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'Cool Savings Rebate' Program Underway

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The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is partnering with the Conservation Bureau of the Ontario Power Authority in a residential air conditioning incentive program, "Cool Savings Rebate," to promote preseason maintenance and replacement of old, inefficient systems.
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Wholesaler Stats Review

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As reported by the Profit Planning Group (per CIPH's Market Data Report), total plumbing, PVF/industrial, waterworks, hydronics, and HVACR estimated sales show a 15 percent increase for the month of February 2006 in comparison to February 2005.
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Skills Events Successful

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Sixteen students from four Ontario secondary schools competed in the Secondary School Student Challenge at the Skills Center exhibit during CMX/CIPHEX 2006. Also, the Post-Secondary Heating System Technician Competition pitted post-secondary students in competition, and a new event - the Master's Fun Challenge - was introduced.
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OEB Rules on Direct Energy Appeal

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In March, Direct Energy filed a motion with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to "review and vary" its decision in the 2006 Enbridge Rates case, a decision which may require separation of the Enbridge and Direct Energy bills by Jan. 1, 2007. In April, the OEB held its ground on the original decision but retracted its requirement for the separation of bills by Jan. 1, 2007.
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Smart Cool Announces Private Placement

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Smart Cool Systems Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, has arranged a non-brokered private placement of up to 2.5 million common shares at a price of $0.20 per share.
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Canadian GeoExchange Launches Webcast

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The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) will be hosting HRAI members in a best-practices presentation and discussion about Geoexchangeâ„¢ technology with municipalities. The discussion will be accessible via a simultaneous audio/webcast on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.
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Toronto Hydro Discusses Peak Load Management Program

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Martin Luymes, director of the Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Contractors of Canada (HRAC), and Mel Little, HRAC contractor representative, met with Toronto Hydro to discuss how HVAC contractors might become more involved in the utility's peakSAVER program.
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Skill Tech Academy Offers Hydronics Designation

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The Heating, Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning Institute's (HRAI's) Skill Tech Academy, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), has established a new Residential Hydronics Design Technician (RHDT) designation.
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Refrigerant Tracking Database on the Way

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Refrigerant Management Canada (RMC) has been working with Mike Kwiecien and Alek Hage of Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA) to develop a refrigerant tracking database providing RMC and the Collection Service Providers (CSP) with a tool that should ensure accuracy, enhance the tracking process, and improve accountability.
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HRAI Joins HIP to Create IAQ Standards

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Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) Director Martin Luymes recently met with the board of directors of the Healthy Indoors Partnership (HIP) to discuss opportunities for working together towards the development of a national training and certification standard for indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals.
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