Frequently Asked Questions
Can our generator be used for Demand Response and/or Peak Shaving?
The short answer is: Yes, as long as you have Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) or are registered under the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) for nonemergency use.
According to Section 9(1) of the MOE’s Environmental Protection Act, use of a standby backup generator for peak shaving or to participate in demand response without an ECA1 or EASR2 registration that allows nonemergency use directly violates air emissions standards. There are some exemptions, however, such as use for agricultural purposes.3 It is also worth noting that if your facility qualifies for EASR registration, the application process is much shorter and cheaper than applying for an ECA.
What are the penalties associated with violating the CEPA’s emissions standards?
Any violation of air emissions standards are subject to reg ulation by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) and can result in serious penalties. Fines vary significantly depending on the type and severity of offence, and can range from $5,000 to $6,000,000 for individuals and up to $10,000,000 for corporations for each day the offence occurs. Repeat and severe violations can result in jail time.4 CEPA enforcement officers have broad powers of investigation, including inspections and search and seizures.
That said, if you have an ECA or EASR registration that allows nonemergency use and are operating your backup generator as per the MOE’s regulation, the generator can be used for DR and peak shaving.
How do I get an ECA or registration for my generator?
Enel X will work with you to determine your current eligibility for nonemergency backup generator use in peak shaving and demand management programs, and can help you navigate the process.
To learn more about these policies or discuss other questions related to your energy needs in Ontario, please contact your Enel X Business Development Manager or Account Manager. You can also find more information about our energy services and how we can help you meet your energy needs at www.enelx.com/northamerica.
- 1. The following MOE page provides a comprehensive description of the emissions standards under nonemergency conditions, such as DR participation: https://www.ontario.ca/page/emissionlimitsandoperatingconditionsemergencygeneratorsetsnonemergencysituations
- 2. The following link contains the EASR registration regulations: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17001
- 3. For a list of exceptions, first refer to Section 9(3) of the Environmental Protection Act here: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90e19#BK11; A longer list of exemptions to Section 9 can be found in Ontario Regulation 524/98 here: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/980524
- 4. More detailed penalty information can be found in the Environmental Protection Act here: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90e19#BK287