April 4, 2012 - The Heartland Health Region has signed a $1.5 million contract with SaskPower to provide energy efficiency upgrades to 21 healthcare facilities across the health region.
By Anthony Capkun
“I am pleased to see SaskPower and Heartland teaming up for the environment,” said Rob Norris, minister responsible for SaskPower. “Making improvements to heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting systems will help the region save on energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The project will be carried out through SaskPower’s Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program—an energy management service delivered in partnership with Honeywell. The service provides energy audits and facility upgrades to help SaskPower’s commercial customers reduce their energy costs.
Work on the health region’s facilities began on March 19 and is scheduled to be complete no later than April 2013. When all facility upgrades are complete, the Heartland Health region will save over $150,000 in utility costs each year through annual electricity savings of over 804,000 kWh and over 165,000 cubic metres of natural gas.
The EPC program has been serving SaskPower’s commercial customers for over a decade, and has completed projects at 165 facilities across the province, including schools, commercial buildings, government and health facilities, and SaskPower’s own buildings. To date, the $47.7 million in projects have realized combined annual customer utility savings of more than $4.2 million and saving 28 million kWh of electricity each year. Six other projects are currently in progress and, upon completion, will increase these numbers to about $61 million, $5.4 million and 33.4 million, respectively.