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Guelph Hydro Gives Cheque to City for Energy Audits

Web posted on November 22, 2012

GUELPH, ON, November 22, 2012 Today in front of the living wall at the City Hall Galleria, Mayor Karen Farbridge accepted rebate cheques totalling $47,612 from Guelph Hydro and Union Gas for an extensive energy audit program conducted earlier this year.

"Energy audits are a key element of the Corporate Energy Management Program that was recently presented to Council. The reality of rising energy costs, together with the City's commitment to show leadership on energy matters in support of the Community Energy Initiative, both compel the Corporation to move quickly on energy conservation projects." says Rob Blakeney, Energy Manager, City of Guelph.

In total, 13 City facilities including City Hall, the River Run Centre, the Sleeman Centre, the main library branch, Centennial Park Arena, the transit facility and recreation centres were audited to evaluate how electricity, gas and water is being used and determine opportunities to improve energy efficiency and reduce operating costs.

The energy audits identified more than 100 electricity, gas and water conservation projects. These projects will require an investment of $3.3 million spread over the next three years but will result in a 5.9 per cent reduction in energy, worth more than $400,000 a year in avoided costs to the Corporation and tax payer, accumulating to $7 to $11 million over the next 10 years.

"Union Gas is committed to helping our municipal partners make smart investments in energy-efficient equipment and technologies. These investments will not only help to reduce their energy consumption and operating costs, they also help the environment." comments Jackie Caille, Director of Residential and Commercial Sales, Union Gas

The rebates received by the City are available to businesses under two programs:

  • The Ontario Power Authority saveONenergyOM AUDIT FUNDING program for businesses which covers up to 50 per cent of the cost of an energy audit
  • The Union Gas EnerSmartTM energy-efficiency incentive program for projects that increase the efficiency of using natural gas.

Energy conservation projects identified for the facilities include changes to lighting (high efficiency lighting, timers, daylight harvesting), upgrades of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and the installation of low-flow toilets and faucets.

Energy Audits - City of Guelph Facilities
City HallCentennial Park Arena
Exhibition ArenaCentennial High School Pool
Main LibraryRiver Run Centre
Sleeman CentreTransit Facility
Victoria Road Recreation CentreWest End Community Centre
Municipal Works Yard (45 & 50 Municipal Street) Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

By taking the initiative to perform these energy audits and commit to making improvements, the City is leading by example and achieving a win-win for the community. Reducing energy consumption in City facilities supports the goals of the Community Energy Initiative and reduces costs.

"Guelph Hydro congratulates the City of Guelph for serving as a role model in the community for their commitment to conserving energy and wise use of Ontario Power Authority saveONenergy incentive programs that are available to businesses of all sizes. After taking advantage of the saveONenergy AUDIT FUNDING program, businesses can then apply for rebates under the RETROFIT program when they undertake the energy conservation projects identified in the audit. We look forward to working with the City as they prioritize and begin work on the many projects that will result in cost savings for taxpayers and environmental benefits for all." Barry Chuddy, Chief Executive Officer, Guelph Hydro Inc.