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Step 1: Contact Us

NB Power Commercial Energy Advisors will guide you throughout the Energy Smart Commercial Buildings Retrofit Program. Contact NB Power at 1 800 663-6272 and press 5 for Energy Efficiency Services (after choosing your preferred language).

Step 2: Schedule Your Energy Audit

Contact an Energy Management Service Provider (EMSP) to schedule an energy audit. The EMSP will perform the audit, discuss potential projects with you, prepare an audit report and submit an application on your behalf to NB Power.

IMPORTANT:
In order to qualify for incentives, please ensure your Energy Management Service Provider has met, and will meet, the Energy Smart Program requirements.

It is the Participant's responsibility as the applicant to ensure that the professional selected has the necessary training, credentials and experience. Retaining the services of a competent energy professional throughout the project will help realize the estimated energy savings.

Click here for questions to ask your EMSP

EMSP Qualifications for all buildings:
Either a Professional Engineer (P Eng), a Professional Technologist (P Tech), a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET), an Architect or a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) must perform the energy audit; this individual must have at least two years experience evaluating energy systems in commercial buildings. An Engineer-In-Training under the supervision of a P Eng., a P Tech or a CET with the two years experience is acceptable, but the supervisor must certify and sign the audit report.

Click here for a directory of Energy Management Service Providers.

Step 3: Submit Program Agreement

The Energy Smart kit will be sent to the Participant once the application has been received by NB Power. All necessary forms and information required to successfully participate in the program can be found in this kit.

Please return to NB Power:
Program Agreement: complete these forms, sign, and return the two copies to NB Power within 30 days.

After the EMSP has submitted proof of payment, the audit rebate will be received within 60 days. Acceptable proof of payment is a copy of a paid invoice or a submittal by the EMSP indicating the audit amount and that the participant has paid the EMSP in full.

NB Power requires that a signed Program Agreement and the Audit Report be sent to NB Power before an audit incentive cheque is issued. If payment has not been received and a signed Program Agreement has been submitted please contact your EMSP.

Here is a detailed look at the audit incentives available.

Class I (small)
‹ 1,394 m2 (‹ 15,000 ft2)

Class II (medium)
1,394 – 6,968 m2
(15,000–75,000 ft2)

Class III (large)
› 6,968 m2 (75,000ft2)

*Max $1,000

*Max $2,000

*Max $3,000

Class I (small)
‹ 1,394 m2 (‹ 15,000 ft2)
*Max $1,000
Class II (medium)
1,394 – 6,968 m2
(15,000–75,000 ft2)
*Max $2,000
Class III (large)
› 6,968 m2 (75,000ft2)
*Max $3,000

* 50% of audit up to maximum shown

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants and Pumping Stations

NB Power has developed a custom approach for Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP) and their respective pumping/lift stations. WWTPs are eligible to receive 50% of their energy audit costs up to $2,000. Pumping/Lift stations are considered part of their respective treatment facility and are eligible for an additional audit incentive of 50% of audit costs up to $1,000 maximum total for all associated pumping stations.

Step 4: Submit Your Statement of Work to NB Power

Once you receive the audit report, you can submit your Statement of Work to NB Power.

The audit report provides detailed information on potential energy efficiency projects along with their estimated costs, energy savings, and an estimate of the time it will take for the investment to be paid back as a result of energy savings. The Statement of Work documents the electricity efficiency projects you intend to implement. When you decide to go ahead with some or all of the recommended measures in your audit report, enter these in the Statement of Work.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Statement of Work can be found in your Energy Smart kit. It will inform NB Power of the measures you will implement to upgrade your building's level of energy efficiency. Once you have selected the measures to implement (the complete list is in the audit report), complete the form indicating the intended projects and send to NB Power for approval a minimum of 45 days before construction is scheduled to start.

Click here for instructions on how to complete a statement for work.

Step 5: Receive Approval to Get Started

NB Power will receive and review the completed Statement of Work and notify you when the projects have been approved. Once you receive the approval letter you can get started and proceed with implementing the recommendations.

Important: You cannot begin any project work prior to receiving approval of the Statement of Work from NB Power. You have 18 months from the date you sign the Program Agreement to complete your projects.

Step 6: Submit Request for Payment

At this point all the upgrades have been completed. Congratulations. Now it is time to request the incentive payment.

Please send NB Power:
Request for Payment: describes the work that was completed.

Complete and email/mail a signed Request for Payment along with copies of invoices, receipts, etc. Please send this within 90 days of completion of construction to ensure the payment is received in a timely manner.

Click here for instructions on how to complete a request for payment.

Step 7: Site Inspection

A member of NB Power's staff may perform a site inspection to verify the energy efficiency measures that have been completed.

Once NB Power has approved your Request for Payment, you will receive the incentive for your energy efficient upgrades.

Step 8: Receive Incentive Payment

Once NB Power has approved your Request for Payment, the incentive for your energy efficient upgrades will be received within 60 days of ENB receiving the claim and invoices.

The incentives available for energy efficient upgrades are:

Buildings
The incentive is $30/GJ of electricity saved, up to a maximum of $75,000, for all building sizes.

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants and Pumping Stations
The incentive for the implementation of energy efficiency measures is based on amount of electricity saved. Each water and wastewater treatment plant is eligible for an incentive of $30/GJ saved up to a maximum of $75,000. The group of associated pumping stations for each water and wastewater treatment plant are also eligible for an incentive of $30/GJ saved up to a maximum of $75,000