Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

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Approved electrical equipmentAs I indicated last month, several changes will be evident in the 23rd Edition Canadian Electrical Code  which is scheduled for publication in early January 2015. When released, Code Users will have an opportunity to see for themselves these

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SparklelightCanadian Solar’s wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has completed the sale of SparkleLight, a 10 MW AC solar power plant to a subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables Inc. 

 

Ontario Construction SecretariatFrom April 8 to 10, Burlington, ON will host the 11th edition of Future Building — a three-day, hands-on construction career expo aimed at students from Grades 7 to 12.

Brampton Hydro“Safe at Work, Safe at Home” is Hydro One Brampton’s safety slogan at for 2014. Launched at the beginning of the year, the safety campaign encourages staff to enhance their safety attitude both at home and at work. 

IDEALAvailable in tan and black, the 8”W x 12”L x 12”H multi-purpose tool case offers a number of features and benefits:

LeGrandLegrand has signed an agreement to acquire Lastar, Inc., including its Quiktron and C2G divisions. Quiktron, based in Albia, IA manufactures copper and fibre optic cable assemblies for the data communications distribution channel. C2G, based in

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NEMRA 2015Arlington Industries Inc. has announced the recipients of their 2014 sales performance awards. These awards were presented to firms representing Arlington at the recent 2015 NEMRA (National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association) meeting

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AweaFour Quebec-based businesses specializing in wind turbine operation and maintenance are delighted upon their return from the trade mission organized by the TechnoCentre éolien and the ACCORD Wind Energy Cluster within the framework of the American Wind

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Wind Energy And the winners of the 4th Quebec Wind Energy Industry Gala are... Presented by EDF Énergies Nouvelles, wind farm developer Boralex Inc. won Enterprise of the Year, while Helmut Herold, CEO North America for Senvion Canada Inc., was named

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StandbyA new report by the International Energy Agency has found that $80 billion is lost annually to inefficient technology, a number that’s set to climb to $120 billion by 2020. And the main culprit? Standby mode. The International Energy Agency (IEA)

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Woman of PowerTo promote women in the electricity workforce, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) has produced a report for employers that highlights challenges for women, as well as programs and case studies that are working across the country. These

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GreenleaGreenlee has launched a line-up of new bending products that the company says will provide consistent accuracy, and increase productivity and mobility. Dubbed the “Bending Revolution,” the line-up features the 855GX IntelliBender, the Shotgun Shoe

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EFC ScholarshipsThe Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) scholarship program has been supporting students for over 20 years. In 2015, EFC and its members and participants will provide students with $120,000 in funding across 52 scholarships. Students receiving

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Anthony HainesAnthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro Corporation, has been named the Energy Council of Canada (ECC)’s 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year. The Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was first awarded in 2001 to recognize and pay

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EFC ScholarshipOnly days remain before the May 31 deadline to apply for an EFC scholarship. A record $113,000 in funding is available this year to Canadian post-secondary students interested in pursuing a career in the electrical, electronics, and

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EFC scholarshipA record $113,000 in scholarship funding is available this year to Canadian post-secondary students interested in pursuing a career in the electrical, electronics, and telecommunications industries. To date, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) has

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Hydro OttawaOntario’s Electrical Safety Authority pays tribute today to safety leaders during its annual award presentation celebrating significant accomplishments in preventing electrical fatalities and serious injury, damage or loss.

Electrical Code ChangesIn continuing with the theme to provide insight into the changes that will appear in the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code), I would like to focus on the addition of rules for the IEC Zone method of area classification for environments

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2015 CE Code ChangesThere are so many revisions expected in the 2015 Edition of the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) that several articles have been required to help disseminate the information. My past articles have covered changes within the Definitions, Section 4,

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Approved Electrical EquipmentThere are several major changes coming with the 2015 CE Code, and the changes within the definition of “Approved” and Appendix A are one of the more relevant ones. Pierre McDonald explains. 

 

 

OEL LogoThe Electrical Inspector Recognition Award was established in 2014 by the Ontario Electrical League to recognize a current inspector, or senior inspector, for their outstanding contribution to the industry.

 

 

Heat Stroke PreventionHeat stress is often overlooked when it comes to workplace dangers. It comes on quickly, is hard to spot, and it’s your responsibility as an employer to manage. Here’s 21 things to know about heat stress.

efc awardFebruary 28 is the last day to nominate someone for Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)’s annual Industry Recognition Award. The award recognizes exceptional contributions made by individuals to the Canadian electrical, electronic or telecommunications

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SEI The venture arm of 3M has an equity stake in Smart Energy Instruments, a move that the company says will increase their presence in the energy sector. 

