Isolated Systems Energy Efficiency Program

Get $et to $ave with Hydro’s Isolated Systems Energy Efficiency Program!

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is now in Year 5 of the Isolated Systems Energy Efficiency Program. Launched in 2012, the objective of this program was to provide outreach, education and energy efficient products to the home and business owners in the 42 remote diesel-system communities across Newfoundland and Labrador, free of charge. This program started in January 2012 and will continue to 2017. It has successfully helped these communities save 5.5 GWh of electricity to date.

Following two pilot programs done in 2010 and 2011, NL Hydro designed a full-scale, 3-year program to begin in 2012. The resulting program included residential and commercial direct installations with a focus on community knowledge building and building capacity in the communities by hiring and training local representatives. These representatives worked in their own communities to promote the program, provide useful information on energy use, and install energy efficient products in homes and businesses including low-flow showerheads and aerators, LED lamps, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), smart power strips, and hot water tank and pipe insulation.

In addition to offering direct installs, the program includes retail rebates on energy efficient products and has worked with local retailers to offer a greater selection of energy efficient products such as household appliances and electronics. Mini-campaigns targeting specific community needs have also been integrated into the program, including a holiday LED light string exchange and a drain water heat-recovery project.

To date, the Isolated Systems Energy Efficiency program has been offered in 42 remote diesel communities, installed 70,640 energy efficient products in 377 businesses and 4,488 homes, and saved 5.5 GWh of electricity. The average customer satisfaction rating was 4.46/5. Overall, the program has been very successful. It has increased local knowledge on energy efficiency and provided employment for over 30 local residents.