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Perfect perovskites may lead to better LED lighting

January 31, 2015 - University of Toronto engineers are shining new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials—perovskites—that could clear the way not only for cheaper and more-efficient solar panels, but LEDs, too.

Electrozad corporations amalgamating under one brand

January 30, 2014 - William (Bill) Smith, president of Electrozad Supply, announced the electrical distributor’s board has approved an amalgamation of the three Electrozad corporations effective February 1, 2015.

Leviton welcomes Isted Technical Sales

January 28, 2015 - Leviton Manufacturing of Canada Ltd. announced it welcomes Isted Technical Sales as the company’s new representatives in the Manitoba as well as the Thunder Bay region as of February 9, 2015. 

Ontario electrical utilities plan for energy conservation

January 27 2015 - Almost all 70 utility members of the Electricity Distributors Association have now signed Energy Conservation Agreements (ECAs) with the province's Independent Electricity System Operator, the EDA announced today.

Schneider, Legrand, Siemens, GE make 2015 Global 100 list

January 27, 2015 - Some recognizable names in the industry made the cut again for the 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) index, ran by Corporate Knights—a Toronto-based media and investment advisory company.

Novinium hires John Reilly as new COO

January 26, 2015 - Novinium has hired John Reilly as the company’s new chief operating officer.  

Roger Vaught joins IMARK Canada

January 26, 2015 - Roger Vaught has been appointed to the position of vice-president of member development with IMARK Canada, announced the company earlier this month.

Dexter + Chaney receives equity investment from Pamlico Capital

January 26, 2015 — Pamlico Capital announced it made a growth equity investment in Dexter + Chaney, a provider of financial and operational management software for construction contractors.

Intermatic forms 2015 council for ‘voice of customer’ input

January 26, 2015 - Intermatic Incorporated announced the formation of its 2015 Contractors Council. Comprised of 14 residential and commercial electrical contractors, the council is part of Intermatic’s ongoing commitment to capture the voice of its customers, stated the company.

Virginia Transformer seals agreement with Caravels

January 23, 2015 - Virginia Transformer Corp. has announced the closing of its alliance deal with Caravels, the new owner of Efacec Power Transformer. 

Schneider, Autodesk join forces to enhance building efficiency

January 22, 2015 — Schneider Electric and Autodesk Inc. have teamed up to enhance current practices for building lifecycle management based on Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Civilight North America launches lighting rep network

January 22, 2015 — Civilight North America has launched a manufacturer rep network they say spans from coast to coast throughout the United States and Canada.

Products

Delta presents Pro200, other ventilation fan technologies

January 30, 2015 - Delta Electronics revealed a line up of products with the company’s latest technologies recently at a Chicago expo.

Safety

Jersey warehouse workers faced “an electrical nightmare”

January 28, 2015 - Tangled extension cords and overloaded power outlets in wet locations were just some of the hazards faced by employees at Xpedited Services LLC’s warehouse in New Jersey, an inspection by OSHA’s found.

WARNING: Unauthorized ENEC-15 Mark on i-Save Energy LED tubes

January 16, 2015 - UL is notifying consumers and retailers that certain I-Save Energy GmbH LED tubes bear an unauthorized ENEC-15 Mark, meaning they have not been evaluated by UL to any standards for safety, so it is unknown whether they comply with any safety requirements.

Codes & Standards

UL 943 GFCI standard being changed to address auto-monitoring

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.

NEMA publishes MG 1-2014 “Motors and Generators”

December 23, 2015 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA in the States) has published MG 1-2014 “Motors and Generators”.

Energy & Power

Roadmap 2020 aims to make solar electricity cost-competitive

January 31, 2015 - The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) says its new “Roadmap 2020: Powering Canada’s Future with Solar Electricity” lays out a plan that identifies barriers to success, outlines opportunities and makes recommendations to ensure Canada’s solar electricity sector is cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by 2020.

Careers

EB CAREERS: Torbram seeks outside sales team member for Guelph, Ont.

January 28, 2015 - Torbram Electric Supply is currently searching for a driven, organized and enthusiastic person to join its Outside Sales Team to cover the Guelph region.

EB CAREERS: Nunavut Arctic College seeks electrician program instructor in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

January 26, 2015 - Nunavut Arctic College is currently seeking an instructor for the electrician program at the Kivalliq Campus in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.

Blog

Yours to Discover: Ontario’s $1.9-billion smart metering boondoggle

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.