Union Gas helps PUC Services find energy savings
June 27, 2013 - Union Gas was able to help the new headquarters of PUC Services become an energy-saving building, thanks to $24,800 in rebates from the Chatham, Ont.-based company.
By Stephanie Lai
The $20.2-million, 100,000-sf. PUC building is the company’s new headquarters and service centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and combines three previous facilities into one. The $24,800 represents the total amount of rebates that Union Gas has paid out as installation rebates.
“Our goal is to help our municipal partners use clean and affordable natural gas in an efficient way,” said Steve Jelich, northeast district manager for Union Gas. “Since 1997, our energy efficiency programs have helped Union Gas customers save over five billion cubic meters of natural gas and reduce CO2 emissions the equivalent of removing over 1.7 million cars from Ontario’s roads. These investments in energy saving projects, supported through our EnerSmart program, will not only help the PUC reduce its energy consumption and operating costs, they also help the environment.”
After 18 months of construction, the PUC building is near full completion, and is built to a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold standard for energy efficiency. The energy saving choices adopted by the PUC and supported by city council, such as high-efficiency central boilers and water heaters along with energy recovery systems, will help ensure a cost-effective operation of this building during the course of its lifetime, said Union Gas.
“PUC Services is grateful to Union Gas for their generous incentives. The energy savings that will result from the installation of the energy recovery ventilators and condensing boilers covered by these rebates are anticipated to save more than $900,000 dollars in operating costs for PUC and its customers over the life of the equipment,” said Dominic Parrella, president and CEO of PUC Services.