc.

As you may be aware the new Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, has followed through on his pledge to end Cap and Trade in Ontario. The Cap and Trade program in Ontario was essentially a defacto Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission tax on large emitters which was delivering approximately $3 Billion to the Ontario Government and being redistributed through various incentive programs.

There is no adverse impact to Kontrol with the end of the Cap and Trade program as we do not directly participate in this sector of the emission and carbon markets. Through our various operating divisions we do supply compliance services in relation to GHG emissions but this is different than Cap and Trade which is primarily focused on placing a monetary value on emissions and taxing large emitters for excess.  While we do believe there should be a price placed on the impact of emitting GHG into the atmosphere we are more aligned with incentives to drive clean energy adoption and reduction of waste in the consumption of energy.

Kontrol’s growth is being driven by the rising cost of energy, the demand for technology to better manage energy consumption and the regulatory compliance around properly monitoring and measuring GHG emissions. In our defined addressable markets, North American buildings account for up to $50 Billion in energy waste and up to 40% in GHG emissions. Combined, these markets represent annually a $60 Billion plus market opportunity for Kontrol to consolidate existing vertical competitors and to grow organically.


Kontrol Energy Corp. (CSE:KNR) (“Kontrol” or, the “Company”) delivers integrated energy efficiency solutions to a large portfolio of blue chip customers across Canada and the United States.


In the coming weeks, we will be launching our new website and a social media campaign. Should you have any questions or would like to contact us please see below:   
Antonio Meschino, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

Kontrol Energy Corp.
180 Jardin Drive
Unit 9,
Vaughan, ON L4K 1X8

www.kontrolenergy.comTel: 905.766.0400, ext. 1004
Toll free: 1.844.566.8123


Air Quality Permitting for companies selling equipment and solutions in Ontario

A great way to gain competitive advantage or close more sales is to provide a complete solution for your clients.  Part of the solution that is often overlooked, in Ontario, is air quality permitting.  Air Quality permits can cause additional fees for your client and strain your relationship with your clients, if not included.  ORTECH has seen this time and time again when clients call us and suggest their solution provider failed to educate them on air quality permitting.

With all the regulations in Ontario, it is tough to keep up.  If the equipment you are selling is triggering an Ontario Environmental Approval, this document is for you.  If you are not sure, just keep reading, the regulations have changed.   This article is geared towards Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEM”), service providers or installers of equipment to industry or commercial operations in Ontario. 

Air Quality Permitting: The Basics

For air quality permits in Ontario, any time a business installs new equipment, or upgrades existing equipment, that project might trigger a need for a new or amended air quality permit. On the basic level, your clients will need a permit if their equipment, new or old, emits emissions, noise, or odour into the environment. 


For your clients, this is what you need to know.  Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (“MECP”), formerly Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) has inspectors that will blitz an industry, so there is always a threat of getting a compliance letter and having to move fast to comply with an inspectors request. This can mean costs for your clients that they did not expect. It will take their eye off of their core business and for the most part, will be looking to you, the OEM or installer, for answers. 

As a vendor selling equipment, it is a good idea to review your offerings and see if they are potential triggers for a new air quality permit or amending of an existing permit.  This is where an Air Quality Expert, like ORTECH, can assess your situation.

Getting Started

To start, there are two types of Environmental Approvals in Ontario. Depending on the nature of your clients business activities, you will apply or register for one of the following:

  • Environmental Compliance Approval  (“ECA”)
  • Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (“EASR”)

An EASR is a virtually instantaneous approval with less ongoing annual requirements as compared to the traditional ECA. 

Let’s back up and define each compliance path, ECA and EASR.  These hyperlinks will take you directly to the MECP website specific to each compliance path. Determining which compliance path is right for your clients is dependent on the complexity and uniqueness of the operation.  For more complicated operations, with higher potential for environmental impacts, an ECA is typically required, and the EASR is used for more common activities or operations with less potential impact.  The following helps define these different levels of complexity outlined in the regulations.

One of the fastest ways to determine your compliance path is to use the industry North American Industry Classification System ("NAICS") codes.  The default MECP approach is that all activities and sectors go through the EASR process unless expressly excluded by the Regulation.  The following NAICS codes are specifically excluded from the EASR process.

Does Permitting apply to my equipment?

Now, ORTECH has been in the business of Air Quality consulting for over 40 years, so it's not realistic for an OEM or installer to be expected to know all the intricacies of an ever-changing regulatory process. This is where the next graphic should help.  Also, you will have the option to call us and discuss your equipment compliance requirements below.

This graphic will help you if your equipment category is not there, please contact ORTECH.


