Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

July 14, 2017

SaskPower

Eight independent power producers have been invited by SaskPower to submit proposals for 200 MW of wind energy.

The eight were among 23 independent power producers who responded to an earlier request for qualification. The project will generate enough electricity to power approximately 80,000 homes.

The competition is being conducted through a two-stage process. In February 2017, SaskPower issued a request for quotations to identify independent power producers. The eight proponents who qualified will have until May 25, 2018 to submit proposals, including choosing their own sites to put forward in the competition. The successful proponent will be announced in fall 2018, with the project expected to be in-service in early 2021.

SaskPower plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 40% from 2005 levels by 2030. It will significantly increase the amount of renewable electricity in Saskatchewan’s generation mix from 25% today to as much as 50% by 2030.

“Wind power will play a key role in Saskatchewan’s electricity future,” says Guy Bruce, SaskPower Vice-President of Special Projects. “As of today, wind makes up a total of 5% of our available generating capacity. We plan to increase this to 30% by 2030 and this project is one way we will reach our goal.”

SaskPower is facing a number of challenges for the future, including a growing demand for power, a transition to cleaner generation options, and a need to upgrade and modernize the aging power grid.


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June 25, 2018

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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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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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Jeremy Herrington

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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