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ENERGY CHAMPION

Globally
Demotivating

By Ian Storey, P.Eng., President, I.B. Storey Inc.
In our last meeting here in the Energy
Champion corner, we were talking about
"getting moving." Small improvements
beat no improvements every time. Yet
while the energy management sector
in Ontario is faced with unprecedented
need for energy management, instead
of increased activity, many are throwing
in the towel. The most common reason
for this growing energy apathy is the
Global Adjustment charge on the monthly
electricity bill. Many people have tried to
save money on energy only to see the
monthly dollars increase due to their
Global Adjustment (GA) charge.
If you aren't confused about your GA
charges, you've probably never seen
your electrical bill. So what is the GA
charge? The GA charge is defined by
the IESO as the difference between the
Hourly Ontario Energy Price (HOEP)
and 1) Ontario Power Generation's regulated Nuclear and Hydro generation, 2)
Contracts with generators and suppliers
of conservation, 3) Contracted rates paid

to existing generators. Of course, this is
as clear as mud! In simpler terms, the GA
charge is the difference between what
energy was sold for on the open market
and the cost for regulated or contracted
energy including incentive programs. It is
an amount to balance the cost of running
the electrical system. The de-regulated
market, or "open market," sells energy
at less than the average cost needed to
operate and thus there's an adjustment.
That's why the GA exists.
Now, exactly how the GA appears on
your bill is very different across the province. The Local Distribution Company's
charge is based on one of three methods for Class B user groups. A Class B
user is a facility with a peak demand
over 50 kilowatts and under 1 megawatt
(1,000 kilowatts). This pretty much covers
the entire recreation fleet of facilities. If you
are in the Class B category, your bill is for
the wholesale electricity price and the GA
rate. This means that for Class B customers
there is a $/kWh GA; therefore, the only

way to save on GA is to reduce electricity
usage. That's right; you can reduce your
GA by reducing your usage. Since the GA
usually appears on your bill as its own line
item, and a depressing one, many people
believe there is no association between
energy usage and the GA. For Class B users,
however, this isn't the case.
Since the GA bill is not the most transparent situation, it has given rise to the
urban myth that "the biggest part of the
bill isn't energy, it's the Global Adjustment
charge" so there's no need to bother
trying to save energy. This attitude is
globally demotivating for all recreation
facilities. But giving up and throwing in
the towel makes the situation worse! So
let's leave the GA monkey on the shelf
for a moment and talk about savings.
What do you consider to be savings?
Let's talk about the BOGO; buy one, get
one free. A BOGO is a common "sale"
but when you spend money (on the first
"one") are you saving since you and your
money have parted. Well it depends on
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Spring 2017

Technically Speaking – Technical Advisory Committee Report 2016
Bringing a New Reality to Rockefeller Plaza
BMO Field’s Hat Trick: Three Sports, Four Games, Five Weeks, One Stadium
Recreation Facility Asset Management ORFA/MARMAK
Energy Champion – Globally Demotivating
Cemetery Planning and Design
Slips, Trips & Falls
Hazards Related to Recreation Facility Operations
Maintain Your Facilities in the Winter with the Help from a Checklist
Heritage Highlight: Stratford Arena
ORFA Releases Updated Arena Boards, Shielding and Protective Netting Systems
Member Profile – Darin Ayres, County of Brant
Index of Advertisers
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Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - Technically Speaking – Technical Advisory Committee Report 2016
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - Bringing a New Reality to Rockefeller Plaza
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Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - BMO Field’s Hat Trick: Three Sports, Four Games, Five Weeks, One Stadium
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Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - 19
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - Recreation Facility Asset Management ORFA/MARMAK
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - Energy Champion – Globally Demotivating
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Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - 23
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - 24
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - Cemetery Planning and Design
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Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - 27
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - 28
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - Slips, Trips & Falls
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - 30
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - Hazards Related to Recreation Facility Operations
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - 32
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - 33
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - Maintain Your Facilities in the Winter with the Help from a Checklist
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - 35
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - 36
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - Heritage Highlight: Stratford Arena
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Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - 39
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - ORFA Releases Updated Arena Boards, Shielding and Protective Netting Systems
Facility Forum - Spring 2017 - Member Profile – Darin Ayres, County of Brant
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