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ERA’s new $55 mil­lion En­ergy Sav­ings for Busi­ness Pro­gram now ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions

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Emis­sions Re­duc­tion Al­berta’s (ERA) En­ergy Sav­ings for Busi­ness Pro­gram is now ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for projects that cre­ate skilled jobs, boost in­vest­ment, and cut green­house gas (GHG) emis­sions in small- and medium-sized in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial fa­cil­i­ties. The pro­gram, with up to $55 mil­lion in fund­ing avail­able, will de­crease op­er­at­ing costs for Al­berta busi­nesses while di­ver­si­fy­ing the econ­omy and help­ing to meet longterm sus­tain­abil­ity goals. The pro­gram is an­tic­i­pated to stim­u­late over $196 mil­lion in new in­vest­ment.

The En­ergy Sav­ings for Busi­ness Pro­gram of­fers in­cen­tives to el­i­gi­ble Al­berta busi­nesses and non-prof­its to choose com­mer­cially avail­able high-ef­fi­ciency prod­ucts and on­site en­ergy gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies. Up to $250,000 is avail­able for each project with a max­i­mum to­tal of $500,000 per par­ent com­pany to cover a por­tion of the cost of adopt­ing new prod­ucts and ser­vices. This is a fo­cused eco­nomic stim­u­lus pro­gram; funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served ba­sis un­til they are fully com­mit­ted. Con­trac­tors are urged to reg­is­ter for el­i­gi­bil­ity now; pre-ap­proval is re­quired for all projects.

A high vol­ume of projects (up to 4,000) is ex­pected, re­sult­ing in broad and sig­nif­i­cant cu­mu­la­tive im­pact. The projects are an­tic­i­pated to de­liver life­time green­house gas (GHG) re­duc­tions of 1.1 mil­lion tonnes of CO , cre­ate about 1,400 (di­rect and in­di­rect) jobs and drive $300 mil­lion in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity—pro­vid­ing a pos­i­tive five times ben­e­fit to Al­berta’s GDP.

“The En­ergy Sav­ings for Busi­ness Pro­gram sup­ports a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of the econ­omy—small- and medi­umsized busi­nesses. The pro­gram will give Al­berta com­pa­nies and con­trac­tors fast ac­cess to cost-ef­fec­tive in­cen­tives. It will ac­cel­er­ate the adop­tion of tech­nolo­gies that sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce GHGs and help po­si­tion Al­berta as a leader in sus­tain­able re­source and en­ergy use," said Steve MacDonald, CEO, ERA in a state­ment. Steve MacDonald, CEO, ERA “Fund­ing through the En­ergy Sav­ings for Busi­ness Pro­gram will play a crit­i­cal role in sup­port­ing eco­nomic re­cov­ery in Al­berta. This in­vest­ment makes it pos­si­ble for busi­nesses like ours to quickly hire staff for po­si­tions that have long-term ca­reer po­ten­tial. Im­ple­ment­ing com­mer­cial-ready tech­nolo­gies will also lead to op­er­a­tional ef­fi­cien­cies and cost re­duc­tions that free up much needed cap­i­tal and ad­dress longer-term en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity pri­or­i­ties,” said Tay­ber.... Projects Group.

Tay­ber Yas­trem­ski, prin­ci­pal, Sus­tain­able Projects Group

“Busi­nesses and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions are ac­tively look­ing for cost-ef­fec­tive ways to use less en­ergy to per­form the same task. ERA’s ght now. The pro­gram will de­velop a sus­tained, mar­ket-driven, and ro­bust emis­sions re­duc­tion so­lu­tion for small- and medium-sized busi­nesses across the prov­ince,” noted Afure.... Con­sult­ing Inc.

Afure Onekpe, di­rec­tor, MICONE Con­sult­ing Inc

En­ergy Sav­ings for Busi­ness sup­ports lo­cal skilled trades, con­trac­tors, and sup­pli­ers such as HVAC busi­nesses, in­su­la­tion com­pa­nies, light­ing sys­tems in­stall­ers, and elec­tri­cians. All par­tic­i­pat­ing con­trac­tors must reg­is­ter to be­come el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram. El­i­gi­ble con­trac­tors will be re­quired to com­plete ap­pli­ca­tions for pre-ap­proval and sub­mit all re­quired doc­u­ments. Be­fore the pro­gram launched, there was al­ready 270 con­trac­tors from across the prov­ince that reg­is­tered to par­tic­i­pate.

The pro­gram is de­signed to sup­port the more than 160,000 small- and medi­um­scale en­ter­prises in Al­berta. A wide range of cost-ef­fec­tive en­ergy ef­fi­cient prod­ucts and on­site en­ergy gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies are el­i­gi­ble: com­pressed air, process heat­ing, re­frig­er­a­tion, food ser­vice, HVAC, mo­tors and drives, wa­ter heat­ing, so­lar PV, com­bined heat and power (CHP), light­ing sys­tems, build­ing en­ve­lope and win­dows, and more.

The pro­gram is open to all in­dus­tries and busi­ness types across Al­berta ex­cept for Large Emit­ters as de­fined un­der the TIER Reg­u­la­tion, new con­struc­tion, fed­eral and provin­cially owned build­ings, and the in­sti­tu­tional sec­tor (mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, uni­ver­si­ties, schools and hos­pi­tals). Projects must oc­cur at fa­cil­i­ties lo­cated within Al­berta.

The Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta is fund­ing ERA’s En­ergy Sav­ings for Busi­ness pro­gram through the Tech­nol­ogy In­no­va­tion and Emis­sions Re­duc­tion (TIER) Fund. TIER funds of up to $30 mil­lion will be lever­aged with pub­lic and pri­vate in­vest­ment, in­clud­ing up to $25 mil­lion in fund­ing from the fed­eral Low Car­bon Econ­omy Lead­er­ship Fund (LCELF).

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