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Solar Energy MapThe following charts indicate the estimated electricity that can be generated by grid-connected, south-facing photovoltaic (PV) arrays without batteries (in kWh/kW) in Canadian and other cities. See the map for a visual look at Canada’s PV hotspots.

LEEDMore Canadian projects were certified to LEED in 2013 than in any previous year, reports the Canadian Green Building Council. The 574 projects certified in 2013 raises total certified projects to 1484. Another 598 projects were registered for

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Canadian CommerceCanadian enterprises sold more than $136 billion in goods and services over the Internet in 2013, with wholesale trade, manufacturing and retail trade accounted for the majority of the value of e-commerce sales. And just like 2012, wholesale trade,

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ConstructionA new report by McGraw Hill has found that Canadians developers are starting to see the benefits of building green, and planning their future projects accordingly. The report, commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council, is the first of its

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2015 Electrical Code UpdatesThe 23rd edition of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, contains more than 200 updates and revisions, including major changes to sections on renewable energy, hazardous locations and electric heating. Pre-order your copy before December 31 and

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CSA GroupThe Canadian Electrical Safety Conference Series raises awareness of electrical installation, maintenance and safety issues in a dynamic, interactive forum that provides the latest, most up-to-date information for effectively addressing them. It will

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CSA GroupKey events scheduled in Mississauga ( October 7&8 ), Calgary ( October 15& 16) Halifax, ( November 3 & 4) . The Canadian Electrical Safety Conference Series raises awareness of electrical installation, maintenance and safety issues in a dynamic,

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canadian electricalThe Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has announced that AltaLink, an electricity transmission company based in Calgary, AB, has been designated as a Sustainable Electricity Company. With this designation, AltaLink becomes the first-ever

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UK SolarCanadian Solar has announced that it has acquired six solar power projects totaling 46 MW in the United Kingdom.

 

 

Energy FarmA new deal between Canadian Solar and Samsung Renewable Energy to build a 140 MW DC utility-scale solar energy farm is expected to generate over $300 million for the company and create several hundred green energy jobs.

PhotovoltaicCanadian Solar is once again going with Renewable Energy Systems for a solar photovoltaic facility.

Canadian Solar NicaraguaOne of the world's largest solar power companies, Canadian Solar has completed the supply of 3.1 MW of CS6X-300P modules to a solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Tipitapa, Nicaragua. This PV plant, Planta Solar Zona Franca Astro Nicaragua, will

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Canadian SolarCanadian Solar Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Sharp Corporation to acquire Recurrent Energy, LLC a North American solar energy developer, for approximately $265 million.

 

Canadian SolarCanadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has entered into an agreement to sell the Westbrook 10MW AC utility-scale solar power plant in Kingston, ON to a

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Game Changer AwardHelp honour individual and corporate innovators who are advancing the solar industry in Canada by submitting a nomination to CanSIA for its Game Changer Awards. Deadline for nominations: January 19, 2015. 

 

 

CleanCanadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) President and CEO John Gorman has been named to Canada's 2015 Clean50 list. CanSIA is a national trade association that represents 650 solar energy companies across Canada.

CanWEA 2014Anyone with an interest in wind energy now has a new way to find information and participate in public dialogue, courtesy of a new wind energy website. The interactive platform provides access to wind energy resources and information by directly

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Oct 30 canweaAs part of CanWEA2014, delegates were invited on a tour and demonstration at Kruger Energy Inc.’s Montérégie Wind Farm. The wind farm comprises 44 wind turbines erected in five Montérégie municipalities: Mercier, Saint-Constant, Saint-Isidore,

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DCNSTidal technology group OpenHydro, a DCNS company, and its Canadian partner Emera Inc. have formally launched Cape Sharp Tidal, a new joint venture business that will deploy a fully grid connected 4MW tidal array in the Bay of Fundy next year. This

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  Ideal's new carbide tipped hole cutters are designed for efficiency  offer efficient and clean cutter replacement for traditional knockouts.

RackamA new solar power system is a “world premiere in the pulp and paper industry.” Cascades and Rackam are getting set to install a powerful, 1,490 m 2 concentrated solar power (CSP) system on a 4,000 m 2 lot to reduce consumption of natural gas used

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ConoverIt was a pesky glitch: an intermittent problem that tripped the breaker and interrupted the 480 V power to one of two 100-horsepower fan motors driving the dust filtration system at an Ohio asphalt plant. 

