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Ontario has oversupply of electricity, so why are you paying more?

Apparently, the Ontario Government had a process in the Electricity Act and regulations for drafting and approving a long-term technical plan for Ontario’s electricity system... but they didn’t bother following it. Ouch! >> Read full article

GE to sell Appliances business to Haier for $5.4 billion

GE says it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Appliances business to Qingdao Haier Co. for $5.4 billion. The transaction has been approved by the board of directors at GE and Haier, and remains subject to customary closing conditions, including Haier shareholder approval, and regulatory approvals. GE says the deal is targeted to close in mid-2016. >> Read full article

ENMAX wants Albertans to take control with My Energy IQ

ENMAX Energy’s new personalized tool is called My Energy IQ and it aims to help Albertans take better control of their energy use and costs. The program, an Alberta first, according to ENMAX, is a “value-added benefit” offered to most ENMAX Energy residential and small business customers. >> Read full article

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35K-piece Mega Bloks house

35K-piece Mega Bloks house galvanizes Brick for Brick campaign

Habitat for Humanity Canada has partnered with Cossette, Mega Bloks and the Interior Design Show to build a life-sized home made entirely out of Mega Bloks... 35,000 of those bricks, in fact. >> Learn More…


Johnson Controls’ York chillers compatible with R-513A refrigerant

Johnson Controls says it is enhancing its HFC product lines to be fully compatible with the non-flammable, low-GWP (global warming potential) refrigerant—Opteon XP10 (R-513A). The company says the York centrifugal and screw chillers ranging from 125 to 6000 tons (440 to 21,100 kW) are now compatible with R-513A. >> Read full article

VTT’s Human Thermal Model IoT solution primed for commercialization

Back in March 2014, we told you about a new method for assessing the individual thermal comfort experienced by different user groups, which is intended as part of continually improving the energy efficiency of existing and new construction. Now its developers are seeking partners to commercialize the IoT solution. >> Read full article

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KIT uncovers underground heat island methodology for geothermal

KIT uncovers underground heat island methodology for geothermal

Underground heat islands in cities have enormous geothermal potential, say Karlsruhe Institute of Technology researchers, as warm groundwater can be used to produce energy for heating and cooling with the help of geothermal or groundwater heat pumps. But how do you identify the best locations? >> Learn more...

 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

Building Energy Summit 2016

Date & Location: Mar. 16 • Washington, D.C.
Info: The 2016 Building Energy Summit is an annual conference designed to educate building owners and operators on energy-efficient technologies and solutions, collaborate on best practices, share successful case studies, and provide the resources needed to take action. This year’s event focuses on the integration of new technologies into building operations—from smart building solutions, to advanced data and analytics, to cloud based monitoring and controls. >> 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