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New arena compressor saves energy and money


The following is a press release from FortisBC.
With FortisBC as a partner, the City of Trail recently upgraded its arena with new energy efficient equipment, enabling a faster turnaround for ice production and saving thousands of dollars in electricity costs annually.
“It is important to be as efficient as possible and we appreciate the support we have received from FortisBC on this project,” said Dave Rugg, Parks and Recreation Facilities Foreman with the City of Trail.
The City of Trail approached FortisBC in 2009 wanting to replace one of its old arena compressors — the unit was installed in the 1960s — with a new Mycom 150 Hp compressor. The new equipment would increase the cooling capacity at one compressor and allow the second older compressor to not run at all. As a result of the upgrades, FortisBC provided a $6,700 PowerSense rebate to the City of Trail.
The total cost of the energy efficiency upgrades was about $75,000, with savings expected to reach nearly $10,000 in electricity costs each year. The energy savings equate to 135,400 Kilowatt hours (KWhs) in electricity, enough to power about 10 homes for a year. FortisBC logged the energy consumption at the ice plant over a number of months and confirmed the energy savings.
FortisBC PowerSense is committed to helping customers conserve energy and get the most out of their energy dollar by providing both financial incentives and advice on energy efficient technologies and practices. Since its inception in 1989, FortisBC PowerSense has helped southern interior customers save more than 360 million kWhs, enough energy to power some 27,700 homes each year.
To get more information about FortisBC or for more energy efficiency and power outage tips, visit the FortisBC website at or call the toll free number at 1-866-4FORTIS (1-866-436-7847).