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In 2004, an estimated $300 billion US was invested in energy efficiency technologies and infrastructure in the United States. Based on the right set of policies, market forces and financing, that market is expected to reach $700 billion US by 2030 (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy).

Energy Management Canada is all about helping facility personnel conserve energy and save big bucks. And that facility can range from commercial corporate headquarters and shopping malls to data centres and high-end residential. Whatever the building, if it’s measured in kilowatt-hours (or cubic metres, in the case of gas), it’s part of our mandate!

To that end, we’re revamping our website in the coming weeks to bring you more information in the way of Electrical, Mechanical, Automation, Building Envelope and Tools/Equipment, and we’re going to make it easier to find the information you need.

Also in the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing you an exclusive video of a roundtable conducted at Schneider Electric’s invitation-only media event, involving players like Schneider’s Jeff Drees (Schneider president, U.S.) and Paul Hamilton (SVP energy efficiency programs), and Ruben Alvarez (director, Midwest Design & Construction, AT&T Corporate Real Estate).

Meantime, we can never get enough information, or hear enough stories from you. I want you to send me your news, stories, articles, case studies, etc. It doesn’t cost you anything, and the entire community is rewarded.


Anthony Capkun

P.S. As you may already know, John Gilson has left Energy Management to pursue a new career opportunity. We wish him all the best in his new endeavour.


The ins and outs of Energy Services Agreements
Energy retrofits of industrial and commercial buildings have recently proven to be one of the more popular initiatives for Canadian landlords and tenants (“project proponents”) seeking to brandish their green credentials or, simply enough, to save money. However, comprehensive retrofits can be quite costly with high initial capital costs and long payback periods. READ...

CABA’s Ron Zimmer speaks about the 2011 Intelligent Building Roadmap
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)—through its Intelligent & Integrated Building Council and new Research Program—has completed its 2011 North American Intelligent Building Roadmap. Ken Sinclair interviewed Ron Zimmer, CABA’s president and CEO, to learn more. READ...

A word on surge protectors in the modern facility
Energy Management spoke with Kevin Ashton, general manager for Belkin Conserve, to learn more about surge protection devices, and the important role they can play in your overall energy management strategy. READ...


America’s National Lighting Bureau says get ready for 2012 incandescent departure
Prepare to say good-bye to the venerable 100W ‘general-service’ incandescent bulb, advises the National Lighting Bureau (NLB). As of January 1, 2012, it will be illegal to import them to, or manufacture in, the United States. READ...


British Columbia dims the prospects of 75W and 100W incandescents
New standards for energy-efficient alternatives to 75W and 100W incandescent light bulbs came into force in The Pacific Province January 1, 2011. BC retailers can continue to carry the incandescent 75W and 100W bulbs until their stock runs out. READ...

Coulomb helps Sheratons in Toronto and Montreal offer EV charging
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, the Sheraton Centre Toronto and Coulomb Technologies recently announced the installation of the first ChargePoint networked electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at hotels within Canada. READ...

GE Technology aims to empower the connected home of the future
GE unveiled its smart home technologies at its first appearance at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). These ecomagination and healthymagination technologies promise to help consumers reduce health- and energy-related costs, and redefine the benchmark for household performance. READ...


University of Windsor course - Advanced Professional Certificate in Energy Management, January 17-19, Windsor, Ont.

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

AIA National Convention & Design Exposition, May 11-14, New Orleans, La.

Lightfair, May 15-19, Philadelphia, Pa.

Construct & CSI Annual Convention, September 14-16, Chicago, Ill.

USGBC Greenbuild, October 5-7, Toronto, Ont.

Construct Canada, November 30-December 2, Toronto, Ont.

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