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Sept 24, 2020

It’s time to tell your sustainability story with the launch of Greenwave’s energy dashboard! The dashboard, displayed on monitors around a facility, is designed to help our clients communicate environmentally conscious practices and engage with tenants, guests, employees, executives and investors.

Real-time energy consumption data and emissions reductions are a main feature of the dashboard and are presented in a way that makes it easy to understand the environmental benefits of the organization’s energy efficiency practices. Social media integration allows the public to be a part of the conversation and additional marketing materials, campaigns, and countdowns are added based on each client’s unique needs. 

Our first energy dashboard was launched in the hospitality industry. Along with Greenwave’s efficiency data and environmental information, daily menu features, upcoming events, and a ‘Did You Know’ campaign were all included as dashboard visuals allowing the forward-thinking organization to communicate direct to the customer. Since the launch, public excitment and intruige has resulted in engaged conversation with staff members and a desire to learn more.

As consumers place increasing importance on the actions taken by socially conscious and environmentally progressive businesses, public engagement is key to successfully communicating values. Greenwave is excited to see continued implementation of the energy dashboard across all sectors.

Aug 27, 2020

Greenwave is pleased to see great results coming out of our long-term energy partnership with the City of Melfort, a progressive municipality leader. In addition to improving electricity and water consumption patterns, our work together has enabled the identification of two separate instances of water loss at the Northern Lights Palace, a city owned recreational facility.

Greenwave’s water integration strategy allows us to obtain real-time water consumption metrics in commercial buildings, providing our clients with the ability to monitor their usage and make solid consumption decisions moving forward. Additionally, our software analytics can identify continual leaks and instantaneous bursts. 

The first instance of water loss detection came when data pointed to continual water usage of 3 gallons/minute at the Northern Lights Palace. Keeping in mind that buildings should function at 0 gallons/minute when water is not purposefully being consumed, the City of Melfort responded quickly to locate and resolve the unwanted usage resulting in a conservation of 1.6 million gallons of water annually if gone otherwise undetected. 

“This conservation effort in just one building will reduce water usage by 1.6 Million gallons per year. This will increase capacity and eliminates un-necessary costs at our water treatment facility.”

– Ryan Danberg, Melfort City Manager

A second instance of water loss was detected in August 2020. When our water monitoring technology identified a baseline usage of 5 gallons/minute, the unwanted consumption was once again located and promptly resolved representing an additional 2.6 million gallons of water conserved annually and confirming the importance of continual monitoring.

Aug 26, 2020

In their 2019/20 Annual Report, SaskTel emphasizes the importance of continued innovation and providing quality support to Saskatchewan communities. As such, their progressive partnership with Greenwave is featured on pages 9 and 10 to highlight our joint effort to improve energy management and monitoring solutions in the province with the goal of ultimately building a greener future.

In reference to the collaboration, Doug Burnett, SaskTel’s president and CEO, says that “[i]t’s very exciting to see SaskTel partner with a company like Greenwave Innovations that’s not only local but a true leader in helping Saskatchewan businesses maximize their energy efficiency.”  

The partnership combines Greenwave’s analytics, technology, and conservation knowhow with SaskTel’s expertise in connectivity, data, and systems integration to produce energy conservation results.  

By optimizing energy consumption, we enable the realisation of permanent energy usage reductions and cost savings while actively supporting long-term sustainability goals in Saskatchewan and beyond.

Greenwave extends a big thanks to SaskTel for highlighting such a great partnership!

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May 4, 2020

Greenwave’s energy conservation solutions have never been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic. With income streams slowed and some operations being halted, reducing operating costs has become even more critical. Greenwave is using all available data to help our clients identify immediate energy saving opportunities throughout near vacant facilities.

Greenwave realized an impressive example with the City of Melfort, Saskatchewan in April 2020, within their largest city-owned facility, the Northern Lights Palace. This community recreation centre features a hockey rink, pool complex, meeting and conference rooms, etc.

Northern Lights Palace, Melfort, Sask 

In just 3 hours of data analysis and collaborative work with the building operators, we were able to reschedule systems to dial-back energy usage. The 24-hour capture below shows the before, the investigative work beginning at 12pm and the resulting “vacant mode” which was implemented into the automation system at 3pm.

We’re pleased to report that electricity was reduced by ~ 30% from the start of the day.  

Equating to: 

  • $2,500 / month savings on their electrical bill 
  • Reducing 12 tonnes 3 of CO2e / Mo of greenhouse gas emissions 

Greenwave continues to work with the City of Melfort to implement ongoing energy efficiency improvement solutions. 

