Global Adjustment In 2005, the Ontario government established a line item on electricity bills called Global Adjustment (GA).  The intent of GA was to account for differences in the Hourly Ontario Energy Price (HOEP) and the contracted electricity rates that the Ontario government pays to third party contracts through Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Independent Electricity

ASHRAE: Commitment to Sustainability

Thursday, 08 June 2017 by

ASHRAE President Tim Wentz reaffirms ASHRAE’s commitment to “serve humanity and create a more sustainable world” in response to the US government’s decision to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In response to the US government’s decision to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, 211 mayors representing 54 million Americans indicated that they

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development issued a report quantifying the impact of pollution and climate change on Canadian society.  Highlights are: Urban smog is responsible for 7,712 deaths in 2015. Climate change related heat waves cost an estimated $1.6B in 2015. The cost of extreme weather events from climate change could not be calculated

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Ontario Cap and Trade

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 by

Historically, the price of energy includes all costs required to supply and deliver that energy to you, whether it is electricity, natural gas, gasoline, etc.  Some of these forms of energy have additional fees associate with them to account for infrastructure such as pipelines or roads.  But pricing does not reflect the effects on the

O.Reg. 20/17: Ontario’s Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use under the Green Energy Act, 2009. On July 1, 2017, the reporting of energy consumption and water use will become mandatory in the Province of Ontario. Who needs to report?  Any building over 50,000 ft² or any multi-unit residential building over 10 units. Who is

The most important part of any project is the beginning steps, and energy conservation projects are no different.  It is very important that the first steps taken…often an energy audit…are performed correctly to thoroughly and accurately uncover energy conservation measures. An energy conservation project can be divided into the following 5 stages. Each stage has

More and more, building owners are viewing energy conservation as an investment as opposed to “something nice to do for the environment”.  A common way to valuate a building is by using the capitalization rate, or “Cap Rate”. Cap Rate is defined as the annual net operating income divided by the value of the building. 

Many of Efficiency Engineering’s clients contact us from time-to-time to comment on the validity of claims from product vendors.  It is our experience that vendors of products with questionable energy conservation claims tend to approach building owners/managers directly instead of approaching engineering firms. Some products that we review very quickly fall into the “not a

The Northeast blackout of August 2003 affected over 55 million North Americans, including 10 million in Ontario.  I remember it quite vividly, as it was eerie to walk around the house in complete darkness and silence, and to go outside and see the night sky in all its glory.  I have fond memories of that

Some of our clients are often surprised when they see the installed cost of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant.  Their point of reference is often the cost of a back-up generator.  The cost difference between the CHP and the backup generators is significant, even when accounting for the extra mechanical, electrical and venting