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March 1, 2013 - The $1.6-million LiveSmart BC Small Business program will be extended another year—until March 31, 2014—announced Rich Coleman, minister of energy, mines and natural gas (photo) and Naomi Yamamoto, minister of state for small business.
February 25, 2013 - Joe Oliver, minister of natural resources, has announced over 640,000 Canadian households have now received more than $934 million in grants through the ecoEnergy Retrofit—Homes program. Created in 2007, the initiative was developed to help Canadians save on home energy improvements and energy costs.
February 21, 2013 - Home builders and renovators working in PowerStream’s service territory (Barrie, Markham and Vaughan, Ont.), can provide energy-efficient features in their customers’ construction projects at less cost, said the utility.
January 29, 2013 - Honeywell and Opower introduced new technology that aims to help utilities attract more homeowners to voluntary programs that curb the demand for electricity, and help create “a stable and effective energy grid without new power plants”.
Companies have traditionally seen energy as a cost to be managed, rather than an opportunity for investment, but advances in the solar market have made this energy source a smart option for a number of reasons.
December 16, 2012 - BC Hydro and Canfor Pulp have an agreement to generate bioenergy at the Northwood mill in Prince George that, according to the partners, will enhance the viability of the facility that employs about 470 people.
December 14, 2012 - Thanks to $6900 in incentives from the Union Gas EnerSmart program, Norfolk County in Ontario has installed new energy-efficient equipment in three of its area arenas.
December 12, 2012 - Quesnel River Pulp, a division of West Fraser, has made significant commitments to reducing its energy consumption, says FortisBC. For those achievements, the mill has received a $250,000 incentive from the utility, which could grow to $1 million over the next three years.
December 6, 2012 - Today the Town of East Gwillimbury, City of Hamilton and City of Markham in Ontario received a Community Conservation Award—a new award that recognizes Ontario municipalities for their commitment to energy-saving initiatives, community energy planning and strong conservation leadership.
December 6, 2012 - Toronto, Ont.-based Ecobee Inc.—a player in Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat products—has formed a strategic partnership with Austin Energy to launch the Texas utility’s 2013 Power Partner thermostat program pilot.
December 5, 2012 - BC Hydro has announced the First Place and Top 10 photos for the Team Power Smart photo contest, in partnership with London Drugs and Royal BC Museum.
November 30, 2012 - Upfront payments can be a barrier to making energy efficiency upgrades to your home, says BC Hydro, which is why the utility is launching a pilot program in the City of Colwood that offers low-cost financing for home energy improvements with no upfront payment.
November 27, 2012 - Manitoba Hydro launched its latest Power Smart energy efficiency program: the Power Smart Neighbourhood program will see the utility work with community organizations and groups to bring the “benefits of energy efficiency” to residents of lower-income neighbourhoods on a block-by-block project basis.
November 22, 2012 - Today, in front of the living wall at the City Hall Galleria, Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge accepted rebate cheques totalling $47,612 from Guelph Hydro and Union Gas for an extensive energy audit program conducted earlier this year.
November 20, 2012 - BC Hydro has named 27 local companies as the winners of the 2012 Power Smart Excellence Awards, recognizing “energy conservation leadership from organizations in the commercial, government, industrial and retail sectors”.
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