Three questions Power Smart Alliance members are asking

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Power Smart Alliance manager Michael Travers serves up answers to three common questions his team has been hearing recently from Alliance members.

Manager steps up to address incentive estimates, training and custom tools

"My team routinely hears questions from our Power Smart Alliance members — a network of more than 600 firms", says Michael Travers, Manager of Power Smart Alliance.

Here are three questions that members have been asking in recent weeks:

How do I estimate an online incentive for Power Smart Express?

Right now, the estimated incentive for a project is calculated when you complete the online application for the project. That will change, however, as an estimator tool — one that will allow you to develop incentive estimates outside of the project application — is in development.

The estimator tool will allow Alliance members to generate incentive estimates for prospective customer projects.

In the meantime, be sure to have the following information handy to calculate incentives: the customer's PIN and BC Hydro account number(s), and the list of existing and retrofit technologies.

For information on how to generate, retrieve and use a customer's PIN, download the instructions [PDF, 153 KB].

Once you enter the required information in Step 3 of the online application, click the "Calculate Incentives" button to see your estimate. Incentives are calculated based on a number of project-specific variables, including:

  • The annual kilowatt-hour energy savings the proposed project will achieve
  • The business's hours of operation
  • The overall cost of the proposed project

For more details, download the Power Smart Express User Guide for Alliance Members [PDF, 867 KB].

I would like additional training and more access to resources — what can I do?

We encourage Alliance members to make the most of the all-new Power Smart Alliance pages on The section is updated on a regular basis and contains new resources for Alliance members.

To register for free online courses, workshops, webinars and upcoming events, visit the Alliance training and events page.

Does BC Hydro create custom tools, templates and marketing material for Alliance members?

Yes, the Business Program Eligibility Tool is a great resource for Alliance members. Simply enter your customer's 11-digit business account number into the tool's search field to determine the incentive program(s) that best meet your customer's needs.

Another great tool is the Lighting Calculator [MS Excel, 439 KB]. It estimates the energy and financial savings of a proposed lighting retrofit project.

A Power Smart Alliance member recognition letter can be included with other sales and marketing collateral. The letter demonstrates to customers that you are an active and trusted member of B.C.'s Power Smart Alliance. To request a recognition letter, email

And finally, we are developing additional marketing materials for use by our members — more to come in the months ahead.