Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

March 1, 2018

Electric, hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles decrease greenhouse gas emissions and in some cases can significantly reduce fuel costs. Canada continues to make strategic investments to help Canadians make greener choices and to encourage widespread adoption of electric and alternative fuel vehicles.  

Member of Parliament for Burnaby North–Seymour, Terry Beech, on behalf of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today announced a $4.3-million investment to expand British Columbia's electric vehicle charging and refuelling infrastructure.

The Government of Canada will provide funding to three recipients to help Canadians get into zero-emission vehicles and use low-carbon fuels:

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology will demonstrate Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in urban areas and commercial parking lots that make better use of the grid's existing electrical capacity. Additionally, it will develop a way to control and monitor electric vehicle chargers from different vendors.
  • Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC) will install a retail hydrogen fuelling station in the Vancouver area, part of a six-station network it is building in B.C.'s Lower Mainland and Victoria to encourage uptake of more hydrogen-fuelled vehicles.
  • B.C. Hydro will demonstrate an innovative Level 2 EV charger for use in multi-unit residential, commercial and municipal buildings. It will also deploy 21 Level 3 EV fast chargers across the province to further Canada's vision for a coast-to-coast network.

This investment builds on the Government's $182.5-million total investment to grow Canada's electric and alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure so that using electric and alternative fuel vehicles is easier and more convenient for Canadians. In addition, the Province of British Columbia's Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program is providing $1.4 million to support the HTEC and BC Hydro projects.

Through Canada's national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that the transition to electric vehicles and lower-carbon fossil fuel alternatives is not a luxury but a necessity for Canada's low-carbon future. Our government continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create jobs, advance Canada's clean future and help us realize our domestic and international climate change goals. 


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June 25, 2018

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Today we are all concerned with the energy we consume within our homes. But how many truly understand the ins and outs of home energy use, and where exactly does the electrician and the development of energy management systems come into play. There is much to consider when discussing home energy use. The consumer first off needs to be informed about energy use, how it is calculated and ultimately billed if they are to make changes to their energy consumption rates. But in terms of educating consumers does the residential electrician have a role? And beyond that are manufacturers developing products designed to help electricians and consumers better understand residential energy use? Throughout this article we will deal with each of these important questions.

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A new “future ready” circuit breaker from Schneider Electric is described by the company as the next generation of power distribution for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Masterpact MTZ increases efficiency and can adapt to ever-evolving needs for safety, reliability and sustainability. The world is becoming more connected, electric, digitized, decarbonized, and decentralized, says Schneider Electric. Power distribution is facing new regulations, becoming more seamless and connected. 

Masterpact MTZ is the latest in a series of circuit breaker innovations, following Masterpact M, and then Masterpact NT/NW.

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Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick. Since 2013 Jeremy has steadily grown Total Electrical Solutions in the residential, commercial and construction sectors. The growth is primarily the result of Jeremy’s customer first philosophy, plus his over 20 years of industry experience.

Jeremy grew up learning about the industry from his father who was an electrical contractor. Jeremy spent his early years helping and watching his father as a contractor and business owner. After high school Jeremy was, like many, not wholly aware of the course he wished to take and so he began an electrical apprenticeship at his father’s company.

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