Intelligent Parking Lot Controllers Keeping The
Intelligent Parking Lot Controllers Keeping
The Big Rigs on the Road, While Saving
on Electricity Costs
The transport industry is highly
competitive so we are always looking for
ways to step ahead. Keeping our costs down
and our fleet up is vital. This saveONenergy
project helped us do both.
Controller, Chantler Transport
Project completion date
$7, 98 2
$3,264 estimated Incentive
• Commercial Transport
• Installation of intelligent parking lot controllers
With a motto like “getting it right to your destination,” Chantler
Transport of Innisfil, Ontario, can’t afford to have its tractortrailers sidelined by anything, especially not the cold. But it
also has to stay competitive, so when the company found out
about a new kind of engine block heater plug that could also
help it save on its energy bills, it jumped at the chance.
The idea first came from electrical contractor, Wallwin Electric
Services Ltd. “Chantler called us looking to replace a couple of
weather-damaged receptacles,” says Wallwin estimator Mike
Dunlop. “I had seen these new ones – called Intelligent Parking
Lot Controllers or IPLCs – at a tradeshow and, after a whole lot of
additional research, I took them to Chantler as a great idea. I also
called Innisfil Hydro to see what incentives might be available to
help Chantler cover the costs, and discovered that the project was
eligible for the saveONenergyOM RETROFIT PROGRAM.”
“PRETTY SMART LITTLE UNITS”
Mike estimates that the IPLCs, which he calls “pretty smart
little units,” will use about 65 percent less energy than Chantler’s
“It was the first time we’d handled this type of project,” says Mathew
Davy, Innisfil Hydro’s Conservation and Demand Management
Representative. “We typically see applications for lighting or
motors, but the RETROFIT PROGRAM, which is funded by the
Ontario Power Authority, can provide incentives for a lot of different
measures, including pretty unique ones like this. It’s a simple but
really smart device.”
JUST HOW SMART?
An IPCL can replace any existing parking stall power outlet. Its
microprocessor measures both temperature and wind chill. For
diesel engines like those used by Chantler’s rigs, it is factory
programmed not to deliver any power when the temperature is
above 5 ˚C. The IPCL delivers power when it gets colder, staying on
10 percent of the time at 5 ˚C and 100 percent of the time at -20 ˚C.
truck plugged to iplc
In addition, the IPCL will not turn on when a tractor-trailer first pulls
into a parking stall. Instead, it will wait at least two hours, until the
engine has cooled to the point where it needs block-heater support.
The IPLC also helps make sure the driver will always be able to get
back on the road after a long night in the cold: the unit’s red and
green LED lights indicate whether there’s power at the plug, and if
the truck’s block heater has shorted or has a break in the circuit.
of project, as long as you can measure and verify the savings.”
Khaled, whose role in this project was to determine whether the
IPCLs would produce enough energy savings to be eligible for the
RETROFIT PROGRAM, has now recommended IPCLs to other
transport companies in Ontario. Says Chantler’s Trish Carman, “We
are considered a mid-sized fleet. This would be a huge cost saving
for the really big transport companies.”
GREAT IDEA; SMOOTH TRANSITION
“We are always looking for cost savings and to be environmentally
friendly,” says Chantler Transport Controller, Trish Carman.
“Because the project was completed just a couple of months ago,
we only have estimated cost savings about $3,264 a year, just
from switching to these new plugs but the savings may be larger,
especially if we have a really cold winter”.
Trish is also a fan of how the project was carried out. “Everything
went very smoothly,” she says, “and in a timely fashion. Wallwin
made sure there was the least possible interruption to our
work, and that our drivers had a plug to use throughout the
“I was glad to see IPCLs coming into Ontario,” says Khaled Hamel,
Roving Energy Manager for Cornerstone Hydroelectric Concepts,
Inc., a cooperative of 13 local electric utilities, including Innisfil Hydro,
“because I knew they were being used successfully in other places,
like Saskatchewan and B.C. I was also glad we have a custom track
in the saveONenergy RETROFIT PROGRAM to allow for any kind
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