Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

June 27, 2022

EIN IRON EARTH 400The RenuWell Project partners are excited to announce the groundbreaking of two pilot sites located near Taber, Alberta. These pilot sites are the first of their kind to repurpose inactive oil and gas infrastructure as a foundation for renewable energy development and job creation.

When operating, the solar projects will generate 2,030 MWh annually – enough electricity to power 280 average Alberta households or irrigate 11,700 acres of farmland for an average year. This is roughly equivalent to $200,000 in electricity sales per year with 1,100  tCO2e savings in GHG emissions. Over a 25-year lifespan, the projects will generate 50,750 MWh, with GHG emission savings of 28,420 tCO2e.

Worker-led organization Iron & Earth collaborated with Medicine Hat College, along with solar energy and wellsite closure experts, to develop a rapid-upskilling program, the RenuWell Workforce Training Program, for fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to learn the basics of solar before working on transforming the well sites. The inaugural training program is taking place this week, from June 20 - 27, with a celebratory course completion event for the 15 trainees, funders, collaborators and supporters, to be held in Taber on June 28.

Shawn Hubbard, a current participant of the program, outlined his interest and excitement in the program, “I’ve been following Iron & Earth for a little while because they are transitioning from oil and gas to solar and I'm interested in moving my career into solar. That's why I signed up; because it's a new direction. Oil and gas has been in decline in this area and I'm excited because it's a new industry and it's growing fast.”

Keith Hirsche, a leading innovator in the oil and gas industry and originator of The RenuWell Project concept, says several key innovations make The RenuWell Project unique. “We’re using brownfield sites for solar energy projects, which allows for productive use of the land while the long-term bioremediation process occurs. Instead of removing the roads and power lines during well reclamation, these pieces of infrastructure can stay in place and be repurposed for the solar energy project. This saves time and money for both the conventional and renewable energy industries.”

Benefits to farmers

"The best-abandoned oil and gas leases for solar construction are located on poor-quality farmlands near existing access roads and power lines, which preserves higher-quality land for agricultural uses and reduces the disturbance of reclamation. Irrigation farmers can utilize the power directly for their irrigation systems and also reduce the costs of electrical distribution and transmission, which obviously appeals to regional farmers," says Daryl Bennett, a Director with Action Surface Rights Association, who drafted a surface lease agreement that protects landowners’ rights. Landowners significantly supported The RenuWell Project’s development.

Scaleable

The Renuwell Projects offer a solution to Alberta’s abandoned well program.

“By utilizing just 10% of abandoned wells across Alberta, we would be able to meet the land resource requirements for 6,200 MW of solar energy development. That is enough renewable energy to meet the government’s 2030 goals, and it can be accomplished without removing additional land from agriculture,” says Hirsche. “We’re very excited about the potential of this project for our province and our country.”

About the pilot projects

The project’s launch occurs after years of development and securing $2.1 million in funding through the Municipal Community Generation Challenge, an initiative offered in partnership by Alberta Innovates and the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC). MCCAC is a collaboration of Alberta Municipalities, Rural Municipalities of Alberta and the Government of Alberta.

“We are thrilled to support the RenuWell pilot project and look forward to watching it progress through to completion. This project demonstrates how re-purposing legacy oil and gas infrastructure to community solar development can provide significant benefits to energy industries, the environment, and the economy., say, Paul McLauchlin, President, Rural Municipalities of Alberta.

Initial funding from MCCAC’s Community Generation Capacity Building Program in 2019 supported extensive stakeholder engagement to assist the municipality of Taber with a local policy development process that moved the project forward. IRRICAN Power (the irrigation canal power cooperative owned by St. Mary River, Taber, and Raymond Irrigation Districts) contributed $1.5 million and will own and operate the solar generation projects.

The projects involved a broad network of stakeholders including the Municipal District of Taber,  Renuwell Energy Solutions Inc and  two prominent Canadian solar companies – Canadian Solar Inc. and SkyFire Energy Inc

"The RenuWell concept is a great idea that can be replicated across the province to provide energy at a low cost on unused land. There is a tremendous opportunity for jobs, continued lease income and municipal tax revenue,” says David Kelly, CEO and founder of SkyFire Energy Inc. “SkyFire is proud to be part of Alberta's energy industry and sees a bright future for solar development at all scales through projects like Renuwell, residential/commercial rooftop solar and larger utility-scale solar development."

