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IESO needs you for PeaksaverPLUS program review

Ontario’s IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) is launching a stakeholder engagement to consider options for the future role of the peaksaverPLUS Residential DR Program. This review will include a discussion on the effectiveness of the program in its current design, and near- and longer-term considerations to evolve demand response in the residential sector. >> Read full article

Industrial bakery “waffles” over freezer lighting

Lighting retrofits in industrial environments are known to be short-payback energy management solutions due to significant energy savings and incentives. In the case of an industrial baker, however, the cost of a massive energy waste prior to retrofit was actually immaterial when non-energy benefits were considered. >> Read full article

NB Power’s Smart Habits 2015 rebates pay off

NB Power says tens of thousands of New Brunswickers saved money and energy by purchasing nearly 13,000 programmable thermostats last fall as part of the utility’s Smart Habits rebate program. The program offered in-store rebates on energy-efficient products such as LED bulbs, water-efficient showerheads and programmable thermostats in 170 stores around the province. >> Read full article

 Featured News 
Triboelectric nanogenerator

Triboelectric nanogenerator may power our sensors... and phones

A two-stage power management and storage system could dramatically improve the efficiency of triboelectric generators that harvest energy from irregular human motion such as walking, running or finger tapping. >> Learn More…


Moth-eye smart windows cut cleaning costs AND heating bills

A new type of smart window developed by University College London (UCL) with support from the U.K.’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings while reducing heating bills. >> Read full article

Leviton introduces LED ceiling occupancy sensor

Leviton says its LED ceiling occupancy sensor (9864-LED) expands its line of ceiling lampholders for closets and closed spaces. It is made with thermoplastic and easy to install, the company claims, with pigtail leads and mounting holes for multiple box configurations. >> Read full article

New LED barn lights from MaxLite

Providing widespread light distribution, MaxLite says its LED barn lights are an energy-efficient replacement for high-pressure sodium or MH fixtures in yards, driveways, barns, docks and other areas requiring ample lumen output and coverage. >> Read full article

 Event Calendar 

EQ Housing Innovation Forum 2016

Date & Location: Feb. 25 • Richmond Hill, Ont.
Info: At the EQ Housing Innovation Forum, delegates will discuss the future of homebuilding, including new requirements in the Ontario Building Code and Energy Star for New Homes taking effect in 2017, as well as the next generation of government and utility programs. >> More Info

Business-to-consumer Energy Smart Show 2016

Date & Location: May 14-15 • Mississauga, Ont.
Info: What organizers are calling “the first of its kind,” the Energy Smart Show opens up at the International Centre in Mississauga this coming May. An energy efficiency-focused consumer event, it features exhibits by industry product and service providers, workshops and speakers, thought leaders and field experts, and government incentive program representatives. This “one-stop shop” will offer consumers a chance to learn how to reduce their energy usage and save money—at home, in the car, at the office, at the cottage, in their small business and more. The show is endorsed by the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. >> More Info

EMC and NRCan’s Energy Summit

Date & Location: May 17-18 • Niagara Falls, Ont.
Info: Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Industrial Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) says it is bringing together the country’s leading energy subject-matter-experts, industry leaders and energy efficiency suppliers, to share best practices and the latest innovations in industrial energy efficiency on a national stage. Energy Summit 2016 is building the case for ‘Efficiency Meets Profitability’, providing the latest resources, tools and information essential for Canadian businesses to maximize growth and improve profits, while reducing their environmental impact. >> More Info

2016 BOMA International Annual Conference

Date & Location: June 25-28 • Washington, D.C.
Info: The 2016 BOMA International Annual Conference is focused on best practices and emerging trends or issues, advancements and challenges the commercial real estate industry faces. It attracts over 3000 commercial real estate professionals, organizers say. The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 17 international affiliates. >> More Info

ASHRAE 2016 conference

Date & Location: June 25-29 • St. Louis, Mo.
Info: The ASHRAE 2016 Annual Conference will get underway at America’s Center Convention Complex and Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel. “A new ‘Smart Building Systems’ track for this conference addresses the revolution in information technology applied to the built environment,” said Tom Kuehn, conference program chair. Organizers say the event will attract some 2500 conference attendees and meeting participants. >> More Info