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Dear readers:

For this EM e-newsletter edition, you'll find a feature about the critical role surge suppression devices can play in protecting facilities from unpredictable surges. For this story, I talked with Total Protection Services (TPS) Canada's John Shamess, who gave valuable advice on how companies can save money with quality surge suppression devices, as well as protect their sensitive (and often expensive) equipment from damage.

In addition, you'll find news items about the opening of Walmart's Balzac facility, the company's first sustainable distribution centre in Canada, as well as information about two new incentive programs: the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit (OCEB), and Green-Eats, an energy incentive for Toronto restaurants. In the future, stay tuned for more information on Walmart and that company's sustainability initiatives.

Lastly, if you have any story ideas or wish to submit an article, please don't hesitate to contact me. Energy Management also makes use of videos, so if you have any informing videos that you'd like to share, please do.


John Gilson


News Update - 24 Nov 2010
Walmart opens first sustainable distribution centre in Calgary; New green incentive for Toronto restaurants. More...


Surge suppression devices: Worth the investment?
There are many ways that a facility can save energy and reduce maintenance costs, including energy retrofits (lighting, HVAC/R, etc.) and conservation measures. But many companies neglect the power quality side of the issue, leaving them vulnerable to electrical surges and subsequent power failures. More...


Ontario introduces Ontario Clean Energy Benefit (OCEB)
The Ontario government has introduced the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit (OCEB), which would provide a 10% benefit to help consumers manage rising electricity prices for the next five years, according to a Government of Ontario news release. More...

SCTE spotlights data center powering efficiency
Cable system operators can significantly and immediately impact their bottom lines by deploying solutions that can reduce data centre power needs and increase energy efficiency, according to a presentation at the Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI) forum. More...

Redcliff Métivier recognized for sustainability efforts
Redcliff Métivier has been officially recognized by LEED and BOMA BESt guidelines for the company’s sustainable development practices.  Two of the company’s Montreal office properties—999 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West (Level 1 certification) and 8000 Décarie Blvd. (Level 2 certification)—were granted BOMA BESt certifications. More...

ASHRAE GreenGuide features guidance on sustainable planning
The newly published third edition of the ASHRAE “GreenGuide: The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable Buildings” is an updated version of this reference, covering the need-to-know information on what to do. More...

Energy-efficient schools improve student achievement: Honeywell
Results of the second annual "School Energy and Environment Survey" from Honeywell, an American study, reveal that almost 90% of school leaders see a direct link between the quality and performance of school facilities, and student achievement. More...

Walmart Canada opens sustainable fresh food distribution centre in Alberta
Walmart Canada  is opening its first sustainable fresh food distribution centre in Balzac, Alta., a facility that Walmart says will be an estimated 60% more energy-efficient than the company’s traditional refrigerated centres. More...

Toronto restaurants making green by going green
Going green can make more “green” for restaurants, according to Toronto Hydro. According to a recent Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (“Toronto Hydro”) poll, seven out of 10 Torontonians would prefer to dine at a green establishment. More...

Northland's James Temerty named Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year
James C. Temerty C.M., Founder and Chair of Northland Power, was named Canada's Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year for 2010 at a ceremony in Toronto on November 17. The award recognizes Temerty's success in building a number of profitable and innovative companies. More...

Cavet Technologies signs agreement with Element Controls
Cavet Technologies Inc. has formed a strategic agreement with Element Controls, a distributor, to sell Cavet’s LumiSmart ILC. Developed for the commercial and industrial markets, Cavet says LumiSmart ILC is a purpose-built product that dramatically reduces power consumed. More...

Medicine Hat to be site of solar thermal power project
The Alberta government is investing $3 million to help establish a pilot project in Medicine Hat that will demonstrate the potential of using solar energy to produce the steam needed to generate electricity, instead of using fossil fuels, according to a Government of Alberta news release. More...


Schneider Electric EnergyView Online for remote energy monitoring
Schneider offers a web-hosted, remote energy monitoring service called EnergyView Online, which acts as an energy information portal for building, energy or facility managers. More...

Continental Fan UBV upblast roof ventilators
Continental Fan says its ventilator provides aerodynamically efficient performance with airflow capacities to 61,000 cfm. This ventilator is constructed with a heavy-duty welded steel base, galvanized butterfly exhaust damper section and a spark-resistant cast aluminum airfoil axial impeller. More...

Carlo Gavazzi WM40-96 smart modular power analyzer
This power analyzer is an ideal solution for measuring electrical variables—such as current, voltage, power, energy and harmonics—in each application where parameters analysis, control, data stamping and retransmission must be very accurate, says the company. More...


CanSIA Trade Show and Conference, December 6 & 7, 2010 – Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario

POWERGEN International, December 14-16, Orange County Convention Centre, Orlando, FL

2011 RETScreen Annual Conference and Training Institute, June 20 – 22, 2011 – Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario

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