MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
Since 1970, April 22 — today — has marked international Earth Day. A perfect time to sensitize our employees, our business partners, our families to the importance of taking action on behalf of our planet. You will find some suggestions in this issue and our Green Pages. Many industry organizations, manufacturers, distributors all contribute to sustainable development through environmentally friendly policies, practices and processes. Being eco-friendly is cool. It is so much better than the alternative. Good reading.
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek
Rising Waters: Minimize Electrical Hazards Before and After a Flood
An endless winter combined with higher than average snowfalls in many parts of the country have created a heightened risk of flooding. This could cause a spike in demand for electrical services as water levels rise and recede. To raise awareness of potential electrical hazards, BC Safety Authority has issued an advisory that is being circulated by agencies across Canada.
CanWEA Launches Interactive Wind Energy Website
Anyone with an interest in wind energy now has a new way to find information and participate in public dialogue, courtesy of a new wind energy website. The interactive platform provides access to wind energy resources and information by directly addressing issues from social media (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn) accounts. Topics of interest include the production of wind energy, its costs, its impact on the economy, health, the environment and wildlife, etc.
Electric Utility Construction Price Index Nudges Down
Construction costs for the electric utility distribution systems decreased 0.8% in 2013 compared with the 2012 annual index. Major contributors to the decrease include lower costs for labour (-3.4%) and construction indirects (-1.0%), which includes engineering (-1.1%) and administration and overheads (-1.0%).
PEERS AND PROFILES
KGS Group - Science - Imagination - Collaboration
With its head office in Winnipeg, MA, and offices in Regina, Thunder Bay and Toronto, this employee-owned company is staffed by an experienced team of engineers and scientists. The firm specializes in the design of industrial facilities, hydroelectric, environmental, water resources, commercial projects, and municipal infrastructure.
Types of Work Performed by Electrical Contractors in Canada 2013
New Fluke Temperature Calibrators: High Accuracy in Easy-to-Use, Single Function Tools
Fluke Corp. introduces two single function calibrators for simulating process temperature sensors. For technicians who don't want the complexity of multifunction test tools yet need highly accurate temperature calibration, the Fluke® 712B RTD and 714B thermocouple temperature calibrators allow instrument, process, and plant maintenance technicians to quickly and easily test process temperature instrumentation.
THE ELECTRICAL STOCK MARKET
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