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August 2008 – Volume 2, Issue 8

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Dear readers,

Welcome to the August edition of the Energy Management e-newsletter.

This month saw the release of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Energy Efficiency ‘Report Card.’ The CEEA’s report card comes out once every two years, and this year I was fortunate enough to be part of the review committee in the process.

The results were very good this year, with a number of provinces making real headway in creating energy efficiency initiatives that will help businesses and individuals make a real difference in their energy use habits. Even more encouraging is the fact that other provinces are gearing up to make significant changes in the coming two years. Read the news item in this issue to get a sense of the results. The September edition of Energy Management will include broader coverage of the Report Card, so stay tuned!

Energy Excellence 2008 (ENEX08), a new energy efficiency conference being launched in conjunction with Energy Management Magazine, is fast approaching. The conference and trade show will take place in Mississauga on September 23 and 24. Space is limited, so sign up now! I look forward to meeting you there.

I appreciate your feedback on anything that appears here in our newsletter. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at

Robert Colman
Editor / Associate Publisher


ENEX08 fast approaching!

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: ENEX

Government of Canada invests in renewable energy in B.C.

The Government of Canada is investing in renewable energy projects across Canada, thanks to investments in seven projects through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program. The first, the Kwalsa low-impact hydro project, was announced this week.

Full story: Renewables

Federal Government drops on Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance Energy Efficiency 'Report Card'

On August 12, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) released their National Energy Efficiency Report Card and analysis of the federal, provincial and territorial governments. While Ontario and B.C. made big gains, the Federal government fell significantly in the rankings.

Full story: CEEA

Dockside Green nabs highest LEED rating on record

Earlier this summer, Dockside Green Residential Phase I in Victoria, B.C. received the highest-scoring Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification on record. Dockside is the fourth LEED Platinum Certified project designed by Perkins+Will, and the firm's 29th LEED certified project.

Full story: Dockside

IBM launches ''Green Sigma'' consulting program

A new IBM consulting offering can help clients lower their environmental impact, increase efficiency and reduce costs by applying Lean Six Sigma principles to energy and water usage throughout their operations.

Full story: IBM

Fluke accessories catalog
Fluke Electronics Canada has released a new catalog of Fluke accessories that, according to the company, vastly expands the functionality and value of Fluke test tools. Fluke accessories can turn a Fluke digital multimeter into a thermometer, an amp-meter or even a pressure gauge. more...
Russelectric automatic transfer switches
For 600-volt class applications, Russelectric single-operator and dual-operator automatic transfer switches are available in two-, three-, or four-pole configurations for emergency/standby power systems. more...


September 9-10
Atlantic Canada Power Summit
Delta Brunswick Hotel
Saint John, New Brunswick
Hear from energy experts what it takes to succeed in developing energy resources in the region.

September 15-16 / Workshops: September 17
Canadian Climate Change & Carbon Finance
Calgary, AB
INFONEX's Canadian Climate Change and Carbon Finance conference has been designed for executives, in-house counsel, and lawyers charged with environmental compliance. Get the information and tools you need to navigate through regulatory and carbon market uncertainties. Hear about what you should expect from Canadian and international policy implementation. Learn how to create tradable carbon instruments, how to structure carbon funds and renewable energy projects, and understand the tax treatment of carbon credits. position your organization to fulfill your reduction obligations on time and cost-effectively, while meeting stakeholder expectations and your long-term economic objectives - register today!

September 22-23
Distributed Generation: Combined Heat and Power
Richard Ivey School of Business
Toronto, Ontario
This conference brings together key stakeholders to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions that will impact the province's effort to provide reliable, sustainable, cost-effective energy in the future.

September 23-24
Stage West
Mississauga, Ont.
Energy Management Magazine and our industry partner, the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, are developing an energy management focused conference and trade show aimed at helping manufacturers and building owners lower energy costs and explore new energy efficient technology.

September 23-24
Energy Contracts
The Metropolitan Centre
Calgary, Alberta
This annual program is consistently popular with industry professionals from large and medium-sized energy companies (and their consultants and advisors), as it provides the tools and information they need to be successful in negotiating and drafting a broad range of energy contracts.

September 24-25
Pacific Canada Gas Forum
Four Seasons Hotel
Vancouver, B.C.

September 30-October 2
BOMEX 2008
Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre
Vancouver, B.C.
BOMA Canada's Annual National Conference and Exposition. This year's theme, ''On the Road to Green and Gold'', highlights the importance of BOMA Canada's Environmental Certification Program to the industry. With environmental sustainability for commercial real estate on the forefront of the agenda, this year's event promises to be the most environmentally friendly BOMEX to date.

October 6-8
Bioenergy: From Words to Action
CANBIO's Annual Bioenergy Conference, Trade Show and Study Tour
Ottawa, Canada
The largest bioenergy event in central Canada, this conference, run by Canada's national bioenergy industry association, is the premier event to network, develop new projects and do business.

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