Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Solar Ontario 2015The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and Hannover Fairs (Canada), Inc. has announced that Solar Ontario’s 5th Annual Conference held from May 25–27, 2015 in Niagara Falls, Canada attracted 300 delegates from across Canada, the United States, Europe and China. Close to 40 percent of the delegates were first time attendees. Seven in 10 attendees were solar industry professionals and practitioners, and three in 10 were stakeholders, including government and utility officials. Solar Ontario 2015 conference delegates appreciated this year’s emphasis on high-level, forward thinking discussions.

“The costs of solar are rapidly declining, heralding a new era in clean energy production,” said John Gorman, President and CEO of CanSIA. A Deutsche Bank February 2015 solar energy report suggests solar capital costs for residential and commercial sectors are expected to decrease up to 40 percent in the next five years.

In his address to Solar Ontario 2015 delegates, Serge Imbrogno, Deputy Minister of Energy, said that solar power is responsible for thousands of jobs in Canada today. The Minister of Energy shared that Ontario has 1550 megawatts (MW) of solar power installed in the province with another 825 MW contracted and under development - enough to power about 300,000 homes. He also shared with delegates that Ontario has three procurements underway. A large renewable procuremen

The report touches on details in the following areas:
- Ontarians’ Views on Solar Energy, Technologies and Policies
- Solar and the Future of Ontario's Electricity Sector
- Cap and Trade Allowances, Auction Revenues, Recognized Environmental Concerns (RECs) and Offsets

Read the full report here.

 

Schneider Electric

For the eighth year in a row, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, participated as a proud sponsor in the 17th annual Tremblant 24h. With support from family, friends, employees, and the company, Schneider Electric Canada employees raised funds and presented a cheque for $101,840 to support local children’s causes. 

The company was one of 366 teams participating in this year’s events, which took place December 8 to 10 in Mont-Tremblant, Québec.

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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.

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