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17 Conservation Powerful Savings Horizon Utilities is a leader in Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) programs. These programs benefit households and business customers by helping them achieve lower energy usage and operating costs. In the big picture, conservation is also critical as it lowers overall demand for electricity, offsetting the need to invest in more generating capacity. In 2014, Horizon continued to offer saveONenergyOM programs for homes and businesses with some truly powerful results. Horizon brokered one of Ontario’s largest ever saveONenergy incentives, in this case for a new pipeline that will dramatically improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption at Air Liquide’s Hamilton operations. The $5.6 million incentive is part of a $12 million project connecting ArcelorMittal Dofasco to Air Liquide’s air-separation plant. The new pipeline will reduce electrical energy consumption at Air Liquide’s Hamilton operations by almost 29,000 MWh per year or $2 million annually. As part of the saveONenergy for business’s High Performance New Construction program, Horizon Utilities also presented St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton with an incentive cheque for $348,400. The program provides a direct benefit to building owners and planners who design and implement energy efficient equipment within their new spaces. Championing the Cause Horizon recognized five customers and channel partner contractors with Energy Savings Champions Awards for innovative CDM projects. Awards for projects involving retrofits of measures – including lighting fixtures, variable speed drives for ventilation systems, exhaust fan system controls, lighting products and fixtures – were given in four categories: • Monthly Peak Demand Reduction: Mark’s, St. Catharines • Annual Energy Savings: Agri-Plastics, Stoney Creek • Completed Applications: Graybar Canada, Hamilton • Most Innovative Project: Wilson Blanchard and Johnson Controls Horizon Utilities recognizes its customers as Energy Savings Champions at an annual awards celebration Efficiently Lighting Our Communities In 2014, both the cities of Hamilton and St. Catharines received approval to retrofit streetlights with energy efficient LED fixtures. The benefits of LED lighting also include reduced maintenance costs, better quality lighting with enhanced ability to detect true colours, and elimination of upward light pollution. Horizon Utilities pre-approved a retrofit application incentive valued at almost $4 million for the Safe Hamilton lighting project, which will see the conversion of 10,000 streetlight fixtures to energy efficient LED lighting in 2015. Conservation Conversation Horizon’s Just Ask Us conservation campaign was honoured in 2014 with a MarCom Award. This customer engagement campaign is designed to encourage customers to be proactive in energy conservation and to call on energy savings experts to find solutions to reduce energy use and save money. Horizon’s campaign was chosen from more than 6,500 entries from 17 countries, including Canada and the United States.


2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report
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