March 22, 2017 - Cree has widened its LED surface ambient offerings with the LS-FD high-efficiency linear luminaire. The new luminaire delivers light quality and energy efficiency at 130 lumens per watt and serves as a replacement for linear fluorescent lighting in retail, industrial or commercial spaces.  
March 21, 2017 - Bosch says: lose the pencil and paper; ditch the project binder! With its new MeasureOn app (free to download and free to use), users get a digital overview of all project details – including floor plans, measurements, photos and notes.
March 20, 2017 - Killark, a provider of lighting solutions to the industrial and petrochemical markets, has introduced the KWPL series LED Wallpack.
March 20, 2017 - Schneider Electric has launched its next generation EcoStruxure architecture and platform to deliver IoT-enabled solutions at scale for building, grid, industry and data centre customers.
March 17, 2017 - The Kenworth T370 is now available with wide-base tires for applications requiring up to 20,000-lb front axle ratings.
March 17, 2017 - TE Connectivity has introduced a new compact connectivity solution for street lighting with LED light sources. TE’s Lumawise Endurance S module consists of a standardized interface between the receptacle and module base or sealing cap. It uses an integrated single gasket that can accommodate and seal both luminaire and module, TE notes, using the same connection interface for either 40-mm or 80-mm diameter central management systems.
March 16, 2017 - Arlington says its “liquid-tight, concrete-tight” fittings for PVC jacketed MC cable and Teck 90 cable are perfect for parking decks and high-rise residential applications.
March 16, 2017 - Legrand has announced the availability of the Wattstopper FSP-202 and FSP-212 sensors, the latest additions to the FSP-200 series line of occupancy sensors with daylight controls. Designed for LED fixtures, these contractor-grade sensors meet all code compliant lighting controls requirements, according to the company, as well as ASHRAE 90.1 (2010)/IECC (2012).
March 16, 2017 - Legrand has introduced its new Mighty Mo 20 Hexguard cabling protection, the latest addition to the line of accessories for the Mighty Mo 20 cable management system. The Hexguard is a new cable pathway for the patented solution.
March 14, 2017 - Standard Products says the Presto LED downlight “can go anywhere, even in showers and soffits”.
March 6, 2017 - Eaton has announced a collaboration with Enlighted to “accelerate the deployment of advanced sensory networks in commercial and industrial buildings”. By integrating Enlighted’s hardware, software, services and broader capabilities with Eaton’s LED lighting and controls portfolio, the two companies say they aim to “dramatically increase the adoption of connected lighting solutions by providing simplified solutions that are readily deployable”.
February 28, 2017 - Handheld Group’s new Algiz 8X ultra-rugged tablet computer offers communication features such as LTE and dual-band WLAN, along with an 8-in. projective capacitive touchscreen that is “ultra-bright” and built for outdoor use.
March 15, 2017 - Transport Canada has announced an expansion on a previous recall from Chrysler on its 2007 Sprinter vehicles due to airbag deployment concerns.
March 14, 2017 - The source of risk assessment procedure best practices that you find in CSA Z462-15 “Workplace electrical safety” (Clause 4.1.5.7) is CAN/CSA-Z1002-12 “Occupational health and safety - Hazard identification and elimination and risk assessment and control”.
March 9, 2017 - Following a workplace fatality, Kelvin Rowlett—a supervisor with SaskPower—was found guilty of two counts under The Saskatchewan Employment Act in Melfort Provincial Court, and fined $28,000.
March 6, 2017 - Philips Lighting has expanded the recall of its metal halide lamps as the outer bulbs can shatter, resulting in hot internal pieces of glass falling from the lamps, posing fire and laceration hazards.
March 2, 2017 - Health Canada has followed Interk’s warning and issued a recall for DVI Lighting’s semi-flush mounted medium base luminaires intended for use with maximum two 100W “Type A” lightbulbs.
February 23, 2017 - Have you or someone you know encountered electrical safety hazards or identified safety issues that, if not addressed, could have posed a serious threat?
February 9, 2017 - Health Canada has further expanded a recall (which commenced back in January 2011) involving certain line-voltage thermostats that may overheat, emit smoke and damage the wall, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
February 9, 2017 - Konecranes Canada Inc., a company that services industrial cranes and lifting devices, pleaded guilty and was fined $125,000 after a worker was fatally injured by an electrical shock.
January 27, 2017 - Intertek has issued a warning about DVI Lighting Inc. luminaires bearing Intertek certification marks for Canada that may pose a public hazard due to wiring malfunctions.
January 20, 2017 - Big Game International (BGI) is recalling Shoreline Marine liquid electrical tape with model number SL57589 and UPC code 013893657589 after Health Canada's inspection program determined the products do not have proper hazard labelling required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA).
