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A Sit-down with Ontario’s Electricity Rate Regulator

Posted: September 20, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy

Earlier this summer LAS sat down with the Ontario Energy Board to get some answers to common questions about their role in Ontario's energy market, including Hydro One's application for a distribution rate increase.

Managing Plug Loads in Your Municipality

Posted: August 16, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Training

Plug loads account for 33% of energy consumed in office buildings and can be as high as 50% in buildings that have undergone HVAC and lighting efficiency upgrades.  Learn how following a few simple tips can reduce the impact of plug load and its corresponding costs.

EV Charging 101

Posted: August 09, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Fleet Management, GHG Emissions

If you are purchasing an electric vehicle, be it for personal use or for your municipal fleet, there's a few key pieces of information you ought to know about.  Get up to speed on need to know information about electric vehicle charging.

Build a Better Municipal Electricity Budget

Posted: July 19, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, Streetlights

Each year around time LAS fields questions about electricity rate increases as it relates to municipal budgeting for the upcoming year.  Many municipalities look for a simple percentage increase, but that doesn't tell the whole story.  Learn how to create a usage-based electricity budget and how this approach can be more useful to municipalities than simply accounting for a cost increase.

The Cost of Going Electric

Posted: June 14, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Energy, Fleet Management, GHG Emissions

While the environmental benefits of electric vehicles (EV) are clear, the financial considerations surrounding their purchase can be a little hazy.  Explore the up front and ongoing financial considerations in buying an EV and their impact on municipal fleets. 

Shedding Some Light on Your Electricity Bill – The Delivery

Posted: June 07, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy Bills, Streetlights

In previous LAS blog posts we've looked at the various components of an electricity bill, covering both the basics of a bill and the commodity portion of the bill.  This week, we explore the lesser known delivery section of a Hydro One bill.

Reduce Your Energy Consumption with Employee Training

Posted: May 24, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, Training

Reducing energy consumption is the fastest and easiest way to decrease energy costs.  LAS partners with TdS Dixon to offer a variety of energy training opportunities to help Ontario municipalities realize their energy management goals and reduce costs.  Discover how the smallest changes can make the biggest difference, and as Stephen Dixon points out, "you might not even need to spend a penny."

Shedding Some Light on Your Electricity Bill – The Commodity

Posted: May 09, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, Streetlights

In April we explored some of the basics of a Hydro One bill.  In part two of "Shedding Some Light on Your Electricity Bill" we explore the different rate categories applied to the commodity portion of your bill, and the differences between account types.

Ontario Electricity Rates to be Reduced at May 1st

Posted: April 25, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy Bills, Energy Planning

Earlier this year the Ontario government shared its intentions to introduce a Fair Hydro Plan that would target a 25% reduction to Ontario electricity bills.  While a formal plan has yet to be introduced, last Thursday the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced reduced electricity rates to take effect on May 1st.  Find out what the new rates will be and how they will impact your municipal electricity bills.

Shedding Some Light on Your Electricity Bill – The Basics

Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy Bills, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning

Getting to know your electricity bill can shed some light on billing errors, as well as provide insight on how to make optimal use of electricity in your facilities.  In this two-part blog we’ll examine the various parts of your electricity bill, starting with billing basics.

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