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Hats off to The Gas City’s solar project

Written by  Ricki Normandin Wednesday, 09 December 2009 10:04
Medicine Hat, Alberta, dubbed "The Gas City" because of its huge natural gas reserves, is looking to the sun for some of its own energy needs. Unique for a Canadian municipality, Medicine Hat is in the gas production business. A vertically integrated energy utility, the city has approximately 4,000 natural gas wells in its area and neighbouring southwestern Saskatchewan, distributes natural gas in the region and also uses natural gas to run its municipal power plant.
There is much talk today about renewable power, the smart grid and cleantech that is supposed to change the nature of our power grid. But while we are seeing a positive move to a greener and more intelligent electricity grid, there are lots of hurdles we will have to tackle before we achieve the intelligent grid we are aiming for. Those hurdles were concisely captured in Roger Gale’s recent keynote address at the Association of Power Producers of Ontario’s (APPrO) annual conference.
Some lighting applications suit the use of off-grid solar to power them, and a number of companies are now marketing off-grid solar powered LED lamps in Canada. This takes the savings captured by using LEDs a step further by taking you off the grid altogether.

Measure, map and manage

Written by  Ken Sinclair Thursday, 26 November 2009 02:29
Our industry now has the power to measure and sensor almost every piece of building information and then map it to graphical representations to develop strategies for managing from anywhere, anytime. To effectively make this happen, we need to lower the cost of sensors and their installation, increase their reach by improving our presentation models while looking to the cloud for low cost management of dynamic building information.

Lighting efficiency series: The ultimate green lighting retrofit solution

Written by  Greg Jones Thursday, 26 November 2009 02:24
Many companies have come to realize the tremendous value in switching to energy efficient light fixtures, enticed by savings of 50 per cent or more. Typically, existing fixtures are replaced with new fixtures such as T5 or T8 fluorescent lamps and ballasts. But there are alternatives that allow companies to use their existing fixtures – and enjoy the same savings.

Five tips for choosing LEDs for exterior lamping applications

Written by  Robert Colman Thursday, 26 November 2009 02:19
The use of light emitting diodes, or LEDs, for exterior lamping applications has become a viable option for parking lot and street lighting over the past couple of years. The energy savings possible for municipalities and businesses can be remarkable, but to get full value from the adoption of LEDs, it’s important to use the right approach. Bryan Charlebois, Director of Technical Sales for Ruud Lighting Canada offers these tips to anyone considering replacing older luminaires with LED technology.

Riding Scotland’s renewable wave – a potential energy boom

Written by  Robert Colman Thursday, 26 November 2009 02:15
An international renewable energy contingency was in Ottawa recently for the Ocean Renewable Energy Group’s (OREG) 2009 Fall Symposium. Prior to the event, which assembles Canada's ocean energy industry leadership and international associates who see the resource and economic opportunities our oceans and massive river systems offer, Scottish Development International hosted a workshop to highlight Scotland’s achievements in the areas of tidal, current and wave energy and how those are able to be translated to other parts of the world.

Why replace it when you can wrap it?

Written by  Glenn Machado Wednesday, 11 November 2009 10:06
With production time and cash flow at an all time premium, more and more companies are looking for time and cost saving alternatives to replacing slightly damaged assets. In a refinery, just to cite an example, it is very common to encounter a leak from a hole in a carbon steel pipe. At first, this may seem like a simple repair, which would normally be fixed by cutting the old leaking section of the pipe and welding in a new section. The majority of the time though, it is not that straightforward. Chances are that the leaking pipe is located 60 feet above the ground on a pipe rack, next to another pipe through which steam flows at 300°F. Besides, having logistical issues, the leaking pipe is also responsible for supplying water or any other fluid to an important part of the plant. If this fluid supply were to be shut down, it would cost the refinery $10,000 per minute in lost production.

Pearson Eco-Business Zone Company Profile: Algonquin Power and Norampac

Written by  Myfanwy Parry Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:55
Reusing waste heat can save companies a tremendous amount of money. But what happens when you’ve got too much? One exciting, energy-saving partnership that has taken place in Peel Region in Ontario is an agreement between power generator Algonquin Power and Norampac-Mississauga to transfer waste steam from the power generator to the paper products company. The partnership has helped Norampac cut its natural gas use substantially.

Partners in Project Green: training tomorrow's leaders

Written by  Jennifer Taves Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:45
Businesses around Toronto Pearson International Airport banded together in 2008 to develop Partners in Project Green — an initiative to transform Canada’s largest employment area into an internationally recognized eco-business zone. Energy Management will be providing a quarterly update on activities in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone. This month is an update on stimulating renewable energy market uptake and developing “green” jobs.

MicroFIT: An introduction

Written by  Thomas Brett Monday, 26 October 2009 10:07
On September 24th, in conjunction with the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program, the Ontario Government announced the MicroFIT Program (MicroFIT). MicroFIT is for small renewable generation, up to 10 kw in size. To be eligible for a MicroFIT Contract, the generator must be renewable, have its own meter, be capable of being connected to a local distribution grid (in other words, not "off-grid"), and have a "nameplate" (manufacturer's total installed rated capacity) capacity of 10 kw or less. In addition, it must not have an existing OPA Contract (although this may change). It can be an addition to an existing renewable generator by the same owner with the same technology, using the same connection point and metering, provided the combined facility is under the 10 kw ceiling. MicroFIT is a streamlined, user-friendly version of the FIT Program for individuals, small businesses, and communities. A community, in this case, can be a not-for-profit corporation, a co-op, an institution such as a church or school, or simply a group of individuals.

Façade facelifts could save billions

Written by  Brian Burton Monday, 26 October 2009 09:39
The following article discusses some of the important elements involved in “overcladding” retrofits of older multi-unit residential buildings that were constructed in an era when energy costs were not a prime consideration. It is estimated that if all of these building in Ontario were retrofitted by 2030 we would save close to $60 Billion in energy costs. This research into residential retrofits offers valuable tools for commercial, 
industrial and municipal energy professionals considering similar projects.

The GTA has an enormous stock of multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) and although these buildings are showing their age they are considered an extremely valuable resource. 
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