Next Steps:

If your equipment is on the list above and it has been confirmed that your client will need an ECA or EASR, what can you do?  Being proactive is one approach that will not only add value to your offering but also differentiate you from your competition.  To add value, our suggestion is to get as much of the supporting documentation ready or prepared and provide it as part of your proposal package.  This could be in the form of an Air Permit Package.  Even though most permits are very site-specific regarding emissions or points of impingement (think: closest neighbours that will be affected by your emissions), you can still provide emission factors, odour units and noise levels.  This information will help your client through the air quality permitting process.

If you are interested in an assessment of your solutions or equipment, please contact us.

Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations (the "MSAPR") Part 2

The Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations (the MSAPR) was registered by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in June 2016 with the objective to achieve consistent Canada-wide performance standards for certain industrial facilities and equipment.   Stationary spark ignition engines are targeted under Part 2 of the MSAPR.  MSAPR establishes a process for registering, monitoring, testing and reporting of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions and provides NOx emission intensity limits (g NOx / kWh) which are phased in over time.

Part 2 applies to stationary spark ignition engines that meet the definition in the MSAPR, that are “pre-existing” (i.e. manufactured, owned or operated before September 2016), are at an “oil and gas facility” (other than an asphalt refinery) as defined, are ≥ 250 kilowatt (kW) rated output capacity (break power) and that combust gaseous fossil fuel.  Part 2 also applies to stationary spark ignition engines that are “modern” (meaning they are not “pre-existing”), are at one (1) of thirteen (13) regulated facilities as defined, are ≥ 75 kW (for an engine deemed “Regular” use) or ≥ 100 kW (for an engine deemed “Low” use) and that combust gaseous fossil fuel. 

Engines that are operated at least one (1) hour per year are considered “Regular” use unless specifically deemed to be “Low” use.  One of the eligibility criteria for the election of an engine as "Low” use is if it is operated ≤ 1314 hrs in a 3 consecutive year period (i.e. ≤ 5% of the time).

Part 2 sets out nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission intensity limits (g NOx/kWh) as well as compliance testing, operation and maintenance and reporting requirements.

Important recent and upcoming deadlines are:

  • ECCC hosted training sessions on Part 2 and the Online Reporting Tool on May 23, 2018 (Gatineau: in person or webinar) and June 5 to 7, 2018 (Calgary: in person)  
  • Requirements for “modern” engines are in force now including the NOx emission intensity limit (2.7 g NOx/kWh) which applies to ≥ 75kW and “Regular” use and ≥ 100 kW and “Low” use
  • The deadline to register and report on “modern” engines that were operational in 2017 is July 1st, 2018
  • “pre-existing” engines ≥ 250 kW (“Regular” and “Low” use) are to be registered by January 1, 2019 (or July 1 that follows the year in which there was a change in the “responsible person” or change in the engine)
  • “pre-existing” and “Regular” use engines, the first phase NOx emission intensity limit applies January 1, 2021 and the second phase limit applies January 1, 2026 (Note: there are no limits for “pre-existing” and “Low” use engines under MSAPR)

Other factors to consider with associated reporting deadlines include:

  • submission of Notice of Election to have engine deemed “Low” use
  • submission of Notice of Election for use of Yearly Average Approach (also referred to as Fleet Average Approach) for “pre-existing” engines

At the time the NOx emission intensity limits apply, compliance must be demonstrated by conducting an initial performance test and reporting with the frequency of ongoing performance tests or simplified emission checks impacted by whether the engine is “Regular or “Low” use, the output capacity and the type of engine (i.e. rich burn versus lean burn).

Next Steps on the Path to Compliance:

The lower NOx emission intensity limit would apply as early as 2021 for impacted “pre-existing” engines.   Projects to lower the NOx emission intensity can be capital intensive and time-consuming so forward planning is highly recommended.  Suggested next steps in the development of a compliance strategy should consider:

  • A detailed analysis of facilities to confirm “pre-existing” engines are indeed subject to MSAPR Part 2 considering historical and expected future time of use as well as availability/suitability of site conditions for future performance testing;
  • A detailed analysis of timelines and mitigation or other measures required to ensure compliance including possible implications of choosing the Flat Limit Approach versus the Yearly Average Approach for your fleet of “pre-existing” engines (Note: “modern” engines are subject to the Flat Limit Approach only);
  • Baseline emission testing, although not specifically required in advance of registering your “pre-existing” engines, to confirm the NOx emission intensity as opposed to estimates (Note: especially important if mitigation may be required to meet the future limits); and
  • An assessment of opportunities for synergies or efficiencies of the activities required in support of the MSAPR and other compliance activities such as those required in support of a provincial environmental permit or other policies such as those related to the use of an emergency generator (engine) in non-emergency situations.

