December 2008 – Volume 2, Issue 12
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Welcome to the December 2008 Energy Management enewsletter.
businesses around the world are facing challenging times right now, the
need for leaner and more efficient operations has never been greater.
Investment by both government and businesses in creating more efficient
buildings and easier access to renewable energy technologies will be
important in the improvement of our economy.
news is that investments are being made in these areas – check out the
several articles on new green construction and investment efforts by
government below. Perhaps companies won’t be investing in as many
brand-new LEED-certified buildings over the coming year, but I think
the interest in retrofitting buildings for water and energy efficiency
improvements is unlikely to wane.
I welcome any comments on what you read here or on our website. Please don't hesitate to contact me.
Best wishes for the holiday season, and Happy New Year,
Editor / Associate Publisher
Government of Canada supports training for solar energy workers
in Canada's growing solar-energy sector will receive additional skills
support from the Government of Canada, the Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Natural Resources, announced on December 8.
Full story: Solar
Ontario Environmental Commissioner looks for long-term emission reductions in challenging times
to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), now is no time to
shirk the province's commitment to managing climate change goals. And
the reductions met by the province must be understood as permanent or
transitory (based on economic conditions).
Full story: ECO
Deploying clean energy
Overcoming regulatory barriers for your clean energy project.
By Thomas R. Casten
of the world’s best brains are focused on reducing fossil fuel use to
mitigate climate change. Strangely, little attention is paid to the
source of the greatest inefficiency — the generation of heat and power,
which accounts for 69 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions. Capturing
and recycling the currently wasted energy could displace nearly 30 per
cent of U.S. fossil-fueled generation, slash U.S. CO2 by 20 per cent,
and save $150 to $250 billion per year.Â
Full story: Clean energy
Southbrook Vineyards Achieves LEED Gold
Vineyards announced on December 16th it has been granted LEED Gold
certification for its new hospitality pavilion in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system
is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted
benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high
performance green buildings. Southbrook Vineyards’ certification was
granted on November 7, 2008 by the Canada Green Building Council
(CaGBC). “We recognize our neighbours, Stratus Vineyards, for ‘LEEDing’
the way, and raising our awareness of these standards and
certification. But this is one ‘club’ that we don’t want to be
exclusive,” said Bill Redelmeier, co-owner of Southbrook. “We are proud
to show this leadership and hope that, soon, more people will recognize
this as the only way to build.”
Full story: Southbrook
Annual GeoExchange Excellence and Leadership awards announced
Canadian GeoExchange Coalition recently announced the winners of the
3rd GeoExchange Excellence and Leadership awards. In total, more than
20 applications were submitted and pre-selected though a number of
technical criteria including:
• innovation, originality and complexity of the work in relation to the building use;
• technical difficulties encountered / solved in the project; demonstrated energy savings;
• to what extent the project influences building design in Canada and a more extensive use of geothermal energy;
• whether the project forms part of a global energy efficiency plan; and
• comfort for occupants and users.
Full story: GeoExchange
|ENERGY EFFICIENT PRODUCTS
Nexstar's new 220-watt CFL
an easy retrofit solution for 400-watt metal halide fixtures. As a
cost-saving alternative to replacing existing metal halide fixtures,
Nexstar's new 220-watt CFL replaces a 400-watt metal halide lamp,
reducing energy costs over 50%. more...
||Amprobe Test Tools' 18 new products
Test Tools recently introduced 18 new meters for conducting a wide
range of measurements, including humidity, temperature, air flow,
sound, light, gas detection, distance, revolutions-per-minute, pressure
and cable wiring. more...
||ThermaProof Energy Saving Windows
Serious Materials recently announced its new ThermaProof energy-saving
windows. The new line of windows, for both commercial and residential
construction, offer true, full-frame R-values of R-5 to R-11. more...
Ontario Energy Network Luncheon
Paul Murphy, President and CEO of the Independent Electricity System Operator
Climate Change Strategies for a Changing Environment
Find out what regulations affect your business, what it will take to
comply, and what your peers are doing to reduce emissions, increase
energy efficiency and manage their stakeholders.
Green Policy, Meeting Future Energy Demands and Preserving Affordability
BC has always been recognized for its forward thinking when it comes to
environmental stewardship so it is not surprising that the province is
being 'climate conscious' about its current and future power portfolio.
How are new regulations going to affect your business? What
opportunities exist for new power projects?
Sixth Annual B.C. Power Summit
Wosk Centre for Dialogue
This program covers issues of strategic interest to the B.C. economy.
Topics include: renewable and alternative energy options, clean power
potential in B.C., and new developments in demand side management.
Carbon TradeEx America
Koelnmesse hosts this keystone trade fair and conference for all
current and future players in the Carbon Market. The Carbon Markets and
Investors Association (CMIA) is partnering with Koelnmesse to make this
the premiere Carbon Market conference and trade show in the U.S.
Energy Matters Summit
Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre
Hosted by the Region of Peel, Energy Matters provides delegates the
opportunity to deliberate drivers and barriers to long-term energy
planning and learn about the newest opportunities in sustainable
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