March 1, 2013 - The $1.6-million LiveSmart BC Small Business program will be extended another year—until March 31, 2014—announced Rich Coleman, minister of energy, mines and natural gas (photo) and Naomi Yamamoto, minister of state for small business.
By Anthony Capkun
Launched in January 2011, the program aims to continue help British Columbia small businesses save energy and money by making energy efficiency improvements, such as replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs. The program has served over 10,000 businesses, says the government, helping them save 150 GWh of electricity.
Small businesses that are interested in making energy efficiency improvements can contact a business energy advisor near them. There are currently 15 LiveSmart BC such advisors throughout the province, working out of organizations like local chambers of commerce. Energy advisors guide small business owners through the process of energy efficiency upgrades; they deliver free energy assessments to determine which upgrades are needed, and help small-business owners understand and find available product incentives and cash rebates. They also help coordinate product installation.
A request for proposals for organizations to host business energy advisors will be posted on the BC Bid site until March 13, 2013. Funding will be provided to organizations to hire, manage and support these energy advisors.