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Incentive programs to identify natural gas savings and increase energy efficiency awareness:

Incentive programs for implementing natural gas saving measures:

Note: Total incentive cap of $250 000 per year, per site. All incentives and programs subject to change.

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Engineering Feasibility Studies

Union Gas will help fund studies to identify and quantify potential energy saving measures on natural gas consuming equipment, gas-related heating systems or facilities. Studies analyze existing building to determine the changes that will increase your overall energy efficiency.

  • Why studies help: Determine your current energy costs, pinpoint problem areas and prioritize energy improvements.
  • Typical studies include: Thermal surveys, facility air-balances, HVAC audits, energy audits, benchmarking activities and equipment upgrade studies.

Incentive Information

Money-Saving Customer Incentives

  • Commercial Customers: 50% up to $4,000
  • Industrial Customers: 50% up to $10,000

Application Requirements & More Information

Application Requirements

  • Copy of study including:
    • Baseline types and costs of all energy use per process/piece of equipment
    • Analysis of use, waste, and potential impact on production
    • In-depth description of improvements to current operational procedures, processes or technology and installation of new equipment
    • Projected/predicted future performance for all energy use after improvements
    • Financial analysis of opportunities sufficient to support customer management review for project approval
  • Copy of 3rd party survey provider invoice or summary of costs for internal labour used.

For more information or to apply for this program, contact your Union Gas Account Manager or send us an email.


Process Improvement Study

Businesses should complete this study in order to optimize the energy use of a specific piece of natural gas process equipment or operational improvement.

  • Why studies help: A process improvement study identifies opportunities, determines a detailed cost analysis, establishes financial justification and verifies ongoing energy savings in your specific business.
  • Typical projects include: Process integration analyses, heat integration studies and process operation improvement studies.
  • Tips to help identify energy saving opportunities - Ten tell-tale signs your process profits are disappearing.

Incentive Information

Money-Saving Customer Incentives

  • Industrial Customers: 66% up to $20,000

Application Requirements & More Information

Application Requirements

  • Copy of study including:
    • Baseline types and costs of all energy use per process/piece of equipment
    • Analysis of use, waste, and potential impact on production
    • In-depth description of improvements to current operational procedures, processes or technology and installation of new equipment
    • Projected/predicted future performance for all energy use after improvements
    • Financial analysis of opportunities sufficient to support customer management review for project approval
  • Copy of 3rd party survey provider invoice or summary of costs for internal labour used.

For more information or to apply for this program, contact your Union Gas Account Manager or send us an email.


New & Retrofitted Equipment and Process Optimization

Union Gas will help fund measures and equipment that will reduce your natural gas consumption. Implement an energy saving measure or install high efficiency equipment to save natural gas or improve energy efficiency.

  • Typical projects can include: Boilers, high efficiency process equipment, steam system equipment, building and process controls, and building envelope technologies. Both new and retrofit applications are eligible.

Incentive Information

Money-Saving Customer Incentives

  • Commercial Customers: New and Retrofitted Equipment
    • General Service (rates M1, M2, R1, R10) - $0.20/m3 to a maximum of $40,000
    • Contract (rates M4, M5A, M7, T1, R20) - $0.10/m3 to a maximum of $100,000
  • Industrial Customers: New & Retrofitted Equipment and Process Optimization
    • General Service (rates M1, M2, R1, R10) - $0.20/m3 to a maximum of $40,000
    • Contract (rates M4, M5A, M7, T1, R20) - $0.10/m3 to a maximum of $100,000
  • Total incentive cannot exceed 50% of the project cost

Apply Now & More Information

For more information or to apply for this program, contact your Union Gas Account Manager or send us an email.


Runsmart Building Optimization

Union Gas will provide an incentive to customers for the successful implementation of low-cost/no-cost energy saving measures and activities that optimize a building's energy use.  Examples of low-cost/no-cost building management activities: verifying dampers and valves on air handling units are operating properly, calibrating sensors and instrumentation, reducing excessive exhaust quantities, and checking insulation integrity.

Building Optimization will help to:

  • Improve your building's overall performance by identifying low-cost building maintenance and operational efficiency improvements
  • Reduce operating costs while extending equipment life
  • Reduce natural gas usage and qualify you for incentives from Union Gas

Incentive Information

Money-Saving Customer Incentives

  • Education, Healthcare, Office, Multi-Unit Residential and Entertainment Commercial Customers: $0.20/m3 to a maximum of $0.30/m3
  • Eligible buildings must: use at least 50,000 m3 of natural gas a year and have not participated in a Union Gas energy saving program in the last two years. 

Apply Now & More Information

For more information or to apply for this program, contact your Union Gas Account Manager or send us an email.


Strategic Energy Management (SEM)

Union Gas will provide an incentive to customers for undertaking a long term energy monitoring and management program geared toward decreasing their energy consumption.

This program applies to contract rate industrial, manufacturing and distribution facilities. 

Eligible buildings must: use at least 1,000,000 m3 of natural gas a year, currently have no Energy Management System in place, and have not previously participated in Union Gas IEMS (Integrated Energy Management System) program. 

SEM will help to:

  • Improve your overall energy performance, with increasing efficiencies over several years 
  • Provide expertise and technical support to help identify appropriate energy use mterics, sub-metering requirements
  • Assist in the development of an energy management plan
  • Provide actual process data and justify business case requirements for future capital investments 

Incentive Information

  • Year 1 Up to $25,000 for sub-metering and data management system
  • Year 2 In-kind technical support (Data Analysis)
  • Year 3 – 5 Financial incentives based on verified savings
    • Year 3 savings from base line > 5% = $10,000
    • Year 4 savings from base line > 10% = $15,000
    • Year 5 savings from base line > 15% = $20,000
    • Note: minimum of 5% savings from base line is required to qualify for the financial incentive

Apply Now & More Information

For more information or to apply for this program, contact your Union Gas Account Manager or send us an email.


Meters

Union Gas will help fund measures and equipment that reduce your natural gas consumption. Install a natural gas, steam or hot-water meter to measure or monitor energy usage.

Incentive Information

Money-Saving Customer Incentives

  • Industrial Customers: 50% of meter cost, up to $3,500
  • Total incentive cap per customer: Limit of five meters per customer, per year

Apply Now & More Information

For more information or to apply for this program, contact your Union Gas Account Manager or send us an email.


2016 Large Volume Direct Access Program

The Large Volume Direct Access Program provides every Rate T2 and Rate 100 Union Gas customer with a dedicated incentive budget to spend on energy savings projects. This incentive program encourages customers to focus on continuous energy management as an integral part of their company’s operations and practices.

A dedicated incentive budget, referred to as the Direct Access Budget (DAB), provides customers like you with more flexibility and a predictable level of incentives to help fund projects or studies. Working with your Union Gas Account Manager and Project Manager, we will help you identify energy saving opportunities.

Participating in the Direct Access Program

To access your DAB, we will help you prepare and submit an Energy Efficiency Plan by May 2nd, 2016, detailing the energy projects planned for commissioning in 2016. All projects included in your Energy Efficiency Plan must be commissioned by November 16th, 2016.

Customers who elect not to submit an Energy Efficiency Plan by May 2nd, 2016 will have their DAB incentives transferred to create the Large Volume Aggregate Pool (LVAP). The LVAP will be used to fund energy efficiency projects for all Rate T2 and Rate 100 customers beginning September 5th, 2016 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information or to apply for this program, contact your Union Gas Account Manager or send us an email.


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