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November 28, 2012 - IEEE has made available a new report it commissioned detailing how energy storage, distributed generation and microgrid technologies stand to evolve given the deployment of the smart grid across the globe over the next five years.
November 27, 2012 - A coalition representing over 100,000 Ontario tradespeople and employers—the Ontario Construction Employers Coalition—says new fees announced by “the McGuinty government’s newest bureaucracy” (Ontario College of Trades) amounts to “a major tax hit on both tradespeople and consumers”.
November 27, 2012 - The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, introduced today ahead of the Los Angeles International Auto Show, “packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car designed to make the trip as electrifying as the destination”, says GM Canada.
November 27, 2012 - Eaton Corp. and Cooper Industries plc today announced the Irish High Court has approved Eaton’s acquisition of Cooper.
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.
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