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Disclosing Building Energy Use Creates Jobs

Posted by on May 9th, 2012 - No Comments

In today’s economy, finding a proven catalyst for job growth-one that comes with no taxpayer price tag-is cause for excitement. Better yet: a jobs catalyst that saves consumers and businesses money and benefits the environment.

Two new reports from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) show how a new kind of energy policy is creating skilled, export-proof jobs in cities across the United States. Under this type of policy, called building energy rating and disclosure, owners of large buildings track exactly how much energy their properties use. Armed with this information, they can make changes that reduce their utility bills and those of their tenants-helping everyone’s bottom line. Read more »

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U.S. Army Gets Its First Solar-Powered Microgrid

Posted by on May 9th, 2012 - No Comments

Solar power and wind power are in store for TARDEC, the Army’s state-of-the-art vehicle research center in Michigan. TARDEC will be the first Army installation to use a solar powered microgrid, designed to win energy security for two of TARDEC’s laboratories, which will be able to run off grid in case of power outages. The microgrid, set for installation this spring, will include wind power, fuel cells and other energy sources, as well as a mobile solar generator and charging station for hybrid electric vehicles. Read more »

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New Fortis Rates to Benefit Natural Gas Customers

Posted by on March 22nd, 2012 - No Comments
March 12, 2012, Surrey, B.C. – The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) confirmed today that, most of FortisBC’s natural gas customers will see a commodity rate decrease starting April 1, 2012. This also includes piped propane customers living in Revelstoke.  Midstream and delivery rates for customers are not affected by this decision. Read more »
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Cloud Computing to Reduce Energy

Posted by on November 17th, 2011 - No Comments

A good article posted by Euractiv.com highlights the potential energy and emission savings that can be achieved by companies migrating to cloud based computing and data storage.  The article states that up to 50% in carbon emissions can be achieved, translating to billions of dollars in annual savings when applied across large company implmentations.  Read more »

Sustainability is Improving the Bottom Line for Smaller Companies

Posted by on October 13th, 2011 - No Comments

Leading accounting bodies release report highlighting how small- and medium-sized companies can profit from sustainability

LONDON, NEW YORK, TORONTO, September 28, 2011- Small- and medium-sized enterprises are placing more emphasis on sustainability and its paying off on the bottom lines says their accountants.

Three international accounting bodies have released a comprehensive research report underlining the growing emphasis small- and medium-sized enterprises are placing on sustainability as it becomes increasingly crucial to business performance Read more »

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Thrifty Foods: An Energy Management Example

Posted by on October 7th, 2011 - No Comments

As printed in the Autumn 2001 issue of Fresh Magazine (produced by Thrifty Foods), there were several highlighted project references that provided great examples of an organization committed to energy management. Thrifty Foods has indicated that they have established an environmental committment to reduce their energy consumption by 13% and overall carbon footprint by 15%.  Read more »

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Corporations With Climate Change Strategies Perform Better

Posted by on September 22nd, 2011 - No Comments

London, UK. September 14, 2011 - For the first time in its ten year history, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Global 500 survey report reveals the majority of the world’s largest public corporations have climate change actions embedded as part of their business strategies.  The survey also finds that companies with a strategic focus on climate change provided investors with approximately double the average total return on their investments.  Read more »

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Study Confirms Smart Meters are More Accurate than Those Replaced

Posted by on September 20th, 2011 - No Comments

There is an interesting parallel from the USA where consumer advocacy groups are voicing concerns over the accuracy of new smart meters in much the same way opponents are reacting to the new technology BC Hydro is planning to implement here in BC.   In a study out of Ohio, reports have shown that one brand of smart meter is actually more accurate than the models they are replacing.

While it is noted that this report is focused solely on accuracy and doesn’t address all of the concerns associated with smart meters, it is a fact worth recognizing.  Please see below for more information. Read more »

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Corporate Sustainability in Unexpected Places

Posted by on September 13th, 2011 - No Comments

It is refreshing to witness corporate sustainability initiatives in the most unexpected places.  Kraft Foods seems to have embraced a culture of energy management and sustainability through the focus on several initiatives.  More detail can be found on their website by clicking here.

Note the logo on the top right corner of the bag…..Mr. Christie: you make ‘green’ cookies!

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Voyant Helps Client Meet Strict Payback Targets

Posted by on September 6th, 2011 - No Comments

Voyant Solutions Canada performed a Comprehensive Energy Audit for a national medical and healthcare client with the goal of identifying energy savings measures with a required simple payback period of less than five years, and minimal disruption of their daily operations.

To read more about the custom solutions presented by Voyant that identified over 30% in energy savings with a payback of less than four years, click here.

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