March 19, 2020

In November 2019 RBC announced the launch of Tech for Nature, a multi-year commitment by the RBC Foundation. Tech for Nature aims to bring together charitable partners, technology experts, the public and the private sector to work toward solving shared environmental challenges.

The Regina and District Food Bank applied to the grant program, proposing the use of Greenwave’s energy monitoring solution and consulting services to reduce energy usage and costs within their facility. This project intends not only to decrease operating costs but to simultaneously reduce the Food Bank’s overall carbon footprint using a data-driven technology-based approach.

As part of our desire to give back to the local community, Greenwave was happy to make a financial commitment under the proposed application structure. The Regina Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and food insecurity by supporting underserved families and individuals. Their services are essential and include partnerships focused on food provision, skills development and connections to the community supports and opportunities that will foster independence and greater self-reliance.

We are excited to announce that the Regina Food Bank has received word from RBC that their application was successful, and they will be receiving the grant funds required to move forward with our energy monitoring project. Greenwave appreciates this beneficial partnership opportunity and will be moving forward with hardware installation in the coming month.

Look out for updates on this shared initiative later in 2020. We cannot wait to report on the energy efficiency improvements that we are able to uncover for an organization that does so much to support food security throughout our shared communities.

December 16, 2019

My name is Dean Clark and I’m the President and CEO of Greenwave Innovations based in Regina, Saskatchewan. On the weekend, I returned home from the United Nations Climate Convention held in Madrid, Spain. I wanted to share my experience and provide some insight in hopes of inspiring more climate change initiatives within Saskatchewan and the other provinces.

First off though, I would like to thank the Government of Saskatchewan for recommending me and the Government of Canada for having accepted me as an official Canadian delegate. It was an extreme honour to represent my company, my province and my country. 

 

A Little Background … 

In 1992, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted as countries around the world agreed to work together to combat climate change. Since 1995, the Convention of the Parties (COP) has been held annually to make progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At COP, governments, the private sector and a vast collection of other stakeholders, gather for two weeks to share ideas, set the international agenda and negotiate the terms of climate agreements. Four years ago, the landmark Paris Agreement was reached at COP21. This agreement aimed to reduce risks and limit the impacts of climate change using three main strategies: Mitigation, Adaptation & Finance. 

At last year’s COP, all rules and guidelines of the Paris Agreement were finalized with the exception of Article 6. This crucial piece of the agreement would allow countries to cooperate in achieving their climate change targets through investments in advanced carbon-friendly technologies and the use of carbon markets. The goal of Article 6 was to adopt strong rules and guidelines that would foster more ambitious climate action. 

At this, the 25th anniversary of the COP conventions, negotiators worked tirelessly and ran the convention two days into overtime while trying to finalize the text of Article 6. However, on Dec 15th, it was declared that consensus could not be reached and the task now falls to individual nations to pilot the new markets established in the Paris Agreement. With next year’s convention in Glasgow, there will be heavy pressure placed on the incoming UK COP Presidency to finalize the Article 6 agreement at COP26. 

 

COP25 … The Experience 

The size and number of events at the COP convention is quite overwhelming for a first timer. There were nearly 27,000 delegates representing some 200 countries. It often felt like drinking water out of a firehose while trying to digest the mass amount of information. 

In Saskatchewan, and across our country, we have very strong and divided views on the seriousness of climate change, what we should be doing about it and how it should be financed. This is certainly true on a global scale as well but these were not items up for debate at this convention. The frustrations heard came from the activists (mostly youth), politicians and celebrity guests suggesting that the slow pace of the talks didn’t match the urgency of climate change that is suggested by science. 

Outside these criticisms directed at the formal negotiations, the convention itself consisted of very constructive discussions between the delegates. Business, financial and environmental experts from around the world eagerly shared experiences and best practices for climate change solutions. The structure of the convention created an excellent forum to share information and for collaborative discussions. 

What I took away most from the presentations and panels are the economic opportunities that exist for those that are involved in delivering climate change solutions and the risk involved for those that are turning a blind eye. It is apparent that global investors and financial institutions are not standing around waiting for the negotiators to finalize the agreements. I heard numerous experts talk about how the investment world has become a major solution provider in dealing with climate change. Globally, trillions of dollars are being committed to carbon-neutral investment portfolios. In Canada, our largest global investors (pension funds) are following the same trend and increasing low-carbon investments. One Canadian delegate suggested to me that we need to swiftly establish made-in-Canada economic strategies such that these global funds flow towards our country rather than away. I highlight this not to spur a debate on climate change and how it is impacting some major Canadian industries, but rather to point out what the global investment community and large international corporations are saying. 

