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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
Conservation, the improvement of current assets and further development of renewables are the three main issues we must tackle in Canada to ensure a secure electricity supply in coming years. This was the conclusion reached by the participants in “The Future of Energy Dialogue” at Globe 2008. The effective integration of renewables into that mix will be of the utmost importance — an opinion expressed in a number of sessions at the conference.
The GLOBE Foundation of Canada announced the winners of the 2008 GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence at Globe 2008, celebrating Canadian companies that take a proactive approach to sustainable business strategies and have made significant strides towards developing progressive technologies and services.
Buildings represent about 35 per cent or more of North America’s greenhouse gas emissions, and they are one of the few sectors where it’s possible to get quick reductions of those GHGs in a cost-effective, economically viable way. This is a message that was emphasized by a report released by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) the week of Globe 2008. The proof of what can be achieved through truly intelligent design was demonstrated in presentations by a number of Canadian architects at the conference in Vancouver.
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