Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Workshop

October 19, 2017

In the context of the energy transition currently unfolding where reducing greenhouse gas emissions has become a top priority for society, the TechnoCentre éolien (TCE) will organize a Technical Workshop entitled Integrating Renewable Energy in Remote Microgrids, which will take place on November 1 at Montréal's Centre for Sustainable Development. During this brand new event, a broad spectrum of experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges of integrating renewables like wind and solar at remote sites such as islands, mines and communities not connected to the public grid.

As a leading figure in research and innovation that serves to support the energy transition, the TechnoCentre éolien has brought together for this Technical Workshop a number of specialists who will discuss concrete solutions that, over time, will help decarbonize energy production while maintaining a secure energy supply, notably in Canada's Far North.

"Currently, approximately 200,000 Canadians are not connected to integrated grids and receive their power from thermal plants that run on fossil fuels. These plants alone consume 900 million litres of diesel fuel every year and, unless bold actions are taken, diesel consumption in Canada's remote communities could reach 1.5 billion litres by 2035. It is therefore critical to accelerate the development of solutions that will help boost the deployment of renewable energies at remote sites," explains Frédéric Côté, TechnoCentre éolien General Manager.

Besides the experts of the TechnoCentre éolien, Workshop participants will have the opportunity to hear speakers from various organizations active in the field such as Natural Resources Canada, the Hydro-Québec Research Institute (IREQ), the Société du Plan Nord, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Global Affairs Canada, Hatch, TUGLIQ, Sigma Energy Storage and many others. The latter will present a general overview of the energy situation at remote sites and communities in Canada by addressing issues with regard to the technical and economic challenges associated with integrating renewables in these communities, solutions under development, and ongoing research.


The complete program of the event is available at www.eolien.qc.ca/workshop. The TechnoCentre éolien would like to thank the partners of the event, namely the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. 

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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