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Step 1: Schedule Your Energy Audit or Feasibility Study

Contact an approved Energy Management Service Provider (EMSP) listed on our website to schedule an energy audit or feasibility study. The EMSP will perform the audit or study, discuss potential projects with you, prepare a report report and submit an application on your behalf to NB Power. NB Power will review your application and email you a welcome kit. The welcome kit will include directions on your next steps and includes the following documents: Program Agreement; Statement of Work form with instructions; Request for Payment with instructions; and a Direct Deposit Enrolment Form. It is the Participant's responsibility to ensure that the professional selected has the necessary training, credentials and experience suitable for their business.

Questions to ask your EMSP

An EMSP typically has the following qualifications to complete the comprehensive energy audit:

Either a Professional Engineer (P Eng), a Professional Technologist (P Tech), a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET), an Architect or a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with a minimum of two years experience evaluating energy systems in commercial buildings – performing comprehensive energy audits. Alternatively, an Engineer-In-Training under the supervision of a P Eng., a P Tech or a CET with the previously referenced experience is acceptable; however, the supervisor must certify and sign the comprehensive energy audit report.

Directory of Energy Management Service Providers.

Step 2: Submit Program Agreement

Please return to NB Power the signed Program Agreement that was included in the welcome kit. The EMSP will submit proof of payment for the energy audit, and you will be issued the audit incentive payment 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 energy audit incentives available during this step

ENERGY AUDIT INCENTIVES (WITH PROOF OF PAYMENT SUBMITTED)
Class 1 (Small)
Up to 15,000 sq ft or 1,394 sq m
Class II (Medium)
15,001 sq ft / 1395 sq m to 75,000 sq ft / 6968 sq m
Class 3 (Large)
75,001sq ft / 6,969 sq m and larger
Up to 50% of energy audit costs to a maximum of $1,100 Up to 50% of energy audit costs to a maximum of $2,200 Up to 50% of energy audit costs to a maximum of $3,300

* 50% of energy audit costs up to maximum shown will be provided prior to completing any energy efficiency measures. The remaining value (up to 100%) will be paid at the time of project completion of 1 or more measures.

** Feasibility study incentives of 100% of the costs up to a maximum amount based on the building class will be paid with the completion of the proposed energy efficiency measure only.

Step 3: 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 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.

Instructions on how to complete a statement for work.

Step 4: 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 5: Submit Request for Payment

At this point all the upgrades have been completed. Congratulations. Now it is time to request the incentive payment. Submit the Request for Payment form along with copies of invoices, receipts, etc.

Instructions on how to complete a request for payment.

Here is a detailed look at the remaining energy audit incentives, feasibility study incentives and implemented upgrade incentives available at this stage:

 

ENERGY AUDIT INCENTIVES (WITH 1 OR MORE COMPLETED MEASURES)
Class 1 (Small)
Up to 15,000 sq ft or 1,394 sq m
Class II (Medium)
15,001 sq ft / 1395 sq m to 75,000 sq ft / 6968 sq m
Class 3 (Large)
75,001sq ft / 6,969 sq m and larger
Up to 100% of energy audit costs to a maximum of $3,000 Up to 100% of energy audit costs to a maximum of $5,000 Up to 100% of energy audit costs to a maximum of $8,000

 

FEASIBILITY STUDY INCENTIVES (WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF MEASURE COMPLETED)
Class 1 (Small)
Up to 15,000 sq ft or 1,394 sq m
Class II (Medium)
15,001 sq ft / 1395 sq m to 75,000 sq ft / 6968 sq m
Class 3 (Large)
75,001sq ft / 6,969 sq m and larger
Up to 100% of feasibility study costs to a maximum of $1,100 Up to 100% of feasibility study costs to a maximum of $2,200 Up to 100% of feasibility study costs to a maximum of $3,300

 

UPGRADE INCENTIVES
Electricity saving projects Up to $250,000 ($60/GJ saved, based on the estimated annual energy savings, as determined by the energy audit/feasibility study
Non-electric fuel saving projects (propane, natural gas, oil, etc.) Up to $1 Million (25% of eligible project costs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions). Available until Dec. 31, 2023.

Step 6: Site Visit

A member of NB Power's staff may perform a site visit to confirm the installation of the energy efficiency measures. Once NB Power has approved your Request for Payment, you will receive the incentive for your energy efficient upgrades.

Step 7: Receive Incentive Payment

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