February 2008 – Volume 2, Issue 2
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Welcome to the February 2008 Energy Management e-newsletter.
January witnessed the introduction of B.C.’s GHG Reductions Targets Act.
In mid-February, the province continued to blaze a trail in managing
greenhouse gases with the introduction of the first full-fledged carbon
tax in North America. We offer a few details in our first feature of
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B.C. carbon tax receives enthusiastic welcome
B.C. government introduced North America’s first full-fledged carbon
tax last week and made it the centerpiece of the province’s budget
announcement. The concept of a carbon tax is one that has concerned
industry for quite some time, but the B.C. government tempered the blow
of its arrival with other tax reductions and certain industry
exemptions. By gradually phasing in the tax, B.C. is showing its savvy,
making sure everyone knows the province is open for business.
Full story: B.C. carbon tax
Loblaws’ cool moves
a true industry leader demands more than a commitment to sales. Loblaw
Companies Limited understands this, and has staked a claim to be a
leader in energy efficiency and environmental best practices as well,
introducing groundbreaking technology and innovative energy management
practices in its stores. This spring, it will showcase more than a few
of its innovative moves at the new Scarborough Loblaw Superstore in
Full story: Loblaws’ cool moves
Federal budget a boost for carbon capture tech
week’s federal budget was lean on spending, and a disappointment
overall for industry. However, it did include forward looking
investment in carbon capture and storage technology — a crucial tool in
climate change management. It also offered some relief through
incentives for renewable generation and capital cost allowance
Full story: Federal budget
Carbon sequestration put to the test
sequestration is a process that both the Alberta government and
Canada’s Federal government hope will both reduce carbon dioxide
emissions and be a boon to industry players that invest in the
technology. Now, a U.S. research team that includes partners from
industry, academia and government has begun a test of injecting high
pressure carbon dioxide into a deep saline geologic formation more that
3,000 feet underground, 11 miles east of the City of Gaylord, Michigan.
Full story: Carbon sequestration
Shifting into the Mainstream — Canada Green Building Council’s first National Summit
June 11-12, 2008
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Shifting into the Mainstream
is where building industry decision makers will learn about how LEED
Canada is evolving from one-time certification to a life-cycle building
performance management system for any type of building, new and
LEED Canada for Existing Buildings will be
launched in 2009 and offer online assessment, action planning and
performance verification as well as a certification process that is
fast, economical and easy to access. This further development of LEED
in Canada will allow for the massive scaling up necessary to meet the
CaGBC goal of 100,000 buildings and 1 million homes certified by 2015,
with 50 per cent reduction in energy and water use, and 50 Megatonnes
of GHG emission reductions.
The summit program will
deliver all you need to know to appreciate and prepare for the
opportunities and challenges ahead, as LEED engages all building
sectors, and enables comprehensive, widespread improvements in energy
and environmental performance.
For more information visit www.shiftingintothemainstream.ca.
|ENERGY EFFICIENT PRODUCTS
PaceControls LLC is now making its energy efficiency and demand
response technology available in Canada. The PaceController retrofit
controllers are proven and patented to save 10-20 per cent or more on
energy costs for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration and will
maintain full end use performance.
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||Cam-Action Rotary Switches
Cam-Action Rotary Switches are ideal for a wide variety of industrial
uses. A reliable and versatile design, these cam switches boast
continuous ratings ranging from 20 to 800 amps at 120 to 600 volts and
various horsepower ratings.
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||Three Watt LED MR16 bulbs
LEDtronics introduces an addition to its line of drop-in replacement MR16-styled LED bulbs: high-powered 3 Watt LED MR16 bulbs.
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