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Pilot & demonstration programs

The following is a list of pilot programs offered by FortisBC. Click the title of each for more information.

 

 

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Residential High-efficiency Water Heater Pilot

​This pilot project is part of FortisBC’s domestic hot water market transformation strategy. The strategy supports proposed federal Energy Efficiency Act standards that would require water heaters to meet an energy factor (EF) of 0.80 by 2020. The purpose of the pilot is to obtain installation, performance and customer acceptance information regarding residential domestic hot water (DHW) appliances that meet an EF of 0.80. The pilot is conducted as a collaborative initiative between the Canadian Gas Association (CGA), the Natural Gas Technology Centre (NGTC) and various North American utilities. Pilot results are expected by 2015. This pilot is now closed to new applicants. For more information about this pilot, please email innovative.technologies@fortisbc.com.

Condensing Make Up Air Unit Pilot

​This pilot validates energy savings claims, assesses customer acceptance rates and identifies technical issues associated with the installation and operation of condensing make up air units in British Columbia. Condensing technology increases the thermal efficiency of heating appliances by an average of ten per cent by extracting heat from the flue gases produced from the thermal combustion process. The pilot will establish how this efficiency premium impacts energy consumption of make up air units that provide conditioned ventilation air for commercial buildings. Final results are expected in the last quarter of 2015. This pilot is now closed to new applicants. For more information about this pilot, please email innovative.technologies@fortisbc.com.

Ice Rink Resurfacing Efficiency Pilot

​This pilot validates energy savings claims, assesses customer acceptance rates and identifies technical issues associated with the installation and operation of vortex mechanical de-aerator technology for ice re-surfacing in British Columbia ice arenas. Vortex mechanical de-aerators reduce the need to heat the water that is applied to the ice surface during the ice re-surfacing process. This is expected to generate natural gas and electricity savings since less energy is required for heating water and cooling down the ice surface. The pilot is expected to deliver results in the second quarter of 2014. This pilot is now closed to new applicants. For more information about this pilot, please email innovative.technologies@fortisbc.com.

ENERGY STAR® 0.67 Storage Tank Water Heater Pilot

​This pilot determines the efficiency and energy savings of water heaters with an energy factor (EF) of 0.67 and 0.70 by assessing their performance under various household profiles. The pilot also seeks to provide insight into installation concerns such as electrical wiring, space considerations and venting.   This data will be used to support proposed minimal efficiency standards of 0.67 EF for water heaters by 2016. The pilot results will also support the ENERGY STAR Water Heater Program for residential customers. This pilot is now closed to new applicants. For more information about this pilot, please email innovative.technologies@fortisbc.com.

City of Vancouver Residential Solar Water Heating Pilot

​This pilot was initiated by the City of Vancouver, Offsetters and SolarBC to promote the installation of 30 solar water heating systems in Vancouver. In 2012, FortisBC committed funding to support this project to gather real data and validate energy savings claims for solar water heating systems. Final results are projected to be available in the third quarter of 2014. This pilot is now closed to new applicants. For more information about this pilot, please email innovative.technologies@fortisbc.com.

AHU Coil Cleaning Pilot

​FortisBC is conducting this pilot in partnership with Nalco and Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) at Victoria General Hospital (VGH) to demonstrate and monitor the potential energy efficiency improvements that can be achieved through improved maintenance in HVAC operations. These maintenance improvements focus on the heat exchanger coils of air handling units (AHU). Industry claims indicate regularly cleaned AHU coils reduce the electricity consumption of the AHU fan motor. Natural gas savings may be achieved by cleaner coils that may help to improve heat transfer efficiency, which would reduce boiler load. This pilot is now closed to new applicants. For more information about this pilot, please email innovative.technologies@fortisbc.com.

BC Hydro Power Smart and FortisBC Multi-unit Residential Building Program

​This pilot will assist landlords of rental multi-unit residential buildings (MURB) in Vancouver, New Westminster, North Vancouver and Surrey with adopting energy-efficiency measures with the assistance of an energy advisor who will provide information, technical assistance and project management services. The pilot will provide rebates for ENERGY STAR® clothes washers and will fund the direct installation of in-suite high-efficiency water fixtures. It will also help landlords to access rebates for these buildings through existing FortisBC and BC Hydro Power Smart energy-efficiency programs. The pilot aims to determine if and how a dedicated energy advisor can drive this sector to participate in utility energy-efficiency programs. The pilot issued a call for applications in April 2014 and will remain in market until March 2015, subject to funding. For more information, email innovative.technologies@fortisbc.com.

Smart Learning Thermostat Pilot Program
This pilot offers eligible residential natural gas or electricity customers in the City of Kelowna up to a $100 rebate on the purchase and installation of qualifying smart thermostats, in the form of bill credits. The application period is now closed. Pilot objectives are to assess energy savings, gauge customer acceptance and further evaluate smart technology. Pilot results are expected to be available in 2019. For more information, visit the Program page or email SLTpilot@fortisbc.com.