 

 

cawikStatus of Women Canada has awarded $249,900 to the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) for a three-year project to conduct research and develop an action plan to improve women's advancement into leadership roles within the

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CBCLCBCL Limited is a leading employee-owned multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consulting firm in Atlantic Canada. With a staff base of over 300 in nine regional offices, the firm offers professional services to clients throughout the

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Utilities

Electric utilities must innovate now to meet the shifting needs of tomorrow’s customers and contain the costs of infrastructure renewal, says a new report by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). The report urges a systematic approach to

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Year Of Light

January 19-20 marks the opening ceremonies of the 2015 International Year of Light in Paris, but events will be taking place throughout the year and around the world. People of all ages and all backgrounds will gain an appreciation for the central

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EFC

Consumer Electronics Marketers of Canada (CEMC), an Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) council, has released its 2014 Consumer Electronics Market Trends and Forecast Report.

Cemra Brandon Oukes, a 3rd year electrical engineering technologist student at Georgian College in Barrie, ON, is the recipient of a $2,500 CEMRA (Canadian Electrical Manufacturers’ Representatives Association) Academic Leadership Award. The award is

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Cerro Wire Unveils New iPhone and iPad App for the Electrical ContractorWith just the touch of a finger, electrical contractors can calculate conduit fill, voltage drop, and amperage all within a simple mobile app. For voltage drop calculation, users simply enter the length of the conduit run and the type of conductor, and

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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

 


 

Surgelogic RecallProduct: Surgelogic™ NQ SurgeLoc™ Surge Protection Device.

Issue: The Surgeloc Surge Protection Device can experience an arc event, which can result in a fire hazard.

What to do: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled surge protection devices and contact Schneider Electric for instructions on receiving a free equivalent replacement surge protector.

 

 

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Terry BeckerBy Terry Becker, P.Eng., CESCP, IEEE Senior Member

The electric shock hazard has been neglected.  Journeyman Electricians have accepted been shocked as part of the job, a “right” of passage, a badge of honour. 

This has not been acceptable and Journeyman Electricians may not be aware of the long term sequela health effects of receiving multiple low voltage electrical shocks and how it may have impacted them.  With respect to treatment there is only a single formal recognized treatment centre in Canada, the St Johns Rehab Centre. Electrical Injury Program.

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EIN Code Quiz 2Take this opportunity to test your knowledge of the Canadian Electrical Code - Part 1. Here are two questions on essential electrical systems: health care. 

You'll find the answers in EIN articles written by our code experts — mainly Bill Burr and Terry Becker — and of course in your own best practices. Answers will be posted on our website in a few days and published in our next issue. Good luck and share your results with our Facebook group: Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussions.

 

 

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Extech Non-Contact High Voltage DetectorFLIR Systems has announced the availability of the Extech DV690 its first non-contact high voltage detector with a detection range of up to 69,000 volts (69 kV). The industrial-grade DV690 provides early warning alerts of energized electrical components for utility lineworkers, telecommunications installers, first responders, search and rescue teams, and tree removal services.

The DV690 features five flexible mounting options: handheld, around the neck, clipped to a belt, strapped to an arm, or attached to a universal spline hot stick. The three handsfree possibilities allow the most optimal operation to efficiently and carefully complete a job. Using a hot stick creates a safer distance to target, extending operator reach.

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Jo Istanbul Four Seasons ABy Owen Hurst

Recently, Electrical Industry Canada has developed a relationship with Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a non-for-profit group developing resources and networking potential for women and all working or planning to work within the renewable energy sector. Aside from being the WiRE President & CEO, Joanna Osawe is the Global Business Development Manager of Major Projects for DMC Power Inc.

EIN sat down with Osawe to learn more about WiRE and the substantial benefits it provides. Joanna is very personable and open regarding her career and her ambition, as well as the opportunities she is developing for women nationally and globally. 

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Stephanie SmithBy Blake Marchand

“It was quite surprising,” said Stephanie Smith of being named EHRC’s Leader of the Year. “Leadership in 2020 has certainly been a challenge for everybody in the world let alone the nuclear industry or the electricity industry.”

An engineer by trade, Smith spent the majority of her career with Ontario Power Generation (OPG). She was the first woman to be certified by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station where she served as Plant Manager and was recently named the first President and CEO of CANDU Owners Group. Smith is also a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion.

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