Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

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Last year, Electro-Federation Canada published a research study on low-voltage DC (LVDC) power and the implications and opportunities this technology will have on the electrical market. Recently, EFC learned that the Canadian government has a vested interest in promoting LVDC power to remote communities, the new Canadian Electrical Code is in effect and now includes updates for LVDC installation and use, and CSA is forming a new technical committee for LVDC.

 

Canada

 

An issue faced by many countries is the need for clean, efficient sources of energy to power their homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. With reliable energy sources comes an improved, more consistent quality of life.

 

 

NRC

 

Reducing reliance on diesel in rural and remote communities will decrease Canada's carbon footprint, support climate change adaptation, contribute to healthier communities and provide new opportunities for jobs and economic growth.

 

 

PEI

 

Teams from Nalcor and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro), along with Emera and Nova Scotia Power, have worked hard to successfully bring energy over Emera’s new Maritime Link transmission line to the island.

 

 

NWT

 

NTPC is pleased to report that the Variable Speed Generator (VSG) Project in Aklavik has reached a major milestone with successful commissioning of the test unit. Electricity is now being provided to the more than 300 NTPC customers in Aklavik using a converter-based VSG platform. The VSG will also integrate solar power from a new 55 kilowatt solar array, installed by the GNWT earlier this year.

 

 

Hydro Quebec

Hydro-Québec’s energy has once again been selected in the Massachusetts clean energy request for proposals process. In view of signing a contract for the supply of 9.45 TWh of clean energy, the members of the Massachusetts evaluation team will negotiate in parallel with the proponents of two transmission line projects, both being conducted in partnership with Hydro-Québec, and one transmission line project will be chosen.

 

 

Canwea

If you’ve been following CanWEA's blog in recent months, you will know that both Saskatchewan and Alberta are planning significant increases in renewable energy production over the next decade. As discussions on new wind energy projects gain more public attention, farmers and other landowners are beginning to ask questions about what impact wind farms will have on their land, livestock and crops.

 

 

 

Alectra

 

Adam Dixon, a Meter Technician at Alectra Utilities, is headed to Pyeongchang, South Korea as a member of the Canadian sledge hockey team at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

 

 

Schneider Electric

 

Schneider Electric Canada has just launched Go Green in the City 2018, its global contest to find bold ideas and innovative solutions for smarter, more energy-efficient cities.

 

 

Schneider safety summitSchneider Electric’s Electrical Safety Innovation Summit brings together experts from different industries to present and discuss the latest trends in electrical safety…

 

 

Schneider Electric

For the eighth year in a row, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, participated as a proud sponsor in the 17th annual Tremblant 24h. With support from family, friends, employees, and the company, Schneider Electric Canada employees raised funds and presented a cheque for $101,840 to support local children’s causes. 

The company was one of 366 teams participating in this year’s events, which took place December 8 to 10 in Mont-Tremblant, Québec.

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EFCElectro‐Federation Canada (EFC) and Cámara Nacional de Manufacturas Eléctricas (CANAME) of Mexico, have submitted joint recommendations to their respective governments to safeguard future trade in North America.

The recommendations call on the strong need for governments to retain, modernize and improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in order to increase market access, reduce business costs and improve global competitiveness.

Read more: EFC NAFTA Recommendations...

 

CSA

Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I includes a number of significant updates and changes to better help electrical workers in the safe maintenance of electrical equipment and create safer electrical installations.

This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

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