Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 May 17, 2017

Alberta Wind Energy Opportunities Draw InvestorsThe Alberta government’s efforts to encourage development of the province’s abundant wind energy resource has captured the attention of investors who see a long-term opportunity for growth in the market, according to wind industry leaders who met earlier this month in Edmonton for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)’s Alberta Summit.

About 185 established and emerging players in Canada’s wind energy sector attended the one-day event, which explored the economic and environmental benefits of Alberta’s plan to get 30% of its electricity supply from renewable sources by 2030. With billions of dollars of new investment expected to flow into the province as it adds 5,000 MW of new renewables to its grid over the next 14 years, delegates discussed opportunities for Alberta-based companies to generate new business by participating in the wind energy supply chain.

Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips delivered the summit’s keynote luncheon address, showcasing her government’s climate strategy and the role wind energy will play in meeting its objectives.

“Our government’s renewable energy program is part of a made-in-Alberta plan to create jobs, diversify our economy, attract investment, and reduce carbon pollution,” Phillips told delegates. “The strong interest shown by industry ensures a highly competitive process that will allow us to achieve all of those goals at the lowest possible cost.”

Mike Law, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), updated delegates on the province’s competitive renewable energy procurement plans, including the process for the first 400 MW launched in March. Expert panelists also advised on best practices for engaging with communities, reviewed the proactive steps being taken to manage wind’s environmental impacts, weighed in on how Alberta’s electricity market needs to evolve to enable the transition to a low-carbon future, and tackled persistent myths surrounding renewable energy reliability.

With 1,479 MW of wind energy, Alberta has the third largest installed capacity among Canadian provinces. Wind currently supplies about 6% of the province’s electricity demand, and Alberta’s target of 30% renewable electricity by 2030 has made it the leading market for new wind energy development in Canada.

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Owning your own business is something many of us have dreamt of doing. Who wouldn’t want to be their own boss? It is a valid question that many entering the electrical trade consider. However, dreams tend to create an image that doesn’t always suit reality. Surviving in the residential electrical market involves a lot of out of the box thinking and as we have said and can’t stress enough, hard work. To gain insight into the various challenges faced by small electrical contractors EIN sat down with Steve Beeby, Master Electrician, and owner/operator of Beehive Electric, as small residential electrical contracting company based in Elmvale, Ontario.

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

 

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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