Through additional financial incentives for participants bundling efficiency measures and new technology types, the Comprehensive Energy Savings (CES) stream supports facilities that are aiming to achieve deeper emissions reductions and energy savings. Participants that bundle smaller capital investments into a bigger investment package will benefit from increased incentives and greater long-term results, such as increased emissions reductions and decreased operating costs. The financial incentives from the CES stream for retrofits and upgrades will help offset a portion of the capital costs while driving Alberta to net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets. 

The objectives of the stream are to: 

  • Support comprehensive retrofits and upgrades that reduce GHG emissions and energy usage. 
  • Reduce facility operating costs, maintenance requirements and your environmental footprint. 
  • Increase the value and efficiency of your building while creating a comfortable space for your occupants. 


Participants must retrofit or upgrade two or more measures from the 8 CES core categories listed in the table below. For clarity, the 14 existing core categories in the ESB Measures List will be aggregated into the 8 CES core categories. Please note the CES core categories will be confirmed in time for program launch.

Core CategoriesMeasures in Core Category
1. On-site Generation and RenewablesSolar PV, Geothermal, Combined Heat & Power, Waste Heat Recovery, Solar Air Heating
2. LightingLighting Systems, Lighting Controls, Agricultural Lighting
3. Space, Process, and Water HeatingBoilers, High Efficiency Furnaces, Boiler and Heater Controls, Steam Traps, Economizers, Steam Fittings and Pipe Insulation, Direct Contact Water Heater, Condensing Storage Tank Water Heater, Condensing Tankless Water Heater, Water Heater Jacket, Condensing Make-Up Air Unit Heaters, HVAC Pipe Insulation, Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Heat Pumps, Condensing Storage Tank Water Heater, Gas Heat Pumps
4. Cooling and VentilationChillers, Roof-Top Units and Roof-Top Unit Controls, Condensing Make-Up Air Unit, Heat and Recovery Ventilators, Demand Control Ventilation, Destratification Fans, Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps
5. Compressed Air VSD Air Compressor, Zero Loss Drain, Nozzles, Compressed Air Storage, Cycling or Thermal Mass Refrigerated Dryer, Desiccant Dryer Dewpoint Demand Controls, Low Pressure Drop Filter
6. Refrigeration and Food ServicesOvens, Fryers, Griddles, Steam Cookers, Dishwashers, Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation, Anti-Sweat Heater Controls, Automatic Door Closer, Evaporator Fan Control, Night Covers, Strip Curtain
7. Motors and DrivesVFD for Fan or Pump Motor, Premium Efficient Motor – ODP, Premium Efficient Motor – TEFC, Notched or Synchronous Belt Retrofits, Electronically Commutated Motors
8.Building Envelope and Windows Air Curtains and Door Dock Seals, Ceiling and Wall Insulation, High Efficiency Windows

Facilities serviced by an Alberta electric utility are eligible, except for residences, some non-profits and new construction projects, municipally, federal and provincially owned buildings, publicly funded institutions and Large Emitters —as defined under Alberta’s TIER regulation. Additional facility and participant eligibility requirements will be detailed in the Participant Terms and Conditions (provided at program launch).


  • The CES stream will be launching in December 2022, please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.
  • After launch, applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. The application window is anticipated to remain open until March 31, 2023, but this date may change depending on availability of funding.
    • Incomplete applications will need to be revised before they are evaluated further. As such, it is recommended that the focus be on a quality application versus a quick application submission.
  • All projects must be complete and submit post-project documents by March 31, 2024. 

Submission of Interest to CES:

Completing a Submission of Interest does not guarantee acceptance or register you into the CES stream.


Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Our dedicated Contact Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our team will work hard to get back to you within two business days. We’re happy to help you with any questions about the program or how to apply. Please let our team know that you are applying for the Comprehensive Energy Savings Stream and ask for the Application Assist team for help.

Email: ces@esbprogram.ca | Toll-free: 844-407-0025

Local (403) number: 403-778-9467
Local (780) number: 780-306-8376
Local (587) number: 587-943-1688


Eligible Alberta businesses can reduce emissions, decrease operating costs, grow their operations and become more competitive, while creating skilled jobs and boosting economic recovery.

Email: support@esbprogram.ca | Toll-free: 844-407-0025

Through expanded eligibility and the addition of new technology types, SPEED will accelerate the deployment of proven upgrades that help eligible oil and gas producers decrease operating costs and become more competitive, boosting economic recovery.

Email: speed@esbprogram.ca | Toll-free: 844-407-0025

Interested in the program?

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