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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. 

Building transformation

Written by  Ken Sinclair Monday, 26 October 2009 08:51
Much is said these days of improving the energy use patterns of buildings, but patchwork improvements are not sufficient to create real and lasting change. In fact, change is not enough. We need to completely transform our buildings into smart grid interactions, with all functions within the building flowing and showing as active and visible assets of the corporate enterprise. The new true blue of an economical and environmental bottom line is supported with real, dynamic data, presented virtually, anywhere and at any time. This is the proof of our transformation.

Lighting efficiency series: Getting the process right

Written by  Greg Jones Monday, 26 October 2009 07:58
The importance of replacing existing lighting with more economical fixtures to save energy is especially critical given the current economic climate and the threat of global warming. Over the past year, many companies have seen their revenues fall significantly, affecting their profitability. Energy cost savings from lighting projects can significantly affect the corporate bottom line. If revenues are down, often the only way to profitability is to reduce costs.

Carlo Gavazzi energy management seminars kick off

Written by  Andre Voshart Thursday, 08 October 2009 16:21
Carlo Gavazzi kicked off its series of free cross-country half-day seminars on solutions for energy management and power quality monitoring across Canada in Mississauga, Ont., on Sept. 29, presenting crowds with ways to control energy use and potential product solutions.
In 2008, the Ontario Ministry of Education launched its Energy Conservation Initiative, with the goal of reducing energy consumption across the education sector by 10 per cent over the first five years. With approximately 5,000 schools and administrative buildings across 72 district school boards, the collective energy bill for the 2009-2010 fiscal year is projected to be $459 million. To achieve this goal, the Ministry is working closely with the education sector and partners to identify ways to support the boards with better energy management practices.

Why do steam traps fail?

Written by  Bruce Gorelick and Alan Bandes Thursday, 08 October 2009 15:10
Properly functioning steam traps open to release condensate and automatically close when steam is present. Failed traps waste fuel, reduce efficiency, increase production costs and compromise the overall integrity of the steam and condensate systems. Traps should be tested on a regular basis — or the neglect may be quite costly.     

Monitoring and Verification: No Smoke and Mirrors

Written by  Peter Rowles Wednesday, 07 October 2009 20:23
Here’s a big challenge for energy managers: how do you measure and verify something you can’t see? The task of convincing today’s skeptics that your actions have created energy use and cost savings can be a daunting one. Hopefully this article, prepared with the assistance of Rafael Corral, Certified Monitoring and Verification Professional (CMVP) at Energy Advantage, will shed some light on this topic.

Hot Water Heating Renewal Series: Condensing Boilers

Written by  Alan Sutton Wednesday, 07 October 2009 20:12
Traditional boilers in North American heating plants are "non-condensing", which means that they discharge flue gases at a high enough temperature that all water vapour is carried out of the flue (and up the chimney, in a tall building). The water vapour is discharged with the other flue gases and never has a chance to condense to a liquid and damage anything. Of course, the hotter the flue gases, the more heat is thrown away and the less efficient the appliance.
TORONTO, ON – Local and international environmental and renewable energy groups congratulated the Ontario government yesterday for four new programs that aim to make the province a global leader in clean, green, renewable energy. The aim of the new regulations introduced yesterday is to create thousands of jobs in the new green economy under Ontario's Green Energy Act.

New transmission projects to go ahead across Ontario

Written by  Rob Colman Tuesday, 22 September 2009 12:48
The Ontario government has asked Hydro One to immediately proceed with planning and implementing major transmission projects across the province, including Northern Ontario — projects that are aimed at creating jobs and building up the green economy.
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