For more information on ORTECH MSAPR services, click here.


Updated: New Solar PV Incentives Announced

By Michael Tingle

Update:  Shortly after the Ontario Provincial election in June 2018, the GreenON incentive programs were shut down.

ORTECH will monitor the situation for any updates or new programs related to Solar PV.

What is Solar Net Metering?


Net metering allows an electricity user to install a solar PV facility onsite to generate electricity for internal use, with any excess going to the grid for a credit on future electricity bills.   Net metering has been an option in Ontario since 2015 and is governed by Ontario Regulation (O. Reg. 541/05: Net Metering).  However, only recently has the price of electricity and the cost of installing a solar PV facility made net metering with solar PV worth considering. Some key business drivers that the Client should consider when evaluating whether net metering with solar PV makes sense now (2018) are: the risk of electricity price increases; time sensitivity for incentives; cost savings; and the company’s reputation, which will benefit from generating “green” electricity.

So what are the rebates available for Ontario Businesses?

The program provides the following incentives:

  • $0.75 per watt for commercial Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system
  • approximately $26.00 per square foot for Solar Thermal Air installations

So, what is your next step? 

First, ORTECH can assist you with the business case.  Does this make sense? How much will this system cost? How much will I save? What are the first steps?  Contact us to find out.

ORTECH has created a list of items that are recommended to initially move forward with a Solar Net Metering project.  

The initial tasks include:

  1. Pre-Assessment with the Local distribution company;
  2. Development of a financial model;
  3. Preliminary Solar panel layouts;
  4. Preliminary Electrical design;
  5. Preliminary estimate of Energy outputs;
  6. Structural verification of the facility;
  7. Complete and submit an application for a Connection Impact Assessments to your local distribution company;

If you are interested in seeing if a solar PV system would make sense for your facility, please contact ORTECH today.

Air Quality 101 for Land Use Planners

Site Plan approval for a proposed development includes a host of studies and an environmental air quality study may be required.  Is there a perceived air quality issue due to incompatible land use when the zoning is changed from industrial to residential?  Is the proposed site in close proximity to an odorous facility such as a sewage treatment plant, a waste transfer station, a landfill, a fast food outlet or a farming operation?

The prospect of construction of a large manufacturing complex, of large residential and retail development sites and of infrastructure projects such as roads, transit corridors, and waste handling facilities can give rise to environmental concerns.  Nuisance dust, odours, noise and vibration are issues that may require resolution and mitigation. 

Rational and knowledgeable characterization of the perceived environmental issue is an important first step in addressing these concerns.  Definitive, scientifically based, qualified expert opinion on the perceived issues can characterize and resolve the issues before they potentially escalate to an unwanted emotional political outcome.

Air quality practitioners utilize established methods and tools to address and resolve these types of air quality issues.  Air quality experts are knowledgeable in contaminant emissions, odours, dust, air dispersion modelling, impact assessment and the monitoring of these pollutants.  These methods are applied to define the environmental issues and the findings are interpreted using published guidelines, such as the Ontario Ministry of the Environmental and Climate Change “D” Series Land Use Compatibility Guidelines,  to come to a qualified conclusion, which may or may not require mitigation.

ORTECH has the experience, qualifications and resources to assist developers, planners and construction and construction management groups in providing the air quality expertise and provide services to satisfy project schedules and plans.


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Cannabis Industry and Odour Regulations

At this point, air quality and related permitting regulations in Ontario and the rest of Canada have not been well established for the Cannabis industry but that should not stop the industry from moving forward on anticipated air quality concerns such as odour issues.    Below is some information to consider as you prepare to permit a new cannabis facility which may also be relevant to existing facilities.

One potential path that  Ontario could take is found in  Regulation 1/17 of the Environmental Protection Act which allows many low risk facilities to register and operate under the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (“EASR”) instead of the more traditional Environmental Compliance Approval (“ECA”) process.  The EASR process is intended to be a more simplified and timely permitting process.  Facilities which register under the EASR must prepare an Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) Report as well as a Noise Report and an Odour Screening Report.

An Odour Screening Report requires determination of the primary North American Industry Classification System (“NAICS”) code for the facility.  For a Licensed Producer (“LP”), the applicable NAICS code is likely to be 325411 “Medicinal chemicals, uncompounded, manufacturing” or 424210 “Botanical drugs and herbs merchant wholesalers”.  The next step in the odour screening process is to calculate the setback distance from the source of odour emissions to the closest point of odour reception beyond the facility property. This distance is compared with minimum setback distances for specific NAICS codes.  Although the above NAICS codes relevant to cannabis production are not currently included in the screening process, it is possible that regulators will create such set back distances in the coming months.  The screening process defines many types of odour receptors but generally includes places where the public live, work, worship, visit or may otherwise be present. 

