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Dear readers:

After reviewing the pages of the EM website, I have come to the conclusion that there aren’t nearly enough stories about the very people that read EM and the organizations they work for—people such as building and plant operators, managers and energy management professionals. As a result, I will be running profiles on companies and organizations from across Canada that are making a positive difference in their energy conservation/savings.

Recently, I have had the pleasure covering organizations that have found ways to reduce their energy costs, from Toronto-based Jacobs and Thompson’s lighting retrofit to CompX Waterloo, winner of the 1st Energy Excellence (ENEX) Award. These companies are great examples of homegrown ingenuity. But I am certain there are more success stories like these just waiting to be discovered.

So if your facility/building has recently undergone some major changes—be it a lighting retrofit or the addition of energy-efficient technology, etc.—please feel free to contact me. Not only will your facility/building be profiled in an EM news story for all eyes to see, but you and your organization will also gain some well-deserved recognition. So what are you waiting for? Drop me an email. I am anxious to hear what your facility is doing to reduce its energy costs.


John Gilson


News Update - Big energy events coming your way
This fall, Energy Management/Electrical Business will take you inside two major energy-related events: APPrO 2010 and the Canadian Smart Grid Summit. more...

The Superbowl of Electrical Safety - IEEE ESW 2011
The Infrastructure Health & Safety Association’s, and CSA Z462’s, Mike Doherty visits our studio to discuss the upcoming IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop: THE Superbowl of Electrical Safety. more...


Solar company finds “green gold” in Ontario
By John Gilson
Ontario is increasingly being recognized as North America’s top destination for green energy investment. Since October 2003, the province has brought more than 1,200 MW of new renewable energy on-line, according to the provincial government, with new renewable energy projects—already in place or under construction in Ontario since 2003—representing a total investment of over $4.6 billion.


Do energy audits save energy?
By Stephen Carpenter, P.Eng
Building owners and operators are increasingly concerned with lowering building energy costs and reaping the benefits of the various renewable energy and energy efficiency incentives available today. A traditional first step to improving energy efficiency is to perform an energy audit on building systems. An energy audit is a report that indicates potential building improvements.

Does owning the meter make you smarter?
By Ken Sinclair
The whole smart meter movement has unearthed some questionable thinking while exposing some real motives. It looks like the B2G industry has suffered yet another setback as the concept of the smart grid and its essential connectivity piece smart metering sinks into the political mire, led by lobbyists who have had central control of our utility companies for the last 100 years.


Corus unveils North America’s “most advanced” broadcast facility
Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company, announced the official opening of Corus Quay—the company’s new Canadian headquarters built on Toronto’s waterfront. Corus Quay integrates advanced digital technologies and automated systems. more...

Saskatchewan Research Council unveils “energy-saving” heat and power system
The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) has unveiled a pilot project at a local ventilation manufacturer that can efficiently provide both electricity and heat energy to reduce the environmental impact and cost of providing energy to commercial and residential buildings. more...

“Clean technology” helping Nova Scotia businesses
Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau visited a number of cleantech projects yesterday in Halifax Regional Municipality. Tour stops included the Seaport Farmers’ Market, Halifax Water Commission, Halifax C&D Recycling and Carbon Sense Solutions. more...

Earn your “BEAP” from ASHRAE
With the growing emphasis on energy consumption reduction and cost savings, there is a recognized need for credible information to help in the assessment and modeling of energy use in buildings. As a result, ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) is offering a new certification program. more...

University of Waterloo opens Energy Research Centre
The University of Waterloo has opened its new Energy Research Centre, which will support research and technology development in energy conversion. At the opening ceremony on October 4, the university appointed University of Waterloo professor Claudio Cañizares. more...

Nova Scotia conference to help companies go green
Hundreds of Nova Scotia business leaders and top-level public planners will see how companies can profit and grow from going green at the fourth annual Power of Green conference in Halifax on November 8, according to a Government of Nova Scotia news release. more...

PEI announces biomass heat projects for public buildings
The Government of Prince Edward Island has accepted two proposals to supply biomass-based heat for five public buildings in the province, said the Environment, Energy and Forestry Minister Richard Brown. “Government is committed to creating opportunities to replace fossil fuels. more...

BOMA Toronto’s CDM Program approves IKEA as its 500th project
IKEA understands the implications of climate change and is constantly taking steps towards improving energy efficiency and reducing its emission of greenhouse gases, according to the Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area (BOMA Toronto). more...

Sustainable Buildings Canada announces 2010 Lifetime Awards winners
Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) announced the recipients of the 2010 Lifetime and Special Achievement Awards as part of the Annual Green Building Festival. SBC honoured four individuals who demonstrated a deep and lasting commitment to the environment and sustainability. more...

BC extends implementation date for high-efficiency plumbing fixtures
At the request of local governments and suppliers, the Government of British Columbia has extended the implementation date for new BC Building Code standards for high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, according to a BC Government news release. more...


CAN2GO variable air volume (VAV) building automation controller
The VAV building automation controller is capable of bidirectional communication with EnOcean and wired end-devices. The controller features an embedded EnOcean transceiver and EnOcean-to-BACnet gateway, allowing total wireless control of energy harvesting end-devices within an end-to-end BACnet system. more...

WECC distributed lighting control system
World Energy Control Corporation (WECC) says its distributed lighting control system (DLCS) significantly reduces energy consumption and can save up to 75% or more on lighting energy costs. The system can work with standard 0-10V dimming ballasts and lamps (GE, OSI, Philips). more...

Continental Fan CPB cast aluminum blowers
These air-moving devices are available in 8-in. to 15-in. diameters, with capacities up to 3,410 cfm. CPB blowers provide the perfect solution to many industrial and commercial air-moving requirements, says the company. The cast aluminum radial bladed wheels are ideal for exhaust systems. more...


1st Annual CaGBC-GTC Gala, October 21, Artscape Wychee Barns, Toronto, Ontario

Community Power Conference, November 14-17, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario

APPrO Conference 2010, November 16 & 17, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, 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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