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FortisBC, LiveSmart BC and BC Hydro are offering a variety of incentives to help you reduce energy.  The Prince George Chamber of Commerce has also brought on a Business Energy Advisor to help businesses using less than $50,000 of electricity annually reduce their energy costs. We've also put together a video highlighting things you can do to reduce your energy consumption. Check the Eligibility to see if the programs might suit your business.

This information is provided for your convenience, and is up to date as of April 2, 2012. For the most up to date info on energy efficiency offers, please visit BC Hydro's Power Smart and FortisBC's Offers.

 Program (click on name for description)

 Agency

Eligibility

Web Link 

 Deadline

Climate Smart Business

Climate Smart Business

Small and medium sized businesses and organizations located within the city of Prince George

Link

Course starts April 24, 2012

Business Energy Advisor

Prince George Chamber of Commerce through LiveSmart BC

Businesses using less than $50,000/year in electricity

Link

March 31, 2012

Efficient Commercial Water Heater Program

FortisBC

Commercial Developers (targeted towards kitchens – hotels, restaurants, motels, hospitals, cafeterias) 

Link

 N/A

Efficient Boiler Program

FortisBC

Commercial and Multi-Unit Residential Developers and Owners installing boilers bigger than 300,000 BTU/h (88 kWt) 

Link

N/A

 

Light Commercial ENERGY STAR® Boiler Program

FortisBC

 Commercial and Multi-Unit Residential Developers and Owners installing boilers sized less than 300,000 BTU/h (88 kWt)

Link

N/A

 

Commercial Energy Assessment Program

FortisBC

Businesses consuming more than 2000 GJ of natural gas per year

Link

N/A 

LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program 

FortisBC

Privately owned registered businesses with 50 or fewer employees and certain natural gas rate schedules

LInk

N/A

Product Incentive Program

BC Hydro – Power Smart

Businesses using less than $200,000/year in electricity 

Link

N/A 

Power Smart Alliance Program

BC Hydro – Power Smart

Electrical Contractors

 LInk

 N/A

Power Smart Partner Program

BC Hydro – Power Smart

Businesses using more than $200,000/year in electricity 

LInk

N/A

Programs:

Climate Smart Business

The City of Prince George is delighted to announce a Climate Smart Business session in Prince George for the second straight year. Join 12 Prince George organizations that participated last year and have already cut costs by cutting carbon! This program helps you to learn how to become more competitive by reducing emissions. This program is geared towards small and medium sized enterprises.

For more information, go to the Climate Smart Business website; you can register for the program here.

Business Energy Advisor

The Prince George Chamber of Commerce has hired a business energy advisor to undertake assessments of businesses using less than $50,000 in electricity each year, to help them find opportunities to save energy.  Call the Chamber at 250-562-2454 for more information.

Efficient Commercial Water Heater Program

High performance natural gas models offer efficiencies of up to 95 per cent and are more reliable than standard models. Whether you're building new or upgrading, installing a high-efficiency water heater is one way to prevent your profits from running down the drain. Another is to apply for a rebate of up to $15,000.

FortisBC has developed a list of qualifying water heaters.

The energy savings and the rebate may result in a payback in as little as two years.

Efficient Boiler Program

If you're a commercial building owner, developer, consulting engineer or contractor, FortisBC can help you select an efficient boiler configuration for your project. They can also help you with financial incentives for installing or upgrading to condensing or near-condensing boilers for new construction and replacement projects.

Incentives

For all participants, the purchase price incentive applies to the incremental purchase price of a natural gas near-condensing or condensing boiler over the purchase price of a standard efficiency boiler. The boiler must be chosen from the eligible boiler list.

FortisBC offers additional incentives for both new construction and retrofit boilers, including towards consultants fees for an assessment of annual gas usage for space heating and for venting modifications in retrofit projects, as well as a monitoring incentive and a rebate on each gigajoule saved.

Benefits

  • Save up to 40% in energy costs over a standard efficiency boiler
  • Improved operating efficiency through correct boiler sizing
  • Lower space requirements in mechanical rooms
  • Opportunity to increase occupant comfort, and reduce building maintenance and operating costs
  • Improved efficiency appeals to buyers who recognize the value it adds to their investment
  • Increased value of your development
  • Competitive advantage over other projects
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions

Light Commercial ENERGY STAR® Boiler Program

If you're building, converting or upgrading your heating system, you may qualify for a cash rebate from FortisBCof up to $1,495 by installing an ENERGY STAR condensing or near-condensing boiler sized up to 299,000 BTU/hour (299 MBH, or 88 kWt). The rebate is $3 per MBH for near-condensing boilers and $5 per MBH for condensing boilers. 

This rebate typically applies to:

  • Owners of small commercial buildings
  • Owners or managers of small (5-20 units) rental or strata multi-family dwelling;
  • Commercial developers or builders; or
  • A long-term lease holder for a commercial enterprise.

Commercial Energy Assessment Program

FortisBC offers free energy assessments to businesses that consume more than 2,000 GJ/year of natural gas.

