Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

NB Power

November 9, 2017

NB Power has announced the completion of the first phase of the fast-charging infrastructure along the TransCanada highway with commissioning of a fast-charging station in Moncton at the Magnetic Hill Irving. Electric vehicles (EV) can now charge up in the parking lot at 2731 Mountain Road in Moncton at a fast-charging or standard level-2 station.

“NB Power is proud to ‘lead the charge’ in establishing infrastructure needed to support the adoption of electric vehicles in New Brunswick,” said Keith Cronkhite, senior vice-president of business development and strategic planning at NB Power. “Using the NB Power eCharge Network’s charging stations for electric vehicles, New Brunswickers can save significantly on fuel costs and lessen their impact on the environment.”

“We’re thrilled to work with NB Power to offer a new energy option for our customers at the Magnetic Hill Irving,” said Jason Lutes, owner of the Magnetic Hill Irving. “Electric vehicle drivers can now stop here to recharge while enjoying our service station’s amenities.”

“This electric vehicle network provides New Brunswickers the confidence and convenience they need to make cleaner choices the next time they buy a vehicle,” said the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament for Moncton — Riverview — Dieppe, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “The Government of Canada continues to support green infrastructure in the transportation sector that will advance Canada’s efforts to build a clean economy, create well-paying jobs, and achieve our climate change goals.”

The Magnetic Hill Irving is the tenth fast-charging site along the Trans-Canada Highway, completing the first phase of fast-charging infrastructure roll-out.

About the eCharge Network:

The eCharge Network is NB Power’s public charging program for plug-in electric vehicles. The eCharge Network is made up of 19 standard level-2 (240 Volt) and 10 fast (400 Volt) charging stations located throughout the province. The network aims to enable drivers of electric vehicles to travel around New Brunswick.

Electric vehicle drivers can sign up to the eCharge Network online and download the eCharge Network app for iOS and Android to locate charging stations, add credits to their account and access charging stations. The eCharge Network is interoperable with the Electric Circuit in Québec and the FLO network’s thousands of stations throughout Canada.

Quick facts:

  • There are currently 19 standard level-2 eCharge Network stations available for use in the following municipalities: Edmundston, St. André, Perth-Andover, Prince William, Woodstock, Fredericton, Waasis, Youngs Cove, Salisbury, Quispamsis, Bathurst, Moncton, Shediac, Aulac, and Grand Bay-Westfield.
  • There are currently 10 fast-charging stations available for use in the following locations: Edmundston, St. André, Perth-Andover, Woodstock, Prince William, Waasis, Youngs Cove, Salisbury, Moncton and Aulac.
  • It takes several hours to recharge completely at a standard level-2 charging station.
  • Both plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles can charge at a 120-volt outlet or standard level-2 charging stations (240 volt).
  • An all-electric vehicle can recharge up to 80 per cent in as little as 30 minutes at a fast charging (“level 3” / 400 volt) station.

Schneider Electric

For the eighth year in a row, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, participated as a proud sponsor in the 17th annual Tremblant 24h. With support from family, friends, employees, and the company, Schneider Electric Canada employees raised funds and presented a cheque for $101,840 to support local children’s causes. 

The company was one of 366 teams participating in this year’s events, which took place December 8 to 10 in Mont-Tremblant, Québec.

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EFCElectro‐Federation Canada (EFC) and Cámara Nacional de Manufacturas Eléctricas (CANAME) of Mexico, have submitted joint recommendations to their respective governments to safeguard future trade in North America.

The recommendations call on the strong need for governments to retain, modernize and improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in order to increase market access, reduce business costs and improve global competitiveness.

Read more: EFC NAFTA Recommendations...

 

CSA

Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I includes a number of significant updates and changes to better help electrical workers in the safe maintenance of electrical equipment and create safer electrical installations.

This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

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