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GM St. Catharines plant scores $476K cheque for conservation efforts

January 27, 2017 - Horizon Utilities presented General Motors with a $476,000 incentive cheque following the latter’s recent lighting retrofit project.

January 27, 2017  By  Anthony Capkun

Brian Smith

“The GM St. Catharines’ project is the largest-scale industrial lighting retrofit we have completed to-date,” said Brian Smith, chief conservation officer, Horizon Utilities.

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Horizon’s Conservation & Demand Management team (CDM) worked with GM to help the automaker uncover greater efficiencies, and to access incentives offered by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

GM’s St. Catharines Propulsion Plant replaced 2426 interior high-bay lights with LEDs, which are expected to contribute to over 8.6 million kWh in energy savings annually. Additionally, the plant will reduce its carbon emissions by 6049 metric tons annually.


This recent lighting retrofit is the conclusion of the third phase of an initiative that began in 2014.

“Our customers agree it makes good business sense to use our expertise, and IESO incentives to reduce energy use and save money for their companies,” added Smith.

PHOTO: Brian Smith, chief conservation officer, Horizon Utilities (left), with and Peter Scott, manufacturing engineering manager at GM, St. Catharines. Photo courtesy Horizon Utilities.

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