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LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program

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UPDATE - April 1, 2014 – Program comes to a close

The LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program, including its Business Energy Advisor services, ended March 31, 2014. This website will remain active, sharing resources throughout the Province that could help you take energy efficiency action.

Read the News Release to learn more: LiveSmart BC services transitioning to utilities.

Launched in January 2011, the LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program was designed to help small businesses improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy costs through free Business Energy Advisor (BEA) services, and improved access to efficient technologies and utility product incentives.  BEAs worked directly with eligible businesses to identify potential energy and money saving opportunities, such as lighting, hot water, heating and ventilation improvement

The content that follows below is Archive-Only, provided for general knowledge and historical purposes.

The program provides free Business Energy Advisor (BEA) services to help small businesses improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy costs. BEAs work directly with eligible businesses by delivering a free walk-through assessment to identify potential energy and money saving opportunities, such as lighting, hot water, heating and ventilation improvements. They also provide improved access to efficient technologies and utility product incentives. The BEA provides ongoing support after the assessment to help businesses move forward with energy upgrades.

Click on the links above or read below to find out more.

  1. BUSINESS ENERGY ADVISORS (BEAs):
    • Targets eligible small businesses. 
    • Help small businesses improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy costs through free BEA services, and improved access to efficient technologies and utility product incentives. 
    • BEAs are available to work directly with eligible businesses by offering a free-walk through assessment to identify potential energy and money saving opportunities, such as lighting, hot water, heating and ventilation improvements. 
    • BEAs are available across the Province in the following regions and sectors:
      • Mainland/Southwest, Vancouver Island/Coast, Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenays, Cariboo, North Coast/Nechako and the Northeast;
      • Accommodation, office space, retail, agriculture and the foodservices sector.

    Important: Confirm your eligibility for BEA service:

    • The applicant is a for-profit business;
    • The Business is a privately owned corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship;
    • The Business spends less than $200,000 per year on electricity during the last twelve months;
    • The Business is registered to operate within the Province of BC;
    • The Business has a commercial electrical account;
    • At least 50 per cent of the building in which the business operates is used for business purposes;
    • The Business has not participated in, nor is eligible for the LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program (energy efficiency incentives for residential buildings);
    • The Business is not a residential building (e.g. condo or apartment building); and
    • The business does not have a Key Account Manager with BC Hydro (applicable to businesses in BC Hydro electric territory only). 

    For more information about Business Energy Advisors in your area, consult the Map of Business Energy Advisors.

  2.  UTILITY INCENTIVES PROGRAMS: 

    BEAs determine a customer’s eligibility for utility incentive programs, such as the ones listed below. They also help customers apply for these programs.

    • BC Hydro PIP - Product Incentive Program
      • Available to commercial and industrial businesses that fall within specific consumption limits.
      • BC Hydro’s PIP provides cash rebates on more than 10,000 energy efficient technologies including lighting, refrigeration, and commercial cooking equipment.
      • BC Hydro PIP participants do not need to have an energy assessment or book an appointment to access the Product Incentive Program incentives.
      • Visit www.bchydro.com/incentives for more details and to apply, or call the Power Smart Help Desk at 1-866-522-4713. 
    • BC Hydro SIP - Self-Serve Incentive Program
      • Industrial sector customers (non-primary resource based industries e.g. Manufacturing, AgriFood sectors) who use more than 0.5 GWh (that's about $25,000) of electricity annually are eligible to apply for SIP incentives.
      • Incentives are available for lighting and smaller compressed air projects (between 40 and 200 horsepower).
      • A system assessment by an approved Power Smart Alliance lighting or compressed air vendor is required.
      • Customers must apply for and receive incentive approval prior to commencing project or purchasing equipment.
      • Visit www.bchydro.com/SIP for details and to apply, or call the Power Smart Help Desk at 1-866-522-4713. 
    • FortisBC Natural Gas and Electric Programs
      • Targets small businesses that are eligible for FortisBC Programs listed below.
      • FortisBC offers rebates to help small businesses reduce their gas consumption through improving the efficiency of heating, hot water heating and cooking equipment.  Rebates are now expanded to include eligible electric products. 
      • Efficiency À La Carte Program
        • Through the Efficiency a La Carte, an eligible business can get rebates up to $3,500 per appliance when installing eligible high-efficiency natural gas cooking equipment.  This program is appropriate for businesses that operate a commercial kitchen, such as restaurants and cafes, bakeries, cafeterias, hotels and motels.
        • Click here for more information. 
      • Efficient Boiler Program
        • Install an efficient boiler and you could lower your cost by up to 40 per cent.  The size and efficiency of the boiler you install determines your rebate.
        • How the rebate works:
          • Eligible condensing boilers qualify for a rebate of $12 per MBH, to a maximum of $60,000 per boiler.
          • Eligible mid-efficiency boilers qualify for a rebate of $4 per MBH, to a maximum of $20,000 per boiler.
        • Click here for more information. 
      • Efficient Commercial Water Heater
        • Install an eligible high-efficiency commercial natural gas water heater and receive a rebate of up to $15,000.  The size, type and efficiency of the water heater you choose determines the amount of your rebate.
        • How the rebate works:
          • Storage water heaters and hot water supply boilers with an efficiency of 90 per cent or higher
            Size in MBH x $5 = incentive
          • Storage water heaters and hot water supply boilers with efficiency between 84 per cent and 89.9 per cent
            Size in MBH x $3 = incentive
          • On-demand domestic hot water heater with efficiency of 90 per cent or higher
            Size in MBH x $2.50 = incentive
        • Click here for more information. 
      • Energy Rebate Centre
        • Upgrading to high efficiency technologies and taking advantage of business rebates is easier than ever with the Energy rebate Centre - your one stop shop for energy savings.
        • To be eligible, you must:
          • be a FortisBC commercial, industrial or irrigation customer
          • have a natural gas and/or electric account with FortisBC, Summerland, Penticton, Grand Forks or Nelson Hydro
          • be retrofitting only
        • Click here for more information.

    For more information on FortisBC Natural Gas Programs, visit http://www.fortisbc.com/businessoffers or phone 1-866-884-8833 or email commercialrebates@fortisbc.com.

If you have questions about the LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program, contact the LiveSmart BC help desk at 1-866-430-8765.