Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Apr 25, 2019

NanticokeOntario Power Generation (OPG), in partnership with the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, has completed its first-ever 44-megawatt solar facility at the former Nanticoke Generating Station site.

In 2016, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator awarded a contract to OPG and its partners to build Nanticoke Solar. OPG has a  history of working in partnership with First Nations. This is the fourth First Nation partnership. PCL Construction was awarded the construction contract for the Nanticoke Solar Project on March 13, 2018. It was also awarded the supply contract for the project’s photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and racking system.

Located near Port Dover on the shores of Lake Erie, the former Nanticoke Generating Station was first brought into service in 1972 and had a peak capacity of approximately 4,000 megawatts of power. The station burned its last piece of coal on December 31, 2013. The following year, Ontario became the first jurisdiction in North America to eliminate coal as a source of electricity production. Demolition of the Station’s powerhouse is scheduled for September 2019 and will be followed by site restoration in 2020.

“Building and sustaining a clean, low cost electricity system is fundamental to a healthy environment and a strong, low-carbon economy,” says OPG’s Mike Martelli, President of Renewable Generation. “Nanticoke Solar is a continuation of OPG’s rich legacy of generating electricity in this community.”


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ABB TXploreOn May 30, 2019, ABB was honoured with an Electrical Review Excellence award for its ABB Ability inspection for transformers – TXplore -- in the ‘Power Product of the Year’ category. Electrical Review is the leading electrical industry publication in the UK.

The judging panel, under the leadership of the highly-respected industry figure – Prof. Ian F. Bitterlin, Consulting Engineer and Visiting Professor at University of Leeds, was impressed by the capability of TXplore to make transformer inspection a much safer activity while also boosting asset availability for power grid operators.

 

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Lighting ProjectLocated at one of the busiest retail intersections in Montreal’s downtown core, 1411 Crescent is a beautiful art deco structure built in 1934. Four floors of offices sit above retail space on the northeast corner of Ste-Catherine Street. BTB Real Estate Investment Trust purchased the building in 2018 and with its own team growing, chose to move its company headquarters to the new space. They appreciated the charm of the building, and its ideal location in the Golden Square Mile.

To signify this important move, BTB REIT sought to enhance the building’s façade to make it more impactful on this vital city block.

 

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Con's ElectricCon’s Electric Company Limited was established in 1985. Based in Timmins, Ontario — 700 kilometres north of Toronto — their location is central to Ontario’s mining and lumber industries. They offer over 30 years of experience and continue to grow. A two-person operation at their inception, they have grown to a team of over 20 dedicated electricians and support staff. They enjoy the challenges of the construction and industrial workplace, and feel rewarded when a job is well done.

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