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A new IBM consulting offering can help clients lower their environmental impact, increase efficiency and reduce costs by applying Lean Six Sigma principles to energy and water usage throughout their operations.

On August 12, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) released their National Energy Efficiency Report Card and analysis of the federal, provincial and territorial governments. While Ontario and B.C. made big gains, the Federal government fell significantly in the rankings.
The B.C. Government has selected Nexterra Energy’s biomass gasification technology to anchor two of 15 projects under the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund, announced last week by Technology, Trade and Economic Development Minister Ida Chong and Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Richard Neufeld. “Clean energy will play a key role in building a vibrant and prosperous green economy in British Columbia,” Chong said. “These investments demonstrate our commitment to develop innovative technology that will result in new sources of abundant, clean energy serving the needs of local communities and residents across the province.”  The $25 million ICE Fund supports the BC Energy Plan and the government’s goals of electricity self-sufficiency by 2016 and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020. “We’re building on B.C.’s proven track record in bringing innovation to the energy sector by funding these 15 projects,” said Neufeld. “By delivering on this BC Energy Plan commitment, we’re leading the effort to meet our ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction and clean energy targets.” Nexterra’s gasification technology converts wood residue into renewable synthesis gas – or “syngas” – that displaces fossil fuels for heat and power at industrial and institutional sites. “Nexterra is thrilled to be a part of this B.C. clean energy showcase,” said company President and CEO Jonathan Rhone. “We look forward to working with UNBC, Kruger and other BC companies to develop gasification projects that meet their energy needs in ways that significantly reduce both costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We’re also pleased that our proven technology is helping position BC as a world leader in alternative energy and power technology.” ICE Fund projects announced last week include: Biomass Gasification Project at University of Northern British Columbia Prince George – $3.5 million UNBC is proposing to work with Nexterra Energy Corporation to implement a system to gasify mountain pine beetle infested biomass, producing heat to fire a boiler at the power plant on campus to heat university buildings. This showcase project, the first of its kind at a Canadian university, will be a catalyst for replication, research and economic development. Biomass gasification could displace up to 80 per cent of the fossil fuel currently used to heat buildings on the UNBC campus. Direct Fired Boiler Biomass Gasification Demonstration Project New Westminster – $1.5 million Nexterra Energy Corporation will work with FP Innovations and Kruger Products Ltd. to apply its biomass gasification technology for industrial use. The consortium will demonstrate a direct fired biomass gasification system (turning forest/wood waste into gas to produce heat) for use at the Kruger tissue mill in New Westminster. ICE Fund support will help achieve replication and commercialization of the process. For a complete list of ICE Fund projects, visit the BC Government website: For more information about Nexterra, visit
Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, the integrated financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate, recently announced the acquisition of the environmental consulting firm, ECD Energy, best known as the developer of technology underlying environmental rating systems for buildings, including Green Globes for the Green Building Initiative (GBI) and Go Green for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada. “Our clients are asking for guidance — to help define sustainability for their real estate portfolios, provide benchmarking tools to better manage their properties, as well as a practical roadmap to improve property performance,” said Lauralee Martin, global COO of Jones Lang LaSalle. “There are a number of strong and developing property standards around the world, all of which we strongly support, such as LEED, BREEAM and Energy Star, but there are few efficient tools like the Green Globes/Go Green programs that allow owners to bring their entire portfolios up to these standards. ECD has demonstrated real leadership in sustainability strategy and has developed a wide range of sustainability tools that can help our clients address the carbon footprint of their entire portfolio.”   Professionals and staff of ECD Energy join Jones Lang LaSalle’s Toronto office and will join forces with the firm’s worldwide network of sustainability professionals.   Jones Lang LaSalle also gains use of ECD’s technology platform for assessing the sustainability profile of commercial buildings and benchmarking across portfolios. The tools assess new building designs, existing building operations and interior fit-outs in terms of their energy, water and environmental impact as well as the health and comfort of building occupants.   ECD developed Green Globes for new construction and existing buildings. It is licensed and overseen in the United States by the Green Building Initiative (GBI).  In Canada, the Green Globes system for existing buildings is licensed and overseen by BOMA Canada under the brand name “Go Green” (Visez vert). Under the terms of this acquisition, these Green Globes standards will be kept independent from Jones Lang LaSalle and operated under the governance of the GBI in the United States and BOMA in Canada.   “The principals of ECD have demonstrated true leadership in the development, application and benchmarking of sustainable practices in commercial property,” said Dan Probst, chairman of energy and sustainability services at Jones Lang LaSalle. “The tools they have created meet our clients’ urgent and growing need to understand how their buildings and portfolios measure up in terms of sustainability.”   “Building owners throughout the world can quickly and inexpensively find practical paths to sustainability,” said Jiri Skopek, CEO of ECD, who will join Jones LaSalle.   In recent months, Jones Lang LaSalle has formalized its Sustainability Commitment, which includes a goal to have 500 sustainability accredited professionals by the end of 2009, including programs such as Green Globes and LEED in the U.S., LEED in India, BREEAM in the UK, ABGR and Green Star in Australia, and others. The firm has also formalized the industry’s first Sustainability University to train employees in sustainable standards and practices.   For more information visit
Trade mission to World Bioenergy 2008 opens doors for the growth of Canada’s bioenergy business When the 77-strong Canadian delegation stepped off the plane in Sweden, they knew they were in bioenergy country. “The whole Arlanda airport is heated with biomass,” said Paul Smallman, a woodlot owner from Prince Edward Island. Like many Canadian delegates on the trade mission to World Bioenergy 2008, the biggest biomass conference in the world, Smallman went to Sweden with a mission: to learn from the best, network and turn the experience into a viable renewable energy business back home.
More than 1,000 attendees were on hand earlier this month for the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) inaugural summit, entitled Shifting Into the Mainstream. It appeared clear from the speakers and attendees that green building is now becoming much more mainstream. And with the first pilot projects for the new LEED Canada system reporting at the event, feedback was very positive about how the future landscape should look.
Are you an energy management expert? A new energy excellence certification demands that organizations maintain their conservation efforts. Does your organization have what it takes?
The provincial government is helping Ontario manufacturers become more efficient and increase their competitiveness in the global economy with funding for “lean training.” The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium will use the $500,000 in government funding to hold more than 90 "lean training" sessions for companies across Ontario.   
Eleven prominent members of Ontario's electricity sector have agreed to serve on Ontario's Smart Grid Forum. Building on the investment in smart meters that is already underway, this broad-based industry dialogue aims to develop a vision for a provincial smart grid that will provide consumers with more efficient, responsive and cost-effective electricity service.

