June 2008 – Volume 2, Issue 6

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Dear readers,

The price of fuels continues to rise and the challenge of providing enough clean power to Ontario residents continues to be an issue. In the interest of phasing out the province’s remaining coal generation, the development of a new nuclear facility at Darlington was announced earlier this month. In addition, a new “super ministry” was created, with George Smitherman taking responsibility for both energy and infrastructure under that banner. Because infrastructure – transmission lines – is one of the most pressing issues Ontario currently faces, the combined portfolio appears to make abundant sense. We will see how it plays out over the coming year.

Energy management expertise will make a huge difference in meeting conservation goals in Ontario and across the country. This issue of the Energy Management newsletter offers some updates on energy management initiatives and certifications at work in your community.

I look forward to your feedback. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at rcolman@clbmedia.ca.

Robert Colman
Editor / Associate Publisher


ENEX08 Fast Approaching!

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. Energy Excellence 2008 will take place September 23 and 24, 2008.

Full story: ENEX08…

Ontario government supports ''lean training'' with $500,000 funding

The provincial government is helping Ontario manufacturers become more efficient and increase their competitiveness in the global economy with funding for ''lean training.'' The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium will use the $500,000 in government funding to hold more than 90 "lean training" sessions for companies across Ontario.

Full story: EMC…

Smart Grid Forum recruits 11 senior electricity execs

Eleven prominent members of Ontario's electricity sector have agreed to serve on Ontario's Smart Grid Forum. Building on the investment in smart meters that is already underway, this broad-based industry dialogue aims to develop a vision for a provincial smart grid that will provide consumers with more efficient, responsive and cost-effective electricity service.

Full story: Smart Grid Forum…


Green Building Summit Demonstrates Growth of Industry

More than 1,000 attendees were on hand earlier this month for the Canada Green Building Council's (CaGBC) inaugural summit, entitled Shifting Into the Mainstream. It appeared clear from the speakers and attendees that green building is now becoming much more mainstream. And with the first pilot projects for the new LEED Canada system reporting at the event, feedback was very positive about how the future landscape should look.

Full story: Summit…

Energy excellence certification – a new management tool

Are you an energy management expert? A new energy excellence certification demands that organizations maintain their conservation efforts. Does your organization have what it takes?

Full story: Certification…

Extech Instruments' 300-Plus Test & Measurement Product Line
Extech Instruments, a subsidiary of FLIR Systems, Inc., launched Canadian distribution of its comprehensive line of test and measurement equipment on June 3rd, 2008. Electrical, environmental/indoor air quality, HVAC/R, mould/moisture remediation, and plant/MRO professionals in Canada will now have a choice when it comes to selecting high-quality test and measurement equipment with built-in infrared technology including digital multimeters (DMMs), clamp-on meters, tachometers, thermometers, and over 300 other precision instruments. more...
OCTRON 800XP XL ECOLOGIC T8 fluorescent lamps from OSRAM SYLVANIA last 50 per cent longer than conventional T8 lamps. Because lamp life is longer, re-lamp cycles are extended and lamp maintenance costs are reduced. more...

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