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SaskpowerSaskPower has made significant investments - $1.279 billion - into the province’s electrical grid in 2014, as aging infrastructure, increasing demand and changing environmental regulations continue to challenge the Crown corporation.

“Our province is focusing on investing in infrastructure to keep our province strong, and that includes our electrical grid,” Minister Responsible for SaskPower Bill Boyd said. “Those investments do have an impact on SaskPower’s annual income, but they are necessary to renew and improve the system and meet increasing demand for electricity in our growing province.”

“Like many electrical utilities, SaskPower is continuing to operate in a challenging environment,” said President and CEO Mike Marsh. “Demand for electricity has grown nearly 10 per cent in just two years, and our peak demand continues to break records. It’s critical that we invest in renewing and maintaining our system so that we are positioned to supply reliable, affordable and sustainable power today and into the future.”

Key SaskPower highlights reported in its 2014 Annual Report include:

*  $409 million to upgrade power stations

*  $583 million to connect customers to the system, as well as transmission and distribution upgrades

*  The successful launch of the Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage project, the first of its kind in the world

*  Construction continued on the Shand Carbon Capture Test Facility, scheduled to be complete this year

*  Work continued on the expansion of the Queen Elizabeth Power Station in Saskatoon, which will add 205 megawatts to the grid when complete in 2015

*  Work on the $380 million I1K transmission line, which will run from Island Falls to Key Lake to serve industry and improve reliability in the province’s north

*  SaskPower reached an agreement with Manitoba Hydro to import 25 MW of power from 2015 to 2022

*  SaskPower was recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and Top Employers for Young People, as well as one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers

*  SaskPower was awarded Progressive Aboriginal Relations Silver Status by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

*  The interactive Power to Grow tour traveled across the province last summer, making over 100 stops and reaching more than 26,000 people

*  SaskPower invested nearly $1.6 million in the communities and organizations that make our province a great place to be

 


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June 25, 2018

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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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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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