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December 7, 2012 - As of December 1, 2012, Telvent is now officially known as Schneider Electric, concluding a year-long brand integration process after Schneider acquired Telvent in 2011. According to Schneider, the integration of Telvent’s weather forecasting and smart grid control systems with Schneider’s critical infrastructure expertise “launches the company into a unique class”.
December 6, 2012 - FortisBC says it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the B.C. First Nations Energy & Mining Council (FNEMC) making energy self-sufficiency for First Nations communities a priority. It is the first time a privately held energy company has signed such an agreement, says FortisBC.
December 6, 2012 - Schneider Electric recently announced the 3rd edition of its international competition focused on developing innovative energy solutions for smarter cities—Go Green in the City—and, finally, the challenge has opened up to Canadians! (You may recall, we noted Canada’s absence from this competition back in February 2012 with our news item, Where is Canada in Schneider’s “Go Green in the City” 2012 international student competition?)
December 6, 2012 - Ontario says it is helping eligible electric vehicle (EV) owners install charging stations at their homes and businesses by offering a rebate of 50% (to a maximum of $1000) of the total purchase and installation cost of an electric vehicle charging station.
December 5, 2012 - A big thanks to David Pilon, an electrical inspector with SaskPower, for telling EBMag about this great deal for electrical contractors, regulators, suppliers, wholesalers, manufacturers, etc.:
December 5, 2012 - GE Lighting has announced its Call for Entries for the 30th annual GE Edison Award competition, recognizing excellence and quality in professional lighting designs that employ the significant use of GE lighting products, including, but not limited to:
December 5, 2012 - BC Hydro says a new 500kV, 247-km transmission line from Merritt to Coquitlam that will improve power delivery to homes and businesses on B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island is now under construction.
December 5, 2012 - PowerStream has announced its annual charity golf tournament, held this September at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort in Alliston, Ont., raised the largest total amount in the five-year history of the tournament being a charity event. It netted more than $90,000 for the company’s 2012 fundraising campaign in support of the United Way of York Region and the United Way of Greater Simcoe County.
December 5, 2012 - Universal Lighting Technologies has signed SLR Marketing Inc. to serve as its sales representative agency in Ottawa, Ont., and all of Quebec.
December 4, 2012 - The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) celebrated its leaders and innovators with a classy gala during Solar Canada 2012: the inaugural GameChanger Awards. And EBMag was there (video and photos below, A. Capkun)!
December 4, 2012 - The Electrium—Hydro-Quebec’s electricity interpretation centre—opens its doors to you and your family this holiday season. Little explorers can discover the world of science with initiation workshops animated by Profaqua, and a shortened version of the centre’s guided tour is also on the program...all free-of-charge.
November 30, 2012 - Eaton Corporation plc and electrical equipment supplier Cooper Industries plc have concluded Eaton’s $13-billion acquisition of the latter.
November 30, 2012 - Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. believes the addition of a new Hydro One transmission line in Guelph is critically needed to meet the increasing demand for electricity in the growing community, reduce outage frequency and improve the resiliency of the electricity system to deal with extreme conditions. Energy conservation and local generation are also part of the solution.
November 30, 2012 – Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. is supporting the University of Southern California (USC) and its Viterbi School of Engineering as it develops a campus-wide smart grid ‘living laboratory’ project, which includes the use of Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles (EVs).
November 29, 2012 - Using two overhead bridge cranes operating in tandem, BC Hydro installed a rotor twice as heavy as the Statue of Liberty at its GM Shrum facility on the Peace River near Hudson’s Hope earlier this month.

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