Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Jessica BekkerCanWEA recently held a student Challenge asking post-secondary students to submit 200-300 word blogs describing their interest in wind energy and its importance, and outlining how attendance at the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) Western Forum 2015 event would benefit them, their community or their campus.

This year’s challenge winner is Jessica Bekker. Jessica is working on a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Victoria. Jessica is a member of the Piikani Nation in southern Alberta and her goal is to return to her community to assist in the development of renewable energy generation and storage projects. Jessica is currently enjoying her two days at the Western Forum. Take a look below...

My name is Jessica Bekker and I am completing my thesis on the impacts of hybrid off-grid power systems in remote communities in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Victoria. As a member of the Piikani Nation in southern Alberta, I have been inspired to pursue a technical engineering degree from our own wind power project that began in 2001 with the installation of the 900kW wind turbine, “Weather Dancer.” As a student this drove my educational pursuits in attaining an electrical engineering undergraduate degree and now in completing a master’s program developing an optimization model for renewable energy integration into a diesel power system with electric storage. While this modelling exercise accounts for all capital and operational costs and computes a levelized cost of electricity based on the community load and various financial parameters it unfortunately doesn’t include any socio-economic, political or cultural factors. It is my goal to return to my community and assist with developing energy projects, including a wind farm, hydro power and possible hydro storage, electric storage, and solar PV projects.

Attendance to this conference would provide networking opportunities with suppliers, project developers, and learning opportunities to hear about other successful projects in the Alberta market, and understand how these systems are designed to make the greatest economic impact for the surrounding communities. Last, I would like to have a greater understanding of the utility markets in Alberta and current policies that encourage wind power development and what utilities and government hope to see in the future to enhance wind power integration such as storage technologies or other ends. Please consider me as a recipient for the full delegate pass to attend the 2015 CanWEA Western Forum.

Thank you,

Jessica Bekker

 


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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Schneider

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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