Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

March 23 2016

Canada’s electricity sector is on track to spend $350 billion between 2010 and 2030 to renew or replace aging infrastructure, with massive capital projects underway or planned in every part of Canada, notes the Canadian Electricity Association. Climate adaptation considerations must inform this infrastructure renewal process. If we don’t, says the association, a substantial and growing body of evidence indicates that the costs of inaction will exceed those of an evidence-based commitment to adaptation investments.

These remarks appear in a wide-ranging report published by the association: Adapting to Climate Change: State of Play and Recommendations for the Electricity Sector in Canada. The association describes the report as a roadmap for adapting to climate change. It acknowledges that the electricity sector has already begun to incorporate adaptation considerations in a systematic way.

The report outlines robust recommendations to help integrate climate change considerations into investment and management decisions. It also calls for greater collaboration among the stakeholders responsible for ensuring the resilience of Canada’s electricity network, from electricity producers all the way along the line to consumers:

  • federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments
  • system operators
  • electricity companies
  • electricity regulators
  • customers and citizens

These recommendations are summarized below. But first, conclusions from a climate model data analysis on how climate change will affect mean temperature and precipitation from 2041 to 2070.

1. Average annual temperatures will increase by 2.0-3.5 degrees Celsius in southern parts of Canada. For all four seasons the average temperature is likely to increase by more than 2 degrees Celsius throughout Canada.

2. Spring and fall seasons will see increases in precipitation of 5-15% across the country. There will also be a significant increase in mean winter precipitation across the country with some regions more strongly affected than others.

In addition to the climate model results presented in this report, scientific literature on extreme events stresses the increasing frequency and magnitude of warm days and heat waves, more frequent precipitation extremes, and potential drought changes (reduced aridity in winter, increased aridity in summer).

Effective climate adaptation in electricity will require leadership, action, and coordination across multiple stakeholder groups, says the report. All stakeholders must be actors in a broader system in which cross-sector communication and collaboration are essential for optimal planning and action in response to current and future climate scenarios.

A. Federal government

The federal government has a critical leadership role to play in supporting a national vision and common understanding of climate change, and in coordinating dialogue with the United States and between various levels of government in Canada. CEA recommends that the federal government:

  • Develop a national adaptation strategy: no sector, and no province or territory, will be able to adapt to climate change on its own. 
  • Improve national understanding: the federal government should provide a strategic voice to support greater climate literacy among citizens, industry sectors, and regions.
  • Support scientific research and climate data at a regional level: it is important that Canadian scientists in universities, think tanks and research consortia receive appropriate financial support to continue their research. It is equally important that industry sectors, including the electricity sector, have access to high quality, regional climate data in a usable format for use in investment planning.
  • Cross-border coordination and risk management: in May 2015, Canada, the United States and Mexico established a ministerial-level working group on climate change and energy issues, with plans to examine adaptation among other topics. CEA encourages the working group to examine climate adaptation risks and practices in areas of shared concern, including critical infrastructure vulnerabilities in cities, cross-border transmission issues, and scenarios for hydropower water use.

B. Provincial and territorial governments

Provinces should respond to a renewed national vision around adaptation in the context of their specific market circumstances and issues. In particular, CEA recommends that each province:

  • Establish a position on climate risks: through consultation with climate scientists and infrastructure engineers, each province should develop a position on climate risks and potential adaptation strategies, including sector-specific and province-wide strategies.
  • Require municipalities to develop adaptation plans: While municipalities will have local expertise, the requirement to develop robust local action plans should come from the provincial level.
  • Strengthen building codes and standards: Design practices should take into account two key themes: durability and disaster resilience. Work is needed to establish the return on investment (ROI) for innovations in resilient and durable design.
  • Update flood plain maps: these maps could inform plans to locate and build new infrastructure and housing as well as improve adaptation measures for existing locations.

C. Municipalities

Key recommendations for municipalities include the following:

  • Develop adaptation action plans: municipalities themselves will need to consider their specific resource situations, including community energy sources, water resources, and land use requirements and constraints.
  • Ensure integrated participation from multiple stakeholders: 2012 Truro floods and 2013 Toronto and Calgary floods highlighted the need for improved critical infrastructure assessment and planning within and across, municipal functions. For instance, electricity reliability can be connected to sewage systems (and how well those systems are equipped to handle extreme rainfall and runoff) in ways that may not be obvious. Sewage and electricity stakeholders should therefore be collaborators in a cross-stakeholder process for identifying risks and responses.
  • Pursue comprehensive energy efficiency actions: cities are particularly vulnerable to increases in temperatures exacerbated by the urban heat island effect.

D. System operators

Recommendations for system operators are as follows:

  • Incorporate climate scenarios into load forecasts: system operators could collaborate with climate modellers to integrate climate change considerations into the determination of appropriate future reserve margins.
  • Maintain a climate dialogue with other system operators: while a system operator in one jurisdiction may be confident that regional climate scenarios are manageable, it will also be important to consider sensitivities arising from neighbouring jurisdictions, including potentially extreme climate change scenarios in the United States that could dramatically impact American demand and, therefore, overall North American demand.