A Best Management Practices Plan (“BMPP”) is required if the Odour Screening Report shows that there is insufficient setback distance between an odour emission source and the closest point of odour reception.  A BMPP for odour may be required for facilities whose operations are defined by specific NAICS codes. For each source of odour emissions from a facility, including fugitive sources, the BMPP must identify potential reasons why the odour emissions may increase occasionally, odour control measures already existing at the facility and procedures to ensure that the control measures are properly maintained, operated and monitored. The BMPP also requires that additional measures to control odours are identified and a schedule is prepared for their implementation.

For facilities with specific NAICS codes and insufficient setback distances, an Odour Control Report may also be required.  This report must include a list of odour control measures or process changes which are used at similar facilities with the same NAICS code in Ontario or elsewhere, determine which of those measures are technically applicable to the applicants facility and, if necessary, explain why the list of measures or changes may not be applicable for reducing or eliminating odour emissions. 

The path that regulators will eventually take to address air quality and odour emissions from the cannabis industry is evolving.  In addition to municipalities managing these issues through zoning and bylaws tools, it is still to be seen if and to what extent environmental regulators will engage and whether existing permitting tools such as the EASR process will apply.  We do know that historically odours has been a source of complaints in many communities and it is important for cannabis producers to be viewed as a good corporate citizen.  Whether it is the federal, provincial or municipal government, odour concerns will be part of the permitting process. 

ORTECH has been involved in odour assessments for a broad range of industrial, agricultural and other facilities for over forty years and is experienced in the operation and performance of air pollution control equipment for many different NAICS code operations.   



Expansion of facility greenhouse gas reporting

By Giulia Celli and Ibrahim Syed

The 2017 calendar year is the first year of the phased expansion to the Government of Canada's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) for industrial facilities in Canada. Prior to the expansion, the GHGRP required reporting of basic information, such as emissions data only, and had a 50 kilotonnes (kt) threshold.  For the link to the Environment and Climate Change Canada click here. 

The Phase I (2017 data year) changes in the reporting requirements are:

  • The reporting threshold has been lowered to 10 kt. All facilities that emit 10 kt or more of GHGs in carbon dioxide equivalent units (CO2 eq) per year will be required to submit a report.
  • All facilities engaged in carbon capture, transport and geological storage (CCTS), regardless of their annual GHG emissions, will be required to submit a report covering CCTS activities for 2017 and relevant years for the period 2014 to 2016.
  • Expanded data and methodological requirements will apply to manufacturers of lime, cement, iron and steel, and aluminum; and to facilities engaged in CCTS.
  • Removal of some reporting requirements (for example, methane from iron & steel sector)
  • For those facilities subject to expanded federal requirements in the four sectors (cement, lime, iron & steel and aluminum), and who already report to provincial programs based on the WCI framework (British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec), will be given the option to complete the expanded GHGRP reporting, or alternatively, these facilities may submit their provincial GHG reportFootnote6 for compliance with the 2017 GHGRP requirements.
  • Provisionally, facilities subject to the expanded federal requirements regarding CCTS and already reporting similar data to Alberta and Saskatchewan will be offered the option to submit their provincial report for compliance with these GHGRP requirements.
  • Facilities in the remaining provinces will be required to complete the extended federal reporting, as their provincial reporting programs do not collect data that meet the expanded federal requirements. This includes facilities in Alberta and Saskatchewan above the 10kt threshold engaged in activities other than CCTS.

In Phase II (date unknown), the petroleum refining and electricity generation sectors will be subject to expanded requirements and mandatory methods. Phase III will affect additional sectors, which are yet to be determined.

Below is a  workflow to determine if your facility needs to take any action or the appropriate course of action for Phase I (2017 data year).

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For the link to the Environment and Climate Change Canada click here.  For any questions, please contact Giulia Celli at or Ibrahim Syed  at .

Is it time to take control of your Ontario Electricity Bill with Energy Storage?



There is a significant new opportunity for some electricity users in Ontario.  The Industrial Conservation Initiative (“ICI”) has been expanded.  Incentive programs related to the Global Adjustment (“GA”) were, until recently, only available to large electricity users. Now, small and medium users (down to 500 kW monthly average peak loads) can take advantage of demand response tools like Energy Storage Solutions (“ESS”) to reduce their electricity expenses.  Moving forward, electricity users can take control of their electrical demand with solutions that are flexible and scalable.  This will allow them to reduce their demand or peak charges or give them the ability to shift their electricity use to another time.