As a Canadian delegate, I was invited to attend social events at the Canadian Ambassador’s private residence and at the Canadian Embassy. There I was able to speak directly with new Environment Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, and his team and express our commitment to deliver economic based climate change solutions within the Western Canadian provinces … more on that in my “What Next” section below. 

Madrid is a fantastic city that did an outstanding job of hosting COP25 on short notice. On Oct 31st, only one day after Chile announced that it was cancelling the conference due to a social crisis sweeping the country, Spain offered to host the event. Madrid was a buzz during the convention to the point where even Real Madrid ditched their traditional all-white home jerseys for green ones. The world-famous club soccer team was showing their support for the climate change movement and the COP25 event. I was amongst the 65,000 that saw them defeat struggling Espanyol 2-0. 

 

So … Now What!? 

I’ve returned home from the convention with a heightened sense of awareness and knowledge on the structures that exist to support climate change solutions. 

We need to continue to invest in Canadian technology and support those businesses that are working to deliver GHG emission reduction solutions. Canada has long been a leader in developing innovative solutions and we need to encourage this now more than ever. 

I truly believe that in Canada we can increase ambition through a focus on the delivery of economic based climate change solutions. Knowing that the global investment community is watching, every level of government and private business should be promoting structures that support climate conscious decisions. 

I focused my attention on discussing tangible solutions related to our energy management services at Greenwave Innovations. It is estimated that energy efficiency needs to account for more than 40% of the carbon reductions required to meet Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments. An interesting stat suggests that we have over 430,000 Canadians working in the energy efficiency sector … that’s a lot of resources ready to lend a hand. 

The best part of an energy efficiency discussion is that a climate change activist, a climate change denier, a politician and a business owner can all agree that using less energy makes good sense. Energy efficiency solutions are the easiest and lowest cost route to create an economic return (utility savings) and an environmental win (GHG emission reductions). This is particularly true within the carbon intense electrical grid regions of Saskatchewan and Alberta. It is agreed that Canada will not reach its Paris Agreement commitments without a significant contribution from energy efficiency. 

This may come across as self-serving, but I’m convinced that data-driven, evidence-based solutions are a key element to making informed decisions and quantifying improvements. Consumption data is also the key energy management mechanism that will allow us to properly size renewable energy and storage solutions moving forward. 

Regardless of where the climate action funding comes from (i.e. carbon tax or other mechanism), we need to continue to invest in solutions that provide long term and permanent economic returns and GHG emission reductions … truly a win-win climate change strategy. 

While this COP will be remembered for the failure to close on Article 6, I felt a great sense of ambition and a desire for collaboration from the global community. We should encourage this mindset and continue to foster this ambition at home. 

 

Dean Clark, BASc 

President of Greenwave Innovations

October 21, 2019

The 36th annual ABEX Awards was held in Saskatoon on October 19, 2019, recognizing business success and business leaders across the province of Saskatchewan. Prior to the awards, Greenwave had received notice of a nomination from within the local community and was further surprised in August, upon learning that we were a finalist in the categories of New Business Venture and Indigenous Engagement.

Our team travelled from Regina to Saskatoon excited about the opportunity to mix and mingle with all the other esteemed business nominees attending the sold-out event. TCU Place was host of a fabulous evening during which no one went thirsty or hungry. The night won’t soon be forgotten by Greenwave, as we were awarded the honour of best New Business Venture for 2019.

As an active member of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Greenwave Innovations appreciates their recognition of business excellence and the advocate work they do on behalf of Saskatchewan businesses. Greenwave looks forward to celebrating the 2020 ABEX nominees and winners.

October 1, 2019

Greenwave Innovations partnered with Harvard Property Management in early 2019 to begin the process of monitoring the Ag Place/FCC building in downtown Regina, Saskatchewan. A six-month comprehensive energy assessment was completed between February and August 2019 followed by a collaborative review of the data.

After operational improvements were implemented, energy savings equated to: 

  • 9.4% reduction in total kWh used 
  • Equal to a reductions of ~ 411,600 kWh ($51,500) in utility savings per year 
  • 300 metric tonnes of CO2e / year of greenhouse gas emission reductions 

Below is an example of before and after energy usage of the main motor control center which saw an impressive ~ 50% electrical usage reduction through off-hours scheduling optimization. 

Before:

After:

The energy efficiencies implemented through this great partnership were all non-capital based, permanent solutions resulting in huge economic and environmental wins. Greenwave and Harvard Property Management continue the collaborative effort to find further energy saving opportunities at the Ag Place/FCC building. 

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