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November 2008 – Volume 2, Issue 11

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Dear readers,

Welcome to the November issue of the Energy Management e-newsletter.

The month of November has seen substantial changes in the political and business landscape. Although the economic outlook isn't positive, the political changes in the U.S. promise to usher in new investments that will likely boost the Canadian economy as well as the U.S. economy.

In such a tight market, the need for businesses to be energy efficient and to streamline their processes are even more critical for success. How will your business tackle this critical challenge?

As always, I welcome any comments or questions you have about what you read in this newsletter. Please don't hesitate to contact me at

Warmest regards,
Robert Colman
Editor / Associate Publisher
Energy Management


Naikun, Siemens negotiate turbine purchase for Vancouver project

NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. recently announced it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to negotiate an agreement to purchase up to 110 wind turbine generators from Siemens Wind Power for NaiKun's offshore wind energy project in northern British Columbia.

Full story: NaiKun

National conference shows steady growth for Canadian bioenergy industry

CANBIO's Annual Conference and Trade Show, which wrapped up in Ottawa recently, testified to rapid industry momentum in 2008.

''What a difference a year makes,'' Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Program Manager for the Northwest and CANBIO Director, Jane Todd, told the 200-strong crowd. The province's major power utility is intensively testing biomass to ready itself should the Province decide to convert the coal-fuelled plants to biomass. From just one biomass-testing program at its Nanticoke plant last year, OPG is now in the throes of an ''aggressive testing program in all of our plants.'' The utility is thrilled with the results so far. ''Last year the Atikokan plant had never put a wood pellet in their plant,'' said Todd, ''but by July of this year it had burned 100 percent wood pellets for four hours. We can't believe how easy it was.''

Full story: CANBIO


U.S. Architects report increased adoption of green building

Autodesk, Inc. and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have announced the results of the 2008 Autodesk/AIA Green Index, an annual survey that measures how AIA members are practicing sustainable design, as well as their opinions about the green building movement. This year's index shows an increase in the implementation of sustainable design practices from architects and building owners. In addition, it shows that architects' clients have experienced a doubling in the market demand for green buildings over the past year as well as positive shifts in architects' attitudes toward their ability to impact climate change.

Full story: Green Index

Metropolitan Towers first BOMA BESt Level 1 certified multi-res building

Metropolitan Towers at 930 Seymour in Vancouver is the first multi-unit residential building to receive the BOMA BESt Level I certification in the Lower Mainland by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada.

Full story: BOMA

Variable-speed pump drives from Rexroth
Over the past few decades, the technical development of hydraulic plastics processing machines and machine tools has been driven basically by increases in efficiency (accuracy, cycle time, etc.). Here, the use of proportional and high-response valves as well as an improvement of the energy balance through the use of variable displacement pumps with electro hydraulic control have been in the foreground. In recent years, requirements with regards to energy saving and noise reduction have become increasingly stricter. Rexroth responds to these changing market requirements with the use of variable-speed pump drives (DvP). more...
TCP's SpringLamp CFL/LED hybrid
Energy efficient lighting company TCP, Inc. is combining the benefits of its compact fluorescent lamps with new LED technology to create the SpringLamp three-way CFL/LED light bulb. The three-way CFL/LED hybrid switches between 19-watts, 30-watts and a 1-watt LED night light, comparable to a 50/100/150-watt incandescent bulb, for use in table lamps and floor lamps. more...



December 1-3
Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit
The Hilton Lac Leamy
The most significant opportunity confronting the world is the chance to grow beyond oil - to relieve the dependency we have developed on fossil fuels and replace a substantial part of our energy mix with renewable biofuels such as biodiesel and ethanol. This year, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit will focus on how we move forward to achieve this goal.

December 3-4
Waste-Based Energy
Opportunities in Energy Recovery and Gas Capture
Marriott Bloor, Yorkville
Toronto, Ontario
Recovering energy, whether through thermal treatment plants or landfill gas capture, is an opportunity to deal with multiple resource management issues at once. But as with many waste issues there are challenges, and whether you are trying to develop an integrated waste management strategy, sorting through your best options for energy recovery, or going through the regulatory approval process for a new facility. The Canadian Institute's ''Waste-Based Energy'' conference will be your chance to learn critical information on the state of waste management strategies, technologies, and policies affecting the development of waste-based energy projects.

December 8
Ontario Energy Network Luncheon
Jim Hankinson, President & CEO, Ontario Power Generation

December 8-9
Sheraton Centre Hotel
Toronto, ON
DR-Expo is a conference and exposition focused on delivering tangible information on the implementation of Demand Response in North America.


January 15
Ontario Energy Network Luncheon
Paul Murphy, President and CEO of the Independent Electricity System Operator

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