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April 2009 – Volume 3, Issue 4

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Dear Readers,

Are you looking for tools to help decrease your operating costs? One of the best ways to cut costs is improving your energy management practices. ENEX09 is the place to find the tools to do so. This year's event, taking place September 22-23rd at Stage West in Mississauga, promises to be even better than last year's check out some of the highlights from last year in this month's feature video.

This month, we welcome our new columnist Greg Jones to the mix. Greg will be providing tips on how to improve your lighting while keeping costs low.

I look forward to any feedback you have on this newsletter.


Robert Colman
Editor / Associate Publisher
Energy Management


360 Energy awards Region of Peel Certification in Energy Excellence

Online tools for free cooling from the Green Grid

Community wind web conference announced

Kingston to be new home for next-generation thin-film solar panels


Lighting efficiency series: Lighting the way to a better bottom line
Many people do not realize the significant savings that can be achieved with simple, proven energy use changes. Lighting is something that every business has but is usually taken for granted as long as it works. Lighting can account for 20 per cent of total electricity use in manufacturing, 40 per cent in an office and 70 per cent in a warehouse. New lighting technologies developed over the past few years can reduce consumption by more than 50 per cent while also improving light quality and reducing maintenance costs.
Full story: Lighting

Hot water heating renewal series: plant monitoring and control
In the Canadian climate, heating is the biggest energy use is most buildings. And most of our heating plants are based on water heated by boilers. This series of articles discusses fundamentals of hot water heating plants. This month's article is on plant monitoring and control.
Full story: Boilers

The reinvention of building automation
Building Automation is evolving to be a web service that presents and connects our traditional industry to the new evolving enterprise energy, economical, and environmental equation.
Full story: Building automation


ENEX09 fast approaching
Effective energy management is one of the most cost-effective ways to lower operating costs and create an innovative culture within an organization — and it doesn't have to include a huge capital outlay. At the second annual ENEX conference and trade show, attendees will learn how their peers are creating more energy efficient businesses, and challenging their competition to do the same. To get a taste of what to expect this year, watch this highlight video of Doug Dittburner of Molson Canada discussing his team's energy management efforts.


Digital Cities — test-driving a more user-friendly municipal design tool
Cities are complex and ever changing, and it can be difficult to effectively capture how each change will affect the city system as a whole. Autodesk's new Digital Cities initiative may change all that. Geoff Zeiss of Autodesk and Dan Campbell of the City of Vancouver talked to Energy Management editor Rob Colman recently about how this might work.
Full story: Digital Cities

New report outlines nine steps Canada should take to remove red tape around bioenergy projects
Now more than ever, Canada needs bioenergy — to rejuvenate failing forestry towns, replace high carbon fossil fuels with clean renewable energy, and create much needed jobs. Developers are ready to embrace new, advanced bioenergy technologies in Canada, but there's one major problem – red tape.
Full story: Bioenergy

Smart softstarter with overload protection
Carlo Gavazzi, a global manufacturer of automation components, proudly presents their new 3-phase motor softstarter with electronic motor overload protection. The new softstarter was created as an all encompassing electronic solution that can replace traditional Star-Delta (Wye-Delta) motor starters. more...
E-Mon's New Web-Mon Energy Monitor
E-Mon, LLC, the electric submetering manufacturer of the widely installed E-Mon D-Mon product line, recently announced the launch of Web-Mon, an internet-enabled energy monitoring device that provides energy data via any standard internet browser. more...


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

May 5-7
Lightfair International
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, NY
As the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, LIGHTFAIR INTERNATIONAL blends continuing education courses with innovative products ranging from high-end design to cutting-edge technology.

May 27-28
Green Buildings
Gain from practical advice and illustrative case studies. Hear the latest on how to make buildings both green and intelligent. Discover how to source green materials. Get an overview of the LEED for Commercial Interiors program. Learn about green roof risks and rewards. A CABA-supported event.

May 31 - June 3
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2009
Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, B.C.
Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2009 (HFC2009) is one of the leading international conferences for the fuel cell and hydrogen industry. HFC2009 will feature keynote addresses from prominent industry and government figures as well as plenary and parallel sessions focusing on key issues in the sector. The Exhibition and Trade Show are of the conference will provide attendees with a place to network and partner with global leaders in the business, government and scientific community.

June 9-11
Canada Green Building Council National Summit: Every Building Can Be Green
Montreal, Quebec
Building on the success of the inaugural summit, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is planning an engaging and original program with national participation and representation from  business and industry.

September 22-23
ENEX09: Energy efficiency benefits for the bottom line
Stage West
Mississauga, Ontario
Effective energy management is one of the most cost-effective ways to lower operating costs and create an innovative culture within an organization - and it doesn't have to include a huge capital outlay. At the second annual ENEX conference and trade show, attendees will learn how their peers are creating more energy efficient businesses, and challenging their competition to do the same. In a turbulent economy, it's even more important to get your energy management practices in order. Join us for the premier event that helps you do so.

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