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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2011ENER0002-000080

Jan. 31, 2011

Ministry of Energy

 

 

LIVESMART TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS SAVE MONEY AND ENERGY

 

VANCOUVER – Small businesses across B.C. will be able to access free energy-efficiency advice, equipment and incentives with the new LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program. Minister of Energy Steve Thomson launched the program at the BC Foodservice Expo in Vancouver.

 

The $15-million, three-year LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program will be tailored to meet the needs of key sectors such accommodations, retail, agriculture, offices and more than $4.5 million allocated for upgrades in the restaurant industry.

 

“This program was designed with small business and restaurant owners in mind. We want to make efficiency upgrades easy and affordable so entrepreneurs can focus on what matters most: serving their customers,” said Thomson. “The support and products offered through the LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program can save businesses thousands of dollars in equipment and utility costs.”

 

Building on the successful residential LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program, this new program will support small businesses owners who may not have the time, information or resources to make energy efficient improvements.

 

There are four components to the program:

 

·         Business Energy Advisors:  will deliver free energy assessments, help owners tap into available product incentives and cash rebates, and help co-ordinate product installation.

·         Direct Installation:  will fund 100 per cent of the cost of replacing and installing select energy-efficient equipment such as lighting and pre-rinse spray valves for commercial kitchens.

·         Enhanced Product Incentives:  will increase cash rebates for more than 10,000 energy efficient products.

·         LiveSmart Champion:  an open call for businesses to access funding for new, innovative ways to conserve energy.

 

“The restaurant industry welcomes this program to assist an energy dependent sector to become more energy-efficient,” said Ian Tostenson, president and CEO of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association. “We’re grateful to government to have the foresight to assist small businesses in saving time and money as they become more energy-efficient.”

 

“I’ve spoken to many CRFA members who want to make their restaurants more energy efficient, but can’t afford the investment,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Western Canada vice president with the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. “An expanded LiveSmart program will help these small businesses do more. We’re very pleased that the B.C. government has heard us and has come to the table with savings, incentives and advice specifically for restaurants. ”

 

“This program will allow thousands of B.C. small businesses to save money and reduce their energy consumption,” said John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action. “We know small businesses are the backbone of the economy and together we can work towards our climate action goals.”

 

Once complete, the LiveSmart Small Business program is forecast to save businesses over $7 million in utility costs and 82.5GWh of electricity per year, enough to power 7,500 homes. More than 4,000 small businesses are expected to benefit from direct installation and incentives, helping B.C’s reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020.

 

For more information on the program, including eligibility, visit the LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program’s home page at:  http://www.livesmartbc.ca/green_business/index.html

 

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A backgrounder follows.

 

Media contact:

 

Jake Jacobs

Ministry of Energy

250 952-0628

 

 


 

BACKGROUNDER

For Immediate Release
2011ENER0002-000080

Jan. 31, 2011

Ministry of Energy

 

 

LIVESMART BC: SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM

 

There are four components to the LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program.

 

BUSINESS ENERGY ADVISORS:

 

·         Targets small businesses that spend up to $50,000 per year on electricity.

·         Business Energy Advisors will be available to visit eligible businesses and work directly with them to identify potential energy and money saving opportunities, including lighting, hot water, heating and ventilation improvements.

·         Advisors will help businesses access other available incentives and LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program elements, including co-ordinating the installation of the equipment on behalf of the owner.

·         A total of 14 advisors will be hired:

o   One in each of B.C.’s seven regions (Mainland/Southwest, Vancouver Island/Coast, Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenays, Cariboo, Northcoast/Nechako and the Northeast).

o   One advisor will be hired with experience in each of the following sectors: accommodation, business office, retail, agriculture and three energy advisors targeted to the food services sector.

 

 

DIRECT INSTALL:

 

·         Targets small businesses that spend up to $20,000 per year on electricity.

·         Coordinates and funds100 per cent of the cost to install select products such as energy efficiency lighting and lighting controls or pre-rinse spray valves to conserve hot water in commercial kitchens.

 

 

ENHANCED PRODUCT INCENTIVES:

 

·         Available to businesses that spend up to $200,000 per year on electricity.

·         There are currently product inventive programs available throughout the province, providing cash rebates on more than 10,000 energy efficient technologies including lighting, refrigeration, and commercial cooking equipment.

·         The LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program will enhance the value of the rebates, allowing businesses across the province to save even more.




 

 

LIVESMART CHAMPION PROGRAM:

 

·         Available to businesses that spend up to $50,000 per year on electricity, this is an open call for businesses to develop innovative ways to conserve energy in their specific sectors.

·         Projects will be chosen and funding provided based on their energy savings, innovation, replicability and impact on the community.

The LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program was developed in consultation with BC Hydro, and FortisBC, industry associations, including the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Shelfspace, the BC Restaurant and Food Service Association, and BC Homebuilders Association, members of the Small Business Round Table and other small business operators.

 

The Enhanced Product Incentives and the Direct Install components will be delivered through BC Hydro and Fortis BC. LiveSmart BC is working with its service delivery partners to finalize program details and timing. As additional program information becomes available, it will be posted to: www.livesmartbc.ca/green_business

 

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Media contact:

 

Jake Jacobs

Ministry of Energy

250-952-0628

250-213-6934 (cell)

 

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