April 2008 – Volume 2, Issue 4

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Welcome to the April 2008 Energy Management e-newsletter.

Energy efficiency challenges exist in every type of business, and getting all of that information in a timely and efficient manner isn’t easy. Energy Management and its partner, the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, aim to help you with that very challenge with the launch of ENEX08, September 23-24, 2008.

Energy Excellence 2008 is a two-day conference focused on providing attendees with the critical information they need to manage their energy use. As fuel costs rise, energy management has become the central issue for manufacturers and building managers who wish to compete and thrive. Those who understand the landscape best will be best prepared to adapt to its changes.

We are bringing experts from industry and government together to share energy management best practices, explain where to find the financial support to make critical energy management investments, and what new technologies are being developed that will help them thrive in the future.

Look for more information in the next issue of Energy Management and online at www.energymanagementcanada.com.

I welcome your feedback on anything else you see in the newsletter or on the website, so don’t hesitate to contact me at rcolman@clbmedia.ca.

Robert Colman
Editor / Associate Publisher


Hot property

Steelcare's business demands that it keep interior air at its facilities consistently warm and dry. The associated gas and electricity bills can be tremendous. Using a made-in-Canada solar-energy solution, it has been able to reduce those costs substantially.

Full story: Hot property…

Managing the perfect storm

Manufacturers across Canada are publicly expressing concern about the challenges affecting them today. Their ability to remain a vibrant part of Canada's business community is constantly being tested. Some are struggling, and several have departed. Many are succeeding, but all are facing challenges. Some are working together to find solutions as well.

Full story: Perfect storm…

The regulated price plan: is it really good for your organization?

Ontario's Energy Minister announced a one-year extension for large power consumers included in the regulated price plan (RPP). This would include municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals. These large (designated) power consumers were originally scheduled to exit the RPP in the spring of 2008. But is the extension favourable for them?

Full story: RPP…


Ontario Smart Grid Forum launched

Ontario's electricity sector has begun a broad-based industry dialogue to develop a vision for a provincial smart grid that will provide consumers with more efficient, responsive and cost-effective electricity service. The Ontario Smart Grid Forum launched March 31st by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in collaboration with representatives from local distribution companies will bring together leaders from across the sector.

Full story: Smart Grid

BC Hydro launches Standing Offer Program

As directed by the provincial government in its BC Energy Plan: A Vision for Clean Energy Leadership, BC Hydro is implementing a Standing Offer Program to encourage the development of small and clean energy projects throughout British Columbia. The program is a process to purchase energy from small projects with a nameplate capacity greater than 0.05 megawatts but not more than 10 megawatts.

Full story: BC Hydro

Increased interest in corporate efficiency, but limited action

According to the second annual Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator survey, nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of organizations are paying more attention to energy efficiency than they were just a year ago. However, the percentage of companies expecting to make energy efficiency improvements, as well as their planned investment over the next year, has remained constant.

Full story: Corporate

MEGA Electronics M78 Switching Regulators
MEGA Electronics Inc. 0.5 Amp and 1.0Amp switching regulators are ideally suite to replace 78xx linear regulators and are pin compatible.
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E-Mon's three-phase meter
E-Mon, LLC, have announced the expansion of its wireless submetering family to include a unique industry offering - three-phase kWh submeters with 15-minute interval data recording capability.
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