E. Electricity companies

Key recommendations for electricity companies are as follows:

  • Develop climate adaptation management plans: each electricity company should develop and update its own climate adaptation management plan, assessing system vulnerabilities and identifying ways to manage climate risks and opportunities, including cost-effective actions to modify infrastructure. Effective adaptation plans could significantly impact the bottom line. Hydro-Québec found in its study of the Peribonka River system that doing nothing could result in reduced power output of 14%, while adaptation could increase output by 15%.
  • Exchange best practices in climate adaptation, including models and methods: as one survey respondent commented, since adaptation “is such an interdisciplinary and complicated topic,” Canadian electricity companies should “collaborate with other utilities and industries that share our region,” as well as “with utilities in other regions to share methodologies.”
  • Review electricity system standards: electricity companies should work with the Canadian Standards Association, the Canadian Dam Safety Association and other relevant experts to ensure infrastructure design and electricity system planning standards reflect current and future potential climate challenges.
  • Promote greater demand response and overall system flexibility to address the growing risk of unprecedented peaks in summer cooling demand.
  • Optimize use of water resources and watersheds: electricity companies should develop integrated plans for future hydropower capacity and cooling water needs for thermal operations taking into account extreme scenarios for changing weather patterns, increased need for summer peaking power, and the potential for intensified competition over water resource use on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

F. Electricity regulators

Key recommendations for electricity regulators are as follows:

  • Establish policies and practices that recognize the importance of addressing climate risks in electricity, so as to improve resilience or otherwise address emerging climate risks and issues.
  • Encourage collaboration to facilitate cost-effective solutions: in response to Hurricane Sandy, Con Edison in New York City applied for a US$1 billion investment in storm hardening measures to reinforce its electrical system as part of its rate case. To support identification of cost-effective solutions, a collaborative was formed comprising the utility, state and local governments, and NGOs.

G. Customers and citizens

Electricity customers and citizens also have a critical role to play. They should:

  • Support and engage in community discussions around climate change and critical infrastructure: broad-based literacy and engagement will help the electricity sector identify potential cross-cutting risks, vulnerabilities, dilemmas, and tradeoffs.
  • Contribute to demand response: by reducing loads at peak hours and during extreme weather events, demand response can help electricity providers maintain grid reliability across current and future climate scenarios. Electricity providers can enhance the role of consumers in the electricity market by providing them with incentives to use electricity when it is cheapest and most plentiful.

Conclusions and next steps

There are three overarching findings.

  1. The range of responses required to adapt to future climate scenarios is not limited to the electricity sector. Problems cut across sectors and geographies, solutions must be equally cross-cutting and holistic, involving a range of stakeholders. Governments at all levels, system operators, regulators and customers all have important roles to play.
  2. There is an opportunity and need for CEA and individual electricity companies to develop more programmatic approaches to climate change adaptation. It will take time to get this right, as the issue is complex, but the tools needed to begin the process are in place.
  3. Electricity companies need to better incorporate climate change scenarios into corporate governance, project planning and risk management practices. A key priority is to ensure that the current $350 billion infrastructure spend is informed by a careful consideration and analysis of potential climate change impacts.

Read the full report here.



Changing Scene

  • Prev
 Canada’s National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO) is pleased to announce that IDEAL ...
The Government of Saskatchewan is engaging the public to help ensure health and safety legislation ...
Despite electrical shock being a serious and potentially dangerous event, it is frequently ...
Acuity Brands, Inc. has announced its Care222® filtered far-UVC module with patent-pending ...
LEDVANCE, the makers of SYLVANIA general lighting in the United States and Canada, recently ...
The federal governemnt launched a Call for Proposals under the new Apprenticeship Service, to ...
ECAO and OEL are working on obtaining more contractor experiences with the ESA permit system. ...
Agents of Change is an event for stakeholders from Canada's electricity and beyond to build ...
Schneider Electric is introducing a personalized digital experience for logged in customers ...
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced the successful completion of the acquisition of FLIR ...


SaskatchewanThe Government of Saskatchewan is engaging the public to help ensure health and safety legislation meets the needs of employers and workers in the province. From August 16 to October 18, 2021 citizens can provide input on part III (occupational health and safety) of The Saskatchewan Employment Act.

"Our province has a plan for growth that includes ensuring we have safe and healthy workplaces" Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. 


Read More


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 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




Desert HomeA combination of stunning design, a spectacular desert setting, and exceptional architectural lighting is a winning combination for a private residence just outside of St. George, Utah. JRC Lighting was hired by the homeowner to create the lighting concept for the showpiece home.

"The house has an almost industrial look to it, with a focus on clean lines," said Kevin Meredith, principal at JRC Lighting. "My goal was to keep the lighting understated and let the architecture, and the views, sell themselves.”


