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Industry News

SDTC opens its purse for next wave of cleantech entrepreneurs

August 27, 2014 - Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the “next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs” via the SD Tech Fund and the SD Natural Gas Fund—both of which are open for applications from today, August 27, to October 15, 2014.

LED Roadway Lighting appoints Conlon as CEO

August 27, 2014 - LED Roadway Lighting (LRL) Ltd. has appointed Peter Conlon as CEO. The company’s founder, Charles Cartmill, retains his majority ownership stake and his position on the board of directors.

Matthew Temple joins Lafert in outside sales

August 26, 2014 - Lafert North America—a supplier of metric motors and gearboxes—has added Matthew Temple, B.Sc.Eng., to its outside salesforce, where he will focus on motor and gearing solutions for wind turbines.

Spending on smart grid tech to total $594B by 2023, says Navigant

August 25, 2014 - A report from Navigant Research estimates that cumulative worldwide spending on smart grid technologies will total $594 billion from 2014 through 2023, as the need for a more responsive, automated, and efficient power grid rises worldwide.

CR Browne & Associates now representing Britech in B.C.

August 25, 2014 - Britech has appointed CR Browne & Associates to represent its line-up of electrical heating cables and controls in British Columbia, saying that the agency’s team “approaches the marketplace with professionalism, technical knowledge, and prides itself in providing the highest level of customer service”.

Top Eaton C22 Pilot Device distributor reps win tablets

August 21, 2014 - Eaton congratulates the winners of its recent C22 Pilot Device promotion in which distributor sales reps were incentivized for product sales with reward points that were redeemable for a variety of prizes. Congratulations to:

Not everyone pleased with WSIB’s 2015 rate freeze

August 21, 2014 - Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) says that—for the second consecutive year—premium rates in 2015 will be maintained at current levels for the majority of employers.

Leviton acquires South Africa’s ClickOn Technology

August 21, 2014 - Leviton has acquired all the shares of ClickOn Technology—a South African manufacturer of automation technology for residential and commercial applications.

Distributor sales & marketing app from NAED and RepFiles

August 17, 2014 - The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED in the U.S.) and RepFiles LLC have launched the RepFiles NAED Edition app, which promises to offer distributors the most current sales and marketing content from different manufacturers, sales agencies or their own company from one location under one uniform system.

Osram Sylvania relocating Danvers HQ

August 17, 2014 - Osram Sylvania announced its plan to relocate its Danvers, Mass.-based HQ from 100 Endicott Street to 200 Ballardvale Street—a “technology corridor” in Wilmington.

Yukon Energy takes on Andrew Hall as president and CEO

August 15, 2014 - Yukon Energy’s board of directors has selected Andrew Hall as its new president and CEO, replacing outgoing president/CEO David Morrison, who is retiring at the end of the year.

GALLERY: Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposium (August 2014) Milwaukee, Wisc.

August 15, 2014 - EBMag just returned from the 2014 Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposium (Twitter hashtag #NPS14) and, in case you weren’t following our tweets that day, The RedShirts have more than a few new tools (power and hand), storage solutions and more for you to start making out your Christmas wish list.


Ram launches 2015 models of 2500 and 3500 heavy duty

August 26, 2014 - This week, Ram launched the 2015 model year for the heavy-duty 2500 and 3500, with the latter boasting a increased torque rating of 865 lb-ft and payload capacity of 7390 lb while maintaining a maximum tow rating of 30,000 lb.


Hydro One is making itself “less attractive”... to thieves!

August 27, 2014 - About $2-million worth of copper is stolen from Hydro One annually, says the utility, which is why it is embarking upon a plan that will see the use of composite groundings with “no scrap metal value”.

Act now on Safety Codes Act 2014 consultation!

August 26, 2014 - Thanks to Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) for letting us know of a survey that is part of the Safety Codes Act 2014 Stakeholder Consultation, and the deadline to have your say is September 8, 2014.

Codes & Standards

ISO publishes international standard 50002 for energy audits

July 23, 2014 - The International Standards Organization (ISO) says a number of companies and organizations have already integrated an energy management system to reduce consumption. Now they can take this exercise a step further with ISO 50002:2014, an international standard on energy audit.

Energy & Power

GE declares wind can “substantially enhance grid resiliency”

August 27, 2014 - When equipped with the appropriate modern plant controls, wind applications can substantially enhance grid resiliency. That’s the conclusion reached by GE’s Energy Consulting business, which presented the findings of its frequency response study on wind power and grid resiliency at CIGRE 2014 (International Council on Large Electric Systems) in Paris, France.

Sensus launches iConA Gen-4 smart meter

August 27, 2014 - Sensus says its new iConA Generation 4 residential electric meters will enhance the ability of utilities to use data to monitor and control their infrastructure to balance supply and demand, restore service faster following outages and encourage consumers to conserve electricity.


EB CAREERS: E.B. Horsman seeks staff for new Edmonton location

August 26, 2014 - E.B. Horsman & Son—an independently owned and operated electrical wholesaler in British Columbia—says it is bringing “Western Canada’s oldest independent full-line electrical distributor” to Alberta.

Frontier developing building trades-based essential skills model

August 21, 2014 - In partnership with the Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) and its trades unions and affiliates, Frontier College will develop and test a building trades-based Literacy & Essential Skills (LES) programming model for 525 aspiring and current apprentices in eight sites across Canada.


Please help YWCA Toronto place 22 students

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!

How to pick a (scholarship) winner

July 17, 2014 - Earlier this week, I had the opportunity and pleasure to again be a part of the committee that chooses the lucky recipients of scholarships from the numerous applications sent in to the 2014 Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) Scholarship Program... and I believe we picked worthy candidates.