Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 

Nova Scotia EnergyEfficiency Nova Scotia agreed to accelerate plans to change the Energy Efficiency program following a review conducted by the Department of Energy.

The program helps small and medium-sized businesses with the cost of developing customized energy efficiency plans for their operations, and offers rebates to help pay for upgrades. Government received complaints by two Nova Scotia LED lighting supply companies about high incentives, unfair pricing and unfair practices.

The department's review found that the program met its performance standards, however, its delivery model and the use of discounts as high as 100 per cent, made it impossible for local supply companies to compete on price. 

Efficiency Nova Scotia will accelerate its plans to make significant changes to the Business Energy Solutions program by Aug. 1.

Changes to the program include:

-- delivery agents will no longer be used. Energy audits will be conducted by small-business energy auditors, contracted by Efficiency Nova Scotia through a publicly tendered process. Auditors will not sell products to program participants

-- businesses have two options to complete energy upgrades, including a do-it-yourself approach or with the auditor coordinating upgrade projects

-- businesses can choose from a list of qualified contractors published on the Efficiency Nova Scotia website to complete upgrades

-- the incentive package has been redesigned so that all contractors have access to the same rebates.

In three months, the department will follow up with Efficiency Nova Scotia and industry to ensure these changes have been implemented.

The Review of Incentives and Competition report is available at www.novascotia.ca/energy.

 

 

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.

 Read more...

 



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