The good news is there are a number of factors that now encourage decision makers to consider an ESS.  ESS pricing is trending downward; the GA recently hit an all-time high of 9.75 cents kW/h, and the ICI program has been expanded.  This trifecta now makes investing in an ESS something worth considering. 

For all industrial electricity users, controlling or reducing one’s electricity bill usually comes down to energy conservation.  Utility statements are made up of the Hourly Ontario Energy Price (“HOEP” or “commodity price”), the GA and the delivery charge.  In 2015, the GA on average was 5.28¢ per kilowatt hour*.  The cost of the GA in 2016 and 2017, on average, was 7.92¢ and 9.75¢ per kWh respectively*.  These are significant jumps.  The average HOEP in 2016 and 2017 were 2.36¢ per kWh and 1.66¢ per kWh, respectively*.  Herein lies the challenge but also the opportunity.  How can a user reduce the most significant component of their electricity bill, namely the GA?


There are industry players who believe an ESS should not be installed solely for reducing the GA or “GA Busting” as it is sometimes referred to. However, the good news is all stakeholders tend to agree that an ESS will have benefits regardless of how electricity is sold in Ontario and thus benefits beyond GA busting alone.  For early adopters, this means the value of an ESS will remain high and the use of an ESS will not become obsolete due to regulatory or market changes. 

This white paper will delve into issues, solutions, and decision making factors for executives and other stakeholders while proving a balanced approach, including the advantages as well as the risks and challenges to users. Overall, it is wise for a user to look at their utility bills and have a financially aware consultant review their situation.  Energy Storage is the present and the future.  It’s time to give it serious consideration.

What is Energy Storage?


With all the press about Energy Storage including Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Giga factory, Energy Storage has vaulted to the attention of the masses.  It is still widely misunderstood from a business case or financial impact perspective, but Energy Storage is one of the new buzz phrases. 

Energy Storage is a solution that stores electricity and allows users to use this stored electricity when it is of maximum benefit.   Owners can use an ESS for demand response purposes (using less electricity from the grid during high demand, high price periods), peak management (reducing or flattening electricity use peaks and the costs associated with those peaks), or when the grid is having power quality issues (e.g., providing backup power during grid outages).  

The type of technology currently making the most headway in Ontario and worldwide is lithium ion (“Li-ion”) battery solutions.  These batteries have become the most popular type for personal electronics, but the technology is also becoming the most prevalent solution for industrial scenarios, such as grid support, because of reduced cost, greater life compared to conventional lead-acid batteries, and low toxicity.   An industrial ESS usually comes in self-contained units or containers that allow scalability and flexibility in system capacity.  More details about the technology are provided in “What does an Energy Storage solution look like?” below.

An ESS can seem complex but does not have to be overly complicated.  The owner should consider a consultant or solution provider that has the necessary technical, financial and construction management expertise that take both short and long-term factors into account when proposing an ESS.

Why Energy Storage?

ORTECH recognizes that all facilities are different; nevertheless, an ESS will provide flexibility to almost all facilities. The primary benefit of installing an ESS is your ability to control your electricity demand for whatever reason.  Some of the key concepts for this are as follows:

  • The Price of Energy Storage is dropping:  The average price of a lithium-ion battery based system for an industrial installation is currently $700 to $800 per kWh and trending downward.   The cost of lithium-ion batteries has dropped from about $1000 per kWh in 2010 to below $300 per kWh in 2017.
  • Demand Management: Consists of using energy storage to store electrical power during off-peak price hours and discharging it to facility loads during higher peak price hours.
  • Resilience / Reliability (Backup Power):  An ESS provides these benefits until the problem is fixed or other backup power comes online.  A battery system allows you to shut down gently and keep you running smoothly during a grid outage until your backup generation starts.
  • Market Renewal:  Ontario is looking to change the entire electrical market system, but those plans are still being developed. The use of an ESS is supported by the current government (Liberal Party of Ontario) and the official opposition (Conservative Party of Ontario). An ESS will have a beneficial role to play in the future.
  • GA Market Risk:   There is potential for significant changes to the GA.  As an example, the recently implemented Fair Hydro Plan refinances a large fraction of the GA so that payments are lower by $2.5 billion per year (about 21% of the total GA for 2017). However, an ESS will continue to provide its owners with benefits regardless of what changes are put in place by the government of the day, and in most of the likely future scenarios, an ESS will continue to allow reductions in the users GA payments.
  • Peak Shaving Value to the IESO:  There is value to the Independent Electricity System Operator (“IESO”) if it can entice users to reduce their demand during peak usage (e.g. via an ESS) as it would not have to start up natural gas peaking plants or purchase electricity from neighbouring provinces or US states.

