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32 Horizon Energy Solutions Inc. Horizon Energy Solutions Inc. experienced excellent results in 2014 and reported strong growth across its service lines. Measuring Success by the Meter In 2014, to support the demand for The Metering Services business realized service, HESI expanded the capacity revenue growth of 20 per cent this year of its second Measurement Canada over last year. This came from new certified meter shop facility in customers and broadening the territory St. Catharines by 30 per cent. The reach of Horizon Energy Solutions Inc.’s expansion accommodated present (HESI) Meter Service Provider (MSP) demand and allows room for future line further into communities in southern anticipated growth. Ontario and new communities HESI became one of very few companies throughout northern Ontario. with all three of Measurement Canada, Having been in the business of IESO and ISN® certifications. The providing metering and MSP services integration of the meter services and to clients since market opening in MSP businesses is a true market 2000, HESI has now created a centre differentiator and offers clients of excellence for meter services to one-stop service. Staff members are meet the current and future needs of its also being cross-trained to ensure a clients. The range of customers served qualified workforce to meet current includes large manufacturers, mines, and future client needs. large renewable energy projects, local distribution companies (LDCs) and Increasing Capacity by traditional generators. In all these Reducing Consumption businesses, accurate, reliable input In 2014, HESI’s Conservation and and output measurements are Demand Management (CDM) Services paramount to the success of their group reported revenue growth of operations. 17 per cent year over year. HESI supports LDCs with its ‘white label’ HESI continued to successfully provide program delivery, in turn enabling full turnkey meter solutions, addressing them to assist their customers in saving Independent Electricity System energy and money without the risk of Operator (IESO) registration and having their own brand overshadowed. ongoing wholesale site maintenance, meter upgrades, new meter installations, asset management and the construction of facilities. Shining a Light on the Future The Solar and Renewable Energy Services O&M offering delivered results 6 per cent higher than our client’s energy production forecasts in 2014. HESI also contributed to the development of a solar live lab at Mohawk College, where students are learning the dynamics of solar energy systems and impacts on the electricity grid. We have seven commercial rooftop solar sites generating renewable power for a combined capacity of 1.6 MW, with more under development. In keeping with Horizon’s culture and promotion of safety, HESI participated in the development of a solar industry fire safety manual being distributed to fire departments throughout the province. In partnership with HESI, Horizon Utilities was the only LDC to qualify in responding to an IESO Energy Storage RFP. HESI developed a strategy to embed energy storage into decommissioned substations. This is building additional resiliency into the grid and shifting power to address load demands, while repurposing a stranded asset. These efforts position the company and its communities well as energy storage becomes a reality in the future. “We have the specialized equipment, the certifications and highly trained resources to address any client requirement.” Scott Knapman, Vice President, HESI ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY


2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report
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