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  • Avoiding Winter’s Bite
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    Winter in Canada and the northern US can be brutal or benign.  While the east can bask in above-normal temperatures, the west can be in a deep freeze.  And vice versa. Furthermore, winter weather conditions can change – seemingly...
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  • Turn Off The Lights to Turn On Savings
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    Greenhouse growers have several ways to control and reduce energy costs.  In all cases, it’s best to first understand the electricity market and the different rate options. By turning out the lights at selective times, Ontario greenhouse growers can avoid...
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  • Global Adjustment Cost Reductions Slated for 2021
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    Reductions are coming to the Global Adjustment costs being paid by Ontario’s medium, and large commercial and industrial businesses. The recent Ontario Budget tabled by Finance Minister Rod Phillips announced that certain costs for long-term renewable energy contracts will be removed from...
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  • DON’T GIVE UP ON RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY JUST YET
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    The Ontario Provincial Government Budget, released November 5, included a plan to reduce electricity costs for industrial and commercial ratepayers.   The budget called for a suspension of 85% of Global Adjustment (GA) costs associated with long term contracts for solar, wind and biomass infrastructure. Those costs will now...
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  • Coaches Circle November 2020
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    Did you ever see the movie, Moneyball? Brad Pitt plays Billie Beane, the General Manager of the Oakland Athletics who in the early 2000s had the smallest salary budget in the league. Despite the salary cap, his team succeeded...
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  • Go with the Flow - Why Greenhouses Should Install...
    anemptytextlline
    To optimize overall greenhouse performance, a grower needs to meter and continuously monitor a range of variables – variables affected by the type of crop, the design of the facility and changing weather and solar conditions.       All aspects of a greenhouse environment are completely inter-connected. Operating the flow of process energy in the form of natural gas, water, steam,...
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  • Energy Procurement: Do you need an expert?
    anemptytextlline
    When you have a problem, who do you call? If you’ve got a leaky sink, you call a plumber.  An outlet is not working?  Perhaps it’s time to call an electrician.  The furnace is not heating thehouse?  Call an HVAC technician.   Most of us don’t have the skill set to do all those things. And...
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  • Grid Capacity Update - Greenhouse Trusted Advisor
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    How do I overcome supply limitations in my local electricity grid?Since the indoor agriculture sector is one of the fastest growing sources of load in Ontario, a critical issue for growers currently, is their ability to access affordable grid...
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  • Canadian Greenhouse Gas Regulations – Navigating the Landscape
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    It is broadly accepted that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions need to be curbed to avoid significant global climate risks. Legislation and regulations in place across Canada to limit GHG emissions are varied and complex. They seek to achieve multiple goals:...
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