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Industrial optimization

If you’re an owner or long-term lease holder of an industrial facility, the Industrial Optimization Program can help you use electricity and natural gas more efficiently for process-related activities. Through funding for plant wide audits, feasibility studies and the implementation of energy conservation measures (ECM), we’ll support you to improve the energy performance of your operations.

Eligibility requirements1

Retrofit, expansion and new construction projects are eligible for electricity and/or natural gas funding.

For natural gas projects your facility must:

  1. consume a minimum of 10,000 gigajoules of natural gas annually
  2. use natural gas as an input to industrial production2
  3. be owned or leased long-term by the applicant
  4. retrofit, expansion or new construction projects are eligible

For electricity projects your facility must:

  1. be a FortisBC electricity customer on Rate Schedules 30, 31, 32 or 33 or municipal3 electricity customer
  2. consume a minimum of three gigawatt hours of electricity annually
  3. be owned or leased long-term by the applicant

1You can find a complete list of requirements in the Participant’s guide.
2Industrial production is a manufacturing or transformative process in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods for the purpose of resale with the use of machines, tools and labour.
3Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland and Nelson Hydro.

 

 Incentives available

 
Plant wide audit

​We can provide funding towards the cost of having a professional engineer perform a high-level, whole facility audit to identify opportunities to use electricity and/or natural gas more efficiently. ECMs identified in the audit will be presented in a report and will outline cost and savings estimates at a +/- 50 per cent uncertainty level.

To qualify for funding, the report must be prepared by a FortisBC approved consultant and must meet plant wide audit report requirements.

Feasibility study

​We can provide funding towards the cost of a feasibility study for a specific process or system within your facility to fully investigate an opportunity to use electricity and/or natural gas more efficiently. The ECM identified in the study will be presented in a report and will outline cost and savings estimates at a +/- 10 per cent uncertainty level.

To qualify for funding, the report must be prepared by a FortisBC approved consultant and must meet feasibility study report requirements.

Technology implementation and rebates
We can provide funding to help with the cost of installing high­‐efficiency equipment that will result in the more efficient use of natural gas and electricity at the facility. Rebates are available for compressed air, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), variable speed drives, water heating and other industrial equipment.
List of approved consultants

​To participate in this program, you’re required to work with a consultant from this list of FortisBC-approved consultants.

Updated: October 2017

Please note, the following companies may have multiple locations.

​Company ​Location ​Phone
​Aurel Systems ​Burnaby ​604-299-7707
FVB Energy Inc. Burnaby 604-689-3410
Prism Engineering Burnaby 604-298-4858
​Spartan Control ​Burnaby ​604-422-3700
Strong Refrigeration Consultants Inc. Creston 250-428-7805
Sacré-Davey Engineering City North Vancouver 604-986-0663
Allnorth Consultants Ltd Prince George 250-614-7291
Egistra Innovation Ltd. Richmond 604-270-7356
​Allnorth City ​Vancouver ​604-602-1175
AMEC Foster Wheeler Vancouver 604-664-4315
​Cascade Energy Inc. ​Vancouver ​604-687-6663
CLEAResult Canada Inc. Vancouver 778-945-1374
​Laporte Engineering Inc. ​Vancouver ​604-568-0180
Panevo Services Ltd. Vancouver 604-563-4055
SES Consulting Inc. Vancouver 604-568-1801
​Sysene Consulting Inc. ​Vancouver ​604-636-7044

Benefits

As a participant, you can receive:

  • insight into how energy is used at your facility 
  • recommendations of no-cost and low-cost measures that can be quickly implemented to realize energy savings 
  • detailed energy study reports to help build a case for replacing inefficient systems 
  • financial support to implement the new ECM that can help reduce costs due to waste, lower greenhouse gases and deliver non-energy benefits

How to apply

Contact your natural gas key account manager or electricity technical advisor or email industrialrebates@fortisbc.com to request an application.

Questions?

For more information contact your natural gas key account manager or electricity technical advisor.