Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

A November 2017 report by U.S. investment firm Lazard shows that wind energy costs continue to track lower across the globe. Since 2009, the unsubsidized levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for onshore utility-scale wind energy has decreased by 67 per cent. This is an ongoing trend. Just since last year’s report, levelized costs have declined by about 6 per cent.

Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE 11.0) https://www.lazard.com/perspective/levelized-cost-of-energy-2017

According to the report, wind energy now has an unsubsidized LCOE of US$30-60 per megawatt hour (MWh). This is lower than nuclear (US$112-183/MWh); coal (US$60-143/MWh); and combined cycle natural gas (US$42-78/MWh).

Strikingly, the report also finds that as the levelized cost of energy for alternative energy technologies such as utility-scale wind and solar photovoltaic continue to decline, “in some scenarios the full-lifecycle costs of building and operating renewable-based projects have dropped below the operating costs alone of conventional generation technologies such as coal and nuclear. This is expected to lead to ongoing and significant deployment of alternative energy capacity.”

The 2017 Lazard report shows that some forms of conventional electricity generation such as nuclear have rising levelized costs; others such as coal have relatively flat levelized costs; and some, such as natural gas, have seen decreasing levelized costs, although they have decreased at a more modest rate than the steeper declines in wind energy levelized costs.

What is driving this cost decrease for wind energy? The report lists four factors:

  • Downward pressure on financing costs as a result of the availability of continuously evolving and growing pools of capital;
  • Declining capital expenditures as equipment costs decrease;
  • Increased competition among wind industry participants as markets move towards auctions and tenders for the procurement of capacity; and
  • Improving competencies in asset management and operation and maintenance execution.

This is good news for Canada’s electricity sector, which must continue to embrace affordable and non-emitting power supplies to meet its commitments under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Our nation has pledged to reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Among the measures for reaching this target are pricing carbon emissions; moving away from coal-fired generation by 2030 while increasing the supply of non-emitting power; increasing electricity use in homes, buildings, transportation and industry; and investing in clean technologies.

More wind energy has been built in Canada over the last decade than any other form of electricity generation, with installed capacity growing by an average of 18 per cent per year over the last five years. Ontario and Quebec lead in generating capacity, and Alberta and Saskatchewan have made strong commitments to increase renewable power and wind generation to meet their climate change targets. Other provinces are sure to follow as they look to minimize electricity costs for ratepayers while moving away from fossil fuels.

As the cost of wind power continues to decrease, the 2017 Lazard report shows that wind energy is becoming the most affordable option for new electricity generation globally, as well as across Canada.


Electrician Forum Brought to you by Schneider Electric

As industry experts you know the products you use everyday better than anyone and should have input on what information you receive about products and what could improve them.

Therefore, we want your insight on the biggest challenges or issues you face when installing loadcentres, breakers (CAFI, GFI's…) and other surge protection devices. We ask that you do not provide product specific details but rather your general issues and concerns or any questions that have come to mind while working with these product types. Provide us with your valued expert insight into the issues you have faced so manufacturers can better inform you about the installation and use of these products. Lets generate some discussion that will help guide the Industry.

Make your comments  HERE

 

 

Cloud

There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, and applications via the Internet with pay-as-you-go or subscription-based pricing. Cloud computing means that instead of all the computer hardware, software, and data that you are using sitting somewhere inside your company’s network, it’s provided and managed for you as a service by another company and you access it over the Internet. 

Read More



Tools for the Trade

  • Prev
  IDEAL Industries has introduced Combination Drill Taps to its tool lineup. Combining the ...
  Stripping and crimping device, 100 - 240 V input voltage, for insulated ferrules with a ...
Professional all-in-one cutter/stripper for coaxial and twisted pair cables     ...
  Klein Tools' Coax Explorrer 2 tests coaxial cable and maps up to 4 locations   ...
  Ideal Industries' T-14 wire stripper s are ideal for all professionals working within the ...
  The ATS850 conveyor eliminates all types of electro static discharge requirements. ...
  Lorik Tool & Automation has the experience and ability to manufacture a variety of ...
  Ideal Industries' 26 piece insulated Journeyman kit is ideal for new electricians or for ...
  Klein Tools Deluxe Fish Rod Set comes in 19 pieces that when assembled can fish wire and ...
  BendWorks Software was designed to help electrical contractors adopt this new process ...

Latest Articles

  • Prev
As a 54-year-old low tech guy raised in small town Canada, I sometimes have issues fitting into our ...
Networked lighting control systems (NLCs) are really computer networks — they just happen to ...
As smart buildings rely on more high-power, long-reach applications, such as PONs (passive optical ...

 

Lumens

This article is an excerpt from a technical brief, “Understanding LM-80, Lumen Maintenance, and LED Fixture Lifetime,” by Philips Color Kinetics.

Test results of lumen maintenance in conventional and LED light sources differ considerably. This is known as the lumen maintenance gap. These tests are performed to determine the useful life of a light source. But how do we compare lighting technologies satisfactorily if test results of a same designation do not mean the same thing? These lumen maintenance measurement distinctions are those we will examine in this article, as a clear understanding of this gap will have a significant impact on the installation, maintenance and replacement cost calculations of lighting products.

Read More

 

Product News

  • Prev
Vive Wireless fixture controls allow you to easily enable any fixture with wireless communication and ...
TSP (Toolless Sensor Platform) is a new and innovative lighting control platform. Adding TSP to ...
Introducing the ultimate in lighting flexibility: LED Flex Lights. An ingenious flexible design ...
Eaton’s Lighting Contactors are designed to provide a safe, convenient means for local or ...
LOW PROFILE recessed T-Bar ceiling fixture with parabolic reflector and high efficiency molded ...
Lighting should be simple. Easy and intuitive to interact with, yet versatile enough to give you ...
With high performance LED’s along with high-quality construction, this fixture performs ...
SmartRay’s LED Parking Lot Light (3rd Gen) use Nichia LED chips, Meanwell and Inventronics ...
Commercial and industrial high bay Sports arena lighting applications.  
Galaxy Lighting offers lines of affordable LED, Compact Fluorescent, and ENERGY STAR products. ...

 

Peers & Profiles

  • Prev
Allison Wood and Dominique Rivet are two apprentices who had a wealth of career options available ...
  In a recent sit-down Electrical Industry Canada was able to learn a little ...
David Johns is a unique and dedicated individual both at home and in the workplace. At home he is a ...
    Sean Freeman is a vibrant, enthusiastic and selfless individual who has taken his ...
  Automation companies are drivers of innovation, and have penetrated near every industry ...
Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts ...
Andrew MacLeod is a territory sales manager with Leviton Manufacturing of Canada in British ...
  Floyd Lau founded Amptek Technologies in 2002 as an end to end engineering design ...
Mike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower, has been a leading figure in Saskatchewan’s ...
Gordon MacDonald is a cheerful, driven individual who loves to be challenged, a trait that suits ...

Copper $US Dollar price per pound


 

Jean-Marc Myette

By Line Goyette

Meeting people in our industry often comes with surprises. This was the case with Jean-Marc Myette, Business Development Manager of ABB’s Electrification Products Division and chair of the Board of Electro-Federation Canada’s Quebec section. Not only does he know the electrical industry down to the most minute product and technological innovations, he is also a professional car racer on sabbatical, and someone very involved in his business community and personal life.

Read More

 

 

Kerrwil Publications

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2018 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil