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April 17, 2014
CEEA Policy Committee or Energy Efficiency Think Tank?
Andrew Pape-Salmon to head new committee
Rejuvenation is the buzz word at CEEA right now and that means our minds are turning to our policy priorities. Earlier this month we  established CEEA's first policy research committee which will be advising our board of directors on what our policy priorities should be on an annual basis. I like to think of it as our own energy efficient think tank. Aside from identifying and prioritizing policy opportunities the committee will lay out a road map, establishing strategies   MORE
How to sell energy efficiency to Canadian businesses

MP Kelly Block, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of NRCan, is keynote speaker at forum

Find out how to motivate businesses to adopt energy efficient practices and save energy as we discuss key findings from our 2014 survey Canadian Business Attitudes on Energy Efficiency which is being released
Kelly Block will discuss the economic benefits of ee initiatives at CEEA's Efficiency Matters Forum
at CEEA's Efficiency Matters Forum on May 5 in Toronto.

CEEA is also pleased to announce Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, MP Kelly Block, will be speaking on behalf of the Government of Canada at breakfast, providing an update on the economic benefits resulting from energy efficiency initiatives.
Also on hand is a great survey panel discussion featuring Shannon Bertuzzi, Manager, Residential Sales Market Development, Enbridge Gas Distribution; Carol Buckley, Natural Resources Canada; David Craddock, NORR Limited Architects, Project Manager/Acting Executive Director, RAIC; Roger Johnson, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Real Estate, TD Bank Group; Katrina Marsh, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce; and Jay Nordenstrom, NAIMA Canada.

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Summerhill is CEEA's latest new member! The Toronto-based company has offices in Regina and Halifax, Nova Scotia and is known for designing energy efficiency programs and engagement strategies for Canadian and American utilities.

Thermal Energy recently branched out to the Indian market with orders for its steam trap product for tire industry. Opower had a successful stock market debut on April 4 with its stock up 26% on the first day of trading. Horizon Utilities ranked eleventh in Corporate Knights' Future 40 Responsible Leaders and Union Gas gave a $5500 grant to the city of London for the Mayor's Sustainable Energy Council.
CEEA CEO Elizabeth McDonald made an appearance on CTV news to McDonald CTV Earth Hour talk about Earth Hour, Canadians and energy efficiency. McDonald was also on a panel at the All Energy conference where she discussed her presentation on best practices and a federal tax incentive proposal.

McDonald will be on a panel at the upcoming EE Global Forum in Washington, DC (May 20-21) -- she has also been serving on the steering committee. This is a great opportunity  to discuss energy efficiency at an international level with executives from a variety of sectors including Whirlpool, Berlin Energy Agency, United Nations Foundation, and the US DOE. Registration is still open!

Of course it was big news when Greg Rickford was appointed as Canada's new Minister of Natural Resources. But a lot has been going on across the country.


Biodiesel Rules: Ontario's new biodiesel rules are intended to help fight climate change and smog. By 2017 regular diesel must be blended with at least 4 per cent of biofuel.

Hydro One & OPA Review: The provincial government has appointed a council to improve efficiency and optimize the value of Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation, along with the LCBO. Expect the report by the end of 2014.

New utility requirements & pilot projects:  The Minister of Energy's Conservation First Framework intends to save energy through energy efficiency and utilities must file their plans with OPA. There are also callings for solicitations involving combined heat and power, microgrids and energy storage.

Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program: The two-year program will fund projects with an economic focus and includes conservation angles.

Manitoba Hydro boosts conservation efforts and eyes US market: While Manitoba will be encouraging more Manitobans to conserve electricity it plans to build two generating stations and sell hydro to the U.S.

Nova Scotia
New Electricity Efficiency and Conservation Restructuring Act:  Efficiency Nova Scotia has become a utility dealing with the commodity of efficiency, regulated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review board. The efficiency fee has also been cut from power bills

9 ways to get stakeholders to care about energy efficiency
This was a big hit in our LinkedIn Discussion Group and on Twitter. Featuring great tips from energy managers and subtitled "data isn't enough", it emphasizes that to sell energy efficiency you need to tell great stories.

Energent  to monitor buildings at 10 Ontario universities
The Waterloo-based company won the $360,000 contract which includes recommending ways to reduce energy costs and GHG emissions.  

Top 10 US cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings
The 2014 list has LA, Washington DC & Atlanta as its top 3.

UNEP FI Briefing: Unlocking the retrofit investment opportunity
The Property Working Group report looks at commercial real estate. Its seven steps include linking asset management compensation to energy performance. 
Energi develops first Canadian energy savings warranty
The provider of insurance programs is issuing the Toronto Atmospheric Fund an ESW for an energy efficiency retrofit of the Robert Cooke Co-Operative Homes.

Toronto's High-rise Retrofit Improvement Support Program
Hi-RIS is a 3-yr pilot program from the City of Toronto for energy and water efficiency and conservation improvements.

UN Climate Panel warns speedier action needed to avert disaster
The IPCC report highlights one of the reasons we need to act is because we are in the middle of a fossil fuel renaissance.

CO2 levels hit their highest point in 800,000 years
While climate change deniers continue to thrive, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association reports from its observatory in Hawaii that the concentration of carbon dioxide hit 402 parts per million.

Energy Star Market Transformation Awards: Deadline, May 7
OPA's Community Conservation Awards: Deadline, May 30
Zayed Future Energy Prize 2015:  $4 million sustainability prize for companies, schools and individuals. Submissions due, July 14
dena's Energy Efficiency Award: The international award is for commercial and industrial companies. Deadline, June 30

2014 Energy Star Award Winners: The list includes Samsung and LG Electronics for product manufacturers.
CivicAction's Race to Reduce wins Green Real Estate Excellence Award: The smart energy office challenge was recognized for excellence, innovation, and achievement in sustainable real estate initiatives.

DATA.GOV: Obama has a pilot climate change website with apps. Data will show coastal flooding, rising sea levels and the impacts in America communities.

My Sustainable Canada:  A retail sales prototype mobile app for sales staff at three Future Shops compares energy efficiency info on appliances. 

Programs paid by utility customers cost 2 cents kWh of power saved: From The Program Administrator Cost of Saved Energy for Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Investment increase in energy efficiency programs from 2008-2012 was 80%: From The State of the Efficiency Program Industry by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency

On a per capita basis, Canada outstrips the US on energy use: This great infographic is from, the original source is the Canadian International Council.
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