February 6, 2012 - Hydro One Brampton and Sheridan College have launched the Ontario Power Authority (OPA)’s new Audit Funding Incentive program, designed to help businesses uncover potential energy savings opportunities through an energy audit.
By Alyssa Dalton
Hydro One Brampton was recently invited to the college, who wanted to showcase the student energy audit program.
“[We] recognized immediately that partnering with Sheridan on the Audit Funding Incentive would have multiple benefits,” noted the utility. For Sheridan, student education including training on real-world health and safety issues, processes, factory operations, and measurement techniques. Meanwhile, Hydro One Brampton passed on information in the areas of health and safety, engineering, and energy services to the students.
In return, the partners said businesses benefit from thorough and unbiased energy-efficiency improvement recommendations. “It is also very economical because Sheridan’s auditing program is based on cost recovery in conjunction with the incentive funding,” they added.
Partnering with Sheridan offers extra value to this program as it accomplishes the primary goal of identifying energy savings, while providing practical hands-on experience to an upcoming generation of energy professionals, said the utility. Under the supervision of qualified faculty professionals, student auditors are able to investigate and expose any energy inefficiencies. A detailed report of the findings and recommendations is then provided to the customer.
“Hydro One Brampton has a history of delivering a variety of energy services and programs to businesses in Brampton and to date we have assisted over 100 of our larger business customers improve their energy efficiency,” said Scott Miller, director of Regulatory Affairs and Communications.
“These programs have been developed specifically to fit the various needs of our business customers. We currently have an incentive program for everything from lighting to compressors, process changes, and re-commissioning of HVAC systems for large and small businesses. In short, if you have an idea to reduce your electrical usage, Hydro One Brampton will help you find a program to assist you in your efforts,” he continued.
The program officially launched last Thursday at the Magna-Plastcoat facility in Brampton, Ont., and was attended by Remy Fernandes, president and CEO, Hydro One Brampton; Jocelyn Piercy, dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Sheridan College; and Marek Poplawski, general manager, Magna Exteriors & Interiors – Plastcoat.