The RenuWell Project concept offers significant economic benefits including:

  • New economic opportunities for landowners stranded with orphaned wells on their farms.
  • Energy cost savings for farmers who can purchase solar electricity to power their irrigation systems.
  • The conservation of farmland by utilizing brownfield sites for solar energy projects.
  • Cost savings for consumers by repurposing existing infrastructure such as roads and powerlines that were put in place for the original oil well production.
  • Reduced reclamation costs for oil and gas companies who don’t have to remove the roads and powerlines to the sites.
  • Revenue generation for Irrigation Districts to continue irrigation system maintenance and upgrades.
  • Property tax revenue for the Municipal District of Taber.
  • Training and employment opportunities for workers in reclamation and solar industries

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2021 Canadian Electrical Code Overview of Changes

EIN CSA Group Logo 2022 400CSA C22.1:21, Canadian Electrical Code, Part I contains many updates and changes that are potentially significant to electrical professionals. This online, self-guided course provides the key changes and impacts to the industry presented in an easy-to-follow format.

 Designed for professionals with a good working knowledge of the Code and who solely need the key changes including general updates or those made for clarification, safety, and new products and systems. Key changes due to Rule relocation or deletion are also noted.

This course may help save valuable time to help keep electrical projects safe and in compliance. This training is developed with input from a broad cross-section of electrical industry experts and with cooperation from all provinces, territories and several key jurisdictions across Canada. 

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Omnicable joins ETIMETIM North America announced that OmniCable has joined the product classification standards organization. Headquartered in West Chester, PA, OmniCable has 24 locations throughout North America, and also owns Houston Wire & Cable (HWC). The company partners with many electrical manufacturers and only sells to distributors.

According to John Dean, Director of Marketing & E-Commerce, OmniCable/HWC, “The wire and cable industry is often called commodities, but there are very distinct features and attributes for the different products our manufacturers produce. 

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Atkore United Poly SystemsAtkore Inc. announced that it has acquired United Poly Systems, a manufacturer of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pressure pipe and conduit, primarily serving telecom, water infrastructure, renewables, and energy markets.

“We are pleased to complete the acquisition of United Poly Systems, which strengthens Atkore’s product portfolio, expands our manufacturing capacity and further enables us to meet HDPE customers’ needs,” stated John Pregenzer, President of Atkore’s Electrical business. “HDPE pipe and conduit is a growing market that is expected to benefit from U.S. infrastructure legislation, and United Poly Systems is a great addition to Atkore. We welcome these employees and look forward to working together to continue to serve and support our customers.”

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

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Grimard is more competitive and produces estimates 3X faster with Procore

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When the pandemic lockdowns started in March of 2020, Grimard (an electrical contractor) had to decide whether to shut down its operations entirely or implement a new platform with people who were now freely available for work. Once they implemented Procore, they found a way to efficiently communicate with stakeholders and offer full transparency in terms of project costs and planning. It also allowed Grimard to utilize historical data to make project estimates more accurate. Grimard was able to streamline its bidding process, which made it more attractive to potential clients and helped the business grow.

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Iron+EarthThe RenuWell Project partners are excited to announce the groundbreaking of two pilot sites located near Taber, Alberta. These pilot sites are the first of their kind to repurpose inactive oil and gas infrastructure as a foundation for renewable energy development and job creation.

When operating, the solar projects will generate 2,030 MWh annually – enough electricity to power 280 average Alberta households or irrigate 11,700 acres of farmland for an average year. This is roughly equivalent to $200,000 in electricity sales per year with 1,100  tCO2e savings in GHG emissions. Over a 25-year lifespan, the projects will generate 50,750 MWh, with GHG emission savings of 28,420 tCO2e.

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David O'ReillyBy Elle Bremmer

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David O’Reilly, Vice President Home & Distribution and Secure Power Divisions with Schneider Electric Canada for a discussion regarding the Wiser EnergyTM smart home solution, the Wiser Approved training program, and his thoughts on several different subjects, including sustainability and future technologies currently in the works at Schneider Electric. David has been with the company for five and a half years in his role.

We recently published a study (version en français ICI) from Schneider Electric showing a strong interest from Canadians in smart home technology. 

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