Industry SurveyPlease take this 5-minute industry survey and you’ll have 1 in 4 chances to win a Best Buy gift card! (Valued at $150 each).  2015 Online Purchasing Trends – Electrical Products

 

 

Wind TurbineA delegation of five businesses mostly from the Gaspésie region have returned from an economic mission to Texas with nearly 30 requests for service and partnership opportunities involving North American players in the wind turbine operation and

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Website ToolsThese days, your website is a direct representation of your electrical business. It's also likely the first thing most of your potential customers will see, so you really want that first impression to be a good one. Think about how you feel when

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Hydro Remote DisconnectAs of March 31, local distribution companies (LDCs) in Ontario have removed from service 5,109 Sensus iConATM Generation 3.2 remote disconnect meters, reports the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).

 

 

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Government of CanadaThe federal governemnt has officially launched a call for proposals (CFP) for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative (ZEVAI). The initiative’s 2022 CFP will help fund new and innovative projects that aim to increase awareness and knowledge of ZEVs and charging and refueling infrastructure thereby increasing public confidence in these vehicles and their economic and environmental benefits.


Natural Resources Canada will provide funding through non-repayable contributions of between 50 and 75 percent of the total eligible project costs, with a maximum funding of up to $300,000 per project. The CFP will close on August 18, 2022.

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Omnicable joins ETIMETIM North America announced that OmniCable has joined the product classification standards organization. Headquartered in West Chester, PA, OmniCable has 24 locations throughout North America, and also owns Houston Wire & Cable (HWC). The company partners with many electrical manufacturers and only sells to distributors.

According to John Dean, Director of Marketing & E-Commerce, OmniCable/HWC, “The wire and cable industry is often called commodities, but there are very distinct features and attributes for the different products our manufacturers produce. 

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Atkore United Poly SystemsAtkore Inc. announced that it has acquired United Poly Systems, a manufacturer of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pressure pipe and conduit, primarily serving telecom, water infrastructure, renewables, and energy markets.

“We are pleased to complete the acquisition of United Poly Systems, which strengthens Atkore’s product portfolio, expands our manufacturing capacity and further enables us to meet HDPE customers’ needs,” stated John Pregenzer, President of Atkore’s Electrical business. “HDPE pipe and conduit is a growing market that is expected to benefit from U.S. infrastructure legislation, and United Poly Systems is a great addition to Atkore. We welcome these employees and look forward to working together to continue to serve and support our customers.”

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

Go HERE to join the discussion

 


 

Grimard is more competitive and produces estimates 3X faster with Procore

Procore

When the pandemic lockdowns started in March of 2020, Grimard (an electrical contractor) had to decide whether to shut down its operations entirely or implement a new platform with people who were now freely available for work. Once they implemented Procore, they found a way to efficiently communicate with stakeholders and offer full transparency in terms of project costs and planning. It also allowed Grimard to utilize historical data to make project estimates more accurate. Grimard was able to streamline its bidding process, which made it more attractive to potential clients and helped the business grow.

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Iron+EarthThe RenuWell Project partners are excited to announce the groundbreaking of two pilot sites located near Taber, Alberta. These pilot sites are the first of their kind to repurpose inactive oil and gas infrastructure as a foundation for renewable energy development and job creation.

When operating, the solar projects will generate 2,030 MWh annually – enough electricity to power 280 average Alberta households or irrigate 11,700 acres of farmland for an average year. This is roughly equivalent to $200,000 in electricity sales per year with 1,100  tCO2e savings in GHG emissions. Over a 25-year lifespan, the projects will generate 50,750 MWh, with GHG emission savings of 28,420 tCO2e.

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David O'ReillyBy Elle Bremmer

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David O’Reilly, Vice President Home & Distribution and Secure Power Divisions with Schneider Electric Canada for a discussion regarding the Wiser EnergyTM smart home solution, the Wiser Approved training program, and his thoughts on several different subjects, including sustainability and future technologies currently in the works at Schneider Electric. David has been with the company for five and a half years in his role.

We recently published a study (version en français ICI) from Schneider Electric showing a strong interest from Canadians in smart home technology. 

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Ericson String LightsEricson announces upgraded versions of their extremely capable line of Industrial String Lights and SL, LED Stringlights. These new and updated products have several key features important when safe, code compliant lighting for industrial workspace is necessary.

Infinitely capable, these ruggedly built products have several industry leading & exclusive features including:

Industrial String Lights:

  • A United States Navy Specification since before WWII, they’re time and application tested...

 

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