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Volume 4 • Issue 5

Message From The Editor

Renewable energy is a win-win

We can never say it enough: renewable energy is not just inevitable but likely to become increasingly prevalent here in Canada. All industrial developments are part of this trend. According to a recent survey, 70% of Canadians want the country to direct energy consumption as quickly as possible away from fossil fuels and toward cleaner and less polluting energy sources. Good news for our industry and for future generations.

Line Goyette
Managing Editor
Tools For The Trade

Changing Scene

BC Hydro BC Hydro Proposes Going Underground to Meet Vancouver's Electricity Needs
BC Hydro is introducing "seed," a proposed concept to upgrade downtown Vancouver's electricity infrastructure while funding new community amenities like new schools, daycare spaces and park upgrades…
100 Top Sustainable Corporations Enbridge Named to Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations List for 8th Year
Enbridge earned the No. 39 spot overall for 2017, its highest placement on the annual international index, and seven spots up from its previous high of No. 46 in 2016...
LEED Registered Certifications Canadian LEED Registered Projects Surpass 1 Billion Square Feet
Green building in Canada has reached a significant milestone, with over 1 billion square feet of LEED registered projects in Canada. This represents nearly 7,000 LEED buildings, homes and communities since 2004…

A sleek linear LED style within your budget
Philips Philips Ledalite FloatPlane LED suspended and wall mount luminaires offer great performance in a sporty, low-profile design. FloatPlane's sleek minimalism (only 1.2"h x 8"w) blends seamlessly into your unique layout, and the distribution options of 70% up, 75% down and 100% down give you further flexibility. FloatPlane's astounding performance offers outputs up to 129 LPW. Now you can have the distinct energy savings of LED, with the affordability of fluorescent luminaries. Read More

Energy Storage

Canada's First Utility-Scale Storage System "Islands" Remote BC Town

Remote BC Town An innovative community microgrid solution from S&C Electric Canada Ltd. now brings reliable power to the remote town of Field, British Columbia. Since going live, the system has saved Field from power outages due to tree falls, car accidents, avalanches and fires for a combined 126 hours. The longest single duration was 22 hours. This system has the potential to be replicated and adapted to other remote communities that could benefit from this technology. Read on to find our more about the challenges and the solution. Read More

Climate Change

Poll: Canadians React Positively to National Plan

By Julia Kilpatrick
Canadian Climate Change Chart Although some provincial premiers have expressed concerns about the economic impacts of taking action to cut carbon pollution, a recent poll shows most Canadians do not share those concerns. Canada's new national climate plan contains commitments to build clean energy infrastructure, including transmission lines, EV charging stations, and ultra-efficient buildings. To meet these commitments, the federal provincial and territorial governments will need to dedicate funding to these priorities. Read More


Firm Develops Electricity-Generating Flexible Glass

SolarWindow Transparent Glass window SolarWindow Technologies, Inc., a firm that develops transparent electricity-generating coatings for glass windows and flexible veneers, has announced plans to develop electricity-generating flexible glass. The firm recently applied layers of its liquid coatings to Corning Willow Glass and laminated them under conditions that simulate the high pressure and temperatures of the manufacturing processes used by commercial glass and window producers. The result is a bendable glass "veneer" that generates electricity. Read More


November Investment in New Housing Construction up 4.1% YOY

Economic Growth Chart Investment in new residential construction totalled $4.5 billion in November, up 4.1% from November 2015. For the second consecutive month, the increase at the national level reflected higher investment in all types of dwelling. However, only three provinces reported gains. The seven others reported a year-over-year decrease. Spending on single-family dwellings accounted for over half of the advance, and totalled $2.3 billion in November. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electrical Buyers' Info Sources

Almost all buyers rely heavily on on websites and industry publications, both digital and print. Social media, not so much. However, usage is growing steadily.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

EiKO LED Linear Wrap

EiKO LED Linear Wrap

EiKO's cost-effective and energy efficient 4ft LED utility wrap fixture is an ideal replacement for less efficient fluorescent wrap fixtures. The fixture has a durable steel body construction with white polyester powder coat finish, a full length wrap-around U-shaped prismatic acrylic lens, and a universal 0-10V driver for a continuous dimming standard. Read More
Eaton Halo Surface Lite

Eaton's Halo Surface Mount LED Downlight: High Performance with a Sleek, Modern Look

Eaton's Halo surface mount LED downlight is an ultra-low profile, surface-mounting luminaire featuring modern and elegant stylings. The new downlight can easily and quickly be installed directly into drywall without the need for a recessed housing or a junction box, ideal for closets, storage areas, attics, basements and other locations where plenum space is limited. Read More
Litecontrol's Inde-pendants

Litecontrol's Inde-Pendants 32L Sets a New Standard for Decorative Fixture Design

Hubbell Lighting's Litecontrol has introduced the Inde-Pendants 32L, a family of decorative ring and cylinder fixture combinations that provides the aesthetic appeal of discrete decorative pendants with all the benefits of LED technology. The Inde-Pendants 32L family gives lighting specifiers and designers the flexibility to choose from three primary styles: cylinder and ring, cylinder, or ring. Read More
Echeolon Outdoor Streetlites

Echelon Outdoor Lighting Enhances Public Safety through IBM Watson Internet of Things

Echelon Corporation is collaborating with IBM Watson IoT to bring cognitive intelligence to its adaptive streetlight control platform, helping municipalities transform into smarter, safer and more sustainable cities. Echelon will infuse Watson IoT capabilities into its next-generation, adaptive LED lighting control solution to form a pervasive, more intelligent infrastructure that can easily integrate IoT applications. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
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EIN's Training & Events Calendar


Training, networking and professional development opportunities for members of Canada's electrical industry.

OEN Networking Luncheon, with IESO's Bruce Campbell
January 31, 2017
Toronto, ON

WiRE — Kinectrics Field Trip
February 2
Toronto, ON

Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta (EIAA) Annual Technical Conference
February 3-4
Edmonton, AB

2017 Canadian Energy Industry - Updates and Insights
February 6, 2017
Ottawa, ON

Manitoba Electrical Expo
February 22-23, 2017
Winnipeg, MB

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Current Copper Prices

Monitor daily and 6-month $US prices for copper — the preferred electrical conductor for most categories of electrical wiring.

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The Electrical Stock Market

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