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Preparing for next year's projects – what you need to know

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Alliance members vital to programs; consider attending January webinars

As the end of the year draws closer, it's time to reflect on what's happened in the past year. At BC Hydro, we're thinking about the tremendous response we got from customers for our energy efficiency programs, in large part because of support from Alliance members. Looking forward to the new year, here are a few things to know.

Supporting energy conservation with small & medium businesses

The Business Energy Saving Incentives program remains popular with small & medium business customers. And in the coming year, it will continue to be our primary energy conservation program for this large group of customers.

While this program is targeted towards small & medium business customers, Key Account customers may be able to access the program, dependent on available program funding. To find out more, see below to register for one of our upcoming webinars.

Reminder: expected completion date

To enable us to continue to manage the program within our annual budget, all Business Energy Saving Incentives projects require an expected completion date. Based on the date selected, a specific date range in which you must complete the project is added to the application. Projects must be completed and the installation confirmed within the date range in order to receive an incentive, and failure to do this will result in the cancellation of the incentive agreement.

Extensions to the expected completion date aren't allowed beyond March 31 of the year originally indicated in the application.

Leaders in Energy Management eligibility, customer cap

To access funding for Custom (Leaders in Energy Management) projects, customers with Key Account Managers in both the commercial and industrial sectors need to be engaged in Strategic Energy Management.

Effective in fiscal 2018, Commercial Leaders in Energy Management customers will also have a limit to the amount of incentive they're eligible to apply for. And this incentive cap refers to the total of all their Custom and Business Energy Saving Incentive projects combined.

For Alliance members, the customer cap means that applications received by BC Hydro may not all be accepted for funding. However, it remains important that your applications are accurate and submitted in a timely fashion. Your customer will let you know when a project has been accepted for funding – even if it isn't accepted, they may still decide to proceed with the retrofit without incentives.

January webinars will help make sense of it all

We understand this is a lot of information to process, so we invite you to attend one of two webinars we're hosting, January 17 and 19, 2017, both running just an hour from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

In the webinar, we'll review:

  • Customer and program caps
  • Your role in the application process
  • Adding a completion date to an application

Register – January 17 webinar

Register – January 19 webinar

Need help? You can give us a call

Please call our Business Helpdesk at 604 522 4713 in the Lower Mainland or 1 866 522 4713 elsewhere in B.C. with your questions or email us at