OC Transpo cuts hydro costs with lighting retrofit

OTTAWA, June 4, 2012 – With the help of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies, OC Transpo has cut its lighting costs by 43 percent at its St. Laurent garage.

Energy Ottawa performed an energy audit and implemented turnkey solutions to improve energy efficiency at the bus garage. Energy Ottawa, a subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is the City’s preferred energy management partner.

The project included replacing inefficient light fixtures and installing sensors that can turn off some lighting when the garage is not occupied. With a return on investment of about three years, this lighting retrofit is expected to cut energy costs by more than $137,000 each year. The new energy-efficient lamps also last more than 75 percent longer – reducing maintenance costs.

“I am very pleased to present to OC Transpo more than $90,000 in incentives through the saveONenergy Retrofit program. The program is designed to help businesses manage energy consumption and keep electricity costs lower, the efficiencies derived from this initiative will directly impact OC Transpo in the short and long term,” said Bryce Conrad, President and CEO of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.

“It is great to be able to accept this cheque on behalf of the City of Ottawa and OC Transpo and to thank Hydro Ottawa at the same time,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “It shows what can be accomplished with teamwork as together we improve our environment and save energy and money while providing transit services to our residents.”

“Energy-saving incentives like this project helps OC Transpo become a sustainable workplace and shows that we are committed to reducing energy and maintenance costs for taxpayers,” said Transit Commission Chair, Councillor Diane Deans.

The saveONenergy Retrofit program is a province-wide initiative that provides partial funding to commercial customers who complete energy efficiency retrofit projects.

The St. Laurent project is the third garage lighting retrofit that Energy Ottawa has completed with OC Transpo. We are currently identifying new opportunities to cut energy costs for OC Transpo and the City of Ottawa in 2012.

About Hydro Ottawa
Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc. Hydro Ottawa Limited is the third largest municipally owned electrical utility in Ontario serving more than 305,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa’s largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy management services.

Contact:
Claudia Lemieux
Manager, Public Affairs
Hydro Ottawa
613-738-5499 ext. 7684
claudialemieux@hydroottawa.com