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Working toward a more energy efficient Canada

Economic performance case studies from the 2014 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report, Engaged for a Sustainable Future.


Across the country, CEA members are helping create a culture of energy conservation:

New online tool helps BC Hydro customers track energy consumption

By the end of 2013, 97 per cent of BC Hydro and Power Authority’s customers were using smart meters. These smart meters were key to allowing BC Hydro develop and roll out MyHydro last year, a new online portal that lets customers track their electricity consumption on an hour-by-hour basis and compare their power use to similar homes nearby, giving them one-stop access to even more tools and tips for conserving energy.

FortisBC puts homeowners on ‘energy diets’

To help people overcome the barriers to making energy efficiency improvements in their homes, FortisBC Inc. rolled out ‘energy diet’ programs in its Okanagan and Kootenay service area. In addition to an education and marketing campaign to help homeowners understand the benefits of energy efficiency, FortisBC reduced the cost of its home energy assessments and provided access to a local energy coach. In total, 1,740 customers signed up for assessments, helping them reduce energy costs and increase home comfort. FortisBCEnergyDiets

FortisBC employee talks to residents about the benefits of energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of FortisBC Inc.

Horizon Utilities encourages smarter growth in the commercial sector

Horizon Utilities Corporation’s new smart growth-inspired connection program has the potential to provide lower electricity connection costs to commercial customers who move to infill sites. A database of vacant commercial and industrial locations was also developed as part of this program to help businesses find properties with electricity infrastructure already in place. The program leverages existing infrastructure and resources to make the startup costs for infill development more attractive and affordable when compared to greenfield development.


Horizon employees promoting energy conservation on World Environment Day at Gore Park in Hamilton, Ontario. Photo courtesy of Horizon Utilities Corporation.

Manitoba Hydro helps businesses overcome financial barriers to energy efficiency

Launched in September 2013, the Power Smart for Business PAYS (Pay As You Save) financing program is helping Manitoba Hydro’s commercial customers mitigate the capital cost barrier often associated with upgrading to energy efficient technology. The program offers extended financing terms for several different types of upgrades such as LED lighting; high-efficiency furnaces, boilers and geothermal heat pumps; CO2 sensors; and low-flow toilets and urinals. Within the first six months of the program, seventeen applications were received from customers ranging from manufacturing plants to convenience stores.

Making greener choices with Hydro One

Last year, Hydro One Inc. created the Greener Choices Program to help promote energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reduction and environmental awareness among its employees, with one of the key program elements being to identify retrofit opportunities at its own transmission stations and operations. Several external-facing conservation programs were also deployed throughout the Hydro One service area, providing homeowners and business with numerous incentives and rebates to complete energy efficiency retrofits, including a program offering free lighting upgrades for small businesses.

Reducing the energy required at Nalcor’s thermal generating stations

Nalcor Energy’s Holyrood Thermal Generation Station uses an electric heat trace system (EHTS) to ensure a consistent, year-round temperature of the pipeline that transfers fuel shipments to onsite storage tanks. Given that fuel shipments only happen during part of the year, Nalcor saw an opportunity to significantly reduce energy consumption by lowering the EHTS’ temperature set points outside the delivery season, a new control procedure that will help save 344,000 kWh of electricity each year.

Nova Scotia Power is plugging the leaks in its own equipment

High-turbine exhaust pressure is the leading contributor to fuel loss in Nova Scotia Power Inc.’s fleet of thermal units, a problem further compounded by condenser air-in leakage (AIL). To mitigate this problem, Nova Scotia Power implemented an AIL monitoring and control program in 2013. After using multi-sensor test probes and portable helium tracer gas equipment to detect leaks, maintenance work was done on seven thermal units with the fuel savings resulting from this work expected to reach $1 million per year.

Yukon Energy invests in internal energy efficiency

In 2013, Yukon Energy Corporation completed a number of energy efficiency retrofits at its own generating facilities and administrative buildings in Whitehorse and Dawson City, including the replacement of outdated lighting systems. A building energy tracking system was also established to better gather and analyze Yukon Energy’s building-related energy use.

Use the menu at the right to read more member success stories and case studies from the 2014 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report, Engaged for a Sustainable Future, or get the PDF here.