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June 30, 2015 - Arlington has released new non-metallic NM cable connectors, which the company says exceed UL and CSA pullout requirements.
June 30, 2015 - MaxLite has introduced the 8-in. ECO Series, LED recessed retrofit downlights, as an energy-efficient replacement for fluorescent, incandescent and HID lighting in architectural and commercial applications.
June 30, 2015 - Legrand has introduced the Q-Series cabinet, a UL 2416 listed, 19-in. EIA solution. The company says Q-Series cabinets are ideal for a wide range of applications, from single racks to small computer rooms to data centers of all sizes.
June 30, 2015 - Peterbilt Motors Company says it hosted dozens of medium-duty fleet owners and managers at the PACCAR manufacturing facility in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec earlier this month, giving tours of the plant, educational seminars and test drives of the company’s Class 6-7 lineup in various configurations.
June 29, 2015 - With a 180-degree articulating lens and 5.7 in. touchscreen, the new Fluke TiX560 and TiX520 infrared cameras allow thermographers to navigate over, under, and around objects to preview and capture images, according to Fluke. The cameras are ideal for predictive maintenance, R&D, oil and gas, and utility applications where flexibility and higher resolution are essential, the company says.
June 26, 2015 - The new Hilti self-leveling line laser PM 2-LG features green beam technology, which offers up to "four times higher visibility compared to a standard red beam," according to Hilti.
June 25, 2015 - Legrand has introduced Intuity, a new home automation platform that gives production homebuilders and installers serving the mainstream housing market a “modular, and repeatable solution for controlling entertainment, security, and comfort within a home.”
June 25, 2015 - The new lineup of Sine Wave filters from Schaffner eliminate premature motor damage caused by high dv/dt, overvoltages, cable ringing, motor overheating and eddy current losses caused by Variable Frequency Drives (VFD), says Schaffner.  
June 24, 2015 - The new LiniLED lighting strips from Organic Lighting Systems comes in 2700K and 3000K, providing warm white lighting for interior uses—counters, coves, retail displays—as well as exterior ones.
June 24, 2015 - Eaton recently introduced its new 316 stainless junction box from its Crouse-Hinds business. The new 316 stainless junction box has four drilled and tapped conduit entries and pendant fixture cover or flat blank cover.
June 24, 2015 - When it’s time for a cart on the jobsite, “bigger is better” still applies, according to Bosch. The company’s XL cart sports a large cargo platform to move big boxes and odd-size materials from work trucks and small vehicles.
June 23, 2015 - AFC Cable Systems says its metal-clad cable Barrel Pack system is ideal for contractors who need a large volume of the same cable on one project. Available in a range of cable types with steel or aluminum armour and lengths from 1000 to 2500 ft, Barrel Pack reduces scrap and handling, AFC says, compared to using individual coils in lengths that may not match the project requirement.
June 22, 2015  - National Safety Apparel (NSA) has released its new arc flash head protection: the ArcGuard faceshield. It boasts features such as high-visible light transmission for increased visibility, an attached see-through chin cup for enhanced peripheral vision, and a lightweight design, according to the company.
June 9, 2015 - CBS ArcSafe had introduced its remote switch actuator for General Electric Q-Line molded case circuit breakers (MCCBs). The new RSA-56C actuator allows technicians to remotely close or open the circuit breakers from a safe distance while remaining stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.
June 9, 2015 - Cree has issued a recall involving 48-in. LED replacement lamps for certain 25W fixtures, which use fluorescent T8 lamps, and are available in two colours: cool white and soft white. Electrical arcing may cause the lamp to overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard, the company noted.
June 3, 2015 - Bluewater Power Distribution Corp., the utility providing electricity distribution and related services in the Sarnia-Lambton area of Ontario, has been fined $120,000 in the 2012 death of a worker who was performing repair work following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
May 27, 2015 - Horizon Utilities Corp., which provides electricity to customers in Hamilton and St. Catharines, Ont., recently took home the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association President’s Award for reaching a safety milestone: 750,000 hours without a lost-time injury.
May 25, 2015 - Vivint has issued a recall for dimming switch modules due to incorrectly installed wiring that poses a shock hazard.
May 22, 2015 - A propane gas facility in Fort Worth, Texas has been slapped with a $114,000 fine after an investigation from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
May 21, 2015 - John Wiley Publishing—known for its extensive ‘For Dummies’ collection of how-to books—has published “Electrical Systems Maintenance for Dummies” by Lynn Hamrick of Shermco Industries.
May 21, 2015 - A 31-year-old assembly technician was working with a battery charger manufacturer for about a month when he was fatally electrocuted in November 2014 while testing transformers.
May 20, 2015 - UL has issued a warning of counterfeit UL Marks on Zimpex Protective Garments used for protection of industrial personnel against flash fire.
May 15, 2015 - CBS ArcSafe has a new remote switch actuator for Square D HVL/cc medium-voltage load interrupter switches (LIS). The RSA-27 actuator allows technicians to remotely close or open the switches from a distance while remaining stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.
May 11, 2015 - Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has set aside this week—May 11 to 17, 2015—as Powerline Awareness Week, and is asking Ontarians to #RespectThePower by staying clear of overhead and underground powerlines.
June 30, 2015 - The American National Standard Practice for Office Lighting (RP-1-12) is now available in both French and Spanish, announced the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES).
June 19, 2015 - CSA Group has published a new standard that aims to and protect underground infrastructure such as pipelines, electrical and telecom cables.
June 17, 2015 - Last night, CSA Group presented its 2015 Awards of Merit to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in developing voluntary standards and who, through technical, administrative or special standards activities, have advanced the purpose of CSA Group. Among this year’s winners are:
June 17, 2015 - During the CE Code-Part I Committee meeting in Niagara Falls, Ont., several members were recognized for their years of dedication to the committee. Kudos to the following:
June 17, 2015 - Back in March, we informed you Standards Council of Canada (SCC) put out a call to all young electrotechnology professionals for a chance to win a trip to the 6th Annual International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Young Professionals workshop in Minsk, Belarus. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Dustin Tessier!
June 16, 2015 - IEEE says it has updated standard IEEE 1264 - the Guide for Animal Deterrents for Electric Power Supply Substations. To address reliability and safety, and minimize associated revenue loss, this guide provides methods and designs to mitigate interruptions, equipment damage and personnel safety issues resulting from animal intrusions into electric power supply substations.
May 20, 2015 - BICSI has released its latest standard, titled ANSI/BICSI 006-2015, Distributed Antenna System (DAS) Design and Implementation Best Practices.
May 13, 2015 - The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) has established a new committee, Resilient Lighting, and is on the lookout for members. This committee will actively research, develop consensus of best practices, write standards documents, and educate on equipment and recommended practices for lighting that must survive and perform during and after adverse events, such as storms and earthquakes.
April 9, 2015 - IEEE has approved four new standards in the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection for Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (formerly IEEE Color Books), which sets guidelines and establishes standards for power generation and distribution.
March 14, 2015 - Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is calling all young electrotechnology professionals for a chance to win a trip to the 6th Annual International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Young Professionals workshop in Minsk, Belarus.
March 6, 2015 - The regulations that clear the way for implementing the Alberta Building Code 2014, National Energy Code for Buildings 2011, Part 9 changes for energy efficiency and Fire Code 2014 were passed by the Alberta Provincial Cabinet. (Thanks to ECAA [Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta] for the heads up!)
January 31, 2015 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA in the U.S.) along with Underwriters Laboratories announced changes to UL 943 Standard for Safety for Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)—a tri-national, harmonized UL 943/CSA C22.2 No. 144.1/ANCE NMX-J-520—that will take effect June 29, 2015.
June 24, 2015 - ABB says it recently showcased an extended full range of UniGear Digital medium-voltage (MV) air-insulated switchgear for primary substations at the CIRED conference in France.
June 23, 2015 - Pattern Energy Group Inc. says it has closed the previously announced acquisition of a one-third interest in the 270MW K2 wind facility in Ontario. The company says it will hold a 33% equity interest in the facility, which is equally co-owned by Samsung Renewable Energy and Capital Power LP.  
June 23, 2015 - NRStor and General Compression Inc.—both proponents of compressed air energy storage (CAES) technology—report that a study they commissioned finds the technology for storing excess energy generated by green sources could save Ontario up to $8 billion over a 20-year period.
June 23, 2015 - With its new metering technology, Sensus says electric utilities and municipalities can step up when it comes to their roles in leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) to balance supply and demand, restore service faster following outages and encourage consumers to conserve electricity.
June 19, 2015 - SMA is now taking orders for its newest solution for medium to large-scale PV plants: the Sunny Tripower 60-US. This 60 kW inverter combines the advantages of a decentralized system layout with the benefits of a centralized inverter design, SMA says.
June 18, 2015 - Siemens presented the next upgrade step of its model SGT-800 industrial gas turbine recently at Power-Gen Europe in Amsterdam. The product is now also available with a power output of 53MW and an electrical efficiency of 39% in simple cycle application.
June 18, 2015 - Over 80% of the Kingman Rural Electrification Association (REA) members have voted to sell their electricity system assets to FortisAlberta.
June 17, 2015 - Saft has launched its new Intensium Home 10M lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage system for high-end residential and small commercial solar PV installations.
June 17, 2015 - The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has recognized three of its member utilities—Ontario Power Generation Inc., Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, and TransCanada—for their “leadership in sustainability and innovation” by presenting them with 2015 Sustainable Electricity Awards.
June 15, 2015 - SaskPower says the location of its next natural gas power plant has finally been chosen after a process that began in 2012.
June 12, 2015 - Large magnetic storms from the sun—which can affect technologies such as utility grids and GPS—could soon be predicted more than 24 hours in advance, thanks to a new measurement and modelling tool.
June 11, 2015 - SaskPower’s Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage (CCS) project has won the 2015 Edison Award. The international award, given by the Edison Electric Institute, celebrates “distinguished leadership, innovation and contribution to the advancement of the electrical industry for the benefit of all.”
May 4, 2015 - You work hard to establish a safe work environment that helps ensure your employees return home in one piece at the end of the day... it’s time you were recognized!
May 7, 2015 - The room was packed yesterday at the latest Ontario Energy Network luncheon, as the province’s power players gathered to hear from outgoing president & CEO of Ontario Power Generation, Tom Mitchell.
March 9, 2015 - Perhaps the ultimate display of high-performance housing of the future is the Net Zero Energy (NZE) home, but what are the ramifications, truly, in terms of sustainability?
February 11, 2015 - I came home from today’s Ontario Energy Network luncheon feeling pumped about Canada’s nuclear power legacy.
February 11, 2015 - This coming Sunday, Canada’s national flag turns 50!
January 5, 2015 - Our friends at Samsung want EBMag readers to enjoy the latest and greatest in smartphones for the professional tradesperson with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Built to military spec and IP67-rated, this smartphone resists salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation and thermal shock.
December 11, 2014 - Ontario’s Ministry of Energy did not develop a cost-benefit analysis nor a business case before it made the decision in 2004 to install smart meters across the province, and the business case it released after the decision was seriously flawed, says Ontario’s auditor general Bonnie Lysyk in her 2014 Annual Report.
November 20, 2014 - While accepting this year’s Probyn Prize, outgoing APPrO chair Sam Mantenuto suggested that, while IESO is the sole buyer of power in Ontario, “please don’t behave like one”.
November 5, 2014 - “Today marks the 75th anniversary of Canada’s longest-running radio program—the National Research Council Time Signal,” announced Ed Holder, Canada’s minister of state (science and technology). “Over the decades, Canadians and Canadian businesses have depended on the long dash as the standard by which to set their clocks.”
October 3, 2014 - Canada has passed Bill C-8 a.k.a. the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (still to get through Senate) but what, in practical terms, does that mean for anyone? EBMag reached out to national (if not international) counterfeit expert Lorne Lipkus of Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP to help us better understand what, if anything, has changed.
September 26, 2014 - Earlier this week, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) conducted its 2014 Economic Forecast Day, where the organization brought in a several economists to talk about the state of affairs—domestically and internationally—in an attempt to help member businesses make informed decisions.
July 29, 2014 - I recently learned the YWCA Toronto—in partnership with Centennial College—is running a 34-week Pre-Apprenticeship Electrician Training Program for women to give them a chance at a career in the skilled trades, and the students need your help!