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Enersource and Sheridan College Partner to Help Local Businesses be More Competitive Through Energy Efficiency

June 24, 2013

Enersource is proud to be working with The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT)

For Immediate Release: 
Mississauga, Ontario

Enersource is proud to be working with The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) to offer energy audits for small and medium-sized business customers.

Located within the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology's School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering & Technology at Sheridan College, CAMDT is teaching the next generation of manufacturing talent methods to help Canadian companies become more competitive through energy management practices.

The partnership with Enersource gives Sheridan students the opportunity to gain energy management experience, while helping Enersource fulfill its mandate to reduce Mississauga's overall electricity demand.

"We originally launched the energy efficiency initiative in 2010 to help local organizations reduce operating costs, while providing our students with hands-on experience. The students participate in audits, prepare energy analyses and reports, and work in teams to solve persistent challenges," said Chris Beaver, Applied Researcher in the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering & Technology at Sheridan. "The partnership with Enersource is greatly enhancing the value of this program to both our students and to the businesses participating in the program."

The energy audit involves the 'walkthrough' of a company's facilities to determine an energy usage baseline and to benchmark general site operations and practices. The students are then tasked with identifying opportunities for conservation and efficiency.

"Partnerships like this help introduce local businesses and our future workforce to best practices in energy management," said Craig Fleming, President and CEO of Enersource. "We are pleased to see how well this program has been received throughout the business community."

Since 2010, when the initiative was first launched, 110 Sheridan students have participated in the audit process, providing valuable information and savings to about 75 local businesses. Typical sources of inefficiency and energy loss originate from cracks in seals, oversized equipment, dirty belts, loose filters, poorly insulated water heaters, and improperly set thermostats.

Participating businesses will receive a comprehensive energy audit report, which includes energy consumption, primary end uses, opportunities to save, preliminary technical and cost analysis of retrofit measures, applicable incentives and next steps.

For more information or to participate in this program, please contact Chris Beaver at: 905-459-7533 ext. 5044. For general information on conservation programs for your business, please visit: www.enersource.com.

Sheridan

As one of Canada's leading postsecondary institutions, Sheridan offers over 100 diploma, certificate, and bachelor degree programs in visual and performing arts, business, community services and technical fields, serving approximately 18,000 full time students on campuses in Oakville, Mississauga and Brampton. Its aim is to become Ontario's first university dedicated to undergraduate professional education – a model that will be based on applied learning and Sheridan's renown for creativity and innovation. The model focuses on meeting university accreditation requirements so that Sheridan graduates have more pathways to the continued learning that will underscore their personal, career, and industry success.

Enersource

Enersource is one of Ontario's most reliable energy providers, serving approximately 200,000 residential and commercial customers across Mississauga. It is a diversified energy and technologies company that serves customers through the distribution of electricity and the delivery of services related to the design, operation and maintenance of electrical systems.

Ninety percent of Enersource Corporation is owned by the City of Mississauga, and 10% is owned by BPC Energy Corporation (Borealis), which is part of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS).

Media Contacts:

Christine Szustaczek
Director of Corporate Communications & External Relations
Sheridan College
Tel: 905-815-4169

Steve Scott
Senior Communications Specialist
Enersource
Tel: 905-283-4295