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February 26, 2015
Celebrating CEEA's past and future
Join Us for CEEA's 20th Anniversary & Tribute Dinner

Planning for our 20th anniversary celebration is well underway. IESO President and CEO Bruce Campbell will be CEEA's keynote speaker on May 20th in Toronto and we'll also be recognizing two industry champions. Please join us as we celebrate our advocacy work in energy efficiency and our plans for the future.  Our sponsorship opportunities have already sold out - don't miss out on getting a ticket ($275 for -members, $325 for non-members, corporate tables $2500).
The Art of Landing a Power Development Deal in Saskatchewan

EE Q & A with Leah Nelson Guay, FNPA

With 75 bands in the province of Saskatchewan, First Nations saw an opportunity to alleviate some of the frustrations their communities had when
One of the first things communities bring up to Leah Nelson Guay is "what can you do for our costs of energy?"
it came to investing in power development projects. Leah Nelson Guay supported First Nations leadership by creating the concept for the ground-breaking First Nations Power Authority of Saskatchewan (FNPA) in 2011. It's a not-for-profit that facilitates power development projects for First Nations of Saskatchewan with crown utility SaskPower through a 10-year agreement.

Q Where did the idea for creating the FNPA come from?

A It was driven out of a need in the marketplace. A lot of First Nations are interested in becoming involved in the power development sector. Projects cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and it can be very risky. In Saskatchewan there were so many communities investing money and hitting a wall with their project. They were developing projects that didn't align with SaskPower's needs. There was an understanding that Saskatchewan had a need for more power generation. A lot of people where coming in from outside of Saskatchewan, without a sense of what the development pathways were for SaskPower. They had a different take based on their legitimate experience outside of Saskatchewan, in other jurisdictions....MORE
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EnerQuality's EQ Awards Announced: CEEA's Elizabeth McDonald was a
CEEA's Elizabeth McDonald with Al Schmidt, A&J Energy Consultants, EnerQuality's ENERGY STAR for New Homes Champion of the Year.
presenter at the February 19 ceremony in Toronto. Minto was a big winner, landing the Ontario Green Builder of the Year, the Energy Star award for New Homes Builder of the Year as well as Best Green Marketing Campaign. 

Quebec members appear at EE roundtable: Ecosystem's Andr Rochette, Bruno Gobeil from Dunsky Energy and Pierre Langlois from Econoler/CIET, sat on the expert panel during the Quebec Energy Efficiency & Innovation Roundtable on February 13. You can still watch the archived webcast.

Thermal Energy International sells heat recovery system: A major hospital has purchased a heat recovery system from the Ottawa-based company for $825,000.

EfficiencyOne/Efficiency Nova Scotia launches energy use calculator:  Now customers can find out what that Xbox, huge TV and waffle iron are costing them.

Opower gives customers a heads up on rising costs: Software notifies utility customers in advance if their bill is tracking high which gives them the opportunity to adjust their energy use.

Energy in City Line-up: Check out the great speakers for AEEA's event on March 4 in Calgary and register now!

Sponsorship opportunities for Green Building Festival: The October 1 event in Toronto is being organized by Ozz Electric/Cricket Energy, this year's theme is ResilienCity: The New Urban Paradigm.

POLICY IN BRIEF
Canada
Ontario developing a climate change policy: The province has issued a discussion paper inviting public feedback and has instigated public consultations that will wrap up by March 24. CEEA will be making a submission.

Edmonton wants EE incentives for buildings: The city is proposing an energy plan with $2.5 billion in savings that will help cut GHG emissions and includes energy efficiency incentives for homes and buildings.

International
US continues to push for energy efficiency and clean tech: The US DOE reports that federal energy use in post offices, court houses and military bases has dropped to the lowest level on record due to reduced square footage and energy intensity. And it continues to invest in that strategy as Obama's 2016 budget proposes US$7.4 billion for clean technologies and US$4 billion for states to make deeper cuts to power plant emissions. Consumers are also part of the solution with the creation of the Green Button Alliance Initiative which will connect them with tools and information to help them save energy and money.

