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Horizon Award

Horizon Utilities was presented with the 2015 Green Business award during a ceremony held at Regional Council to honour significant contributions in safeguarding Niagara's natural environment.

The 26th annual Niagara Region Environmental Awards Ceremony recognizes individuals, businesses and community groups who have made a difference in conserving the existing environment, repairing damage done in the past and increasing public understanding and awareness.

Photo 1: In the award presentation photo (left to right) Sal Sorrento, City Councillor, City of St. Catharines Kathy Lerette, Vice President Operations, Horizon Utilities Alan Caslin, Regional Chair, Niagara Region

Horizon PlantingPhoto 2: Horizon Utilities volunteers planted 5,000 plants consisting of native wildflowers, grasses and shrubs planted in the 12 Mile Creek corridor.

Horizon Utilities, which is jointly owned by the municipalities of Hamilton and St. Catharines, was presented with the Green Business of the Year award for innovation and environmental consciousness for its 12 Mile Creek vegetation project in the St. Catharines service territory.

The project—that wrapped up in July, saw close to 5,000 plants consisting of native wildflowers, grasses and shrubs planted in the 12 Mile Creek corridor near Hillcrest Avenue. The team of volunteers and partners worked together to create a habitat in hydro corridors which will also lower maintenance costs over time.

The initiative was developed in an effort to find an ecologically-friendly way of maintaining the vegetation under and around the power lines in the area with more suitable and sustainable species. During the first phase, hazardous and invasive trees had to be removed as they posed a risk to the power system and to the safety of the public and the workers in the area.

The new vegetation will not impede power lines and will require little maintenance in the future. The plants will also increase biological diversity while providing a quality habitat for wildlife.

Five awards are given out annually through the Niagara Region Environmental Awards Program, and Horizon Utilities was recognized for its commitment to conservation and its continued efforts that help make Niagara a great place to live.

 

 Electrician Forum Brought to You by Schneider Electric             

The Electrician Forum is a monthly column that provides valuable information to electricians and electrical contractors on current industry trends and concerns. 

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Quite simply put if you feel that job site costing and quote development are a lot of work, you are right! To properly assess a job and estimate the required work time, product costs and various other expenses can take more time than is often feasible for a small company. You need to be spending your time completing projects, which can become difficult if you are spending your hours doing cost analysis. We learned this first hand in last month’s edition of the Electrician Forum when Steve Beeby of Beehive Electric discussed the balance required to own and operate an electrical contracting company.

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Watch a portion of the interview conducted by Electrical Industry Canada with Steve Beeby of Beehive Electric

 

Fluke Hammon Healy

As our population grows and consumers continue to rely on technology for both essentials and comfort, the need for power quality has become vital. Fluke is a leader in this field, offering power quality training seminars, as well as employing power quality specialists with years of industry experience.

This month’s personal profile is a double feature of two of Fluke’s senior power quality specialists, Hilton Hammond and Frank Healy.

Hilton Hammond has been with Fluke since 1995, and in 2013 moved into his current position as Power Quality Business Unit Manager. He has a deep and thorough knowledge of power quality and related electrical instrumentation. 

Frank Healy, Power Quality Product Marketing Manager at Fluke since 2006, has been in the industry for well over three decades. He globally manages Fluke’s power quality products, including measuring instruments and precision power analyzers.

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