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Dear readers:

While the smart grid is touted as the Holy Grail of energy management, it is also generating new customer service demands, as consumers demand more control over their energy consumption. According to a recent Telus-sponsored IDC white paper, 60 million households will be using new technology to monitor/control power consumption over the next three years, and utilities are largely unprepared. Check out the white paper HERE.

Meantime, this is not only the last EMgmt newsletter of 2010, it is also my last—as of today, I’m moving on to explore a new career opportunity, and leaving Energy Management Canada in the capable hands of Anthony Capkun, Editor of the Electrical Business Group (of which EMgmt is a part). His contact info:
(905) 713-4391

The entire Energy Management Canada team wishes you and yours a safe and festive holiday season!


John Gilson


Canada and British Columbia sign agreement on GHG data collection
Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, and British Columbia's Minister of State for Climate Action, John Yap, announced that Canada and British Columbia will coordinate their greenhouse gas emission reporting under a national single window system. "Accurate reporting of greenhouse gas emissions provides vital data in support of our domestic and international climate change goals...More

U.S. Army adopts ASHRAE standard
ASHRAE leaders recently met with U.S. Army officials regarding a new sustainable design and development policy that incorporates requirements of the green building standard developed by ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The U.S. Army has made it a matter of policy to promote sustainability...More

Renewable energy focus of agreement with Mitsubishi: Manitoba gov’t
The Manitoba government and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) of Japan will work together to explore renewable energy development opportunities under an agreement signed by Premier Greg Selinger and Ichiro Fukue, Senior Executive Vice-President and representative director of MHI. “Our government and MHI share an interest in renewable energy sources...More

Tantalus to provide PEI city with smart grid technology
The City of Summerside has selected Tantalus to provide Smart Grid technology for one of the most innovative energy efficiency initiatives to date in Canada, according to Tantalus. Summerside, Prince Edward Island's second largest city, is undertaking a project that uses Tantalus technology to tie together the municipality's fiber-to-the-meter network, wind generated power and in-home energy storage devices...More

GEMCO introduces Canada’s first triple-state thermal solar cooling/heating project
Glenbarra Energy Management Corp (GEMCO) has entered into a contract with Shouldice Hospital to provide the turnkey design of Canada’s first ever “Triple‐State” absorption thermal heating/cooling system to be used in Canada. The system is designed to address the cooling, heating and domestic hot water needs of the hospital using energy from the sun...More

CGC signs geothermal agreement with Ontario Building Officials Association
The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) and the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to train municipal inspectors and other building officials in inspection processes and building code issues around geothermal heat pump technology...More

Environmental commission promoting green jobs with web directory
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is helping to advance training for green jobs in North America with the first tri-national web-based directory, listing over 100 renewable energy training courses. Searching for training and educational opportunities can be difficult and time-consuming, so the CEC's new web directory presents a comprehensive list of courses offered in Canada, Mexico and the United States...More


Continental Fan AMP motorized panel fans
Continental Fan says its product features superior performance in a compact design. They are ideally suited to applications where space is limited. The coupling of motor and impeller minimizes space requirements and provides for vibration free operation, says the company. AMP fans are completely speed controllable. Both motor and impeller are located directly in the air stream...More

Bulbrite dimmable GU24 CFLs for new and retrofit fixtures
Designed to be used with a multitude of new and existing lighting fixtures with GU24 sockets, Bulbrite has added a line of dimmable GU24s to its family of CFLs. The GU24 socket system was designed to replace the Edison socket and base, says Bulbrite, transforming standard lighting into energy efficient fixtures. The lamps promise a warm, incandescent-like White light while delivering smooth dimming—down to 10%...More

Columbia Lighting Stratus E-Series recessed direct-indirect luminaire
The Stratus recessed direct-indirect luminaire, already used in workplace and educational applications, has undergone a redesign that involves improved efficiency ratings (up to 86%) and enhanced aesthetics. The Stratus-E series offers an accompanying palette of architecturally styled shieldings and companion fixtures. It boasts a tight edge between shielding and housing, and includes an optional dust guard...More


BICSI Winter Conference Exhibition, January 16-20, 2011, Orlando, Florida

AHR Expo, January 31 – February 2, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada

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

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