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Dear readers:

There’s a lot not to like about the fall season: it’s cold, everyone’s getting sick and everything seems to be dying. Thankfully, there will be plenty of energy-centric events for you to follow. Such events include the APPrO Conference 2010 and the 2nd Annual Canadian Smart Grid Summit.

APPrO 2010, which takes place November 16-17, will feature some of Ontario’s most important energy policy decision-makers, including the Minister of Energy Brad Duguid and Hydro One President and CEO Laura Formusa. The event will answer questions regarding the year-old Green Energy Act and sustainability. Later on November 30 and December 1, the Canadian Smart Grid Summit—billed as the country’s largest smart grid event—will address issues regarding the implementation of the smart grid, as well as potential problems/opportunities. The event is designed for utilities, electricity generators, distributors, transmitters, independent systems operators and LCD’s.

There will be plenty of other events as well. For example, this fall season will include the Energy Summit 2010, IIDEX/NeoCon Canada 2010, the CaGBC-GTC Gala, the Community Power Conference and more. Energy Management will do its best to keep you informed and will follow up on these events. Be sure to regularly check out EM’s Calendar, where you will find constant event updates.


John Gilson


Getting your solar project ducks in a row – an Ontario financier’s perspective
By Amir Keranovic
Since the Ontario government launched North America’s first Renewable Energy (RE) Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program last fall, thousands of megawatts of Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) have been awarded to private solar energy developers and integrators operating in the province. Despite the government’s generous 20-year secured contracts, many renewable energy companies in the region are still finding it difficult.


Monitoring energy consumption is the key to success
By David Kroeker
At CompX Waterloo, we have cut natural gas, electricity and water consumption by roughly 50% in the last two years, and we have to give a lot of the credit to the monitoring systems we have in place. When we first started our energy conservation initiatives in December 2007, we pulled consumption information from the monthly bills for the previous two years and created charts with the information that we still use today.


APPrO 2010 a "must attend" event
Organizers are calling the 22nd Annual Canadian Power Conference (APPrO) and 2010 Power Networking Centre the must attend event for the power generation sector, promising to once again deliver leading thinkers and penetrating insights spanning the spectrum of policy and business issues critical to succeeding. more...

Shoppers Drug Mart opens energy-efficient store in Woodbridge
Shoppers Drug Mart opened its new energy-efficient store in Woodbridge, one of more than 100 Shoppers Drug Mart stores reducing their environmental footprint by building in energy-efficiency measures early in the store design. “We’re proud to work with companies like Shoppers Drug Mart to help them improve. more...

Feed-in Tariff risks and opportunities to be discussed at forum
Wind and solar developers, manufacturers, suppliers and Ontario Feed-in Tariff administrators will be gathering on October 5-6 in Toronto for the Ontario Feed-in Tariff Supply Chain Forum. The aim of the forum, say organizers, is to answer the critical questions around supply chains challenges for wind and solar FIT projects. more...

Walmart helps associates with new sustainability program
Walmart Canada announced today the rollout of a new sustainability program designed to help the company become one of Canada’s largest teams of environmentally engaged associates. Launched under the banner “My Sustainability Plan” (MSP). more...

Onset announces energy monitoring training course
Onset, a supplier of data loggers, announced a new online professional training course on Data Loggers for Performance Monitoring. Presented by energy consultant and educator Mark Stetz, P.E., of Stetz Consulting, LLC, the four-hour online course targets energy professionals. more...

Legrand targets energy efficiency, sustainability with new appointment
Legrand announced the appointment of Susan Rochford as Vice President, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Public Policy for Legrand North America. In this position, the company says Rochford will be responsible for advancing Legrand North America’s progress in setting and achieving sustainability goals. more...

CCMPA provides green funding to Canadian schools
Researchers at McGill University are working on a green production process for concrete block that—if put into use across Canada and the U.S.—could reduce our collective CO2 footprint by more than 3.2 million tonnes per year, according to the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA). more...

Fluke kicks off thermal imaging seminar series
Fluke Corporation is kicking off a seminar series designed to help contractors, building inspectors and energy auditors gain a basic understanding of thermal imaging. The hands-on training seminars will help attendees learn how to troubleshoot faster and avoid downtime using the latest thermal imaging technology. more...

Feed-in Tariff risks and opportunities to be discussed at forum
Wind and solar developers, manufacturers, suppliers and Ontario Feed-in Tariff administrators will be gathering on October 5-6 in Toronto for the Ontario Feed-in Tariff Supply Chain Forum. The aim of the forum, say organizers, is to answer the critical questions around supply chains challenges. more...

Future Lighting Solutions to help deliver Japan’s first LUXEON-based LED retrofit light bulb
Future Lighting Solutions is collaboration with Hong Kong’s Quantum Lighting Products Limited to develop a LED retrofit for E26-base incandescent light bulbs. The retrofits will utilize LUXEON Rebel LEDs and are being marketed through Japanese retail stores under the country’s Elpa brand. more...


Carlo Gavazzi’s Guardian motion/vision sensor for sliding pedestrian doors
The Guardian is the first sensor of its kind to utilize CMOS vision-based camera technology, which can detect both motion and presence, says Carlo Gavazzi. The presence zone (for safety, to prevent doors closing on persons or objects) is set through a simple teach process. more...

Continental Fan MNC mixed flow cooling fan
Continental Fan’s MNC mixed flow cooling fan is designed for exceptionally quiet and rapid heat dissipation. The fans utilize the patented MF mixed flow Impeller, incorporating an adjustable blade geometry to provide a wide range of performance options. Designed with the latest computer aided technology, MNC says the fan has “non-stall” airflow properties. more...

RIDGID CS1000 digital recording monitor
The CS1000 consists of an upgraded LCDPak as well as a durable keyboard with built-in digital recording and reporting capabilities. The monitor also comes with SeeSnake HQ software for more detailed reporting and sharing of jobs as well as easy uploads to RIDGIDConnect, according to the company. more...


IIDEX/NeoCon Canada 2010, September 22-25, the Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, ON

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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