January 20, 2017 - Intertek has issued a warning about the Noribachi Corporation LED high-bay luminaire for use in hazardous locations (Class I Division 2 Groups A-D Product Class II Division 2 Groups F, G) as it may pose a public hazard.
January 17, 2017 - Transport Canada is notifying the public of a recall on Altec Industries AA755 and AN650 booms due to safety concerns.
March 14, 2017 - Time to brush up on those CE Code skills!
March 14, 2017 - As the name suggests, energy storage systems (ESSs) are mechanisms capable of storing energy for use at a future time.
March 6, 2017 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in the United States released a new energy management guide for polyphase induction motors: NEMA MG 10-2017 - Energy Management Guide for Selection and Use of Fixed Frequency Medium AC Squirrel-Cage Polyphase Induction Motors.
February 15, 2017 - As the global demand for energy grows, the world will need solutions to ensure supply can keep up, says Standards Council of Canada; adding to the challenge are renewable sources that are not only trying to meet new demand, but also replace our fleet of fossil fuel-derived energy generation.
February 14, 2017 - Believe it or not, it’s that time of year when firms start looking ahead to the camping season and campground upgrades. Nothing much has changed in recreational vehicle parks over the past CE Code cycle, but a number of changes took place over the past 15 years to make this part of the code clearer.
February 14, 2017 - More on ampacity, combustible gas detection and pendant lampholders below!
January 24, 2017 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published the 2017 edition of its Electrical Standards & Products Guide (ESPG), a listing of NEMA electrical standards as well as a directory of manufacturers and their products.
January 20, 2017 - Tackle the code conundrum if you dare!
January 18, 2017 - Ground fault protection (GFP) requirements in the CE Code are often misunderstood; FAQs range anywhere from the very basic to complicated engineered schemes.
December 12, 2016 - An interactive power production system operates in conjunction with—and can deliver power to—another power system, such as the utility. While this could involve a standard generator, I will focus on renewable energy systems.
December 12, 2016 - Our monthly Code Conundrum has questions to keep you guessing!
November 14, 2016 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has announced revisions to ANSI C119.4 (the standard for electric connectors—connectors for use between aluminum-to-aluminum and aluminum-to-copper conductors designed for normal operation at or below 93°C and copper-to-copper conductors designed for normal operation at or below 100°C), as made by the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee C119.
March 24, 2017 - The Government of Alberta says its Renewable Electricity Program is expected to attract at least $10.5 billion of investment to the provincial economy by 2030, and create more than 7200 jobs, with energy minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd adding, “This will be a competitive process, bringing the most renewable generation online at the lowest cost”.
March 24, 2017 - “We realized that it was critically important for us to move quickly,” said Shaun Semple, president of Brandt Group, of the decision to enter into a binding agreement for the former Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd. (MHPSC) facility in Saskatoon.
March 23, 2017 - NB Power and the provincial Department of Energy and Resource Development and are teaming up to host a series of public information sessions on community renewable energy projects.
March 17, 2017 - NB Power is looking for comment from New Brunswickers about affordability and customer options as it maps out its energy supply plan for the next 25 years.
March 7, 2017 - Newfoundland & Labrador RCMP have charged 28 people following an investigation into activities at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric site in late October 2016.
March 7, 2017 - Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec is providing $90-million term-loan financing as part of the construction of the Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind farm project, located in the Chaudière-Appalaches region.
March 6, 2017 - ENMAX and Capital Power announced the 860MW Shepard Energy Centre in southeast Calgary has been chosen as the test site for the natural gas track of a global competition to develop technologies that convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into “valuable” products.
February 28, 2017 - The Alberta government is creating a $36-million rebate program for solar installation on residential and commercial buildings.
February 27, 2017 - Demand for electricity in downtown Vancouver is expected to grow by over 75% over the next 30 years, says BC Hydro, which currently operates three substations in the downtown core. Of those, Murrin and Dal Grauer substations are nearing end-of-life and need to be replaced.
February 24, 2017 - EnSync Energy Systems, a developer of distributed energy resource (DER) systems and internet of energy (IOE) control platforms for the utility, commercial, industrial and multi-tenant building markets, has announced a partnership with ENMAX Energy Corporation at the District Energy Centre site in Calgary, Alta., to integrate solar and energy storage with a combined heat and power (CHP) system using EnSync’s patented Matrix technology.
February 21, 2017 - Manitoba Hydro says it is moving forward with building two transmission lines after receiving an Environment Act Licence from the province on January 30.
February 13, 2017 - SaskPower has announced the beginning of a competitive procurement process to add wind power to the electricity supply mix, and site considerations for a possible natural gas plant.
