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2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report

18 ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Energy Mapping Update Smart Programs for Smart Growth and Smart Conservation In 2014, Horizon Utilities wrapped up its ground breaking Energy Conservation Mapping pilot project, which will help utilities throughout Ontario target the best opportunities for energy conservation. This project combines technology and partnerships to pinpoint which customers in a community would most benefit from CDM programs. Horizon first applied to the IESO’s Conservation Fund in 2011 to develop an energy-density mapping tool by combining three data bases – Horizon’s consumption data, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation’s (MPAC) property attribute data and Teranet’s land fabric data. In order to increase the ‘big data’ assessment power of knowing which customers use the most power on a square metre basis, Horizon also layered in demographic data from Environics Analytics. The result was a robust database that improves the efficiency and productivity of delivering conservation programs to customers. It clearly identified customers that may benefit by accessing the suite of conservation programs offered through Horizon. And, in turn, it enables our CDM team to focus efforts on those users most in need, saving time and money. Our customers felt relief in their bottom line and the overall demand for energy in the province was reduced. This offset the need to build new sources of generation and has an overall impact on the cost of energy. Horizon developed a manual on best energydensity mapping practices for the IESO to distribute to other Ontario utilities. Our innovation was recognized with the: • Environmental Excellence Award from Electricity Distributors Association • Environmental Commitment Award from Canadian Electricity Association • Community Energy Builder Award from QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow) We continuously find new and better ways of mitigating negative impacts on the environment, while promoting positive approaches $4million for a retrofit application incentive to convert 10,000 Hamilton streetlight fixtures to LED lighting


2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report
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