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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.
Being a true industry leader demands more than a commitment to sales. Loblaw Companies Limited understands this, and has staked a claim to be a leader in energy efficiency and environmental best practices as well, introducing groundbreaking technology and innovative energy management practices in its stores. This spring, it will showcase more than a few of its innovative moves at the new Scarborough Loblaw Superstore in Toronto.  
The B.C. government introduced North America’s first full-fledged carbon tax last week and made it the centerpiece of the province’s budget announcement. The concept of a carbon tax is one that has concerned industry for quite some time, but the B.C. government tempered the blow of its arrival with other tax reductions and certain industry exemptions. By gradually phasing in the tax, B.C. is showing its savvy, making sure everyone knows the province is open for business.  
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