City of Toronto and Enbridge Gas Distribution Announce New Design Assistance and Financial Incentives for Energy-Efficient New Construction and Major Renovations



    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto and Enbridge Gas
Distribution (Enbridge) today announced the launch of two new conservation
programs offered by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). The programs will
provide design assistance and financial incentives to encourage building
owners and architects to include sustainable and energy-efficient features in
new construction and major renovation projects across Ontario.
    The Enbridge-delivered High Performance New Construction (HPNC) program
and the City of Toronto's enhanced Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) program
are part of a major conservation initiative offered by the OPA. Each will
contribute to the OPA's overall mandate to promote electricity Conservation
and Demand Management throughout Ontario and soundly manage the province's
current and near-term electricity supply.
    "The City of Toronto has been a leader in energy efficiency measures for
buildings for more than 10 years," says Mayor David Miller. "This funding from
the OPA allows us to continue to provide the good work we've already begun. As
Canada's largest city I believe that we can make a significant impact in
reducing energy consumption."
    The programs will provide assistance to include energy-efficiency
measures in the design, construction and operation of new and substantially
renovated buildings. These measures are designed to save energy through
improved efficiency and peak demand management.
    "As a leader in the delivery of cost-effective energy efficiency programs
and market transformation for more than a decade, this is a perfect fit for
Enbridge Gas Distribution," says Janet Holder, President, Enbridge Gas
Distribution. "We're extremely excited to help building owners and architects
across Ontario make the best use of energy through a comprehensive and
integrated approach to building systems."
    The OPA has retained the services of the City to implement the program
within the 416 area code and Enbridge will offer its program throughout the
rest of the province.
    "Ontario has set a very aggressive conservation target - 6,300 megawatts
by 2025," said Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer,
Ontario Power Authority. "Partnering with the City of Toronto and Enbridge Gas
Distribution for delivering these programs should go a long way to meeting
that target."

    City of Toronto Program

    The City of Toronto's Energy Efficiency Office develops and implements
programs that promote energy efficiency and offers two specific programs for
Toronto buildings. The Better Buildings Partnership - Existing Buildings
(BBP-EB) Program for retrofits to existing buildings and the Better Buildings
Partnership New Construction (BBP-NC) Program for new buildings being built to
be more energy efficient.
    The BBP-EB promotes and implements energy efficiency and building-renewal
retrofits in industrial, commercial, institutional and multi-residential
buildings. The goal is to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and help
reduce the threat of climate change by renewing the city's building stock.
    The Better Buildings Partnership New Construction Program (BBP-NC) goal
is to have new buildings designed and built to be more energy efficient.
Eligible buildings are commercial industrial and multi-unit residential
buildings being constructed. The BBP-NC has two parts, the design assistance
and constructed savings.
    With enhanced incentives for electricity conservation the Better
Buildings Partnership will now contribute to the City's goal to achieve 90
Megawatts of electricity conservation as part of the directive from the
Minister of Energy to the OPA to achieve 300 MW of savings in Toronto by the
end of the decade. The BBP will provide incentives up to $400 per kilowatt
saved to 2012 depending on project eligibility. Achieving our program savings
target of 90 MW could realize incentive payouts up to $36 Million.
    For more information on the City of Toronto's Energy Efficiency programs
please visit www.toronto.ca/energy.

    Enbridge-delivered High Performance New Construction (HPNC) Program

    In addition to helping to reduce future building energy costs, the HPNC
program is expected to save 50 MW of peak electricity demand in Ontario by
2012.
    Projects eligible for the program include offices, retail space,
multi-unit residential buildings, affordable housing, colleges, universities,
schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, hotels and other commercial and
industrial buildings. Single family dwellings are not eligible. Projects must
be completed and delivering energy savings by the end of 2012.
    The program also offers financial incentives for qualifying buildings
which exceed the Model National Energy Code for Buildings. Up to $400 per
kilowatt saved will be available to building owners and up to $100 per
kilowatt saved to architects for eligible new projects. The program could
deliver almost $18 million in incentives to Ontario building owners and
architects.
    Details about project eligibility are available by visiting www.hpnc.ca
or by calling 1-888-672-4762 (1-888-OPA-HPNC).

    About the City of Toronto

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    About Enbridge Gas Distribution

    Enbridge Gas Distribution has been in business for 160 years and is
Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. Enbridge Gas Distribution
is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in
energy transportation and distribution. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge
owns and operates distribution utilities that distribute natural gas to more
than 1.8 million customers in Ontario, New Brunswick, southwestern Quebec and
upper New York State. Between 1995 and 2006, Enbridge Gas Distribution's
energy efficiency programs have helped avoid 5.5 million tonnes of carbon
dioxide emissions and save about 2.9 billion cubic metres of natural gas.
That's equal to delivering natural gas to about 955,000 homes for a year or
taking 1.2 million cars off the road for a year.

    About the Ontario Power Authority

    In pursuit of its mandate of ensuring an adequate, long-term supply of
electricity for Ontario, the Ontario Power Authority creates and implements
conservation and demand management programs, ensures adequate investment in
new supply infrastructure, performs long-term electricity system planning, and
facilitates the development of a more sustainable and competitive electricity
system.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Cindy Bromley, City of Toronto,
(416) 392-4993, (416) 892-9155 (cell), or cbromley@toronto.ca; Debbie
Boukydis, Enbridge Gas Distribution, (Ontario program outside 416 area code
only), (416) 495-5682, or debbie.boukydis@enbridge.com; Media Desk, Ontario
Power Authority, (416) 969-6307


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