Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 

Oct 30, 2017

Exhibit FloorFalling costs, an expanding customer base, and growing recognition of the role clean energy will play in building a prosperous economy will drive the wind energy industry’s continued expansion in Canada, business leaders agreed as the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) 33rd Annual Conference and Exhibition, which took place earlier this month in Montreal. The trade show component featured more than 110 exhibitors, representing the industry’s leading companies in Canada, showcasing the latest in wind-related products and services on the tradeshow floor.

 

 


A keynote address from Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr talked about the federal government’s strategy for ensuring Canada’s natural resources get to market sustainably while creating opportunities in the shift to a low-carbon future. This shift requires supportive policy, strategic infrastructure investments, and the engagement of Canadians in defining Canada’s energy future.

“Clean energy and clean technology will be among the great growth stories of the 21st century, and that offers significant opportunity for Canada, and for Canada’s wind energy industry, to provide the innovative solutions required as the economy evolves,” said Rudd.

Sergio Marchi, CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association, used his keynote address to deliver a similar message, noting that Canada’s non-emitting electricity supplies are key to capturing new clean growth opportunities and doing so requires new approaches to the planning and operation of the electricity grid, policy considerations and public education.

CanWEA President Robert Hornung discussed the importance of clearly defining the scale and scope of the role natural gas will play in transitioning Canada to a 100% non-greenhouse gas-emitting electricity grid to provide clarity for investors and reduce the risk of stranding assets, which would impose additional costs on investors and consumers.

The conference’s line-up of expert speakers offered perspectives on actions needed to spur new investment and innovation, including expanding transmission infrastructure, encouraging electrification, and designing electricity markets that recognize the value wind energy brings to a modern electricity grid. The industry has its own work to do, they agreed, by continuing to focus on the technology innovation and operational improvements that are driving costs down.

Conference participants also heard about how the transition to low-carbon energy is opening new opportunities for wind energy to meet increasing demand from consumers for low-cost, stable-priced, and sustainable electricity.

The cost of wind energy has fallen 66% over the past seven years to become one of the lowest-cost options for new electricity supply available today. Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s New Energy Outlook 2017 predicts the levelized cost of onshore wind will fall another 47% by 2040, thanks to technological innovation and operational improvements. Offshore wind costs will plummet 71% over the same period.

Canada currently has over 12,000 MW of wind energy, the eighth largest wind generating fleet in the world. 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 a year over the past five years. To learn more, please visit the Wind Markets section of CanWEA’s website: https://canwea.ca/wind-energy/

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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.

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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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Sean Freeman is a vibrant, enthusiastic and selfless individual who has taken his trade expertise beyond that of a simple career. Not only is he a Master Electrician but he has traveled around the world as an electrical technician delegate with the Red Cross Emergency Response Unit. His skills are a vital part of emergency response and disaster relief.

In 2013 Sean responded to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In 2014 Sean spent almost a month in Kenema, Sierra Leone working at the Ebola Treatment Centre. There he was responsible for ensuring electricity and clean water were available, and worked to strengthen the infrastructure of the facility. 

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