February 4, 2014 - Direct Energy says it is the first Canadian energy company to offer the Nest Learning thermostat to Albertans who sign up for an energy plan. To launch this partnership, Direct Energy is offering new customers a Nest learning thermostat when they sign up for the 5-year Comfort and Control Dual Fuel plan.
January 30, 2014 - 360 Energy Inc.—a Canadian player in the energy management services industry—says it is taking steps to form a not-for-profit organization that will “transform utility customer billing in Canada”—the Utility Data BarCode Association.
November 27, 2013 - Today, the Province of Ontario launched emPOWERme, an interactive website to help energy consumers better understand the province’s electricity system.
November 21, 2013 - The Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area (BOMA Toronto) is the recipient of Energy Project of the Year (Canada Region) award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for its former Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Program, which it says acknowledges “achievements being made in energy by identifying those who exemplify the very best in their fields”.
November 1, 2013 - Hydro-Quebec has launched an energy- and water-saving products program, and is inviting customers to get a kit of products to help save electricity through the more efficient use of hot water, which it says represents 20% of home electricity costs.
October 15, 2013 - PowerStream business customers, who use commercial refrigeration systems as part of their operation, will be better able to manage their electricity costs, as a result of a new Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) program from the utility.
October 3, 2013 - Union Gas launched a program designed to move residential home builders’ energy-efficiency practices 20% ahead of provincial standards, says the utility, helping them to be “future-ready” in advance of the next Ontario Building Code change in 2017.
October 3, 2013 - An independent non-profit corporation dedicated to environmental energy efficiency, Greensaver, has launched a campaign to improve the energy efficiency of new homes in Ontario: the Residential New Construction (RNC) program.
September 11, 2013 - The award recipient in the Small Business Category of the Surrey Board of Trade’s Environment and Business Awards is Empower Me—a program created by Quality Program Services (QPS), which focuses on “transforming households, organizations” through energy-use reduction.
September 6, 2013 - In an effort to provide customized conservation services to help reduce energy in First Nation communities, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), together with Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Zimmer, have announced 12 communities chosen to participate in the first year of the saveONenergy Aboriginal Conservation Program. This, they said, is the first program of its kind in Ontario.
August 13, 2013 - Energate, a provider of consumer demand response and home energy management solutions, has announced Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution will deploy the Energate Foundation Smart Thermostat and home energy gateway in homes operating over the Sensus open standards-based FlexNet utility communication network with ZigBee-enabled meters. Ontario has deployed over five million smart meters alongside its province-wide time-of-use pricing program, said Energate.
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