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August 17, 2017 - Energy storage technologies are emerging as a viable way for customers to manage increasing electricity costs. Batteries allow them to take electricity from the grid when prices are low during off-peak hours and use it during high-priced on-peak hours. Batteries also provide a possible mechanism for critical peak avoidance, allowing Class A consumers to reduce their Global Adjustment costs.
August 17, 2017 - Residential fires account for 73% of all fire-related fatalities in Canada. Accidental fires are preventable and, as an industry, we have taken—and continue to take—precautions to protect public safety. Post-fire inspections often reveal dated or disabled safety devices, like smoke alarms, exposing a hard truth those in the industry already know... the proper maintenance of safety devices is oft overlooked.
June 28, 2017 - The Canadian pickup truck market is huge, catering to the multiple needs of work and home—sometimes all in one package. In fact, pickups serving both the workplace and the family are becoming the norm. This fact alone makes choosing the right one simply that much more complex.
June 28, 2017 - When Houle Electric returned to finish Phase 3 of the Northern Rockies Recreational Centre in Fort Nelson, B.C., they knew the facility was close to the community’s heart.
June 28, 2017 - Smart lighting applications have the potential to reduce energy costs for office buildings and industrial facilities by as much as 90% according to Gartner, a research and advisory company.* However, smart lighting goes beyond simply installing solid-state lighting (SSL) and retrofitting programmable LEDs.
June 21, 2016 - It may be the most agreed-upon concept in business: to build a great company, you must be able to attract and retain great people. However, in the Western world, demographic shifts are making that goal harder to achieve each year.
June 21, 2017 - The media landscape is more complex than ever, and there are also more places than ever—print, digital, social media, etc.—in which to invest your marketing dollars to get your message out there.
June 21, 2017 - By now you know Carol McGlogan is Electro-Federation Canada’s new president & CEO, replacing Jim Taggart, who led the association for six years. And while we’ve all seen the announcement, I wanted to chat with Carol to learn more about both her and the organization she now leads.
June 21, 2017 - So far, 2017 has been a bit of a sleeper year for CEMRA members. Then, just when they thought not much was happening, several successes were achieved. The path hasn’t always been smooth, but CEMRA members have been working diligently, and—with support from Electro-Federation Canada members—they are heading to the front of the class!
June 21, 2017 - Electro-Federation Canada has changed over the years. We dropped our “council” structure in favour of a more uniform, cohesive group representing the main industry channel of manufacturers, distributors and reps of electrical/electronic products. With that in mind, our National Advisory Council continues to address how best to offer value to the industry.
June 21, 2017* - It’s a birthday Glen Miller won’t soon forget. Probably never. Glen is the branch manager of Graybar Canada’s Windsor location at 2760 Deziel Drive and, on the evening of Wednesday, August 24—while he was out with his wife, son and daughter-in-law celebrating his 51st birthday—he got a call from one of his neighbours, Rose City Electric, who plainly told him: There’s a hole in the side of your building.
May 29, 2017 - Does anybody in this totally digital, selfie-taking, Facebook-posting world remember the 7 Deadly Sins? They were codified in the Middle Ages as the bad behaviours that guaranteed sinners were going to spend eternity on the wrong side of the Pearly Gates. The logic was stern and inflexible: Hell exists. People who sin go there. There is no escape.
May 26, 2017 - Which areas of a healthcare facility’s electrical system must be tested for voltage difference between ground points, for ground return path voltage rise in grounded systems, or for impedance to ground in isolated systems?
April 10, 2017 - In the February 2017 edition of Electrical Business Magazine, I present real-life problems with LED lighting from the electrical contractor trenches, plus offer some research and best practices to help you make your installations successful.LED lighting is a “switched mode power supply”, which means triplen harmonics, particularly the third harmonic. Not only is there a natural loading unbalance, but also the third harmonic adding up in the neutral conductor.
April 10, 2017 - We’ve all bought expensive things designed to make our lives easier that just don’t. In fact, landfills all over the country are filled with these devices.
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