Business
November 26, 2012 - BC Hydro has announced a $1-million investment toward supporting trades and skills training at Northern Lights College in B.C.—the funds will provide student bursaries, focusing on recruitment and retention of students. 50% of the funding for bursaries will be dedicated to Aboriginal students.
November 26, 2012 - A new report from GE finds that enabling internet-connected machines (the industrial internet) to communicate and operate automatically can bring substantial efficiency gains. Were the industrial internet to boost annual productivity growth by 1 to 1.5 percentage points in the States (with partial diffusion to the rest of the world, and considering the power of compounding over the next 20 years), it could add $10-15 trillion to global GDP... about the current size of the U.S. economy.
November 22, 2012 - With a new name, new website and “refocused direction”, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)—formerly Electricity Sector Council (ESC)—has “doubled down on its efforts to keep the lights on in Canada”.
November 21, 2012 - AFL says it has closed its acquisition of Alta Group, a provider of services for the telecom industry with operations in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Alta operates in Canada as ATI Telecom International.
November 20, 2012 - A new chapter in the development of Manitoba’s clean energy resources is being written, said Dave Chomiak, innovation, energy and mines minister. “Building on our strengths, this new plan sets the province on a course that will ensure reliable, affordable energy for future generations, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and maximize local economic benefits.”
November 20, 2012 - Toronto’s Ryerson University launched what it calls Canada’s first business incubator and accelerator devoted solely to urban energy.
November 20, 2012 - Dave Syer, VP marketing & sales at Hubbell Canada (in photo), has announced the following agencies will be joining the Hubbell Canada team:
November 20, 2012 - GE announced it will purchase 2000 new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids for its fleet. As part of this GE/Ford collaboration, Ford will jointly market GE’s alternative fuel infrastructure solutions to commercial customers and provide new alternative-fuel vehicles for use at GE’s Vehicle Innovation Center.
November 19, 2012 - Cisco remains in the top spot of the enterprise Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) equipment market with 36% of the world market share, according to a recent report by ABI Research. Cisco is followed by ZTE and Aruba based on shipments.
November 16, 2012 - CSA Group has acquired Orb Optronix, a privately held LED test and measurement, products and engineering services company located in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle.
November 15, 2012 - Affiliated Distributors (AD)—a North American wholesale marketing/buying group—announced it has entered into a letter of intent to merge with Canadian electrical buying group, Independent Electrical Distributors (IED). The merger significantly strengthens the market position of electrical independents in Canada and commands 23% of the total market.
November 15, 2012 - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) recently released a standards roadmap to support the building of Canada’s smart grid. The report is the product of two years of work performed by the Task Force on Smart Grid Technology and Standards: a group of industry and government experts from across Canada under the oversight of Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission (CNC/IEC).
November 15, 2012 - BC Hydro tells us a 96-wheeled truck is transporting a 5-m high, 106-tonne transformer to Mica Dam. The transformer is one of four that travelled across the country on CP Rail from Quebec to Revelstoke.
(UPDATED November 16, 2012) November 15, 2012 - Combining renewable energy and smart grid technology, Ontario’s Halton Hills Hydro launched an energy project in which individual solar panels will be mounted on about 200 hydro poles in Georgetown, Acton and surrounding communities.
November 15, 2012 - Wi-Fi performance is often poor in areas where there are a lot of users, such as airports, but researchers at North Carolina State University have developed new software that expedites data traffic in large-audience Wi-Fi environments, improving data throughput by up to 700%.

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