UK law makes landlords upgrade buildings or lose out on rentals:  As of 2018 landlords must get their leakiest properties to an energy efficiency rating "E". Some think this could be the most significant piece of legislation in a generation for green building.

PROGRAMS & FINANCING
Canada
BC Hydro New Construction Program has funds for energy modeling: New seniors' residences in West Vancouver are the perfect example of how the program helped get energy savings.

US
New York launches US$20m competition for advanced energy projects: Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers will compete to cut their energy costs by as much as US$400 million annually.

Citigroup sets US$100 billion funding goal for green projects:  Looking specifically for projects that fight climate change, renewable power, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation are all part of the mix.

Venture capitalists are into energy efficiency: Energy efficiency companies raised over US$1 billion in 2014, most from venture capital, according to a Mercom Capital report. And North America was strong on venture funding according to Lux Research which reports energy-efficient building technologies rose to US$944 million in 2014. If you want to learn more about what energy efficiency projects venture capitalists like CB Insights has ranked the 2014 energy efficiency deals.

International
EE does not have a finance problem: Availability of finance isn't a problem in energy efficiency and smart cities -- it's the lack of well-developed bankable projects.

POPULAR READS
EE investment returns are huge and no risk: A great blog from the New York Time's David Bornstein on energy efficiency investments, the Sustainable Endowments Institute and Green Revolving Funds. He highlights a perception problem about energy efficiency being seen as a cost, not a potential windfall.

Move the talk from energy efficiency to operational excellence: That's the advice for energy services and software firms to land business. 

The next energy revolution will be in our brains!: An amazing Washington Post feature on the army, behavioral science & energy efficiency.

5 EE trends affecting consumers and utilities: See if they match up with your thoughts, this blog from CLEAResult's Jonathan Kleinman includes privacy, smart cities and companies going off the grid. http://bit.ly/1y3Aatk

UK hotel chain saves 360,000 a year after investing 300,000 in EE:  The Hotel Collection worked with SaveMoneyCutCarbon to identify energy and water efficiency projects across 21 hotels.

$10-million, 5-year retrofit at Kingston General Hospital: The huge undertaking is expected to save $760,000 a year in operating costs.

BUILDINGS
McDonald's is thinking net zero energy restaurants: The Rocky Mountain Institute is helping the iconic chain with the feasibility of developing net zero restaurants globally but is  studying three US locations.

Facebook, Arby's pledge to Better Building Challenge: They join 20 new companies committed to slashing energy use by 20 per cent as part of the DOE's challenge. Over 250 organizations and 9,000 buildings are participating.

London's greenest building is world class: The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is ranked second in the world for its energy efficient design.

INNOVATION
Insights on behaviour change and EE: A look at discussions from studies at an ACEEE conference including can you motivate people to save energy to help support a local school district.

The smart meter revolution has fallen short: Another Washington Post piece that explores using behavioural science on consumers to stop rational inattentiveness.

How to make a great EE game: This ACEEE report Gamified Energy Efficiency Programs looked at 53 games and did 22 case studies showing what works best.

CREE makes the best-selling LED light in the US: It comes in at 19 on Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies.

Schneider Electric moves into smart thermostat market: Wiser Air's sensors can tell when you're at home.

UTSA to help Marriott cut energy/water consumption: Using a tool to analyze real-time occupant behaviour, they hope to cut consumption by 20 per cent.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Risky Business Project shows businesses how climate change could hurt them: Heavy-hitting corporate leaders have a missionary-like zeal about the hazards of climate change for the economy.

Cheat sheet for finance ministers on carbon pricing: Corporate Knights' Toby Heaps compiled seven tips he learned at Davos for developing an effective carbon-pricing scheme.
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