Building owners and managers in New Brunswick can now make a single application for financial incentives to increase their energy efficiency to both the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick.
The announcement was made in mid-July by Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, on behalf of Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, together with Jack Keir, New Brunswick Energy Minister.
"As Regional Minister for New Brunswick, I'm pleased to see that building owners and managers across the province will be able to access financial incentives more easily," said Thompson. "Our government has made it even easier for Canadians to keep more money in their pockets by investing in energy-efficiency improvements that also help the environment."
Applications to Efficiency NB's Energy Smart – Commercial Buildings Retrofit Incentive Program will now be automatically considered for the commercial and institutional component of the Government of Canada's ecoENERGY Retrofit program.
"This is great news for many organizations in the province, which now can benefit from more funding with less paperwork. Today's announcement is a clear reflection of Efficiency NB's ongoing success in developing client-focused energy-efficiency programs that deliver measurable results," said Jack Keir, New Brunswick Energy Minister.
Efficiency NB has an approved annual budget of $26 million to assist New Brunswick homeowners and commercial and industrial clients with building and retrofitting for maximum energy efficiencies.
More than 200 commercial buildings have taken the first step toward completing a pre-project energy audit. With this new initiative, it will be easier for building owners and managers to maximize their energy-efficiency potential. New Brunswick is the first province to collaborate to offer commercial building owners and managers a single entry point to both the provincial and federal programs.
By applying for incentives from both programs, organizations can receive up to $25 per gigajoule of estimated energy savings for a maximum combined incentive of $100,000.
For more information on Efficiency NB, visit www.efficiencynb.ca/business-e.asp. More information on the Government of Canada's ecoENERGY initiatives is available at www.ecoaction.gc.ca.