Typical, easy-to-implement recommendations include:

  • using automatic fireplace shut-off times in condos
  • using electronic controls to operate boilers and ventilation fans only when needed
  • insulating all bare heating pipes, valves and flanges in mechanical rooms and unheated areas

The assessment may also include:

  • equipment upgrade recommendations
  • information about payback periods
  • information on rebates or other incentives that may be available

There is no obligation to implement any of the recommendations.

 
LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program 

Top up or even double your incentive!


Participate in FortisBC's Light Commercial Boiler Program or Efficient Commercial Water Heater Program and any incentive you qualify for will be matched by the LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program!

In addition, if you participate in FortisBC's Efficient Boiler Program, LiveSmart BC will contribute up to $1,495. That’s on top of any rebate you qualify for from FortisBC.
 
Are you eligible?

In order to participate in the LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program, your business must:

  • have a location in BC where the program will be implemented;
  • have 50 employees or less;
  • be a registered business;
  • be privately owned and operated; and
  • have a small commercial natural gas account under one of the following FortisBC Rate Schedules: 2, 2.1 2U, SCS-1, SCS-2 or LCS-1

How to apply

  1. Complete and sign the LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program waiver form.
  2. Complete the applicable FortisBC commercial program application form/s.
  3. Submit the waiver, applicable FortisBC application and all supporting documents via mail, fax or email to:

    FortisBC Energy Inc.,
    Energy Efficiency and Conservation – Commercial Programs
    16705 Fraser Highway
    Surrey, BC, V4N 0E8
    Fax: 604-592-7618

For more information, call FortisBC at 1-866-884-8833, option 1 or email: commercialrebates@fortisbc.com

 

Product Incentive Program

The Product Incentive Program (PIP) helps Hydro business customers with no key account manager and who spend less than $200,000 annually on electricity replace inefficient products with energy efficient technologies.

To be eligible for the Product Incentive Program, you must be a BC Hydro business customer or a BC Hydro residential strata applying for a project in its common areas and your project must meet the following criteria:

Installations in new construction projects are not eligible for incentives under this program.

Four easy steps

  1. Review your facility and make a list of current and eligible technologies.
  2. Purchase and install products.
    • Follow BC Hydro's Installation Standards.
    • Products can be installed by:
      • Power Smart Alliance members.
      • Qualified in-house staff – internal staff can complete screw-in applications however a certified staff electrician with a permit is required for all hardwired projects.
      • Your preferred contractor – if your contractor is not a Power Smart Alliance member, he or she must complete and submit the application form for approval before you purchase the product.
  3. Complete installation and online application within 120 days of invoice date and mail all invoices and permits to BC Hydro’s Product Incentive Program team
  4. Receive incentive – it will be mailed once your paperwork has been processed.

Livesmart BC is currently providing a 10% top-up on BC Hydro’s PIP.

Power Smart Alliance Program

Power Smart Alliance members are recognized experts in energy efficiency who are knowledgeable about Power Smart programs as well as the latest energy solutions. They play an important role in helping BC Hydro meet its conservation goals by implementing energy-saving initiatives that not only meet customers' needs, but also help them make smart investments.

Current membership is drawn from manufacturers, distributors, contractors, consulting engineers, architects and other organizations focused on industrial and commercial energy conservation. Membership is free and open to all industry firms that meet the Alliance's eligibility requirements.

Application process

Industry professionals who work on energy efficient projects in B.C.'s industrial and commercial marketplace may register to join the Power Smart Alliance. Membership is free and renewable every two years.

In order to become a member, all industry firms must meet certain eligibility requirements and register with the Alliance, whether they are new applicants or previously have been members. Each industry sector has its own eligibility requirements and application form, which ensure that members have specific expertise and business qualifications. For more information about the Alliance or to learn more about registration and eligibility please contact the Alliance.

Customer benefits

If you are interested in making energy efficiency improvements, the Power Smart Alliance is the perfect place to start your search.

The Alliance acts as a convenient resource for customers wishing to implement energy efficient projects by referring approved industry firms – Alliance members – that can identify the best energy management solution for their facility, from lighting upgrades to smart heating, ventilation and refrigeration systems.

For customers to request a referral to members of the Power Smart Alliance please fill out the following Referral Request Form or call 1 866 522 4713.

Power Smart Partners Program

If your organization is commercial, government and institutional, you can become a Power Smart Partner if you spend at least $200,000 annually on electricity. Show your commitment to energy conservation by signing a pledge and starting to integrate a sustainable energy conservation management approach into your business.

For Power Smart Partners, BC Hydro has launched a new incentive program for simple, energy-efficient projects. Power Smart Partner Express is an online, self-serve application specifically designed for large commercial customers who have a Key Account Manager.

The application is quick and easy. And for larger, more complex projects, customers can continue to rely on the existing Power Smart Partner Incentive offering.

 

Much of the information comes from the BC Hydro, FortisBC, NRCan, LiveSmart BC and CMHC websites. The City provides this as the information available as a service; incentive programs change, and where there are discrepancies between what is listed on this page and what is listed on the source page, the source shall be considered correct.

The City of Prince George would like to thank the Sunshine Coast Regional District for their assistance in preparing this page.







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