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What Changing Interest Rates Mean for ONE HISA

Posted: June 20, 2018
Tagged As: Asset Management, Investments

After three consecutive rate increases to the Bank of Canada’s Prime interest rate, you may have noticed a number banks and other financial institutions offering some aggressive interest rates.  How does the ONE HISA compare to these rates, and how are the offerings different?

5-Year Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan Update

Posted: June 13, 2018
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning, Legislation & Regulation, Natural Gas

Since July 2013, municipalities and other public sector agencies have been reporting their energy consumption for key buildings annually.  July 1, 2019 is the deadline for CDM plans.  Where are you at with your current plan?  What should you consider when updating your plans before the 2019 deadline?

Ontario’s Worst Roads & the Value of Data

Posted: June 06, 2018
Tagged As: budgeting, Municipal Infrastructure, Roads Assessment

Did one of your municipal roads make CAA's 2018 'Worst Roads in Ontario' list?  Having difficulty managing the investment gap in road infrastructure?  Don't know where to begin your road network rehabilitation?  The LAS Roads & Sidewalk Assessment service gives you a place to start.

Expansion of LAS Recreational Facility LED Lighting Service

Posted: May 30, 2018
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Office Lighting, Recreational Lighting

LAS is expanding its Recreational Facility LED Lighting Service to include additional interior and exterior lighting.  Although the expansion is still under review, we're giving you a sneak peak at what's to come.

Renewable Energy in Ontario Municipalities

Posted: May 23, 2018
Tagged As: Climate Change, Electricity, Energy, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning, GHG Emissions, Net-Metering

Estimates suggest that Ontario’s municipal sector consumes between 6,000 - 6,500 GWh of electricity every year.  However, renewable energy gives municipalities the opportunity to produce their own power.  Discover what renewable energy opportunities in Ontario, and who you can contact for assistance.

The Importance of Photometric Design

Posted: May 16, 2018
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, LED, Recreational Lighting

With many municipalities removing ice from arenas over the summer to upgrade their lighting systems, it is important to incorporate proper photometric design into the project.  Steven Duff of Conrad Lighting Solutions provides an excellent overview of photometric design to ensure your new lighting systems shine!

Control More Than Your Light Levels

Posted: May 08, 2018
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning, LED, Municipal Infrastructure, Streetlights

Outdoor area lighting is a major contributor to municipal energy use, but also offers an opportunity to reduce energy consumption and operating costs in a very publicly visible manner.  Learn more about adaptive controls and the ways they can help municipalities reduce their energy costs.

Little Change to Electricity Prices at May 1st

Posted: May 02, 2018
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy Bills

On April 19th the Ontario Energy Board announced new electricity pricing to take effect on May 1st.  The rates are nearly identical to those announce on July 1, 2017.  See the new rates and learn about the impact in the LAS Electricity Program, and how the upcoming election could change everything. 

Roads Assessment Case Study: City of Kenora

Posted: April 25, 2018
Tagged As: Municipal Infrastructure, Roads Assessment, Testimonial

The LAS Roads Assessment Service officially launched one year ago.  Over its first 365 days there were six projects completed.  LAS sat down with one of the first municipalities to use the service, the City of Kenora, to find out how they used the service and what they thought of the experience.

How Can Net-Metering Reduce Your Municipal Electricity Bill

Posted: April 18, 2018
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Net-Metering

If your municipality has a microFIT installation or another source of renewable energy, net-metering can offset the electricity you purchase with electricity you generate on your own.  Learn more about how your municipality can take advantage of net metering.

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