Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Carbon FootprintIn 2015, the US could set new national records for annual renewable build, coal retirements, and gas burn from the power sector. Meanwhile, continues a research note published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance,electricity-related emissions could fall to their lowest levels since 1994. 

 

The research note examines short-term forecasts for US power.Renewable build will total 18.3GW in 2015 – 9.1GW from solar (an all-time high); 8.9GW from wind (third-most ever). Both technologies are in the midst of a temporary build rush, as developers race to capture important federal tax incentives that are set to step down or expire by 2017. California will account for over half of the solar build in 2015; Electrical Reliability Council of Texas will absorb over one third of the new wind.

 

• The Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) take effect on April 2015, hastening a wave

of coal retirements among generators whose economics are otherwise challenged by the

effects of old age and cheap gas. In all, expect 23GW to stop burning coal this year, with

another 30GW falling offline before decade-end. 

 

• Natural gas-fired generators are poised to back-fill lost generation from retiring coal; and even

more importantly, plummeting gas prices have enabled efficient, combined-cycle gas turbines

to undercut marginal costs of coal in many parts of the country. Coal-to-gas switch calculus is

complex, but we believe these two factors (lost coal capacity and a relative improvement in

gas-fired economics) will lead to the most gas burn from the power sector ever – more even

than witnessed in 2012 (‘the year of no winter,” when Henry Hub sank below $3/MMBtu).

 

To read the full BNEF White Paper click here. 

 


Electrician Forum Brought to you by Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

June 25, 2018

Sponsored by Schneider Electric

Today we are all concerned with the energy we consume within our homes. But how many truly understand the ins and outs of home energy use, and where exactly does the electrician and the development of energy management systems come into play. There is much to consider when discussing home energy use. The consumer first off needs to be informed about energy use, how it is calculated and ultimately billed if they are to make changes to their energy consumption rates. But in terms of educating consumers does the residential electrician have a role? And beyond that are manufacturers developing products designed to help electricians and consumers better understand residential energy use? Throughout this article we will deal with each of these important questions.

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A new “future ready” circuit breaker from Schneider Electric is described by the company as the next generation of power distribution for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Masterpact MTZ increases efficiency and can adapt to ever-evolving needs for safety, reliability and sustainability. The world is becoming more connected, electric, digitized, decarbonized, and decentralized, says Schneider Electric. Power distribution is facing new regulations, becoming more seamless and connected. 

Masterpact MTZ is the latest in a series of circuit breaker innovations, following Masterpact M, and then Masterpact NT/NW.

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Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick. Since 2013 Jeremy has steadily grown Total Electrical Solutions in the residential, commercial and construction sectors. The growth is primarily the result of Jeremy’s customer first philosophy, plus his over 20 years of industry experience.

Jeremy grew up learning about the industry from his father who was an electrical contractor. Jeremy spent his early years helping and watching his father as a contractor and business owner. After high school Jeremy was, like many, not wholly aware of the course he wished to take and so he began an electrical apprenticeship at his father’s company.

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