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Canada’s Federal Carbon Pricing System

Posted: December 10, 2018


With the Ontario PC Party elected this past summer, one of the first orders of business was to cancel the cap and trade program and carbon tax that was introduced back in 2017. On July 3, 2018, Ontario Regulation 386/18 was passed revoking the Cap and Trade Program. On October 23, 2018, the federal government announced that it will impose a carbon tax in Provinces and Territories with no adequate emissions pricing plans of their own in 2019. Similar to the provincial carbon tax that was introduced back in 2017, LAS members can expect this additional charge to appear on their end use natural gas bills starting April 1, 2019.

Electric Trucks - 2018 Update

Posted: November 29, 2018


In February of this year we published an overview of the electric (EV) pickup truck market. Less than a year later, enough has changed to warrant another blog post for an update. Unless otherwise stated, it’s safe to assume all trucks being brought to the market will have four wheel drive options and the ability to supply power for jobsite or other ‘off grid’ use. 
 

Procuring for Energy Efficiency

Posted: November 21, 2018


Energy costs are significant for Ontario municipalities and citizens alike, but finding the most efficient products can be challenging. The Energy Star and EnerGuide programs exist to help consumers make informed decisions when it comes time to replace energy-intensive devices, lowering costs and reducing energy related emissions.  


The Basics of the LAS Electricity Program

Posted: November 14, 2018


On Thursday November 8th, LAS hosted a webinar titled the Basics of the LAS Electricity Program.  LAS’ Program Manager welcomed Cynthia Wang, Senior Energy Manager, Electricity from Edison Energy who provided participants with an overview of the Electricity market. Topics discussed include electricity rates, the global adjustment, distinctions between facility accounts as well as an overview of the LAS Electricity Program.  

LAS Electricity Program Pricing Details for 2019

Posted: November 07, 2018


LAS recently completed a tendered purchase for the 2019 Electricity Program hedge that includes 133 enrolled municipalities.  The term of the purchase is from January 1 to December 31, 2019, which coincides with the conclusion of the 2018 program year.
 
Effective January 1, 2019, the LAS program hedge cost will be $24.00/MW (2.4¢/kWh), including fees.  See the chart below for the expected total commodity calculation.

The Vampires in your Home

Posted: October 31, 2018


You probably didn’t know it, but you have many little two fanged devils in your home right now sucking away on the blood running through the walls of your house. They aren’t under your bed or in your closet waiting to pounce, but hiding in plain sight. They sit in the shadows, silently but constantly sucking electricity and running up your hydro bill.
 

Electric Vehicle (EV) Fleet Session

Posted: October 23, 2018
Tagged As: Electric Vehicles, Events

LAS is pleased to offer an Electric Fleet Event, hosted at the Plug ‘n Drive Discovery Centre. This event will provide an update on the electric vehicle sector as it pertains to public sector fleets and provide examples of successful EV deployment.

LAS Natural Gas Program Price Change Notice

Posted: October 17, 2018


The LAS price for the November 2018 - October 2019 period will be 10.6 cents/m3 . This rate represents a 10.9% commodity cost decrease for program members from the current rate of 11.9 cents/m3 .

Pavement Assessment - PCI, IRI, EIEIO

Posted: October 09, 2018


Roads are one of a municipality’s most expensive asset classes. There are a lot of options when it comes to evaluating pavement, and it can be a challenge to figure out which measurements are most usefulto long term planning.

Video Case Study: City of Kenora Road Assessment

Posted: October 02, 2018
Tagged As: Asset Management, Municipal Infrastructure, Roads Assessment, Testimonial

The City of Kenora was one of the first participants in the LAS Road and Sidewalk Assessment Service. This video gives a quick overview of Kenora’s experience with the program. 
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