How can Energy Storage help?

If you are a Class A electricity user (monthly average peak demand exceeding 5 MW), an ESS can be effective in reducing your GA and Demand Charges.  Also, non-Class A users may qualify for the Class A as the ICI has lowered the threshold to 500 kW (monthly average peak demand).    The ICI, administered by the IESO, is a form of demand response that allows participating customers to manage their GA costs by reducing their demand during peak periods.  An ESS can be utilized to accomplish this, and the IESO encourages users to participate in the ICI  program as it helps them manage the electrical system during peaks.  Reducing peak demand costs is the fundamental pricing mechanism that will offset the cost of an ESS system.  Although the GA mechanism may change, an ESS will remain useful.  

What is the Industrial Conservation Initiative?

The Industrial Conservation Initiative (“ICI”) is administered by the IESO.  It is a form of demand response that allows participating customers to manage their GA costs by reducing their demand during peak periods.  In summary:  

  • To qualify for the ICI, a customer’s monthly demand peaks must average above 1 MW or 500 kW for industrial facilities, over a one year period.
  • Electricity users are charged based on their percentage contribution during the top 5 peak demand hours in Ontario over a one year period (from May 1 to April 30).
  • Customers must qualify through their Local Distribution Company (“LDC”), based on the previous one year period. If they qualify, they have to opt into the ICI program by June 15th of the year.

What is the Global Adjustment?

For most electricity users, the GA is the difference between the regulated rate of electricity and the wholesale market price. The wholesale market price is the price that the government pays electricity generators (public or private).  However, there are other costs which are paid for by the GA.  These include the expense of building new electrical generation assets, the cost of running the IESO, and delivery of energy efficiency programs to drive conservation.  Although users have little control over these costs overall, an ESS can be of value in managing GA costs on their electricity bill.

To put wholesale (commodity) and global adjustment costs into perspective, the following is a summary for 2015 to 2017.



How can you reduce your Global Adjustment and Demand Charges?

Global Adjustment: In order to reduce GA charges, facilities need to reduce their demand during the five monthly average peak periods either by shedding load, shifting load or using an alternative source of electricity such as solar, backup generation or energy storage.  An ESS typically has a bank of lithium ion batteries with tools for remote communication and control.  This is ideal for customers who want a “Fire and Forget” solution.  In this scenario, a vendor like ORTECH can provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction solutions and then assist in controlling the system during the various monthly average peaks throughout the year.  In other cases, the system can be scheduled to run during set periods each day to cover every possible peak.  Typically, the five monthly average peaks in Ontario occur between 4 and 6 pm on weekdays. 

Demand Charges:   A review of your current load profile will indicate when your facility has its monthly average peaks. By reducing monthly average peaks, you will reduce your monthly demand charges.

Sample Solution:  Install an ESS based on your initial monthly average peak load.  The ESS is typically sized to reduce your load significantly for a period of 1, 2 or 3 hours.  The system is either turned on automatically each day (e.g. between 4-6 p.m.) or during anticipated facility and provincial monthly average peak periods throughout the year. The facility’s monthly average peaks are determined relative to Ontario’s monthly average peaks (Note:the IESO provides tools to indicate the days when the provincial demand is in the top range for the year). 

What does an Energy Storage solution look like?

At its core, ESS has three major components, each equally important. The Batteries are where the electrical power is stored in DC, the Inverter converts electrical power from DC to AC, and the Battery Management System manages when and how long the system operates.

Batteries are the main consumable item, but it is essential to give careful consideration to the other two components.  Good choices of inverters or battery management systems will lead to better results.  Good performance, decreased lifecycle costs and higher internal rates of return can all result from proper planning and design of your system.


Selecting the right batteries is essential. Li-ion batteries are currently the preferred choice due to cost and performance. However, reviewing other emerging battery types or possibly other storage technologies and asking your solution provider smart questions will assist you in determining the optimum solution.


The inverter will supply the batteries with electrical power to be stored and also convert battery electrical power (DC) to facility electrical power (AC).  The inverter takes electrical power from the grid, preferably during low peak periods.  It must also control or isolate the system when the grid is down or under maintenance, for safety reasons.  The inverter needs to determine where  electrical power is coming from and what critical load needs to be managed using electrical power from the batteries in order to get the best electricity savings and financial return possible.

