July 2008 – Volume 2, Issue 7

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Dear readers,

Welcome to the July Energy Management e-newsletter.

Although this hasn’t been the hottest of summers, peak energy use is still an issue that we have to manage carefully on the warmest of days. Ontario’s peaksaver program had its first workout earlier this month and appears to have been a great success. For details, read the story below.

We are now only two short months away from ENEX08, a two-day conference and trade show at which facilities managers and other energy management professionals will be able to learn how to better manage their energy use. Join us at Stage West in Mississauga for two days of valuable networking and learning opportunities.

I appreciate any feedback you may have, to this e-newsletter or material you read in the magazine. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at rcolman@clbmedia.ca.

Robert Colman
Editor / Associate Publisher


Invest in your energy future at ENEX08

Energy has been the top-of-mind issue for industry over the past few years, and managing energy use is becoming even more critical as costs rise and profit margins narrow. But getting the critical information your business needs can be a challenge.

To help industry manage this challenge, 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.

ENEX08 (Energy Excellence 2008) is an innovative learning and networking conference and exhibition focused on world-class best practices in energy management and efficiency. The inaugural ENEX event is being held September 23 & 24, 2008 at Stage West Hotel & Conference Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Full story: ENEX08

B.C. government selects Nexterra for two ICE Fund projects

The B.C. Government has selected Nexterra Energy’s biomass gasification technology to anchor two of 15 projects under the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund, announced last week by Technology, Trade and Economic Development Minister Ida Chong and Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Richard Neufeld.

Full story: Nexterra

Jones Lang LaSalle snaps up ECD

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, the integrated financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate, recently announced the acquisition of the environmental consulting firm, ECD Energy, best known as the developer of technology underlying environmental rating systems for buildings, including Green Globes for the Green Building Initiative (GBI) and Go Green for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada.

Full story: Jones Lang LaSalle

Energy efficiency incentives now easier to access in NB

Building owners and managers in New Brunswick can now make a single application for financial incentives to increase their energy efficiency to both the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick.

Full story: NB


Summer heat prompts Ontario's first activation of peaksaver program

With Ontario's first significant summer heat upon us, peaksaver, a residential and small business electricity demand reduction program that temporarily powers down central air conditioning systems was activated for the first time provincewide in early July.

It's estimated that the program, designed and administered by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and co-ordinated by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), saved in excess of 40 megawatts during a day in which temperatures reached as high as 32 degrees and the humidex went as high as 38 in some parts of the province. The 40 MW of peak reduction is equivalent to the peak electricity requirements of about 10,000 homes. peaksaver will be activated throughout the summer as needed to mitigate peak demand.

Full story: Peaksaver

Canadian bioenergy industry goes global

Trade mission to World Bioenergy 2008 opens doors for the growth of Canada's bioenergy business

When the 77-strong Canadian delegation stepped off the plane in Sweden, they knew they were in bioenergy country. “The whole Arlanda airport is heated with biomass,” said Paul Smallman, a woodlot owner from Prince Edward Island.

Like many Canadian delegates on the trade mission to World Bioenergy 2008, the biggest biomass conference in the world, Smallman went to Sweden with a mission: to learn from the best, network and turn the experience into a viable renewable energy business back home.

Full story: Bioenergy


The benefits of distributed energy

Green buildings that harness renewable energy from the environment will be the workplace of the future, according to global economic and climate change specialist Jeremy Rifkin. Rifkin delivered the keynote at the opening session of the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo in Minneapolis and discussed the global benefits of establishing a distributed energy regime.

Watch the video: Rifkin

ecoVations' linear fluorescent lighting fixtures
ecoVations, the specification fixture division of TCP, Inc., introduces its new line of linear fluorescent lighting fixtures, each containing a lamp, ballast and fixture combination system, as energy efficient replacements for traditional metal halide high bay systems. Including the Aisle Lighter fixture, ElitePlus Fluorescent High Bay, Enclosed & Gasketted Fluorescent High Bay, Green Hi-Bay and Performance Bay, the fixtures are all designed for optimum performance using either T5 or T8 lamps. more...
AEGIS split-ring bearing protection kits
To simplify predictive/preventive motor maintenance programs, Electro Static Technology has introduced two new AEGIS SGR Split-Ring Bearing Protection Kits — one for NEMA motors and one for IEC motors. Developed for easy field installation without disassembly of coupled equipment, these new split-ring kits are designed to provide clearance for shaft shoulders, slingers, and other end-bell protrusions while protecting bearings from electrical damage caused by circulating or shaft currents. more...

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