New York-based BrightFarms continues to design, build and operate energy and water-efficient hydroponic greenhouses on-site at northern US supermarkets and food distribution centres, “eliminating time, distance and cost from the food supply chain,”says the company. Their greenhouse designs incorporate many efficiency features.

This video (one of many recently created by Dr. Erik Runkle) discusses water use - one of the many aspects examined during an energy audit. Read our new feature story on greenhouse energy audits here.
A May 31st report by Maine-based FutureMetrics is entitled "An Analysis of the Future of Natural Gas Prices and Wood Pellet Prices: Natural gas will become much more costly than wood pellets."

Energy Edge asked FortisBC and BC Hydro in BC, and Enbridge Gas and the Ontario Power Authority in Ontario how many greenhouse operations have taken advantage of incentive programs involving energy audits or efficiency upgrades last year (2011).

Food Alliance, an Oregon-based group which defines and promotes sustainability in agriculture and the food industry, now offers a national ‘Sustainability Standard’ certification for nursery and greenhouse operators.

The SARE program (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has a site dedicated to greenhouse energy efficiency.

With the recent release of the findings from Ontario’s environment ministry regarding Ontario waterways, it is now more evident than ever that water and wastewater monitoring will be an important part of energy management for greenhouse operators.

As of May 1st, Hydro rates across the Province of Ontario are on the rise.  Distribution rates for most utilities have gone up, and so have customer service charges.

As any farmer that has utilized the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) knows, the regional councils that represent each province are vital to the disbursement of funds. The regional councils are called the Agricultural Adaptation Councils (AAC). Each province and territory in Canada has one, allowing for the unique regional needs in each province to be met, rather than by a one-size-fits-all approach out of Ottawa.

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) held an expert panel webinar on Thursday April 26th focused on the status of municipalities powers related to renewable energy project approvals and developments. It was a discussion of whether municipalities have been stripped of a voice in deciding what happens in their backyards.

ProSelect Gas Treating Inc. officially unveiled the world’s first carbon capture system for the greenhouse industry today at the SunSelect Produce greenhouses in Delta, British Columbia. The GC6 Carbon Capture System is a new technology that harnesses carbon dioxide (CO2) from biomass combustion emissions and converts it into fertilizer to grow climate-friendly greenhouse crops.


AVEVA Global Business Consulting has just released a new business paper entitled ‘Sustainable Energy Management - Putting Information Assets to work in the process industries.’ The principal author will be presenting the contents at two major international upcoming conferences in May.

As the baby boomers are reaching a point where they may no longer want to be farming, it is more important than ever to keep Canada’s agricultural industry thriving, with the introduction of new young farmers. In an effort to do so, Farm Credit Canada has started a new loan program for young farmers.

Read the complete Energy Edge feature on Rosa Flora's energy management approach, from renewables and efficient greenhouse design, to its growing natural gas combined heat and power business.
There are a lot of opinions regarding energy management in all sectors of the economy, and the greenhouse sector is no different. As we make our way through 2012, here are five opinions that should be left behind.

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