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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.

Managing the Risks of Bike Parks

Posted: July 12, 2017
Tagged As: Legislation & Regulation, Municipal Infrastructure, Risk Management

Failing to actively manage the associated risks of municipal facilities built for public use can result in unnecessary and costly liabilities for the municipality.  Frank Cowan Company and Shillingtons LLP have developed this 12-Step guide to help municipalities identify and manage risks with such facilities.

Program Spotlight: The LAS Recreational Facility LED Lighting Service

Posted: July 05, 2017
Tagged As: Energy, Energy Planning, GHG Emissions, LAS Programming, LED, Recreational Lighting

LED technology is at a point where it can be used in almost any application.  If your municipality is looking for ways to reduce electricity consumption and operational costs, consider the business case for an LED lighting upgrade from LAS. 

Short-Term, Long-Term, Big Return, Small Return

Posted: June 28, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Investments

Investing as an individual can be tricky enough.  Investing as a municipality can be downright complicated.  Learn how each of the One Investment Program’s four portfolios and high interest savings account (HISA) can simplify your investments by matching the intended investment duration to the right portfolio. 

LAS Home & Automotive Insurance: Money in Your Pocket

Posted: June 21, 2017
Tagged As: Home and Auto, LAS Programming

Did you know that in addition to helping Ontario municipalities Save Money, Make Money & Build Capacity, LAS can also help you, the individual, save money?  If you're a municipal staff member or elected official, you're eligible for the LAS Home & Auto Insurance Program!  A simple phone call could save you up to 25% on your personal home and automobile insurance.

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."

Canada 150 – Special Events for Canada’s Special Event

Posted: May 17, 2017
Tagged As: Risk Management, Special Events

As Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation, municipalities may find themselves being asked to approve events that are uncommon and have no prior history.  But by properly following and applying the principles of municipal risk management, each of these special events can proceed successfully.

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.

ABCs of Trail Risk Management

Posted: April 26, 2017
Tagged As: Municipal Infrastructure, Risk Management

Spring has sprung, and for many of us that means shedding the layers of clothing, getting off the couch, and heading outside to experience all that nature has to offer; walking, biking, hiking, or one of any number of other enjoyable outdoor activities. But what does this mean for municipalities who own or maintain the many trails the public might make use of? This fun little blog looks at the ABCs of Trail Risk Management.

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.

The Benefits of Employee Energy Management Training

Posted: April 11, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning, Training

Employee turnover is noted as one of the most costly expenses for any business.  Find out how providing energy training cannot only help retain your employees and increase job satisfaction, but also save you money.

Using Cutting Edge Technology to Perform Roads Assessments

Posted: April 04, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, LAS Programming, Municipal Infrastructure, Roads Assessment

LAS formally launched its newest service at this week's 2017 AMO Asset Management Symposium.  Learn how this program targets aging road infrastructure with the goal of reducing operating and maintenance costs, while at the same time raising the average condition of Ontario road networks.

The Electric Vehicle Renaissance Has Begun

Posted: March 28, 2017
Tagged As: Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, Fleet Management, GHG Emissions

Once fettered by high costs, low speeds, and short distance ranges due to limited breakthroughs in battery-powered storage capacity, there is now a renewal of interest in EVs.  Learn more about available incentives for EVs and charging stations as Ontario moves towards a low carbon economy.

What is the Key to Achieving Long-term Financial Sustainability?

Posted: March 21, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Federal Gas Tax, Investments, Municipal Infrastructure

Achieving long-term financial success in a municipality is a lot like running a marathon.  It requires preparation and FOCUS.  Learn the key steps involved and how Ontario's municipalities can support one another along their journeys.

The Cost of Ontario’s Cap-and-Trade Program on Your Energy Bill

Posted: March 14, 2017
Tagged As: Cap and Trade, Climate Change, Electricity, Fossil Fuels, GHG Emissions, Legislation & Regulation, Natural Gas

The cost of business went up for the energy sector on January 1, 2017, and consumers, including municipalities, are going to pay for it.  But where will you see these increases, and how more should you expect to pay?  

Current Restrictions Vs. Future Discretion of Municipal Investments

Posted: March 07, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Investments, Legislation & Regulation

Can municipal investment income generated from diversified portfolios provide a new source of funding for Ontario's infrastructure deficit?  Discover how current restrictions limit municipalities from earning greater returns on their investments and how that might change in the near future.

Putting Anxieties around Outdoor Lighting Back into Context

Posted: February 28, 2017
Tagged As: Blue Light, CCT, LED, Public Health, Streetlights

Recent media reports have raised concerns about perceived health effects of Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) of lighting, but these issues are neither new, nor restricted to LED technology.  Put your anxieties to rest with some context about Blue Light.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: LAS' Fleet Management Service is Leading the Charge!

Posted: February 21, 2017
Tagged As: Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, Fleet Management, GHG Emissions, LAS Programming

Transportation in the municipal sector contributes up to 35% (2013) of Canada’s Greenhouse gas emissions – more than the Buildings, Electricity, and Agriculture sectors combined!  Discover how LAS' new Fleet Management service helps tackle this issue as it strives to become the Canadian leader in the deployment of low-carbon and zero-emission transportation.  
 

How Can LAS Best Support Ontario Municipalities Moving Forward?

Posted: February 16, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Climate Change, GHG Emissions, LAS Programming

In January LAS hosted two focus group sessions at the ROMA conference in Toronto to uncover the biggest challenges facing rural Ontario.  Learn what came out of those sessions and the process that that lies ahead as LAS searches for solutions to these challenges.

An Introduction to Cap-and-Trade and its Impact on Ontario Municipalities

Posted: February 07, 2017
Tagged As: Cap and Trade, GHG Emissions

Ontario’s cap and trade program for greenhouse gas emissions came into effect January 1st, 2017. With many municipalities raising concerns about increasing energy costs and the impact on their communities, it is a good time to take stock of what the program means for Ontario municipalities.

Does the 8% Rebate for Ontario Electricity Consumers Include My Municipality?

Posted: January 31, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy Planning

In September 2016 the Ontario Government committed to introduce legislation that would provide an electricity rebate for Ontario consumers that is equal to the provincial portion of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). But exactly which electricity accounts are captured under this initiative? What is a consumer, and does this include municipal accounts?

Looking to the past to find clarity in the future

Posted: January 24, 2017
Tagged As: About LAS

Welcome back!  With intentional purpose, LAS is relaunching its blog to coincide with a new mobile friendly website and two new services to boot.  We hope you find the new site easy to use and the content provides you with precisely the information you’re looking for.