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Health benefits of a low-carbon future in Toronto

In 2007, Toronto adopted the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions across Toronto by 80% by the year 2050, relative to 1990 levels. This report provides input to TransformTO, a project lead by the City of Toronto Environment and Energy Division and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund to identify a path that will lead Toronto to [...]

By | 2017-05-15T21:00:22+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Home, Ideas|0 Comments

Stepping up to the Conservation First challenge

Ontario's new "Conservation First" framework – unveiled at this year's Electricity Distributors Association AGM – tasks distribution companies with achieving seven terawatt hours of energy savings in 2015-2020. Distributors are committed to helping their customers use electricity more efficiently, and generally welcome targets that are both achievable and aggressive, and accompanied by appropriate resources. Distributors [...]

By | 2017-05-07T11:30:31+00:00 August 22nd, 2014|Associations, Home, Ideas|0 Comments

Energy management plans for University Health Network (UHN) hospitals

IndEco, as part of our role as project managers of UHN’s comprehensive energy management and engagement program – TLC, Care to Conserve, has prepared energy management plans for UHN’s three hospitals – Toronto Western Hospital (2008-2011), Toronto General Hospital (2009-2012) and Princess Margaret Hospital (2010-2013). These three-year energy plans provide a detailed framework for all [...]

By | 2017-05-19T22:17:17+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Ideas|0 Comments

LDCs may get big lost revenue claims, even if behind on CDM targets

You may be entitled to a significant claim for lost revenues, even if you are behind on your CDM targets Depending on how your local distribution company (LDC) has incorporated projected reductions in energy use from conservation and demand management (CDM) programs into your load forecast (if you did), you may still be entitled to [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:15:54+00:00 April 4th, 2013|Ideas|0 Comments

City of Barrie corporate energy management plan

IndEco worked with the City of Barrie in 2011 to develop a six-year Corporate energy management plan, in compliance with Regulation 397/11 of the Green Energy Act (2009). The plan included a baseline assessment of energy use, targets for reducing energy use, and technological actions to achieve targets. We calculated a 43% internal rate [...]

By | 2017-05-08T12:17:42+00:00 March 13th, 2013|Ideas|0 Comments

Smart grid consumer engagement

Smart grid technologies offer exciting possibilities for electricity system stakeholders. For electric utilities and electricity system operators, they provide tools to address peak demand, to improve system reliability, and to manage distributed generation and energy storage technologies. For consumers, smart grid technologies can provide new opportunities to manage electricity use, to control bills, and to [...]

By | 2017-05-05T12:28:24+00:00 February 6th, 2013|Ideas, Utilities|0 Comments

Road to health: Improving walking and cycling in Toronto

Land use and transportation systems are closely linked to Torontonians' low levels of daily physical activity, and increasing levels of chronic disease. Active transportation is at the forefront of efforts to design healthier communities and transportation. Toronto Public Health retained IndEco to review the literature on active transportation, gather and analyze Toronto-specific data, quantify the [...]

By | 2017-05-21T19:13:56+00:00 April 24th, 2012|Ideas|0 Comments

IndEco develops energy engagement program training manual for NRCan

Designing, implementing, and evaluating an energy engagement program is an excellent means to achieve and sustain energy savings in a building. But behaviour change is not easy. People are creatures of habit, and most prefer doing things that are easy and habitual over things that require more attention. Also, people tend to dislike being told [...]

By | 2017-05-15T21:33:35+00:00 April 12th, 2012|Ideas|0 Comments

BC and Quebec: Canadian leaders in energy efficiency spending

In a recent review of customer energy efficiency programs (excluding natural gas) across Canada undertaken by IndEco on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL), it was discovered that some provinces are spending significantly more per capita than other provinces and territories. The most aggressive pursuer of energy efficiency is British Columbia, spending [...]

By | 2017-05-08T11:35:30+00:00 August 22nd, 2011|Ideas|0 Comments

Regulatory frameworks for demand side management

IndEco, in collaboration with Navigant Consulting, recently released two reports on regulatory frameworks on DSM: • DSM in North American gas utilities • Policy paper for DSM in Ontario These reports were prepared for Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., (EGD) the largest distributor of natural gas within the province of Ontario, serving about 1.6 million residential, [...]

By | 2017-05-17T10:54:38+00:00 May 10th, 2004|Ideas|0 Comments