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March 2009 – Volume 3, Issue 3

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Dear readers,

Welcome to the March Energy Management enewsletter.

Energy Management is no longer a print publication, but our website is continually updated with the latest news for managing your energy efficiency and effectiveness needs. Look to new columnists such as Mike Thomas, writing on boiler efficiency, and existing columnists Peter Rowles and Ken Sinclair to continue to provide insights into the important roles of strategic energy management and building controls in your business success.

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Robert Colman
Editor / Associate Publisher
Energy Management


Autodesk announces Vancouver as third city of its Digital Cities Initiative

HRAI to offer CGC installer training course

Nominations open for New Brunswick Premier’s Awards for Energy Efficiency


LEED Canada for Homes Launched
On March 3rd, LEED Canada for Homes was launched in Ontario and Quebec. At the Ontario launch, Andrew Pride, VP of Minto's Green Team and Chair of the LEED Homes Committee explained how the system was developed.
Watch the video here: LEED
Read the news here: LEED Canada


Hot water heating renewal series: Boiler efficiency
By Mike Thomas
In the Canadian climate, heating is the biggest energy use in most buildings. And most of our heating plants are based on water heated by boilers. This monthly column discusses fundamentals of hot water heating plants, how they use fuel, and how heating energy use can be reduced when older plants are replaced. This month's topic is boiler efficiency.
Full story: Boiler efficiency


6 issues to watch in Ontario's new Green Energy Act
On Monday, February 23rd, the Ontario government introduced its proposed Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 (Bill 150) into the legislature. The eagerly anticipated Act is the first step in the government's goal of creating a nimbler development mechanism for renewable energy.
Full story: Green Energy

Cisco ups the ante on smart, green building implementation
Energy Management caught up with Rick Huijbregts, Vice President of Vertical Industries for Cisco Canada, after the recent Enercom show in Toronto to get his perspective on integrated systems, the smart grid, and how Cisco's new business model hopes to create an environment where smarter, more energy efficient buildings are in reach for more clients.
Full story: Cisco

Ontario unveils North America's first feed-in tariff
Ontario is getting set to introduce new electricity pricing to encourage the development of renewable energy from a diverse range of producers including homeowners, community-based groups and larger scale commercial generators.The proposed new price scale was unveiled March 12.
Full story: Tariffs

American Ballasts' high-efficiency ballast series
American Ballast has developed a line of NEMA approved high-efficiency, multi-voltage ballasts. Providing up to 45 per cent energy costs savings in a wide range of applications including general, decorative, retail and indirect lighting, the energy-efficient electronic ballasts are designed for retrofits installations or new construction. more...
Ledalite's Airwave wireless lighting controls
Ledalite Architectural Products introduces Airwave — a revolutionary set of wireless and self-powered lighting controls for use with its luminaries that help save money, energy and the environment. more...


April 7-8
Carbon TradeEx America
Convention Center
Washington, D.C.
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.

April 20-21
Energy Matters Summit
Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre
Mississauga, ON
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 corporate strategies.

April 22
Ontario Energy Network Luncheon
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Howard Wetston, Chair, Ontario Energy Board

April 23-24
Third Annual Cap-and-Trade Forum: Carbon Constraints and the Economy
Toronto, Ontario

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