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Last week I had the opportunity to check out IIDEX/NeoCon at the Direct Energy Centre (DEC) in Toronto on behalf of Energy Management/Electrical Business. IIDEX/NeoCon, which is Canada’s largest design exposition, was the perfect event to attend as it celebrates both green building and lighting designs. In fact, there were two sections of the DEC dedicated exclusively to green building and lighting designs.

In the lighting section, one was reminded of Las Vegas: bright lights, showmanship, with plenty of competition. Many of the world’s largest lighting manufacturers had booths here—recognizable companies such as GE, Osram Sylvania, Ruud, Magic Lite and Hubbell—who prominently displayed their latest energy-efficient designs. There were also plenty of smaller companies vying to take advantage of the exposure, including Canadian manufacturer ProTerra LED. Currently, ProTerra LED is making inroads with its LED bay lights, which were recently installed in a Belleville Magna plant.

In the green design section—noted for its quintessential green carpet—were some of the most innovative products, from highly efficient toilets to insulation to glazed windows to green roofs. Many of these products and designs were neat to look; however, not all of them were useful in regards to energy management. In upcoming weeks, I hope to share more information about some of the products and companies seen at IIDEX/NeoCon.


John Gilson


Manufacturer saves big following lighting retrofit
By John Gilson
Last January 2010, Jacobs and Thompson Inc—a manufacturer of foam and gasket products—decided to perform a complete lighting retrofit of its 89 Kenhar Drive facility, located in Toronto’s west end. The main purpose of the retrofit was to create energy savings, as well as reducing the facility’s carbon footprint. “The two main reasons for the retrofit were to reduce the plant’s hydro bills, making it more energy efficient.


Pulse Energy and Carlo Gavazzi to present EMS webinar
Pulse Energy and Carlo Gavazzi will present the webinar “An Introduction to Energy Management Systems” on Thursday, October 14 at 10:30am Pacific /1:30pm Eastern. The live, 45-minute webinar will feature experts from both companies. more...

Mount Saint Vincent University a greener campus
Today, Nova Scotia’s Mount Saint Vincent University has a greener campus as a result of help from the province to switch to natural gas, according to a Government of Nova Scotia news release. The heating conversion from oil is part of the University's “Plan for a Sustainable Campus”. more...

Ontario to update “Long-Term Energy Plan”
The Ontario government is seeking input from Ontarians as it updates its "Long-Term Energy Plan", according to a government release. This updated plan, says the government, will help guide the province as it continues to build a reliable, clean and cost-effective electricity system. more...

BOMA introduces e-Energy training course
The Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada) announced the national launch of “e-Energy Training for Building Operations”, an online course teaching building operators and engineers how to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. more...

University of Virginia awarded $2-million grant for energy systems research
A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Virginia has been awarded a four-year, $2-million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop “smart building” energy systems for residential and commercial buildings. The University says the researchers will focus on reducing energy used by buildings’ HVAC systems. more...

B.C. releases biomass guide
As part of National Forest Week, the Government of British Columbia released an updated information guide today to help stakeholders and investors develop bioenergy projects in the province using wood waste and other biomass resources. “The BC Biomass Guide provides all of the necessary tools. more...

Biorem awarded $1.2 million to advance VOC treatment technology
Biorem, a clean technology company, announced it has been awarded $1.2 million from the Innovation Demonstration Fund (IDF) of the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation to support the development of its VOC (volatile organic compound) treatment technology. more...

Northern Ontario industries to receive rebates with new program
Ontario is providing support to northern Ontario with energy rebates to northern families and industry to help reduce electricity prices and boost economic activity, according to Government of Ontario news release. The new Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program is providing industry electricity price rebates of two cents per kWh. more...

Schneider Electric Canada appoints Eric Deschenes
Schneider Electric has appointed Eric Deschenes as Vice President, Energy Business for Canada. In this new position, Deschenes will manage strategy, business development, partner support and marketing initiatives for the Oil and Gas and Utility end user segments, and Canada’s medium voltage solutions. more...

Australia’s Crompton Lighting replaces MR16 halogen downlights with "eco-friendly" alternative
LUXEON-based downlights have come to Australia with the release of XL LED downlights from Crompton Lighting, an Australian lighting brand and a division of the Gerard Lighting Group. According to LUXEON, the fixtures consume 70% less energy than their counterparts and have a 50,000-hour lamp life. more...


Hamsar 71078 LED projector headlight
The new 71078 light, providing high-beam operation in the 165 mm/6.5-in. size category, delivers all the benefits of its low-beam companion, the 71076 LED headlight, including brighter, whiter light than halogen units and exceptionally low power consumption, according to Hamsar. more...

Power Monitors Vision handheld power quality recorders
Power Monitors’ Vision is a new line of hand-held power quality (PQ) recorders that includes a graphical meter for spot measurements and full PQ logging. The line features three models: VisionLite, Vision and VisionPro. Vision weighs 1.2 lb and boasts up to 1Gb of memory and 1MHz voltage sampling. more...

Standard Products CeraPro ceramic metal halide lamps
CeraPro by Standard is a new line of ceramic metal halide (cMH) lamps promising a combination of performance, reliability and energy savings. The lamps consume less energy and generate less heat than equivalent halogens, says the company, boasting a higher CRI (Colour Rendering Index). more...


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

Ontario Feed-In Tariff Supply Chain Forum, October 5-6, Allstream Centre, Toronto, ON

Solar Power International 2010, October 12-14, Los Angeles, CA, 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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