May 2008 – Volume 2, Issue 5

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Welcome to the Energy Management e-newsletter for May 2008.

The price of oil hit more record highs last week, which is just going to drive the need for innovative approaches to energy management more intensely. If you are looking for a place to find up-to-date information on energy management tools and techniques, hands-on examples of success stories, and a place to share your challenges with your peers, look no further than ENEX08, a new conference that will launch September 23rd in Mississauga. Read more about it in this newsletter and on the website,

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Robert Colman
Editor / Associate Publisher


Energy Management Conference Debuts in September 08

The editors and publishers of Energy Management, Green Business and PEM Plant Engineering and Maintenance magazines and Canada’s largest manufacturing consortium, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) have joined forces to create Canada’s leading energy management & efficiency conference and exhibition. Join us to get the most up-to-date information on energy efficiency solutions and advanced technologies.

Full story: ENEX08…

Wal-Mart Canada pursues solar demonstration project

The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) and Wal-Mart Canada announced last week that they are pursuing a project with Menova Energy that would provide up to $5.9 million to support the demonstration of the company's Power-Spar solar concentrator technology. The intention is to test and install the technology on the roof of a Wal-Mart store in Ontario yet to be selected or constructed.

Full story: Wal-Mart…

Ontario’s first Energy Conservation Week underway!

Ontarians from every corner of the province will help celebrate the power of conservation during the first Ontario Energy Conservation Week, May 25-31, 2008. From Dryden to Niagara and from Windsor to Ottawa, communities, homeowners and businesses alike, are finding ways to become more energy efficient—saving money and helping the environment, at the same time.

Full story: Energy Conservation Week…


Greening your building – a competitive imperative

At last month’s Green Real Estate forum in Toronto, it quickly became clear that green buildings are no longer a niche market. Greening your building is becoming a strategic imperative – to keep tenants and/or employees happy and in your facilities. The question now is only, at what sort of pace will that strategic change occur? How soon will it affect your ability to keep the businesses and employees you need to thrive?

Full story: Greening your building…


May 28-29
Ontario Power Summit
St. Andrew's Club and Conference Centre
Toronto, Ont.
The Ontario electricity sector faces some key issues this year, and this two day event aims to tackle them in detail. Issues include Ontario's Integrated Power System Plan review; the expansion of Ontario's transmission system; and the future of competition in the electricity market.

June 11-12
Shifting into the Mainstream: Canada Green Building Council National Summit
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, Ont.
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 existing. 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. Learn about these initiatives and more that will help create more efficient buildings across Canada.

Absopulse's HBL 1K Series
Absopulse Electronics' HBL 1K Series is a heavy-duty power supply designed for industrial and other harsh-environments. This AC/DC unit utilizes field-proven full-bridge topology to deliver up to 1000W output power from a compact 210 x 66 x 351 mm chassis. This unit provides standard outputs of 24V, 28V, 48V, or 56V and accepts inputs of 115 or 230Vac, with voltage selection by internal jumper. It also accepts 250Vdc (190 to 370Vdc range).

The HBL 1K is ruggedly constructed, with additional ruggedizing and conformal coating available for operation in extreme environments. It is conduction cooled via a base-plate, with cooling also provided by natural air convection. The unit is filtered to meet EN55022 Class A as a minimum and is designed to meet EN 60950 and related standards. Featuring full electronic protection and low output noise, this chassis-mount design is optimized for low component count and high efficiency.

WAGO's New 3-Phase Power Measurement Module
WAGO Corporation's new, 750-493 3-Phase Power Measurement Module integrates comprehensive monitoring of a power supply network with the connectivity of an I/O system. At just 12 mm wide, the high-density, 6-channel 750-493 represents a cost- and space-effective solution to power system supply management.

While most competitive power measurement modules are stand-alone units relying on proprietary connectivity to external devices, the 750-493 is a component of a remote I/O or distributed control system. Thus, it is compatible with 16 different fieldbus networks (including Ethernet, Profibus, Modbus, and DeviceNet) and the 300+ digital, analog, and special function modules found in the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM, making it flexible and efficient to analyze and distribute power supply data. When one or more 750-493 modules are connected to a WAGO controller, the solution can be programmed with WAGO-I/O-PRO CAA for data logging, time stamping and historical analysis.

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