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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the final Energy Management enewsletter of the year. In this issue, we take a brief look back at the highlights of the year that was — the top stories that should have an impact on energy and buildings going into 2010. We also include a feature on the best kept secret in improved building efficiency — recommissioning. Lastly, be sure to check out the feature on the University of Toronto's chiller and lighting retrofit — a project that brought big savings and a reasonably good payback period.

All the best for the New Year,

Rob Colman
Editor, Energy Management


Applications for FIT and microFIT promising

Ontario government increases incentives available for solar thermal heating initiative

Atlantic Wind & Solar Inc. signs rooftop solar agreement with Ontario based Remington Group

On the road to 20 by '15: Canadian commercial real estate driving energy efficiency

Manufacturers lack the technology to manage their environmental footprint, study says

BSA releases new Bearing Brief on green technology

Osoyoos Indian Band to build eco-industrial park in Oliver



2009 Year in Review
The past year has appeared to be a watershed in smart grid development (in some places), green building and clean technology promotion. It's difficult to say what it will all amount to in another 12 months, but the following three stories are worth keeping a watch on throughout the new year.

Smart investments in higher education: lighting and chiller retrofits at U of T
Comprising approximately 11 million square feet, University of Toronto's 180-year-old campus encompasses over 120 buildings averaging 77 years of age. When a chiller failure led to the closure of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto one hot summer day in 2004, capital constraints could no longer justify deferring the replacement of the 36-year-old-unit. more...

Recommissioning: The best kept secret in reducing operating costs
Over the past year, organizations like the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have emphasized perhaps more forcefully than ever that effective and efficient building management isn't necessarily about spending money on expensive retrofit projects. At the most basic level it's about policy, processes and people. This point was emphasized once more during a session at this year's PM Expo in Toronto on recommissioning — perhaps the best kept secret in reducing energy costs.


Ontario Energy Network Lunch, Paul Murphy, President and CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator, January 12, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto

Globe 2010, March 24-26, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, B.C.

ENEX, May 11-12, Hamilton, Ontario

Check out the Calendar of Events on the Energy Management website for more upcoming industry seminars, conferences, shows and training sessions.

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