Battery Management System: 

A battery management system (BMS) helps control parameters such as battery temperature, depth of discharge and state of charge so the batteries are not over- or under-charged, which would reduce their usable lifespan.
The BMS is usually a software function internal to a charge controller or more sophisticated charging device.

What are the risks to consider?

To ensure this white paper presents a balanced approach, some threats or possible challenges regarding energy storage include:

  1. The most significant assumption solution providers make is that the current potential GA savings will be similar over the next five years.  There is a market risk in this assumption.  GA is roughly inversely proportional to the Hourly Ontario Energy Price (“HOEP”), and if HOEP increases, the GA will decrease.  The combined HOEP plus GA (the total commodity price) is likely to increase over time, so there is room for incremental inflationary growth to GA, but since HOEP is already very low, there’s not much room for decrease in the HOEP and resulting increase in GA.  This is a market risk that comes with little potential for further reward.
  2. Potential GA impacting developments are in process.  IESO is engaged in Market Renewal, which is being advertised as saving $2.2 to $5.2 billion over ten years.  These savings will result in lower total commodity prices, so while energy costs will still go down for the facility, the savings from an ESS could also go down.  To be clear, an ESS should still result in lower purchased electricity costs for the facility regardless of what impact Market Renewal has, but the payback period may be longer.
  3. Another potential significant GA impact is nuclear refurbishment and the Pickering site shut down.  As such, a substantial amount of nuclear energy will be removed from the system. Since these facilities typically bid into the Ontario electricity market below zero, removing them will likely increase the HOEP, with a corresponding drop in GA.  Note that the Pickering shutdown is not planned to take effect until 2024 (or later) so some of this impact will not occur until after some of the ESS capital costs have been paid back in utility cost savings.
  4. A mitigating factor for points 2 and 3 is that the IESO is well aware that capital investments are being made for Class A GA reduction.  In addition, reducing Ontario’s five highest monthly average peaks will still provide value to the IESO (likely even more value) after nuclear is taken offline.  It seems doubtful that the IESO will do nothing to mitigate potential losses for facilities with ESS if the GA shrinks by a large amount.

What should you do NOW? 

Contact a consultant with the necessary expertise and start investigating how an energy storage solution can help you.  A potential scope of work includes the following:

  1. Understand your load.
  2. Determine your ability and willingness to shed or shift demand during peaks periods.
  3. Investigate alternatives or combinations of solutions. For example, energy management coupled with using existing backup generation with a smaller energy storage solution.
  4. Determine the financial impact including capital costs, cost savings, incentives, emissions impact, internal rate of return and financing costs.
  5. Generate a report with findings, solutions mixes and low-risk recommendations to get you started.


All companies have competing agendas and areas where capital investment is needed.  A key factor illustrated in this white paper is that overall electricity costs are trending up and becoming more challenging to control from a user point of view. Energy storage solutions can be a useful tool in reducing your overall cost of electricity by reducing your Global Adjustment and through demand management (i.e. charging during off-peak price periods and using this stored electrical power during higher-peak price periods).  Also, an ESS can also provide backup power and stability.

For more information or a FREE assessment of your situation, contact Michael Tingle at 905-822-4120 x 680 or

Guideline for the Implementation of Administrative Penalties under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016

  • EBR Registry Number:   013-1818
  • Ministry: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
  • Date Proposal loaded to the Registry: January 02, 2018


We are proposing a draft guideline which we can use to calculate administrative penalties to those who do not comply with the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 (“CCMLEA”) and its regulations. This will help ensure that the penalties are transparent and appropriate.

Description of Policy:

On September 22, 2017, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change posted a regulatory proposal notice on the Environmental Registry that included a number of regulatory changes to the cap and trade program; including, a proposal for the implementation of a new administrative penalties regulation under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act , 2016 (CCMLEA). 

As part of this regulatory proposal notice, the Ministry stated its intent to develop, and post for public comment, guidance material to be used by the Ministry when applying and calculating administrative penalties. This proposal notice fulfils the Ministry's commitment to provide the draft guidance document for public comment in order to help ensure transparent and appropriate application of administrative penalties under the cap and trade program. 

In April 2015, the government announced it would be limiting greenhouse gas pollution by implementing a cap and trade program and its intent to link Ontario’s program with those of Quebec and California.

On May 18, 2016, the CCMLEA received Royal Assent.

On May 19, 2016, two regulations that form the backbone of the cap and trade program became law under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 – the Cap and Trade Program Regulation (O. Reg. 144/16) which took effect July 1, 2016 and the Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation (O. Reg. 143/16) which took effect January 1, 2017. 

