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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.  
 
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