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PowerStream program aims to freeze out inefficient refrigeration systems

October 15, 2013 - PowerStream business customers, who use commercial refrigeration systems as part of their operation, will be better able to manage their electricity costs, as a result of a new Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) program from the utility.


October 15, 2013
By Alyssa Dalton


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According to PowerStream, the Business Refrigeration Incentives program is unique in that it falls outside of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) roster of programs currently being offered province-wide and therefore had to be approved by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).   

The program provides eligible business customers several incentives, including: a comprehensive on-site electricity audit that produces a customized “Energy Action Plan” for refrigeration equipment; an energy benchmark of the facility to understand its energy consumption compared to other businesses of a similar size/operation and up to $2,500 in material, as well as labour, to retrofit their commercial refrigeration equipment.

“The development and implementation of innovative conservation programs is critical to helping Ontario achieve its energy conservation targets,” said energy minister Bob Chiarelli. “PowerStream has set an example that others are sure to follow with the development of the first OEB-approved conservation program in Ontario.”

Eligible PowerStream business customers are those who operate commercial refrigeration equipment, such as variety stores, restaurants, grocery stores and any other establishment that has an average electricity demand of less than 250kW.

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“PowerStream is committed to working with business customers to help them improve their bottom line through conservation.” added Frank Scarpitti, PowerStream chair and mayor of the City of Markham.

Interested business owners are encouraged to contact PowerStream’s CDM department at 905-532-4633 or saveonenergybusiness@powerstream.ca to confirm eligibility and to be placed on a list, as limited funding is available for the program.