New Energy Efficiency Alberta program helps industrial facilities save energy and money
May 16, 2018 — Through Energy Efficiency Alberta’s new Custom Energy Solutions program, industrial facilities can save energy and money by upgrading equipment and making energy improvements.
By Ellen Cools
The $88-million program is supported by funding from the Alberta government through Energy Efficiency Alberta, and the federal government through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, over three years.
The program provides funding for industrial operators to assess their energy use and build a plan to present the most cost-effective energy upgrades.
Industrial and commercial facilities in a range of sectors, including manufacturing, oil and gas, wholesale trades, warehousing and waste management, can apply to receive incentive funding for custom energy upgrades.
Funding will be available on a wide variety of equipment and systems such as heat recovery, combined heat and power, steam, compressed air, refrigeration and more.
Facilities that move forward with custom projects will see up to 50% of the capital cost of the upgrades and retrofits covered by the program, minus the cost of their initial assessment, which is fully covered.
“We understand that industries are diverse — that there are rarely one-size-fits-all solutions to drive energy savings and emissions reductions. That’s why this program is designed to work directly with each facility to identify their unique goals and needs. These technologies will reduce emissions while helping industrial operators lower their energy costs and stay competitive,” said Minister of Environment Shannon Phillips.
Single facilities are eligible for incentives of up to $1 million per year while parent companies making upgrades to multiple facilities can receive up to $2 million per year.
Operators defined as large final emitters or facilities that have opted into the Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation are not eligible.