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Volume 3 • Issue 6


A return to basics before plunging into the new

The Paris agreement of last December has prompted much discussion about new technologies and renewable energy. We know this already. The electricity industry is at the heart of changes that will mark the coming years. In this issue, our regular columnist Bill Burr on the CE Code, this time a reprise of the column that started off the first in his current series. Also, present and future needs for electrical energy storage. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


Electric Vehicle Infrastructure BC Funds Training in Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
To support the expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and increase sales of EVs, BC is providing $50,000 to help certified electricians receive training in the installation and maintenance of EV charging stations…
Houle Electric Houle Electric Opens Downtown Vancouver Service Centre
The new location at 845 Terminal Avenue will serve as both a downtown extension of the Vancouver Regional Office's 24-hour service department in Burnaby, BC…
Standard New Website Standard Launches New English and French Websites
Effective February 8, Standard's website will have undergone a major transformation, featuring new tools for customers that simplify and facilitate the overall experience…

Codes & Standards

Guide to the CE Code, Part I - A Roadmap (Instalment 1)

By Bill Burr
Code Changes Roundup Often, users encounter situations where they find themselves at odds with the rules contained in the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I. These situations can occur for designers, consultants, installers, inspectors, manufacturers, students, instructors and standards developers alike, and usually result from a misreading, misunderstanding, misapplication or inability to locate the requirement that is needed or relevant to their tasks. Over the next series of articles, I will provide a guide to help users find their way through this critical document. This will hopefully provide some help in navigating the code. In this article, the introductory pages and Section 0... Read More

Renewable Microgrids

Renewable Microgrids Are the Way Forward for Canada's Remote Communities

By Adam Johnston
Renewable Microgrids Each year, over 90 million litres of diesel fuel are transported, at great cost, to remote communities in Canada. The season to safely navigate ice roads has become shorter due to climate change, leaving communities exposed to increased price and supply volatility. This past fall, the Pembina Institute held its second Renewables in Remote Microgrids conference in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The conference focused on breaking down barriers to renewable energy investments in remote communities with microgrids... Read More

Energy Innovation

Electrical Energy Storage: IEC Report on Present and Future Needs, Part 1

Energy Storage Smart Grid In the near future, electrical energy storage will become indispensable in emerging markets for smart grids and in renewable energy for reducing CO2, says the International Electrotechnical Commission. In a just-published document, the commission summarizes present and future market needs for electrical energy storage technologies, reviews their technological features, and makes recommendations for all electrical energy storage stakeholders. Here in Part 1: the document's conclusions... Read More


Electricity Usage Down 6.8% in November 2015

November Electrity Usage Canada used 44.4 million megawatt hours of electricity in November, down 6.8% from the same month a year earlier as temperatures across most of the country rose above seasonal norms. With lower demand, electric power generation also decreased, falling 5.2% on a year-over-year basis to 49.0 million MWh. Exports of electricity to the United States rose 5.4%... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Where Buyers Get Their Info

E-newsletters like EIN are surpassing websites as the #1 source, but just barely. Check out 3-year results for 9 sources of information…

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Survey Says From Recent Issues


Cree XQ-A White

Cree Expands XQ LED Family to Deliver Lower System Cost

Cree, Inc. expands its portfolio of lighting-class LEDs with the addition of the XLamp XQ-A LED to the XQ LED family. With a broad range of colour options and optical symmetry, the XQ-A LED is the smallest LED building block available for designs that use white and colour LEDs...
Magiclite MLDRE Series

Magic Lite Releases New MLDR"E" Series Electronic Class 2 Dimmable Drivers

The new E-Series drivers are fully dimmable with any standard MLV/Incandescent TRIAC dimmer switches on the market and deliver smooth, flicker free dimming. A minimum dimming load requirement of only 8 watts allows distributors to reduce the number of stocking models...

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Enterprise IoT: What Is It, and How It Will Improve Energy Management (Part 2)
    Those charged with a facility's energy management are beginning to hear the phrase "Internet of Things" (IoT) increasingly often, and many are asking how to use the concept of the "Enterprise IoT" to leverage the data in their buildings and find opportunities for improvement. Enterprise IoT comprises wireless networks, devices and sensors that are controlled by intelligent software. Easiest place to start: lighting, HVAC, and plug load. Part 1 looked at two considerations when creating an energy plan: compliance, and wireless controls. Here in Part 2: open standards, operational efficiencies and reporting...

  • Six Tactics to Maximize the Purchasing Function: Tactic 6 — Consistency and Fairness
    During the course of this year, I have shared five tactics that I hope have assisted you in making better buying decisions. I covered topics that included taking advantage of economies of scale, time and valuation of materials, as well as some caveats about the your vendors' persuasion techniques. For this last tactic, I explore the keys to successful buying regardless of your current ways and means of procurement. If success for you is measured on individual job buyouts and beating job budgets, then a strategy built around the lowest net cost will work well for you. If your measure of success involves targeting specific jobs and niche work, then…

  • The Dark Side of Trade — Combating Counterfeit Electrical Products, Part 2
    Counterfeiting is a growing threat to industry: the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition reports that in 2014 alone, the value of seizures related to intellectual property rights totalled US$1.22 billion. In Part 1, Julie Chavanne reported on a 2014 survey conducted by ESFI investigating perceptions regarding counterfeit electrical products as experienced by professionals. Among the findings, one-third of survey respondents reported discovering an average of five counterfeits within the past 12 months. In Part 2, Chavanne discusses your best defence...



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ECANB Course: CSA Z463
February 11
Fredericton, NB

EIAA Electrical Inspectors Alberta 2016 Technical Conference
February 12-13
Edmonton, AB

Alberta Electrical League Breakfast Meeting: Millennials
February 17
Calgary, AB

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