Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Wind Energy The winners of the 4th Quebec Wind Energy Industry Gala were announced last week during a gala that saw 320 people in attendance from the Quebec wind power sector. 

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 Personality of the Year. 

Boralex took home Enterprise of the Year for a number of acheivements. They, along with partner Gaz Métro, commissioned one of Canada’s largest wind farms, Phases II and III of the Seigneurie de Beaupré project with an installed capacity of 272 MW. Boralex, it was noted, has also worked to develop its projects in harmony with the environment and host communities. 

Helmut Herold took home Personality of the Year for being instrumental in establishing the head office of Senvion Canada in Montreal, which has become the epicenter of activities for the turbine manufacturer in North America. The Germany native has been deeply involved in the Quebec wind sector, not to mention helping his company climb to the Top 2 in the 2013 rankings of most important turbine manufacturers in Canada. 

Seven other companies were also recognized during the biannual award ceremony:

Kruger Energy

Award: Wind Farm Developer and Operator category.

Why? The development and commissioning of the 44-turbine Montérégie Wind Farm. “The close attention the company paid to consultations, coordination activities and transparency earned it the support of citizens of a community located near the Montréal metropolitan area,” it was noted. 

ENERCON Canada Inc. 

Award: Manufacturing Enterprise. 

Why? “In 2013, the company maintained its position as the largest wind turbine manufacturer in Canada. The company also overcame the formidable logistical challenge of transporting 3500 concrete turbine bases from its factory in Matane. The company, which collaborates with nearly 250 providers throughout Quebec, including 100 from the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie regions, thereby contributes to the prosperity of the Quebec wind power sector.  

Activa Environnement Inc.

Award: Service Enterprise

Why? Involved in over 60 wind projects throughout Canada over the last 12 years, the company won the award for its efforts to develop markets in the Maritime provinces as well as the transfer and sharing of approaches already honed by Activa in sectors other than wind. 

Cartier Énergie Éolienne and Collineo

Award: Innovation

Why? The two companies collaborated and developed an original approach to an important problem by designing a unique technology for turbine blade inspections in complex terrain. This patent-pending method helps to reduce down-time while making blade inspections safer. 

Suspendem Rope Access Inc.

Award: Rising Star

Why? The Gaspésie-based start-up, specializing in wind turbine O&M, is one of the few companies in North America that uses a 360° platform to perform its maintenance work. Since being founded in 2012, the company has enjoyed rapid growth and is already active outside of Quebec. 

PESCA Environnement 

Award: Excellence in Human Resources

Why? This environmental consulting firm won for the measures it has implemented to promote a healthy work-family balance, quality of life, and employee retention are all part of the company's strategy.

A Tribute award was also presented to Claude Canuel, former mayor and director of Urban Planning and Development of the City of Matane, for all of his contributions to the Quebec wind industry. Canuel has been involved in the Quebec wind venture since the very beginning and has played a leading role in establishing the sector in Quebec, particularly in the Gaspésie region and the MRC de la Matanie.  

 



 

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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."

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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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