Read More



David GordonBy David Gordon

This summer EiKO is launching its Z10 product offering. I know, what is Z10 other than the sports cars some of us remember (’69 Z10 Camaro or a 2009 BMW Z10, but let’s go with an American muscle car!)?

So, since it seemed like a sports car “name” (since sports car naming seems to be in numbers), we reached out to Sarah Eastman, VP Marketing for EiKO, who shared that Z10 is an alliance of manufacturers who have developed standards to support an easier lighting controls process within fixtures (remember, I’m not a product maven).
Read More


Product News

  • Prev
With Cerberus Cloud Apps, accessing fire protection systems has never been easier. Cerberus ...
Milwaukee Tool adds to their fish tape lineup with new 120’ and 240’ 1/8” Stainless Steel Fish ...
Stanpro’s L2WMG is a LED linkable wrap that is perfectly suited for utility rooms, corridors, ...
Klein Tools Rechargeable Safety Lamp with Magnet, a quad-directional visual alert beacon that ...
Mersen's finger safe IP20-rated Power Distribution Blocks are part of the new Compact EP® line of ...
Whether you’re working on a single-family, multi-family, or commercial construction project, the ...
INEXO is the electrical box designed specifically for insulated concrete form construction (ICF). ...
DLC Premium listed for maximum energy rebates. No need to discard of entire original fixture -- ...
Specifications: Easily adjustable LED strips for multiple beam angles. 1200-1300 lumen output. ...
Installing a robust control or contactor box in the field can be a lot of work. From gathering ...


Milwaukee M12 Cable StripperM12™ Cable Stripper Kit for Cu THHN / XHHW aims to improve the cable stripping experience. With no exposed blades, the cordless cable stripper provides safer stripping than with a knife. The cable stripper's compact, right-angle design allows you to maneuver it more easily in tight spaces with less strain on the wrist. The bushing design and adjustable depth gauge deliver cleaner, more accurate and consistent strips across all sizes.

The cable jacket stripping tool is not only compatible with all MILWAUKEE® bushings but is also compatible with competitive quick-change bushings.


Read More



Incoplas HybridThe Incoplas® LED Hybrid is a durable multi-purpose and corrosion-resistant LED lighting solution that can be used in heavy industrial applications where hazardous location lighting is required.


Class 1:

Flammable Gases and Liquids

Division 2: The hazardous atmosphere is only available infrequently (i.e. in case of spill).


Read More



EarthTronics 25-Watt Emergency Driver for Linear HighbayEarthTronics LED emergency drivers regulate the power supplied to the LED fixture so that it can operate as a light source in the event of a power failure. The purpose of emergency lighting is to ensure that lighting is provided promptly, automatically and for a suitable time when the normal power supply fails.

This insures that people within the building can evacuate safely in the event of an emergency. All EarthTronics emergency drivers meet specific UL, CSA and NFPA requirements. Always consult local code requirements when specifying emergency lighting products.

Read More


Peers & Profiles

  • Prev
As of February 2021, Martin Stephenson is the new President and CEO of Signify Canada.   ...
This past July, Kerith Richards, who has worked for Service Wire Company for the last seven years, ...
EngWorks was formed in 2004 as an electrical engineering and consulting firm by Allan Bozek, “After ...
Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Mercury Lighting services national retail, ...
Among the recipients of the 2021 Clean50 Awards announced last month is Carolina Gallo, Vice ...
Sarah Silverstein is a principal with Liteline along side her two brothers Mark and Daniel. ...
As a 34-year-old female owner of an electrical contracting business, Danielle Gray may be unique. ...
Mark Klein is Co-President of Klein Tools, managing Sales & Marketing activities, alongside ...
Bryan Smith started his now 20-year career at the ground floor, so to speak, as a draftsperson and ...
From small construction to sophisticated industrial projects, House of Electrical Supplies has been ...

EngWorksBy Blake Marchand

EngWorks was formed in 2004 as an electrical engineering and consulting firm by Allan Bozek, “After a short time we realized there was a niche in hazardous locations, in particular in hazardous area classification design requirements for various facilities. And also helping people understand just how the Canadian Electrical Code applies to hazardous locations.”

Given the complexity of hazardous locations, Bozek saw a need for education while working in the field and began developing training courses designed.

Read More



Eric TordjmanBy Blake Marchand

Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Mercury Lighting services national retail, multi-residential/commercial property management, energy service companies (ESCO), and auto dealerships. “From design to specifications, we offer turn-key services that go beyond the typical distributor model,” explained Mercury Lighting Vice President, Eric Tordjman. Their value-added approach leverages well-established supplier relations to help clients find a lighting solution that suits their needs.

“How we differentiate ourselves is we’re lighting specific, we do very little in the way of electrical, and really emphasizing our expertise towards solutions selling...

Read More


Copper $US Dollar price per pound

Kerrwil Publications Great Place to Work. Certified December 2019 - December 2020

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2021 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil