Engineering Feasibility Study 

Help your customer discover project incentive opportunities

Updates to the Process and Systems Upgrades program

The Process and Systems Upgrade program is delivered by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

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Your customer can save up to $50,000 with incentives and get on their way to a more efficient business — tell them how.

By evaluating specific process improvements, engineering feasibility studies can uncover potential electricity savings your customer’s facility might have if they make certain upgrades.

With help from this program, they can develop their business case for energy efficiency projects and identify potential capital incentive project opportunities that may exist.

Engineering feasibility studies find the opportunities that exist within systems that aren’t running properly, are using old equipment or require optimization.

How it works

Incentives for engineering feasibility studies are available once your customer has identified opportunities and needs to determine energy savings.

Your customer can receive up to $25,000 in incentive funding for completing an engineering feasibility study. The study will be used to determine a base case energy usage of the given system, and to propose energy savings opportunities or technologies to implement.

Additionally, the study will identify any project incentive opportunities that might exist for the system and help build a capital investment business case for the process efficiency improvements.

Your customer can receive an additional study funding amount of up to $25,000 for moving forward with a project incentive.


To be eligible for the engineering feasibility study incentive, your customer must be a single facility connected to a local hydro company and be expected to deliver at least 300 MWh of annualized electricity savings.

Note the following projects do not qualify for engineering feasibility studies unless otherwise approved in writing by the local hydro company:

  • lighting
  • demand response
  • electricity generation or fuel-switching projects.

For each incentive, the study must also meet minimum requirements, as outlined on pages 24 and 25 of the program rules.

How to apply

To apply for an engineering feasibility study, your customer contacts their local hydro company to get started.

The hydro company will provide the correct application form. Your customer fills it out and submits it along with a study proposal to the local hydro company for approval.

The study proposal should include the following:

  • a brief description of the industrial system to be studied;
  • why the system was chosen for the study; and
  • how it will reduce electricity use.

The hydro company can help in defining the study scope and deliverables, including a description of the approach that will be used to determine the electricity savings measures and the capital costs for them.