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National Steel Car retrofit saves over 2 million kWh

June 24, 2015 - Horizon Utilities Corp. says its work with National Steel Car (the only producer of railroad cars in Canada, according to the company) for greater efficiencies has paid off; the company has saved an estimated 2,192,400 kWh per year through a $247,000 saveONenergy retrofit incentive.

June 24, 2015  By  Renée Francoeur

Left to right: Hugh Nicholson

Horizon Utilities said its conservation and demand management teams worked with National Steel Car to find a solution for its compressed air system for pneumatic controls, tools, hoists and painting applications. This system was running continuously at full speed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Horizon said.
The result was the installation of a 350 horsepower trim compressor with variable speed drive and automatic adjustments. Compressors are now shut down when air demand is not high, allowing the entire system to operate with greater efficiency and reduce energy demand by approximately 261 kW, Horizon said.
“Horizon Utilities is proud to support our local businesses with energy conservation opportunities available through IESO saveONenergy incentives,” said Eileen Campbell, vice-president of customer services at Horizon Utilities. “Our customers agree it makes good business sense to use the expertise and incentives offered to reduce energy use and save money for their companies.”

The program enabled National Steel Car to reduce its carbon footprint and lower its ongoing operating expenses, added Lorraine Johnson, COO of National Steel Car. “In addition, the program provides rebates which we are re-investing in additional state-of-the-art equipment,” Johnson said.

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