Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 

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

 

Irwin Beron RAB Design has announced the retirement of President, Irwin Beron.  After 50 years in the lighting industry, Irwin has decided to step down as President and hand over the reins to his eldest son, David Beron.  David will assume the position of President, effective immediately.  Irwin will remain on as Chairman, which will allow him to enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation with his lovely wife Lynette and seven grandchildren, yet still free to impart his many years of experience and expertise whenever possible as Chairman of RAB Design. Irwin has been serving as President of RAB Design Lighting since 2002.  He acquired the company during a difficult period and through grit, determination and hard work, turned it around to make it one of Canada’s most respected lighting companies.

 

Read More: Irwin Beron Retires as President of RAB Design... 

 

 

 

Electricians Provide Assistance in TD Centre's 50th Anniversary Illumination Project

Contractors Guild, Ainsworth, Symtech, Plan and ACML donated their services to temporarily reconfigure the buildings' automated lighting systems, while a crew of staff and volunteers worked to open and close blinds on over 6,000 windows across the TD Centre's five towers to create the message "Less is more or" in 100-foot-tall lights.

A media statement called it the largest public art project of its kind undertaken anywhere in the world.

Read more: Electricians Provide Assistance...

 

CSA

 

By William (Bill) Burr

In this article: Section 56 — Optical fibre cables. Section 56 is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to the installation of optical fibre cables in conjunction with all other electrical systems. Rule 56-002 provides a special terminology definition for an Optical Fibre Cable — a cable consisting of one or more optical fibres that transmits modulated light for the purpose of control, signalling or communications.

Rule 56-102 outlines that there are three types of optical fibre cables.



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Wind technicians have been working to keep Canada’s turbines turning for a long time now.

TransAlta’s Cowley Ridge Wind Farm was one of the first commercial facilities in the country with the original technicians back in 1993 describing their experiences of being “up so high” and that “there was nothing like it.”

Sitting on 25 meter tall lattice work towers, these machines were less than a third of the height of most tubular wind turbine towers today. However, many of the same skills learned on these first sites are still relevant today even though the technology has certainly progressed.

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 Gordon MacDonald is a cheerful, driven individual who loves to be challenged, a trait that suits him well as a lighting specialist overseeing retrofit projects for Rexel in New Brunswick and P.E.I. He also has had a unique introduction to the field he now works in. 

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