Ontario’s cap and trade program came into effect on July 1, 2016, with the first compliance period beginning on January 1, 2017.

On September 22, 2017 Ontario signed an agreement to integrate and harmonize cap and trade programs, effective January 1, 2018. Regulatory amendments were filed to allow for linking on November 24, 2017 and this will allow all three governments to hold joint auctions of greenhouse gas emission allowances.

Purpose of Policy:

An administrative penalty is a monetary penalty that may be imposed by the Ministry to achieve the following purposes:

  1. To ensure compliance with the CCMELA and its regulations; and,
  2. To prevent a person or entity from deriving economic benefit from non-compliance with the requirements in the CCMLEA and its regulations.

As part of implementing administrative penalties for the cap and trade program, the Ministry is proposing a draft guideline that would guide Directors when calculating and issuing administrative penalties. 

The proposed guideline includes information on the application of administrative penalties, such as:

  1. A step-by-step process for issuing administrative penalties
  2. Considerations taken by the director when determining a base penalty value
  3. How economic benefit will be considered
  4. Process for making requests to the director to consider additional information regarding the contravention

The cap and trade program creates a multi-billion dollar market for emission allowances and credits. As such, it is important that the Ministry have a comprehensive suite of enforcement options to help maintain the integrity of the market and the program itself.

Implementation of administrative penalties will form part of the ministry’s suite of graduated compliance and enforcement tools under the CCMLEA – providing the ministry with the ability to choose the most appropriate and effective compliance tool, or combination of tools, to maximize compliance and prevent or deter future non-compliance.

Public Consultation:

This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting January 02, 2018. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by February 16, 2018 to the individual listed under "Contact". Additionally, you may submit your comments on-line.

All comments received prior to February 16, 2018 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 013-1818.

Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. Comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.

Your personal information may be used in the decision making process on this proposal and it may be used to contact you if clarification of your comment is required. It may be shared (along with your comment) with other Ontario Ministries for use in the decision making process. Questions about this collection should be directed to the contact mentioned on the Proposal Notice page.

Government of Canada releases further details on federal carbon-pollution pricing system

News Release

From Environment and Climate Change Canada

January 15, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

Canadians know that pollution isn’t free. They see the costs in droughts, floods, extreme weather events, and the impacts to their health. A price on carbon pollution is one of the most efficient tools we have to fight climate change and drive clean innovation. That’s why the federal government is working with provinces and territories to put a price on carbon across the country.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, released draft legislative proposals relating to the proposed federal carbon pricing system for public comment. This system would apply in provinces and territories that request it and in those that don’t have a system in place, which meets the federal standard in 2018.

Minister McKenna also released for comment a regulatory framework describing the proposed federal approach to carbon pricing for large industrial facilities. This component of the federal pricing system would create a price incentive for large industrial facilities to reduce emissions while limiting the potential impacts of carbon pricing on their international competitiveness. The system is designed to reward facilities with efficient operations and support clean innovation.

Right now, carbon pricing is in place in four provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec), covering more than 80 percent of the population. All provinces have committed to adopt some form of carbon pricing.

The Government will continue to engage provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous Peoples, industry, environmental groups, and other stakeholders on the design of the federal carbon pricing system during the winter and spring of 2018.

The draft legislative proposals and the framework released today build on the pan-Canadian approach to carbon pricing, announced in October 2016. The documents represent the next step in the development of the federal system, and they are a follow-up to a technical paper on federal carbon pricing released in May 2017.

Comments on the draft legislative proposals to implement the federal carbon pricing system are welcome until February 12, 2018, at

Comments on the regulatory framework are welcome until April 9, 2018, at

The combination of existing provincial carbon pricing systems, new provincial and territorial carbon pricing systems, and the federal system would ensure a price on carbon across Canada.

Global momentum is driving cleaner economic growth, and many Canadian businesses are already taking advantage of this opportunity. In addition to pricing carbon, the federal government is making other significant investments to enable Canadian businesses and workers to participate in the trillion-dollar opportunities offered by the world’s transition to a clean-growth economy.

ORTECH launches new website servicing the Cannabis Market

January 2, 2018

Mississauga, ON.,  ORTECH Consulting ("ORTECH") is pleased to offer its existing services to the emerging Cannabis market via a new website called .  Our core services of Air Quality and Odour Assessment Services provide real value for the new and existing Licensed Producers of Cannabis in Canada." said Hank Van Bakel, President of ORTECH Consulting.  

ORTECH will be also be partnering with its parent company, Kontrol Energy and a sister division Efficiency Engineering to provide energy management and efficiency services and solutions. 

For information, please contact Michael Tingle at or visit