March 21, 2017 - “All of our members can supply every electrical need that is required by Habitat for Humanity,” notes Techspan’s Frank Dunnigan, as we chatted about Canada’s electrical industry having the “Power to Build” ... that’s the new campaign Electro-Federation Canada is rolling out with Habitat for Humanity Canada.
March 20, 2017 - Everyone in the Province of Ontario knows electricity costs have gone through the roof. Electricity customers of all sizes have been complaining bitterly about costs and their impact on their livelihood and way of life. Significant numbers of people who have been worried about paying their electricity bill are now angry.
March 17, 2017 - We were asked to trial the Brother P-touch PT-E550W industrial hand-held labelling tool at a local jobsite. As a former teacher, I have always believed we must start putting technology into the hands of our future electricians... this tool does just that.
March 9, 2017 - I can’t say I’m very familiar with Jim Carr, Canada’s minister of Natural Resources, but I stumbled upon—and have to applaud—the speech he gave at the Energy Council of Canada’s “Canadian Energy Industry: Updates and Insights” event in Ottawa back in February.
February 4, 2017 - When the Ontario government shelved the concept of Bill 69 (a.k.a. Prompt Payment Act) and, instead, decided to launch a review of the entire Construction Lien Act [CLA], Eryl Roberts—then executive director of ECA of Ontario—argued:
February 1, 2017 - You may be familiar with the following electrical groups operating in Alberta: Capital Region Electric Club (Edmonton), Calgary Electric Club (CEC) and, of course, Alberta Electrical League (AEL).
November 15, 2016 - On days when I’m at my desk, everything I need is at my fingertips, including an electrical outlet for charging my phone. But then there are those days when I’m out in the world, covering someone’s conference or tradeshow (maybe hustling from one parking lot to another, or hopping on a train to go into the city), and both time and electricity become luxury commodities.
November 11, 2016 - Product knowledge, skill specialization and competing against manufacturers who are supposed to be their partners were just some of the discussion points covered at “The Future of the Canadian Electrical Contractor”—a recent Electro-Federation Canada (Ontario Region) breakfast meeting.
November 7, 2016 - It’s been a few years now that we’ve been tracking the Prompt Payment movement in Ontario. To make a long story short, the Province of Ontario commissioned an “expert review” of the Construction Lien Act in February 2015. The review was to include an examination of payment issues within the construction sector.
October 12, 2016 - Clarington, Ont., fire officials responded to a fire in the pit of the Durham York Energy Centre (DYEC) yesterday—which is kind of ironic, considering the DYEC was built to burn garbage to generate electricity.
October 11, 2016 - I was surprised to read the article extolling the design virtues of the MUHC project within the latest Electrical Business magazine. Unless someone has been under a rock, it’s quite public knowledge that SNC is under corruption and fraud charges for this very project.
September 30, 2016 - “The good news after the 2008 Lehman crash is that we’ve been chugging along, and haven’t suffered a deep, deep recession,” said economist Maureen Farrow at the latest Economic Forecast Day hosted by EFC, adding, “The bottom line? Weak growth and low inflation.”
March 9, 2017 - Against the backdrop of International Women’s Day, Hydro One announced its “continued support for women in engineering”, committing $1.4 million dollars toward the Women in Engineering University Partnership with Ryerson, Ontario Institute of Technology, Waterloo and Western.
March 6, 2017 - The Government of Alberta says it is helping an additional 1000 apprentices continue their technical training through the Apprentice Training Award.
March 1, 2017 - Schneider Electric has launched the 7th iteration of its “Go Green in the City” annual global challenge for business and engineering students aimed at promoting “innovative energy management ideas for smart cities”.
February 27, 2017 - Applications are being accepted right now for the 2017 edition of Electro-Federation Canada’s annual scholarship program, which is awarding over $150,000 across 57 scholarships.
February 27, 2017 - Skills Ontario will receive a $100,000 investment from Magna International in support of the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps.
February 6, 2017 - The British Columbia government is ushering in new skills-training opportunities for up to 205 First Nations people from Prince George to Fort Nelson, designed to “spark” electrical careers and more.
January 20, 2017 - The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has published a basic guide to applying lighting controls to open office spaces.
January 17, 2017 - First Nations people in Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula area will be able to get the skills they need for energy sector jobs, according to the province, thanks to the funding of a new training program.
January 16, 2017 - The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is celebrating the first cohort to complete the Trades to Degrees pathway.
January 11, 2017 - A joint federal-provincial investment of $10 million is being funnelled towards College of the Rockies (with its main campus in Cranbrook, B.C.) for a new trades-training facility.
January 11, 2017 - In conjunction with the upcoming release of the its Installation Program 7.0, BICSI has announced the latest edition of the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) is now available for purchase.
January 10, 2017 - On March 31, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) will launch a new program to gather information on the practices of each of its 80,000 licence-holders and gauge their professional knowledge activities.
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