March 15, 2004

Memorial University to conduct energy master plan for more efficiency retrofits

ST JOHN'S, NFLD--Building on a retrofit program carried out in the early 1990s, Memorial University of Newfoundland is seeking to improve its energy use even further. At that time, adding energy-efficient lighting, building controls and other technologies resulted in approximately $650,000 in annual savings. Preliminary analyses indicate that new retrofits could lead to additional savings of 10 to 12 million kilowatt-hours or $700,000 a year at current energy costs. Enerplan Consultants will develop an energy master plan for the university and look at possible energy improvements to all 49 buildings on the St John's campus. The federal government is contributing $25,000 - almost 50% of the total planning costs - toward the plan development through the Energy Innovators Initiative (EII), a program administered by Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE). The EII helps increase energy efficiency in existing commercial and institutional buildings, and offers assistance for energy retrofits. Since 2001, it has funded more than 250 planning projects. The resulting retrofit projects will reduce both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Memorial has been a member of the EII since 1995. More information on the EII is available on the OEE Web site, www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca/eii.
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