Performance Optimization Program

We provide industrial and large commercial customers with financial incentives and technical support to promote lower operating costs and improved system performance through our Power Smart Performance Optimization Program.

Our pre-approval is required before starting any study and before any equipment is installed.


  • increased system efficiency and reduced energy consumption;
  • greater reliability and reduced maintenance;
  • improved financial performance;
  • reduced environmental impact.

Variable speed drive incentives

A variable speed drive (VSD) can reduce your energy consumption and save money. A project application must be completed before equipment is purchased to determine if the project qualifies for an incentive.

Eligibility and verification

We implement the measurement of system performance factors and operational factors before and after your project to confirm estimated savings have been achieved.

Create an appropriate measurement and verification plan with the principles outlined in the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol – Volume 1 (March 2002). To determine the best option for your project, email Power Smart for Business for assistance.

To qualify:

  • the project has a minimum energy savings of 25,000 kWh per year or 10 kW demand of 3-phase power;
  • the project must use proven measures with a minimum expected equipment operating life of 10 years (new technology/process must be approved);
  • products and equipment installed must be new, and CSA approved or certified;
  • new equipment is for permanent use with power supplied by Manitoba Hydro.

Switching to other energy sources does not qualify projects for this program.

Eligible technologies

Basic audit reports are created for eligible technologies. Additional reports, scoping studies, site walk-throughs, and seminars may also be available.

For an additional fee, full audits may be requested. These studies may determine additional project options, operational and reliability improvements, and incentive calculations for capital costs.

Compressed air

We measure the pressure and power consumption of your air system over a 7-day period to develop a benchmark profile. Potential savings may be made through the analysis of:

  • variable speed drives to replace modulating or load/unload operation;
  • compressor sequencing controls;
  • dew point controls on desiccant dryers;
  • 2-stage air compressors;
  • cycling or thermal mass dryers;
  • receiver tanks;
  • flow controllers;
  • heat recovery for space or process water preheating;
  • eliminating poor end uses such as open blowing;
  • end use pressure reduction.


We measure the performance and power consumption of your pumping system and create a scoping study report to identify improvement opportunities. Potential savings may be made through the analysis of:

  • variable speed drives to replace control valves for flow control;
  • match pump and system requirements;
  • elimination of recirculation or bypass loops;
  • minimize pressure losses with larger pipe sizes;
  • end use pressure reduction.

Fans and blowers

We measure the performance and power consumption of fan or blower systems to develop a benchmark profile. Potential savings may be made through the analysis of:

  • variable speed drives to replace outlet damper control for flow control;
  • match fan and system requirements;
  • eliminate restrictive ductwork fittings and at fan inlet and outlet.

Industrial refrigeration systems

We use a systems approach to take into account all of the elements from where the power is supplied to the motor, to where process work is done. We provide a benchmark review, a site walk-through, and create a scoping study. Potential savings may be made through the analysis of:

  • variable speed drives for compressors, evaporators and condenser fans;
  • control upgrades to optimize operation of compressors, evaporators and condensers;
  • floating head pressure control;
  • oversized condensers;
  • thermo siphon oil cooling;
  • purgers for non-condensables;
  • recover heat from refrigerant vapour leaving compressor;
  • end use temperature increases.

This audit is focused on industrial customers with large ammonia refrigeration systems. Small changes to one component may save energy but make the overall system less efficient. A professional engineer or qualified contractor should review all recommendations prior to implementation.

Industrial energy management

We identify low-cost energy management measures and create a customized energy management plan. Potential savings may be made through the analysis of:

  • a site walk-through with both plant and energy systems staff;
  • a historical analysis to determine electrical use patterns and performance of major electrical equipment;
  • control demand by turning equipment off or resetting process control points.

We provide, create, and identify tentative basic energy management system projects, including budget pricing.

For more information contact us.