Representatives of Canada’s trade contract communities came together in Ottawa on April 8 to discuss the urgent need for federal and provincial governments to adopt prompt payment legislation. The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) Prompt Payment Summit allowed members to highlight progress that has been made at the provincial level and to discuss next steps for seeing these initiatives through. The summit also focused on strategies to engage other concerned stakeholders who operate regionally and at the federal level.
Kerrwil Publications Limited announced the official launch of Electrical Industry’s Gold Book online sourcing tool for buyers, specifiers and installers of electrical equipment in Canada.
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and ULC Standards are pleased to announce the development of a Joint National Standard for balloon-type ball backwater valves. The development of this joint Canada-U.S. standard is the first of its kind in the plumbing and heating sector.
BC Hydro is adding new clean wind power to the provincial electricity grid, including two new wind farms in the Okanagan – the first ever for the region. Three agreements were recently announced for new developments near West Kelowna, Summerland and Taylor that will provide enough electricity to power 14,000 homes a year.
Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport, Royal Philips and contractor Cofely Nederland NV have signed an agreement for new lighting in terminal buildings under which Schipol pays for the light it uses and Philips remains the owner of all fixtures and installations. Philips and Cofely will be jointly responsible for the performance and durability of the system and ultimately its re-use and recycling at end of life.
SaskPower has made significant investments – $1.279 billion – into the province’s electrical grid in 2014, as aging infrastructure, increasing demand and changing environmental regulations continue to challenge the Crown corporation.
Schneider Electric StruxureWare has received top scores for strategy and execution in providing actionable insights to facility managers to achieve reduced energy consumption and stronger return on investment.
Oxford Community Energy Co-op (OCEC) and Prowind Canada Inc., partners in Gunn’s Hill LP, are pleased to announce that their 18 MW Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm in Oxford County, ON has been granted Renewable Energy Approval by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
A delegation of Canadian industry officials wrapped up a recent lobbying spree by meeting with senior officials from the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and House and Senate energy committees.
At the 2015 Hanover Fair, Alstom is presenting two first high-voltage applications using g3 (green gas for grid), a gas mixture that can replace SF6 for high voltage air-insulated (AIS) or gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) applications.
PowerStream was recently presented with the Environmental Leadership Award at the 2015 Vaughan, ON Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards.