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May 27, 2015 - Terralux Inc. says its cloud-based lighting system, LEDSense, is the first technology that enables a light to essentially have the senses to see, smell and feel its environment while controlling energy use.
May 27, 2015 - The Knipex mini bolt cutters features a new design with etched blades, which the company says requires less force to make challenging cuts.
May 26, 2015 - The handheld ClearTest transformer tester from HD Electric Company provides tests of de-energized power distribution system transformers.
May 26, 2015 - GE has announced plans to engineer colour-changing LED lighting that is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, recently unveiling its LED-enabled Intelligent Environments capabilities for cities, buildings and homes.
May 25, 2015 - MaxLite has added to its portfolio of architectural-grade linear fixtures with the L-Form, a slender LED luminaire designed to deliver illumination in narrow, suspended or surface mounted interior applications.
May 25, 2015 - Philips says city authorities can retrofit existing LED street lights with its new CityTouch connector node, a ‘plug & play’ system that uses the cellular network to connect LED street lights from any manufacturer for remote management by Philips CityTouch software.
May 25, 2015 - GE’s Critical Power business has introduced its GP100 line of power rectifiers, providing data- and power-intensive three-phase applications with what it says is the industry’s first compact, 1U, 54V AC-to-DC power rectifiers. The line includes GE’s GP100R module for data center and telecommunications rack or cabinet mounting and its GP100M for embedded data, networking and industrial power supply solutions.
May 25, 2015 - Triplett says its Model 9065 DMM brings data recording to the company’s digital multimeter (DMM) line. Coined “The Data Logger”, it stores up to 20,000 recorded measurements, Triplett says.
May 21, 2015 - Sortimo by Knapheide has new van interior vocational packages and accessories.
May 21, 2015 - BJ Take has released a new LED recessed circular drywall fixture, the BLRC, for indoor use.
May 21, 2015 - Retail shopping for tech-savvy customers is about to get interesting, say GE Lighting and Qualcomm Atheros, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.
May 19, 2015 - The “attitude” of the pocket-size GLM 15 from Bosch is now available in the company’s newest laser measure products: the GLM 30, 35 and 40. These laser measures offer greater range of 100 ft, 120 ft and 135 ft, with accuracy of 1/16 in.
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.
May 7, 2015 - An electric technician at the Republic Steel Corp. steel manufacturing plant in Blasdell, N.Y. was removing wiring from a fan motor in an overhead crane on October 16, 2014, when an ungrounded electrical conductor touched a grounded surface, causing an arc flash, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The technician sustained third degree burns on her hand and first degree burns on her face.
May 6, 2015 - An unlicensed contractor has been convicted for the third time since January 2015 and received fines totaling $10,000 on charges relating to working without an electrical contractor's licence. Paul Mullen, who owns and operates Total Generator, pleaded guilty in a Toronto court on Apr. 13, 2015 to allowing an unlicensed individual to perform electrical work.
May 5, 2015 - The ATCO Energy Theatre is on the road again this month with a new safety performance—“Power Team: Origin of Power Woman”—with the aim of getting students “giggling and singing” while learning to be safe around electricity and natural gas.
May 1, 2015 - BC Safety Authority (BCSA) released its 2014 State of Safety Report, which also includes information on as-found hazards—conditions observed by BCSA officers during physical assessments “where intrinsic hazards are not suitably controlled”.
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.
December 23, 2015 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA in the States) has published MG 1-2014 “Motors and Generators”.
December 20, 2014 - The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) both praised New York Governor Cuomo for signing into law the “Healthy, Safe and Energy-Efficient Outdoor Lighting Act” (a.k.a. the Dark Skies bill), which establishes requirements for outdoor lighting installed by state agencies.
December 3, 2014 - ABB says it is joining the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC); founded in March 2014, the group consists of more than 100 companies, organizations and universities working to “drive innovation, develop standards, boost interoperability and ensure security”.
November 25, 2014 - UL (Underwriters Laboratories) announced today that “Canadian stakeholders”—with the assistance of UL technical experts—are set to begin working on an electric utility meter standard for Canada.
November 20, 2014 - The ZigBee Alliance—an association of organizations creating open standards for device monitoring and control—says it has unified its wireless standards to a single one: ZigBee 3.0.
November 6, 2014 - A critical component of the Canadian electrical safety system, the 23rd edition (2015) of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I contains more than 200 updates and revisions, including major changes to sections on renewable energy, hazardous locations and electric heating.
May 25, 2015 - The IESO is developing a new renewable energy support program, the Energy Partnerships Program (EPP), to “streamline existing program offerings while improving the ability of communities and organizations to develop renewable energy projects.”
May 22, 2015 - Hydro-Quebec Distribution recently marked its public bid opening for the purchase of 500 MW of firm capacity and associated energy. It received seven bids totaling 830 MW.
May 21, 2015 - Rosewater Energy Group has expanded their residential energy management hub product line to four models. The 10kW and 20kW hubs with nano-carbon battery technology are already available, and the 10kW and 20kW lithium-ion battery models will be available later this year, according to the company.
May 21, 2015 - The Yukon Development Corp. (YDC) has awarded three contracts for the planning and permitting work required to rebuild and upgrade transmission infrastructure between Stewart Crossing and Keno City in central Yukon.
May 20, 2015 - Tech Mahindra Ltd. says it is set to build an Intelligent Electric Vehicle Charging System (IEVCS) for Ontario.
May 19, 2015 - GE has launched The Digital Wind Farm, a “wind energy ecosystem that pairs turbines with the digital infrastructure for the wind industry”. The technology boosts a farm’s energy production by up to 20%, GE claimed, and could help generate up to $50 billion of value for the wind industry.
May 12, 2015 - According to a new report from Navigant Research, global demand response (DR) spending is expected to grow from $183.8 million annually in 2015 to more than $1.3 billion in 2024.
May 11, 2015 - NRStor Inc., an energy storage project developer and operator, and Opus One Solutions Energy Corp., a smart grid software engineering company, are partnering to bring Tesla's Powerwall Home Battery to Canada.
May 8, 2015 - The global market for commercial combined heat and power (CHP) systems is expected to be worth more than $14 billion annually by 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research.
May 7, 2015 - SolarEdge Technologies reports it is collaborating with Tesla Motors to provide an inverter solution that will allow for grid and photovoltaic integration with Tesla’s home battery plan, the Powerwall.
May 7, 2015 - Tripwire Inc. and Belden Inc. announced a NERC CIP compliance and cyber security strategy that will allow power transmission and distribution organizations to monitor operational technology assets for a range of conditions that can impact compliance status and cyber security posture. 
May 7, 2015 - Canadian owned and operated Enerdynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp. (EHT) has been awarded a contract by IQ TPI Engineering to build 87 micro-utility systems in Senegal, Africa.
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!