Quesnel River Pulp to receive up to $1 million from FortisBC for reducing energy consumption

Quesnel River Pulp to receive up to $1 million from FortisBC for reducing 
energy consumption 
Mill saving equivalent of two days' worth of Vancouver residential customers 
natural gas consumption 
QUESNEL, BC, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Quesnel River Pulp, a division of West 
Fraser, has made significant commitments to reducing its energy consumption. 
For those achievements, the mill has received a $250,000 incentive from 
FortisBC, which could grow to $1 million over the next three years. The pulp 
mill is the first participant in FortisBC's Industrial Technology Retrofit 
Program, which offers monetary incentives to industrial natural gas customers 
in exchange for energy efficiency improvement projects. 
"Incentives like this make significant commitments to energy reduction for 
industrial customers viable," said Doug Stout, vice president of energy 
solutions and external relations for FortisBC. "We're thankful for the 
opportunity to collaborate with West Fraser, and we look forward to working 
with industrial customers to assist in improving the efficiency of their 
By undertaking the program, Quesnel River Pulp will receive funding up to 50 
per cent of the cost of its energy efficient upgrades, to a maximum of $1 
million. The incentive from FortisBC covers the costs of the project, 
including new equipment, installation and old equipment removal, including 
taxes. With the aid of the incentive, Quesnel River Pulp may be able to reduce 
the payback period on its equipment investment within a few years. 
"The incentive from FortisBC offers significant value to our operation. Our 
plant process uses a lot of energy, and this partnership with FortisBC has 
allowed us to make smart decisions with respect to equipment upgrades," said 
Keith Carter, general manager of Quesnel River Pulp. "These upgrades reduce 
our dependence on fossil fuel energy sources and create savings which are 
critical to the competitiveness of our business." 
A major component contributing to the efficiency was the replacement of heat 
exchangers with more efficient spiral-wound units. The new units reduce the 
amount of natural gas required for drying the pulp. The pulp mill will save 
approximately 70,000 gigajoules (GJs) of natural gas annually, the equivalent 
amount of natural gas consumed by all customers in the city of Vancouver over 
the course of two days.(1) The savings will also amount to an estimated 3,317 
tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 650 cars off the 
road per year.(2) 
The Industrial technology Retrofit Program is available for FortisBC 
industrial customers who use more than 10,000 GJs for process heating. 
Depending on consumption, participants have the option of receiving up to 75 
per cent of the cost of implementing new equipment up to a maximum of 
$375,000, or receiving up to 50 per cent of the cost to a maximum of $1 
million. Industrial customers can learn if this program is right for them by 
contacting FortisBC at 1-888-224-2710 or visiting their website at 
FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy, 
including natural gas, electricity, propane and thermal energy solutions. 
FortisBC employs more than 2,300 British Columbians and serves approximately 
1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C. communities. FortisBC is 
indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned 
distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and operates four regulated 
hydroelectric generating plants, approximately 7,000 kilometres of 
transmission and distribution power lines and approximately 47,000 kilometres 
of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., 
FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC 
Energy (Whistler) Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed 
on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional 
information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com. 
(1) Based on 2010 average annual natural gas consumption by residential 
customers within the city of Vancouver. 
(2) Based on calculations through the EPA calculator: 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Michael Allison Corporate Communications Advisor, FortisBC 
Phone: 604-592-7536 fortisbc.com twitter.com/fortisBC youtube.com/fortisBC 
Tara Knight Communications, West Fraser Phone: 604-895-2773 www.westfraser.com 
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ST: British Columbia
-0- Dec/12/2012 19:00 GMT
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