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March 19, 2014
Trends and Attitudes on Energy Efficiency
Tickets on Sale! CEEA's Efficiency Matters Forum & AGM

Canadian Business Attitudes on Energy Efficiency is the theme of this year's half-day forum on May 5 in Toronto.  Data has been collected at both a provincial and national level to determine the role energy plays in the budgets of Canadian businesses and those results will be released in our national survey during the forum.

Join participants from utilities along with developers, tenants, architects and manufacturers as we examine the extent to which Canadian businesses understand how energy efficiency investments can control and reduce costs over the long term. We'll also have a panel discussion and breakfast with a senior representative from Natural Resources Canada. This event is open to members ($80) and non-members ($125). The CEEA AGM luncheon at the end of the forum is for members only. MORE

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The Latest Innovation Trends in Energy Efficiency

From apps and hubs to liquid-cooled supercomputers
Given the long, cold winter we've had I thought it would be appropriate to start thinking about spring, and for me my thoughts turn towards innovation - and in the energy efficiency sector there is a lot going on. Innovation is the holy grail for energy efficiency and our hopes that it will reduce create jobs and solve problems, including cutting our greenhouse gas emissions. Here's a look at some of the latest trends.

A Canadian energy butler app
Designing apps and cashing in has become a common dream in our digital age, and it's no different in the energy efficiency sector. The Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge... MORE
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CEEA lands new members
CEEA welcomes Dunsky Energy Consulting in Montreal and Ottawa-based Fenestration Canada as our latest members.

EnerQuality's 2013 Awards of Excellence winners
Leaders in residential building, renovation, and construction industry were
Winner of the Green Reno of the Year, Steve Snider, with presenter CEEA CEO Elizabeth McDonald at the EnerQuality Awards of Excellence gala.
recognized by EnerQuality on February 27. Winners include Midhaven Homes,  Doug Tarry Homes and Steve Snider Construction.

Manufacturing in Ontario needs energy efficiency investments
That's the word from the Mowat Centre in its report Rethinking Manufacturing in the 21st Century. The public policy think tanks believes manufacturing in the province has to change and that it can benefit from energy efficient investments like green bonds or  tax incentives for capital investment or enhancing skills. Read the full report.

CBC raises energy efficiency concerns in Eastern Canada
During NB Power info sessions customers were asking why their utility bills were so high when there was a power outage during the December ice storms. And in Newfoundland the CBC looked into by the provincial government preached conservation during blackouts but is cutting back on programs that help residents save energy.

What is Canada's oil industry doing with Alberta's public school curriculum?
That's the question that Salon tries to answer in its report that the oil industry is helping design Alberta's elementary school curriculum. Some of Alberta Education's new partners include Syncrude Canada, Cenovus Energy and Suncor Energy.

Ontario and Manitoba partner on energy innovation
The provinces are collaborating to advance energy innovation, support clean, renewable power and promote economic development. Some of the areas they'll be focussing on include conservation, efficiency, security and reliability.

Environment Canada makes cuts to climate programs
The department will reduce spending overall from $1.01b in 2014-15 to $698.8m 2016-17. According to the Star spending on climate change and clear air program is projected to decrease from $234.2 million this year to $54.8 million in 2016-17. You can read Environment Canada's priorities and planning report here.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada's new call for applications
April 16 is the deadline for Canadian cleantech innovators to apply to SDTC's SD Tech Fund. Priority areas include agriculture, clean energy, next-generation transportation, resource and energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency financing trends in California and UK
California approved a US $10 million mortgage reserve program to make Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) energy efficiency programs more bankable. Those programs allow homeowners to finance energy improvements through property tax payments. In the UK there's a new fund to help businesses become more energy efficient without having to pay for it upfront. The UK Green Bank has launched a fund with a French finance group to provide 50 million for energy efficiency projects such as combined heat and power plants, boilers, building retrofits and efficient lighting.

Proof of financial savings from more efficiency building codes
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has conducted new research that shows for every dollar the US Department of Energy spent on building energy codes, $400 in energy cost savings resulted.
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