Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

CanNor

The Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Infrastructure is exploring the feasibility of using wind turbines and energy storage devices in the Town of Inuvik thanks in part to an investment of $950,000 from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).

Residents and businesses in the Town of Inuvik face high energy costs as they rely heavily on trucked-in petroleum products from southern Canada. To help lower the use of diesel and reduce greenhouse gas (GHS) emissions, the Department of Infrastructure is conducting a study to determine the possibility of adding one or more wind turbines to the town’s electricity grid. CanNor’s investment is assisting with the design, engineering and geotechnical work related to the potential installation of commercial size turbines at High Point, located ten kilometers outside of Inuvik. The Agency’s contribution is also supporting consultation sessions with local stakeholders, including the Mayor and Council, the Gwich’in Tribal Council and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. 

If this renewable energy source is deemed feasible and is implemented in the future, the wind power generated could displace between 18 to 28 percent of the energy currently produced using diesel. This offset could help save approximately $1.6 million to nearly $3 million in fuel and also reduce GHG emissions by roughly 4,000 to 7,000 tonnes annually.

Reducing the use of fossil fuels in remote communities is a key priority for both the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories. Harnessing local and renewable fuel sources such as wind in the Beaufort Delta region of the territory would not only reduce the North’s reliance on imported diesel fuel but also support renewable energy initiatives. 

https://www.canada.ca/en/northern-economic-development/news/2017/12/government_of_canadasupportswindenergystudyincanadasarctic.html


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Cloud

There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, and applications via the Internet with pay-as-you-go or subscription-based pricing. Cloud computing means that instead of all the computer hardware, software, and data that you are using sitting somewhere inside your company’s network, it’s provided and managed for you as a service by another company and you access it over the Internet. 

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