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PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: LAS Natural Gas Program

Posted: December 06, 2017
Tagged As: budgeting, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, Natural Gas

Natural Gas prices can change up to four times a year.  Discover how the LAS Natural Gas Program provides stable and predictable pricing for 365 days and how this can make your budgeting process a little easier and less confusing.   

What the Long-Term Energy Plan Means for Your Municipality

Posted: November 29, 2017
Tagged As: Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning

In late October, the Ministry of Energy released the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) titled Delivering Fairness and Choice.  Discover how it will affect your municipality, and what choices it may have in the near future as our electricity grid continues to modernize.

LAS Announces Natural Gas Price for Upcoming Program Year

Posted: October 25, 2017
Tagged As: Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, Natural Gas

LAS recently notified its Natural Gas Program Members of the upcoming price change effective November 1, 2017.  In addition to providing pricing information for the upcoming program year, the announcement also provided a preliminary estimate for the November 2018 price.  Discover how these rates will affect your municipal budget moving forward.

Recreation Facility LED Light Upgrade: An in-depth look at the City of Peterborough

Posted: October 18, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning, LED, Recreational Lighting

The City of Peterborough recently made use of the LAS Recreation Facility Lighting Service “to reduce energy consumption and reduce maintenance costs while increasing the lighting efficiency."  This case study explores two facilities that underwent upgrades and their associated energy and cost savings.

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.

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.

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