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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.

Turning Radishes and Rutabagas into Revenues

Posted: September 13, 2017
Tagged As: Energy, GHG Emissions, Natural Gas, Waste Management

Renewable Natural Gas provides an environmentally responsible solution to diverting organic waste from landfill while producing stable, clean, renewable fuel to heat buildings and fuel vehicle fleets. Discover how municipalities across Canada are making use of RNG and what opportunities might exist for you municipality.

Harness Your Inner Energy Champion

Posted: September 06, 2017
Tagged As: Energy, Training

Each individual in your organization is constantly making energy-purchasing decisions.  Discover how simple, actionable messages can inspire and motivate employees to make changes in their daily tasks to achieve 3-5% in energy savings.

Why the "Worst First" Approach to Road Maintenance isn't Always the Best

Posted: August 30, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Municipal Infrastructure, Roads Assessment

Today's municipalities face an aging infrastructure alongside increasing operational costs, yet  budgets consistently fall short in addressing infrastructure needs.  Discover why the "worst roads first" approach to road maintenance isn’t always the best, and how better data can lead to improved maintenance strategies that lower costs over the long-term.

Risk Management Considerations for Community Gardens

Posted: August 23, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Risk Management

Community gardens are popular with urban dwellers who don’t have access to gardening space. They can also be beneficial for municipalities, if properly managed.  Discover risk related issues to consider when developing a community garden, and some of the rules you can impose to prevent them.

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.

Program Spotlight: One Investment Program

Posted: August 02, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Investments, LAS Programming, Legislation & Regulation, Risk Management

The One Investment Program provides consistently strong rates of return across its four portfolios and High Interest Savings Accounts (HISA), while simplifying the process for investors.  From short-term parking of funds to long-term investing for future infrastructure and everything in between, there’s an investment option for every municipal need.

New Ideas from LAS

Posted: July 26, 2017
Tagged As: About LAS, LAS Programming

Municipal staff often fill a wide range of jobs and responsibilities, leaving little time to be proactive or investigate efficiencies in operations.  That's precisely why LAS was created in 1992. Discover the many ways in which LAS assists Ontario municipalities, and where we draw inspiration from.  Your municipality might hold the key to the next new LAS service!

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.

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