 The development of a smart grid in Ontario will foster more consumer engagement in the market and enable effective integration of distributed renewable generation, said Paul Murphy, President and CEO of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), and Chair of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.  Enabling technologies will provide consumers with the tools and information they require to actively manage their electricity consumption.

 The goal of a smart grid is to use advanced information-based technologies to increase grid efficiency, reliability and flexibility. It enables the better use of the existing delivery infrastructure and offers benefits for both the consumer and the environment.

 The forum will consider how a smart grid in Ontario could deliver significant operational, environmental and consumer benefits. In addition to enhancing system reliability, and supporting consumer engagement, a smart grid is likely to reduce the environmental footprint of Ontario's  power system by reducing the need to expand existing infrastructure.

 The Ontario Smart Grid Forum will focus on opportunities in Ontario, but will monitor developments occurring in other jurisdictions and identify potential linkages. Members include: Paul Murphy, President and CEO, IESO, and Chair, Ontario Smart Grid Forum David Collie, President and CEO, Burlington Hydro Inc.
 Norm Fraser, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro Ottawa Limited
 Anthony Haines, President, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
 Wayne Smith, VP, Grid Operations, Hydro One Inc.
 Paul Shervill, VP, Conservation and Sector Development, Ontario Power Authority
 David McFadden, Chair, Ontario Centres of Excellence
 Michael Angemeer, President and CEO, Veridian Corporation Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Professor and Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy and
 Sustainable Energy Management, Faculties of Engineering and
 Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo
 Peter Wallace, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy
 Aleck Dadson, Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Energy Board

 Forum objectives include: Educating involved industry leaders about emerging drivers, technologies, and opportunities related to the smart grid. Developing a high-level vision of the future in Ontario served by a smart grid. Describing and quantifying the benefits that will be possible through a wide range of smart grid technologies. Identifying enablers and barriers to the construction of the smart grid. Identifying the actions needed to overcome barriers so that the benefits of the smart grid may be realized by the people of Ontario. Members will meet on a monthly basis until the end of 2008, after which a comprehensive report will be issued with findings and recommendations for Ontario's electricity sector. This report will form the basis for further action and discussion among policy-makers, regulators and industry participants.
At last month’s Green Real Estate forum in Toronto, it quickly became clear that green buildings are no longer a niche market. Greening your building is becoming a strategic imperative – to keep tenants and/or employees happy and in your facilities. The question now is only, at what sort of pace will that strategic change occur? How soon will it affect your ability to keep the businesses and employees you need to thrive?
The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) and Wal-Mart Canada announced last week that they are pursuing a project with Menova Energy that would provide up to $5.9 million to support the demonstration of the company's Power-Spar solar concentrator technology. The intention is to test and install the technology on the roof of a Wal-Mart store in Ontario yet to be selected or constructed.
Ontario’s Energy Minister announced a one-year extension for large power consumers included in the regulated price plan (RPP). This would include municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals. These large (designated) power consumers were originally scheduled to exit the RPP in the spring of 2008. But is the extension favourable for them?
Steelcare’s business demands that it keep interior air at its facilities consistently warm and dry. The associated gas and electricity bills can be tremendous. Using a made-in-Canada solar-energy solution, it has been able to reduce those costs substantially.
Manufacturers across Canada are publicly expressing concern about the challenges affecting them today. Their ability to remain a vibrant part of Canada’s business community is constantly being tested. Some are struggling, and several have departed. Many are succeeding, but all are facing challenges. Some are working together to find solutions as well.
According to the second annual Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator survey, nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of organizations are paying more attention to energy efficiency than they were just a year ago. However, the percentage of companies expecting to make energy efficiency improvements, as well as their planned investment over the next year, has remained constant.In this year’s survey, 80 per cent of respondents believe that natural gas and electricity prices will rise an additional 13.79 per cent over the next year.The most significant growth in energy efficiency measures included replacing inefficient equipment before the end of its useful life (41 per cent, up 13 per cent from 2007) and switching to energy efficient lighting (78 per cent, up 11 per cent). Also, 88 per cent claim that energy efficiency is a design priority in construction and retrofit projects, up 11 per cent from just a year ago.Nearly 40 per cent believe it is extremely or very likely that, within the next two years, legislation will mandate energy efficiency and/or carbon reduction. Nearly one-third (31 per cent) believe that green buildings will be extremely or very important in attracting and retaining future employees.For additional information, please visit
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