|FROM THE EDITOR:
Last week, guests were invited to the Toronto Congress Centre to take part in the Schneider Electric PowerLogic Users Group Conference. The focus of the event was on energy management solutions, particularly on how the energy community—governments, industry and consumers—can solve one of the planet’s most difficult tasks: Lowering humanity’s carbon footprint while simultaneously searching for ways to serve a growing population of energy consumers.
The conference got underway with a panel discussion. Panelists represented leaders in the energy world, including: Bruce Campbell, IESO VP, who gave guests a peak into the Ontario energy market; Robert Storey of Hatch Management Consulting, who talked about sustainability efforts happening throughout the world; and Daniel Peloquin and James Clark of Schneider Electric, who talked about Schneider Electric’s solutions to energy problems, which includes PowerLogic, a comprehensive energy management system.
After the panel, guests were invited to check out various sessions that showed how different companies and organizations are trying to reduce energy costs. There were many neat examples to check out, including the Dr. David Suzuki School, the IBM Steeles Campus, and monitoring energy at Xstrata Nickel, an underground nickel mine in Sudbury.
Leaving the event, I was impressed with the level of ingenuity developed to tackle this pressing issue. In the near future, I will try to dig deeper into the above mentioned case studies.
Solar project powers retirement home
By John Gilson
Oxford Gardens, a 9,900-sq.m retirement home located in Woodstock, Ontario, will be the site of Canada’s largest cooling and thermal heating project. The project is being developed by Proterra Solar, an international supplier of solar thermal technology to the North American renewable energy sector. The retirement home, which has 110 residents and 101 individual suites, currently uses a 90 tonne electric chiller. Due to concern of fluctuating energy costs, the management of the retirement home began searching. more...
Ontario clamping down on predatory energy retailers
Ontario is protecting electricity and natural gas consumers with new rules that put an end to unfair practices by some energy retailers, according to the Government of Ontario. The government says the new rules will help ensure that Ontarians receive accurate information from all energy retailers before they sign contracts. more...
Manitoba changes building code to make homes more energy efficient
Manitoba is implementing changes to the building and plumbing codes that will increase energy and water efficiencies as well as make Manitoba homes healthier, according to Government of Manitoba news release. “We want Manitoba homes to lead the nation when it comes to incorporating new technology. more...
Toronto Zoo launches energy conservation project
The Toronto Zoo is demonstrating leadership in energy conservation management through a joint venture announced recently at the Toronto Zoo with Toronto Hydro, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and Ice Energy Inc. for a pilot project using Ice Bear energy-storage technology, according to an OPA news release. more...
St. Lawrence College installs largest solar system for post-secondary facility
A solar rooftop energy system—designed and built by Ainsworth Inc.—is being installed at two St. Lawrence College campuses in Kingston and Brockville. Together, they will comprise the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop installation at any post-secondary institution in Canada, according to Ainsworth. more...
Schneider Electric and PowerSecure International to form smart grid partnership
Schneider Electric and PowerSecure International Inc. are partnering up to bring PowerSecure’s Interactive Distributed Generation (IDG) smart grid power systems to hospitals. Schneider Electric says PowerSecure's IDG technology, in partnership with local utilities, will allow hospitals to: Make their operations more efficient by utilizing their idle backup power systems during high-cost peak electricity demand. more...
OPA announces new Vice-President
Andrew Pride will be joining the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in the role of Vice-President, Conservation, effective November 1, 2010, according to an OPA news release. Pride holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. more...
New regulations for Nova Scotia renewable projects
New energy regulations will help stabilize electricity costs for Nova Scotians, while promoting a greener, more sustainable province for generations to come, according to a Government of Nova Scotia news release. The new regulations will enable the province to increase the amount of renewable electricity. more...
SNC-Lavalin O&M seeks Energy Manager
SNC-Lavalin O&M Inc., a division of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., is currently seeking an Energy Manager for its Winnipeg, Manitoba facility. This is a permanent, full-time position. Key responsibilities of the position include: Ensuring a continual pro-active approach is in place. more...
WEG ACW Series molded-case circuit breakers
The ACW Series is designed to disconnect power and to provide circuit protection for low voltage distribution systems against overloads and/or short circuits. Now available, with UL489 certification, the ACW Series can be ordered in one of four different compact frames. more...
WAGO CPO DIN-rail mount outlet boxes
These outlet boxes provide control cabinets with power for common tools, including laptops and testing equipment. Addressing requests for compact duplex supplies, the CPO’s compact PVC housing measures just 60mm x 109mm and features an ABS plastic cover. more...
Brennan Industries standard- and heavy-duty clamps
Brennan clamps are available in steel and stainless steel and offer a vibration-dampening four-rib design that prevents loosening of joints and welds. The standard-duty clamps are designed for average loading and light vibration applications such as machine and tool applications, and instrumentation tubing. more...
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Community Power Conference, November 14-17, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
APPrO Conference 2010, November 16 -17, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
POWERGEN International, December 14-16, Orange County Convention Centre, Orlando, FL
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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