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The big news item last week was the release of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance's (CEEA) 2009 National Energy Efficiency Report Card, a report which evaluates the energy-efficiency of the federal, and various provincial and territorial governments. Some of the results, such as Ontario's A+ grade, I expected given that province's implementation of the Green Energy Act and commitment to renewable energy. Other provinces that received A+ grades were Manitoba and Quebec. I was also pleasantly surprised by Alberta's performance. The province, much maligned for the tar sands, was named the most improved, jumping two grades from a D+ to a B+. But the report card wasn't good news for all. For example, the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador (C-) and the Northwest Territories (C) performed the worst. The Government of the NWT went so far as to refute the harsh grade, arguing that it wasn't be graded accurately (the full news item can be found below).

A lot of positives can be gathered from this year's results as there is evidence for plenty of progress being made on the energy-efficiency front. The President and CEO of the CEEA Ken Elsay even noted that the bar had to be raised, resulting in tougher grading, due in large part to the commitment of governments across Canada to implement sustainable solutions. That can't be a bad thing.

To read the results directly, go to


John Gilson


Ontario to help largest industrials/manufacturers; UBC to install biomass CHP system. more...


Is Ontario's solar sector growing too fast?
By Amir Keranovic
Since the recent implementation of North America's first renewable energy Feed-In-Tariff program, the Ontario government has awarded close to 3,000 MW of solar Power Purchase Agreements, representing over 13 million individual solar panels to be installed across the province in the immediate future.


Sigh of relief from solar stakeholders
By Austin Brentley
You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief on August 13 when the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) announced that its proposed price reduction to the solar microFIT program would not be as far-reaching as originally believed. First a little background. In 2009, the OPA launched the feed-in-tariff (FIT) program.


Windsor to connect water systems to Ontario's smart grid
The City of Windsor will be one of Ontario's first municipal participants to connect its water and wastewater facilities to Ontario's next generation of smart grid services in a pilot project being managed by Sempa Power. The city has agreed to connect its municipal water resources. more...

OPA finalizes price for new microFIT ground-mounted solar category
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) announced that following a 30-day consultation period, it has finalized the price for the new microFIT ground-mounted solar price category at 64.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The finalized price reflects input received during the consultation period. more...

Ontario proposing to help big manufacturers, industrials conserve energy
Ontario is proposing to help the province's largest industrial companies and manufacturers conserve energy in a way that will have little to no impact on electricity bills for Ontario families, according to the provincial government. ''We've invested in a reliable electricity system that families and businesses can count on. more...

Major solar LED street lighting installation to occur along Mexico superhighway
Lighting Science PROLIFIC DC wind- and solar-powered LED street lights will soon light up Mexico City's newly constructed ''Viaducto Bicentenario'' elevated superhighway. The project, which is nearing completion, is being jointly announced by Lighting Science Group and BHP Energy México S. de R.L. de C.V. more...

AMPCO supports Ontario energy conservation proposal
The Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario (AMPCO) says it has been pressing for the electricity policy reforms, announced today by the McGuinty Government, in order to improve Ontario's competitiveness and create jobs. Once implemented, AMPCO believes the plan will make an immediate and significant contribution. more...

IESO: Ontario okay for coal phase-out
Ontario has sufficient electricity generation and transmission resources available to maintain reliability over the next year and a half, according to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in its latest 18-Month Outlook. As a result, the move to eliminate coal-fired generation by 2014 will continue as planned. more...

Manitoba awarded A+ for energy efficiency
Manitoba has been awarded an A+ on the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance's (CEEA) 2009 National Energy Efficiency report card. This is the fourth consecutive report card the province has either led or been tied for first place in the national rating. ''We're proud of Manitoba's performance in conserving energy. more...

New Manitoba proposal encourages use of biomass fuels
The Government of Manitoba will hold public consultations on proposed new regulations aimed at reducing emissions from incinerators and encouraging the use of natural biomass materials as fuels, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie announced today. ''The proposed new laws will help make Manitoba's air cleaner.'' more...

GNWT disputes CEEA findings
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) argues that it's committed to energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases, but in 2009 National Energy Efficiency Report Card—released on August 19 by the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA)—the territories were downgraded from a B+ in 2007 to a C. more...


Schneider Electric Altivar 312
Schneider Electric's Altivar 312 variable speed AC drive is designed to make industrial and commercial machines more energy efficient, according to the company, while simplifying its integration into a single control system architecture. Available in 1-20 HP and up to 600V, Schneider says the Altivar 312 features the highest overtorque. more...

Westinghouse expands CFLs with Kelvin wattage and style options
Westinghouse Lighting says it has expanded its CFL line to include a larger assortment of Kelvin options, a range of wattages and a wider selection of standard, candelabra and GU24 base CFLs for commercial, industrial and residential use. The revamped line features CFL twists that replace incandescents up to 420W. more...

Nora Lighting slim-line LED LightBar - 3.3 watts per foot
Nora Lighting introduced a slim-line LED LightBar system that uses only 3.3 watts per foot for retail installation. The fixtures are CA Title 24-compliant and are ¾” wide x ½” deep in size. A range of cable and mounting options are available for applications such as display cabinets, shelving, cove lighting and workstations. more...


IIDEX/NEOCON CANADA 2010, which runs from September 22-25 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto

Energy Summit 2010, September 22-23, Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto, ON

CEEA Annual Dinner, September 27, Old Mill, Toronto, ON

2010 NECA Convention and Trade Show, October 2-5, Boston, MA, USA

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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