Mill saving equivalent of two days' worth of Vancouver residential
customers natural gas consumption
QUESNEL, BC, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Quesnel River Pulp, a division of
West Fraser, has made significant commitments to reducing its energy
consumption. For those achievements, the mill has received a $250,000
incentive from FortisBC, which could grow to $1 million over the next
three years. The pulp mill is the first participant in FortisBC's
Industrial Technology Retrofit Program, which offers monetary
incentives to industrial natural gas customers in exchange for energy
efficiency improvement projects.
"Incentives like this make significant commitments to energy reduction
for industrial customers viable," said Doug Stout, vice president of
energy solutions and external relations for FortisBC. "We're thankful
for the opportunity to collaborate with West Fraser, and we look
forward to working with industrial customers to assist in improving the
efficiency of their operations."
By undertaking the program, Quesnel River Pulp will receive funding up
to 50 per cent of the cost of its energy efficient upgrades, to a
maximum of $1 million. The incentive from FortisBC covers the costs of
the project, including new equipment, installation and old equipment
removal, including taxes. With the aid of the incentive, Quesnel River
Pulp may be able to reduce the payback period on its equipment
investment within a few years.
"The incentive from FortisBC offers significant value to our operation.
Our plant process uses a lot of energy, and this partnership with
FortisBC has allowed us to make smart decisions with respect to
equipment upgrades," said Keith Carter, general manager of Quesnel
River Pulp. "These upgrades reduce our dependence on fossil fuel energy
sources and create savings which are critical to the competitiveness of
A major component contributing to the efficiency was the replacement of
heat exchangers with more efficient spiral-wound units. The new units
reduce the amount of natural gas required for drying the pulp. The pulp
mill will save approximately 70,000 gigajoules (GJs) of natural gas
annually, the equivalent amount of natural gas consumed by all
customers in the city of Vancouver over the course of two days.1 The savings will also amount to an estimated 3,317 tonnes of greenhouse
gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 650 cars off the road per year.2
The Industrial technology Retrofit Program is available for FortisBC
industrial customers who use more than 10,000 GJs for process heating.
Depending on consumption, participants have the option of receiving up
to 75 per cent of the cost of implementing new equipment up to a
maximum of $375,000, or receiving up to 50 per cent of the cost to a
maximum of $1 million. Industrial customers can learn if this program
is right for them by contacting FortisBC at 1-888-224-2710 or visiting
their website at fortisbc.com/industry.
FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable
energy, including natural gas, electricity, propane and thermal energy
solutions. FortisBC employs more than 2,300 British Columbians and
serves approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C.
communities. FortisBC is indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the
largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns
and operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants,
approximately 7,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution power
lines and approximately 47,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission
and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc.,
FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC Energy (Whistler)
Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional
information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
1 Based on 2010 average annual natural gas consumption by residential
customers within the city of Vancouver.
2 Based on calculations through the EPA calculator: http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html
For further information:
Corporate Communications Advisor, FortisBC
Communications, West Fraser